"Over the last 27 years, we have witnessed a revolution in the prepress segment of the printing industry. Platemaking technology has evolved from a multi-step process to the current technology of imaging directly to plate. During this time, we have acquired a wealth of knowledge which we would like to share. While this paper is not totally comprehensive, the topics we have touched upon are relevant. This knowledge should prove useful to anyone considering purchasing CTP equipment. The information contained in this paper will arm you with the knowledge to ask the right questions and hopefully make the best choice for your company."