Spicer Releases ViewCafe 2.1

Spicer ViewCaf頲.1 continues to enhance performance of Java2-powered
document viewing and markup

Kitchener, ON, March 25, 2002 - Spicer Corporation today announced the
release of ViewCaf頲.1 featuring new symbol and banner tools as well as an
enhanced printing capability that accelerates Java-based printing
performance by up to 85% for some files such as large format engineering

Powered by Java 2 and Java 3D technology, ViewCaf頬ets users conduct
document view, markup, and collaborative review sessions for over 150 file
formats such as CAD, vector, raster, hybrid and office files including MS
Word, Excel and Adobe PDF through an easy-to-use and configurable
browser-based interface. Recently, ViewCaf頡lso introduced 3D CAD model
viewing and manipulation capabilities for IGES, STL, VRML, and XGL/ZGL
formats - making it among the first to offer Java2-enabled 3D model viewing
on the Web in a 100% pure Java applet for complete client-side,
platform-independent functionality.

New features for ViewCaf頲.1 include:

* Custom Symbol Tool - Users can define customized symbols that are
displayed in a thumbnail-style symbols library. To use this function, a
user simply clicks the symbols tool, selects the appropriate symbol from
the window, and applies it to the document.
* Extended Banner Support - ISO-compliant banners can now be placed outside
of the document boundaries and users can specify a fixed-point size for
banner text that will not resize as users magnify and reduce a document.
* Accelerated Printing Performance - ViewCaf頲.1 includes a new Rasterize
on Print function that significantly reduces the time required to print
sizable documents such as large-format engineering drawings.
* API Enhancements - Streamlined API calls have resulted in easier and more
efficient integration to document management systems as well as faster
response when the user requests to view documents.

"Much of what we implemented in ViewCaf頲.1 is the result of listening to
the needs of the markets we serve and the needs of our partners," said
Shamir Somani, Product Marketing Manager at Spicer. "One of Spicer's key
objectives for ViewCaf頩s to achieve the optimum mix of functionality and
robust server-based performance to enable any enterprise to quickly and
reliably review documents online with project teams and business partners
in a collaborative fashion."

ViewCaf頩s interoperable with other Spicer Enterprise Viewing Solutions,
and can display markups created in Imagenation and Image aX. This
interoperability gives IS managers the flexibility to deploy a combination
of Spicer viewing products to meet the specific needs of each user while
carefully considering such critical issues as functionality, budgets, and

ViewCaf駳 architecture is fully scalable and administrators can quickly
handle increases in usage by simply adding core servers. With several core
servers operating, ViewCaf頥fficiently performs load sharing and balances
the workload among all servers ensuring that users can quickly access the
documents they need.

To try the ViewCaf頯nline demonstration, and to learn more about ViewCaf頒>and other Spicer Enterprise Viewing Solutions, visit the Spicer Web site at

About Spicer Corporation
Spicer Corporation is a worldwide supplier of cutting edge client-and
server-based software applications that enable the visual access,
collaborative review and distribution of data throughout an organization
and with business partners.

Web-based and desktop applications enable users to view, markup and edit
over 150 industry-standard file formats including CAD, raster, vector,
hybrid, 3D and office formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and
Adobe PDF files.

Superior performance, interoperable functionality among products and low
total cost of ownership makes Spicer Enterprise Viewing Solutions the
preferred choice of end users, VARs, system integrators, and OEMs. Spicer's
family of products includes Imagenation for Windows, and UNIX, ViewCaf邒>Image aoX, BatchCon and DocuJet. For more information about Spicer, visit
the company Web site at www.spicer.com, call 519.748.2462, or send e-mail
to Email Contact.

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