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Mar 1, 2001 12:00 AM
A SAMPLING OF THINGS YOU NEED
The Quick Brown Fox GmbH offers online typeface identification
via its FontExpert software. At www.fontexpert.com, users can
upload individual characters for identification. The service then
shows samples of the best matching fonts out of a database of about
25,000 typefaces by more than 50 type foundries.
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SIMCO/Herbert's Ion-O-Vac Mark I sheet-cleaning system combines
high-intensity air ionization, stationary brush action and
high-velocity air flow to achieve effective surface cleaning. The
sheet cleaner runs continuously while the press is printing,
reportedly reducing blanket contamination. It neutralizes the
static charge on the material to be printed, then dislodges more
stubborn contaminant. The vacuum draws dislodged particles from the
sheet material into a canister collector system.
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Meta Communications announces Virtual Ticket 3.0 and Job Manager 3.0. Virtual Ticket 3.0 is an upgrade of the software, an electronic job ticketing and digital asset management solution. New features include full AppleScript support and InUnity 1.0 support.
Job Manager 3.0 is also an upgrade to the 2.2 version, an
electronic job tracking, costing and billing software solution. The
new version allows users to create custom estimates; define, format
and save their own SQL queries that generate custom reports; and
use InUnity 1.0.
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Mohawk Paper Mills introduces Satin 2.0, a digital sheet for use on color copiers and laser, inkjet and offset printers. It features a new palette of four smooth whites: Radiant White, Blue White, Warm White and Cream White. Cut sizes and Xeikon rolls are made with an extra-smooth digital finish for optimal toner print quality. It can be used for letterhead, sell sheets and newsletters, and meeting materials and manuals that combine offset and digital printing. It is offered in 8.5 × 11-, 17 × 11- and 18 × 12-inch sizes. Basis weights include 24-, 28- and 32-lb.; 60, 70 and 80 text; 65, 80, 90 and 100 cover; and 130 double-thick cover. Heidelberg Quickmaster DI sizes are also stocked in 80 text, 80 cover and 100 cover. Xeikon rolls, in both Blue White and Radiant White, are stocked in 80 text and 90 cover.
Mohawk has also relaunched its Options line with new whites and
colors, and a new range of products for both digital and offset
presses. Option whites are available in 28-lb.; 70, 80 and 100
text; 65, 80 and 100 cover; and 130 double-thick cover. Light
colors are available in 70 and 80 text and 80 cover, and dark
colors are available in 88 cover, pasted.
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Imation Corp. announces the Matchprint Plus proofing system,
which is said to allow analog users to proof almost any custom or
special color. It enables users to mix and coat special color
sheets to make proofs that simulate actual inks used in print jobs.
The system consists of a set of 15 aqueous inks, an automated
coater and a receiver sheet. It utilizes an Imation model 447
laminator and an Imation model 2430 proofing processor. Using the
customized color formula guide, users weigh each ink on the
electronic scale to obtain a consistent color blend. A receiver
sheet is laminated to a Matchprint base, the new ink is applied and
dried, and the new color sheet is then exposed and processed, ready
for additional colors to complete the proof.
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The Thork-Lift from Interthor combines attributes of a lift
table and a pallet truck. It allows the operator to pick up and
transport a unit load, lift it to a convenient working height, or
remove it from a bench, transport and place it. With a lifting
capacity of 2,200 lbs., its table can be raised as high as 31.5
inches. It is available in two configurations to handle open- or
closed-bottom pallets or skids. The electric-lift model, powered by
a 12-volt battery, raises a load to the highest position in less
than six seconds. The manual-lift model provides two lifting
speeds: 17 strokes for light loads, 56 strokes for heavy ones.
Various fork lengths and outside dimensions are available.
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Encad introduces the NovaJet 850, an eight-color, wide-format
printer in 42- or 60-inch-wide models. Its proprietary Octachrome
ink sets combine a set of four new colors with the company's
existing four-color process inks to reportedly produce a wide color
gamut and smooth tonal gradations. Because ink sets can be
installed at the same time, users can switch from indoor graphics
to archival photos to outdoor signs at the touch of a button. It
provides 2 × 4-inch printing for fast four-color process printing
or 1 × 8-inch printing for high-quality imaging. The V8 print
engine offers a torque-free floating carriage assembly, designed to
run faster without vibration or banding. Its Dynamic thermal drying
system adjusts to ambient temperature, allowing lamination of
prints with 200 percent ink coverage in 10 minutes.
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Nicoat has introduced a new brochure, “Listen, Lead,
Deliver.” It incorporates UV, aqueous gloss, satin and
pearlescent coatings, as well as dull and gloss varnishes, to
demonstrate a wide range of applications. Production notes are
available on request to identify the types of coatings and
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Agfa announces its TwinPlate scanner, the DuoScan f40. It offers
FireWire and USB connectivity in a 42-bit DuoScan and provides
separate beds for scanning reflective and transparent originals. It
includes glass-free slide holders, which are said to eliminate
distortion that can be caused by the glass plate.
