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A Crosfield Glossary

A partial list of Crosfield products, might-have-beens and research projects. I attempted to compile it during the period of Crosfield's terminal decline, before the Fujifilm take-over. The sources are listed at the bottom.

List

Albert
A concoction of EDG and scanner boards in one box, that provided an interface to the early stand-alone expose units, such as Magnasetter 1000. Used as a Galan-to-expose connection. [3]
Antelope
Project name for the development of new, flexible image processing electronics, latterly specifically for Maxtel. The project sort of loosely turned into CRAB. [3]
Autocrat 300
A register control for offset presses (may have been a 200 or 250 as well). Late 1980s. [10]
Autoflow
Automatic film processor, made by Crosfield until the competition got going. Based on the earlier 1960 prototype Gammatron. [1] Autoflow 60. [4]
Autoscan
Automates job set-up on Magnascans (finding image white and black points and ranging between them). 1992. [2]
Autotron
Crosfield's first product, in 1950. A photoelectric register control system for rotary presses. First installation at Sun Printers, Watford, on a gravure press. Continuously improved into the 1970s (and beyond? until?). [1]
Berthold
German phototypesetting system sold by Crosfield, 1968 to mid 1970s. [1]
Btext
[4]
Canonlink
Interface to a Canon colour copier? [5]
CASC
Product name for final Crosfield 6xxx development, with autofocus, autocrop, CRAB, better black USM and Turbo control. Followed on from Flash project. [10]
Celix 2000
A3-format desktop imagesetter using internal drum and semiconductor laser technology. Was developed as part of the Moon project. [3]
Celix 4000
Medium-format imagesetter using internal drum and semiconductor laser technology. Was developed as part of the Moon project. [3]
Celix 8000
Large-format desktop imagesetter using internal drum and gas laser technology. A marriage of the Jaguar expose engine with the Moon electronics. [3]
Celix 8000
Computer-to-plate derivative of Celix 8000. [3]
Celscan
Modern, intuitive Mac-based sofware used with input scanners such as Celsis 330. [3]
Celos
[11]
CelServe Manager
Software, server on Sparc, client on Mac, to manage image tracking and archiving. 1996 [2]
Celsis 130
A digital camera (re-badged Kontron unit). Hi-res output (3072 by 2320 pixels) by piezo-dithered area array, so suitable for static studio work only. [2]
Celsis 160
A digital camera (re-badged Fuji unit). Lo-res output (about 820 by 1100 pixels) from area CCD, sub-second exposure. [2]
Celsis 240
A re-badged Howtek desktop drum scanner (the curved one). [3]
Celsis 330
Desktop A3-format CCD scanner for transparencies and reflection copy. A re-badged Howtek 2500. [3]
Celsis 360
Desktop CCD scanner featuring automatic loading. For transparencies only, up to 6 by 7 cm. Project name was Phoenix. [3]
Celsis 5250
[3]
Celsis 5xxx
"Entry-level" derivatives of Celsis 6xxx scanners. [3]
Celsis 6100
An upgrade kit for 6xx users to provide many of the features of the Celsis 6200 series scanners. 1994. [2]
Celsis 6220
[3]
Celsis 6250
[3]
Celsis 6xxx
A family of analyse drum scanners, based on Magnascan 6xx but with more advanced electronics and external control and set-up from computer application. Around 1994. [3] Also introduced much more automation of scanning, including autofocus, preset USM, autocrop. [14] These scanners introduced direct SCSI to stand-alone scanners (Hawk). (Though previously seen in Autoloader? MagnaLink?) [10]
Celsis Display Calibrator
[5]
Cepheid
RISC board development for Python. Project name for a PCB. [3]
CET
Another name for Colorspace (Colour Edit Terminal). [11]
Cobra
An NGS board. [12]
Colorspace
A stand-alone image re-touch station. An NGS product. 1990. [2]
Colour Data Terminal
A sort of development of ScanView. A PC attached to a scanner that could be supplied with various software modules. The terminal could do preview scans. This Software was called InterView, and it could control the scanner, though operators generally found it easier to use the scanner's own controls. The terminal could also run Quickview, Multran, and off-line set up. Part of Magnascan 656. [15]
