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 BIRMINGHAM, U.K., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) today introduced Aldus TrapWise 2.0 for the Apple Macintosh, a new version if its electronic trapping software that will build upon and extend the technology of TrapWise 1.0 for Windows. The announcement was made at the IPEX '93 show.
 TrapWise 2.0 for the Macintosh will have several new prepress controls, including image trapping, color-separation capabilities, batch processing, and the ability to trap up to 16 colors at once. It will trap not only single-page EPS files that conform to Adobe's color conventions, but also multipage PostScript files that conform to the Adobe Document Structuring Convention (DSC) 3.0. Users will also be able to launch Aldus PressWise 2.0 directly from TrapWise to automate the imposition phase of the prepress process.
 "The development of TrapWise for the Macintosh continues our commitment to the electronic prepress market, which is strategically important to the industry and to Aldus' future as a leader in publishing software," said Eric Bean, Aldus prepress program manager. "This version will have the same popular features as its Windows counterpart, plus significant new features suggested by customers."

 In multicolor printing, two or more layers of ink must be laid onto a sheet of paper and precisely aligned so that the colors abut properly. Often, however, slight misregistration occurs on the press, and small gaps can appear between objects. Prepress operators compensate for these potential gaps by trapping adjacent objects -- that is, by adjusting their edges until they overlap slightly.
 Quality trapping has always been achievable on traditionally produced jobs. Electronically produced files, however, are particularly difficult to trap with traditional methods, for they often contain very thin elements, many graduated fills, and hundreds of PostScript objects. Software such as Aldus TrapWise helps professionals produce the precise traps required for these electronically generated pages.

 TrapWise 2.0 for the Macintosh will offer many new features to improve operators' productivity. Users will be able to both trap and output color separations directly from TrapWise, thereby speeding up their prepress cycle. New batch-processing tools will allow them to group multiple jobs (with or without similar trapping parameters), and process them unattended. The program's ability to trap up to 16 colors at once (four process-color inks plus twelve spot) will help prepress operators make their documents press-perfect in minutes rather than hours. And operators will be able to smoothly trap the perimeter of continuous-tone images, as well as objects within images.
 Like the Windows version, Aldus TrapWise for the Macintosh will accept conforming files from any platform, such as Macintosh, Windows, or UNIX. It will extend this support, however, to include both single- page and multipage files that conform to the appropriate PostScript conventions. Applications that can produce these files include Aldus PageMaker 4.x and 5.0, Aldus FreeHand, QuarkXPress, and Adobe Illustrator. Once a file is processed, users will be able to output the resulting PostScript pages to any PostScript-compatible imagesetter, platesetter, printing press, or other device.

 In addition to the new features mentioned above, the Macintosh version of TrapWise will have all the features of its Windows counterpart. It will, for example, produce precise traps for process- and spot-color jobs, and handle complex trapping situations easily, including graduated fills, small text, and multicolor intersections.
 TrapWise's controls let operators apply their professional knowledge to the traps. Users can define "keep away" rules so that black support layers are properly hidden; define unlimited, rectangular "trap zones" to refine and control variables in a particular area; apply ink-by-ink controls for spot colors and overprinting; and treat spot-color inks as their process-color equivalents for trapping purposes. In addition, they can define a minimum color contrast to control when TrapWise will create a trap; specify the percentage of black ink that TrapWise will consider to be true "black"; and reduce a trap's color based on percentages of component inks.

 Aldus TrapWise 2.0 for the Macintosh will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of 1993 for a suggested retail price of $4,995 (U.S.). Customers will be able to purchase it from graphic arts resellers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of high-resolution output devices, and directly from Aldus. Registered owners of Aldus TrapWise 1.0 for Windows will be able to buy TrapWise 2.0 for the Macintosh for $1,000 (U.S.) in the United States and Canada.

 The recommended configuration for TrapWise 2.0 will be a Macintosh Quadra series computer, 16MB of RAM, a 200MB hard drive, an 8-bit color monitor, and System 7 or later. A PostScript-compatible output device is required.
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. The company focuses on three lines of business: applications for the professional publishing and prepress markets; applications for the general consumer market; and service and support programs for professional end-users. Aldus has subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors.
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