Reprints! Reprints! Reprints!
Reprints manufacturer and outsourcing agent Publishers Custom Reprints, The Woodlands, TX, is jumping on the CTP bandwagon now, "because the magazine industry is heading that way," explains Dick Wright, manager.
In anticipation of dealing with more and more publishers that have adopted digital workflows, Publishers Custom Reprints is in the process of bringing in CTP equipment and has recently signed on with WAM!NET, Minneapolis, to provide file transfer services.
According to Wright, CTP will allow his company to provide faster turnaround times, but the jury is still out as to whether cost breaks can be offered.
Publishers Press, Shepherdsville, KY, will offer CTP services to its reprint customers within the next two months.
As David Blair, general manager, commercial division, explains, the printer has eased its way into digital manufacturing by conducting extensive tests on non-live jobs and reader service cards. Blair also states that an increasing number of Publishers Press clients are requiring quick turnaround times and, thus, are willing to provide the manufacturer with digital files to facilitate CTP.
Blair warns, however, that determining what file formats to accept will be the next bridge to cross.
Making the transition to CTP for Sheridan Reprints, Hanover, PA, will be fairly painless, according to Sales Representative Diane Goff Yupatoff, who adds that her firm is currently "testing and costing out" CTP.
Confident that first-generation digital files will provide better quality for Sheridan's black-and-white (the company's speciality, although it does manufacturer four-color work, as well), Goff Yupatoff notes that the company is gearing up for CTP by training its staff to handle more graphically complicated files, as well as evaluating a PDF production workflow.
ASAP Reprints' Luehrmann agrees that digital is the way to proceed. As a reprints manufacturer, ASAP is in the final installation stages with its new platesetter, a Creo Trendsetter. While ASAP will continue to offer analog services, Luehrmann hopes to encourage customers to adopt CTP. In the long run, it will benefit the customer, he explains: "It's going to be less expensive than using film. … The registration should be perfect. … Laser-imaged plates will offer better quality."