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Canon Brings imagePrograf W8400/W6400 To US Market

Designed for several types of users

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Canon is rolling out its imagePROGRAF W8400 and W6400 printers on a global basis. Initially introduced to the Japanese market(March 2005, p. 20), the software in the US versions of these printers has been added to address the US and North American markets.

The 44-in. W8400 and the 24-in. W6400 printers add features designed to hit several types of end users. At the first level, there are template-driven layouts designed to give retail photo shops some easy-to-use design capabilities. At the second level, designed for more experienced print providers, Canon offers Photoshop-like functionality in its software. The last level is an actual Photoshop plug-in for high-end users, allowing images to be output in 16- bit color, with many production issues controlled directly from the plug-in.

Printing is bidirectional in these machines, which aids in speed. Speeds for the W8400 range from 307 sq ft/hr at 1200 x 1200 dpi in draft mode, to 26 sq ft/hr at highest print mode and 2400 x 2400 dpi; speeds for the W6400 range from 250 sq ft/hr at 1200 x 1200 dpi to 22 sq ft/hr at 2400 x 1200 dpi.

There are many upgrades when compared to the imagePROGRAF 8200. The 8400 offers higher resolutions at 2400 x 1200 dpi, as compared to 1200 x 1200 in the 8200. In addition, the W8400/W6400 feature a 4-picoliter droplet size as compared to an 8-picoliter drop with the 8200.

The inks for the W8400/W6400 are also different. The new machines offer 6 + 1 pigment-based inks"?CMYK + photo C, photo M, and a matte black. The interchangeable black inks"?regular black and matte black"?enable users to print onto a wide variety of media. In addition, these printers come with Canon's new highintensity yellow ink for a wide color gamut and increased color vibrancy.

Bundled software includes PhotoPRINT Select RIP, PosterArtist 2, Digital Photo- Print Pro 3, and more. Approximate price: $3495 (W6400) and $6000 (W8400). (Canon: www.usa.canon.com)

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