• Creo buys Scitex’s prep-press operations and becomes one of the largest graphic arts companies with a 20% market share.
• Illustrator 9 is the first Adobe application to support transparency. Other programs such as Corel Draw already did this for ages but it is Adobe’s marketing department that manages to convince designers that transparency is a must-have feature that should be used on every single page they create.
• Screen introduces Trueflow, a prepress workflow based on an Adobe PostScript 3 interpreter and Screen’s own powerful imposition and trapping engines. It is the first major web browser based workflow, mainly targeting the lower end of the market.
• At drupa, Agfa introduces a version of its Galileo CtP system which can image visible light violet plates. The thermal-versus-violet debate rages on for several years, to be replaced by the discussions surrounding process-free technologies 5 to 6 years later.
The engine gets its data via PrintDrive, a software application that stores bitmap data and that can act as a TIFF-catcher.
• At the same show the Screen FlatRite 1050 shows that 4-up (B2) printers are also ready to make the move to CtP.
• Business-wise drupa is an incredible success. Many of the big vendors, such as Heidelberg and Manroland, report an unprecedented number of sales. One of the highlights of the show is the KBA Cortina, a waterless web press for newspapers and semi-commercials. The model below is a compact version.
Among the digital presses the NexPress, a joint development from Heidelberg and Kodak, and the Manroland DICOweb get most of the attention.
• The Wasatch SoftRIP is the newest product from Wasatch Computer Technology, founded by Mike Ware in 1982. It becomes a popular choice for driving the increasing number of inkjet devices that hit the market in the following years.
• Dynagram Software introduces the Macintosh version of its imposition application DynaStrip.
• Adobe launches InCopy 1.0, a writing and editing application that integrates tightly with Adobe InDesign to enable enhanced collaboration between design and editorial teams.
• Barco Packaging Systems announces Plato, an imposition program to create complex step-and-repeat arrangements.
• Warnock Pro is a new type composition family designed by Richard Slimbach and named after John Warnock, the co-founder of Adobe Systems.
• A Concorde crashes and kills 113 near Paris. The airplane is retired from active service.
• The mad cow disease scares the population of Europe.
• Stephen King sells his novella ‘Riding the Bullet’ exclusively in electronic forms as an e-book.
• Several women declare their love for me in an e-mail. Unfortunately it turns out their computers were infected by the ‘I love you’ virus.
• A manual recount of votes is needed in Florida to declare George W. Bush the winner of the US elections.