Comet
Development name for the EDG for 5xx scanners. [3]
Communicator
Something for linking distant Studio 9xx systems. 1990. [2]
Communicator II
JPEG compression and File transfer of TIFF or Studio images. (1993..1994). [6]
Compuscan
Electronic reader for typewritten copy, imported from USA. 1969. [1]
CRAB
An image processing ASIC. Originally intended as a general-purpose engine for off-line function such as re-touch, it was eventually used as a real-time processor in stand-alone image input scanner systems. [3]
Crosfield 7000
Data preparation system for encoding documents, CBM. [1]
Crosfield 9000
Banknote sorting and issuing system, CBM. Also sold for other paper and ticket handling applications. [1]
Ctext
[4]
Datrax 760
A large-format facsimile machine. [3] An internal drum fascimile machine, designed by Crosfield, with similar function to Pagefax but smaller format. Used a laser at the writer end that blasted carbon off a film onto paper - the film turning into a negative transparency of the image being transmitted. [15]
Datrax 765
[4]
Datrax Direct to Plate
Such a system was developed. [11]
Diascan
Drum scanner for use with film. Single drum, film original, same-size output written one colour at a time, delivered 1965. Later version with improved resolution called the Diascan 2000, delivered in 1967. [1]
Dicomed
A company that Crosfield bought in the 1980s and then sold at a loss. [3]
Direct to Tape Terminal
[4]
Dragon
Project name for Phoenix plus Harlequin, launched as Celsis 360. [3]
Duet
Allows two Magnascans to be connected to a single expose, to increase overall productivity. 1989. [2]
Eagle
Project name for SCSI interface to 9500. [13]
Emerald
Project name for improvements to 6xx. [3] Improvements were to image sharpness. [10]
Enterprise
A project (current in 1997) to develop a new RIP. [3]
Eskimo
Project name for the analyse half of an analyse-to-expose system using Jaguar as the expose engine. This was under development at the same time as StudioWriter 1000. [7]
Etchomatic
1963 machine to control the temperature and acidity of the etchant for gravure cylinder preparation. [1]
Fang
An NGS board. [12]
FDDI interface
An NGS interface project. [12]
Feldspar
Project name for an expose unit. Killed in favour of Moon. Was going to be external drum, multi-beam. [3]
Flash
Project name for Celsis 6xxx development. [3] Followed on from the death of 600i. Resurrection of Swift apart from the faster leadscrew. Mac interface, pre-set USM, motorised focus with memory, enhanced greens and browns. [10]
Freeway
Information pack for system integrators wanting to interface with Crosfield kit. 1988. [2]
Galan
Fibre-optic network system developed by Crosfield. Using token-passing based on FDDI. 1988. [2]
Galaxy
The name under which Crosfield was going to sell its own Unix box. Also a project to integrate Celscan with Celsis 330 and 360. [3]
Gemini
Project name for Celix 4000. [3]
Gravure Direct
The complete gravure system, with Lasergravure and Klischograph interfaces, integrated with scanners and other kit. A marketing term. [3]
Gravure Plan
Off-line cylinder layout planning station for Gravure Direct. [3]
Gravure Plus 1000
The application of the advanced direct-to-cylinder electronics from Lasergravure to a Hell K193 Klischograph engraver. It sold a couple. [3]
Gravure Plus 2000
The application of the advanced direct-to-cylinder electronics from Lasergravure to a Hell K202 Klischograph engraver. It nearly sold. [3]
Gravure Screeen
Offset to gravure conversion using a modified Pagefax reader and special descreening electronics. [3] There was also a de-screening Magnascan with register pins that was sold (one or two?) for offset to gravure conversion. [15]
Harlequin
The original project to design an easier, more interactive interface for input scanners, which first appeared as part of the Celsis 360 product. [3]
Hawk
Project name for SCSI interface to Magnascan analyse and expose. [3]
Heliostat
Electrostatic assistance to improve ink transfer on gravure presses. [1]
Hendrix
Bought-in system for electronic entry and sub-editing of copy. About 1973. [1]
Idotron
