Riding DRUPA's Prepress Wave
Primesetters in Hamburg!
In mid-March, Heidelberg Prepress hosted a major press event in Hamburg, Germany, to announce its DRUPA product lineup—nothing short of Super Bowl proportions.
At DRUPA, Heidelberg will launch the following devices, with a focus on helping the small- and medium-size commercial printers extend their production routines into the world of digital prepress.
A critical launch for Heidelberg Prepress will be two new imagesetters. The new four-up Primesetter 74 is designed to supply print originals to the Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 and other medium-format presses. An almost square imaging format on the Primesetter 74 means that even six-page forms in two-up can be output. There will also be a launch of Primesetter 102, designed for use with the Speedmaster 102 and other comparable presses.
"Imagesetters are still very popular. Even though CTP is the hot topic, and is growing as a technology, the bread and butter output technology for many prepress departments in scores of commercial printing operations is imagesetters," reports Raymond Cassino, director of marketing at Heidelberg Prepress. "Imagesetters are a mature technology. Printers can rely on them, depend on them—familiarity does not necessarily breed contempt, at least not for today's imagesetters."
The Primesetters can image both films and polyester printing plates. Currently, the Primesetters can image the new Silver DigiPlates from Mitsubishi. The Primesetter family is the natural successor to the Herkules drum imagesetters, with the Primesetters featuring a non-contact material transport system that runs on an air cushion without rollers in the imagesetter. Also on the agenda for a DRUPA launch will be a new series of capstan imagesetters from Heidelberg Prepress —the Quicksetter 400 and Quicksetter 460. The Quicksetters come in two imaging widths: 406mm and 460mm.
Taking technology in a PDF direction, Heidelberg Prepress will also launch Delta Direct, a new generation of software RIPs based on an Adobe PostScript 3 interpreter. Delta Direct processes all PostScript levels—1, 2, 3—plus PDF up to version 1.3. Delta Direct offers a comprehensive combination of features, such as in-RIP color management for color adaptations, in-RIP trapping and in-RIP impositioning for simple impositioning.