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Advice for Publishers Shopping for File Delivery Systems
December 14, 2007

With the new year on the horizon, publishers working without file delivery systems for their advertising needs may want to add one to their list of resolutions. With the advent of Web-based versions of these digital tools in the past decade, ad workflow has forever changed—yet not every publisher has climbed onto the bandwagon to find a technology partner just yet. Alan Darling, executive vice president of AdSEND, spoke with Publishing Executive Inbox about some of the advantages of adopting this type of technology. INBOX: What is the biggest mistake publishers make when it comes to working with file delivery systems? How can they be

The Digital Handyman: Retooling the Publishing Workflow
August 1, 2006

More than a decade into the “CTP revolution,” many of the promises of digital workflow have yet to be fulfilled. The publishing industry is far from achieving the hands-off, utopian workflow many envisioned when film went away and content went digital. While some in the industry once resisted the notion of a digital workflow, most now agree that the evolution from film to files has been a positive for the publishing world—as profound a development as desktop publishing. With digital content, publishers can now cut out much of the prepress expense for their print workflow, and perhaps even more importantly, their content is now

A Graph Expo Wrap-Up You Won't Want to Miss
December 1, 2004

The exhibits filled a space larger than seven football fields inside McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 10-13. Tens of thousands of Graph Expo and Converting Expo attendees weaved in and out of aisles in search of products and technologies to help them streamline workflow, maximize efficiency and improve quality. While the show is geared primarily toward printers, a number of exhibitors unveiled products for the printers' customers as well, and some companies announced big news. Some Pluses for the Publishing and Agency Creative Department Quark Inc. announced the release of QuarkXPress 6.5 that will enable users to import native Adobe Photoshop documents (PSD

Marshall Cavendish Rocks the International Market
October 1, 2004

If there's any question of the impact evolving technologies can have on the modern publishing company, at least one publisher has a tale that might help tip the scales. A recent 52-part "Speak English" series for the Russian market could have presented major challenges to the team at Marshall Cavendish, publisher of books, directories, magazines and partworks (series), whose brands include Marshall Cavendish Reference, Benchmark Books, Cavendish Children's Books, Federal-Marshall Cavendish Education and Times Editions-Marshall Cavendish. Each book in the "Speak English" series was being developed and "packaged" by language-teaching experts in the United Kingdom, translated in the Ukraine, produced in Poland and

Marshall Cavendish Rocks the International Market
October 1, 2004

If there's any question of the impact evolving technologies can have on the modern publishing company, at least one publisher has a tale that might help tip the scales. A recent 52-part "Speak English" series for the Russian market could have presented major challenges to the team at Marshall Cavendish, publisher of books, directories, magazines and partworks (series), whose brands include Marshall Cavendish Reference, Benchmark Books, Cavendish Children's Books, Federal-Marshall Cavendish Education and Times Editions-Marshall Cavendish. Each book in the "Speak English" series was being developed and "packaged" by language-teaching experts in the United Kingdom, translated in the Ukraine, produced in Poland

The Next Level in Print Production
April 1, 2004

There's no shortage of acronyms in the print industry. We have cap, PD., PPD, XML, SVG, POD, BOD, and many more. One of the most recent additions to the industry's vernacular is JDF. JDF, short for 'job definition format', is neither an application nor product. Rather, it is a vendor-neutral way to format data based on XML, the extensible markup language. The industry group behind JDF is CIP4, a-k-a the International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress. This consortium of print industry movers and shakers—which includes everyone from equipment manufacturers to software developers, to printers and their clients—built on CIP3's PPF

Vio Offers Upgrade to Workflow Software
August 14, 2003

Software and network solutions provider Vio Inc., Roseland, N.J., recently introduced the latest upgrade to its workflow software. Vio Digital Workflow Suite v.5.0 improves workflow by digitally managing the production process, company officials say. The software also supports all aspects of the publishing process, reducing costs and increasing efficiency, company officials say. "[The software helps] customers eliminate considerable inefficiencies by bridging gaps in workflow automation," says Alan Darling, executive VP of Vio. "[Those include] reconciling information, or metadata, related to file delivery. "Our goal is to enable users to maximize the value of the metadata, and the upgrade provides the tools needed to make this possible." Some

E-Content Solutions
July 1, 2001

E-Content Solutions is broken down into several categories featuring company descriptions and Web sites, including Digital Asset Management, PDF Worflow Tools, Web & Cross-Media Publishing, Web-Based Project Managment and Catalog Production Solutions. DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT: Applied Graphics Technologies (AGT): www.agt.com AGT provides advanced digital image management services, including the Digital Link System, an integrated suite of software applications to capture, store and retrieve content. Artesia Technologies: www.artesia.com Artesia's TEAMS digital asset management solution drives e-business and cross-media output. It is an open, scalable solution designed to fulfill the requirements of information-intensive businesses. Ascential Software: www.ascentialsoftware.com Ascential Media360

Getting DAL-ed Up
March 9, 2001

At the recent DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publications) conference in Atlanta, Digital Ad Lab (DAL) co-chair Amre Youssef reaffirmed DAL's commitment to the digital advertising and publishing community, and unveiled several exciting new DAL initiatives. The DAL is an international organization dedicated to helping agencies adopt digital workflows. With the help of volunteer industry representatives, the group hopes to expand its reach by launching regionally based chapters to complement the existing chapters in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago and London. Youssef champions the unwavering support of eight DAL sponsors that are fiscally responsible for strengthening DAL's communication, and enabling