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Graph Expo Part II

December 2000
In part two of our Graph Expo report, we detail the latest advances in prepress, e-commerce, bindery and consumables.

The recent Graph Expo show in Chicago drew more than 45,000 industry professionals to McCormick Place. Last month IPG took you there as we detailed many of the technologies on display, including direct imaging and digital printing innovations.

But with nearly 575 exhibitors at the four-day event, we couldn't cover it all in one issue. So this month we're presenting even more Graph Expo highlights.

Prepress

Group Logic exhibited MassTransit, version 3.6, its high-speed digital file transfer and remote proofing software. MassTransit 3.6 boosts file transfer performance by more than 20 percent over previous versions, lets users view the Log and Job browser from the Web and expands remote administration capabilities. MassTransit 3.6 also ports enterprise features to the Windows version of the software and creates powerful, efficient workflows.

Agfa released Apogee Create, the fourth and newest component of the Apogee PDF-based production system. Apogee Create establishes a collaborative, high-productivity link between creative and production teams, by giving creators a tool to produce workflow-optimized PDF files and job tickets. Using Adobe's OEM PostScript Extreme Normalizer with Agfa enhancements, Apogee Create produces digital masters that are identical in format to those created and processed by the Apogee Pilot production manager. The use of Apogee Create introduces the production of PDF digital masters upstream from the production environment, thus improving workflow speed and predictability.

A.B.Dick showed printers a way to transfer hard copy work (images, text, line art or tints) into a digital workflow using its new ScanMaster digital scanning system. ScanMaster will bolster A.B.Dick's Digital PlateMaster CTP line. Its simple graphic interface does not require customers to open different programs to scan, manipulate and layout pages.

Also on the scanning front, CreoScitex showed EverSmart oXYgen, a new scanning workflow innovation based around CreoScitex's new DigitalTransparency (DT) technology. oXYgen allows EverSmart scanner owners to capture information from an original and transform it into a repurposable DT file. Once an image is captured as a DT, it can be processed at any stage, at any time, for any output device, enabling a repurposable, distributed scanning workflow.

CreoScitex also introduced Brisque 6 for its best-selling Digital Front Ends (DFEs). Early benchmarks demonstrate it's at least three times faster than the current Brisque 4. The six-CPU unit can drive a platesetter, a filmsetter, two Iris proofers and four imposition proofers simultaneously.
 

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