DIGITAL digest 5-01
Since the majority of the editors assembled for the press briefing worked for photography publications, Binucci gave a brief tutorial on offset printing and how DCS/DSC2 can facilitate the process.
He explained that the DCS/DCS2 formats support preview images, which speed processing by reducing data handling requirements in page layout and other applications. The point also was made that the Sinar/binuscan software gives users options in terms of the size and resolution of file preview images, which can make them more usable in other applications.
The big workflow advantage, though, is that the DCS formats make it possible to use the layout program to efficiently perform tonal value adaptations if needed, he says. With this approach, the tonal adjustments are made via PostScript commands and do not alter the pixel values of the image data directly, Binucci told the journalists. This makes it possible to quickly reverse changes if desired.
Lastly, the company exec noted that instructions for the screening of pictures can be incorporated into output files, providing more control over and predictability in printed results.
The central theme of Binucci's presentation was that the offset printing process doesn't have to be as complicated and intimidating as it often is made out to be. He—and Sinar Bron, by extension—promoted the idea of photographers playing a bigger role in preparing images for print. After touching on complicated subjects such as UCR and GCR, Binucci did conclude by advising photographers to set up these print requirements based on specs provided by the print supplier handling a project.
In addition to introducing CeMagYK software and explaining how it can facilitate the print workflow, Sinar Bron unveiled a couple of new hardware offerings at the press conference.
The Sinarback HR adds microscanning capabilities to the manufacturer's digital camera back product family, thereby boosting image resolutions. When used in combination with the Sinar Macroscan back, for example, it can achieve a resolution of more than 75 million pixels, or a 450MB file.