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Networked Solutions

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

The PrintCity Alliance hosted a pre-Drupa media summit in picturesque Tegernsee, Germany, this February. The group announced its new theme and plans for Drupa 2008, including seven Competence Centres focused on various segments of the print industry. Connection of Competence is PrintCity's core strategy for the quadrennial trade fair, emphasizing its focus on networking between alliance members and

Ready, set, Goe

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Veerle Pieters

As fun and exciting as the Web can be, it's still no replacement to physically holding something you created in your hands. An essential tool in doing that is Pantone (Carlstadt, NJ), you know, the industry standard for color specification introduced 45 years ago. The print landscape has changed a lot in those years, and it's time for something new. Recently, I spoke with Pantone Inc. marketing manager

Conversion Breakthrough

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Gavin Anderson

If you have been in the print industry for any length of time, you know that there are certain file types printers dread receiving from customers. Right at the top of the list is content created in Microsoft Publisher. You see, almost every prepress department out there is Mac-based, and Microsoft has never released a Mac version of Microsoft Publisher. For those of us in printing, this is a bittersweet

Just the W2P facts

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

PIA/GATF's Web-to-Print Primer is a model of clarity on an unwieldy topic. The book covers five key topics: business models, what to do before you get started, selling Web-to-print and a buyer's guide. That's a lot to discuss in less than 200 pages, but co-authors Sarah McKibben and Julie Shaffer are equal to the task. What is Web-to-print? McKibben and Shaffer concede that there's a lot of crossover

Hybrid proofing

Dec 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Trevor Haworth

Once the gold standard and still preferred by some in the marketplace hard proofing technology now is challenged by the virtual option, which many tout as more environmentally friendly, efficient and cost effective. As the discussion continues, one thing is certain: There is a strong need for both. In fact, publishing professionals are beginning to discover they do not have to choose either hard or

Soft Touch

Dec 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Carrie Cleaveland

While some customers aren't ready to give up hard-copy contract proofs, many are changing with the times. Some printers and agencies don't have a choice: TIME magazine, for example, no longer accepts hard proofs from advertisers, an initiative the company launched about a year ago. Monitor-based soft proofing also is driven by practical considerations it streamlines communication while enabling a

Speed & Accuracy

Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

For Bill Kaufman, president of Allegra Printing & Imaging in Portage, MI, workflow was all about matching proofs to press sheets. We struggled for the first three years that we owned our [first four-color] press, he says. We didn't understand how important workflow was when operating a four-color press. Although this Allegra location had been producing CTP plates for five years, it did not have a

User 2 User

Jul 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

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

EFI gets connected

Jul 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

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

Hitting color

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Dan Remaley

You know the common statement when the proofs don't match the press: It must be a film, plate or proof! I've been the person who had to visit the printer, conduct a press check and determine what was wrong. This helped me understand the entire printing process, from scanning to proofing, platemaking and printing. Through process control measurements, we can define where the problem lies. The control

PDFs

May 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Julie Shaffer

It's a simple fact of computing life: Software applications and file formats are updated on a regular basis. Because the Portable Document Format (PDF) had become the de facto standard in the exchange of files for print production, keeping up with the every 15 to 24 months changes in the PDF specification and the Adobe Acrobat application has been especially critical for design and prepress professionals. PDFs : What you need to know about ISO, XML and other developments.

Nothing but Net

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Julie Shaffer

What can Web portals do for you?

Stay the same

Feb 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

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.

Remote possibilities

Feb 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

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.

Name dropping

Jan 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Elias Terman

How personalized print, URLs and landing pages improve direct mail results.

The workflow connection

Jan 1, 2007 12:00 AM, Sponsored by the Kodak Graphic Communications Group

Why do printers need to learn more about connected workflows? The future belongs to hybrid and digital printing technologies. To achieve efficiencies in that type of environment, technology is required that can mix high-quality, long-run work with short runs and variable-data printing. Islands of automation alone won’t suffice to run an efficient operation.

Fits like a dream

Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Affordable I-Trap powers prepress for Car-Lin Graphics.

Peer 2 Peer NETworking

Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

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.”

Board games

Dec 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Don Goldman

Tips for better scheduling.

Time Inc. approves Continental Web's on-screen proofing

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

Dalim Software (Kehl, Germany) customer Continental Web Press has received approval from Time Inc. to utilize DALiM DiALOGUE monitor-based proofing as a basis for all its press proofs. Time Inc. has had an initiative in place to completely move to monitor-based proofs by 2007, and it is ahead of schedule. CWP became an early adopter with DALiM DiALOGUE. The application enables publishers to view color-accurate