The details are in the dots 

Jul 01, 2006

RIPit says its PerfectBlend hybrid screening technology offers printers the best of both worlds: a traditional AM halftone pattern over most of the tonal range and an FM pattern in the highlights and shadows. We asked some PerfectBlend users for their feedback.

.qxd vs. .indd redux 

Jul 01, 2006

With the release of Quark XPress 7, it's time to revisit the XPress vs. InDesign comparison.

W2P 

May 01, 2006

Half a decade ago, the printing industry as a whole just wasn't ready to do business online. Now, however appears to be the right time. The question for those who have not yet jumped in is, "How do I get started?"

The final 4 

Apr 01, 2006

How to provide successful monitor-based soft proofing.

Flexible options 

Apr 01, 2006

For small-format printers, polyester computer-to-plate (CTP) systems have long been considered the most viable, cost-effective tool to bring their prepress operations up to date. Although some four-up metal CTP platesetters also run two-up, the first metal CTP systems were aimed toward larger shops producing longer runs with higher image quality standards—and deeper pockets.

Processor-free CTP 

Mar 01, 2006

An update on processless plate imaging technology.

PDF and a new profit center 

Mar 01, 2006

Graphic Arts Services began searching for a workflow that would help the company recieve recieve files from the outside while generating PDF files internally. That's how www.pdfandaproof.com was born.

Stir it up 

Feb 01, 2006

In this article, we will look at some useful plug-ins to augment a print/publishing workflow for the big five DTP applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat and QuarkXPress.

The match game 

Jan 01, 2006

This article can be used as a guide to implement the first steps toward ensuring the first good sheet matches the last good sheet of a press run as closely as possible.

2006 Technologies & Trends 

Dec 01, 2005

Some of the trends and technologies that are sure to impact the print production world, especially prepress, in 2006 and beyond.

November Cover Story: Proof positive 

Nov 01, 2005

The key to achieving the best quality inkjet proof is to combine the right equipment, software and consumables to match your pressroom equipment. The following products represent the latest developments in inkjet for contract quality proofing.

Build it or buy it?, Part 2 

Oct 01, 2005

The build-it or buy-it workflow decision depends on business needs and in-house resources. DIY workflows have come a long way and are much easier to use as well as more reliable than they’ve been in the past. They also allow users to graduate into a fuller featured, or turnkey, workflow system if/when that time comes.

Build it or buy it?, Part 1 

Oct 01, 2005

There are two primary ways to build a prepress workflow solution: Acquirie a single-vendor “turnkey” system or put together a “do-it-yourself” (DIY) system.

Indexx accelerates job throughput and sales 

Sep 01, 2005

Indexx Printing Solutions was one of the first companies in North America to implement Metrix job planning software. After just five months using the software, the company sees impressive bottom-line savings.

Divine intervention 

Sep 01, 2005

Matthews Packaging Graphics & Design and Heidelberg speak the same language--the language of color--thanks to Matthews PG&D’s multiple installations of Heidelberg’s PrintOpen color profiling software.

Keep it CIMple 

Aug 01, 2005

CIM is not an all-or-nothing proposition. It can be implemented in stages as budget and time allow. But it’s important to identify areas where CIM can benefit your operation today and where it can take your company in the future.

Instant gratification 

Jul 01, 2005

What does the term "soft proofing" mean to you?

Does painless RGB to CMYK conversion exist? 

Jun 01, 2005

For our purposes, let’s define painless RGB to CMYK conversion as "changing the color space of an image in a way that honors the original creator’s intent (within the limits of the printing process) and doing so in as automated a fashion as possible."

Database basics 

May 01, 2005

If you’re afraid of accepting a customer’s harmless little database file, you might be missing out on everything from simple addressing jobs to profitable personalized marketing campaigns.

LCD vs. CRT, Part 1 

Mar 01, 2005

In previous proofing features, we’ve focused on color management issues as well as the two leading monitor-based proofing solutions. This time around, we’re highlighting the most basic soft-proofing component: the monitor.

LCD vs. CRT, Part 2 

Mar 01, 2005

In recent years, many graphic arts users have replaced their chunky cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors with sleek new liquid crystal displays (LCDs). New models offer improved brightness, increased gamut and wider viewing angles.

Imposition software, CIM & you, Part 1 

Feb 01, 2005

With the arrival of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), the graphic arts industry is teaching disparate islands of computerized production to communicate. Estimating systems can now talk to prepress, which can share data with the pressroom, bindery and shipping departments, all through the magic of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). With better integration and streamlined tasks, it’s no wonder some pundits have predicted the prepress department’s demise. But as long as there are jobs that need imposing, prepress will remain a vital function.

Imposition software, CIM & you, Part 2 

Feb 01, 2005

With the arrival of computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), the graphic arts industry is teaching disparate islands of computerized production to communicate. Estimating systems can now talk to prepress, which can share data with the pressroom, bindery and shipping departments, all through the magic of the eXtensible Markup Language (XML). With better integration and streamlined tasks, it’s no wonder some pundits have predicted the prepress department’s demise. But as long as there are jobs that need imposing, prepress will remain a vital function.

.qxd vs. .indd, Part 1 

Jan 01, 2005

Should you stick with Quark or switch to InDesign? This article weighs the pros and cons, explore the debate and offers insights into question of .qxd vs. .indd.

.qxd vs. .indd, Part 2 

Jan 01, 2005

Should you stick with Quark or switch to InDesign? This article weighs the pros and cons, explore the debate and offers insights into question of .qxd vs. .indd.