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Xanté announces new FilmMaker 4 The first desktop system designed specifically for computer-to-film

The first desktop system designed specifically for computer-to-film

Xantés FilmMaker 4 is designed specifically for computer-to-film printing directly from the desktop. It offers close registration and good repeatability for printing and prepress professionals in need of easy-to-produce, quality film positives and negatives.

Xanté also introduces its new Myriad Clear Film which boasts advantages over negatives such as easier stripping and less opaquing.

The FilmMaker 4 provides daylight loading of Xantés Myriad polyester-based film with no misfeeds or threading.

Boasting a throughput time of 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, the FilmMaker 4 can output film at an average of 40 sheets per hour at resolutions up to 2400 x 2400 dpi.

The FilmMaker 4 includes true Adobe PostScript 3, a high speed RISC processor, Xantés Graphic Software Package, Negative Enhanced Imaging Technology (NEIT), oversized capabilities of up to 13″ x 35.5″ output, and much more.

MAY 7, 2001, MOBILE, AL — Xanté Corporation today announces the Xanté FilmMaker 4 the first desktop system designed specifically for computer-to-film printing at up to 2400 x 2400 dpi. In addition, Xanté introduces the new Myriad Clear Film for printing high quality film positives. Offering high resolution, close registration, and good repeatability, Xantés FilmMaker 4 provides printing and prepress professionals with a much needed solution for easy-to-produce, quality film positives and negatives.

“Together with the new Myriad Clear Film, the FilmMaker 4 sets a new standard for desktop filmmaking,” said Robert C. Ross, Jr., Xantés president and CEO. “For years many countries outside the US have used film positives for burning positive metal plates and for other applications resulting in higher quality and faster production. This was the inspiration for Xanté to spend extensive amounts of time on research and development for the perfect clear film material. Using the FilmMaker 4 to produce film positives on Xantés specially designed Myriad Clear Film provides easier stripping and less opaquing for use with flexography, commercial printing, and other applications for printing professionals in the US and abroad. With up to 2400 dpi and Xantés Negative Enhanced Imaging Technology, the FilmMaker 4 is in a class by itself providing the complete desktop filmmaking solution for both negatives and positives from the same device.”

The FilmMaker 4 allows users to print proofs and generate film from one device, reducing prepress workflow to one machine. Boasting a throughput time of 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, the FilmMaker 4 can output film at an average of 40 sheets per hour at resolutions up to 2400 x 2400 dpi. The FilmMaker 4 can be purchased at 1200 dpi and upgraded later to 2400 dpi. Oversized capabilities of up to 13″ x 35.5″ allow printing and prepress professionals to achieve multiple spreads and imposition layouts and to reduce the need for tiling.

PRINTER FEATURES

Adobe PostScript 3 Software – The FilmMaker 4 offers the reliability, assurance of compatibility, and high performance provided by PostScript 3. PostScript 3 benefits include improved performance, enhanced file and memory management schemes, data compression, composite font support, and much more.

High Resolution – The Xanté FilmMaker 4 provides 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution, upgradable to 2400 x 2400 dpi for typeset quality output. The printer can be purchased at 1200 dpi and be upgraded later to 2400 dpi. The FilmMaker 4s quality is well suited for printing computer-to-film as well as for printing final output and proofing.

Myriad Film – Polyester based Myriad Film is available from Xanté for quality computer-to-film printing. Film is printed on the FilmMaker 4, then processed using the FilmStar 2. Users can burn a metal plate from this processed film; the plate is then used for offset printing. Myriad Film is ready to use and made for daylight film loading.

Myriad Clear Film – In addition to offering Myriad Film for negatives, Xanté introduces the new Myriad Clear Film for positive printing. Printing positives on Xantés Myriad Clear Film provides for easier stripping and less opaquing compared to negatives. Myriad Clear Film is ready to use and made for daylight film loading.

