Drupa 2000 was the best of the old, the best of the new and the best of what's yet to be for true integrated digital prepress.
As far as prepress was concerned, Drupa 2000 affirmed the reliability of the old, elevated the promise of the new and positioned leading market players in new strategic patterns.
All that, in just 14 days.
Drupa 2000 registered a strong vote for the necessity of true digital prepress integration—as well as the health of proven technologies, from imagesetters to scanners. Drupa also marked the true affirmation of PDF as the globally accepted next standard—with more PDF workflows coming to market, and existing PDF workflows, from Apogee to Prinergy, undergoing next-generation refinements.
What Drupa 2000 did not do for prepress operations, believe it or not, was signal the end of film; platesetters and imagesetters were both in abundance. Nor did the Düsseldorf millennium event forecast the demise of proven high production scanning technologies for the total adoption of the digital camera. In fact, even with the abundance of direct imaging offset presses at Drupa, platesetters still proliferated. In short, the old and the new were existing in harmony.
Drupa marked the debut appearance of CreoScitex. The new company introduced a new generation of four- and eight-page Trendsetter platemakers. Designed to address the needs of the four-page market, the Trendsetter 400 features semi-automatic plate loading and unloading, a high-power 40W thermal imaging head, fast imaging speed, and a compact footprint. The Trendsetter 400 (sold by Heidelberg as the Trendsetter 74) can also be configured to image ablative processless media.
The Trendsetter 3230 and 3244 were enhanced to become the new Trendsetter 3230+ and 3244+. Their internal architecture was re-engineered to accommodate a SQUAREspot thermal-imaging head, laser-cooling system and debris-collection components (for ablative processless media). Each system supports Spectrum digital halftone proofing and a choice of imaging speeds.