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DRUPA 2000--Absorbing The Digital Impact

July 2000
DUSSELDORF, GERMANY —With more than 450,000 visitors and more than 1,900 exhibitors, could any one, single event be more of a global measuring stick for technology trends and new directions for the printing industry than DRUPA 2000—a 14-day mega-event that took over this charming river city?

On the technology for digital printing—the show's highlight—and digital prepress, DRUPA 2000 accomplished the following key objectives:

* The global move toward accepted, viable on-press imaging and true production digital color presses—built for even the most traditional of commercial printing operations.

Signalling a new direction for digital printing at DRUPA 2000, Presstek, supplying on-press imaging to its new allies, Adast, Ryobi, Sakurai and, announced at DRUPA, Didde Web Press, moved digital printing from the on-demand to the in-production status. Didde announced that the objective of its new alliance with Presstek is to create the first UV direct imaging (DI) web press for direct mail.

Launched at DRUPA, with Presstek under the hood, was the Ryobi 3403DI, an A3-size, portrait format, four-color offset press with built-in direct imaging. Sakurai Graphic Systems has incorporated Presstek's newest version of its exclusive DI technologies into the new A2 Sakurai Oliver 474EPII DI press.

Presstek also bolstered the digital capabilities of Czech Republic-based press manufacturer Adast, as seen in the announcement of the PAX DI, a highly automated, two-page direct imaging, waterless printing press using Presstek's internal, automated plate cylinder design.

Also pushing digital printing toward production-class categories were NexPress Solutions, and the next-generation Indigo and Xeikon presses. New digital presses from Komori (Project D) and MAN Roland, DICOweb, are also positioning digital printing toward new levels of mass production, and acceptance.

* On the prepress front, PDF was dominant, and imagesetters and platesetters coexisted. And, with the global debut of CreoScitex, the Creo/Heidelberg joint venture that once was, was—officially—no more.

DRUPA 2000 marked the true validation of the PDF movement—with more PDF workflows coming to market and existing PDF workflows, from Agfa's new Apogee, Apogee Series2 with new Create module, to CreoScitex's Prinergy, also being marketed by Heidelberg Prepress, undergoing next-generation refinements. CreoScitex and Heidelberg Prepress, separately, showed the latest bells and whistles crafted onto the PDF-based Prinergy workflow. Prinergy 2.0, offers the new, modular Prinergy Connect.

New PDF workflows included nAct from IPTech, which is based on Adobe Extreme architecture and accepts composite and preseparated PostScript and PDF jobs. Also new to the PDF workflow circuit are a more definitive Screen TrueFlow and KIM by Krause.
 

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