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Digitally cool

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Digital print marketer demonstrates the power of Xerox and XMPie.

The Advantage Online

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

A Web-based order interface is fueling growth for this Pacific Northwest printer.

Glunz & Jensen licenses Ultimate Technographics software

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

Glunz & Jensen's (Elkwood, VA) new imposition workflow, i-Position, is powered by Ultimate Technographics Inc.'s (Montreal) Impostrip core technology and graphic interface. Glunz & Jensen will include i-Position as part of its new line of iCtP solutions to enable its customers to automatically impose pages, booklets and magazines. The Glunz & Jensen iCtP system is built around The PlateWriter 4200

Instant proof

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

The final proof for a new brochure is long overdue at an Orange County printing plant, but the client in San Francisco is still toying with a last-minute color change. The account executive at the Los Angeles ad agency is nervous, but the production manager down the hall is surprisingly calm. There is no mad dash to summon the messenger service; only a phone call to Primary Color in Irvine, CA. Because

Online innovation

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Hillside, IL-based Darwill used its Web tools to link a publisher in New Mexico with a designer in Michigan. The new magazine is printed using stochastic screening, and the quality is so good, some recipients are framing pages. When Doug Evilsizor, founder of SlickRock Publishing (Gallup, NM), sought to launch a high-quality, national publication for an SUV automobile brand, he knew it wouldn't be

Inkjet invaders

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Dan Marx and Marguerite Higgins

In your busy days of satisfying customer expectations and making the most of your bottom line, you've likely heard of UV digital flatbed systems. These state-of-the-art inkjet printing devices and digital inks have opened new doors for commercial printing operations doors that previously were locked shut. Digital flatbeds changed all the rules of graphics, from what you can print to what you can print

Saying YES to JDF!

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Joe Novak doesn't have an easy job. He's the director of technology for Williamson Printing Corp. (Dallas), one of the largest printers in the United States. We're a different breed of printer, says Novak. We do so many different things. Williamson, a perennial fixture at the Premier Print Awards, won 121 total awards in the 2005 competition for products and services ranging from direct mail to annual

The best PDFs

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Julie Shaffer

What makes a PDF file print-perfect? Ideally, the application used to create the original layout should be true design software, such as InDesign or QuarkXPress. All too often, content creators use a product like Microsoft Word as a layout application. This is like baking a apple pie with Ritz Crackers and expecting it to taste exactly like a pie made with real apples. Word is not a graphic design

Going with the flow

Jul 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Associates Graphics Services embraces lean manufacturing, the team-base systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste. The facility was designed to streamline the movement of jobs through the plant. Potential bottlenecks have been eliminated, and there's almost no inventory sitting on the floor.

The details are in the dots

Jul 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O’Brien

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 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Taz Tally

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

Back in Vegas to connect with EFI

Jun 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By M. Richard Vinocur

When I was invited to Connect, the Electronics for Imaging (EFI) users meeting in Las Vegas in early May, I readily accepted the invitation. And was I impressed.

Who wants to be average?

Jun 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katerine O'Brien

RT Associates is automating Web-to-print from start to finish.

To be sure, to be sure

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Steve Voecks

The steps preceding a perfect-match mailing are a cinch. You print, fold, insert and inkjet every day. It's the verification part that gets tricky. How do you ensure everything stays in order? And what happens when it doesn't?

The fast lane

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

A Web-to-print tool lets users merge project management with print.

The eyes have it

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

I recently attended a luncheon meeting of the Chicago Print Production Club. The featured speakers had exciting news to offer about "The Reality of Virtual Proofing."

Tasty digital & offset combinations

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Things that seeming wouldn't go together often do. At IPEX, many digital players stressed their products' abilities to work in harmony with the offset process.

Flexible options

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

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.

The final 4

Apr 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Joseph Marin

How to provide successful monitor-based soft proofing.

PDF and a new profit center

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP staff

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.