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Color management

Jan 1, 2003 12:00 AM, by Hal Hinderliter, president, Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services |

Color management for commercial printers reaches the mainstream

Where's it all headed? Part 2

Dec 1, 2002 12:00 AM, Dick Gorelick, President of Gorelick & Associates, and GASF |

Sponsored by Paperloop 10 EMERGING BUSINESS PRINCIPLES 1. Account Development is Replacing Sales Management | God has not singled out your industry or your company to face the challenge of differentiation. Every company in every industry faces this challenge. It means that every company is working to separate itself from its industry counterparts, to create a unique customer constituency by offering

Making technology dance, Part 2: Next generation workflow today

Dec 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

Sponsored by Agfa Graphic Systems What if on your way home tonight you could approve a whole slew of tasks that would give you more time to relax and spend with your family? Tasks like getting dinner started or programming the movie you want to watch later that night. Or how about being alerted to certain grocery items you're running low on and being able to approve and order them? Better yet, how

Where's it all headed? Part 1

Dec 1, 2002 12:00 AM, Dick Gorelick, President of Gorelick & Associates, and GASF |

Sponsored by Paperloop "Relevant-informative-accurate." That's how readers have been describing Converting Management magazine's three-part series on business management. In fact, reader response has been so great, we've added this fourth part to the series to look at what's ahead for printing and converting businesses. Focusing on non-technological trends, this advertising supplement, sponsored by

Demystifying digital asset management

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY MARK EVANS Director, technology application, priNexus |

The concept of digital asset management (DAM) is often misunderstood. Options range from $200, single-user desktop systems to million-dollar enterprise wide systems. This article will review the basics and provide some guidelines for evaluating DAM options. DAM can be defined as the organization and management of digital assets and the metadata that describes those assets. One of the most important

controlling color from prepress to printing

Nov 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

This is an exciting time for X-Rite as it carries positive momentum from this year's new prepress color-management and printing color-control solutions throughout Graph Expo, says Iain Trevor Pike, X-Rite's worldwide printing and imaging business unit marketing manager. Booth visitors were able to test drive X-Rite's ATS Auto-Tracking spectrophotometer, 500 Series spectrodensitometers, X-Rite Color

Standards update

Oct 1, 2002 12:00 AM,

A graphic-arts pundit once compiled the following phrases to describe the standards-development process: intensely exacting, overly theoretical, concerned with minutiae, unforgiving and just plain boring. While participating on a standards committee is not a rollicking good time, these groups do play a vital role in boosting printers' productivity. We asked some well-known standards gurus to share

Implementing color management

Oct 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by David L. Zwang, Contributing editor and industry consultant |

What is color management? Depending on whom you ask, it can mean anything from using a densitometer to calibrating monitors to eyeballing jobs against originals. But the recently released International Color Consortium (ICC) (Reston, VA) specification, as well as supporting software and hardware tools, enable users to achieve more accurate color reproduction with less cost and effort. An ICC-developed,

Getting to color faster

Sep 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, Managing editor, and Allison K. Mclean, Associate editor |

With shrinking run lengths becoming the norm, a fast press makeready is key to making money on a job. And technology, say vendors, is key to making presses ready fast. New presses come with a bevy of bells and whistles, from on-press automation to press-console software that allows job data to be electronically transmitted between prepress and the pressroom, la the CIP3 ideal. With the added help

Four-up CTP: cheaper, better, faster, more

Aug 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Mayu Mishina, managing editor |

In 2001, PIA (Alexandria, VA) reported that about one-half of U.S. commercial web printers have CTP capability, compared with one-tenth of sheetfed, four-up commercial printers. At Print 01, it was clear that vendors were determined to help small and midsize printers enter the all-digital age, a trend expected to continue this fall at Graph Expo. While cost advantages of CTP over film may still be

Imposition proofing

Jul 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY HAL HINDERLITER President of Hinderliter Consulting & Creative Services (San Luis Obispo, CA), a

The imposition process has become much more predictable in the past decade. It was once a procedure performed painstakingly by hand; the image assembler and his or her folding dummy, however, have since been eclipsed by the widespread adoption of digital workflows, digital imposition software and large-format output devices. Even with these improvements, mistakes can still occur. Advertisements may

GREETINGS from Filetown, U.S.A.

