FUJI Pictrography 4000 Digital Printer
- In conjunction
with the groundbreaking Pictrography 4000 Digital Color Printer, Fujifilm
is also announcing the release of its exclusive photo-oriented applications.
PHOTOKINA '96 KÖLN, GERMANY,
September 18, 1996 - Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. introduces the new Pictrography
4000, the enhanced model of the currently available Pictrography 3000.
The Pictrography 3000 was the first photorealistic color digital printer
based on Fujifilm's unique laser exposure and thermal development and
dye transfer process (silver halide Pictro-Color Process). Since its release
three years ago, it has garnered rave reviews for picture quality from
users in a wide range of fields, including computer graphics, graphic
design, industrial design, photography,scientific and technical research,
to name but a few.
The new Pictrography 4000 is a printer which succeeds
the photorealistic color quality of the 3000, but the most remarkable
feature of the 4000 is its ability to accept a full range of paper sizes.
For the Pictrography 3000, the available paper sizes are up to A4 Wide,
but the Pictrography 4000 offers not only the capacity to print on A3
Wide paper, but many other paper sizes as well, including standard photographic
and office paper sizes such as 8x10, 10x12, A4, A5, and more. Additionally,
the maximum exposure area is designed to be larger than the print area
so as to allow image prints up to the full size of the paper. The Pictrography
4000 is also extremely fast: it can print an A3 Wide sheet at 400 dpi
in about 90 seconds.
Adobe Photoshop Plug-in for Macintosh or WindowsÆ
is bundled with the Pictrography 4000 so users can promptly print images
created by popular rendering applications with ease.
An increase in a wide variety of uses for photographic
fields as well as printing industries can be expected to appear around
the release of the new Pictrography 4000.
Fujifilm's new Pictro-oriented software, announced together
with the Pictrography 4000's release, includes an optional scanning printing
software called "PPM (Pictro Photo Manager)". The PPM is available
for both the 3000 and the 4000, and it has the following unique characteristics:
- Consistent color calibration from the
scanner to Pictrography 4000
- Allows users to obtain prints of the
quality equivalent to ordinary lab prints, scanning from negatives,
positives, and color prints.
- Gradation adjustment corresponding
to the characteristics of conventional photographic papers.
- Support for standard photographic paper
Fujifilm is planning to provide PPM support for as many
scanners as possible in the future. In addition to the above, Fujifilm
announces that other options such as PostScript RIP, Networking Interface
and so on, will be available in the near future.
What is the Pictro-Color Process ?
The Pictrography's laser
exposure and thermal development and dye transfer process is a silver
halide photographic process, which takes much of the complexity out of
photograph printing as it uses no chemicals at all, just water. As a result
not only will your hands not be stained if you touch the prints, but the
Pictrography can be called a "green" product, an extremely environmentally
friendly digital color printer.
Additionally, by incorporating a 3-color level laser
diode for one-pass exposure and simultaneous one-pass dye transfer, Pictrography
can avoid the color shift and diffusion problems of 3-pass and 4-pass
dye-sublimation printers and realize prints of superior sharpness and