Digital bytes 6-01
SANTA ANA, CA/HANOVER PARK, IL—Markzware's MarkzNet online preflight application will be integrated into myfujifilm.com under an agreement signed by the two companies. MarkzNet reportedly was selected for its ability to check native application files and instantly communicate any problems to the user. Developed by Fuji Photo Film, myfujifilm.com provides online solutions to help printers, trade shops, ad agencies, publishers and designers manage and enhance their production workflows. (www.myfujifilm.com/www.markzware.com)
ROCHESTER, NY—Canon Inc. and NexPress Solutions have announced a commitment to work together to promote open standards that enable the seamless exchange of digital color printing jobs between the office and commercial printing markets. (www.canon.com and www.nexpress.com)
ENGLEWOOD, CO—Signal Graphics has made the A.B.Dick Digital PlateMaster (DPM) 2340 direct-to-plate device and ScanMaster scanning solution part of its standard equipment package. The equipment package already has been added to six of the franchise printing organization's 55 stores, and is expected to be rolled out by all the locations within two years. (www.signalgraphics.com and www.abdick.com)
ZURICH—The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) has completed its registration as a Swiss association and will be headquartered here. CIP4 organizers say the association will operate as an international standards body, and work to develop and promote vendor-independent standards for the graphic arts industry, such as the Job Definition Format (JDF). (www.cip4.org)
PROVO, UT—excelgraphics claims to have installed the first computer-to-plate system in Utah County. The sheetfed printing and packaging company has added a CreoScitex Dolev platesetter.
EL RENO, OK—Heritage Press has capped off its two-year technical upgrade and expansion program with the addition of a CreoScitex Spectrum Trendsetter computer-to-plate system and an Imation Digital Matchprint color proofing system.
CHICAGO—A.B.Dick has logged a couple new installation sites for its DPM2340 computer-to-plate system. Rapid Press in Stamford, CT, has made the move to in-house prepress production by installing a DPM2340 unit and ScanMaster scanner. The shop reportedly is using the system to produce polyester plates for its A.B.Dick 9985 and Ryobi 2800 presses. (www.rapidpressct.com)