Automation is everywhere

Bindery and finishing specialists in Canada want more automation, more flexibility and greater control over their equipment, and they’re getting it. But they’re only going so far, and are resisting the urge to invest heavily in centralized computer control of folders, trimmers, cutters, stitchers or perfect binders in the same way that they have with … Read more →

View From the Publisher

There are a lot of mergers happening in the industry this summer, amongst them Annan & Bird as well as Weyerhauser Fine Paper. Congratulations to Jack Bird and his sons, David and John, on the sale of their company, Annan & Bird Lithographers, to the US publicly traded company Consolidated Graphics. After starting in 1987, … Read more →

Out my Window: Interesting times

You've heard of the ancient Chinese curse that goes "May you live in interesting times." The financial pages are showing the result on the graphic arts industry of some of the more interesting developments of our times. The sudden and dramatic increase in oil prices has caused suppliers like Agfa, Kodak and Fujifilm to raise … Read more →

It’s all online!

Graphic arts professionals know that the on-line world of the Web is an indispensable partner of the printed word. Print is undeniably superior to digital media when it comes to portability and readability ó no one likes to read long articles on a screen, and studies prove that most people prefer to print information that … Read more →

A few good tips for digital photography

Photography as an art has never been more exciting or enjoyable. Todays photography enthusiast has many styles, topics, and tools open to them. Plus, the blending of digital with print makes the craft of taking photos very versatile. While it is true that taking photos is as simple as running out and grabbing a cheap … Read more →

Wide-format multi-function printers

Wide-format multi-function printers (MFP) have come a long way over the last few years. It wasn’t long ago that these wide-format products were priced well above $50,000 and were found only in larger companies which were able to justify the cost. But now, you can get these MFP devices for $20,000 or less, and smaller … Read more →

Graphic Arts IT Guy Q and A

Q. I often cannot read my email in the Mail application. The message is missing or it says "Message has not been downloaded from the server" It's fine if I restart Mail. What's going on? A. The most likely case is that your Mail applications mail box (mbox) is too big. With the early versions … Read more →

CMYK standards and specifications

Targeting a CMYK conversion for a specific printing condition can be as easy as opening Photoshop and selecting Image / Mode Convert to CMYK. Case closed and onto the next task. The problem is that creating a good CMYK conversion requires the understanding of where and how the file is going to be printed. Keep … Read more →

NAPL/PIA/GATF Sheetfed Conference 2006

This 14th annual gathering of sheetfed printers drew over 250 to Chicago June 11-13 to hear leading case studies of print technologies and innovations. Jointly organized and planned by the Natianal Association for Printing Leadership, the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and an advisory board of sheetfed printers, this conclave continues to benefit … Read more →

Dealing with a professional

A fellow has been learning to be a balloonist and takes his first solo flight. Unfortunately the wind gets up, he is blown off course and is forced to land. He is in a paddock close to a road but has no idea where he is. He sees a car coming along the road and … Read more →