CTP FIELD REPORTS -- Set to Compete
As for important features the platesetters do have, the prepress director points to the ability to apply a different linearization curve to each page of an eight-page form. "What has surprised me the most is how accurate the machine is," he adds.
The shop installed a new Apogee Series3 workflow as part of the package. "The front end is more important to making CTP-based production work," Monfette asserts. "Your productivity really depends on how long it takes to prep a job. It used to take us an hour to get four plates prepped; now it doesn't even take 15 minutes. We've automated the process."
Kirkwood had previously worked in a linework and CT file format environment, the prepress director explains. "People who are in the linework/CT world have learned how to manipulate the data very well out of necessity. Linework and CT work against you today. We had to QC, QC and QC again jobs for things like trapping because the system handled linework and CT elements differently," he says.
"The difference with the Apogee system is Agfa has made the workflow very straightforward," Monfette continues. "What they have developed works very well. I believe PDF has moved PostScript ahead of the linework/CT format. We now turn everything into PDFs internally. The workflow has cut our prepress labor cost by about a third on a typical job, and it's also saving us time."
Platesetter: Heidelberg Prosetter 74
Plates: Mitsubishi Silver DigiPlate
Technology: 5mW violet
In a sense, Pinnacle Press is about to mark its first birthday. The printer was reborn as a digital shop last March.
"It took us the entire month, but in that time we were able to install a brand new five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 press (with makeready automation), MetaDimension front end, Prosetter 52 platesetter and HP 5000 ink-jet proofer," reports Mike Kettlewell, president.