1956 machine to monitor ink density, and adjust by changing ink to extender ratio. [1]
IFEN
IFEN Gateways - Two products which connected to our competitors machines via XTP over an FDDI network. One of which was the IFEN Studio Gateway, which took Studio 9000 format files and converted them to IFEN format, and vice versa. The other was the IFEN Imagesetter Gateway, this took IFEN format files and exposed them on a Magnasetter 750 or 2000. IFEN formats later went on to become the TIFF/IT formats. (1993..1994). [6][5]
ImageBureau
Sun Sparc-based workstation. Simplifies page planning in systems with Macs by keeping high-res data away from the desktop. Used with Magnalink. 1993. [2]
Imagedit
A sort of extended ScanView which could also manipulate images off-line. [3]
Infocolour
[4]
Inkotron
1960 automatic colour control for sheetfed offset presses. Too expensive to sell. [1]
Insetter
Device to synchronise pre-printed colour with later black printing, for example printing of newstext around pre-printed colour adverts. Launched 1958. [1] Another version was developed in the late 1980s, but was not a commercial success and drained resources from other work. [10]
Interview
Part of Magnascan Plus. Allows job file data to be examined and edited, and helps novice operators. 1992. [2]
Jaguar
The development name for the first internal drum expose unit. This was a long drawn out project, which eventually worked. The expose engine was used in Magnasetter 2000 and later Celix 8000. [3]
Jetproof
Third-party inkjet proofer that we sold. 1990. [2]
Jetstream
Development of a leter EDG system for scanners. [3]
Lasergravure System 700
A long-term and expensive project to develop a complete gravure system based on laser-engraved plastic-coated print cylinders and advanced electronics for direct-to-cylinder production. It failed. Project ran 1969 to 198x, and followed on from earlier work (1960) on spark erosion. The project included several complete sets of cylinder preparation plant and an imposition planning system as well as the engraver system. [3]
Lazel Screening
Frequency modulated (stochastic) dot generation for expose units incorporating a PostScript MagnaRip. 1994. [2]
Lightspeed
A Mac-based page make-up system, "a sort of Crosfield Quark Express". Bought-in as part of Dicomed, then abandoned in favour of systems based on our proprietory hardware. 1988. [10]
Linework Interfaces
Relating to Autokon. 1989. [4]
LISA
Luxscan Interpolating SCSI Adaptor. [11]
Lumitype 540
A Crosfield version of the American "Photon" phototypesetting machine, made under licence. In 1961, this was pioneering. [1]
Magnadot
Crosfield's electronic dot generation technology. [3]
Magnalink
Fits between analyse and expose Magnascan 6xx, allowing connection to desktop systems. Late 1980s? [3] SCSI link to desktop systems began the move from proprietory to open interconnect. [14]
MagnaLink 600
Formats Magnscan images to the DTP world. Hardware unit with disk buffer and extra fast SCSI for Mac. 1993. [2]
MagnaLux 450i
Marketing name for Fuji Luxscan input scanner as a stand-alone? [3]
MagnaPlan
Originally "Tints and Borders", a method of making simple pages on a Celsis 640 scanner, using the SDT to define co-ordinates and tint values. [19]
MagnaRip
Sun Sparc-based workstation providing PostScript input for stand-alone expose units. Also incorporates a job queue system. 1995. [2]
MagnaRip Autotrap+Edit
Software module to extend MagnaRip to perform automatic trapping. 1995. [2]
MagnaRip Plus
Sun Sparc-based workstation. Comprises OPI image server and output RIP, complete with Magnalink graphics. 1992. [2]
Magnascale
(?)Like Scanscale, but with enlargement. [15]
Magnascan 200i
A Howtek desktop drum scanner with a Crosfield badge. (The rectangular one.) 1992. [2]
Magnascan 450
Twin-drum scanner capable of enlargement, using digital storage of one line. Screening done photographically. Launched 1969. [1]
Magnascan 460
Development of Magnascan 450, launched in 1972. By 1973, 200 Magnascans had been installed. [1]
Magnascan 510
A single-colour drum scanner, single machine, contact screen, anlogue colour processing. [15]
Magnascan 515
