Seybold SF--Beyond the Golden Gates, Digital Innovation AwaitsAugust 1998
Markzware Software will be announcing its advanced preflight technology, code-named Black Box, as an enhancement to Markzware's FLIGHTCHECK.
FLIGHTCHECK, currently available on Macintosh and Windows, offers the ability to check native documents created by QuarkXPress, Adobe PageMaker, Illustrator, FrameMaker, Photoshop, PDF, Macromedia's FreeHand, CorelDRAW and Multi-Ad Creator, verifying all elements including colors.
In other preflighting activities, Extensis will showcase Preflight Pro 2.0, which builds on a user interface with powerful new features that further streamline prepress workflows to ensure electronic files are output error-free.
Native application support for Adobe PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Macromedia FreeHand and Multi-Ad Creator2 is on board with this new Extensis offering, not to leave out complete PDF integration. Users can create a clean PDF file from Preflight Pro through links with Adobe Acrobat Distiller 3.0.
RIP ROARIN' RIP MANAGERS
Harlequin will demonstrate the latest versions of its multi-format ScriptWorks RIP Management System, which is used by more than 50 manufacturers of high-quality output devices around the world. On display will be ScriptWorks 5.0, the company's new PostScript Language Level 3 compatible version, due for release to Harlequin OEMs this fall. Also on display will be ScriptWorks 4.5 (currently shipping from Harlequin OEMs), which enables users to process PDF files directly.
SPLISH, SPLASHY SERVERS
Splash Technology's color servers transform Xerox and Fuji Xerox copiers into high-quality, networked color printers, scanners and proofing systems. Featured will be Splash Technology's new generation of color servers with advanced technology that provide complete, consistent and accurate color solutions.
With an open system architecture that fits easily into any network, the latest version of the Splash PCI and DC Series include such features as G3 750 PowerPC RISC processor, and Adobe PostScript 3 and Adobe PDF support. Look for Splash to promote a variety of color management innovations within its color printing systems.
THE COLORS OF PANTONE
Pantone will spotlight ColorReady, a three-in-one program for Macintosh users that provides an XTension for QuarkXPress, a plug-in for Illustrator and an Xtra for FreeHand for maximum flexibility in creating, calibrating and sharing custom palettes. The product expands the color management capabilities of each of these leading graphic applications.
DIGITAL ASSET MANAGERS
Get ready to see digital asset management solutions compete for time and attention. Attention grabbers will most probably be digital content manipulation and management solutions by Bitstream (Archetype's MediaBank), Canto (Cumulus), Cascade Systems (MediaSphere) and Imation (MediaManager).
At Seybold, Canto will be demonstrating its latest version of Cumulus version 4.0, which began shipping in July. This new version's features include multi-platform capabilities, remote administration of the server from any client workstation, cross-platform royalty-free browsing, new file formats and scripts, as well as QuickTime 3 support.
New from Bitstream is MediaBank version 2.3.2, including an optional module known as FullSearch, an embedded, professional-level search engine available in both the Workgroup and Enterprise editions. FullSearch allows MediaBank users to perform full text searches on virtually any textual content stored in the keywords database or in the cataloged files.
Fujifilm plans to exhibit its PICTROPROOF two-page digital color proofer, the C-550 flatbed color scanner with XYZ scanning capabilities and several products from its digital camera line. These products appeal to a wide range of customers from the printing and publishing industries.
"Over the years, Seybold San Francisco has evolved from a predominantly printing/design/graphics show into more of an Internet/software/digital asset show," asserts Phil Laskowsky, marketing and sales communications manager for the Graphic Systems division of Fujifilm. "Still, we at Fujifilm feel that it is an important West Coast show—probably the most important West Coast show.