GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2003--Prepress and Digital Printin
Elsewhere, GMG showed the newly SWOP-certified combination of its ColorProof software driving Epson Stylus Pro 7600, 9600 and 10600 ink-jet printers. Creo also featured the Epson Stylus Pro 10600 in a faster version of its Integris proofing solution, and introduced a two-sided media guide for double-sided proofing on the 9600-based version.
For remote hardcopy proofing, Enovation is packaging together the new FujiFilm PictroProof II thermal-dye color proofer with ICS' Remote Director software.
Software-only announcements included EFI's rollout of Best Colorproof and Screenproof versions 5.0, which incorporate Adobe PostScript 3 for handling PDF/X formats, and the Best LinTool utility for linearizing output devices. Colorbus introduced Fidelity Xtreme to speed the processing of 1-bit TIFFs when used for proofing on large-format printers. CGS Publishing Technologies highlighted the new ScreenDot screen proofing option for its ORIS Color Tuner proofing system.
Digital printing continues to make slow, incremental progress toward broader adoption, as evidenced by announcements at this year's show. Canon USA unveiled two production color printing systems—the CLC 5100 (51 ppm) and CLC 4000 (40 ppm)—featuring new delivery and fixing unit systems, plus advanced color management technology for enhanced production and increased color consistency. Xerox introduced the entry-level DocuColor 5252 (52 ppm) as a replacement for the model 2045, and enhanced the DocuColor 6060 with PANTONE certification and additional finishing options. A.B.Dick rolled out its Color X-Press 3000 digital printing system, a 50-ppm machine based on Konica technology.
On the monochrome side, Océ added two models to its VarioPrint line of sheetfed, production-class digital printing systems: the 5160 rated for 158 monochrome ppm and the 85-ppm model 2090 multifunction copy/print/scan machine. Heidelberg introduced a "cp" (commercial printer) version of the Digimaster 9110, featuring enhanced paper handling and image quality improvements.
There were even a few announcements in the on-press/digital imaging segment, including the first showing of the aforementioned KPG DirectPress 5034 DI digital color press. The two-page, four-color machine is based on Ryobi press and Presstek imaging platforms. A similar press, marketed as the Ryobi 3404DI, is being offered by the xpedx/Import Group.
- Adobe Systems
- Agfa Graphics
- CGS Publishing Technologies
- DALiM Software
- DiMS! organizing print
- DuPont Imaging Technologies
- Eastman Kodak
- Enfocus Software
- Epson America
- FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Div.
- KBA North America
- manroland Inc.
- Muller Martini
- Presstek Inc.
- PRIMAC Systems, Vercom Software
- Radius Solutions
- Streamline Solutions
- Xerox Corp.