Ode to Copydot Toolkit

by admin on April 24, 2009

I scooped this using the wayback machine on archive.org.

Copydot Toolkit
The Copydot Toolkit offers the ability to interrogate, view, change file format, descreen, resample and scale copydot files from the Renaissance and a wide variety of input devices. It also allows for the integration of archived and already-RIPed files into new workflows. The Copydot Toolkit adds flexibility to any workflow, saving time, increasing productivity and producing both cost savings and faster job turnaround.

Descreen files for contone devices
This tool gives the flexibility to output copydot images from the Renaissance to contone devices such as roto-gravure systems, contone proofers (e.g. Iris Realist, Imation Rainbow) and image editing software such as Photoshop.

Resample files without moiré
The resampling utility converts Renaissance output files from one resolution (e.g. 2400 dpi) to another resolution (e.g. 2540 dpi) without introducing moiré. Resampling also enables a user to repurpose images from the original output device to another device of a different resolution, such as a platesetter, filmsetter or halftone proofer.

Interrogate files earlier
The toolkit allows the operator to view and verify file format, resolution, compression type and data integrity long before copydot files reach platemaking. This guarantees complete compatibility of files with downstream workflow.

Convert file formats long after scanning
Rescanning the original film is often the only option when old file formats do not match a new workflow, platesetter, or proofer. With the Copydot Toolkit, old file formats can be quickly converted to new ones without rescanning.

Basic, deluxe and upgrade versions
The Copydot Toolkit is available in several versions to suit different user needs.

Recommended
configuration

Intel Pentium II, 233 MHz processor or faster
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later
Minimum 64 MB RAM
2 GB hard-disk space
24-bit display adapter with 1024 x 768 pixel area
17" monitor
100 baseT network

**Bitmap Input
File Formats
Supported

Separated and composite TIFF
Separated and composite EPS
Scitex LW Handshake
PC multi-file DCS levels 1 and 2*

**Bitmap Output
File Formats
Supported

Separated and composite TIFF
Separated and composite EPS
Scitex LW Handshake
PC multi-file DCS levels 1 and 2*
OPI Link

**Contone Output
Files Supported

TIFF
EPS
Scitex CT Handshake

It was a great, great product, I wouldn't be surprised if lots of prepress shops still used it today. If I remember correctly, the developer behind CTK was Kent Brothers, who later became one of Creo's principal software engineers. One of the many features that made superior to Adobe Photoshop in certain aspects, was that it didn't have pixel limit. Again, going by memory, Photoshop had a hard limit of about 30,000 pixels with regard to size of an image, and for certain scanning jobs, that was a real problem.

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