(?) A development of the Magnascan 510 to expose two colours at a time. [15]
Magnascan 520
Introduced 1977, with the ability to make screens electronically. [1] Introduced Laserdot Electronic Dot Generation. Still analogue colour processing. [15] First with EDG, but was really too early. The accuracy of the expose unit was not good enough for dot generation, and it was not a commercial success. Went back to contact screen for next models (530 and 540). [14]
Magnascan 530 and 540
The first all digital scanners, back to using contact screens, though. [15] The first machines to separate analyse and expose. Digital USM. [14]
Magnascan 550
First scanner with digital colour processing. Introduced between the 520 and the 530. Lamp expose. [14]
Magnascan 570
First version of what later became Studio 820; it was online to the MagnaScan 550 scanner. All of the s/w of the 570, plus user layouts, were on a single density, single sided 8-inch floppy disk. [19]
Magnascan 600i
Product development that followed the demise of Swift. A scanner re-design from the base up. Abandoned. [10]
Magnascan 610
Single-colour down-market version of 625. [15]
Magnascan 616
The intended product name for Scantel. [3]
Magnascan 625
[4] Appeared later than 630, 640. [15]
Magnascan 626
[2] Appeared later than 630, 640. [15]
Magnascan 630 and 640
Electronic dot scanners with digital colour processing and Scan Data Terminal, could do Multran, tint, borders and so on. [15] It was these, or the 535, that re-introduced EDG. Based on 530. These also could have a PDP computer (SDT) attached, and on 630, at least, could use a disk image store. Launched 1982. [14] 630 is a 640 without a Scan Data Terminal; appeared later than 640. [15]
Magnascan 634
[4]
Magnascan 635
[4]
Magnascan 636
[2]
Magnascan 636 GISS (RGB)
Input scanner suitable for use with MAMBA. 1991. [2]
Magnascan 640IS, 640IS, 640IM
[4]
Magnascan 645IS, 645IS, 645IM
[4]
Magnascan 646
[2]
Magnascan 656
636 plus a Colour Data Terminal (InterView and QuickView, &c.). [15]
Magnascan 676
Project name for a 6xx analyse working real-time into a Jaguar? Not launched? Included Hawk text, 636 scanner; not the Jaguar. [3]
Magnascan 6xx
A family of drum scanners, originally linked pairs but later used as separate analyse and expose stand alone machines. [3]
Magnascan Autoloader E
Automatic film handling stand-alone expose, based on Magnascan 6xx. 1992. [2]
Magnascan Plus
Systems for connecting Magnascans to Macs. 1992. [2] Early name for Magnascan 656? [15]
Magnascan GESS
Also GESSA, WESS, WMSS, WISS. [11] Various names for stand-alone analyse and expose scanners, mid 1980s?. Attached to some of the 6xx numbers when complete separation of analyse and expose became possible. Communication over GALAN (others?). [3]
Magnaset
Crosfield's own design of phototypesetter, about 1971. Not produced, design sold to competitor. [1]
Magnasetter 1000
Jaguar with Albert. Stand-alone expose. [3]
Magnasetter 2000
Jaguar expose unit with Albert and Sun Sparc workstation with RIP. 1994. [2]
Magnasetter 350
[5]
Magnasetter 355
[5]
Magnasetter 450
Someone else's expose unit with a Crosfield badge. (Was it the expose complement of Fuji Luxscan?) [3]
Magnasetter 620
[5]
Magnasetter 650 CTP
[5]
Magnasetter 750
External drum stand-alone imagesetter based on Magnascan 6xx expose with additional automatic film handling gear. Postscript RIP provided on Sun Sparc workstation. 1993. [2]
Magnatran
A 3-colour transparency expose unit. 1990. (Also known as Magnatran S1000?). Magnatran came from Cymbolic Sciences Inc (CSI), they sold it as Fire 1000. (Inverse half-drum internal drum photoplotter, that exposed 10-inch wide film that conformed to the drum just with postive pressure from the feed roller.) [2] [19]
Magnet
An device for multi-porting big disks between multiple Studio 8xx systems. 1988. [2]
Magnet Picturebase
A Magnet network with a collection of big disks and image compression hardware to provide an image storage and management system. 1988. [2]
Mamba
One of the NGS systems, same project name as product name. A creative workstation, intended for output to transparency. 1993. [2]
Mamba Link PC
Used to transfer data between Mamba and Magnatran. 1992. [2]
