DIGITAL PROOFING -- Bouncing a Process Check
Ongoing product development and inexperienced print buyers ensure that printers will continually face a need to provide proofing education. This year, it's impossible to assess the state-of-the-art in any technology without looking to Drupa 2004 and the product introductions industry vendors planned for the event. "New" digital proofers are in the offing from a number of exhibitors.
Agfa is adding a large-format version to its double-sided imposition proofer line. The Grand SherpaMatic has a 50˝ width and employs an eight-color (CcMmYyKk) printing system. It offers two resolution modes—360x360 dpi for fast imposition proofing and 720x720 dpi for high-quality output. The proofer is slated to be available in the fourth quarter of 2004.
The company is also featuring WebApproval + CM for soft proofing as part of its ApogeeX system.
For its Integris 800 proofing solutions, Creo Inc. is introducing a Double-Sided Media Guide as a user-installable add-on to the Epson Stylus Pro 9600 and 10600 printers. The guide is designed to be used with Integris two-sided Matte 100 media to provide back-to-front registration by minimizing curl, cockle and swelling.
Also new is the Integris Desktop proofing solution that integrates the 17˝-wide Epson Stylus Pro 4000 ink-jet printer with a Creo workflow and consumables. The system offers a maximum resolution of 1,440x2,880 dpi and uses Integris-qualified Epson UltraChrome ink for color fidelity and stability.
Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) is extending its proofing product line while development work also continues on the remote proofing technology (for graphic arts applications) it acquired from RealTimeImage. Matchprint Virtual Press Side is a second generation of KPG's SWOP-certified, monitor-based proofing system and comes packaged as a mobile installation for use in the pressroom. Color-accurate proofing is said to be achieved by using calibrated monitors under controlled viewing conditions and implementing ICC-based color management.
The system incorporates RealTimeProof Web-based viewing and collaboration tools for working with high-resolution files. The version 5.0 upgrade of this standalone application adds "Multiple-view" and "Compare" functions. Users can now view as many as four high-resolution images concurrently on-screen. The comparison feature enables two versions of the same image to be viewed side-by-side, with a third panel showing either just the areas that are different or the entire image with the areas of difference highlighted by flashing between the two versions.