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THE NEW FACE OF SCHEDULINGS

Mar 1, 2000 12:00 AM, Mayu Mishina

Scheduling, schmeduling. Is there anyone in this industry who has ever been able to keep to a schedule? It's doubtful-there are simply too many emergencies to accommodate. Preflighting uncovers an error on the customer's file. A new file doesn't arrive for a week. The paper vendor hasn't yet delivered the appropriate stock for the job. Then, the customer keeps the proof for two days instead of four

FILE FORMAT BINGO

Mar 1, 2000 12:00 AM, David L. Zwang

Can't sleep? Forget about counting sheep. Try counting the number of file format options available for saving files out of PhotoShop. There are more than 21-not including special formats supported by any import and export plug-ins you may have installed. Why do we need so many formats? Is one better than the other? Which format will maximize your production efficiencies? Before you can answer these

MAKING SENSE OF E-COMMERCE

Feb 1, 2000 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

Online-based e-commerce solutions are revolutionizing print procurementNew dot-com companies are appearing almost daily-you literally need a scorecard to keep up. Some printers are creating their own e-commerce solutions. Others are outsourcing the job to a third-party service provider. Buyers are taking an active role in the "webulization" of print by initiating third-party solutions and inviting

BUSIER AND BIGGER WITH CTP

Feb 1, 2000 12:00 AM,

Celebrating 50 Years of Graphic Reproduction Excellence." That's the motto you'll find on the opening page of Williams Co.'s website (www.wmsco.com). Founded in 1947 by Levi Williams, the Chattanooga, TN, printer occupies 100,000 sq. ft. and employs 120. This family-run business is also a family of companies. In addition to design, prepress and printing, the company offers marketing and public relations,

THE COLOR OF MONEY

Jan 1, 2000 12:00 AM, david l. zwang

The management of color in print historically has been under the control of a select group of experts, usually living in a prepress department or hovering over a light box in a publishing company or ad agency. Their talents, while fairly well developed, entailed a mixture of color science, production limitations, physiology and psychology, since certain laws of physics prevent the reproduction of

THE DIGITAL ORIGINAL

Sep 1, 1999 12:00 AM, BRIAN P. LAWLER

Digital technologies have an impact on all markets--from toys to television. For a few hundred dollars you now can purchase a hand-held digital camera that will allow you to take a snapshot of the grandchildren, then e-mail that photo to the whole family within minutes. But digital cameras aren't just consumer playthings. They are moving from novelty into more "serious" markets, finding their way

REAL WORLD PDF

Jun 1, 1999 12:00 AM, DAVID L. ZWANG

Considering the amount of attention PDF is currently receiving, it would seem unlikely that we need another article about its virtues. However, even with all of the discussion, there is still a lot of confusion about PDF's status and what role the technology plays in today's graphic arts industry.If we look at PDF's most visible role, it is as the chosen format in the Associated Press AdSend program.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES: CAN YOU PROFIT WITH DAM?

May 1, 1999 12:00 AM, LISA LELAND

Make no mistake, there are some printers and trade shops who liken the magnitude of digital asset management (DAM), still in its infancy, to the original desktop publishing revolution--they insist their very survival will hinge on being able to manage customers' assets. There are many others inside the industry, though, who resist even contemplating the emerging technology, maintaining a "wait-and-see"

REMOTE PROOFING: CLOSING THE DISTANCE

May 1, 1999 12:00 AM, AMERICAN PRINTER STAFF

When the best printers in the country talk digital workflow, they all mention gaining speed and reducing turnaround time. But few address the biggest cause of delays: Distance.Moving layout, then proofs and, ultimately, the press-ready digital files from one location to another adds days to the typical production schedule.Remote proofing can help solve that problem once and for all. What fax machines

COMPUTER-TO-PLATE PRODUCTION PRESCRIPTION

Apr 1, 1999 12:00 AM, AMERICAN PRINTER STAFF

It's time for your annual dental check-up and cleaning!" This isn't exactly the kind of friendly reminder most people look forward to receiving in the mail.But from the perspective of dentists across the country, the customized postcard appointment notes printed by SmartPractice represent an ideal marketing tool.It was in 1970 that SmartPractice, a manufacturer of infection control products such as

