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Getting it All at Graph Expo

(January 2008) posted on Thu Jan 10, 2008

From workflow and wide format, to finishing and fulfillment.

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By Clare Baker, Gregory Sharpless

* Has made available its Darwin VI Authoring Tool for Adobe InDesign CS3. Darwin VI features several new variable-data-print capabilities, including personalized URL (PURLs) creation (designed in conjunction with MindFire and EasyPurl), support for Photoshop actions to create graphically rich images for high-impact VDP jobs, new style and lookup rules, and more.

Canon ( introduced two S-series models of its imageProGraf printers at Graph Expo-the iPF9000S and the iPF8000S. Designed for high-volume production environments, the S-series models offer a 40% increase in speed over the existing iPF9000 and iPF8000.

The 60-in. iPF9000S offers a high throughput speed up to 403 sq ft/hr while the 44-in. iPF8000S features a top speed of 350 sq ft/hr. Armed with a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi, both printers also feature a new Economy print mode, which produces 1200 x 1200-dpi output at 211 sq ft/hr on coated and uncoated media while it regulates the use of photo cyan and photo magenta to reduce ink consumption by 10% to 20%, Canon reports.

The printers use a dual printhead system and feature a total of 30,720 nozzles producing 4-pl ink drops. With an 8-color Lucia pigment ink set (CYMK, photo C, photo M, matte K, and gray), the printers are able to employ up to 5120 nozzles per color. In addition, the nozzles are arranged so that the ink droplets for cyan, photo cyan, and photo magenta will be fired in the same sequence in both forward and reverse passes reducing subtle color variations and allowing for faster printing with fewer passes and more even color.

Both printers accept media up to 0.8 mm-thick and utilize a media-skew correction feature to detect and correct improper paper alignment. Additionally, the printers boast an 80-GB hard drive, which allows additional jobs to be queued without burdening networked computer systems.

The S-series printers incorporate features utilized by imageProGraf graphic-art printers, including Canon’s L-COA processor, Kyuanos color-management technology, built-in color calibration for color stability, automatic clogged-nozzle detection, the ability to replace empty ink tanks on-the-fly (700- and 330-ml selectable ink capacities), and a large backlit LCD panel.

Software included with both models: Printer Driver 2007, Digital Photo Front-Access, Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Print Plug-in for Digital Photo Professional, and Printer Driver Extra Kit. Canon’s new PosterArtist 2007 is optional.