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Contech's Stacker Systems are said to process a variety of
materials quickly without damage. Using gripper-, vacuum-, slider-
and jogger-type methods, they are suitable for a wide range of
materials. They can be customized to stack sheets from a cutter
into a cart or on a pallet for transportation, or to stack inline
for the next processing operation.
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Georgia-Pacific introduces two brochures and a swatchbook that showcase each paper line and provide tips on printing methods and applications. Its imaging paper swatchbook details the Microprint and Quantum lines of high-performance technology papers, and presents various applications, including xerographic imaging, four-color graphics, digital photography and newsletter printing. It highlights the expanded Microprint paper line, which includes Multi-System, Laser, InkJet, Color Copy and Digital Publishing Text papers, and the Quantum Digital Opaque line.
The “One Line — Many Dimensions” brochure highlights Microprint papers for laser, inkjet and digital presses, as well as office papers, including Quantum Digital Opaque, Nekoosa Xerocopy and Spectrum DP.
The “Microprint Digital Color Press (DCP)” paper
brochure is a tool for printers and designers that use a
combination of digital and offset technologies, or for designers
that proof digitally for a project that will be printed offset.
Microprint DCP is available in 19.5- and 12.5-inch rolls.
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E-nip, an electronic nip impression system from Sensor Products,
offers users real-time static roll analysis. Its 75 sensors measure
nip widths at multiple points along the roll cross direction for a
single set of rolls or multiple roll sets (up to three
simultaneously). Software analyzes the data received from the
sensors and displays the measurements in a variety of formats. It
reveals inaccurate alignment and roll skewing.
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Count Machinery introduces Auto-Pro Plus II, an automatic
numbering, perforating, micro-perforating and scoring machine with
18-inch-wide feed. It features a menu-driven microprocessor that
guides the operator and allows each function to be performed
individually or simultaneously. It is equipped with two
programmable numbering heads that produce from one to 20 numbering
impressions per page.
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The S8 Classic from Imaje is a small-character inkjet printer
that marks on special surfaces, in difficult environments, and in
variable or high temperatures. The single-jet printhead can output
two lines of print, be used for logos and bar codes, and can run
with a wide choice of inks, including alcohol-resistant inks. It is
available in a single-jet configuration to meet most coding
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Vutek introduces PressVu, a digital inkjet printer that prints
on both rigid and flexible substrates. It handles sheet or
continuous-feed material up to 72 inches wide and reportedly prints
at a true 360-dpi resolution at 800 sq. fph. It is available with
accessories, such as input and output tables, unwinders, rewinders
and cutters. Combined with Vutek's Inkware ink technology, it is
suitable for printing banners and signage, posters, backlit
displays, fleet or vehicle graphics, and wall murals. Setup and
changeover are said to be achieved in minutes.
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Océ announces the DPS400 digital printing system for high-speed
copying, printing and scanning. It incorporates PostScript 3
printing and imaging, and PDF technologies to facilitate
programming copy jobs and to preserve digital file integrity. The
modular, scaleable system handles print-on-demand applications at a
speed of 6,000 copies per hour at 600 × 600 dpi.
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The GW Junior from Graphic Whizard is a full-featured tabletop
numbering machine, suitable for smaller printers requiring in-shop
numbering. The machine occupies less than one sq. ft. of space, and
is said to have rugged construction with solid-state
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VIDAR announces the TruScan Latitude wide-format color scanner.
It can handle documents up to 54 inches wide and 5.6 inches thick,
and is suitable for scan-to-file or scan-to-copy environments. It
is said to maximize color precision by capturing 36 bits of data,
removing the background noise and sending the best 24 bits to the
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T/R Systems announces connectivity between its MicroPress and
several monochrome and color print devices from various OEM
partners. The MicroPress, composed of software that allows a single
server to manage and control multiple print output devices as a
single integrated system, now supports the following printers: the
Ricoh Aficio 700, 850 and 1050; Kyocera Mita FS-9000; the Canon
imageRunner 110 as shipped by IKON Office Solutions; and the
Toshiba 6070 and 8070. It also supports the Toshiba FC 22, a
high-speed color printer/copier.
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Neenah Paper announces additions to its Classic Laid line of premium papers. The new colors include Cloud Nine, Navy, Charcoal, Epic Black and Avalanche White, and are showcased in the “2000 Classic Laid Letterhead Folder” promotion.
