today took the wraps off three new graphics printers aimed at the professional graphics and prepress market. The new systems are the Designjet 10ps, Designjet 20ps and Designjet 50ps.
All three systems share some basic design similarities: support for an Adobe PostScript 3-based RIP for Mac and Windows; six-color output; 2400 x 1200 DPI output on premium photopaper; 4 picoliter drop size and dye black ink; support for 11 x 17 inch full-bleed glossy images; remote proofing based on PDF and JDF standards; and more.
The Designjet 10ps has been developed as a personal printer for graphic designers, while the 20ps offers added paper handling and server based processing. The 50ps adds Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG-licensed software to create what HP calls “a complete pre-press proofing solution.”
HP has developed new media for the Designjet series, including HP Proofing Matte, HP Proofing Semi-gloss and HP Proofing Gloss.
Look for the Designjet 10ps and 20ps to debut this fall, with estimated retail prices of US$995 and $1,795 respectively. HP said to expect the Designjet 50ps next spring for $3,495.
HP did not offer specific Mac OS X compatibility info as we went to press with this article.