The Next Wave - Digital Directions
"As the year 2000 approaches, publishers replacing their editorial systems to achieve Y2K compliance should be including DAM systems to better archive and repurpose their content, as well as to address the overall shift to digital technology for everything from pagination to photojournalism."
Rick Mazur, director of worldwide CTP marketing, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, on thermal plate technology in 1999.
"With increasing customer demand for thermal platesetters in 1998, we forecast that thermal platemaking for computer-to-plate solutions will make up more than 65 percent of the market in 1999. With the Thermal Plate 830, Kodak Polychrome Graphics has established thermal technology as the viable way to reliably image digital plates and to see improved benefits on-press.
"Customers have asked for thermal technology that can deliver no chemical processing. In 1999, Kodak Polychrome Graphics will introduce a plate to market requiring no chemical processing, as previewed at GRAPH EXPO 98, in addition to the commercial launch of Electra, our no-preheat thermal plate.
"We forecast a continued move toward thermal plate imaging, which gives customers the added benefit of faster makeready and consistent, reliable press performance."
Miranda Tivey, director of marketing at Vio, on managed network directions for global connectivity.
"The graphic arts industry is looking for ways to increase customer service: shorter production lead times, improved quality and turnaround time on proofing cycles, and serving customers on a global basis.
"In response, the managed network became a reality in 1998, with solutions like Vio providing fast, secure and dedicated services to the graphic arts industry—placing control into the hands of users across a global network.
"Now, the market is looking beyond simple file delivery. Network services are responding, with online job tracking, remote color managed proofing and delivery to multiple destinations from one job ticket.
"In 1999, customers will demand even more sophisticated workflow applications that are possible through managed network services—end-to- end production—focusing on integration and automation, direct access to remote asset databases, improved management of digital ad delivery and streamlined distribution to multiple print sites."