Canon U.S.A Expands imagePROGRaf Lineup with Six New Models Featuring Faster Print Speeds and More Intuitive Software Options than Predecessor Models
Updates to Hardware and Software, Can Help Lead to Seamless
Productivity and High-Quality Images
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 31, 2014 - Canon
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.
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
"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."
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 as
signs and posters and are excellent companions for industries ranging from
manufacturing and government to education."
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
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
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 features
- Ability to add custom presets
with one-touch retrieval for those frequently used settings
- Full integration with Canon
Digital Print & 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 printer settings.
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.
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 PosterJET.
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
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