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Seybold San Francisco Reports Record Success

8 Nov, 2002 By: BLI BLI imageSource

Seybold San Francisco Reports Record Success

This year's Seybold
show, held on September 9-12, saw an increase in attendance of more than ten
percent over last year. The increase was attributed to Seybold San Francisco's
educational programs that examined the latest XML, PDF, content management,
enterprise publishing, web services and catalog publishing strategies used to
deal with the complex publishing challenges faced by all enterprises.

"We've seen a
tremendous interest in our new programs this year, which were designed to help
our customers identify efficiencies and make smart decisions about what new
services and opportunities are in the marketplace," said Gene Gable,
president of Seybold Seminars and Publications. "Our customers look to our
event as a place to communicate their stability in the marketplace and their
commitment to their customers--no one wants to be invisible at a time like

Power of Presentations

Seybold offered a number of keynote speeches and workshop sessions designed to
stimulate and grow interest in the industry. Philip W. Schiller, senior vice
president of worldwide product marketing at Apple gave a special keynote speech
about Apple, its plans and progress. Shantanu Narayen, executive vice president
of worldwide product marketing and development for Adobe Systems also filled
attendees in on the latest from Adobe.

Mark R. Anderson,
president of strategic news service; Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds
Productions; and William Uricchio, associate director of comparative media
studies at MIT gave a special presentation on the industry. Entitled Where Do We
Go From Here? the presentation was well attended.

Four unique sessions
from Seybold Sustainability and the Greening of Print, Media Convergence: The
Dynamism and Destiny of a Global Culture, Bridging the Digital Divide: Bringing
the Digital Ink Revolution to the People, and The Seybold Shootout: QuarkXPress
5.0 Vs. Adobe InDesign 2.0, were of interest to every Seybold participant.

Seybold Seminars and
Planet Publish co-produced an education arena which featured live educational
presentations and rapid-fire demos. Hour-long sessions offered insight into
e-books, DRM, PDF, creative publishing software and digital artistry.

At the Digital
Workflow Display, live demonstrations of digital workflow from image capture to
final output were revealed. In a live demonstration, Adobe, Apple, BEST Color,
Chromaticity, Epson, GretagMacbeth, nik Multimedia, and Wacom, gave information
about how to capture photos digitally, enhance them with the latest design
tools, implement proper color management techniques and produce superior output,
all while maintaining quality and color consistency throughout the process.

Proof Is In The Products

Innovation is often stimulated by tough economic times. Proof of this was the
diversity of Hot Picks entries submitted by many new companies offering a
selection of new product ideas. Attendees were looking for multiple solutions to
transform their organizations as well as finding high quality education to
extend across their business platforms.

Some of the most
notable new products included Canon's new CLC 3900, a 39 page-per-minute color
production system for the entry-level production marketplace. With a base unit
suggested retail price of $54,990, the CLC 3900 uses four drum technology and
Canon's exclusive Finer Brighter (FB) toner for a print resolution equivalent of
up to 800 x 400 dots-per-inch (dpi) and maximum recommended monthly volume of
150,000 letter-size impressions. Targeted to production, print-for-pay,
corporate and graphics central reprographics departments, and service bureaus,
the CLC 3900 offers booklet making and trimming of paper sizes up to 12" x
18". Scan Once Print Many (SOPM) technology, stackless duplexing, and paper
handling capacity of up to 5,350 letter-size sheets from a total of four sources
ensure continuous operation in demanding production environments. Users can
choose one of two standard available paper decks, including a 4,000-sheet
letter-size deck or 2,000-sheet oversize, up to 12" x 18" deck. With
flexible support for up to 140 lb. index stock through the stack bypass, the CLC
3900 also offers several finishing options, such as the Nagel finisher, 20-bin
stapler sorter or a high-capacity stacker. The optional Canon ColorPASS-Z4500
Color Server provides network print capability for the CLC 3900. Other color
server options for the Canon CLC 3900 include T/R Systems' MicroPress X Series
models, which have the capability to transform mid-range print devices into
high-end solutions that complete jobs at speeds typically associated with offset
presses. The CLC 3900 main unit, and supporting ColorPASS-Z4500, T/R Systems'
MicroPress X Series color servers, and other accessories for the device will be
available in the fourth quarter of 2002.

Attendees reportedly
waited in line to get a demo of Konica's upcoming 50-ppm full-color MFP. This
model, along with the 8031 - a 31-ppm LED-based MFP and the 8020 - a 20-ppm
version which are expected to be released late this year, allows Konica to boast
that it now has a full line of color products. The new 50-ppm color unit is
based on laser technology and employs Konica's Simitri polymerized toner for
scanning at 8-bit color depth and can output 600 x 600-dpi copies and prints.
The unit features standard duplexing and an optional 100-sheet RADF that
supports scan once/print many technology. Standard paper capacity consists of
three 500-sheet paper drawers and a 250-sheet bypass, all of which can
accommodate 110-lb index and coated stock. The unit is equipped with an
additional bypass tray that can hold up to 140-lb. stock. All paper sources
support sized up to 13" x 19.2" for full-bleed output with crop marks.
The unit will be offered with an external EFI Fiery controller using Z5

Minolta also
introduced a successor to its CF1501 and CF2001 four-drum, single-pass LED color
MFPs. The new CF3102 and CF2002 offer color speeds of 31 and 20 ppm
respectively, while the black and white speed of both units is 31 ppm. First
copy time is 7.9 seconds in black for both units and color first copy times of
9.9 seconds for the CF3102 and 14.1 seconds for the CF2002. Like its
predecessors, the new models offer 600 x 600 dpi resolution and 600 x 1800 dpi
print resolution with a tiltable control panel with improved status information
and creative functions. The new units employ Konica-developed polymerized toner
which eliminates the need for a fuser oil-coating roller. This contributed to
the new models' lower cost per page. Another enhancement in both models is the
Minolta Advanced Color Conversion System, which is a technology for the copier
side of the output that allows for color output that more accurately matches the
tones in the original. The life of the color imaging units has been expanded
from 30,000 to 50,000 impressions and the life of the black imaging unit has
been expanded from 50,000 to 80,000 sheets. The life of the fusing unit,
transfer belt unit and ozone filter/paper dust remover have all been expanded as
well. Both models feature a non-upgradeable 512-MB RAM, are equipped with a
500-sheet drawer that accommodates up to 11" x 17" media, a 250-sheet
multi-purpose tray that accommodates up to 12" x 18" stock and a
single-sheet bypass tray that can accommodate stocks up to 140-lbs. Paper
capacity can also be expanded to 3,250 sheets. Companies can purchase an
optional 10-GB hard drive and either the CN3012e or CN3101e print controllers.
Finishing options include the FN-116 finisher with single-position stapling,
offset and criss-cross sorting, and the FN-8 saddle-stitch finisher with
folding, three-position stapling and hole-punching.

The success of
Seybold proved to attendees that the commitment of manufactures and developers
to the printing industry is unfailing and that products and services for the
industry are constantly improving.

For more information
on Seybold, visit their website at www.seyboldseminars.com. Product information
for this report was supplied by Buyers Laboratory's Digital Imaging Review,
September 2002. For information on Buyers Laboratory, call 201-488-0404.

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