Windows Stationery Manager - Allows companies to print their business stationery from MS Word

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New digital stationery software from Fontware saves time and money, maintains corporate image and eliminates the perils of pre-printed stationery, using a powerful yet simple to use MS Word Toolbar.

Fontware, the leading supplier of digital document solutions, today announces Windows Stationery Manager, new digital stationery software that allows users to print forms, logos, signatures and symbols in a standard and consistent manner with ease and speed. The software allows users to store and access the printed elements as TrueType fonts in Windows applications, so saving computer and network resources by minimising the file size & memory requirement, reducing network traffic, as well as maximising the print speed and performance of the printer. Furthermore, Windows Stationery Manager eliminates the need to use pre-printed stationery, saving on wastage & storage.

Fontware has worked closely with printer and multi-function copier manufacturers in the development of the software, which uses TrueType font technology and works with Microsoft Office 2000 upwards. Research has found that many of the advanced features in printers and copier are hardly used, with customers pointing to the lack of software tools to fully exploit the increased functionality now available in most printers. Windows Stationery manager was developed to reverse this situation, allowing companies to print their own business stationery on demand, in-house, simply and effectively using existing Microsoft software applications.

Business Development Director at Fontware, Andy Banes, explains, "Companies usually have a scan of their logos, signatures and accreditation symbols, stored as in some memory-hungry graphical format, such as a bitmap, TIFF or JPEG files. When these graphics are added to a simple Word document, the overall files size increases dramatically, resulting in network printers taking minutes to print each page and causing bottlenecks, rather than printing numbers of pages a minute. Another feature of using logos stored as graphics is the often poor quality of the printed image, with logos appearing jagged or fuzzy. The net result is that customers feel disappointed in their printer and don't utilize it's full potential. As Windows Stationery Manager creates and stores the document components as TrueType fonts, these issues of print speed and quality are immediately eliminated."

In addition, Windows Stationery Manager allows users to print documents incorporating their own council stationery on demand. This means company letters, compliments slips, invoices, business cards and forms can all be printed by individual users as and when the need arises, without the need to use pre-printed stationery loaded in the printer. According to Andy Banes, "Pre-printed stationery is often a nightmare to administer. It's no longer necessary for individuals to have to load the printer, check for the correct paper, or have to get more from stock, only to discover that there's none left."

The software will also be welcome news for the keepers of a company's corporate identity. Research shows that documents are often printed using scanned logo graphics saved at a low resolution in order to reduce file size and that it is common for various departments within a council to all use a slightly different version of the same document, that they have created. The result is that the council's corporate image is put in jeopardy every time a document is printed. By storing images as TrueType fonts, Windows Stationery Manager overcomes these issues, allowing users to exploit the maximum resolution of the printer and ensuring that the whole company uses the same format documents. Windows Stationery Manager also allows for the production and storage of email templates for MS Outlook and Outlook Express, allowing company branding such as logos to be added to each email sent to the outside world.

Andy Banes concludes, "Windows Stationery Manager is a true WYSIWYG product allowing users to see on screen the finished document prior to printing. This solution is perfect for a range of companies, where on-demand printing is required and where cost saving and increased productivity are key to maximising value for money".

Full information on Windows Stationery Manager is available at http://www.fontware.com/stationerymanager including:

An Auto-Running Flash Presentation, a Demo Version of the software and a PDF Brochure and Price List.

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FONTWARE LTD
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