Is there a CTP device in your future? To get the scoop on CTP, we asked the experts a few questions. Their answers will help you decide. Sharing their expertise on computer-to-plate topics were: • Mark Vanover Marketing Director of Advanced Solutions, Creo Inc. • Marc Johnson Product Line Marketing Manager, Off-Press Products, Presstek • Jeff Hopkins President, basysPrint • Stu Gallup Director, Digital Systems Marketing and Product Planning, A.B.Dick Co. • David Furman Agfa Product Marketing, CTP • Peter Vanderlaan Product Development Manager Electronic Imaging Hardware Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Graphic Systems Division . What advantages does a computer-to-plate device have over
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Though tragedy cast a pall over the show's final days, most of Print 01 was filled with exciting product introductions and surprising merger news. by Bob Neubauer Even the biggest industry news at Print 01 was overshadowed by the horrific destruction of the World Trade Center, which stunned attendees as they prepared for the sixth day of the show. The resulting shock and cancelled travel plans drastically slowed trade show traffic on the show's final three days. Many vendors even abandoned their booths. Prior to that tragic Tuesday, the largest graphic arts trade show of the year had been a place of
Print 01 featured numerous innovations in prepress, offset and bindery technologies. Find out all about them in part two of our show report. &002;by Bob Neubauer Walking the show floor at Print 01 was a printer's dream. Presses were churning out color posters, software was being demonstrated on large screens for small crowds, books were being folded, stitched and trimmed—wherever you looked, something was happening. Though the September 11 attacks brought the show to a halt, show management said about 66,300 people attended overall. Vendors reported a number of sales. Heidelberg's NexPress subsidiary sold more than 70 NexPress 2100 presses, part of
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
Papa Johns Louisville, Ky. It sounds like a pizza lover's dream. In addition to the standing dollar-a-slice deal available to Papa Johns employees from the on-site pizzeria at its corporate headquarters, employees can also enjoy 50 percent off all other Papa Johns pizza purchases. Though this undoubtedly adds a few pounds to workers' waistlines, the pizza chain giant has been adding much more than this lately. This month, Papa Johns' 85-employee in-plant will add a new 11,000-lb., 36˝, four-color Process King press to help it gain more control over the company's printing and marketing needs. Jack Klausing, director of
The world of color scanners is constantly changing. Discover new advances and products that can benefit your in-plant. COLOR SCANNING isn't what it used to be. Say good-bye to the time-consuming task of separating transparencies from prints and switching scanner modes accordingly. Today's scanners recognize what's on the bed and automatically change the mode for you, allowing you to scan film, slides and photos on the same device. "That's been the target machine that the manufacturers were trying to get to," says Don Rogers, product manager for scanners at Heidelberg Prepress. "These scanners allow all the work to be handled in-house without investing in
Better color management and expanded spot colors are increasing the accuracy of halftone proofs and facilitating an all-digital workflow. It seems that every flavor of digital proofer is pushing to better mimic press conditions, deliver stable, accurate color and provide printers with the best tool for making the customer happy: the contract proof. Easier said than done? Maybe not. Contract proofers, sporting better color management, expanded spot colors and flexible multisetting capabilities, are prepared to push the contract digital proof to the next level. Kodak Polychrome Graphics reports that the Kodak Approval XP4 halftone digital color proofing system with Open Front End (OFE) will
High-end scanning and imagesetting systems continue to push the limits of image manipulation and consistency. WORKING TOGETHER, scanners and imagesetters provide the powerful and precise images needed to create the products your customers expect and deserve. "Today's properly managed workflows allow close monitoring of input [scanner] and output [imagesetter] conditions to assure the consistency of the desired results," says Al Eddy, special promotions manager for electronic imagining at Fujifilm. "If printing parameters are known, the scanner can be the first level of control to create image files that already have the proper characteristics of a press and/or printing condition 'embedded' in them.
The leaders of the digital graphic arts industry converged in Boston recently to display their latest wares. Seybold returned to Boston this year after a two-year stint in New York—and what a homecoming it was. All the leaders of the digital graphic arts industry were on hand to show off their new technologies. Adobe, naturally, took a lead position at the show, as the father of PDF. Adobe President John Warnock and CEO Charles Geschke laid out their collective version of publishing for both print and the Internet during the exposition's opening keynote. Both Adobe executives stressed that publishers in the near future
Despite falling just a month after IPEX in England, this year's show drew more than 44,000 visitors—and the vendors didn't let them down. When graphic arts industry representatives from all over the world arrived in Chicago for Graph Expo recently, Xeikon decided to shock them a little bit. At a press conference, the Belgium-based digital color press manufacturer contended that digital color production costs are now comparable with offset at runs of 1,000 units or more. Based on a study Xeikon had commissioned, which used real costs and time factors in actual production environments, the company insisted that digital color presses have