InSights Into Production
I've heard about PPML, but not I'm not sure how it applies to desktop publishing. I always assumed it was printer's jargon. Could you explain? -Printer's Say the Darndest Things
PPML is an acronym for personalized print mark-up language, an XML-based industry standard for high-speed production. Within a desktop publishing environment, PPML enables the widespread use of personalized print applications without having to navigate around various file formats. It was developed by PageFlex as part of the company's Print On-Demand Initiative (PODi). It works with the latest release of PageFlex Persona 1.5, a desktop application designed to produce customized documents in a variable printing environment that also supports system-specific drivers. More information about PPML is available at www.podi.org.
I'll miss MacWorld in New York this year, but heard briefly about Six Degrees software from the San Francisco show. It sounds too good to be true, is it? -A Mac Living in a Windows World
Six Degrees is a desktop software package released by Creo, a company that recently underwent a corporate makeover. Creo claims that the new product is a saving grace for users working within cross-platform environments. It essentially looks at the relationship between files and creates connections. And while that may sound a little mysterious, it's important to note that, yes, it indeed operates cross-media, cross-platform (Mac OS X and Windows) and interacts with all desktop applications. Essentially, those who edit creative projects will want to check out Six Degrees online at www.creo.com.
I'm a fan of Eve Asbury's column in your magazine since it covers trends in the advertising world, but I'm always waiting for news about E-Ink. It seems like a fascinating invention that will have an impact. Any thoughts? -Mr. Modern
Dear Mr. Modern,