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Graphispag 2007: the Mac is still the favorite

In terms of attendance, as is understandable as the event has not ended, no figures have been communicated, but the perception of the first days has been very positive. In the opening hours of the fair, you can already see a moderate agglomeration of visitors waiting to buy their tickets, register or access the pavilions.

Likewise, the atmosphere in the pavilions is very lively, with quite a lot of public at the stands asking questions, attending demonstrations, browsing the exhibitions or simply admiring the impressive printing machines on display at the fair.

As for the presence of the Mac, at least in Hall 1 dedicated to digital printing, design and large format printing, it can be said that it is very wide and even larger than what could in principle be expected.

In addition to the fact that at the fair Apple itself is showing its tools for color management, process automation and Aperture software; Other very close companies such as Adobe have also attended, which as usual has managed to be one of the points of greatest interest with the demonstrations of its applications and the Photoshop CS3 beta.

On the other hand, many Apple distributors also have a stand at the fair. Thus, Microgestió is showing in the many of its solutions for color proofs and PDF workflow and has the presence of Quark, which has not attended independently, but is showing universal version 7 at the fair and promoting the maximum its new policy of updates, much cheaper, and its licenses for education and multiples.

Other specialized distributors are also at the fair such as MGV, which has given great importance to the test systems, PDF certification and quality control of CGS (www.cgs.de); Centregrafic, which is on the Adobe booth; o Disvent, which is demonstrating EFI RIPs and other color management applications. At this last stand, the NEC Spectraview Reference 21 professional TFT monitor also stands out, which incorporates LED panel technology and internal calibration system. Of course, as can be seen in the image, it does not have the lightness or thinness of the usual TFT monitors.

On the other hand, the distributor Ingrafic shows at the fair its Kodak proofing systems, formerly Creo, the also impressive wide-range professional screens from Quato and the Human Eyes software (www.humaneyes.com), which allows you to create and print in a simple way three-dimensional or moving images such as those used in exhibitors, advertising, posters, etc.

As for other manufacturers, HP dominates the entrance to the pavilion with an impressive array of HP Scitex super-large format printers, Indigo presses and the entire range of common large-format graphics and photography.

In this spectacular field of large format printers, those from Roland, Mutoh (which can be found at the Graphware stand), Bedigital (www.bedigitalworld.com) or Durst, which can be found at the stand of Lacor (www.lacor.com).

Of course, in printing of more conventional formats, Epson’s offer is also interesting, which shows the Stylus Pro 4800 and 4800 Pro models, its latest flatbed scanners and the most affordable ranges such as the Stylus Photo R1800 that incorporates 8 UtraCrome inks with a resistance up to 200 years.

In addition to these exhibitors, in all the rest of Graphispag it is easy to see that the Mac is probably the most popular platform and that it is found in many stands of manufacturers and distributors of hardware and software such as computers for demonstrations, sometimes even in the from manufacturers who are not overly interested in any particular platform.

Of course, at the design point, a place that brings together exhibitions (the Laus awards, the Refuse Unpublished exhibition, the Daniel Gil awards for editorial design and the Motiva contra la violence de gender exhibition), related publications and design training centers, There are also several iMac that serve as a point of information and enjoyment for visitors.