Adobe Systems will be developing paper-to-digital scanning, security and print solutions based on Adobe PDF to work with the imageRUNNER multi-function hardware line and imageWARE software.
Canon is working with Microsoft on a color management system, called Windows Color System, for the soon-to-be-released Windows Vista operating system. Incorporating Canon's Kyuanos software, the system reportedly will provide better screen-to-print matching, along with supporting alternative color spaces and greater bit depth.
"We are living in a time in which connectivity is ubiquitous, networking is commonplace and digital content is becoming richer by the day," notes Yoroku "Joe" Adachi, president and CEO of Canon U.S.A. "Canon imageANYWARE uniquely positions Canon to help thrive in this miraculous new digital world."
PRIMIR Printing Plate Study Published
RESTON, VA—PRIMIR, the Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization, recently published a new study titled "Life Cycle of Analog and Digital Lithographic Printing Plates." Completed by Boston-based State Street Consultants, the study projects the total market for lithographic plates in North America to decline about 11 percent in volume over the 2005-2010 time period.
Even as the overall market declines, the researchers say continuing adoption of computer-to-plate production will simultaneously drive both a rapid growth in use of digital plates and a steep decline in demand for traditional analog plates. This trend will hold true for both metal and non-metal categories. By 2010, digital plates are expected to account for close to 80 percent of total lithographic plate shipments.
The study also assessed the CTP device market. Its findings indicate that the installed base of platesetters in North America had reached close to 12,000 units by the end of 2004, including metal and non-metal systems. This installed base is forecast to grow to more than 17,000 machines by the end of 2010.
Additionally, the research projects a significant replacement market will emerge for metal CTP systems over that same period. By 2010, such installations should account for about 80 percent of annual metal CTP shipments.