Great Expectations
June 1, 2002

There are two sides to wide-format printing: big and bigger. And for Darren Veal, owner of Immix Advertising and Design, big just got bigger. Recently, Veal's agency landed a job with the City of Huntington Beach, CA to provide 90 percent of its printing business—on bus kiosks. The kiosks, each measuring 48 x 69-inches, used to take Veal approximately 40 minutes to print. But when the signage agency won the city-wide bid, he knew that the old equipment wouldn't satisfy his new needs. As a result, he adopted Encad's ( NovaJet 750 wide-format printer with media and inks. Because the signage

The Battle for Page Layout Domination
February 1, 2002

The saturated, unsexy world of page layout software has enjoyed quite a bit of buzz as of late thanks to the releases of Adobe InDesign 2.0 and QuarkXPress 5.0. With the former trying to grab some of the latter's market share, the most interesting battle to watch within the war is both companies' respective product "spins." Adobe ( is clearly very aware of the entrenchment Quark ( enjoys in the market, so the company is looking to leverage the interoperable relationship between InDesign 2.0 and popular Adobe products such as PhotoShop, Illustrator and Acrobat. Although Quark has spawned

Say Cheese, Part Two
June 29, 2001

Last week, the editors of PrintMedia InBox provided a round-up of professional digital cameras from five leading high-end companies in "Say Cheese." This week, InBox closes out the list with more high-tech products to make digital imaging more creative and efficient. The following is a list of digital camera models designed for professional graphic arts markets. Leica Camera LEICA S1 Pro High-resolution and color rendition; professional model LEICA S1 Alpha Professional starter camera; Upgrade kit for conversion to LEICA S1 Pro LEICA S 1 Tilt-shift adapter for lenses; Makes adjustment to large-format; For use with continuous light source LEICA S1 HighSpeed Combines productivity

Say Cheese
June 22, 2001

Once upon a time, there was film. But as digitization became a more important presence in the industry, scanners were introduced to bridge the gap between film and digital output devices. Since then, digital cameras have taken center stage as a way to not only increase productivity, but also sharpen digital imaging overall. The following is part one of a two-part series featuring popular high-end professional digital camera models and statistics. Agfa: ePhoto CL18 VGA, Dual Mode digital camera and webcam; Built-in flash, USB, video to TV outlets ePhoto CL20 1.3 Megapixel PRINT button; direct uploading compatible to AGFAnet; Dual Mode digital camera

Picture Pages
June 8, 2001

When designs are due tomorrow, few designers have time to search the Internet and graphic arts directories to find out about the latest design software releases and upgrades. But to make the job easier, the editors of PrintMedia InBox compiled a short list of seven new graphic design software programs and plug-ins: A Lowly Apprentice Production (ALAP) ImagePort 1.1 has just been released and includes support for Adjustment Layers so that designers do not have to flatten Photoshop files within QuarkXPress. Multiple versions of the same image can now be placed in one picture box wherein layers can be turned on or off. According

Graphics Divided
June 8, 2001

This week, Global Graphics announced that it's charting its nine prepress hardware and printing software companies into two distinct divisions, Global Graphics Hardware and Global Graphics Software. The well-known names of the former subsidiary companies—like Harlequin and Jaws Systems, on the software side—will remain as product brands, according to company officials. Global Graphics Hardware vows to continue developing solutions for lithography, flexography, CTP and digital production workflow. The division's executives plans to continue creating RIPs, PDF and workflow tools and color management solutions. The two divisions currently have existing relationships with more than 70 OEMs, and hold more than 50 technology patents. Remarkably,

Making Beautiful Music
June 1, 2001

Sony Music Entertainment, which traces its roots back more than a century to the Columbia Graphophone Company, has always tapped the best technology of the time to record and deliver the sound of music. Wax-coated cardboard cylinders played on a graphophone paved the way for the gram-o-phone's flat discs, which evolved into double-sized 78rpm records and 331⁄3-rpm LPs. Vinyl was succeeded (but never fully replaced) by eight-track and cassette tapes, as well as today's CD-ROMs, DVDs and MiniDiscs. Adding style to substance, Sony also seeks out high-tech tools and vendors to cover its playlist—literally. An in-house production group, located in Sony Music's New York

A Thousand Words
May 18, 2001

Whether opened by museums, galleries or individual photographers, photo exhibits are showcasing ink-jet prints created with Epson Archival Inks. Photographers and artists can now produce truly archival, photographic quality color ink-jet prints that will last generations. For Paul Outerbridge and Randall Lee Schieber, old and new technology inspires art. The "Outer" limits Previously unseen Paul Outerbridge color photos were reprinted and shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. The collection, "Flight Patterns," was reprinted using Epson archival printer and inks. "Recreated from slides," explains Graham Howe, director of Curatorial Assistance in Pasadena, "the Epson pigment prints of Outerbridge's photographs display

GAG Orders
May 1, 2001

Artist Mark Rothko once said that a picture lives by companionship. If this is true, so do its creators. The Graphic Arts Guild (GAG), the national union of illustrators, designers, Web creators, production artists and surface designers, is dedicated to standardizing and improving practices within the design industry. GAG's mission honors both art and economics. "We're an activist organization," says Jonathan Combs, national president, GAG. "We're involved in copyright issues. In the 1980s, we were pretty successful in eliminating work-for-hire provisions, putting clients and artists on equal footing." Combs reports that GAG recently teamed with the United Auto Worker's Union in attempt to

Designing a Document Strategy
February 2, 2001

Kevin Craine, MBA, recently published Designing a Document Strategy, a book describing the design process relating to traditional print and digital publishing. The following chapter, entitled "The Co-Existence of Digital and Paper Documents," is an excerpt about the history and future of print publishing: Forward-looking organizations must tackle the co-existence of digital and paper documents if for no other reason than the current exponential growth of information. More information has been produced in the last 30 years than in the previous 5,000—the entire history of civilization. What's more, that body of information is expected to double in less than five years. With more