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Artwork Systems Group announces Concentric Screening

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Bristol, PA, USA - Artwork Systems Group N.V., a world leader in professional pre-press software, announces Concentric Screening at the Print 2005 Exhibition in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from September 9 through 15. Concentric Screening is a revolutionary new halftone dot technology, which divides the conventional round dot into thin concentric rings. The thin rings limit ink buildup on plate - thereby providing greater latitude on press. Printers are able to increase - even double - screen rulings without experiencing the traditional problems of mottle, dot gain, and variability previously associated with high screen rulings. Guido Van der Schueren, Chairman of the Board, comments: “Artwork Systems was founded on innovation and Concentric Screening is indicative of the type of industry-changing technologies we are committed to bringing to market. We're excited to be able to bring this technology to our customers”. Concentric Screening is now completing evaluation at 4 printers in the United States and scheduled for full-scale commercialization after Print 2005. Tom Stevenson, Vice-President of Stevenson Color in Cincinnati, OH states: “We are very impressed with the Concentric Screening. In our first production job, which included 175 lpi Conventional, 20u Stochastic, and 310 lpi Concentric, it came up to color quickly and was very stable on press...and the visual results were exceptional.” Concentric Screening will be available with Artwork Systems' Nexus and Odystar workflow systems. In addition to Conventional, and Stochastic, there is now a third category of screening: Concentric. Says Guido Van der Schueren, “The halftone dot will never be the same.”