GRAPH EXPO & CONVERTING EXPO 2003--Prepress and Digital Printin
In addition, KBA North America introduced a special plastic printing option for its 74 Karat digital offset press. MAN Roland displayed a printing unit from its DICOweb on-press imaging system in Chicago, but said the real news will come at DRUPA 2004. One development reportedly in the works is a "convoy" concept that integrates a DICOweb unit with conventional web offset printing units to increase production flexibility in newspaper applications.
HP Indigo was part of the broader show trend toward increased use of presentations by customers. In this case, the users focused on their successful one-to-one marketing campaigns.
Prepress exhibits around the show floor reflected a variety of other trends.
In the CTP arena, developments in platesetters primarily focused on enhancements to existing product lines, including faster speeds and/or increased automation. Creo spoiled the potentially big introduction of its new Positive Thermal plate—designed for long run lengths with no pre- or post-baking required—by announcing it just prior to the show. Printing Developments Inc. (PDI) did save the introduction of its next-generation Delta 830 long-run (1 million impressions with no baking) thermal plate for the show. And KPG extended its Sword line with Excel, a thermal, high-resolution, negative processing plate rated for up to 500,000 impressions without baking.
Native support for Mac OSX was a requisite announcement for any software applications that hadn't already been upgraded to the platform. Enfocus PitStop Professional 6.0, which also features support for PANTONE color matching and PDF 1.5, was just one example.
Similarly, support for the PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 formats has become a de facto requirement for any tools and systems that work with PDF files.
The product section of the GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO 2003 coverage in this issue offers additional details on specific introductions, but it's not practical to include every announcement at the show.
- 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.