As it did before being acquired by Kodak on January 31, 2005, Creo manufactures printing plates, professional digital cameras, color and copydot scanning systems; inkjet, drop-on-demand, and digital halftone proofers; workflow management software; variable information workflow systems; and computer-to-film and computer-to-plate devices.
It had over 4,200 employees. It was founded in 1983 by Dan Gelbart (who retired from Kodak in 2007) and Ken Spencer (who retired from Creo in the 1990s), and was initially a manufacturer of optical tape recorder (OTR) devices and a vendor of laser imaging engines to the printing industry. In 2000, it acquired the worldwide graphic arts operations of Scitex.
An important product for Creo is Prinergy, a prepress workflow and file processing system.