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ColorGATE Speed Screen boosts effectiveness of digital print production

Press release from the issuing company

Hannover, July 24, 2005 – With immediate effect, ColorGATE, the leading supplier for color management and printing software solutions (RIPs) offers a cost-free update for all Version 4 products for download from its website, including the current software solutions PRODUCTIONSERVER4, PHOTOGATE4 and PROOFGATE4. The new release, version 4.05, Build 195, focuses on Speed Screen, a powerful raster technology for increase of productivity within production environments of large format inkjet output. ColorGATE's flagship product, PRODUCTIONSERVER4, shows remarkable and significantly faster raster processing and image output speeds using ColorGATE Speed Screen raster and with improved print quality. In comparison with print output using the ColorGATE Crispy raster, ColorGATE Speed Screen offers a stunningly striking RIP speed, resulting in far more efficient production and time savings. Users, especially within production environments, are continuously looking for solutions offering them the needed performance in order to produce their print jobs quickly and effectively. In contrast to performance, users also require optimum image quality, such as higher resolutions and smaller dot sizes, which is time consuming and impacts the fast and secure production of print jobs. Furthermore the huge amounts of data to be processed additionally leads to problems with printer output performance. Help is at hand with ColorGATE Speed Screen, the new stochastic raster technology outputting FM quality screens, developed by ColorGATE and Software Imaging. Current RIP speed tests show that, without noticable quality loss and with even higher output speeds, that comparable to the ColorGATE Crispy raster, time savings and increased efficiencies of up to 400 percent can be achieved with ColorGATE Speed Screen. PDF files, showing a processing speed in Crispy mode of 10 min/m2 and 4 min/m2 in Smooth raster, can be processed within 2.5 min/m2 in Speed Screen, the new raster technology. “According to our high expectation for producing quality products and solutions offered to our customers, we developed Speed Screen, a new stochastic raster technology producing FM screens without quality loss presents remarkable and distinct speed advantages within the production environment. This a key requirement requested from our customers”, John Ingraham, Business Development Manager ColorGATE, explains. “Numerous speed tests using Speed Screen proved, that distinctive performance increases can be achieved using the new raster technology. With Speed Screen, productivity can be boosted up to 400 per cent. This means that shops currently processing files for 100 m2 per day can now with the enhanced RIP processing speed achieve a throughput of files for 400 m2 within the same time period. Throughput times of jobs can be distinctively shortened and existing resources used more effectively. Moreover even in higher printer quality – a distinctive competition advantage for our customers.” The new Speed Screen will be presented for the first times at Viscom show in Duesseldorf from September 29 to October 1, 2005 at the ColorGATE booth in hall 6, booth F50 and at various booths of ColorGATE distribution partners. The respective updates of Version 4.05, Build 195 for PRODUCTIONSERVER4, PHOTOGATE4 and PROOFGATE4 are available for download for customers with client login at the ColorGATE website at http://www.colorgate.com/colorgate.rip/en/download/updatezentrale/updates/.