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PDF 101

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, by AP staff |

Several years ago, GATF (Sewickley, PA) reported that 88 percent of surveyed printers and prepress professionals contend with incorrectly made PDFs from their clients even though 46 percent actually give training on proper PDF file preparation. In 2004, many printers are still coping with problematic PDFs. AMERICAN PRINTER asked several PDF experts for tips on dealing with PDF files. Following is

Variable-data software update

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter |

Variable-data software update

Three cheers for XML

Nov 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Hal Hinderliter, President, Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services |

XML, a set of symbols and rules for explaining the value of data, offers more flexibility than HTML. Print providers can use XML to help fulfill clients' publishing needs.

Managing color for profit

Nov 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff |

Great Western Industries, of Dallas, TX, boasts successful color-management workflow

Inkjet proofing update

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Hal Hinderliter, President, Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services |

Inkjet proofing update, new products

The case for computer-assisted scheduling

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 AM, AP staff

A Q&A with Donald H. Goldman, principal of Consult-Ware and senior project manager of Prism-USA, focusing on computer-assisted scheduling challenges.

The shocking truth about scheduling

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien, Editor |

Manage your print company's scheduling to maximize your company's performance level

Connecting the Workflow Chain

Sep 23, 2003 12:00 AM,

Special advertising section from Heidelberg Click here to download the report: Connecting the Workflow Chain.

What's new with JDF 1.2?

Sep 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by AP staff |

The latest developments of JDF 1.2

Web-based Workflow Tools

Aug 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Hal Hinderliter, President, Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services |

An overview of online tools that produce a smoother workflow

Networking advice

Jul 25, 2003 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor |

Hank Madsen, owner and president of Rapid Press (Tallahassee, FL), offers the following advice for printers interested in networking their plant: No one formula fits all plants | Madsen advises using your clients’ needs to tailor your business. "In these times, the real question is ROI," he points out. "Just because it is trendy to have a certain technology does not mean it is profitable." Find a

Quality-control DOs and DON'Ts

Jul 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by GATF technical staff |

Quality-control DOs and DON'Ts

Real-world workflows

Jun 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Hal Hinderliter, President, Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services |

Real-world workflow: an unprecedented integration is transforming the printing industry

CTP's co-existing technologies

May 1, 2003 12:00 AM, By K. Richard Littrell, Principal, Littrell Associates, and AP staff |

Violet and thermal vendors target midrange users In the mid-1990s, CTP options were scarce and users were scarcer. Early adopters included book and financial printers that bought large-format platesetters for single- and limited-color work, followed by magazine and catalog printers. In 2001, PIA (Alexandria, VA) found that about one-half of U.S. commercial web printers had CTP capability, compared

Real-world MIS

Apr 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Katherine O'Brien Editor |

In the February feature Making the best MIS choice, we reviewed management-information-system (MIS) trends and selection guidelines. In this article, we'll highlight some users' MIS motivations. United Printing: Faster estimates Ever since it opened its doors in 1966, United Printing (Bismarck, ND) has used Franklin Estimating Systems' (Salt Lake City) offset pricing books. But after more than 30

DAM: Solving asset-retrieval, storage and sharing issues

Apr 1, 2003 12:00 AM,

Digital-asset-management (DAM) options range from $200, single-user desktop systems to million-dollar enterprisewide systems. Products include: Entry-level image libraries/catalogs that reside on the desktop or workgroup Asset repositories employing client/server technology High-end enterprise systems for handling everything from office documents to video files. In general, midrange asset-repository

CTP 101

Apr 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Hal Hinderliter, President, Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services |

Successfully implementing CTP requires printers to manage the transition to a dramatically transformed manufacturing process. This article will review key concerns for quick and small commercial printers evaluating an all-digital workflow. When you eliminate film in favor of bits and bytes, your digital infrastructure must be able to keep up with production. You'll need up-to-date hardware and software

Controllers for digital printers

Mar 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by David Davis, Director, INTERQUEST |

A digital printing system, whether it's a desktop unit, a black-and-white copier/printer, a production color copier or a digital press, has two main components: the print engine and the print controller. The engine and the controller are often developed and manufactured separately, and later integrated into the final product. The print controller is responsible for interfacing with a host system and

The new contract proof

Feb 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Hal Hinderliter, president, Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services |

What criteria determine acceptability for a manufacturing process based on visual perception? For most high-quality printers, a key part of the workflow has been the contract proof. Printers wishing to provide outstanding value to their customers now have an expanding range of options, even while budgets and timeframes shrink. Contract proofs have changed dramatically during the past 30 years. Yet

Making the best MIS choice

Feb 1, 2003 12:00 AM, BY DON GOLDMAN Principal of ConsultWare |

Tips on how to choose the best MIS for your operation