PRINT 05 PREPRESS WORKFLOW & CTP -- Streamlining the Prepress Process
Prior to the show, Citiplate Imaging Technologies announced it had developed a family of photopolymer formulations that enable production of no-process (on-press development) thermal and violet digital plates, as well as conventionally imaged plates. Plates are to be sold under co-branding arrangements, with the thermal technology said to already be in controlled sales and the violet plate scheduled for release in late 2005 or early 2006.
At the show, ECRM announced it had entered into a custom plate manufacturing agreement with Citiplate to offer violet plates for its Mako CTP series. A conventional photopolymer version was due to be released and the companies expected to begin offering a process-free violet plate in late 2006.
RIPit Computer Corp. has also reportedly signed a similar agreement with Citiplate. It will market the RIPit SpeedSetter VM-series of violet metal platesetters together with RIPit brand plates, initially based on Citiplate violet photopolymer technology matched to a 60mW violet laser. A "no-process" version is planned for 2006.
Since new platesetter offerings destined for the show were previewed in the September issue of Printing Impressions ("Generation Gap in CTP" available in the article archive at www.piworld.com), they will not be covered here. ECRM, however, signed up late as an exhibitor, so its new Mako System4 and Mako System4x are included in the show product coverage that begins on page 50. Printware's new two-up photopolymer and violet metal platesetters are also new additions.
Taking a Low Profile
JDF's lower profile around the show floor actually extended to the activities of the CIP4 organization, which is spearheading its development. Rather than hosting a centralized JDF theater to showcase the latest developments as it had been doing, the group only published a master schedule of presentations to be held in member booths.
It also produced a fold-out "JDF Roadmap" that detailed "JDF Interoperability Trails" for specific operational areas—MIS, Front End/Prepress, Pressroom/Production and Postpress/Bindery. These trails identified multiple CIP4 members that were demonstrating JDF-enabled solutions in concert, by way of interconnectivity demonstrations between participating booths.