The new generation of designers is learning its craft in a world where everything happens in real time, driving new relationships with technology and the printing industry. Examples can be found in every print growth area. Print-on-demand services require designers and printers to share a commitment to frequent, rapid turnarounds. Personalized, variable-data printing can improve response rates when
Tips for accurate print project prep. Printing on uncoated papers.
Options for small to midsize businesses The need to protect data is universal small to midsize businesses, the largest enterprise data centers and individuals recognize the value of information and the impact of data loss. There are several data protection options for small and midsize businesses, but their specific considerations must be defined to help find the best available solution. Where data
At first glance, Spectrum Printing (Orlando, FL) might seem like a typical small or midsized printer. The 10-year-old, 24-employee company occupies a 2,700-sq.-ft. facility. A quick look at Spectrum's equipment list, however, soon reveals Spectrum's cutting-edge capabilities. The prepress department is anchored by a Rampage workflow driving a Fuji Javelin thermal platesetter. The workhorse of the
Prepress manager Sam Hargis describes himself as the original PDF robot. Over the years, he grew tired of the seemingly endless string of tedious manual tasks he had to carry out prior to RIPping files. Nobody was really automating this work, he recalls. Everything was manual checking out the files, getting the stuff linked up into PostScript, then PDFs, making proofs and so on. In 2002, Hargis released
PrepressForum.com founder Samuel Hargis is known online as Joe PostScript. Hargis has been working in the industry since he was 13, when he made plates for his brother, a newspaper press operator. His prepress career has included high-level jobs at companies in Texas, Florida and Ohio. Hargis currently serves as the prepress and digital print manager for a $30-million, 280-employee printing company
The biggest workflow challenge is planning and selection and the sales spin really doesn't help. System details, testing your type of work on the system, watching for potential problems or bottlenecks, that type of thing is extremely valuable. Don't just run everyday files on the system that you are considering take those headache files that have caused you to wake up in a cold sweat from a sound
EFI Connect is in a class by itself. Having outgrown its origins as a joint meeting of the former Printcaf MIS user groups, this users group meeting has blossomed into an event that's almost on par with a major trade show. The eighth annual EFI Connect was held at the Wynn Las Vegas last month (June 10-13). About 1,300 registrants attended 160 conference sessions, along with trade press editors and
Ramsey Press switched to CTP with Agfa’s :Galileo eight-up platesetter soon after it was introduced, and recently upgraded its digital workflow system from :Apogee Series 3 to :ApogeeX. These process improvements reduced production steps.
At Graph Expo 2006, Epson America teamed with ColorSciences to showcase its PrintCertification solution. The goal: to deliver a remote proofing package that would satisfy printers, print buyers, designers and other decision makers.
PBM entered a new inkjet proofing era with a Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) Z2100 printer and GMG Americas’ ColorProof software for contract-quality proofing. Bailey uses three adjectives to describe the new setup: speedy, stable and self-calibrating.
How personalized print, URLs and landing pages improve direct mail results.
Using phpBB, an Open Source bulletin board package, Corey Smith launched www.prepressforum.com in March 2003 to create “a place for people working in the prepress industry to get together and share ideas, help troubleshoot files and talk about technology.”
Affordable I-Trap powers prepress for Car-Lin Graphics.
A Web-based order interface is fueling growth for this Pacific Northwest printer.
Hillside, IL-based Darwill used its Web tools to link a publisher in New Mexico with a designer in Michigan. The new magazine is printed using stochastic screening, and the quality is so good, some recipients are framing pages. When Doug Evilsizor, founder of SlickRock Publishing (Gallup, NM), sought to launch a high-quality, national publication for an SUV automobile brand, he knew it wouldn't be
The final proof for a new brochure is long overdue at an Orange County printing plant, but the client in San Francisco is still toying with a last-minute color change. The account executive at the Los Angeles ad agency is nervous, but the production manager down the hall is surprisingly calm. There is no mad dash to summon the messenger service; only a phone call to Primary Color in Irvine, CA. Because
In 1990, Chicagoans crossing the intersection of Ravenswood Ave. and Irving Park Rd. might have noticed signs promoting a new condo development on that corner. Most were probably indifferent. After all, many old factories all across the city were being converted into upscale housing. And the name of this particular development, Post Card Place, hardly hinted at its historical significance. But from
Color proofs on Diamond Jet papers Mitsubishi Imaging (MPM), Inc., (booth 4629) has released a new color proofing solution using Diamond Jet proofing papers. With a new RIP proofing plug-in for Canon W6400 or W8400 imagePROGRAF printers, the solution also is designed to work with Mitsubishi's RipMate RIP, which powers the DPX family of platesetters, and the SDP RIP, which drives the Eco1630III platesetter.
Joe Novak doesn't have an easy job. He's the director of technology for Williamson Printing Corp. (Dallas), one of the largest printers in the United States. We're a different breed of printer, says Novak. We do so many different things. Williamson, a perennial fixture at the Premier Print Awards, won 121 total awards in the 2005 competition for products and services ranging from direct mail to annual
What makes a PDF file print-perfect? Ideally, the application used to create the original layout should be true design software, such as InDesign or QuarkXPress. All too often, content creators use a product like Microsoft Word as a layout application. This is like baking a apple pie with Ritz Crackers and expecting it to taste exactly like a pie made with real apples. Word is not a graphic design
Properly used, management information systems (MIS) are the keystone of a successful printing operation.
Is a nerd born or made? I can only go by my own experience as the youngest of seven siblings. I don't think any of us qualified as genuine geeks. Most of my siblings were excellent athletes, and while several were exceptionally smart, we had no chess enthusiasts or Star Trek fans. But even by 1970s standards, we were a nerdy looking bunch. My brother Peter looked a lot like on My Three Sons. And my
Associates Graphics Services embraces lean manufacturing, the team-base systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste. The facility was designed to streamline the movement of jobs through the plant. Potential bottlenecks have been eliminated, and there's almost no inventory sitting on the floor.