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Digital workflows meet the content creator

Mar 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY DAVID L. ZWANG Contributing editor and industry consultant

Talk of digital workflows tends to focus on how the technology affects a printer's day-to-day operations. But in this age of cross-media publishing, printers also need to step back and consider their clients' (the content creators') workflows. The need for digital content and its increased repurposing has caused many content creators to shift from an analog-to-digital workflow to an all-digital one.

Remote-proofing sidebar 2: The case of the Wisconsin printer and the New Jersey customer

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

This article is an online sidebar to "Remote proofing: close at hand," February 2002, p. 18. REMOTE PROOFING KEEPS A CUSTOMER Two and a half years ago, ColorCraft Graphic Arts (Manitowoc, WI) adopted remote proofing. That’s when one of its main customers, Santa’s Best, a manufacturer of Christmas decorations, moved its operation from Manitowoc to New Jersey. Color Craft is a commercial printer that

Remote-proofing sidebar 3: The case of the all-digital printer

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

This article is an online sidebar to "Remote proofing: close at hand," February 2002, p. 18. REMOTE PROOFING MEETS DEADLINES As a technology-driven company, the L.P. Thebault Co. (LPT) (Parsippany, NJ) eagerly announced to its sales team the company’s plans to launch its fully digital services in December 2000. It also asked the sales force to suggest customers best-suited to test LPT’s new services,

Remote proofing: close at hand

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY ALLEN AVERY Associate editor, Color Business Report, published by Blackstone Research Associates

Although proofing methods have changed, the method of delivering proofs to collaborators across town or across country has largely remained the same. Overnight couriers, such as FedEx, have been a mainstay in the graphic arts industry, ferrying proofs between printers and their customers. Remote hard-copy proofing the transmitting and printing of proofs at customer or agency sites offers a means to

Banishing color-management chaos

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY LAUREL BRUNNER Contributing editor and European editor for the Seybold Report | APeditor@primedia

Decent-quality digital-color production is finally within the reach of ordinary users. Of course, having the technology isn't necessarily the same as knowing how to use it effectively. In the past, color separations were produced using expensive closed electronic systems. The technology was proprietary and developers jealously guarded their chromatic crown jewels. Every part of the color-production

Remote-proofing sidebar 1: The case of the commercial printer and the ad agency

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

This article is an online sidebar to "Remote proofing: close at hand," February 2002, p. 18. HARD VS. SOFT PROOFING Blanks Color Imaging, Inc., a Dallas commercial printer, has been using a remote-proofing system with one of its ad agency customers for some time. A Kodak Polychrome Graphics (Norwalk, CT) DCP 9500 dye-sublimation proofer, installed at the customer site for the past year and a half,


Jan 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

The number of companies charging for preflighting is increasing, according to a study by the Electronic Prepress Section (EPS), a special section of GATF/PIA whose members are printers with prepress operations, prepress companies and service bureaus. Chargeable vs. Nonchargeable Downtime in Electronic Prepress, 2001 Edition, which follows up on a 2000 study on preflighting policies, found that 36.1

remote proofing delivers

Sep 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY JOE LIPETRI Contributing editor |

Interest is growing in remote proofing, thanks to improved inkjet printers, color measurement devices and profiling software Direct Digital Design, a 30-person prepress house in Kansas City, KS, has enjoyed a remote-proofing workflow for nearly 10 years with one large client account, Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, MO. Remote proofing is much faster than using FedEx, remarks Ray Flatt, president of

PRINT 01: Prepress trends

Aug 13, 2001 12:00 AM,

Printers and converters will see an array of prepress advancements, from proofing and preflighting to color management, at Print 01, Sept. 6-13, at McCormick Place (Chicago). Inkjet dot proofing For the first time, Epson’s (booth 6455) StylusPro 5500, a replacement for the StylusPro 5000, offers the ability to see dots in a final press proof using drop-on-demand inkjet technology. "Until now, the

Workflow and the Internet

Aug 1, 2001 12:00 AM, BY DAVID L. ZWANG Contributing editor and industry consultant specializing in the application of ele

