Presstek Inc.

Promoting the DI Advantage
May 23, 2003

The key to any business is promotion, and how well that's done is the difference between a successful print shop and a very successful print shop. Stumbling blocks, however, are where to begin and where to focus your efforts. Presstek Inc., the Hudson, N.H.-based developer of digital laser imaging, is making that process easier for digital press owners with Presstek plate and imaging technology in them with Club DI. "We're giving our customers the tools to market the abilities of their DI press," says Brian Wolfenden, marketing manager for the on-press products division at Presstek. "The goal is to help our customers draw

Not About Chemistry
April 25, 2003

A new chemistry-free plate technology that eliminates the "wash up" stage after imaging will enter the marketplace this summer. Presstek Inc., Hudson, N.H., began beta testing Applause, a wet offset printing plate that is adaptable to many computer-to-plate printing applications, in early March. The Applause plate was introduced as a "green alternative" to other plates in the marketplace-those that require a chemical processor to rinse, cure and fix the image on a plate, says John O'Rourke, Presstek's director of digital media. "Presstek has delivered nothing but thermal and chemistry-free plates and nothing other than digital plates," O'Rourke says. "So we've never had an analog

CTP Round Up
June 1, 2002

Over the past 10 years, visible light and thermal CTP acceptance by printers has moved at a snail's pace. Fewer than 4,500 individual CTP systems exist worldwide, representing less than two percent of 229,000 printing businesses, reports Citiplate ( But because CTP technology is not a complete solution, a digital workflow must also include copy-dot and imposition software, plates and platesetters. Below is a round-up of related technology with which print media executives should be familiar. Agfa ( Besides offering a Mistral line of plates, Galileo, Polaris and Xcalibur VLF families of platesetters and copy-dot software, Agfa also began

The Sweet Lowdown
March 1, 2002

"If your press is 85 percent efficient and computer-to-plate (CTP) can give you another five percent boost," asks Marc Johnson, "Why wait?" Johnson, the product line marketing manager for off-press imaging at Presstek (, says CTP technology is the holy grail for printing. "We've gone through a shift," he acknowledges. "Film imagesetters are drying-up. In the largest-size shops, you almost reach saturation in the market." Johnson attributes CTP's success to three simple improvements: better imaging, more affordable production costs and faster turnaround time. "Once you've gone to a digital workflow," he says, "the big question is how do you proof

The Greening of the Publishing Industry
February 1, 2002

New versus recycled. Petroleum- versus water-based. In the world of paper and printing, these distinctions go a long way toward defining just how a publisher and printer produce their products. And while most proponents of environmental welfare believe that producers of all goods share a responsibility to minimize damage, the pulp, printing and publishing industries have been long-time menaces. Educated by stalwart industry associations and governmental agencies, more users and vendors of publication paper are adapting enviro-friendly practices. Years ahead of this awareness in the U.S., The Canadian Magazine Publishers Association ( advocated recycling. When the group first issued a report more

Proof and Consequences
August 10, 2001

It may seem like prepress speaks its own language at times. And as the printing industry grew with CTP over the past ten or more years, digital proofing became an integral part of the process, though the need for proofs still relied on three basic tenants: to avoid mistakes, evaluate the overall product, and to best understand how both printer and publisher will reconcile the final image on-press. Because proofs need to depict the most realistic, color-matched image of the final product, non-calibrated proofs are more of a hindrance than a help. And while CTP, the process, was ironing out it's own kinks based

July 1, 2001

Computer-to-Plate (CTP) features companies specializing in Copy-Dot, Imposition Printing, Imposition Software, Plates and Platesetters. Each company features Web sites and descriptions of products and services. COPY-DOT: AGFA: Agfa Dot copydot software allows content creators to bring legacy films into their digital workflow. Agfa Professional Support (APS) provides service and support solutions, proving systems integration, workflow optimization, ongoing service and training. CreoScitex: The Renaissance II Plus is a high-resolution, high-throughput copy-dot scanner that employs PMT scanning technology and an internal, transparent drum. Features include automatic registration, on-screen bitmap editing, tapeless film mounting, selectable speed/quality modes and multi-point tonal calibration. CreoScitex

The Greening of Publishing Today
February 23, 2001

Producers of all goods share a responsibility to minimize environmental damage. And while the pulp, printing and publishing industries have been long-time menaces to the environment, industry associations, along with governmental protection agencies, are adapting enviro-friendly practices. Years ahead of even U.S.-launched awareness, The Canadian Magazine Publishers Association advocated recycling within the industry. When the group first published a report more than ten years ago about environmental concerns facing print publishers, an active approach was embraced to remedy several problems, ranging from how to properly dispose of and lessen chemical use within the printing process, to how to modernize paper-making and lessen toxic

Violets are New
November 1, 2000

A long time ago (1995), in a far-away land (Canada), a vendor helped change the course of CTP history by thinking thermal. At that time, CTP was an emerging technology: After DRUPA 95, an international trade show, industry pundits speculated that the number of CTP vendors may have exceeded the number of actual users. Those platesetters utilized visible-light tech-nology—red or green lasers—for imaging. Even Creo (now CreoScitex), before it pioneered thermal CTP with plate partner Kodak (now Kodak Polychrome Graphics), marketed visible-light units. A couple of years later, visible-light was still viable, but thermal was the hot technology. Soon, thermal offerings included a variety

Waterless Update
February 1, 1998

In its current incarnation, waterless printing has been around for nearly a decade, but has gone largely overlooked by publishers until recently. The perception seemed to be that waterless was just for short-run, high-end products such as corporate image brochures, annual reports and product brochures—and indeed those types of projects make up the bulk of waterless work. However, developments in the last year or two, including longer runs made possible on web offset presses and the success of computer-to-waterless-plate, have made publishers large and small sit up and take notice. Even publishing giant Time Inc., New York City, is pursuing the