Integrated Color Solutions

Solutions Showcase: Digital Proofing Update
April 1, 2008

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

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 Hard Look at Soft Proofing
June 1, 2006

Ask almost anyone in the publishing business a decade ago, and they would have scoffed at the notion of soft proofing for high-end print advertising. Just a few years ago, proofing-by-monitor was widely accepted as a creative tool for early rounds of the review/approval process, but not as a hard-copy, contract-level proof alternative. But, oh, how the landscape has changed, and increasingly, soft-proofing technologies are proving crucial to the magazine and advertising workflow, which continues to be challenged by more time-sensitive schedules and an omnipresent need for better, faster and cheaper print. When time (and money) is of the essence Foote Cone & Belding (FCB) New

IDEAlliance Appoints ICS VP to Board
March 1, 2006

New York -- IDEAlliance, a not-for-profit membership organization, has elected John Sweeney, vice president of sales and marketing of Integrated Color Solutions (ICS), to serve on the organization's board of directors. IDEAlliance is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing since 1966. The organization works to advance core information technology and to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across all facets of publishing. The latest inductees to the board of directors, including Sweeney, are a reflection of the IDEAlliance philosophy and an indication that the organization's dedication remains strong. "We are grateful to have the expertise and the talent of

Last Rites for the Hard Proof
June 24, 2005

Hard Proof Here's a compelling prediction: monitor-based proofing systems will replace hardcopies by the end of 2005. Skeptical? Don't be. Proofing is often cited as the final barrier to implementing an all-digital workflow. But it won't be for long. Paper-based analog proofs will virtually disappear by mid 2005, replaced by digital technology that's already much faster, more flexible, and far less expensive. There are compelling reasons to believe this prediction will prove true, not the least of which is the history of printing and proofing. Printing's history is marked by constant improvements. New techniques and technologies that helped 'get the word out' faster made the printed page

PrintMedia Conference & Expo Draws Top Executives
June 1, 2005

Despite a run-in with a snowstorm for the second year in a row, the PrintMedia Conference and Expo, held in conjunction with the BookTech Conference and Expo, drew nearly two thousand publishing industry executives to the Hilton New York on March 7-9. A New Setup The Conference and Expo started with a new twist. Day one, which in past years featured the keynote and the opening of the exhibit floor, was set-up day for Expo exhibitors this year, while conference attendees filed into the meeting rooms for day-one sessions. The first session of the conference was a hit among magazine and catalog publishers,

4 Proofing Solutions for a Remote Workflow
February 1, 2005

Many publishers are exploring monitor proofing to cut Postal costs and time spent shipping contract-quality proofs to the printer. Others are considering remote proofing for off-site viewing and collaboration. These solutions are cutting-edge and change quickly. The editors of PrintMedia magazine offer a sneak peak at two brand-new proofing solutions and two new versions of existing solutions on the market for 2005. Monitor Proofing Goes LCD Kodak Polychrome Graphics has launched the Matchprint Virtual Proofing System-LCD, its second-generation, SWOP-certified monitor proofing solution. The solution combines RealTimeProof with the color accuracy of the KPG Matchprint Virtual Proofing technology. It recently earned SWOP certification based

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

Proof of Concept
May 1, 2003

Nowhere is the adage "time is money" more appropriate than when applied to the business of publishing. Publishers and printers are always on the lookout for faster, better, cheaper ways to speed the production workflow. Widely adopted technologies such as word processing, desktop publishing, digital photography and editing, accredited file formats, electronic file transfer, content management, and zero-make-ready presses all exist for one fundamental reason: to speed publishing production. Of all the points along the publishing workflow, one area remains doggedly resistant to time optimization: proofing. Publishing costs creep upward with every tick of the second hand as pages are being trafficked and proofed.