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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Variable-data software update
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
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.
Great Western Industries, of Dallas, TX, boasts successful color-management workflow
A review of the best of Graph Expo 2003.
CIELAB measurements offer high-quality control of digital color imaging.
Inkjet proofing update, new products
The latest developments of JDF 1.2
An overview of online tools that produce a smoother workflow
Quality-control DOs and DON'Ts
Networking in the pressroom
Real-world workflow: an unprecedented integration is transforming the printing industry
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