A Graph Expo Wrap-Up You Won't Want to Miss
Production on Auto Pilot
Enfocus Software announced its new Instant PDF 3.0 solution, which enables content creators to produce "press-ready" PDF files. Enfocus Instant PDF 3.0 automatically creates Certified PDFs that comply with any print or ad supplier's specifications. Instant PDF 3.0 is available as a stand-alone solution ($199 on Enfocus' online store), in distribution packs and as a component of Enfocus' PDF Workflow Suite.
Vio also announced a new partnership with Enfocus, where Vio will integrate the Enfocus PitStop Library with the Vio Certified Delivery (VCD) Agent, a drag-and-drop facility from an advertiser's desktop, incorporating a certified preflighting and delivery process. In general, Vio's automated workflow solutions aim to eliminate file errors, streamline file transfer and job processing both on the publisher's end and the printer's end.
Wam!Net, a division of Savvis Communications Corp., demonstrated its new job definition format-enabling solution, WAM!NET Direct! JDF, which enables its members to automate the exchange of digital content. Using WAM!NET Direct! JDF, customers can automate digital distribution of JDF through the WAM!NET/SAVVIS global network, to fully maximize the efficiencies of end-to-end production workflow between internal organizations and external partners.
ICS showed its Flash Proof plug-in for Remote Director. It simulates how light will react with specialty varnishes, inks and metallic surfaces.
Flint Moves Into Workflow
Eighty-four-year-old ink manufacturer Flint Ink Corporation announced its foray into the color-management/ workflow arena with the creation of a new company called Progressive Color Media. The new company will provide a "full range of workflow color management solutions, integrating hardware, software and services," according to the company's press announcement. The goal is to enable printers, graphic designers, publishers and brand owners to achieve more accurate color reproduction and improve brand integrity, as well as increase efficiencies.
Professional in-house Printers and printing Technology
Epson America Inc. announced the expansion of its most advanced professional-level photographic printer (Stylus Pro 4000) to include a custom-designed RIP from ColorBurst and Epson's fastest Ethernet card for digital proofing, fine art and digital photography. The new Epson Stylus Pro 4000 includes a full Pantone color library and is SWOP certified. Epson announced an estimated street price of $2,195 for the new printer.