IPEX 2002 -- Set to Spring Up
Xaar plc, a leading developer of ink-jet technology, expects IPEX 2002 to be a showcase for significant improvements in digital ink-jet printing, both in terms of speed and image quality, says Ian Macgregor, director of marketing. The event will mark the true birth of greyscale printing with variable-size dots to improve the perceived resolution of the image, he says.
Macgregor says show visitors also will see increased evidence of ink-jet technology making substantial in-roads into new markets, especially packaging, textiles and decorative products. While Xaar is "getting close to achieving the Holy Grail" of ink jet technology—the page-wide array, Steve Temple—technical director, adds that a product introduction at IPEX shouldn't be expected.
Atlas Software BV will also have a broader presence at IPEX thanks to 11 of its partners, who plan to run Print Shop Mail variable information printing (VIP) software in their booths. The company intends to launch new versions (Mac and Windows) of the application at the spring show, says Hans Huijsing, marketing manager. Among the new features will be support for unicode and double-byte data formats, implementation of Hot Folders to automate processing, and full support for the PPML standard, he says. In addition, the upgrades will run faster on both platforms, and PDF support is being added to the Mac version, Huijsing notes.
Adobe Systems expects to use the international trade show as a forum to promote some of its recent product releases for the professional graphic arts market. InDesign 2.0 will have a featured role, supported by the fact that the U.K. edition of Glamour magazine is a big-name user of the product.
Attendees also can expect to get updates from Adobe and its OEMs on the evolution of PDF Transit, its just introduced tool for PDF file generation and job submission via the Internet. Other highlights will include Illustrator 10 demos and further development of Adobe's "Network Publishing" vision.