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
Digital magazines may not be commonplace, but they're certainly gaining momentum. First on the list of benefits for many who offer digital publications is savings: There are no paper costs, postage fees or printing costs. But also, there's big incentive for advertisers: Direct links to advertisers' Web sites, and now even the ability to incorporate audio and visual into digital versions of print ads. Readers' actions can often be tracked, providing publishers with the means to prove their readers' interest in the advertisers' products. For many, a hindrance was that the technology was a bit slow for large files loaded with graphic images.