The 2013 Wide-Format Imaging Top Products Award winners include products that have caused the most excitement in the industry and have been a valuable asset to sign and graphic businesses over the last year.
In order to be considered for these awards, a product had to be released, commercially available, and shipping between September 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012. Voting was open to all PSPs shops worldwide from December 20, 2012 through February 15, 2013.
Prepress & Premedia
i1Publish Pro 2 from X-rite/Pantone, Inc.
Category: Color Management Hardware & Software
X-Rite's i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer introduces a new level of color accuracy, delivering increased ease of use and an expanded professional level feature set, including supporting the latest developments in industry measurement standards. i1Pro 2 solutions are sure to maximize profitability and minimize wasted time, ink and paper, while delivering the confidence that the user’s digital workflow is perfectly and professionally calibrated and profiled.
Caldera version 9.10 from Caldera Graphics
Category: RIP Software
Caldera's version 9.10 includes integration of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 2.6, Raster2PDF, multi-page collation and Japanese language support, along with new options and extensions such as Textile Step & Repeat and enhancements to the VisualCUT+ and EasyMedia modules. In addition, monitoring production at a glance from the print shop floor is made possible with the new Print Board plug-in for Caldera's digital signage solution Variable Display.
An important development for standards-driven print businesses is the new Process Standard Verifier feature for FOGRA Process Standard Digital (PSD) and Process Standard Offset (PSO). The Process Control option allows the printing and measuring of standardized color reproduction charts from within the Print or EasyMedia interfaces. The module also delivers compliancy reports for ISO 12647-2, ISO 12647-7, ISO 12647-8, PSD Absolute and PSD Relative to ensure conformity to FOGRA standards in their printing processes.
HD Ultra Wide-Format Scanner from Contex Americas
Category: Wide-Format Scanner (24 inches+)
Contex's HD Ultra wide-format scanner delivers 6-inch per second scanning speeds and 901 monochrome and 597 color scans per hour. Energy-Star compliant, the HD Ultra is available in 36- and 42-inches. The HD Ultra comes with new features that make operation quick and easy, including one-touch control, fail-safe paper loading, and automatic size detection. The HD Ultra comes in two versions: Professional, for high-volume applications, and Office, for occasional use or walk-up scanning.
Flow+ 1.6 from Caldera Graphics
Category: Workflow Software
Caldera's Flow+ 1.6 software 6 boasts enhancements to the quoting system, customer relationship management and user interface, as well as a number of new tools and a faster processing engine. Improvements in the quoting system include a more flexible quotation builder, designed to assist companies implementing an MIS for the first time by allowing the creation of quotes with a free text field. The CRM module has also benefited from a number of improvements, including better filtering of customer information to help the sales team identify existing clients and leads to be followed up.
Designjet L26500 from Hewlett-Packard Co.
Category: Aqueous Printer (24 inches plus)
The Designjet L26500 Printer from Hewlett-Packard is a large-format solution using water-based HP Latex Inks and HP Thermal Inkjet printing technologies. The 61-inch device prints with speeds up to 246 square feet per hour and a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The HP Designjet L26500 Printer is compatible with more than 500 media choices and offers double-sided printing, helping print service providers increase application versatility. The Energy Star-certified printer cures the inks inside the printer, resulting in dry prints that are ready to be finished or used immediately without special ventilation or an external heater.