REMOTE PROOFING: ALMOST INSTANT COMMUNICATION

Apr 1, 1999 12:00 AM, HAL HINDERLITER

After extensive promotion and publicity from a determined handful of vendors, is there a print shop among us that hasn't thought about the advantages of remote proofing? The benefits are obvious--avoiding expensive courier trips to deliver proofs to customers; being able to deliver a proof, get a customer okay and go back to work within minutes. So why isn't this process more widespread? What's keeping

CTP: Polyester Becomes Fashionable

Mar 1, 1999 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

Polyester--now there's a word tainted with some unpleasant memories. Remember the Bee Gees with their Oreo-cookie-sized gold medallions, their improbable falsettos and yes, those shiny polyester shirts with the angel-wing collars? And, of course, there's the 1981 John Waters movie released in glorious "Odorama." (Polyester audiences were issued scratch-and-sniff cards . . .) Polyester definitely has

BUILDING A DAM

Jan 1, 1999 12:00 AM, LISA LELAND

Whether contemplated as a value-added boon or a breakthrough in production workflow efficiencies, digital asset management has become a hot topic among digitally sophisticated printing and prepress operations.In simple terms, the still-maturing technology, alternatively referred to as media asset management and content management, features a large database for the archiving and retrieval of 'digital

A RIP BY ANY OTHER NAME

Jan 1, 1999 12:00 AM, Chrystal O'Hanlon

Long ago, at the beginning of the digital revolution, raster image processor (RIP) was an exotic term that baffled commercial printers who were struggling to adapt to electronic print production. As we close in on the 21st century, RIPs are an everyday part of the commercial printing atmosphere. Everyone has one--or several--and everyone understands the basic function of this critical prepress software

TELECOM: MAKING THE CONNECTION

Nov 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Lisa Leland

The whole world is impatient and everybody wants instant gratification. The sooner printers and prepress providers realize this, the sooner they can stop debating the need for a high-speed file transfer system and install one.This is the pervading wisdom for an industry now besieged with the notion that time is of the essence and competitive steps today toward digital workflow efficiencies and faster

PREPRESS: IMPOSING PRESENCE

Oct 1, 1998 12:00 AM, David L. Zwang

Why impose electronically? With all the talk about computer-to-plate (CTP) and computer-to-press, you would think that the only thing holding up acceptance and implementation is the equipment purchase itself. However, prior to buying all that output stuff, you should probably take the first, more significant step--electronic imposition.While there are many compelling financial and quality reasons

PRINTERS AND THE INTERNET

Oct 1, 1998 12:00 AM, JILL ROTH

Communication using the Internet has been growing by leaps and bounds. In 1995, seven percent of all adults accessed the Internet. By 1998, that number had jumped to 36 percent. The dramatic growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web is affecting every sector of business, and the graphic arts industry is no exception. The latest figures show there are more than 1,500 printing-industry related Web

CTP IN SMALL PACKAGES

Sep 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

After much crumpling of paper and consulting of rhyming dictionaries, we have composed a couplet to kick off this feature: Two, four, six but not quite eight!/What's happening with small-format computer-to-plate?Okay, so Robert Frost has nothing to fear from us. But when it comes to small format metal computer-to-plate (CTP), some graphic arts service providers and vendors are waxing poetic--particularly

MEETING THE NEED FOR SPEED: CTP

Aug 1, 1998 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

Imagine it's 1995 and you're facing the following scenario. In your pressroom sit a pair of 40-inch, six-color perfecting Heidelbergs. You've got plenty of work to keep them busy, but there's a bottleneck in your plate department. Despite everyone's best efforts, your step-and repeat-machine can only turn out 20 to 25 plates a shift. What's the solution?"We started off thinking we'd add another step-and-repeat

PREPRESS: IN-RIP SOLUTIONS

Jun 1, 1998 12:00 AM, David Zwang

Originally designed as core technology, RIPs are evolving into process solutions that can affect your bottomline success.When Adobe first released PostScript in the early 1980s, few realized the significant impact it would have on printing and publishing. Prior to that, the term "RIP" was not automatically associated with a thriving printing process.A RIP, as used today in our industry, is really