Maxtel
A project to develop a CCD flatbed equivalent to the 6xx drum scanner. The project was abandoned, as much for political reasons as for engineering difficulties, and the knowledge gained was used in the design of the small-format Celsis 360 scanner. [3]
Mercury
Project name for Celix 2000. [3]
Merlin
Project name for a SCSI interface to a drum scanner - after Hawk. [13]
Micrex
Machine for checking the quality of magnetic ink printing on cheques. Introduced in 1962 by CBM. [1]
Microscan
[4]
Midi Mamba
Cut-down Mamba workstation. 1993. [2]
Molar
An NGS board. [12]
Moon
Overall project name for the Celix 2000, 4000 and 8000 development. [3]
Multinex
Swedish step-and-repeat machine sold by Crosfield. [1]
Multran
The ability to queue jobs for batch scanning on a Magnascan. [3]
Newsframe
[4]
NewsLine
System for electronic picture processing for newspapers. Comprises 2641 PC-based file server, 2642 PC-based workstation, 2643 server plus workstation, or 2644 Mac-based workstation. 1991. [2]
Newspublishing Systems
A set of systems called 2700, 2710, 2750. [4]
Optical disk
[4]
Orion
[8]
Pagefax
A large-format flatbed fascimile system, originally designed by Muirhead, and purchased with the company. It used a scanning laser spot. [3]
Papertron
Paper flaw detector. Never a product. [1]
PAT System
[5]
Pawo
A brand of densitometer from Switzerland supplied by Crosfield to support the Scanatron. [1]
PC-Scripter
Device for getting text into Studio 9xx for integration with colour images. 1990. [2] PC Scripter Mk III provides an interface between text front-ends and Studio Systems. Front-ends vary in size and complexity depending on their intended use. There are large multi-terminal systems, e.g. Crosfield Hastech, Atex etc., as used in newspaper publishing. There are also PC desktop publishing systems, e.g. Ventura Publishing System ... Optionally, PC Scripter Mk III can be fitted with a Laser Printer and/or Typesetter which will produce a hard copy of the page output by the RIP. Input by floppy or RS232 to PC, PC talks to RIP, output from PC to File Manager via Ethernet. [17][18]
PCR
Polychromatic Colour Removal - Crosfield's version of an extended undercolour removal system. A function of the Magnscan colour computer. Removes colour ink and replaces as far as possible with black. [15]
Photon 713
Phototypesetting machine for web offset printing, sold in Europe for the American firm Photon. About 1964..1970. [1]
PixelLink
Software for NGS Studio system or Sparc to transfer images between Studio systems and DTP applications (both ways, including RGB images at DTP end). 1993. [2]
Pixie
A project name for the Magnascan 634 development. [8]
Pizza box
A PC-based system intended for interactive training. [3] A PC plus a laser-disk player. [15]
PHIC
An NGS board. [11]
Pro-edit Visualiser
This was a Studio 8xx-based colour transparency retouch system; sort-of a forerunner to Mamba. Maybe 2 were delivered to outside locations. [16]
Pulsar
An A3+ format flatbed CCD scanner, with variable optical magnification from 22 to 200 lines/mm and cross-slide mechanism. Announced 1997. Sold as Fujifilm Lanovia C-550 (and slightly modified as Agfa XY-15). [3]
Python
Development name for Crosfield proprietory Unix box, orginally bought in with another company (Benchmarq Technologies?), and optimised for image manipulation. [3][12]
Quasar
Bought-in RISC upgrade board for Python that did not work. Developed into Cepheid project. [12]
Quaver
An MK comms project. [12]
Quickview
Part of Magnascan Plus. Allows pre-views of images and extends job storage and management facilities. 1992. [2] Before the PC version, there was a PDP version. [14] One of a set of software modules that could be run on the Colour Data Terminal. [15]
Rabbit
An image compression unit, based on DCT and Huffman encoding. It occupied a substantial chassis. [3]
Remote Diagnostics
[4]
Remote View
[4]
Repropak
Standard collection of images for quality control. [3]
Ribbonmaster
Press controls product, to register a cutting device to a printed web without using extra control marks. [10]
Scaleplan
An off-line page plan generator. A plotting table and a computer to generate page plans for Studio 875 or 880. 1990. [2]
