Announces New Prepress Developments for Flexo
Inc. is pleased to announce new developments to the Prinergy Powerpack(tm)
packaging workflow and the ThermoFlex® family of computer-to-plate (CTP)
devices. These improvements are designed to make flexographic packaging
trade shops and converters more successful.
Flexographic Image Enhancement Technology
latest addition to the specialized flexo technologies available in
Prinergy Powerpack is DigiCap(tm) digital plate capping, which improves
print quality in solid areas. "Plate capping" is a traditional
technique in which the plate surface is slightly textured to improve ink
coverage. While effective, it is a slow, costly and impractical as a
general solution. DigiCap simulates the plate capping effect digitally by
applying a pattern of small reverse dots in the surface of the plate. This
minimizes visual artifacts, and in some cases reduces dot gain while
increasing solid ink densities.
a prepress efficiency perspective, DigiCap is a simple, effective
solution. It can be applied to any file, without investing additional time
or effort. Solids and midtones are improved, and line art and process
color are improved. Even archived 1-bit TIFF files can be processed with
surface of the photopolymer plate is smooth like the surface of a glass
table. When ink is deposited on the surface of the plate, it cannot
maintain a uniform thickness and bleeds into the non-imaged areas.
Therefore to completely cover the substrate with ink, the printer must add
impression (squeeze) between the plate and print substrate to compensate
for the uneven amount of ink on the plate. This process leads to several
problems in the appearance of the images: uneven density in the solids,
excessive dot gain and slur.
technology applies small reverse dots to the surface of the plate, which
helps to minimize visual artifacts, and in some cases reduces dot gain
while increasing solid ink densities. By applying a tint to the solids,
the 'white' reverse areas in the print are reduced in size, which
increases ink density and improves the visual appearance. This is very
apparent near or around reverse copy as the application of a tint in the
solid eliminates the noticeable darker keyline that forms around the
Creo solution for flexo is Raster Scaling, which applies scaling
(distortion) to screened files. Experienced prepress and press operators
know that the flexibility of flexo plates can cause problems. The flexible
plate material can stretch and distort while being imaged, and cause
slight variations in dimension that can affect registration. These
variations can create color shifts, moiré and other visual artifacts.
Raster Scaling provides digital correction to the plate image. By applying
slight adjustments to the X and Y scaling and placement of the image,
Raster Scaling maintains a plate set that will be in correct register when
mounted on press.
Maxtone(tm) hybrid screening was developed to improve the ability of
flexographic plates to reproduce highlights and detail. Maxtone is a
hybrid screen-an AM screen that applies FM techniques. Maxtone allows the
operator to set a minimum dot size in order to prevent the formation of
dots that are too small for the flexo medium. To extend the tonal
spectrum, Maxtone uses an FM-like screening technique. To create lighter
shades, dots are removed in a random pattern. Producing lighter colors
with fewer (rather than smaller) dots results in improved highlight detail
and a more robust plate. Color blockup in darker shades is also controlled
by selectively removing dots.
InterTech(tm) award-winning HyperFlex(tm) is a plate resolution
enhancement technology that improves the quality of Maxtone screening. It
extends the imaging potential of flexographic plates by enabling smaller
dots to be formed and held throughout the print process. The ability to
produce a smaller minimum dot size increases the effective resolution of
the flexo plate and allows highlights to be reproduced more faithfully,
with a less discernible transition in vignettes.
All of these screening and image enhancement
solutions are available as options in the Prinergy Powerpack packaging
to Report 2003 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results on November 13, 2003
Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSX: CRE) will distribute its 2003 fiscal
fourth-quarter and year-end financial results on Thursday, November 13,
2003 at 4:30 pm ET (1:30 pm PT). Creo will host a conference call at 5:00
pm ET (2:00 pm PT), featuring remarks by Amos Michelson, CEO, and Mark
Dance, CFO and COO, followed by a question and answer session.
conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet at http://www.creo.com/investors
for approximately one hour and will be archived on the Creo investor site.
to the live webcast requires Real Player or Windows Media Player.
Broadcast quality will be best for listeners with at least a 28.8 Kbps
connection, but will still be available to slower connections.
Releases New Version of Synapse Insite
Inc. (NASDAQ: CREO; TSX: CRE) releases version 3.5.5 of the innovative
Synapse® InSite prepress portal for remote job submission, proofing,
collaboration, approvals and workflow automation. The new version provides
unprecedented prepress workflow integration, control and performance.
InSite software tracks job activity in the database of the prepress
workflow management system and communicates this data to users online and
with a Management Information System when using the Synapse® Link
interface. It allows printers, trade shops and publishers to track all
uploads, alteration requests, approvals and comments for accurate billing
and better job management.
continues to develop its market-leading solutions for even greater
integration, performance and control. This solution provides our customers
with greater efficiency, customer satisfaction and profitability,"
says Pat Lord, Creo product manager. "The new features deliver more
value to printers, trade shops, publishers and agencies than every before
making Synapse InSite an essential part of a Networked Graphic
More Time with New Integration Options
new version of the Synapse InSite prepress portal features enhanced
integration with Synapse® Prepare software, the graphic designer tool for
easy creation of press-ready PDF files. Synapse Prepare users can now
upload files directly from their creative desktop application to the
Synapse InSite server, without launching a web browser. Synapse InSite
automates many functions, such as sending the file into prepress for
processing, and tracking every file submission and other operation,
creating a managed, easy-to-use environment.
Synapse InSite Uploader feature supports any file type, including PDFs
prepared by Synapse Prepare software, page layout files, image files or
ICC profiles. Synapse InSite 3.5.5 also features the option of using a new
WAM!NET Connector which enables WAM!NET services to be used as an
alternate upload mechanism, while users retain access to the full set of
Synapse InSite capabilities.
Tools for Better Control
3.5.5 of the Synapse InSite prepress portal provides print providers and
their clients with greater visibility and control over their jobs. The
latest version of Synapse InSite includes new and improved mark-up tools
for use while collaborating on a job in the Smart Review forum. New tools
include image rotation, an enhanced measurement tool, and the ability to
place guides to aid the review process. Users can now easily create and
download a multi-page PDF of selected pages for desktop proofing.
InSite provides users with instant access to job status information at any
time using a simple web browser. This allows users to collaborate
effectively; manage job files, progress and approvals more efficiently;
reduce proofing cycle times; and make more informed decisions.
updated file transfer engine means that Synapse InSite uploads job files
into the prepress workflow faster than ever. The same transfer engine also
downloads job files for remote proofing and collaboration. An enhanced
user interface makes Synapse InSite even easier to use.
latest version of the Synapse InSite prepress portal supports both Windows®
and Macintosh® platforms, including Mac OS® X and the Safari(tm) web
browser. Synapse InSite does not require any custom software to be
installed on a remote user's client.
Available for Third Party Workflows
now, Synapse InSite was exclusively available for the Prinergy®, Brisque®
and Spire(tm) workflows from Creo. The Synapse InSite prepress portal is
now available for use with third-party workflows, allowing greater process
automation that results in faster job cycle times.