August 30, 2006 08:00 ET
Print Industry Leaders Agree to Historic Open Standards Initiative
Industry Consortium to Join in Unparalleled Collaboration Effort for Printing of Customer Communications
BOULDER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 30, 2006 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that a key open
standards initiative for the print industry has reached a major milestone.
A majority of the AFP Color Consortium, a 28-company standards body, has
approved IBM's proposal to fully open the development of the Advanced
Function Presentation™ (AFP™) architecture. With this agreement, the
members of the consortium will collaboratively develop all extensions to
the AFP architecture, which is used by clients worldwide for the high-speed
printing of bills, statements and other customer communications. The
consortium has already jointly published key color components of the
architecture. Today's agreement means that high-speed black and white
printing will also be included in the open standards initiative.
"After seeing how well the consortium collaborated to create color
management extensions to AFP, we decided, for the good of clients and the
industry, to extend this initiative to the entire architecture," said Jeff
Paterra, vice president of development and professional services for IBM
Printing Systems. "By extending the scope for the technical experts who
make up the consortium, we see a real opportunity for continued innovation,
with the ultimate goal of increasing functionality and flexibility for
The AFP Color Consortium was created by IBM in October 2004, to work
collaboratively on defining the color management portion of the AFP
architecture. In January 2006, the group approved the first release of this
new open color standard, which has now been published. Members designed
the architecture to help businesses develop device-independent color
applications, resources and workflows that can be printed initially with
high-quality grayscales and, eventually, in color.
The current members of the AFP Color Consortium are:
-- Hardware vendors IBM, Kodak, Lexmark, Océ, Xeikon, and Xerox
-- Software vendors CDP Communications, Cincom, Compart Systemhaus, COPI,
Crawford Technologies, DocuCorp International, Document Sciences
Corporation, Elixir Technologies, Emtex, Exstream Software, FormsPath, GMC
Software Technology, Group 1, Intermate, Inventive Designers, ISIS Papyrus,
Metavante, MPI, Printsoft, Solimar Systems, StreamServe and Xenos Group.
For more information about the AFP Color Consortium, visit its on-line
. The web site is designed to provide
information and documentation on the open color elements of the AFP
For more information about IBM's output solutions visit ibm.com/printers.