MONTREAL, Canada, October 6th, 2004 Ultimate Technographics Inc, the leading imposition software developer and the inventor of digital imposition, announces another industry first; ImpoProof is the first software to take a complete job defined in imposition software and “de-impose” it to make a duplex proof on any laser printer. ImpoProof produces a digital blue line for customer approval of the imposition.
“In the days of film stripping,” David Watson, President and CEO of Ultimate, explains, “printers contacted blues of the imposed film flats and folded them, cut them and presented them to the customer to approve. With the CTP era, many printers use wide format inkjets to output a proof, back them up, fold them and cut them to produce a kind of digital blue line. ImpoProof takes the folding and cutting information from the imposition template, to produce on a duplex laser printer, a two-up proof that is an exact match to the imposition. The value of this new and innovative process is that it is much less expensive to produce than inkjet proofs, and also saves a great deal of time.”
ImpoProof is not a simple reader’s spread produced from the same file; it is the actual proof of the imposition geometry of the plate made for CTP. If the imposition is done incorrectly, if a page is in the wrong location, or if it is improperly rotated, it will be printed that way on the ImpoProof output, or it will prompt the user there is a mistake and ask if they want to print it with the recognized imposition error.
· Input imposed signatures and simulates folding and cutting to produce 2-up imposed proofs (duplex).
· Accepts jobs from Impostrip, Ultimate’s imposition software.
· Accepts and proofs JDF imposition from other vendors, populated or unpopulated JDF.
· Proofs Signatures using the original imposition, printing pages of each signature in a 2-up form regardless of imposition template design.
· Includes option to analyze all signatures, simulates folding and cutting and creates 2-up signatures for the complete imposed job.
· Prints 2-ups based on complete job, outputs as a perfect bound, saddle stitch or a combination of both (repeating booklets) for easy assembly of proofs.
· 2-up forms (duplex) can be viewed on screen before printing.
· Option to print ranges of 2-up forms or all forms at once.
· Option to outline pages to easier proof page registration.
· Printing can be output to file or an output device.
· Can be automated with Acrobat to produce PDF output that can be emailed to a customer.
· Can return JDF files to a workflow system that will populate the JDF and manage output to a printer.
· Can work with EPS low-resolution placement pages from a workflow and be sent back to that workflow for high-resolution file replacement and to manage output.
· Option to print forms with page content in the imposition or as a mock-up (numbering and layout).
· Option to scale to fit to the printer paper size used, printing 2 pages per sheet side.
· Allows for activate duplex printing with printers that support duplexing.
· Proofing process can be automated with the use of hot folders.
· Leverages Ultimate’s Client-Server architecture for increased production.
· Light version supports sheetfed impositions, using perfect bound or saddle stitch collating methods.
· Full version supports sheetfed and web impositions, using perfect bound, saddle stitch, sectionals, repeating booklets and coming and going collating methods.
· It works on Windows 2000/XP. Mac based imposition software can send jobs via hot folders to a Windows based server with ImpoProof.
ImpoProof is being shown for the first time at Graph Expo in booth 5466. It is now available for beta testing by Impostrip users and will be released in the fourth calendar quarter of 2004.
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