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Is RFID in your future?

Feb 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Printers looking for new revenue sources are increasingly hearing that radio frequency ID (RFID) tags, hailed as an eventual replacement for today's ubiquitous bar codes, may be the answer they've been seeking. The key word, of course, is "maybe."

‘Pocket Pal’s’ enduring legacy

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, AP staff

"Pocket Pal," the handy little book of graphics art production, is now in its 19th edition. As current editor Frank Romano notes, Mike Bruno shaped the famous guide’s contents for more than half of its 70 years. Mike is still going strong at 93. We wanted to let him know how many people he’s helped. For such a small book, it’s had a huge impact!

New Products, Part 1

Jan 1, 2005 12:00 AM, AP staff

New products from: Standard Finishing, Hit the Skids, USPS, Ennis, RadTech, Muller Martini, Watson-Marlow Bredel, American Baler, OneVision, KBA North America, Unisource, Heidelberg, Markzware, Morgana Systems, Stitchmaster, Left Dakota, and Printflow.

What's in your workflow?

Nov 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

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.

Soft Proofing: seeing is believing

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

In our May 2004 issue, contributing editor Hal Hinderliter noted that monitor-based proofing methods can range from 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. Legally, an approved proof is a contract printers and customers are agreeing an acceptable reproduction can be

Making the UP3I digital-print connection

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Dominic Quennell

Most graphic-arts professionals have heard of JDF. But only a few are familiar with an initiative targeting digital printers: the universal printer pre- and post-processing interface (UP3I). The UP3I interface standard helps users integrate and control all prepress, press and postpress systems' data. Functions such as automatic job setup and synchronization, document finishing control, error recovery

MIS: Beyond the basics

Sep 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Leslie Shiers

Quick printers and small commercial plants don't have the same management information system (MIS) needs as their larger counterparts. An off-the-shelf system including estimating, job ticketing, invoicing and accounts receivable capabilities usually will suffice and cost less than $5,000. MIS vendors, however, now are expanding their products to encompass more of the small shop's business goals.

JDF without the geek-speak

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Gareth O'Brien

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

MIS: Large and in charge

Aug 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By American Printer staff

In our April issue, we presented some tips for selecting a management information system (MIS) geared for midsize operations as well as some recent product introductions. This article highlights new developments for larger printers, a segment served by vendors such as CRC, DiMS!, Globe-Tek, EFI, Primac, Prism, Radius, SAP and Streamline Solutions. Large printers share many of the same MIS requirements

Getting better customer files

Jul 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By John Giles

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

Making the switch to Mac OS X

Jul 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Richard M. Adams II

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

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 3: A progress report

May 17, 2004 12:00 AM, By David Zwang and Margaret Motamed

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 3: A progress report

Color management

May 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Abhay Sharma

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

Remote proofing: Coming soon to a screen near you

May 1, 2004 12:00 AM, By Hal Hinderliter

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

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 2: JDF & the supply chain

Apr 23, 2004 12:00 AM, By Gareth O'Brien, vice president, Objective Advantage | gobrien@oai.cc

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 2: JDF & the supply chain

MIS selection tips

Apr 1, 2004 12:00 AM,

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 12:00 AM, by Robert Herriot, Ph.D.

PROCESS AUTOMATION Part 1: JDF and process automation

Understanding the true costs of CTP

Feb 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

Understanding the true costs of CTP

On-demand inkjet printing system

Jan 12, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff

Domino's On-demand inkjet printing system

Tracking RFID progress

Jan 1, 2004 12:00 AM, AP staff | APeditor@primediabusiness.com

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.