Proceedings PaperTrends In Design Concepts For Direct Exposure Platemaking
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The printing industry is undergoing rapid change with the advent of new technology. The laser provides a tool with which direct exposure platemaking may become a reality. To achieve direct exposure of a complete page, lineart and halftone graphics must be recorded in addition to text. Much of the technology to achieve the desired result is available today, usually seen in other applications. All aspects of text processing, data base management and typesetting must be considered in the design of a laserdriven exposure device. There has been an evolution in both software systems and hardware elements that will eventually make the laser typesetter or platemaker a practical reality.