The Contract Proof - 2000
Polaroid's theory on color management is that "when you start out with the right color, color management becomes a whole lot easier." Therefore, logically, a trend to watch throughout 2000 in streamlining digital workflow is the integration of stochastic screening.
"A well-known printing company tested stochastic screening in a CTP workflow. The results reportedly claim that stochastic is easier to run than conventional screening—no moiré and higher quality reproduction of more detail in a wider latitude with a greater dynamic range," LaBaugh reports. "A big benefit is consistency. Stochastic screening was once thought of as difficult to reproduce, but now with the fine dot reproduction and minimal gain capabilities of CTP systems, stochastic has the potential to flourish by providing a defining competitive edge—stochastically screened digital proofs need not be a missing link in workflow."
Watch the proofing directions of Agfa, Creo/Heidelberg, Fujifilm, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, Polaroid, Optronics, Scitex, Screen (USA) and other top manufacturers. Multi-setters will be in vogue in 2000, offering the flexibility of plates or proofs to a market demanding both—fast.
2000 Is the Year For Drop-on-demand
By Deborah Hutcheson, senior product marketing manager, proofing, Agfa Corp.
In seeking a digital proofing strategy that would take us into the 21st century, Agfa carefully examined every available technology. The clear winner from all angles was ink jet—not just because of what it can do today, but more importantly for its future potential. Amazing as its progress has been over the last five years, ink-jet technology is still in its infancy, and most people will see it advance beyond their imagination in the next few years.
Here is an overview of why Agfa chose the ink-jet path, the advantages it offers and what proofing users can expect from this technology.
- Ink-jet proofing offers seven major advantages over other systems.