EFI has announced two powerful EFI Fiery digital front ends (DFEs) for the new Xerox Versant 2100 Press.

The Xerox EX 2100 and EX-P 2100 Print Servers, powered by Fiery, set the standard for colour accuracy and image quality by using a new 10-bit 1200 dpi processing technology at the digital front end. Processing tinted text and graphics at these resolutions produces sharper edges for an exceptionally crisp, clean appearance.

The new Fiery Ultra Smooth Gradients feature goes beyond traditional 8-bit rendering to help eliminate 'stair stepped' gradient, shades common in digital printing of vector images. To the print service provider, these technology advances mean higher print quality, less reworks, and more satisfied customers.

Robert Stabler, senior vice president, Xerox Graphic Communications Business Group said, 'Commercial printers, corporate in-plant print departments and graphics firms demand the most out of their digital printing investments, and the new Fiery servers deliver on their most urgent image quality and colour accuracy needs. Fiery servers are unique in their ability to increase shop automation and productivity with their seamless integration to EFI MIS and Web-to-Print products as well as leading prepress workflow solutions.'

The new DFEs are based on EFI's award winning Fiery FS100 Pro platform, the first DFE platform to carry a 100% perfect pass rating from VIGC's PDF RIP Audit. As a result, users can eliminate trial-and-error approaches to output using Fiery technology that ensures that complex design elements like overprinting and transparencies print correctly the very first time.

Another key benefit of the Fiery DFEs is their tight integration with Xerox FreeFlow Workflow Collection and FreeFlow Core, providing customers with additional time-saving automation and operational efficiency. Designed for graphics-intensive jobs and complex, variable-data work, the Xerox EX-P 2100 Print Server includes Fiery HyperRIP technology, which processes complex files up to 40% faster than other DFEs.

'The advancements in creative design software over the last five years are pushing the boundaries of digital front ends and colour printers,' said Marco Boer, vice president, IT Strategies Inc., a market research consultancy. 'The introduction of EFI's new Fiery EX and EX-P servers, coupled with the new Xerox Versant 2100 production colour digital printer, could not be timed better to handle the exponential processing power required to correctly render complex design capabilities, such as transparency reveals and gradual shadow transitions, and meet ever increasing customer expectations on output quality.'

Available for orders worldwide beginning in July, the Xerox EX 2100 and EX-P 2100 Print Servers also feature:
• Internal sensor-based profiling and calibration for easier control of colour quality and repeatability.

• The ability to set separate screening modes within the same job to achieve the best quality for all elements text, graphics and images.

• Full integration between the Versant 2100 Press' stock library and the Fiery DFE's paper catalog for centralised media selection, profiling and management.

• Industry-leading variable-data printing management tools for processing all common VDP file formats.

• EFI Fiery Impose for visual previews of variable-data jobs and streamlined reprinting and sample proof output.

The Xerox EX and EX-P 2100 Print Servers Powered by Fiery will be sold as digital front ends for the Xerox Versant 2100 Press.