Neenah also introduces three promotions that highlight other
product lines. “Environment Papers: In all the Right
Places” emphasizes Neenah Paper's 100 percent recycled
papers. “The Invisible Image” promotion displays
samples of watermarked papers, and “Neenah Paper Looks at
Everything” focuses on the financial and investment
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Nikon announces the Super Coolscan 8000 ED, a multiformat film
scanner. It scans 35 mm, 120/220 and 16 mm at true 4000-dpi optical
resolution with drum-scanner quality. It is equipped with film
holders and adapters, and Nikon Scan 3.0 software.
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Colex introduces the MullerSOHN VCP 2000 video analyzing
analog/digital printers and printer labs. This series of printers
enables users to make prints from both conventional negatives and
digital images. They print optically from up to 6 × 9-inch
negatives, making prints up to 8 × 12 inches; they will print up to
8 × 10-inch prints from digital files, using an LCD electronic
negative. Models are available as analog/digital, digital only and
analog only, in either a roll-to-roll printer or roll-to-processor
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Kyocera Mita America and Electronics for Imaging announce the
Fiery X4 print controller for the Ci7600 full-color copier/
printer. Connecting the X4 to any network is said to be easy,
making printing available to every desktop. It allows users to
preview, edit and merge multipage publications for true document
set printing. It has a maximum speed of 6 ppm for full-color
applications and 23 ppm for black-and-white jobs.
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GBC announces the TL2900 modular series wire binder. It can be
loaded on top of a GBC modular punch for small, single-operator
jobs. With the machines stacked into a single unit, a punched
document can be loaded directly onto the wire binding to speed up
production. Or, the machines can be separated for use by two
operators. The binder is able to crimp electronically in one second
for up to 200 books per hour. It can load and crimp a wide range of
3:1 and 2:1 pitch TwinLoop wire.
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Monadnock's annual report promotion, “This piece is about just one annual report,” demonstrates the role of the annual report from the perspective of the corporation, the analyst, the shareholder, the printer and the designer.
Monadnock also introduces a sample book that contains all of its
text, cover and imaging writing papers: Astrolite, Astrolite PC100,
Dulcet and Caress. The imagery throughout the book emphasizes
mountain scenes, to reflect Monadnock's recent logo redesign.
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Custom chill stands from Webex feature chill rolls designed to
control temperature within ±1Þ F across the face of each roll. A
proprietary computerized heat-transfer analysis program is used to
analyze each customer's process parameters to custom heat transfer
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Gilbert Paper presents “Expert Opinions_ Marketing Materials: Music,” the third in an ongoing series targeting design topics. It showcases music-industry design projects on a variety of papers.
Gilbert also announces www.gilbertdelivers.com, an
order/delivery website where customers can find information on
every grade, color, finish and size of paper. Envelopes, digital
papers and full-sized paper for larger presses are available. If
ordered before mid-afternoon, small quantities are shipped out the
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National Starch and Chemical introduces Flex-back 34-1137, a
low-temperature ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) adhesive for perfect
binding of magazines and other publications printed on paper stocks
that allow adhesive to grab into the fibers. Its low viscosity is
said to permit better machining for ground-wood papers used in
paperbacks and magazines. It can be used with Heidelberg, Kolbus,
Müller Martini, Wohlenberg and other equipment.
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Foster Manufacturing's new catalog includes Railex vertical
files and Rotatrim cutters. Additions to the product line include
CD filing systems and cabinets, polypropylene flat-art files, LAN
systems, filing stands and quality-control equipment.
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Xerox Engineering Systems (XES) introduces the ColorgrafX X2, a
54-inch, six-color inkjet printer. Its proprietary Pixel Correct
technology reportedly eliminates banding and the draft mode. It
prints at both 360 dpi and 720 dpi, and offers three print
categories. In productivity mode it prints up to 431 sq. fph; in
quality mode, it prints at 260 sq. fph; and in high-quality mode,
it prints at 130 sq. fph. The printer uses oil-based inks that are
water-, UV- and smudge-resistant, eliminating additional drying
time. A 36-inch model will be available shortly.
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Wausau Papers has expanded its Astrobrights text and cover paper
line to include 23 colors and a larger variety of text and cover
weights. It is suitable for both offset presses and copiers, and is
available in ream-sealed cut-sizes, large press sizes and rolls in
selected colors. For a copy of the Astrobrights swatchbook or
samples of the new colors and weights, contact Wausau.
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Lamp Express USA introduces airDOT press-blankets from CNI
Graphics. The technology for canvass construction in two-, three-,
four- and five-ply blankets provides immense tensile strength and
elongation characteristics, which is said to reduce gauge loss and
blanket stretch during the print process. The blankets can be used
on presses from AB Dick, Chief, Crabtree, Davidson, Hamada, Harris,
Heidelberg, HOE, KBA, Komori, Miehle, Miller, Mitsubishi, Multi,
OMSCA, OMNI, MAN Roland, Ryobi, Sakurai, Shinohara, Solna and
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ScenicSoft announces ColorCentral 3.7, a server-based software
solution that automates the prepress process. It reduces image file
sizes for fast handling, then restores the full image data for
output. It sends files to queues, then directs the files to network
PostScript printers. The Macintosh server version contains
upgrades; its OPI and print management capabilities are comparable
with those currently available in the Windows version.