Applications include file transfer, proofing, image editing, database and job management, print procurement The Internet is more than a good content distribution medium it's also an excellent facilitator for publishing workflows. With more than 50 percent of the U.S. population reportedly accessing the Web, the cost of higher bandwidth is decreasing. Cable, DSL and even satellite are enabling graphic

Agfa to expand New Jersey facility

Jul 27, 2001 12:00 AM, AP Staff

Agfa (Ridgefield Park, NJ) announced that it is expanding its plate-manufacturing capacity in its Branchburg, New Jersey facility. The reported $6 million investment will add Thermostar, Agfa´s thermal offering, and the N91 plate, which is part of Agfa´s visible-light assortment, to the production line. Completion of the project is expected on or near October 2001 with full manufacturing ramp-up for


Jun 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

Choices include thermal laser, inkjet and dye sub One graphic arts expert describes proofing as a tug-of-war between client and printer. The customer is comparing the proofs against the original asking for the most faithful color rendition possible, explains Hal Hinderliter, author of The GATF Guide to Desktop Publishing. Unfortunately, the color gamut and tonal range of a slide or real life are beyond


Jun 1, 2001 12:00 AM,

Lynne Maimone of Avrett Free & Ginsberg, an ad agency in New York, recently participated in a DuPont Color Proofing (Wilmington, DE) research project. A mailing was sent to 10,000 creative and print production professionals, asking them to help develop specifications for the next generation color proofing technology. Survey participants could use a special website to provide their input. The proof

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: CTP transition questions

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, Mayu Mishina, managing editor

Going CTP means coming up against questions. A lot of them. Here, from the recent VUE/POINT conference in Arlington, VA, are a few more to ask yourself: Should you involve your pressroom in the CTP decision and transition? Management at Allprint Ainsworth Associates, Inc. (Kitchener, ON), didnt, "perhaps to not scare our press operators," observes Erwin Driever, prepress manager. "It backfired." The

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Take a new look at polyester CTP

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, Mayu Mishina, managing editor

Once panned by "real" printers as producing low quality, polyester plates are slowly becoming fashionable in a CTP environment. Vendors targeting the quick and small commercial printer are offering direct-to-polyester plate alternatives to the typically more expensive metal platesetter systems. A.B. Dick (Niles, IL), for example, introduced the Digital PlateMaster 2508, which can image to polyester

PERFECT BINDING: Automatic settings aid adhesive operation

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM, RAY VIATOR Contributing editor |

New easy-to-use equipment offers quick changeover, fast makeready and flexible feeding mechanisms Increased automation and computerization are the hallmark of the modern bindery, and perfect binding is no exception. Driven partly in response to on-demand printing and partly by lower skill levels in the workforce, both commercial printers and trade binders are using more automated perfect binding equipment

High-speed saddlestitching

Apr 1, 2001 12:00 AM, By Don Piontek, Contributing editor

Beyond speed, printers want value-added services, automation and equipment efficiency Bindery technology develops at a much slower pace than front-end systems, but saddlestitching, a time-honored workhorse finishing service, has recently made some interesting evolutionary strides. Drupa 2000, for example, saw some innovations in the saddlestitching area, including the high-speed market (13,000 cycles

Computer-to-plate or computer-to-press?

Mar 1, 2001 12:00 AM, by Don Monkerud, Contributing editor |

What's on your mind? "Staying state-of-the-art" was the top concern cited by 61.4 percent of the participants in NAPL's (Paramus, NJ) State of the Industry survey. And the No. 2 concern? "Shortage of skilled prodcution personnel," cited by 57.9 percent. Direct-imaging (DI) and computer-to-plate (CTP) technology can help printers address both of these concerns. But how do you determine which is right

A partner in growth

Mar 1, 2001 12:00 AM, AP Staff |

Embracing technology helps one sheetfed printer grow its business and transition smoothly into CTP When RGC Communications went CTP in 1998, it was using one of only 2,000 platesetters at work around the world. The Roselle, IL, printer was also part of an even smaller minority: fully digital sheetfed printers. Two years later, only one-tenth of domestic sheetfed, four-up commercial printers have CTP,