Buying printing these days is simple as well as complicated, depending on the area you're considering. Prepress has become simpler as the PDF/X-1a format is now the preferred standard for page files. Prepress price lists at printers are now just a few line items—long gone are the hundreds of items dealing with film. But, as we all know, just because it has become easier to buy prepress and submit PDFs doesn't mean that workflow problems don't exist. InDesign has made significant inroads to become the front-end system of choice for two basic reasons: ease of creating PDFs and the inclusion of international symbols.
Quebecor World Announces $500 Million Multi-Year Agreement With Time Inc. Agreement includes 25% weekly volume increase Montréal, Canada -- October 28, 2005 -- Quebecor World Inc. (NYSE:IQW, TSX:IQW.SV) today announced it has reached a major $500 million multi-year print agreement with Time Inc. Under the terms of the agreement Quebecor World will print and bind 15 Time Inc. titles, including weeklies such as, Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Entertainment Weekly, Time For Kids as well as bi-monthly title Fortune and other monthly titles including Money, Southern Living, Cooking Light, Coastal Living, Southern Accents and Progressive Farmer. The work will be produced in
USA Weekend has been printed rotogravure since its inception in 1985. Twenty years ago, the weekly magazine appeared in more than 360 newspapers. Today it appears in more than 600. It started with a print order of about 14 million copies. Today its print order is about 25 million. With numbers like these, rotogravure has always been an ideal printing process for the magazine. Roto presses offer the stability required for long runs, as well as the speed required for a weekly print and delivery cycle of this scale. Roto is also a great way to get high-quality reproduction on substrates like roto news,
One of the biggest changes in the publication printing industry today has been in mailing. Mailing used to consist of applying customer-furnished labels to the publications, and printers would drop them into the closest Bulk Mailing Center (BMC). As the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) created more complex sortation rules and subsequent pricing structures, printers have begun offering services to take advantage of potential discounts for their customers. You've most likely heard printers offering savings through co-palletizing or co-mailing, or even co-mingling. These "co-distribution" strategies attempt to combine different publications/mail together to reduce postage costs and increase discounts. Co-Palletization In co-palletizing, the mailer places
Bookbuilders of Boston—a 68-year-old nonprofit membership organization serving book publishers, designers, prepress, paper, printing and binding professionals—unveiled the winners of its 48th annual New England Book Show at a festive dinner on March 30. More than 300 members of the New England book community came to admire the winners and celebrate with colleagues at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the books voted "best in show" by those in attendance. This year's winners were: • Best Book: "Dragonology," Candlewick Press • Best Cover/Jacket: "Prentice Hall Science Explorer" series • Best Multimedia: "Reading Power Works"
Publication-printing companies have slowly changed from a commodity vendor (supplying printing) to a service vendor (fulfilling the publisher's objectives). Successful printers realize that selling services gets and keeps customers. Customers become dependent on a vendor who helps them to be more efficient and profitable. And it is the customer service representative (CSR) who is the link to that relationship. It's the CSR's job to work directly with the publishers and gather all the needed instructions to produce their magazines. The CSR also enters that data into company management systems, tracks its progression and, in some cases, helps prepare invoices. CSRs put out 'fires' and
Some estimates suggest that as much as 10 percent of the wood fiber flowing through the global marketplace originated from an illegal harvest. So having a trusted mechanism for sorting out the good from the bad is more important than ever. In recent years, major companies such as The Home Depot, Lowe's, Starbucks, Nike, and other large wood and paper buyers have begun to prefer wood and paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) over alternative products in the marketplace. With members from over 70 countries and more than 30 national initiatives, the FSC-certification program sets high standards for protecting
It started with the typesetters in the early 1980s. Film strippers, dot-etchers and camera operators were the casualties of the 1990s. Color separators had to quickly reinvent themselves to survive the transition into the electronic millennium. Who is the industry's next obsolete professional? It appears to be the production manager. Is it possible to produce a magazine without a production manager? More and more magazines are doing just that. Like the typesetters and film-based prepress specialists, many responsibilities of the production manager are being replaced by technology or absorbed into other departments. At one time, it was unheard of to even consider that any
It's no surprise that the companies that come to mind when one strikes up a conversation about publication printers are at the top of PrintMedia's list of printers ranked by 2004 magazine revenue. Giant RR Donnelley tops the list, posting $1.88 billion. This figure, however, includes catalog sales and inserts, which is how it reports its earnings to its investors. Quebecor World was second ($1.66 million), followed by Quad Graphics ($740 million), and Brown Printing ($320 million). Most magazine printers enter 2005 bolstered by encouraging news from the Publishers Information Bureau, which reported ad pages for 2004 up 3.8 percent compared to 2003, despite
The graphic arts industry has helped to contribute some $350,000 toward research and awareness of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, through an annual Bounty of Hope Dinner and Silent Auction. The event—the only national fund-raising effort for the cause—is organized by Betty Maul, president of FrontEnd Graphics, whose daughter has been diagnosed with the neurologic syndrome. Held Nov. 4 at the Union League Club in New York City, the event was led by Nick Warnock, a contestant on last season's reality show "The Apprentice," who served as master of ceremonies. The following companies participated as corporate sponsors and donators to the silent auction: Brown Printing,