GRAPH EXPO Confounds The Critics
Scitex's Lotem 800V thermal platesetter and a new version of the Brisque digital front end (DFE) for enhanced computer-to-plate workflow were on display.
Heidelberg—of course—caught attention, as usual, with the largest booth at the show. A map was absolutely necessary to negotiate the 25,000-square-foot exhibit, which contained all aspects of Heidelberg Prepress, Heidelberg USA and Heidelberg Web Press and an array of Heidelberg saddle stitching and perfect binding systems, including cutters and folders of the Polar and Stahl persuasion.
Agfa Div., Bayer Corp., drew attention to its latest Galileo effort, a thermal version. Agfa also debuted the AgfaScan T5000, a CCD flatbed scanner, and the launch of SelectSet Avantra 44XT, a large-format imagesetter.
BARCO Graphics introduced its next generation of full-format digital prepress proofing solutions, IMPRESS 2000. BARCO also introduced FastRIP/Creo, a direct link for its FastLane front ends to the complete range of Creo platesetters.
Creo promoted the Trendsetter Spectrum and Proofsetter Spectrum, designed to produce contract proofs using Imation Matchprint materials. Creo also touted its CEPS-to-Press complete plate production solution for Scitex users.
DuPont Color Proofing showed Thermal Dylux, an imposition proofing solution capable of being imaged on an 830nm platesetter. Thermal Dylux was shown running on a Creo Trendsetter.
Fujifilm launched Valiano, a total digital workflow solution, designed to take advantage of ROOM and Adobe PostScript 3 by supporting a full range of digital file formats.
Imation launched Matchprint Laser Proof, the company's digital halftone proofing system.
Polaroid, exhibiting in nine booths at the show, demonstrated PolaProof 2400, which includes an Agfa Apogee interface, as well as the new Polaroid DryJet II 2820 color proofing system, with a Windows NT RIP.
Screen USA profiled its lastest move in Taiga, TaigaSPACE version 4.3, which is able to take PostScript input and perform all prepress set-up and calculations for output to proof, film, plate or paper. Also at Screen, the FlatRite 1050 flatbed platesetter was demonstrated.