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On the Supply Side

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

On the Supply Side

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CText Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., named Bill Clark sales director. Clark brings 35 years' experience in newspaper production, sales, and marketing, with a background that includes positions with Caulkins Newspapers, Levittown, Pa., Compugraphic, Computype/Harris, Hastech, and Publishing Partners International.

Agfa Corp., Ridgefield Park, N.J., is creating five sales and marketing groups within its Graphic Systems business after a customer study showed a need for more systems integration support, especially in PDF work flow, digital printing, and computer-to-plate, all of which fall within the purview of the digital systems group. Other new groups are: newspapers, national accounts, products (films, plates, proofing, scanners, imagesetters), and industrial imaging.

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Televisual Data Ltd., Dundee, United Kingdom, launched its Windows-based IStructure plug-in that extracts text from Adobe Acrobat PDF files (requires full version of Acrobat 4.0) and automatically structures pages ready for Web publishing, loading into an electronic library, or sending to an online host. IStructure inserts tags describing page components, then exports the pages as tagged ASCII data. It also supports XML, HTML, Basis, BRS, and Televisual FTF formats (FTF is accepted by Reuters, Nexis, Dialog, UMI, and Televisual's own asset management sytem, The Library Solution. A free beta version operable until Feb. 1, 2000, can be downloaded from http://www.televisual.co.uk.

Barco Graphics Inc., Vandalia, Ohio, announced success in testing Agfa and Fuji CTP plates. Agfa's Thermostar P971 plates were imaged at 2540 dpi (1% to 99%) on Barco Crescent 32T and 42T internal-drum thermal platesetters. Using existing Agfa Ozasol substrate technology, the P971 is available in 8, 12, and 15 mils. Sensitive at 1064 nanometers, the positive-working photopolymer plate requires no pre-development heating, but baking increases its run length from 150,000 to 1 million impressions. …

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