The first customer shipments of the Star Proof proofing solution for the Power Mac G5 processor are due next month. Star Proof is a Mac OS X application from
Compose Systems that’s designed for the delivery of contract quality screened proofs on large format inkjets and color proofers.
It uses the hard dot generation techniques of Actual Dot 2 (Compose System’s resampling and dot generation engine) to recreate actual dot patterns and rosettes of original separations, even including defects such as moire patterns. Star Proof is tuned to take advantage of Epson VSDT-capable printers such as the Stylus Pro 10600 and produces proofs that have up to 200 lpi (lines per inch) output on printers running at just 1440 lpi by 720 lpi.
List pricing for Star Proof for G5 processors is US$6,500; upgrades for current users to the new G5 version will cost $800.