Kodak releases newspaper violet plate

Kodak has unveiled details of a new violet offset plate, the Libra VP, that will work with most available violet CTP platesetters and plateline equipment. It’s aimed at the newspaper market and promises long run lengths of up to 350,000 impressions if the plates are processed conventionally or up to 300,000 impressions when easy chem setups are used. It should hold 150 lpi AM or 180 lpi hybrid (XM) screens.  Continue reading “Kodak releases newspaper violet plate”

Agfa announces newspaper platesetter

Agfa has launched a new high-speed platesetter for the high-volume newspaper market. The Advantage N TR VHS produces up to 400 plates per hour, which is 50 plates faster than the older Advantage N TR HS. Agfa’s main pitch is that this speed will help publishers push back just in time deadlines and replace multiple platesetters and their associated processors. Continue reading “Agfa announces newspaper platesetter”

Fish and chip wrappers

I was struck by a recent headline in a newspaper that proclaimed ‘Labour to cut benefits for young jobless’. This is obviously not true, since the Labour party is not in power and not able to enact policy.
But perhaps we should ask, is this any way to sell newspapers? Surely the point of a newspaper is to provide a good level of information, with some interpretation and explanation of that information. It’s difficult to see how meaningless headlines will persuade potential readers to invest time and money in said newspaper.
But this is part of a wider argument about the media – are newspapers, magazines, and websites like this one, for entertainment or information?