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EFI Fiery® launches two digital front ends

By VJ Media Bureau - April 26, 2014

The new EFI Fiery DFEs for Xerox Versant 2100 Press set standards for image quality and productivity.

EFI has announced two innovative EFI Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) such as EX 2100 and EX-P 2100 for the new Xerox Versant™ 2100 Press. Both the Print Servers are powered by Fiery with the set standard for color accuracy and image quality by using a new 10-bit, 1200 dpi processing technology at the digital front end. Processing tinted text and graphics at these resolutions produces sharper edges for an exceptionally crisp, clean appearance. The new Fiery Ultra Smooth Gradients feature goes beyond traditional 8-bit rendering to help eliminate "stair stepped” gradient shades common in digital printing of vector images. To the print service provider, these technology advances mean higher print quality, less rework, and more satisfied customers.
These are designed for graphics-intensive jobs and complex, variable-data work, the Xerox EX-P 2100 Print Server includes Fiery HyperRIP technology, which processes complex files up to 40% faster than other DFEs.
"Commercial printers, corporate in-plant print departments and graphics firms demand the most out of their digital printing investments, and the new Fiery servers deliver on their most urgent image quality and color accuracy needs,” said Robert Stabler, senior vice president, Xerox Graphic Communications Business Group. "Fiery servers are unique in their ability to increase shop automation and productivity with their seamless integration to EFI MIS and Web-to-Print products as well as leading prepress workflow solutions.”
The new DFEs are based on EFI's award winning Fiery FS100 Pro platform — the first DFE platform to carry a 100% perfect pass rating from VIGC's PDF RIP Audit. As a result, users can eliminate trial-and-error approaches to output using Fiery technology that ensures that complex design elements like overprinting and transparencies print correctly the very first time.
Another key benefit of the Fiery DFEs is their tight integration with Xerox FreeFlow® Workflow Collection and FreeFlow Core, providing customers with additional time-saving automation and operational efficiency.
"The advancements in creative design software over the last five years are pushing the boundaries of digital front ends and color printers,” said Marco Boer, VP, IT Strategies Inc., a market research consultancy. "The introduction of EFI's new Fiery EX and EX-P servers, coupled with the new Xerox Versant 2100 production color digital printer, could not be timed better to handle the exponential processing power required to correctly render complex design capabilities, such as transparency reveals and gradual shadow transitions, and meet ever increasing customer expectations on output quality.”

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