Scaletec
Australian-made gadget for Studio system planning that we sold. Plan page and import to Sudio system. Had computer plus digitising table. Worked with Studio 9500 (rather like 805 with Studio 8xx). Late 1980s. [15]
Scan-a-graver
American machine to engrave a letterpress plate from a photograph, sold by Crosfield. Also the Scan-a-sizer, which could re-size as well. [1]
Scanatron
Colour scanner based on flying spot from a CRT imaged onto glass plate separations produced photographically. The system scanned all three separations, scanned by three separate beams split from the flying spot, and produced a single glass plate corrected positive. Four passes required to make four-colour output. Introduced 1958. About 80 sold. [1]
Scan Data Terminal
A DEC PDP-11 based box to drive a Magnascan analyse or expose as a stand-alone scanner. It typically connects to 300 Mbyte removeable drives. [3] Also had function for non-stand-alone scanners, such as Multran, tints and borders, storage of set-ups, and a good dungeon game. [15]
Scanscale
(?) An enlarger system for setting up magnification and rotation values for a Magnascan job. [15]
Scanset
A scanner keyboard and Xrite densitometer coupled to an ? computer, which could generate set-up floppies to be used for later scanning. [15]
Scantel
A desktop CCD scanner for 6 x 6 cm transparencies. It was designed to have similar interface to the contemporary drum scanners and was very mechanical. It was withdrawn just before launch, when it would have been Magnascan 616, mainly because the image quality was not thought good enough for a Crosfield product. [3]
Scantex
[4]
ScanView 600
[11]
ScanView II
A console with a display and Magnascan keyboard, that enables job set-up to be done in parallel with scanning to expose. A pre-view scan is done, and that is worked on, before the finished job file is sent back to the scanner. [3]
Scripter
[4]
Secatron
1954 derivative of Autotron, to control register of pre-printed material into a sheeting machine (one that cuts into individual sheets). [1]
Sirius
A page composition stage added between the analyse and expose of Magnascan 626, 636 or 646 scanner sets. Also contains image storage. Sold as intermediate between basic Magnascan and Studio 8xx systems. 1988. [2] Versions 240, 250 and 260. [11]
Solo
An off-line job set-up station to be used with Multran and a scanner with a Scan Data Terminal. It's basically an analyse scanner, but only the job data is saved on floppy for later scan elsewhere. 1989. [2]
Spitfire
Project name for a drum scanner? [13]
Studio 3
Studio 9xxx systems with RISC processors. 1994. [2]
Studio 570
The first page planning system (was there a 560?). [15] A page planning system based on the Magnascan 550. Launched at DRUPA 1978. [14]
Studio 820
[4]
Studio 825
[4]
Studio 830
Basic Studio system with no image display, just dropped images into holes. No re-touch. Images held off-line. Rumoured to be the most productive Studio system ever. [15]
Studio 835
Mono monitor; PDP 11/73; 3 off 340M disks. 1988. [2]
Studio 840
[4]
Studio 845
[4]
Studio 860
Full-blown Studio system with colour monitor, including re-touch. [15]
Studio 865
[4]
Studio 870
[4]
Studio 875
Mono monitor; PDP 11/73; 3 off 340M disks. 1988. [2]
Studio 880
[4]
Studio 885
Colour monitor; PDP 11/73; 4 off 340M disks. 1988. [2]
Studio 895
Colour monitor; PDP 11/73; 4 off 340M disks; text; air-brush; geometric shapes. 1988. [2]
Studio 8xx
Image manipulation and page make-up systems based on DEC PDP-11 technology. [3]
Studio 910
Studio 8xx family re-packaged and improved in a lower cabinet. 1990. [2][3]
Studio 920
As Studio 910 but with faster processing. 1990. [2]
Studio 9400
[2]
Studio 9500
Page make-up station based on Crosfield's proprietory Unix box (the Graphics Workstation alias Python alias Galaxy). First NGS product. 1990. [2]
Studio 9000 FDDI
Also known as Galan 2 or the 58K (due to the two 2900 chips it used). A card which fitted into the 9000 RISC cabinet that allowed it to be connected to a standard FDDI network. (1993..1994). [6]
Studio 9500C
[2]
Studio 9600R
