The Next Wave - Digital Directions
Jim Crawford, product manager for PS plates, Fujifilm, on the thermal plate potential for this year.
"As printers enter the new year, 1999 should finally deliver the commercial availability of new thermal plate offerings. Until now, users had to rely on large processing footprints utilizing multiple ovens to benefit from thermal plate advantages.
"Now, as Fujifilm introduces the Brillia LH-PI thermal plate, the market will applaud processing equipment that reminds them of the 'good old' conventional days—in other words, no more ovens! With a standalone processor that allows platemaking to be performed in daylight conditions, printers will reap the functionality benefits many Fujifilm customers have experienced for years with our conventional plates."
Marc Olin, president at Prograph, on strides toward the comprehensive adoption of electronic job ticketing in the printing industry.
"Electronic job ticketing, while a fairly young technology, promises to make large strides toward adoption within the printing industry this year.
"There are two basic approaches to electronic job ticketing currently being implemented within the printing industry today: In the prepress area, PJTF—the Portable Job Ticket Format developed by Adobe—is being implemented as part of a new PostScript Extreme standard; and PROSE, authored by the Graphic Communications Association, is being used by publication and catalog printers. A third standard for electronic ticketing, CIP3, deals with press, postpress and finishing instructions.
"At Prograph, we have built systems to support PROSE since it was released over five years ago. During 1999, we will be adding capabilities to support PJTF and PROSE together, to provide the most detailed electronic job ticketing available within the industry. Currently, we have well over 100 customers with PROSE capabilities, including many publishers. And, given the inquiries we've received, many more publishers and printers are investigating the advantages of a PROSE or PROSE/PJTF system.