Colenta Parts, Processors Available
Newspaper Solutions is now your premier
source for Colenta brand film processors
and parts. We offer quick delivery and
aggressive pricing. Included are parts
for OEM processors sold under the
PrePRESS brand name. We offer only
genuine Colenta brand processors and
part, not generic imitations. PDF
datasheets are available for all models
Newspaper Solutions offers a full range of electronics for the production of your newspaper. We offer monitors, scanners, storage (internal, external, and removable), RAID backup solutions, scanners, digital cameras, and more. We also can supply networking switches, hubs, and wireless, and cables of various types. We can also assist in the purchase of Macintosh computers for your paper. Any of the above can be installed at your site, if desired.
Newspaper Solutions offers on-site training in Photoshop, QuarkXPress, tone reproduction and workflow solutions. We provide refresher training on the Panther RIP for new prepress staff, or when installing RIP upgrades.
Call us with your newspaper electronics needs.
Newspaper Solutions supports the alfa CTP line of imagesetters. Our service department is factory-trained on the Panther Pro 36 and 46,
Utara, and Catara lines of imagesetters. We can offer service contracts on your existing imagesetters, repair and preventive maintenance
service, and de-installation and re-installation of machines that are being relocated. If your trained prepress staff have moved on, we can
offer refresher training on the Panther RIP for your current staff. We can also offer installation and training on RIP upgrades.
Apple’s OS X
Apple's introduction of the OS X operating system in 2001 brought many changes in the way
programs and networks functioned. While some changes were welcome and long overdue,
some incompatibilities exist between the new and old operating systems.Changes in Appletalk
have caused problems printing from an OS X application to a Panther RIP running under OS 9.
Users might see one page or several pages of a print job fail to print, but print successfully
when resent. Pages print OK when sent one at a time.
Another problem seen when using files from OS X is that they're not recognized by the RIP
when placed in a Panther Hot Folder. OS X doesn't include information the RIP needs to
identify the file type, and the RIP ignores the file. A work-around is to open the offending
PDF in Acrobat and re-save the file, or use a file typing utility such as Typeator. The third
problem seen with older RIPs is PDF compatibility. If you are using a RIP earlier than Release
10, you must save your PDFs as Acrobat 3 format. PrePRESS recommends saving PDFs as
Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3) for Release 10 RIPs. PrePRESS's Release 12 RIP solves all of these
problems, running natively under OS X, and with a new version of Adobe Postscript.
The Panther OS X RIP
Upgrading to the latest Panther RIP offers several advantages to speed up your production.
It runs natively under OS X, from 10.2 through 10.4. Appletalk issues that
resulted in some files in a group failing to print have been resolved. And the RIP is aware of
file extensions as well as the older type and creator codes, so the files will print normally
from hot folders. Since it runs on the latest operating system, the RIP takes advantage
of the faster processing speed of the latest G5 Macintoshes. Earlier RIPs could only run on
Macintoshes that could boot into OS 9, and those were discontinued in 2003. Upgrading the
computer along with the RIP will have your files through the RIP and out to the imagesetter
much faster. To run the Release 12 Panther RIP, you will need a G4 or G5 PowerMac,
OS X (any version), an ATTO SCSI card if your operating system is OS X 10.3 or 10.4, at
least 512MB RAM (with 1GB preferred,) an appropriate SCSI cable, and a USB security key.