Paper is ecologically expensive; polyester substrates are less so. Books, journals, magazines and newspapers are still mainly printed matter. So are business reports, formal letters and much more. But there is an area where paper can better be replaced by synthetic materials that look and feel like paper but need to be stronger, less susceptible to environmental factors such as moisture and temperature.
Specialised printing is a growing market. Together with short runs and print-on-demand, super wide format printing has strong appeal to advertisers. Super wide format technology has reached the point that it is also attractive to the art reproduction market. Some vendors in the super wide format printer market focus on high speed and offer low to decent quality only, but our tests of this 2+ metric tonnes heavy beast reveal a printer that can tackle photo quality.
EFI and X-Rite announce a breakthrough solution for prepress professionals, publishers, and creatives in production environments. Ideal for those who need to constantly measure test charts and update color management profiles, the combination of EFI’s Bestcolor-driven Colorproof XF highly scalable and versatile client/server-based software and X-Rite’s new Eye-One iSis, the precise, automated spectral chart reader, [...]