PHILADELPHIA—The latest Storm of the Century, Hurricane Sandy, unleashed a fury of destruction on the New Jersey shore and New York City, claiming the lives of roughly 100 people, leaving millions without power and, for many, leaving homes and businesses in ruins.
The launch of the iPad in 2010 launched a new era of innovative publications accompanied by new revenue opportunities—and pushed the limits of production staff who were required to produce more products without any accommodation to publication schedules. Publishers from across the spectrum realized that they must explore new workflows, publishing tools and business models to deliver their content simultaneously to any media channel.
For more than a decade, magazine publishers have strived to adopt soft proofing. “Our customers … have come to recognize the efficiencies and savings [that] monitor proofing can add …,” notes Dr. Carol Werlé, CEO of Dalim Software, Germany. “They want to eliminate hard-copy proofs, which are expensive to make, time-consuming to review, and cumbersome to track and handle in an automated workflow.” Soft proofing also enables stakeholders in multiple locations to review proofs simultaneously in real-time. And most soft-proofing systems include methods for tracking the proof along with comments and revisions made to the file. Even initial concerns about soft proofs being
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
Holds Japan Color Experts Day, applauds Microsoft support of ICC Profiles in WCS. TOKYO -- The International Color Consortium (ICC) recently elected William Li, color systems engineer of Kodak Graphic Communications Group, as chair and Jack Holm, principal color scientist in Hewlett-Packard's office of strategy and technology as vice-chair. Phil Green of the London College of Communication will continue to serve as technical secretary and William K. "Kip" Smythe of NPES will continue as administrative secretary. A new steering committee took office at the meeting. The steering committee is comprised of representatives from the five founding members of the ICC: Agfa, Apple Computer,
RESTON, Va. -- NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies elected a its chairman, director and board members for the coming year at its annual conference, held Oct. 9 in Key Biscayne, Fla. The NPES elected as its chairman Thomas Saggiomo, president of Agfa Corp.'s Graphic Systems Business in North America. He's been a board member of NPES since 1988 and is the 26th chief executive officer elected to the chairman's post in the Association's 72-year history. Saggiomo was elected to a one-year term to succeed Kathryn P. Marx, vice president and chief marketing officer of Flint Ink. The NPES also
An artistic highlight of the giant Print 05 & Converting 05 exhibition Sept. 9-15 at Chicago's McCormick Place will be an interactive panel exhibit on the history and importance of book illustration created by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the world's largest system of museum libraries. "Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration" in booth #7259 will be staffed by personnel from the Smithsonian Libraries along with exhibit curators and will present a schedule of local artists demonstrating different types of illustration. The exhibit features images from books in the Libraries' collection, including children's alphabet books, The Nuremberg Chronicle, works by William Morris, Redoute, Vesalius, and
When Bramkamp Printing of Cincinnati switched to computer-to-plate (CTP), co-owner Larry Kuhlman searched for a fully automated and reliable machine. Introduced at Print '01 in January, the Agfa Palladio looked as if it would meet his print shop's needs. "As a small- to medium-sized printer, we chose the Palladio because it offers advanced automation that was not available with other platesetters," says Kuhlman. "With its step-saving features, we are able to handle more projects than before without sacrificing quality." Since its release six months ago, Agfa has shipped 150 units of its newest addition to its CTP family, helping small- to medium-sized printers move
You know you are in a good relationship if after 20 years you still have plenty to talk about. CFO magazine, which is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, keeps the dialogue with its audience fresh by adjusting to their changing needs and exploring new methods of communication. CFO, a subsidiary of U.K.-based The Economist Group, started as a single U.S. publication and now connects with an international audience by hosting seminars, researching key industry trends, and by developing new electronic products and services. CFO's commitment to its straightforward mission—to help chief financial officers to be better at their jobs—requires the magazine
Several days after Agfa-Gevaert announced the divestiture of its consumer imaging business, the company announced that it has signed an agreement to divest Agfa Monotype Corp., headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., to Boston-based private equity investor TA Associates. The consumer imaging business was transferred to independently operated AgfaPhoto. All relevant assets and liabilities were transferred, as well as about 2,860 employees. The value of the transaction involving the Agfa Monotype Corp., which employs 144 people, amounts to $169 million. The corporation, to be renamed Monotype Imaging Inc., is a leading provider of fonts and font-related software. Divesting its font business was part of