Creo presents bulging new offerings porfolio

Prepress solutions shown on the company’s 1550sqm booth, and in 25 partner booths, are designed to help printers streamline operations, decrease costs and grow sales. New products focus on the various business needs of commercial and publication printers, small to medium-sized commercial printers, on demand digital printers, packaging and newspaper printers, as well as creative professionals.

Amos Michelson, Creo CEO, says, “Creo was little known by the industry when we introduced the first commercially-viable thermal CTP system at drupa 1995. Today Creo has installed more than 6000 CTP devices and thermal has been adopted as the industry-wide leading technology.

“Over the last decade, we have expanded our offering with innovations in equipment, software, services and now in plate technology. Today we have a full range of complete solutions to serve the unique needs of every printing segment-commercial, packaging, digital and newspaper printers.

“At drupa 2004, Creo is the only vendor with solutions for all printing markets and for all of the major print technologies – including offset, flexographic, digital and gravure printing. We have an unmatched line-up of new and existing products that allows our customers to differentiate themselves and be profitable, even in challenging times.”

The new Creo Complete packages for mid-sized and small commercial printers feature CTP, prepress workflow, proofing, plates and customer service. The new Prinergy Evo workflow offers Creo colour management, trapping and screening plus the productivity and reliability of a high-end PDF workflow system to commercial printers of every size.

Creo also introduced the new Magnus very large format (VLF) CTP device providing what it claims to be unequalled productivity and quality plate production for the most demanding applications and full workflow automation using new versions of its production workflows – the Prinergy and Brisque workflow management systems. Tying these together is a full array of JDF-enabled workflow modules including Synapse InSite, Synapse Link, Synapse UpFront, and Synapse Director.

Additionally, Creo is demonstrating how digital printing can reduce costs for short run, on-demand printing and generate personalised documents. The new Digital Print Integration for Prinergy workflow management systems integrates commercial offset printing with Creo Spire colour servers and Xerox DocuColor digital colour presses for fast, high quality production. Digital printing can be added easily to an offset printing prepress department with Prinergy directing work to the digital colour press. Creo also features versions of the Spire colour server and the Darwin Variable Information Authoring Tool.

Creo’s new Newspaper CTP solutions that are geared to reduce costs and streamline production with the Trendsetter News platesetter, the new Synapse NewsManager workflow management system, the new Prinergy Evo workflow system, and the new Fortis PN negative thermal plates.

Creo is also offering new solutions for flexographic, and gravure printing. Creo is showing the ThermoFlex CTP with HyperFlex ready imaging for flexo printing and the new Exactus thermal gravure system with SQUAREspot quality for gravure printing. New versions of the Prinergy Powerpack and Brisque Pack workflow systems, the Pandora step-and-repeat tool; and the new Prinergy Evo workflow system complete the package. Creo also features samples of packaging printing from around the world showing how Staccato screening software and new Spotless printing produce packaging with unprecedented color range and shelf appeal.

Rounding off Creo’s new solutions portfolio are solutions to help design professionals with final layout, preflighting, high-resolution file management/ distribution, high-speed scanning, digital photography, and proofing. Solutions include the new wireless Leaf Valeo 22Wi and Leaf Valeo 17Wi digital camera backs; the new Integris Desktop proofer; new Synapse InSite version 4.0 for online collaboration, job submission and tracking; and the new Profile Wizard Mio ICC color management system.

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