GAA Name Bill Martin Executive Vice President
June 1, 2005

The Gravure Association of America announced today that Bill Martin has joined the Association as Executive Vice President.  Martin will be responsible for all GAA operations. Martin had been with Tanaseybert as its corporate vice president of marketing and business development. He was responsible for market development, planning and implementation of short and long term strategic plans for the company. Before joining Tanaseybert he spent many years will Imation and 3M in various marketing and sales roles. He currently is a GEF trustee and has been very active in the GAA as a previous president and board member. "Bill brings a great deal of marketing and sales experience, leadership and

Leo Burnett Shows Its True Colors
December 1, 2004

Thumb through the Nov. 8 issue of People magazine, and you may come across an ad for Max Factor. What you might not detect is the ad was proofed accurately online using a color proofing technology that has designs on gaining a foothold in the publishing world. Max Factor's Chicago-based agency Leo Burnett and People publisher Time Inc. were early beta testers of Matchprint Virtual, a proofing technology developed by Imation, which Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) acquired in 2001. When Minnesota-based Imation was in development with Matchprint Virtual, the company had approached the Leo Burnett agency to gauge its interest in running tests for the

CTP Round Up
June 1, 2002

Over the past 10 years, visible light and thermal CTP acceptance by printers has moved at a snail's pace. Fewer than 4,500 individual CTP systems exist worldwide, representing less than two percent of 229,000 printing businesses, reports Citiplate ( But because CTP technology is not a complete solution, a digital workflow must also include copy-dot and imposition software, plates and platesetters. Below is a round-up of related technology with which print media executives should be familiar. Agfa ( Besides offering a Mistral line of plates, Galileo, Polaris and Xcalibur VLF families of platesetters and copy-dot software, Agfa also began

A Collaborative Effort
November 9, 2001

"DDAP's mantra is 'Open process integration through the use of accredited standards,'" says Alan Darling, chair of Digital Distribution of Advertising for Publications (DDAP), an association that advocates the adoption of digital advertising workflows. With a commitment in place to support 25-year-old SWOP (Specifications for Web Offset Publications), the two industry groups updated SWOP's Digital Calibration Kit that includes PDF/X-1a files in its test suite. According to both companies, the kits have included TIFF/IT-P1 format test files since 1999, allowing printers and manufacturers a means of relating press, press proofs and off-press proofing results to SWOP Specifications. These tools are designed to determine the

November 1, 2001

Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31 Tuesday featured a robust day of content and outstanding speakers. Beginning with the "Internet-enabled Print Production" panel, which featured Marc Olin of printCafe, Jon Reynolds of Mail-Well and Suzanne Morgan of, Tuesday's sessions offered a wealth of informative material for attendees. In the aformentioned session, the speakers not only outlined the necessary technologies to enable print production via the Internet, but discussed the change in attitudes that must occur as well. Project management was the next topic on the agenda. Ken Lowden, the marketing and industry relations manager at DuPont Imaging, discussed the importance of prioritizing,

Spectrum 2001 Day Two
November 1, 2001

TUSCAN, AZ—Monday marked the inaugural Web cast of the SPECTRUM conference. With assistance from NEC and Quebecor World, the conference was cast to seven sites. How appropriate then that the day's first session, "Digital Asset Management: Getting off the Launchpad!" featured 15 speakers, 10 via video. Jean Moxom, print media markets manager for Imation, and Joyce Vogt, technical sales consultant for Banta, interviewed 10 industry professionals in sales, catalogs, consulting, advertising, etc., about the varying needs for digital asset management. The interviews were conducted in the month leading up to the show and the resulting video clips were interspersed throughout the session. On stage,

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

Two For One
August 10, 2001

Putting textbooks and ancillary products in the hands of not always eager students is stressful work. A math program, for example, can be an 18-month project with investments in the $25 to $50 million range for writing, research, art direction and final production for educational publishers such as Harcourt Educational Publishers and McGraw-Hill. In terms of time and cost, the latter stages of production workflow can be most critical, when it comes down to the ability of the publisher and its vendor partners to get the books in A-plus shape in a matter of weeks. That's where the Mazer Corporation comes in. Within 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): 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: 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: Ascential Media360