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

Feb 1, 2002 12:00 AM

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This article is an online sidebar to "Remote proofing: close at hand," February 2002, p. 18.


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, including CTP, the new Thermal Waterproof digital proofing solution from DuPont Color Proofing (Wilmington, DE), and remote proofing powered by RealTimeImage (San Bruno, CA) and branded LPTProof.

For this high-end sheetfed and full-web commercial printer, a remote proofing offering would have to pass some strict criteria. RealTimeImage’s technology did, and today, LPTProof is a significant component of LPT’s fully digital workflow.

That was a couple of months ago.

LPT’s remote-proofing mettle was tested following Sept. 11, by two financial organizations that were affected by the World Trade Center. One was directly affected, according to Jim Sewell, vice president of technology at LPT, and the other had employees dispersed throughout the New York region. In both cases, offices were inaccessible, forcing many employees to work from home.

Because these clients could proof from any Web browser with LPTProof, they were able to meet their deadlines.

Many clients were already using LPTProof, whether they were cross-town or on the West Coast. "For clients for which distance is an issue, it’s a tool they are interested in or are using already," Sewell relates. "In New York, it’s faster and more cost-effective to use remote proofing than to send a messenger."

Speed alone, however, would not have sufficed for the LPT team. The printer also needed good resolution and collaborative capabilities.

"So many people are involved in approving a proof," Sewell notes. "One of the hardest things is to read a hard-copy proof with comments scrawled all over, and with some of them conflicting." Sewell reports that with RealTimeProof technology, viewers can look at a proof whenever they want, and their annotations and comments are tracked simply. "It gives our clients, and us, the control we need to get the job on press, on time," the exec relates.

Adds Becky Shick, desktop manager and the primary operations manager involved in the testing and integration of RealTimeImage, "The fact that everyone is viewing the exact file that will get imaged on to the plate is a huge benefit. Everything else is a simulation. RealTimeProof makes LPTProof the real thing."