Riding DRUPA's Prepress Wave
On the scanning side of Heidelberg Prepress, the Hamburg announcement of the Newcolor 7000 was major for the direction of the company's scanning activities. The concepts of Linocolor and the reference software of the DC 3000 scanner have been integrated and delivered in the Newcolor 7000 drum scanner, which is based completely on ICC profiles. Heidelberg will also launch Newcopix 7000 software for copydot scanning. Newcopix, available with Newcolor 7000, offers copydot and descreening modes, as well as a mixed mode for multi-purpose use.
The German technology provider will also unveil at DRUPA the Heidelberg Colorcam digital camera back and the newly developed LinoColorcam software. Featuring a resolution of six million pixels and a color depth of 16 bits per channel, Colorcam is a professional, high-resolution camera back for medium-format and professional cameras. LinoColorcam controls the camera back, but can also be used as a standalone program. LinoColorcam allows for ready-to-print data, that is color-separated when the image is shot.
Presstek's New Anthem
Presstek chose Boston as its site during the month of March to tout its DRUPA wares. DRUPA will mark the unveiling of Presstek's new Anthem thermal plate for CTP imaging. Based on patented Presstek coating technology, Anthem combines ablative imaging with industry standard, on-press performance. Presstek President Robert Hallman reports the plate, already in its final beta phase, will be fully available at DRUPA.
Anthem, with a thermal sensitivity in the 800 to 1,200nm range, is optimized for use with Presstek's new Dimension400 thermal platesetter, also slated for a DRUPA debut. Dimension400, the first in a new series of thermal platesetters from Presstek, can image a 10x10˝ to 27x31˝ plate at 2,540 dpi. A maximum size plate will image in three minutes. The Dimension400 supports all popular RIPs and prepress workflows with automated conversion of 1-bit TIFF bitmap files for output and standard interface hardware and protocols.