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ADVERTISINGAdstar Inc.Marina del Rey, Calif.

CanWest Global Commmunications will integrate AdStar Web-based ad-transaction technology to enable advertisers to create, schedule, and pay for classified ads in The Vancouver Sun, The Province and the Web sites of British Columbia's two largest dailies. Ad Sales provides user-friendly templates, online- and print-specific layouts, feature-rich formatting options, real-time credit card authorization and processing, enhancement tools (photos, borders, graphics, shading), e-mail renewal notices, and management reports. Once created on the Web, ads flow through AdStar"s XML Gateway platform to a paper's classified advertising front-end system and/or Web site.

PREPRESS --Agfa GraphicsRidgefield Park, N.J.

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer and its Target Printing & Distribution operation bought two Advantage CLS violet platesetters and IntelliTune image-enhancement software to produce the daily, weeklies, alternative papers, and college publications.

The cassette-equipped model images up to 220 plates per hour in sizes of 11 to 27 inches at resolutions as high as 2,540 dpi. The end-loading system's small footprint is designed for positioning units side by side.

Created to cope with newspapers' many images, IntelliTune's Multi-Dimensional Processing analyzes each image's tone, color, and spatial characteristics, automatically correcting for the best reproduction.

Agfa also sold three of the imagers, with Arkitex NewsDrive, to Post-Newsweek Media, where Printing Director John Payne cited design simplicity for the choice. Holding many more plates than the old system, the CLS models will enable the printer "to become more of a lights-out operation during several shifts without much manual intervention," Payne said. Printing almost a million copies each week of community papers, the business serves 125 customers, most in the Baltimore-Washington area.

Eastman Kodak Co.Rochester, N.Y.

Twenty North American newspapers, many printing multiple titles and commercial work, bought Kodak computer-to-plate hardware and software in recent months. A new European plant printing a new daily bought Kodak's 1,000th thermal platesetter.

Ordering two Trendsetter News 70 thermal platesetters: Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic (with Newsmanager and Prinergy Evo PDF workflow systems, Preps imposition software); Miami-based Southeast Offset (with Prinergy Evo, Insite prepress Web software for submitting, tracking, and proofing jobs) for Boca Raton and Cayman Islands dailies, and weeklies and monthlies; and Brown Publishing's Athens and Xenia, Ohio, plants (with Newsmanager, Prinergy Evo) for 18 dailies, 27 weeklies and TMCs.

Other pairs went to The Gazette in Montreal (Trendsetter News 150s) and Tallahassee Democrat (Trendsetter News 100s).

Trendsetter News 70s also were sold to: Scripps Texas Newspapers' Wichita Falls Times Record News and San Angelo Standard-Times (with Prinergy Evo, Preps, Staccato screening); Lee Enterprises, for its three dailies produced in Albany, Ore. (with Prinergy Evo, Preps, Staccato); Ogden Newspapers' Herald Star in Steubenville, Ohio, The Post-Journal in Jamestown, N.Y., and The Maui (Hawaii) News (each with Prinergy Evo); Transcontinental's The Telegram, in St. …

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