View from the publisher

Welcome to spring and to a new look for Graphic Arts Magazine. Our editorial board has been meeting three times a year for a number of years now, and their input has been invaluable in coming up with our new design. We would also like to thank Alive Pro Studios for all their efforts in … Read more →

On demand printing

New printing technologies and business models go by a range of names: on–demand printing, web to print, short run printing, variable printing. They’re more than just new names – they represent new ways of doing business and of providing services to customers. They are also the heralds of new compensation models, since printing is only … Read more →

Paper Report

At first glance, 2007 looks like a gloomy year for paper supply. Prices are weak and have been eroding for two years, and mill capacity remains high as new sources enter the market. But while newsprint sales are decreasing in North America, digital grades are selling more strongly than ever. Meanwhile, many printing clients are … Read more →

Highlights of the Grafik’Art 2007 Show

It has been almost 20 years since I last visited La Belle Province, despite my maternal family’s roots in St. Lambert, Quebec. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect. But any misgivings I had were quickly swept away, and to say that I was enthralled with Montreal, its people, Grafik’art’s organizers, and the ever-smiling exhibitors … Read more →

Mighty automator actions with Preview

Many of you are familiar with the Tiger program Preview.  Perhaps you even used to curse its existence—until you successfully set up all your TIFFs, PDFs, and JPEGs to open in Photoshop or Acrobat instead of automatically launching in Preview. At first glance you may wonder if there is even a point to Preview; it … Read more →

My new toy wish list

With a record–setting 1.8 million net square feet of space (35 football fields) and 2 700 exhibitors, the 2007 International CES in Vegas is the world’s largest technology trade show. It is the ultimate show for anyone interested in consumer electronics, including television sets, car and home stereo systems, cell phones, still and video cameras, … Read more →

Graphic Arts IT Guy Q and A

I recently bought my first Mac after using a PC for years. On my PC, there were thumbnails of each picture in folders with images. How do I see the same thing in the Finder? With Mac OS X, you can view a folder of images as preview icons. In the Finder, open the folder … Read more →

5 tips for effective interviewing

Careful preparation for candidate interviews can hugely improve your chances of making the right hiring decision and yield significant long–term returns for your business. In fact, a recent study concluded that hiring excellent staff is the single largest factor affecting a company’s fiscal growth. Accordingly, last month’s and this month’s column provide suggestions for conducting … Read more →

A little credit, please

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. Albert Einstein I’m not sure what actions Einstein was referring to, but one of the dumbest things we humans do today is forget to check on our credit reports. The potential for harm and misinformation within a credit … Read more →

Getting off to a great start

For a long time, I have been vexed by the separation of two issues that seem, to me, to be inextricably intertwined; I am talking here about environmental issues and questions of health and safety. Who was it that separated the human element from the environmental equation? If a container of highly corrosive chemical is … Read more →

Playing the odds

I am always amazed that businesspeople spend such volumes of time and money planning for new equipment, developing market plans, and negotiating with suppliers, yet pay such little attention to their human resources—their only unique asset! Products can be duplicated and the same equipment can be purchased by every competitor, but no one else can … Read more →