What's in your workflow? 

Nov 01, 2004

Workflows have moved far beyond merely converting PostScript into one-bit TIFF data. A selection of recent product introductions follows, including some tools specifically designed for smaller operations.

JDF without the geek-speak 

Aug 01, 2004

Let's start with the basics. JDF is an acronym for Job Definition Format. JDF is owned and managed by the International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4). CIP4 is the successor of CIP3, which started in 1995 as a joint initiative of vendors for the graphic-arts industry. Since then CIP3 has developed the Print Production Format (PPF), which can be

Making the switch to Mac OS X 

Jul 01, 2004

Apple's (Cupertino, CA) Macintosh OS X is a UNIX-based operating system. More specifically, it's based on NeXTStep, the operating system used by the NeXT computer that Steve Jobs developed after he left Apple in 1985. Apple acquired NeXT in 1997 and released NeXTStep as OS X. The first version of OS X, 10.1, was introduced in 2000, followed by 10.2 (known as ) in 2002 and 10.3 () in 2003. Apple computers

Getting better customer files 

Jul 01, 2004

You have to hand it to technology. While advancements such as FTP, e-mail and other file-transfer methods have streamlined print production and made it easier for printers to receive job orders from customers, they have also introduced a new problem to the production process: customer-created files. Quick printers can eliminate many of the problems usually associated with customer-created files, simply

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 3: A progress report 

May 17, 2004

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 3: A progress report

Remote proofing: Coming soon to a screen near you 

May 01, 2004

Viewing proofs on color computer monitors is a compelling proofing alternative. Monitor (also called soft-proofing) methods can range from the rudimentary, such as PDF files sent via e-mail or FTP sites, to systems that allow users to review content and layout, to more complex color-managed systems that seek to emulate hard-copy proofs. Successful soft-proofing requirements extend far beyond the crisp

Color management 

May 01, 2004

Every imaging device, from the lowliest desktop inkjet printer to the mightiest pressroom iron, has its own personality. Color imaging will only produce accurate results if we consider the characteristics of each device, which requires a global framework for color control. In this article, you'll learn how color can be controlled using the International Color Consortium (ICC) philosophy as well as

Drupa developments 3 

May 01, 2004

JDF-enabled workflow, press innovations Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) (Heidelberg, Germany) will offer more than 50 innovations at Drupa. Its modular, JDF-enabled Prinect workflow components reportedly integrate business-management and technical functions into one comprehensive data and workflow. Said to be adaptable to each printing company's individual requirements, the Prinect family

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 2: JDF & the supply chain 

Apr 23, 2004

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 2: JDF & the supply chain

MIS selection tips 

Apr 01, 2004

Finding the right management information system (MIS) isn't an easy task. Profectus Consulting (Sarasota, FL), a national print consultancy, has compiled more than 1,000 functional requirements for companies to consider when reviewing MIS options. According to president Craig L. Press, the midsize printer should consider at least 400 of these. Press suggests a three-step process for matching your

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 1: JDF and process automation 

Mar 18, 2004

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 1: JDF and process automation

Variable-data software update 

Jan 01, 2004

Variable-data software update

PDF 101 

Jan 01, 2004

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

Tracking RFID progress 

Jan 01, 2004

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is, some say, set to become the new universally used method for tracking products through the global supply chain. Pundits believe that RFID's automatic identification and data-collection systems could make bar codes a thing of the past, especially if Wal-Mart doesn't back down from its mandate that all vendor shipments must have RFID tagging by 2005.

Three cheers for XML 

Nov 01, 2003

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 01, 2003

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

Graph Expo 2003 

Nov 01, 2003

A review of the best of Graph Expo 2003.

CIELAB: Measuring color on many different media 

Nov 01, 2003

CIELAB measurements offer high-quality control of digital color imaging.

Inkjet proofing update 

Oct 01, 2003

Inkjet proofing update, new products

What's new with JDF 1.2? 

Sep 01, 2003

The latest developments of JDF 1.2

Web-based Workflow Tools 

Aug 01, 2003

An overview of online tools that produce a smoother workflow

Quality-control DOs and DON'Ts 

Jul 01, 2003

Quality-control DOs and DON'Ts

Next-generation networking 

Jul 01, 2003

Networking in the pressroom

Real-world workflows 

Jun 01, 2003

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

CTP's co-existing technologies 

May 01, 2003

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