Recently, print solutions company G2psd installed a Xitron inkjet CTP system for the Cook Island News.

Dan Johnston, print manager for the Cook Island news, had previously used another CTP system that failed, leaving few options for producing the newspaper. With a mix of colour and mono pages to produce, he deemed the use of metal plates as essential.

The company produces the newspaper is produced on a four-colour press, which also produces commercial work for the local area. It publishes the newspaper Monday to Saturday, with an electronic version available online.

Because the cost factor magnified from the high cost of freight associated with such a remote location, the company opted to purchase an Epson printer from the US and the rip software from Australia. To keep the costs under control, it discussed a plan with G2psd for a remote installation via the internet.

After set up for the Epson printer finished, G2pds’s Bernie Hockings logged in remotely and configured the system to the specifications provided by Dan Johnston. After completing page geometry setup and loading calibration files, the newspaper got back to business.

The Xitron Navigator software allows the operators to check every job as a soft proof before committing them to the printer for plating. Johnston says this has saved a lot of time and, more importantly, wasted plates.

G2psd offers range of solutions including the Xitron range of rip and workflow solutions, colour management, wide format output devices, plates, inks and general printing consumables. From its Brisbane base, the company conducts support, installation, and service via the internet; for clients in remote worldwide. With clients only a mouse click away, Bernie Hockings says, “Unfortunately, with the traffic in Brisbane the way it is today, we can often fix problems faster for clients thousands of kilometres away than we can for our local clients”

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