DRUPA 2004 -- Gearing Up for the Big Show
The Magnus has a 63x83" drum for imaging large plates, but also supports portrait and dual plate loading of smaller sizes for greater throughput. It employs higher power imaging heads, new electronics and a flexible loading architecture to enhance productivity.
Configurations include manual, continuous load (enables the next plate to be queued while the current one is being imaged) and fully automatic (with four cassettes). The machine has a smaller footprint than the Trendsetter VLF, which Creo will continue to offer.
On the workflow side of the business, Synapse Director is intended to provide full connectivity between Brisque 5.0 systems and the Networked Graphic Production (NGP) environment. It brings the production management features of the Prinergy workflow—automation, database tracking, load balancing, etc.—to Brisque users.
Offering many of those same capabilities in a more affordable package is Prinergy Evo. The native PDF workflow runs on a Windows platform, but also supports Mac clients. Its tool set includes OPI, normalize, optimize, color management, trapping and imposition functions, with JDF integration. The latest upgrade to the full Prinergy system, version 2.3 features better PDF preflighting, connectivity with digital presses and greater JDF functionality, including imposition integration.
Creo is introducing a variety of improvements in other NGP components, as well. Synapse Upfront version 3.0 extends its JDF support, adds new cutting styles, expands the page limit per section plan and improves the integration with Preps. Preps 5.0 brings Mac OSX support and a new SmartMarks feature to speed template creation. Synapse Prepare 2.0 offers improved integration with InSite and enables product branding by users. Support for 18 additional MIS systems has been added to Synapse Link.
The company is also rolling out Spotless 4 and X software that is said to reduce the need to use special inks to print spot colors. The technology reportedly can work with a printer's current CMYK ink set, plus one or two additional colors with the "X" version, and takes press conditions into account for improved color accuracy and consistency.