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File Formats: What in the World is XML?

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

Lately we have been hearing a lot about file formats such as PDF, TIFF/IT and XML. While the perception to many is that each of these is the magic panacea for all prepress ills--and the path to untold riches--the reality is that they are just different file formats, each with a different focus. In past issues, we have covered TIFF/IT and PDF, so now it is time to take a closer look at XML.In order

Proof to Print: Digital Proofing Options for CTP

May 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Hal Hinderliter

Life is full of safe assumptions--the sun will come up tomorrow, rush jobs will always take longer than expected and printshops that use computer-to-plate (CTP) equipment will also use digital proofing. It only makes sense; since CTP enables a filmless workflow, these printers must find an alternative to those tried-and-true photomechanical proofing products.In reality, however, life is seldom so

Sythetic Paper: A Tough Choice

Apr 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Mike Licata

Has a creative concept ever been thwarted because you couldn't find the right paper--one that would withstand wear during use? Has that brochure you spent so many sleepless nights creating torn after only limited handling? Perhaps the sales presentation that was developed to "lock-in" a once-in-a-lifetime account was damaged on the way to the meeting by a rain shower. These are just some of the dilemmas

Pressroom: What About Waterless?

Mar 1, 1998 12:00 AM, William C. Lamparter

After a promising start in the early 1990s,conventional waterless printing has stalled.Waterless printing--a technology whose 30-year path of development has been characterized by promises, periods of apparent success and disappointments--has been poised on the sidelines for the past two years awaiting a new round of improvements.Is this answer to the printer's dream of getting the water out of lithography


Feb 1, 1998 12:00 AM, Elias Crim

Buying paper in 1998 will continue to be a delicate balance of price, sourcing and product considerations. For commercial printers, the good news is that a relatively stable market is predicted for this key consumable by most major paper analysts (see accompanying sidebar for two such views).That means paper buyers can focus equally on two other important elements in their decision-making: 1) product


Nov 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

Imagine a budget for starting an in-house digital prepress operation with only one condition attached to it: spend what you need in order to produce 700 plates per week. For some, that proposition would be both exciting and intimidating. For the prepress manager at Lithographics, Inc., a 150-employee commercial printer in Nashville, it was smooth sailing all the way.Because the bulk of Lithographic's


Nov 1, 1997 12:00 AM,

You can change without growing, but you can't grow without changing. So when Heidelberg decided to grow its prepress presence by bringing Linotype-Hell under its corporate umbrella, some changes were in order at the firm's U.S. headquarters in Kennesaw, GA.Cutting the ribbon on the 28,000 sq. ft. of the new home of Heidelberg Prepress was Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO of Heidelberg Druckmaschinen. The ceremony


Sep 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Elias Crim

The Portable Document Format: It's not your father's PostScript, as Frank Romano likes to say. Romano, a professor of graphic arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, goes so far as to claim that the Portable Document Format is "the next revolution after Gutenberg."Given the standing room-only crowds at the recent PDF seminars co-sponsored by Agfa and Adobe Systems, the PDF buzz is certainly


Sep 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Staff

Quebecor Printing (USA) will build a 410,000-sq.-ft. printing plant on a 50-acre site in Fernley, NV. Cost of the new facility, which is expected to eventually employ 400 people, is estimated at $140 million.The new plant will print retail newspaper inserts to be distributed throughout the Western states. "The location makes it an ideal manufacturing base," says James Dawson, Quebecor USA's president


Sep 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Bob Gragg

Of necessity, printers and trade binderies serve as value-added suppliers for direct mail customers. They offer many services, including printing, trimming, folding, gluing and tabbing, all with quick turnaround times.By maintaining good relationships with customers, printers and binderies are well positioned to capture larger jobs and more custom work. As customers' needs change, graphic arts execs


Sep 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Jill Roth

Ask any printer to pick the number one item on his technology wish list, and the answer will have to do with proofing. There is no doubt that proofing is seen by many graphic arts execs as a stumbling block on the road to achieving digital workflows. And although everyone agrees that proofing is a problem, opinions vary over what area of proofing represents the biggest challenge. The argument rages

Productivity: Printing That's as Good as it Gets

Aug 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

When Jimmy Doar joined Wentworth Printing in 1969, "there were four people and not much business." Today, with 150 employees and $13 million in sales, Wentworth Printing ranks among the top five printers in South Carolina. Doar, the president of the company, attributes his organization's productivity to fellow printers, customer service, technology, quality and teamwork."Anyone who wants to grow their

Productivity: The ABCs of Automation

Aug 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

Everybody believes in automation. Everybody wants to automate operations, but nobody quite knows what that means.First of all, why do we need workflow automation in prepress operations? To reduce turnaround times, control costs, increase productivity, develop flexibility and build in quality. Who could disagree with that?But what is the role that automation really plays in increasing productivity?


Jul 1, 1997 12:00 AM, American Printer Staff

The big get bigger, claims the old adage, and no where is that more apparent that in the printing industry. As we look at this year's Top 100+ listing, there are no real surprises. R.R. Donnelley still dominates, followed by Quebecor, Moore, Deluxe and World Color. No surprise there.However, it is interesting to note that the companies with the highest sales increases from 1995 to 1996 tended to attribute


Jun 1, 1997 12:00 AM,

If you think that the finishing process is a staid technology with little room for innovation or growth, you haven't been to the Riverside Group (Rochester, NY) lately. You'll find this trade bindery just 10 minutes from the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). It's a textbook example of how to successfully combine innovative management ideas with the latest bindery techniques."Riverside


May 1, 1997 12:00 AM,

PRINTING REDEFINED The change in the international media markets will influence the 21st century decisively; in particular, the printing industry will face great challenges, asserts Hartmut Mehdorn, chairman and CEO of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Heidelberg Germany.Studies done by Heidelberg indicate that the share of electronic media will increase, and by the year 2010, probably control 50 percent


May 1, 1997 12:00 AM,

Tim Ware, vice president of Warecraft Press, offers two pieces of advice to would-be computer-to-plate (CTP) adopters. "Make sure you have a digital workflow in place first," urges Ware. "And don't waste any time. Because if you don't get in this soon, you're not going to stay in the printing business."Prior to installing its CTP equipment, Warecraft had 18 months of experience on a digital press,


May 1, 1997 12:00 AM,

Progress Printing truly lives up to its name. According to company literature, the company began on September 1, 1962 in "a renovated chicken house on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg, Virginia. The building was the size of a high school classroom, with a kerosene furnace and three employees. . ."Today, Progress occupies more than 200,000 sq. ft. and has 302 employees in Lynchburg, as well as two additional


May 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Werner Rebsamen

Markets for printed products are changing. Runs are becoming shorter in many segments, including magazines, commercial products and books. Printers must adopt new binding technologies to cope with ever-increasing demands for shorter runs.In the publication business, continuing segmentation in special interest magazines and targeting advertising materials to smaller and smaller groups are some of the


Apr 1, 1997 12:00 AM, Michelle Hirshowitz

Quick printers may be divided on whether the Internet is here to stay and or how it will impact the industry. Some chose to be early adopters, pioneers, while others have taken a more conservative approach. Everyone, however, recognizes the need to formulate a strategy that addresses non-print-based communication technologies.For Kinko's, one of the largest chains of document production and business