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Building "BRIDG"es
October 12, 2001

Until recently, jobs in the graphics arts industry were highly specialized and design expertise was left to a small few of skilled craftspersons. But as electronic—or desktop—publishing began to grow rapidly, more often, color control, proofing and workflow knowledge became a requirement for practically everyone involved in the printing and publishing process. Art directors, designers, service bureaus and prepress suppliers each embarked on what would become state-of-the-art production practices replete with sometimes advanced lingo and technological prowess. Not having an integral foundation in these parts could therefore mean missed deadlines, expensive mistakes and poor-quality end products—problems that trickle into virtually every aspect of the

Proof and Consequences
August 10, 2001

It may seem like prepress speaks its own language at times. And as the printing industry grew with CTP over the past ten or more years, digital proofing became an integral part of the process, though the need for proofs still relied on three basic tenants: to avoid mistakes, evaluate the overall product, and to best understand how both printer and publisher will reconcile the final image on-press. Because proofs need to depict the most realistic, color-matched image of the final product, non-calibrated proofs are more of a hindrance than a help. And while CTP, the process, was ironing out it's own kinks based

Computer-to-Plate
July 1, 2001

Computer-to-Plate (CTP) features companies specializing in Copy-Dot, Imposition Printing, Imposition Software, Plates and Platesetters. Each company features Web sites and descriptions of products and services. COPY-DOT: AGFA: Agfa Dot copydot software allows content creators to bring legacy films into their digital workflow. Agfa Professional Support (APS) provides service and support solutions, proving systems integration, workflow optimization, ongoing service and training. CreoScitex: www.creoscitex.com The Renaissance II Plus is a high-resolution, high-throughput copy-dot scanner that employs PMT scanning technology and an internal, transparent drum. Features include automatic registration, on-screen bitmap editing, tapeless film mounting, selectable speed/quality modes and multi-point tonal calibration. CreoScitex

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

On-Demand Printing
July 1, 2001

On-Demand Printing features product descriptions and Web site addresses for companies in several categories including, Full-Color Digital Presses/Systems, Monochrome & Spot-Color Digital Presses/Systems, Wide-Format Systems and Varable Data Software. FULL-COLOR DIGITAL PRESSES/SYSTEMS: A.B. Dick Multigraphics: www.abdick.com The A.B.Dick Colour is an entry-level press that provides short-run, full-color work. AGFA: Agfa's IntelliNet system matches original proofs with print using Agfa ColorTune colour-management software. The system also includes compatible Polaris platesetters, Phoenix News imagesetters, Agfa film, plates and the AgfaJet Sherpa. AHT: www.aht.com AHT offers servers to support digital color printers from such companies as Canon and Xerox,

Say Cheese
June 22, 2001

Once upon a time, there was film. But as digitization became a more important presence in the industry, scanners were introduced to bridge the gap between film and digital output devices. Since then, digital cameras have taken center stage as a way to not only increase productivity, but also sharpen digital imaging overall. The following is part one of a two-part series featuring popular high-end professional digital camera models and statistics. Agfa: ePhoto CL18 VGA, Dual Mode digital camera and webcam; Built-in flash, USB, video to TV outlets ePhoto CL20 1.3 Megapixel PRINT button; direct uploading compatible to AGFAnet; Dual Mode digital camera

Number 01 in PRINT
June 15, 2001

In September, for the first time in four years, the United States will be the site of the largest printing, publishing and converting industry trade show in the world. PRINT 01 will take place September 6-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago, sharing a four-year rotation with major international exhibitions in other parts of the world, including DRUPA in Germany and IPEX in the United Kingdom. During the years it is scheduled, PRINT takes the place of the leading U.S. national exhibition, GRAPH EXPO and CONVERTING EXPO. This year's PRINT show is expected to attract visitors from more than 100 countries. More than 30 travel

The Greening of Publishing Today
February 23, 2001

Producers of all goods share a responsibility to minimize environmental damage. And while the pulp, printing and publishing industries have been long-time menaces to the environment, industry associations, along with governmental protection agencies, are adapting enviro-friendly practices. Years ahead of even U.S.-launched awareness, The Canadian Magazine Publishers Association advocated recycling within the industry. When the group first published a report more than ten years ago about environmental concerns facing print publishers, an active approach was embraced to remedy several problems, ranging from how to properly dispose of and lessen chemical use within the printing process, to how to modernize paper-making and lessen toxic

Violets are New
November 1, 2000

A long time ago (1995), in a far-away land (Canada), a vendor helped change the course of CTP history by thinking thermal. At that time, CTP was an emerging technology: After DRUPA 95, an international trade show, industry pundits speculated that the number of CTP vendors may have exceeded the number of actual users. Those platesetters utilized visible-light tech-nology—red or green lasers—for imaging. Even Creo (now CreoScitex), before it pioneered thermal CTP with plate partner Kodak (now Kodak Polychrome Graphics), marketed visible-light units. A couple of years later, visible-light was still viable, but thermal was the hot technology. Soon, thermal offerings included a variety

On the Web, At Your Service
September 1, 2000

Page through any recent issue of Publishing & Production Executive and you'll find coverage of the Web's impact on our industry. Specific subject matter ranges from Internet publishing to remote proofing to digital asset and rights management, but all of these articles convey a common message: Content creators must adapt their business models and practices to remain competitive in our increasingly wired (and wireless) world. A particularly hot topic for publishers and their suppliers has been e-commerce or, more specifically, e-procurement. We've seen the emergence of dot-com companies offering online print buying services in several flavors. Some vendors also offer collaboration and e-production tools,