printLEADER and PagePath Form Odyysey Initiative™

Aurora, IL. and Palm City, FL. (July 14, 2000) – printLEADER Software and PagePath Technologies, two leaders in providing productivity solutions to the graphic arts industry, announced today the Odyssey Initiative, an alliance aimed at furthering integration of print-related workflow activities on the Internet. The agreement will include joint development and marketing efforts and the opportunity for the customers of printLEADER and PagePath to enhance their Internet-to-operations workflow.

printLEADER and PagePath provide complementary workflow solutions to companies in the printing industry. printLEADER’s complete line of integrated Estimating, Management, and Accounting software products enables small & medium commercial printers, in-plants, quick printers and copy shops to do Estimating, Order Entry, Accounts Receivable, Data Collection, Job Scheduling, Accounts Payable, Bank Reconciliation, General Ledger, Purchase Order, image Capture, and Contact Management. Each module can be used individually or integrated into a seamless workflow. PagePath’s MyOrderDesk e-commerce solution is private labeled by graphic arts service providers such as print shops, copy centers, reprographers and screen printers for managing electronic orders, file transfer, documents, and collaborative communication in on online environment. The Odyssey Initiative’s goal is to benefit both companies’ clients by creating more workflow integration, thereby reducing costs and saving time.

“PagePath and printLEADER are both well known and respected companies, having track records of serving our customers well for many years. By partnering with a market leader focused on e-commerce for printers and other graphic arts service providers, we believe printLEADER can bring greater efficiencies to both our customer bases. PagePath’s client base represents a growing number of companies that are using the Internet to more effectively manage customer interactions related to order taking, estimating, etc. We can leverage our Visual printLEADER back-end system of integrated modules to extend their Internet usage and streamline operations. Our customers can expect this alliance to produce more integration between their Internet front end and their back-end operations,” said John Fleming, President and CEO of printLEADER.

“With the only totally integrated system in their marketplace, printLEADER is recognized as a proven supplier of value and service to one of our significant target markets. The Odyssey Initiative represents a way for companies like printLEADER and PagePath to deliver more value to our customers. Integrating Internet based front-end systems like MyOrderDesk with back-end operation systems is a natural outgrowth of our customers current Internet activities,” said Steve Ciesemier, Vice President of Marketing at PagePath. “printLEADER’s leadership position and innovation will be a valuable addition to the Odyssey Initiative and our customers.”

PagePath’s MyOrderDesk is a private labeled turnkey system that can either be added to an existing website or used on a standalone basis. It is a free service, consisting of a secure web-based system handling order entry, file transfer, confirmation, and job management. MyOrderDesk is accessed either through the graphic arts service provider’s Web site or via a free Web site provided by PagePath, saving a business the cost in time and expense to create and maintain a sophisticated e-commerce Web site. In June, PagePath released an enhanced version of MyOrderDesk called the ‘Premier package,’ featuring extensive customizing capabilities as well as automated encryption and online proofing.

Visual printLEADER is a complete line of Estimating, Management, and integrated Accounting related software products designed exclusively for the Microsoft Windows 98, NT & 2000 operating platforms. A true 32-bit application, it utilizes Microsoft’s advanced database software – Visual Fox. Visual printLEADER gives customers state-of-the-art estimating and order entry screens to take advantage of 3-D page tabs, express icons, tool bars, tips, on-line help and navigation buttons. Visual printLEADER also provides complete multi-tasking to allow customers the freedom to work on several estimates, orders and modules simultaneously.

About printLEADER: Located in Palm City, Florida, the company was founded in 1988. The firm provides companies with Windows-based solutions for estimating, order entry (data collection) and accounting functions. More information on the company and the solutions offered can be found at or by calling 800-752-4624.

About PagePath: Headquartered in the Silicon Prairie city of Aurora, Illinois, the firm was founded in 1983. The company develops, markets, and supports workflow products and technologies that enable graphic arts service providers to manage electronic documents or artwork over a wide variety of computer and telecommunications networks. PagePath’s pioneering LAUNCH! Connectivity Suite and ASAP! software were the first to provide an easy-to-use “point & click” capability for transmitting documents and artwork digitally over the telephone, Internet and private LAN/WAN systems. More information about the company can be found at or by calling 630-689-4111.