Why FSC?

At our January meeting, the Digital Imaging Association featured FSC—Forest Stewardship Council—Certification. The presentation was lead by Vivian Peachey from SmartWood, a company that acts on behalf of the Rainforest Alliance’s forest division to certify companies as FSC compliant, and to police and approve the use of each and every FSC and AFF (Ancient Forest … Read more →

Helping you grow and growing with you

Specialty printing—with great service, complete in-house capabilities, and exceptional turnaround times—spells phenomenal growth for Mississauga trade printer. Their motto has always been “we help you grow, and as a result, we will grow with you.” Well, quite frankly, that’s an understatement, given that family-run Mississauga-based Print 44 has grown tenfold—in income, staff, capacity, and facility … Read more →

Variable printing—fact or fiction

Over the past several years, much has been written about Variable Printing. Many people believe it to be a fad that will eventually go the way of the hula hoop. They argue that the quality isn’t good enough, clients don’t have enough data, consumables are too expensive, size limitations and run lengths are prohibitive, and, … Read more →

21st century – blanket and roller wash

Cleaning is a critical task within the entire printing process. Technology has resulted not only in new chemical products but new cleaning processes like solvent impregnated cloth. These changes are directed towards performance and controlling emissions during and after use. Blankets, rollers and metering rollers must be in a condition to minimize any negative effects … Read more →

Wacko tree huggers unite!

As I write this, I am sitting at my desk. Looking at my paper Starbucks cup, I notice a printed message that says: “So-called “global warning” is just a secret ploy by wacko tree huggers to make N. America energy independent, clean our air and water, improve fuel efficiency of our vehicles, kick-start 21st century … Read more →

A winner’s attitude

What does it take to be successful in sales? Certainly effort, hard work, and dedication are important. An excellent understanding of the sales process is also essential. But success takes more than that. The most successful people I know have a slightly different outlook than their coworkers and associates. I recently worked with a group … Read more →

What a waste of money!

Recently we were introducing a new performance appraisal program that we had designed into a client’s organization. Part of our work entailed conducting training and orientation sessions for the total employee body. We started our session by asking the question, “Who looks forward to their performance appraisal?” When working with the management group we added … Read more →

Making press ready PDFs for digital printing

So, what is the best way for a designer to produce and proof their own press ready PDF files for short run digital printing? Digital Colour printers use a “composite workflow”, and thus do not require separated files. We can follow different rules when sending files to these printers. Firstly, they can process RGB images … Read more →

PMA 2008 DIMA Digital Printer Awards

This year’s PMA trade show in Las Vegas saw another edition of the annual DIMA awards. The DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out was designed to test digital output devices and the consumables used with these devices using standardized conditions and procedures. Each participating company was given 5 business days to produce a print for entry into … Read more →

Optical brighteners and proofing

The goal of the proof is to represent the final destination. But what can you do if your proof keeps changing colour when it is viewed under various light sources? Not everyone has a 5000K viewing booth to evaluate the colour of their inkjet proofs, so they end up examining their proofs under daylight, fluorescent, … Read more →

Graphic Arts IT guy

Q. I recently upgraded my Macs to version 10.5 Leopard, and I cannot figure out how to connect to my computers for File Sharing. When I connect I only see a “Drop Box”. How can I access other files on the shared Macs? A. The answer is simple—Apple has simplified File Sharing. You’re being confused … Read more →