Jul 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY GRETCHEN KIRBY PECK Contributing editor |

It's a rare dot-com success story. Founded in November 1999, (Oakland, CA) began life as a gang-run printer, doing only 2 3.5-inch business cards, and 4 6-inch and 6 8-inch postcards. Its founding officers had always intended it to be a dot-com enterprise, however, and they began researching and developing an e-commerce architecture. Now, nearly three years later, still prints only


Jun 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY JILL ROTH Special projects editor

Although both visible light and thermal energy are used for direct digital imaging of offset printing plates using computer-to-plate (CTP) devices, the industry still tends to view thermal as expensive technology designed only for high volumes. That is actually a misconception. Let's take a closer look at some of the most common myths. MYTH 1 Thermal is expensive.Violet imaging has been portrayed

PDF workflows for today and tomorrow

Jun 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY DAVID L. ZWANG Contributing editor and industry consultant specializing in the application of ele

While many tools were developed to streamline the desktop-publishing process, the workflow had its limitations. First, you started with a suite of creation applications, then assembled the content using various layout tools. But the consolidated document wasn't for distribution; it was just a preparation for PostScript processing, which could move it into a more deliverable form, such as print. If


May 1, 2002 12:00 AM, By AP staff

This is an exclusive online sidebar to May's "CTP moves forward" article. CTP used to be the sole domain of the big guys. While computer-to-polyester-plate has been a viable option for smaller printers (and polyester-plate and imagesetter manufacturers agree that quality on these plates has increased significantly since the first-generation products), metal-plate imaging has still been out of reach

CTP moves forward

May 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY MAYU MISHINA and SAMANTHA OLLER |

Last month's Ipex continued the run of industry shows that offered glimpses into today's CTP trends. New product introductions largely focused on the now-resonant themes of violet technology and the next step of photopolymer plates, and the holy grail of thermal processless. While not all of these technologies and product introductions will come to market in the near future, four- and even two-up

Paying for CTP

May 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY HAL HINDERLITER President of Hinderliter Consulting & Creative Services |

Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, claims that trends are created through the slow spread of user-to-user interactions and casual observations rather than marketing campaigns. This may explain why print shops that resisted CTP marketing hype in the late 1990s are now embracing the digital world. Most CTP vendors offer elaborate spreadsheets for calculating ROI. Unfortunately, most are

Do you want dots with that digital proof?

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY HAL HINDERLITER President of Hinderliter Consulting & Creative Services |

A few years ago, prepress managers and pressroom supervisors chorused Where's the dot? when confronted with stochastically screened inkjet proofs. Today, conventional wisdom would have us believe that dots are no longer necessary in a digital proof. Nonetheless, some are reluctant to part with the direct correlation between dots on a proof and dots on the press sheet. Indeed, as the price of established

Publication printers hop on SWOP

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 AM, BY KATHY REILLY President of Print Production Advisory |

Unless a publisher doesn't accept advertising, or creates all of its ads, publication printers must cope with ad proofs coming from dozens of sources. To ensure that this hodgepodge of proofs will work together on press, everyone from designers to ad agencies to magazine publishers to printers must adhere to industry guidelines, such as GRACoL and SWOP. GRACoL (General Requirements for Applications

Closed-loop color-control update

Apr 1, 2002 12:00 AM, by Bob Erbstein, Principal, Graphic Transitions LLC |

The first new generation closed-loop color-control system was introduced at Drupa 95. Since then, an estimated 332 systems have been sold for web presses. About 62 percent are retrofits; the remaining 38 percent are installed on new presses. Publication printers account for 49 percent of the total installations, followed by commercial printers (29 percent). (See Closed-loop color today, on p. 36.)