News: New products get back to basics – Seybold hits New York – Industry Trend or Event
New York – While many eyes were on Apple at last week’s Seybold Seminars New York 98, a host of third-party vendors focused on traditional, bread-and-butter aspects of publishing. Many of the latest announcements centered on RIPs, input and output devices, asset management systems, PDF tools and color management products (see 03.16.98, Page 1).
* RIPs. YARC Systems Corp. announced it will customize a version of its Mac-based RIP to support Hewlett-Packard Co.’s new DesignJet 3000CP wide-format printer (see 03.16.98, Page 6). YARC said the $2,995 RIP will manage ColorSync ICC profiles and will come bundled with 1,003 fonts. Its hot-folder feature will improve networking speed in smaller workgroups, YARC said. A final ship date was not available.
Electronics for Imaging Inc. announced a new line of Fiery RIP servers. Based on a 533-MHz Alpha processor, the Fiery ZX-3300, ZX-5300 and ZX-7200 will use an Adobe PostScript 3 interpreter. The company also took the wraps off DocBuilder Pro, its new PDF imposition server. The tool will support a variety of layouts, including 4-up, gatefold and accordion 4-across styles.
Harlequin Group PLC released ScriptWorks 5.0, the latest version of its color RIP. The new software supports PostScript 3 and PDF’s Job Ticket Format and embedded ICC profiles.
UFO Systems showed the new Windows NT version of its ColorFlare RIP. Using a 300-MHz Intel Pentium II processor, the $15,950 machine can drive a color copier and multiple wide-format inkjet printers simultaneously, UFO said.
PhotoScript Group Ltd. launched its latest Unix-based hardware RIP servers for large-format printing. Due in April, the $3,995 PhotoScript 5000 uses a 200-MHz Pentium processor, 64 Mbytes of RAM and a 2.1-Gbyte hard drive. The $4,995 PhotoScript 5300 uses a 300-MHz Pentium, 128 Mbytes of RAM and a 4-Gbyte drive.
* Asset management. T/One Inc. showed off client software upgrades for its high-end Merlin asset management system. Using a dual-processor Intel Pentium server, Merlin is based on the Microsoft FoxPro database and can store text and images. The client software, available for Mac OS and Windows, provides search-and-retrieval tools. Merlin Webmaster can provide a Web browser interface to Merlin. T/One said that after the release of Version 3.1 of the Merlin client, scheduled later this month, the company will move to an entirely Web-based client.
North Plains Systems Inc. introduced Version 1.3 of its TeleScope asset management system. The new version of the client-server software, which links to any Open Database Connectivity- or SQL-compliant database, adds support for additional database platforms. Previously Mac-only, Telescope 1.3’s administration component now runs on Windows 95 and NT.
* PDF. FileOpen Systems Inc. released Version 2.0 of FileOpen PDF, a tool that lets users secure and add access restrictions to PDF documents. Users can now set expiration times and enter tracking information.
DK&A Inc. announced PDF import capabilities to its INposition software with its latest update, Version 2.1. INposition 2.1 also imposes native QuarkXPress, Adobe PageMaker, PostScript, EPS, PICT and TIFF files, the company said.
* XTensions. MC Research Ltd. shipped its LinkUP! 7 Quark XTension. The $2,995 plug-in enables catalog publishers and others to connect QuarkXPress with databases and automate catalog publishing. New features in Version 7 include support for relational databases and picture usage analysis.
Koyosha Graphics of America Inc. launched Enhance Preview XT, a $99 XTension that will display high-resolution previews of images within XPress. Koyosha said Enhance Preview XT, due in early April, is a lower-cost version of its Precision Preview XT XTension without its prepress features.
* Color management. Monaco Systems Inc. rolled out new versions of its Mac-based, ColorSync-compatible color management packages. The new software supports more hardware and offers more accurate ICC device profiles, Monaco said.
Monaco’s offerings include MonacoMatch, a $6,695 color management and work flow-automation package, three IT8 targets and a sensor for monitor calibration. Also available with one target and the sensor are MonacoProfiler, a $4,395 package that includes the company’s color management software, and MonacoProof, a $1,195 package that includes software for profiling monitors and input devices and soft-proofing images.
* Printers and scanners. Bayer Corp.’s Agfa division demonstrated its $8,995 DuoScan T2000 XL, a 12-by-18-inch scanner that uses a dual-lens system and Agfa’s TwinPlate technology. It features separate beds for reflective art and transparencies.
Tally Printer Corp. shipped its Spectra*Star T8050 variable-dot transfer color printer. Priced at $11,995, it generates full-bleed, tabloid-size documents using a modified form of thermal wax technology that Tally said portrays color separations, text and detail more accurately than dye-sub.
Canon Computer Systems Inc. announced the CD-200, a digital photo printer that will accept the CompactFlash media cards used in many digital cameras. The $499, 5-pound device, due in July, will use dye-sublimation technology to print a maximum output size of 3.2 by 4.2 inches. It will print images at 288 dpi and include video-in and video-out ports.
* Digital cameras. Phase One Inc. unveiled a new digital camera back. The $29,900 device, available now, captures 42-bit color, the company said, and its resolution is 7,000 by 7,000 pixels. Phase One said the device offers a light sensitivity of up to 1,600 ISO and can photograph images at sizes up to 140 Mbytes.
Sinar Bron Imaging Inc. introduced Version 3.5.4 of the DCB/CatchLight software for Scitex Corp.’s Leaf and Sinarcam digital camera lines. Its Compose-to-Layout feature positions an art director’s sketch over a live video image from the camera. Photographers can then use the superimposed sketch to lay out their subject material. New automatic lens boards and a sliding adapter for the Sinarcam were also introduced.
* Prepress and proofing. DynaLab Ltd. demonstrated its Light Bridge digital proofing software, for which it plans a U.S. release in April.
Ultimate Technographics Inc. announced plans for a prepress tool that will prevent users from making the mistakes that dog service bureaus. Dubbed Flight Simulator, the software will include a PostScript 3 RIP, a viewer and an XTension or plug-in. Ultimate said the software, due in June for less than $2,500, will be compatible with the company’s Ultimate Server prepress work-flow system.
* Internet solutions. While Internet technologies grabbed attention at past Seybold shows, new Web wares at this show – held only a week after Spring Internet World (see 02.16.98, Page 1) – were somewhat sparse.
Blue demonstrated its digital media technology, also called Blue. The software is designed to help magazine publishers convert Web site visitors to paid subscribers. Publishers send their content to Blue, and the company creates a downloadable version of a print magazine in a format based on PDF. Web surfers are invited to download the Blue client – available now for Windows and due in six to nine months for Mac OS – which will retrieve new content for a limited period of time from the Internet.
* Other. The show saw the U.S. premiere of LuRaTech Ltd.’s cross-platform compression utilities. The company rolled out LuraDocument, a $412 Adobe Photoshop plug-in that applies different levels of compression to images and text automatically. For example, users can set a lossless compression level for black text and a 100-to-1 level for color images.
Media4 Productions Inc. rolled out MacDrive 98 Alpha, a version of its Windows NT utility that lets Alpha-based systems read and write Mac files.
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