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Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies

Press Release - February 12, 2004

Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies Introduces New 6x8" Dye Sub Printer

Hi-Touch 730PS

Las Vegas, Feb 12th , 2004 - A global leader in thermal transfer technology, Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies will be demonstrating its line of consumer dye-sublimation photo printers this week at the 2004 PMA Show in Las Vegas. The new large format printer will be targeting more home use end-users as well as professional event photographers. Hi-Touch has aggressively introduced their cost per 4"x6" print at a competitive 40¢ per print. A 50-Photopaper pack comes with a ribbon cartridge and 50 sheets of photo paper good for 50 prints carrying a retail price of . This compares favorably with other dye-sublimation brands whose costs per print are in the 55-85¢ range. Hi-Touch will be releasing specifications for its new photo printer capable of 5x7 and 6x8 inch prints at Las Vegas PMA 2004. The specifications and demonstrations of the new digital photo printers will be available at the Hi-Touch booth (#H94).

730PL Digital Photo Printer

The HiTi 730PL features impressive maximum 6"X8" borderless prints, which is the upgrade of the original outstanding stand-alone HiTi 630PL. HiTi's 730PL delivers superior 300dpi resolution, thermal-transfer, true-color, continuous tone and color-depth printing technology to intensify the perfection of the images. The machine will print 6"x8" photos in approximately 70 seconds, the 5" x 7" approx. 60 seconds, and the 4" x 6" approx. 40 seconds. The machines will use variable media which can be interchanged. This photo printer is expected to be the most economical consumable on the market which will result in significant cost savings for end-users and professional photographers. The HiTi 730PL is in final development and will be available in May, 2004.

730PS Digital Photo Printer

Featuring 4x6, 5x7 and 6x8 inch borderless prints, HiTi Photo Printer 730PS delivers superior photos through its Dye Sublimation technology at 300 dpi of continuous tone printing capable of 16.77 million colors. Equipped with a color LCD handheld controller and two memory card slots that accept Compact Flash, Smart Media, Secure Digital (SD), Multimedia Card (MMC), Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and IBM Micro Drive, prints can be done without a computer in approximately 70, 60 and 40 seconds for a 6"x8, 5"x7" and 4"x6" borderless photos respectively. The machine will use three interchangeable media for different sizes. This is expected to be the most economical consumable for its size on the market and result in significant cost savings for users. The availability of the latest 730PS is scheduled in March, 2004.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

The Photo Printer 640GALA is a special edition of the already popular HiTi Photo Printer 640PS. Maintaining the same physical appearance as the 640PS, the stand-alone 640GALA is equipped with a unique feature designed to create images with a customized template without a PC connection. With supplied software, flexible template format based on 4"x6" photo or sticker could be fully controlled by user. The 640GALA is a perfect on-site tool for event photographers, organizations, and any other individual who needs photo service with customized template designs. Other features such as date printing and simulated matte printing are also available. The machine also has print setting adjustment features which make it possible to permanently save adjuster settings for studio users and those who desire a specific adjustment for their cameras. As with HiTi’s other printers, the cost- per-print is significantly less than competing dye-sublimation printers and a versatile design along with specialized features to conform to the user’s preferences. The 640GALA will be demonstrated at 2004 PMA show Hi-Touch booth (#H94).

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