CTP vs. CTF -- The Debate Rages On
So, there you have it. From CTP converts to a CTF diehard, the debate continues. And with the new, more fully featured and robust devices that were launched at DRUPA last month, the debate is sure to escalate. Will CTP win? Or, will CTF stay around for the long haul? Only time will tell.
New At DRUPA 2000
Agfa's new Galileo VS, available in four- and eight-up models, can output 17 40.5˝ (1,030mm) plates per hour at resolutions up to 2,400 dpi. In developing the Galileo, Agfa partnered with leaders in violet laser technology to develop the new line of computer-to-plate systems. In leveraging this technology for use in the graphic arts, Agfa has tapped into the extremely reliable, long-life diode model that is similar to those used in electronic components such as DVD players.
CreoScitex debuted the new of four- and eight-page Trendsetters: the Trendsetter 400, Trendsetter 3230+ and Trendsetter 3244+. The Trendsetter 400 is designed for the specific needs of the four-page market, while the new Trendsetter 3230+ and 3244+ have been re-engineered to better integrate features such as the new 40W SQUAREspot thermal-imaging head, laser-cooling system and debris-collection components (for ablative processless media).
FujiFilm introduced the new Dart Luxel T6000 CTP thermal platesetter that is capable of producing plates up to 21.5x32.25˝. With a compact footprint, high speed and consistent plate quality, the Dart Luxel sports other features including high productivity, with rotation up to 1,000 rpm. In conjunction with the 32-channel, multi-exposure system, it enables output of 16 thermal plates per hour at 2,400 dpi.
Also introduced were the FujiFilm PictroProof, a digital color proofer designed to meet the needs of CTP prepress work, and the three-beam version of the Sumo Luxel F-9000 imagesetter with output at speeds up to 58 eight-up flats per hour. In addition, Fujifilm's line of Brillia CTP plates, including Brillia LH-NI and Brillia LH-PI thermal plates also debuted.