This information is heresay and not official:
The Edge & Edge2 will both be discontinued in May of 2005
FX will have re-fillable cartridges & they will have a proprietary "tag" on the foils. All current foil colors will be made for FX & they will be available in various lengths (including longer lengths then current Gerber foils) Print costs will be lower (then existing GERBER print costs) based on the availability of refill rolls & longer lengths. The foils will be quicker & easier to change without even opening the cover, but instead by using a cartridge slot
FX will not be compatible with the current foils & nor will edges work w/FX foils, but all the same materials, foil colors, & fire files will be compatible with FX
FX will "read" the "tag" & know if it sees 3rd party foils... but the rumor that it wouldn't accept them is not true. The "tag" will sense the amount of foil on the roll & FX will actually "read" what color foil is in there. Some protection against some common user errors, I guess
FX foils have been designed to minimize the registration issue due to varied tensioning from varied roll lengths.
FX will be connected via a network port, not a parallel port. & there is to be improved diagnostic communications with the FX
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More news as it becomes available.