Target - DRUPA 2000
For the color calibration and color management of digital proofing and printed output, X-Rite offered the DTP41 AutoScan spectrophotometer, which is capable of reading almost 500 patches in less than 5 minutes. The latest version, DTP41/T, has the capability of measuring opaque reflective media, as well as transparent and translucent media used for large-format, backlit, display graphics and presentation materials.
Indeed, DRUPA 2000 holds much promise for printers in the area of color measurement and control. X-Rite will continue to bring to market color tools that work.
Focus on PDF
Catherine McCarthy, business development manager at Enfocus, on removing the remaining obstacles to using PDF for high-end digital prepress and ensuring PDF's future as a standard.
Major industry forces are ensuring that Adobe's PDF will lead the graphic arts as a standard communications
format as we go into DRUPA 2000 and beyond. Giants such as Agfa, Scitex and Heidelberg, to name just a few, are integrating PDF into their production systems and industry analysts agree that the adoption curve of PDF on the desktop will now accelerate greatly.
Enfocus is confident that its PDF technologies, now centered on automated preflight and revision, will continue to be popular with both end users and OEMs. Enfocus' goal is to become the worldwide leader in software tools that enable, enhance or support a variety of PDF workflows, above and beyond what is provided by Adobe. As such, Enfocus will expand beyond its current product portfolio, which includes PitStop, PitStop Server and PDF CheckUp for InDesign.
These technologies are important to the graphic arts market because the new version of Acrobat removes the remaining technical obstacles to using PDF for high-end prepress, enabling its use as a primary production format. In addition, InDesign allows one-step generation of PDF (as opposed to going around via PostScript and the Distiller), greatly enhancing PDF's appeal as the format of choice for sending jobs from document originator to service provider. Other application vendors, such as Quark, have announced support for one-step generation of PDF in future versions of their products.