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Six Newspaper Printers Migrate to KODAK Thermal Digital Solutions

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ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 5 -- Newspaper printers in Florida, Texas, Indiana, Washington, and Minnesota are the latest to select KODAK Thermal CTP devices, consumables and workflow to drive productivity, improve quality and boost flexibility in their operations. Miami Herald Media Co., part of The McClatchy Company, purchased three KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 200 Thermal Platesetters, KODAK THERMALNEWS GOLD Digital Plates and the KODAK PRINERGY EVO Workflow System to print 372,000 daily and 480,000 Sunday copies of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, the largest non-English newspaper in the United States. “We did our homework and visited a number of newspapers in Florida and around the country, and found a clear delineation when it came to the level of service from Kodak,” said Craig Woischwill, Vice President of Operations with Miami Herald Media Co. “The combination of the KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 200 Platesetter and the NELA Plateloader is really strong. We were impressed by the service and the technology.” Ron Ferriby, Vice President of Operations with Scripps Texas Newspapers in Corpus Christi, Texas, said the decision to select two KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 Thermal Platesetters, THERMALNEWS GOLD Digital Plates, KODAK PREPS Imposition Software and KODAK STACCATO Screening was part of a corporate move to KODAK solutions and standardized production systems. “We’re part of several Scripps Newspapers transitioning to KODAK Thermal CTP Solutions in Texas and our sister publication in Anderson, S.C., is switching, too,” says Ferriby. At his location, they print the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, a 55,000 copy daily and 78,000 copy Sunday paper, and a business publication. “We like what we have seen so far. The transition has been painless.” The Palladium-Item in Richmond, Ind., a Gannett newspaper, purchased a KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 150 Platesetter, THERMALNEWS GOLD Digital Plates, and PREPS Software to print 18,000 daily copies and 22,000 Sunday copies of the newspaper, along with USA Today and commercial projects from nearly 50 customers. “We went with the KODAK CTP Device because it offers a great solution to web growth on our press. It promises to handle fan out and get much sharper reproduction with photographs,” said Ray McCandless, Production Director at the Palladium-Item. Other newspaper printers across North America adding KODAK solutions include: - News Publishing Co., an Ogden paper in Fort Wayne, Ind., purchased two KODAK TRENDSETTER NEWS 100 Platesetters and KODAK Thermal Digital Plates to print The Fort Wayne News. - The Post-Bulletin Co. of Rochester, Minn., a PAGE Co-op member, purchased two TRENDSETTER NEWS 70 Platesetters, STACCATO Screening, and PRINERGY EVO and NEWSMANAGER Workflow Systems to produce a daily, weeklies and real estate guides. - Sound Publishing Inc. of Everett, Wash., purchased a TRENDSETTER NEWS 100 Platesetter, STACCATO Screening, the PRINERGY EVO Workflow System and PREPS Software to print a number of daily and weekly newspapers. The TRENDSETTER NEWS Thermal CTP device comes in five models, ranging in speed from 60 to more than 240 plates per hour to suit newspaper printing facilities of all sizes. The TRENDSETTER NEWS Platesetter delivers fast, reliable imaging with a standard file format interface for newspaper production systems. It is available with semi automatic or fully automated plate loading and unloading. The machine to machine accuracy of the KODAK SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Heads, combined with the binary nature of thermal imaging, achieves consistent and repeatable halftone dot structures. THERMALNEWS GOLD Digital Plates meet the rigorous demands of newspaper printing while delivering outstanding resolution for premium newspaper printing and commercial quality printing. THERMALNEWS GOLD Plates offer run lengths of more than 200,000 impressions without postbaking. Rapid imaging and processing, faster makeready, and plate reliability gives newspapers extra editorial time, and the clean working, low pH, low consumption developer reduces processing costs. KODAK NEWSMANAGER Workflow System, a powerful PDF workflow management tool for high performance newspaper prepress, enables a flexible, automated workflow from edition plan to plate production. Based on open standards, it easily integrates into existing systems. The NEWSMANAGER Workflow System is scaleable to meet all needs, from contract printers to metropolitan, national and international newspapers with multiple print sites. The KODAK PRINERGY EVO Workflow System helps newspapers deal with last minute changes easily, without causing delays. Based on the latest standards and proven PRINERGY technology, PRINERGY EVO Software delivers exceptional PDF processing capabilities. A flexible PDF workflow featuring proven color management, late stage editing and imposition, and advanced screening options to optimize output on TRENDSETTER NEWS CTP devices, PRINERGY EVO Systems help deliver the end to end automation, speed, control, and flexibility that newspapers need to accommodate tight editorial and ad deadlines and output large numbers of pages more quickly. KODAK PREPS Imposition Software supports POSTSCRIPT, PDF, EPS, DCS and TIFF source files. It works with all KODAK and many major third party workflow systems. PREPS Imposition Software helps prepress professionals remove even more manual steps from their preferred workflow by providing digital imposition. PREPS Software enhances production efficiency by integrating more thoroughly with various workflows and accepting more than 200 types of file inputs. PREPS Imposition Software also enhances prepress efficiency and enables greater postpress reliability by automatically generating bar codes that can be read by WST and MULLER MARTINI bar code readers. STACCATO Screening produces high fidelity, artifact free images that exhibit fine detail and more impactful color in newspapers. STACCATO Screening creates images without halftone rosettes, screening moiré, gray level limitations, or abrupt jumps in tone — with no impact on RIPing or rendering time. SQUARESPOT Thermal Imaging Technology enables the fine dot structure of STACCATO Screening to be a reliable and practical solution for newspaper printing and an effective competitive edge for publishers. KODAK products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. Named Best Support Organization at the 2006 International Business Awards, KODAK Service and Support includes more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. These professionals are fully qualified to help customers control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.