The venerable rollfed printer remains a critical output tool.
Canon Solutions America
In late 2012, Canon (www.usa.canon.com) introduced five new imageProGraf large-format printer models: the 60-in. iPF9400 and iPF9400S, the 44-in. iPF8400, and the 24-in. iPF6450 and iPF6400 models.
All of the new models utilize Canon’s Lucia EX pigment inkset: 8 colors (CMYK + photo cyan + photo magenta + gray + matte black) on the 9400S and 12 colors (CMYKRGB + photo magenta + photo cyan + gray + photo gray + matte black) on the other four new models. Tank size on the 9400, 9400S, and 8400 models is 330-ml (700-ml optional); the 6450 and 6400 models have a 130-ml tank size (300-ml optional). All of the printers offer a maximum resolution of 1200 x 2400 dpi, and the 9400S and 9400 models can handle 60-in. borderless printing.
In addition, each of the new imageProGraf models integrates features designed to help users achieve better color consistency. These tools include: a Multi-Sensor, for improved density, accuracy, and stability; Color-Calibration Management Console, allowing users to execute and monitor the calibration status of multiple printers on a network from a single PC; and a Media-Configuration Tool, allowing users to update and customize the printer and drivers with new Canon and custom media information.
Other new features: a Gallery Wrap feature allowing for the creation of gallery-wrap prints for framing; an Adjustment Pattern Setting, enabling users to print multiple versions of an image with different color settings; and Tint and Tone Adjustments, controlling the four monochromatic shades and creating expressive blacks with smooth gradations.
PosterArtist Lite poster-creation software is standard on the iPF8400, 6450, and 6400; PosterArtist (full edition) is optional on all printers. An onboard SU-21 spectrophotometer is optional on the iPF6450.
Canon also offers the following imageProGraf models: iPF8300S (44-in.), the iPF6300S (24-in.), and the iPF5100 (17-in.)