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CES 2012: Predictions for Publishers
January 17, 2012

This year, while we saw refinements and hybridization in the tablet market space, the lack of overwhelming leaps in publication delivery technologies was good news. CES 2012 predicts we will have a year to refine production tools and workflows to deliver content to a relatively stable delivery platform environment.

DISC Solves Problems for Magazine Publishers
February 1, 2004

The DISC specification from IDEAlliance aims to get photographers and magazine publishers on the same page. While digital photography quickly found favor among consumers as cameras dropped below the $1,000 price point, professional photographers weren't as quick to abandon their trusted 35mm SLRs. But that's changing, and fast. In all key areas—speed, lenses, resolution, clarity, color, light sensitivity, and contrast—images produced by professional photographers shooting with pro digital gear can now rival images from the very best film cameras. Managing editors and production managers at popular magazines say professional photographers are ditching film in droves, with over half the images submitted today as

Spectrum 2001 Day One
November 1, 2001

TUSCAN, AZ—Against a backdrop of picture perfect mountains, flowering cacti and palm trees, the 24th annual SPECTRUM conference was in full swing Sunday with its first full day of conference sessions. The conference attracts top professionals from all segments of the industry--advertising, creative, prepress, production and manufacturing. But it is not solely the caliber of speakers and attendees the conference attracts that makes SPECTRUM notable. The key to the show's success is the open forum it provides for industry professionals to openly discuss current and future issues of importance in an attempt to better the industry. From Gary Cosimini's opening keynote to the day's final

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,

Friendly Fire
November 1, 2001

The commercial feasibility of advertising-subsidized publishing was first demonstrated by Cyrus and Louisa Knapp Curtis, a husband-and-wife duo who, in the late 19th century, turned the Ladies' Home Journal into the most widely read (and profitable) magazine in America. By shifting the source of publishing revenues from its readers to its advertisers, the Curtis Publishing Company—as it came to be known—planted the seed for the magazine model of the 20th century with an operating method that is still being used by consumer and trade publications today. In the new economy, defined by dot-com fall-out, agencies and publishers have had to reconsider their marriage

A Trusted Companion
May 1, 2000

Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion enriches the lives of readers with practical content and vibrant ink on paper. Flipping through the pages of Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, the reader finds an enriching mix of practical crafting and comforting artistry. Your attention may be drawn to a decorative pictorial, a profile of a regional artist or a menu fit for a Venetian-themed dinner party. Or perhaps you find yourself reminiscing of youth while gazing at the hand-crafted paper dolls inserted into the magazine on heavy stock that entices you to grab the scissors and play. The articles in its pages are useful, charming, whimsical and inspiring.

An Appetite for Color
April 1, 1998

Bon Appétit's production department uses instinct and modern technology to create colorful concoctions. MY STOMACH was growling as I flipped through Bon Appétit's April 1998 issue. The vibrant pictures jumped off the page, tempting me to break from the constraints of a long-overdue diet. When I regained my composure, I wondered how the Condé Nast publication consistently creates such breathtakingly beautiful images. And so I went to the source. A magazine with flavor Before you can begin to understand the painstaking process that Bon Appétit's Los Angeles-based production department goes through to create images, you must first be introduced to the magazine's "flavor."

Wanted- Digital Ads
January 1, 1998

Linda Manes Goodwin, vice president of manufacturing for PC World Communications, San Francisco, has become a CTP crusader, speaking at recent industry events about her own efforts to implement CTP printing with her magazine, PC World, and actively soliciting digital ads from PC World's advertisers. Linda Manes Goodwin, vice president of manufacturing for PC World Communications, San Francisco, had been watching the industry's progress with computer-to-plate (CTP) printing, and saw no reason to wait before forging ahead with it. So she asked her printer, Brown Printing, Waseca, MN, to tell her what it would take. Why do you want to go CTP? Brown wanted to