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Sun Chemical Ink (GPI) announces the water-based UltraCorr ink
system, designed to boost the productivity of high-speed presses
during multiple-color runs and inline diecutting of corrugated
stock. It is said to offer fast drying with high color strength,
good gloss and rub resistance on non-absorbent substrates. Other
features include ink lay and coverage without smearing during
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CreoScitex introduces CreoScitex Supertrap, a standalone version
of the PDF trapping solution from the Prinergy workflow management
system. It is an Acrobat plug-in that allows Brisque, PS/M and
Impact users to interactively perform vector-based trapping tasks
while retaining the open standard of native PDF files. Running on
both Windows and Mac OS platforms, it offers the same vector-based
PDF trapping functionality as Prinergy. It is available to users of
most other PostScript 3 workflows.
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PagePath Technologies announces an automated, private-labeled
newsletter service called PrintNewz. The newsletter will be sent
electronically to printers' customers each month, personalized with
the printer's name, Web links, company colors, etc. It contains
tips on printing and technology-related cartoons, and requires no
equipment or postage from users.
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Hewlett-Packard's (HP) portfolio of large- format printing systems includes three families of HP DesignJet printers: 500, 800 and 5000 series printers; three printing materials: HP photo imaging glass, satin poster paper and photo imaging satin; and ink supplies, including a UV solution for the 5000 series printers.
Available in 60- and 42-inch models, the HP DesignJet 5000 Series printing systems include the 5000 printer with existing RIP solutions and the DesignJet 5000 PS printer, with an embedded Adobe Postscript 3 RIP. The 5000 series printing systems offer production speeds of up to 569 sq. fph, and image quality with a maximum print resolution of 1200 × 600 dpi.
The HP DesignJet 500/800 Series printing platform encompasses
four printing systems: the HP DesignJet 800, 500, 800 PS and 500 PS
printers. Each DesignJet printer comes in 42- or 24-inch
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General Loose Leaf Bindery, a manufacturer of ring binders,
folders, index tabs, poly boxes and other packaging, has released
its 2001 Printernet Catalog. The seven-page brochure features vinyl
binders, custom ring binders, custom index tabs, boxes and
envelopes. To order, call (847) 244-9700 or e-mail:
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GRIPdigital announces the Centurfax CCDot4 DotMeter, which
features software that measures both the true physical dot and the
true optical/visual dot.When used in digital workflows involving
the production of plates and proofs, the feature is said to
eliminate problems created by dotmeters that calculate dot area
values based on logarithmic estimates.
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Crown announces a condensed catalog that provides information on
its lift trucks. The company's trucks range from hand pallet
trucks, to sit-down and stand-up riders, to stock-pickers, to
pallet and turret trucks. Features, such as multifunction controls
and side-stance positioning, are highlighted.
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WAM!NET WorkSpace is an online service for collaborative
workgroups, including corporate clients, advertising agencies,
website developers and print production professionals who create,
manage, share, publish, distribute and store digital media. The
service enables this collaboration by providing on-line, accessible
storage for works in progress. This extends the company's storage
services across the media production workflow, which also includes
the WAM!BASE archive service, a centralized, off-site management
and storage service for completed projects. WorkSpace functions as
a virtual server that is accessible worldwide via WAMNET.COM or
WAM!NET's high-speed, secure network. Subscribers can access the
company's network services, online and near-line storage services
and workflow applications, including a new image-repurposing tool
that performs basic file conversion, including resolution, color
space and file type. Other tools include RealTimeProof to enable
remote soft proofing and annotation. The service utilizes the
company's private network, the public Internet and third-party
applications to enable secure production of digital content or
media, including advertisements, website content, video, catalogs,
magazines, collateral literature and other general corporate
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LizardTech Inc.'s DjVu technology converts any scanned paper
document, catalog or book into super-small, high-quality images
that can be instantly transmitted and viewed by anyone via a
standard Web browser. Users reportedly will be able to efficiently
scan, store, download and e-mail crucial documents via corporate
intranets or the Internet 150 times faster than Adobe PDF and 20
times faster than JPEG or GIF. It runs on any standard PC and
offers support for the most popular IT platforms, including Windows
95/98/2000, NT 4.0, Solaris and Linux. DjVu is also available as a
software developers' kit to allow software vendors and IT
departments to easily integrate DjVu encoding and decoding
technology into software applications.
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