Why Buy an Imagesetter?
Cymbolic Sciences' LIGHTJET 2000 plots an 8x10˝ image at 2,032 dpi on transparency or negative film in 10 minutes. LIGHTJET 2000's input/output cassettes hold 20 sheets of film up to 11x14˝. FIRESETTER creates color separations and composite film up to 27x37˝ at 2,000 dpi or 4,000 dpi.
At Fujifilm, the Celix 4000 Mark II—a four-page, internal drum imagesetter featuring an advanced film handling system that boosts throughput speed by 20 percent over its predecessor—is getting much marketing attention. Five standard output resolutions range from 1,219 dpi to 4,876 dpi to accommodate a number of output screens up to 600 lpi. The unit also features a substantially larger maximum imaging area of 29.9x24.7˝ and various RIPing options, including: Fujifilm's CelebraNT v2.0 with Adobe PostScript 3, Fujifilm HQ-NT RIP and the Rampage RIPing System.
Heidelberg Prepress offers the eight-up Signasetter for complete signature output. Signasetter features DeltaTechnology, which includes trapping, print spooling and OPI capabilities, as well as Delta-List imposition.
Heidelberg Prepress also puts strong enthusiasm behind its new Herkules Elite four-up imagesetter, as well as the four-up Herkules Basic drum imagesetter, both featuring the Delta RIP.
Ultre offers UltreVISION laser diode-based imagesetting technology, which supports visible red film, as well as dry film. The Ultre 5800 extends out to a full 18.12˝, permitting output of spread-size pages and fully imposed, four-up flats.
PrePRESS Solutions has moved up market with the PantherPro/62 imagesetter. What prompted PrePRESS' development of a 24.625˝ wide capstan device?
"Users in several markets asked us to develop imagesetting and platesetting solutions for multiple-page output with high-throughput specifications similar to the successful PantherPro and PantherPro/46 HS systems, as an alternative to the much less productive and much more expensive drum imagesetters that previously offered the only solution in this larger format arena," explains David McGahey, manager of market development.