Page planning system with MIPS processor. Super speed version. 1993. [2]
Studio 9700R
Page planning system, as Studio 9600R with extra features. 1993. [2]
Studio PS Module
A Studio system software product that does automatic high-for-low res substitution, allowing working with low-res in desktop applications then output to any high-res Postscript output device. For RISC-based Studio systems. It seems to have part of itself on a Sparc with StudioStream software, and part on the Studio system. [2]
StudioBank
An imageserver, based on NGS chassis with MIPS processor. 1993. [2]
StudioLink
Bridge to DTP systems from Crosfield Studio 9xx. Allows entry of layout on Mac, and transmission to Studio system. Various levels: basic shapes and tints (level 1), plus text (level 2), plus Postscript (level 3). Typical: Scan images on Magnascan, send LR to Mac. Enter printed or floppy-supplied layout data into Mac, crunch it. Send final page-definition data to Studio system, combine with HR images from Magnascan. Output. 1990. [2]
Studioplan 805
A page planning system; just a PDP computer, no image display; makes floppies to control a full Studio system. [15]
Studioproof
[4]
StudioStream
A Sparc with software linking Crosfield NGS Studio kits with DTP. The example shown has the Sparc connected as a hub, with a Postscript expose, a Crosfield Studio system and a Mac all connected to it. 1995. [2]
StudioWriter 650
Flatbed output machine (stand-alone Pagefax writer and Albert). Later versions with Wydnet, without Albert. CTP version. 1990. [2]
StudioWriter 650 CTP
Direct-to-plate derivative of 650. [15]
StudioWriter 1000
Automatic large-format stand-alone output machine (Jaguar and Albert). 1990. [2]
Swift
Project name for improvements to 6xx. Eventually became Flash, which became the Celsis 6xxx series. [3] Project followed Zodiac. Would have had a faster traverse, auto aperture selection and improved interpolation. Abandoned. [10]
Synchrotron
? [11]
Synchroscope
Gadget with revolving mirrors to look at moving web on a press. [1]
Tape Archive TA1, TA2 and TA3
TA/1 (6250 bpi tape archive unit for Studio) and TA/2 (same but offline), (outsourced). [4] [19]
TEC Dryers
Hot-air web drying machines made by Crosfield under licence from the US principal. [1]
Textran
Text system supporting high-res text and objects on analyse and expose Magnascan 6xx, using real-time compression (run-length). [3]
TIFFLink
Allowed Studio 9000 graphics files to be stored on an ImageBureau, with the user interface on the Studio system. (1993..1994). [6]
Titan
Part of Eagle. [13]
Topaz
Project name for 6xx upgrade development. Became Celsis 6100. [10]
Trakatron
1953 machine to control sideways register on slitting machines, such as those used to make toffee papers. [1]
Triton
Development name for Studio 3. [11]
Venom
An NGS project. [12]
Viper
One of the NGS systems. Project name. A video graphics chassis that was added to Python to make Mamba. [3][12]
Viscomex
1959 machine to maintain viscosity of ink on a press. Replaced the Idotron. [1]
Wotsit
MK project name. [11]
Weasel
An experimental compression system, developed after Rabbit. [9]
Webatron
Press control device to register a high-speed bag making machine; later also registering folding machines. [1]
Wydnet
PC-based software/hardware product for linking Pagefax machines in networks from factory to global sized. Features data compression, management information and message passing. 1990. [2]
Wydnet Pre-Press
On-line - or netapps, did Studio to TIFF/IT conversion, file compression, connection to Wydnet equipment, file transfer. A big box of tricks to help Crosfield users connect to networks, all the software was completed but never saw the light of day due to restructuring of 95. (1994..1995). [6]
Zodiac
Scanner development project. In time, after Emerald. A QFD study on drum scanners, supposing a new development. [10]

References

Dates, where not otherwise qualified, may be the publication date of the brochure or reference I found in 1996; so the product is likely to be current at that date, but may have been launched much earlier, or a little later, or not at all.


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