Content Workflow

Smart Managing
June 24, 2002

A new software program from Konica Business Technologies makes managing documents composed in different applications easier for centralized reprographic departments, thus facilitating their print jobs. The program called ePware allows reprographers to easily manage prepress documents without changing their current workflow processes. Through ePware printers create a work palate where documents created in Word, Quark Xpress or Adobe are pulled together into one file. Compatible with any scanning-enabled Konica printer/copier, ePware makes it easier to combine documents into Adobe Acrobat PDF files. The "drag and drop" interface uses editing functions such as dividing, rotating, copying, deleting and binding in file or page

CMP Media Gets RIPed with Rampage Systems
June 1, 2002

Last year was a tough one for magazine publishers, as ad pages declined 17.2 percent from the prior year. And when top line revenues drop, production managers are expected to shore-up the bottom line. With what now seems like uncanny foresight, CMP Media (www.cmp.com) was already moving into high gear on a plan to reduce costs by bringing final page output in house. According to Prepress Director Elizabeth Wimmer, they had been thinking about RIPing pages in-house for several years. CMP Media, a subsidiary of UK-based United Business Media, publishes 39 periodicals out of three production centers, operates numerous Web sites and

Digital Ads--The Time Is Now
March 1, 2002

Publishers don't have to be Time Inc. to to make the move towards digital ad exchange. With the wealth of information and tools readily available, film should well be eliminated. All that's needed is education, cooperation and communication. Turning exception into the rule Alan Darling, COO/CTO, Quality House of Graphics and DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publication) chairman, admits that he's distressed over the volume of film that still exists in many advertiser/publisher relationships. The prepress suppliers are plagued with it, too. It's not unusual that as much as 50 percent of the work currently contracted out to prepress suppliers are film jobs.

The Time's Are A-Changing
March 1, 2002

In this age of media conglomerates, corporate mergers and vertical integration, Time Inc. (www.timeinc.com) is nothing less than a heavyweight in its class. Owned by parent company AOL Time Warner, the company has 57 magazines under its umbrella, which in total have more than 268 million readers. Popular titles such as Time, Sports Illustrated, People and Entertainment Weekly satiate America's appetite for news, sports reports and celebrity gossip. With the aforementioned magazines, Time Inc. is the only U.S. company to publish four national consumer weeklies. In the past 10 years, the publisher has undertaken nine major magazine launches. Finally, it also

The E in Publishing
February 15, 2002

"All an e-book is—it's a PDF with rights assigned," said James Alexander, director of e-books at Adobe. Alexander, along with fellow e-publishing experts—Texterity CEO Martin Hensel and Director of Acquisitions for Burnham, Munger & Root, Richard Nash— addressed the fate of e-book publishing at BookTech this week in New York City. "e-Book is the poster child for networking publishing," continued Alexander. "By mid-September, there were books about September 11 that were only available by e-books. Nothing can work so quickly." He explained that by using the immediacy of the publishing tool, users and manufacturers of e-content have the opportunity to harness the benefits of

TechBooks Dissects XML at BookTech 2002
February 1, 2002

"Why XML?" is the key to two panel presentations planned by TechBooks' CTO Gurvinder Batra who will moderate the North American Publishing Company's panel on Digital Workflow at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 11 at BookTech 2002in New York. Later in the same day (3 p.m.-4 p.m.), he will participate on a panel about XML as a publishing standard and the key to the industry's future.   A sought after speaker and commentator on publishing technology, Batra says that almost half of all TechBooks' customers are using an XML process to generate new revenue channels and reduce publishing costs.   XML processes speed production and improve accuracy, says Batra,

Make More With Less
February 1, 2002

What the government initially referred to as an "economic downturn" is now a recession. And graphic arts professionals, especially those who are involved in advertising and publishing, are all too familiar with its negative effects. In times like these, very often a company's reaction is to scale back. Staffs are reduced to employees whose jobs are to produce, while employees whose jobs entail analyzing workflow, researching solutions and planning implementation are let go. Financially, this may look good on paper, but unless a company's operation is already streamlined and automated, three people cannot do what six used to, even if page counts

DDAP's New York State of Mind
January 4, 2002

When tragedy clouded the skies of New York City on September 11, all Americans shared in the pain—especially those in the close-knit advertising and publication community for whom many of its members reside and toil at their trades. It didn't take long for this community to band together in an effort to help with the healing. The DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publications) association comprises representatives from many walks of the print community, including advertising and publishing executives, publication printers, prepress bureaus, software developers and equipment manufacturers. Each year, the association members gather at a conference to discuss issues affecting production and manufacturing

Bright Ideas
December 14, 2001

The Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publications (DDAP) Association announced collaboration with IDEAlliance, formerly known as Graphic Communications Association (GCA). These two membership organizations are working together to identify common goals and synergize on the development, rationalization and adoption of standards and practices for the industry. DDAP and IDEAlliance identified five areas in which to focus their collaboration: -Specifications for Agency Publisher Communications Exchange (SPACE) XML, which includes one of the first public standards built to the W3C's XML Schema recommendation and covers many essential business transactions, such as advertising space reservations, insert orders, change orders and material handling instructions for print forms of

The Next Step
November 30, 2001

As more publishing and printing houses move to digital computer-to-plate (CTP) technologies, the production of books, magazines, newspapers and other printed material appears to be entering a new era characterized by increased speed and reliability. Still, any process is only as efficient as its weakest link, and the most state-of-the-art train is not going to get to its destination any faster if it's still being pulled by a steam engine. For this reason, a small group of software developers is scrambling to deliver new solutions this year to help publishing companies take advantage of the latest in digital innovation by further automating the workflow