Hewlett-Packard this week announced its latest Mac-ready wide-format printer - the DesignJet Color GA - part of its bid to make an impact in the graphic-arts market.

The Pantone-certified printer is compatible with Apple’s ColorSync, and has built-in PostScript 3 and Adobe’s new PressReady software. It is also the first ink-jet printer with an option to incorporate Imation’s MatchPrint Ink-jet System, a specially developed software RIP and output media system.

Imation’s MatchPrint Ink-jet System is designed to provide graphic-arts professionals with accurate and consistent concept proofs. It comprises Matchprint Color RIP software and Matchprint Commercial or Design Base media. The HP printer, together with the Imation enhancement, costs £2,000 and will be available in the UK in October.

The HP DesignJet Color Pro GA prints up to 13-x-19 inches full-bleed. Maximum resolution is 600 dpi. Two input media trays hold 400 sheets in total, and a 10/100baseT network card is included.