High Performance – The FilmMaker 4 can output film at an average of 40 sheets per hour at 1200 dpi and 25 sheets per hour at 2400 dpi.

Positive Film Technology – The FilmMaker 4 includes Xantés Positive Film Technology for quality, consistent printing of positive film.

NEIT – Xantés patented Negative Enhanced Imaging Technology allows users to produce quality negative or positive images from the same device. Offset printing requires using negative images on film to produce plates. Until now, negative printing from laser based engines has tended to fill in or “plug” tiny white spaces inside letters such as “a” or “e” and fill hairline images. Xantés patented NEIT, in conjunction with Myriad film, helps ensure clear, crisp hairline images and text.

X-ACT – Xantés patented Accurate Calibration Technology gives users precise control over horizontal and vertical dimensions on page images ensuring unmatched output accuracy. The X-ACT feature provides an easy, convenient way to calibrate the FilmMaker 4 to unequaled accuracy.

Halftone Calibration Technology – The FilmMaker 4 allows users to linearize the gamma curve of halftones easily from the printers front panel or via software printer setup. This feature enables users to calibrate the midtones of halftone images, bringing out detail that can be lost when printing at higher line screens or when dark photos have been scanned.

Densitometer Support – Users can calibrate gray scales using a densitometer and Xantés Command Center application to produce the highest accuracy possible from halftone images.

Enhanced Screening – Xantés Enhanced Screening allows users to further fine tune the output quality by providing 40% more levels of gray when enabled, yielding camera-ready artwork. Enhanced screening allows users to select from the normal (default) or the enhanced screens defined by 145, 197, or 256 levels of gray using the printers front panel or via software printer setup.

Mirror Print – Users can print a job from any application with the image reversed from left to right to provide right reading, emulsion side down output.

Negative Print – Users can print a negative image from any application regardless of job composition.

Media Handling – The FilmMaker 4 supports two input sources in its base configuration. A multi-purpose tray offers a 150-sheet input capacity and supports film sizes up to 13″ x 35.5″. The second source is a media feed unit which supports the standard 500-sheet trays holding up to 13″ x 18.5″ film sizes. Two optional input sources are available and can be configured to hold up to 500 sheets each for a total input capacity of 1,650 sheets. The take up tray provides for 500 film sheets stacked.

Standard Interfaces – RS-232 serial, parallel, and LocalTalk interfaces are standard all of which can be active simultaneously for seamless, cross platform support. 10/100BaseT Ethernet running concurrently active EtherTalk, Novell Netware, and TCP/IP protocols is available as an option. An optional internal IDE drive is available for additional font and form storage.

Font Handling – In addition to providing 136 standard PostScript resident typefaces, Xantés FilmMaker 4 includes support for Adobes Type 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 downloadable fonts.

Target Markets and Applications

Xantés FilmMaker 4 targets the growing printing and prepress industries. Companies such as service bureaus, print shops, advertising agencies, in-plant operations, and other in-house graphic departments will benefit from the FilmMaker 4s ability to produce quality film positives and negatives directly from the desktop.

The FilmMaker 4 provides direct daylight loading of Myriad Film with no misfeeds or threading, allowing users to bypass many steps associated with traditional printing. This innovative technology reduces the cost and process time required for conventional methods where the user is tied up by camera work and developing. The oversized printing capability provides the flexibility to print full bleed 11″ x 17″/A3 documents, multiple spread options and imposition layouts.

Xanté offers a standard one year warranty, as well as optional on-site and cross-ship service contracts. The FilmMaker 4 and other Xanté products are available direct from Xanté or from authorized resellers worldwide.

Xanté, founded in 1989, is a privately held corporation that develops and markets high performance printing and prepress solutions. Xantés product line consists of high resolution color and monochrome laser printers, computer-to-plate and computer-to-film systems, and camera ready output and proofing devices. Xanté products are available direct or from resellers in the U.S. and abroad.

Xanté and X-ACT are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xanté CORPORATION. Adobe and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems, Incorporated, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.