Technology Update: Hot Picks for 2005
When computer-to-plate (CTP) printing hit the catalog scene in the mid-1990s, it promised to revolutionize catalog production. And it has. But it didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t occur without the support and cooperation of vendors and developers who built tools to support the new digital way of printing.
The development of CTP platesetters was just the beginning of the transition from film-based processes to a completely digital way of producing catalogs. Every year since CTP was first introduced, the catalog industry has grown more adept at using it to produce editions. And each sequential year has seen exciting new technologies that promise to make the digital production process simpler, faster, more reliable and less costly. This past year was no exception.
iQsmart1 Flatbed Color Scanner
This new scanner from Creo is designed specifically for the professional creative market. The ‘iQ’ in the iQsmart scanner family name stands for “image quality,” and the solution delivers true 16-bit color. It’s also a flexible scanning solution, according to Creo, in that it’s capable of scanning a wide range of original materials, including oversized enlargements, books and packages. Based on Creo’s XY Stitch scanning technology, the new device can scan any size original at the highest resolution across the entire scanning bed.
For more, visit: www.creo.com.
CanoScan 9950F Color Image Scanner
The new production-level scanning device from Canon U.S.A. can scan most types of originals, including photos, documents, transparencies and film (negatives and transparencies up to 4-by-5 inches).
In multi-scan mode, the CanoScan 9950F automatically can scan up to 30 35mm negative frames, and it can import each frame into an individual file. It has a maximum hardware resolution of 4,800-by-9,600 dpi and 48-bit color depth.
The new Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement has been built into this scanner, and it automatically performs an infrared scan that examines the films’ surfaces for dust and scratches, and removes the unwanted imperfections from the final scan. Additionally, the scanner can convert documents directly into PDF format.