CHARLOTTETOWN, CANADA— "CTP Plate Making: Understanding the Real Costs" is the title of a new white paper available from J Zarwan Partners. Key findings of the research reveal that chemistry can account for as much as 30 percent of the price of the plate, with additional hidden costs potentially bringing the total even higher, asserts John Zarwan, founder of the research firm. The white paper examines the cost of plates and processing from leading CTP vendors, including Agfa, Fujifilm, KPG, Presstek and Lastra. J Zarwan Partners spoke with 63 printers of various sizes that employ products from all of the major manufacturers and process types. (www.johnzarwan.com)
SAN JOSE, CA—Adobe Systems announced it has no plans to introduce an OSX version of PageMaker and instead has launched a campaign to convert the installed base to InDesign users. To that end, it has released InDesign CS PageMaker Edition, which includes a full version of the application along with a PageMaker Plug-in Pack, templates and training materials to help users make the transition.
PageMaker Plug-in Pack reportedly enables the application's Story Editor and Control Palette functions to be carried over to InDesign. The ALAP InBooklet plug-in also has been ported over to provide basic imposition capabilities. The software pack can be purchased as a standalone product and will be bundled with the Adobe Create Suite line. (www.adobe.com)
MINNEAPOLIS—CGS Publishing Technologies International reports signing an agreement with KBA North America that enables its ORIS Works workflow system to be offered as a front end to the 74 Karat digital offset press. The workflow package can be enhanced with ORIS PDF Tuner, for late-stage editing and correction of jobs files, and ORIS Color Tuner, for ink-jet proofing. The 74 Karat is an all-digital sheetfed offset press that supports a page size of up to 20.5x29˝. (www.kba-print.com/www.cgsusa.com)