Agfa Graphics hasannounced Apogee Prepress 7.1, an upgrade to its JDF-enabled prepress production hub. New features include: implementation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (v 2.5) to provide compatibility with new design applications and Acrobat 10; enhancement of Preflight and a Ghent PDF Workgroup 1v4 certification; the Preflight Reporter plug-in compatibility with Acrobat 10; and the integration of Enfocus PitStop Library 10. Support has also been added for a range of third-party CtP devices and inkjet proofers.
Kodak has introduced Professional UV-Curable Display Film - Plus from Eastman Kodak is designed to provide the look and feel of photo-grade printing to UV-curable inkjet output. Capable of being frontlit or backlit, the new film features a brilliant white film base to produce whiter highlights and vibrant colors. The media is recyclable and is available in four widths: 40, 54, 62, and 72.5 in. Also available is UV-Curable Display Paper.
The latest addition to the Evolve Advanced Digital Solutions brand line from Inx International Ink is the new NW140 UV digital narrow web press. The NW140 delivers single-pass printing at speeds up to 80 ft/min on any label stock, and adds optional Spartanics laser die-cutting capabilities so that the printed roll does not have to be removed from the machine. A proprietary pre-treatment base coat allows for printing on a wide range of substrates. It will support media up to 8-in. wide (5.5-in. print width) and 2mm in thickness.
When bluemedia first entered the digital-printing arena about a decade ago, I dreamed of landing projects for huge brands like Microsoft or Sony, acquiring a job for a professional sports team, or even creating a masterpiece for the NFL’s Super Bowl.
For Magnacrom Digital producing a beautiful fine-art elephant image brought a particularly interesting challenge: The client requested the artwork be output onto handmade Amate bark paper.
Agfa Graphics will hold an open house event focusing on wide-format printing and packaging, at its Bloomingdale, Illinois demo facility, Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend.
The MultiMount standoff system from Pizazz International is designed to make mounting panels on walls and other vertical surfaces easier, faster, and safer.
Each MultiMount is a three-part system, allowing for removal of just the front panel and graphic image when a changeout is necessary. They’re available in a range of materials – including aluminum, brass, resin, and hybrids – and in five standard sizes; in various colors, including resin colors specifically designed to match Palram’s Palight Foam PVC and Alcan’s Sintra Foam PVC.
The Scodix1200 digital press from Israeli-based Scodix (scodix.com) made its North American debut at the recent Graph Expo show in Chicago. Designed to add value to print by creating tactile effects via its Scodix Sense clear polymer inkjet technology, the press creates matte or gloss effects applied in thicknesses up to 70 microns and in variable densities from 1 to 100%.
In New Orleans at the SGIA Expo, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association announced the winners of its 2011 Golden Image Award Competition. Entries were evaluated and judged during the Expo and winners were honored during the Expo's Thursday Night Dinner Party at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans.
EskoArtwork announced its Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves, for simulating a heat-shrink sleeve around one or more objects. A module for the company’s Studio software, it automates the design and prepress process in Adobe Illustrator, automatically applying counter-distortions where necessary to compensate for irregular and challenging shapes. The Toolkit accommodates multipacks and works with a wide variety of substrates, taking into consideration the specific shrinking properties of each.