Focus on Digital Front Ends
White reports Scitex's implementation of Extreme's Normalizer technology that converts PostScript to PDF on the Brisque, providing effective preflighting and often speeding RIP times. For the four-CPU Brisque4, Normalizer opens the possibility of speeding throughput by splitting multi-page documents over several RIPs. Brisque's new Export PDF option creates compressed, low-resolution Acrobat files for remote proofing, as well as high-res PDFs for remote exposure.
New proofing options for Brisque include connectivity to the Kodak Approval XP4 from Kodak Polychrome Graphics, as well as Presstek's PEARLhdp digital halftone proofing system now interfaced with the Brisque family of DFE solutions. Connecting Scitex's streamlined production-oriented prepress system to Presstek's PEARLhdp proofing system allows users to maintain their current prepress capabilities while enhancing their output flexibility, allowing output through Brisque to PEARLhdp.
At a minimum, the configuration for a Presstek/Scitex workflow includes a Scitex Brisque proof for PEARLhdp with new hardware and software to produce Presstek-compatible files, a Presstek Windows NT-based PEARLserver with PEARLtools and a Presstek PEARLhdp proofing system.
"Early in our CTP/DI experiences, we heard loud and clear that workflow and, more specifically, RIP options were paramount to ease of integration and acceptance of an efficient production environment," explains Sandy Fuhs, marketing manager at Presstek. "Since the RIP is the connection between the DFE and the output devices, we put most of our efforts toward RIP connectivity." She's also quick to note that Presstek has gone through years of grueling interfacing to the most popular DFEs, including Scitex Brisque, Harlequin, Agfa and Rampage.
"Every time an operating system or Adobe announces an upgrade, my hair gets a bit more gray," Fuhs jokes of the pressure to expand DFE functionality. "Each survey we conducted and every prospect we visited told us of new challenges and connectivity requirements, ranging from OPI, trapping and imposition to numerous applications including preflighting. Improving DFE functionality is a huge task."