|[July 31, 2014]
Canon U.S.A. Expands imagePROGRAF Lineup with Six New Models Featuring Faster Print Speeds and More Intuitive Software Options Than Predecessor Models
MELVILLE, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
Canon (News - Alert) U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today
unveiled six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color,
large-format inkjet printers - the 36-inch iPF785 and iPF780 models, and
the 24-inch iPF685 and iPF680 models - and two new large-format imaging
systems - the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. These devices offer
faster printing speeds and lower operation costs as compared to their
predecessors, as well as upgraded software for an enhanced user
experience particularly in mobile and cloud based printing applications.
Designed for a variety of industries that print maps, technical
drawings, renderings, site and facilities management plans, signs and
posters, the 36-inch devices boast print speeds of up to 21 seconds for
an Arch D (24" x 36") print and now support 300 ml ink tanks, helping to
lower the cost-per-print. A sub-ink tank system allows users to deplete
all of the ink in the tank before replacing them, as well as to replace
empty ink tanks without needing to stop the printer, increasing
productivity during continuous print runs. In addition, the iPF785 and
iPF685 models come equipped with a 320GB internal hard drive for
enhanced file processing, personal mailbox space and job storage for up
to 500 print jobs.
The iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40 models now have the ability to
scan documents up to 315" in length as a PDF or JPEG file, and up to
590" in length as a TIFF file. The M40 scanner has a maximum optical
resolution of 1200 dpi, scan speeds of up to 13" per second for
monochrome, 3" per second for color and also the capability to scan
documents up to 2mm thick. The system features a stand-alone computer
and multi-touch-screen monitor, and come with SmartWorks MFP software V
3.55 to simplify Scan-to-print, File and Share processes.
"In addition to some welcome feature set enhancements such as hard drive
capacity and increased scan length, the standout aspect of Canon's
new-generation models is their productivity," said David Sweetnam, head
of Research and Lab Services for BLI. "For example, the iPF680/780 and
iPF685/785 MFP models all showed significant productivity gains over
their predecessor models, notably in Fast and High Quality modes, so
users can remain highly productive without compromising image quality.
The models also deliver higher color gamut, richer color saturation,
more distinct fine lines and more natural-looking skin tones. The models
further deliver excellent GIS/CAD/AEC graphics with an improved depth of
field in GIS graphics, even on plain paper, delivering a more realistic
3D rendering of topographical features. And the SmartWorks MFP software
on the iPF785 MFP is even easier to use than previous versions, with
flexible options for batch scanning that are not currently available
with some leading rivals."
"The new imagePROGRAF models introduce powerful new features that can
help save time, cut costs and ensure that print jobs move along
seamlessly for outstanding productivity," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior
vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group,
Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon U.S.A. "These versatile devices lend
themselves to numerous applications, including computer-aided design,
architecture, engineering and construction, as well assigns and posters
and are excellent companions for industries ranging from manufacturing
and government to education."
Ideal for businesses that need to print documents quickly while
retaining high image quality, these new imagePROGRAF models are designed
for maximum versatility and performance. In their fastest modes, the
iPF785 and iPF780 printers can produce an Arch D sized print (24" x 36")
in approximately 21 seconds and Arch E sized print (33.1" x 46.8") in
approximately 41 seconds, while the iPF685 and iPF680 printers have
output speeds of up to 25 seconds for Arch D prints and 48 seconds for
Arch E prints. The 24-inch printers now also come standard with a Flat
Stacker/Basket that provides the capability to neatly stack up to 20, 24
x 36 inch plain paper prints.
Simple, Intuitive Software
Addressing the needs of a diverse range of users, Canon's Direct Print &
Share 2.0 software is a downloadable cloud portal solution for expanding
printing workflows. This software empowers users to view, share and
print a variety of files, including PDF, TIFF, JPEG and HP-GL/2 formats,
from virtually anywhere. Users can utilize the new "Shortcut Print"
feature to drag and drop files they wish to print into hot folders on
their desktops helping to streamline their workflow process.
These devices are compatible with Canon's new imagePROGRAF Print Utility
mobile app, which helps facilitate wireless printing from a compatible
iPad device. The app allows users to perform a number of actions,
including previewing their PDF file, number of copies, orientation, and
quality before sending the job to any of the compatible imagePROGRAF
printers sharing the same network.
Increased Color Range and Precision
These imagePROGRAF devices come with a five-color dye/pigment reactive
ink system, including a newly formulated magenta ink that helps produce
more vivid reds and yellows. Canon inks provide outstanding adhesion to
media, are scratch- and marker-resistant, and help produce crisp and
legible text. These devices include Canon's high-density PF-04 print
head, which uses 15,360 nozzles to lay down ink.
SmartWorks MFP Software
SmartWorks MFP software provides tools needed to help you quickly and
easily scan to print/file/share large format technical documents. New
Ability to add custom presets with one-touch retrieval for those
frequently used settings
Full integration with Canon Digital Print (News - Alert) & Share cloud software
Users have more control over their workflow with access to editing
functions such as invert, mirror, and black and white point adjustments.
Custom presets help users control the scanner and increase control over
SmartWorks V3.5 Plus gives users the ability to scan and print
multi-page PDF documents on the fly. This allows users to take multiple
drawings or documents, scan them in using the M40 scanner and either
save or print the set as one multi-page document. In addition to this
added feature, users can now perform color corrections and automatically
crop the borders on their files using the preview mode and large
touch-screen monitor, to ensure that they will be obtaining the desired
output. The Plus version also supports PDF/archiving functionality.
PosterArtist with a new low MSRP of $395, includes essential
features customers need to easily create posters, signs and banners. To
make sharing simple PosterArtist now offers the ability to save posters
including custom images, clipart, and fonts, to a new file format. This
complete file can be exported directly from PosterArtist to Canon's
Direct Print & Share cloud portal software for sharing between users.
In addition, there are a host of independent software vendors that have
made software available for use with these new imagePROGRAF printers. Cloud4MPS
allows users to web enable compatible imagePROGRAF printers for
Remote Device management, Status & Usage Readings, Consumable Management
and more. Other companies include SA International, Technesis,
Sepialine, EFI, Shiraz, Caldera, ColorGate, DEV Studio, SCP and
These new imagePROGRAF models are scheduled to be available on July 31,
2014 at manufacturer's suggested retail prices of $4,995
(iPF785), $4,495(iPF780), $3,195 (iPF685), $2,495
(iPF680), $8,995 (iPF785 MFP M40), $8,495 (iPF780 MFP M40
and $395, for PosterArtist. And ($595) SmartWorks MFP Plus
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon
Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in
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2014. In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice
Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer
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past three years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of
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