The Next Wave - Digital Directions
"Throughput will continue to improve. For the first time, Scitex scanner throughput is high enough to exceed the data transfer rate of the SCSI interface. Current and future Scitex high-performance scanners will use some sort of high-speed link such as SCSI-2.
"Also, the increasing performance of general-purpose computers (such as Power Macintosh G3s) will continue to influence scanner technology. No longer will a scanner manufacturer have to design and manufacture special purpose image-processing hardware. Instead, the image processing can be transferred to the host computer benefiting from the revolutionary performance improvements that come out of the general-purpose computer world."
Allen J. Dunn, senior product development manager, Electronic Imaging, at Fujifilm, on DFE solutions rich in PDF support.
"No matter whether you are going direct-to-film, direct-to-plate, digital proofing, imposition proofing, remote proofing or a host of other digital activities, the digital front end (DFE) is where it must begin.
"The solutions available are wide and rich in features, providing controls for color management, PDF support, back-end production processes, front-end estimating and preflight, but what do you really need? That is the question one considering changing his front-end process must first ask and understand.
"A commercial printing operation needs to consider the equipment it has at present, then find a solution that enables the operation to utilize its existing equipment with the flexibility to grow toward the company's goals. The cost to replace everything for a brand new solution is prohibitive and training-intensive. In 1999, digitally progressive commercial printers will need to look for DFE solutions that best meet their needs—believe me, they are out there."
Jason Taylor, vice president, sales/marketing, Canto, on how digital asset management will play out in 1999.
"The DAM market is still a developing industry with lots of small companies with diverse offerings, making it hard sometimes for customers to recognize the ideal solution for them.