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The Design Space
October 5, 2001

The art department is under deadline. The creative director is losing sleep. The printer just made new demands on digital submission. And the magazine is due out today. Luckily, the job just got easier with page layout and PDF tools designed to repurpose content in a variety of forms. The following is a list of page layout software and plug-in providers. Adobe Systems InDesign seamlessly integrates with Adobe's other publishing products, features include native Illustrator, Photoshop and PDF file imports. Adobe's InCopy, an integrated editorial tool, also works with InDesign's latest upgrade. comosoft comosoft offers Lago, a QuarkXTension designed for page layout Corel Whether

Wizards of the Coast
August 1, 2001

When I first met John Dunn, it was in a tiny, stale room on the fourth floor of the Marriott Marquis in New York City. I'd corresponded with him for a few months, after he generously offered to come and speak at our MagazineTech conference. John originally piqued my curiosity by proclaiming that he'd taken his pubs CTP (computer-to-plate) and he was able to save money in the process. Needless to say, I was compelled to learn more. And during our subsequent conversations, I learned that he had quite a remarkable story to tell. He exudes passion for making magazines, and during a

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

Native Application Files? Only in a Fairy Tale World
March 1, 2001

This month marks the third installment in a series of "Digital Directions" columns devoted to file formats. In January, we delved into TIFF/IT-P1; last month, we discussed PDF/X-1. This month, let's take a closer look at native application files. Beauty and the beast Native applications are software solutions we've come to know and love. We use them to manipulate images; they enable us to create breathtaking illustrations, and we employ them to layout documents, books and magazines. Native apps have been around since the pre-dawn of desktop publishing, and the graphic arts community has learned to use them in some notably creative ways. But therein lies

Bads Ads? No Excuse!
February 1, 2001

Too often, publishers coddle advertisers. We make excuses for them. "My advertising base just isn't knowledgeable about digital ads." Or, "They're not equipped to produce a digital ad." Sound painfully familiar? And so, we continue to accept film and the high price of copy-dot scans, despite our better judgment, trusting our advertisers to self-educate and get up to CTP speed as quickly as they can. But in doing so, are we perpetuating a vicious cycle? It wouldn't be wise of me to suggest that any publication—no matter how fiscally strong—ever turn away an advertiser simply because it, or its agency, is incapable

Take the Express to the Press
November 1, 2000

Red Herring is one of those publications that make the magazine publishing community swoon. Ah, to pick it up from the newsstand and feel the noticeable weight of an issue reaffirms our faith that magazine publishing is by no means on the decline. This monthly mag is T-H-I-C-K, chock full o' ads! In some respects, the magazine's bulk eventually became its curse. "Three years ago, we were a monthly magazine, averaging about 148 pages, with a circulation of less than 75,000 subscribers," recalls Fran Fox, Red Herring's vice president of manufacturing. By 2000, the magazine's girth bulged with issues ringing in at an impressive

In Perspective- PDF/X-1
September 1, 2000

Michael Weinglass and Alan Darling expound on the practicalities of PDF/X-1. Is it feasible to incorporate PDF/X-1 into a publisher's or prepress supplier's workflow now, less than a year since its accreditation? We asked two experts, Michael Weinglass, vice president, production, Easyriders, and Alan Darling, president and COO, Western Laser Graphics, about how they're embracing PDF/X-1. P&PE: What file formats are you currently employing for content delivery to printers? Weinglass: Easyriders currently has 14 titles, 12 of which are consumer titles produced on web presses. All of these are delivered as CT/LW files to our printer, which uses ScenicSoft Preps for imposition and a Creo Trendsetter for

Putting PDF/X-1 in Its Place
May 1, 2000

PDF/X-1 has been approved by ANSI (American National Stan-dards Institute) as an accredited standard file format. Great. Now what? Like TIFF/IT-P1, will it take years before tools are created to read, write and verify PDF/X-1 files? And will it take even longer for the industry to adopt a PDF/X-1 workflow? The answer is "No!" In fact, you can begin planning your PDF/X workflow now. Although it's only been six months since accreditation, there are already a host of PDF/X products in development. At the DDAP (Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publications) association annual conference in March, eight vendors participated in a PDF/X-1 developers panel: Adobe,

Preflighting-A Digital Seatbelt
September 1, 1999

Technology has transformed the prepress production workflow considerably during the last decade. Technically, we can do things faster and better than ever before, and with shorter deadlines, we're forced to deliver fast, furiously and accurately. So what happens if the file running at intergalactic speed is missing graphics, has bad color specification or has serious font problems at the printer? In an ideal world, this would never occur, and in the real world, the preflight process can ensure it does not happen. File insurance Welcome to the insurance policy for the digital highway. The preflight process ensures that the file has passed certain tests