Advancement of PDF: PDF/VT

When I started planning to write this article, I knew that it would benefit greatly with input from leading experts on the PDF/VT specification. In my opinion, Adobe has played a very key role in initiating, evangelizing and supporting PDF/VT, most likely driven by the demand for use of the Adobe PDF Print Engine to drive digital presses.

drupa 2012 preview

Like the Olympics, it happens every four years. It would take every issue of this magazine, and then some, to look at the amazing technology that will be showcased at this year’s drupa tradeshow May 3 – 16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. We wish we could include every exhibitor, especially those making an impact here in Canada.

Paper makes you look so good

On Wednesday February 15, 2012, the Digital Imaging Association held a fact-filled session about trends, pricing implications, and the evolution of a key commodity for printers – PAPER. Attendees came away with substantive information to share with their clients about the strong position paper and printing continue to hold in our multi-media communications world.

Apago plugins for SWITCH

One developer provides several products that don’t break the bank. Apago, located north of Atlanta, Georgia has been providing software to the Graphic Arts Industry for 20 years. Their products are affordable and can accomplish a complete web-to-print workflow when used with SWITCH. Apago has several products and currently three plugins for use in SWITCH:

An update on digital press tech

Changes in economic climate, competitive challenges and increasing customer expectations have brought digital press technology to the forefront of our modern-day printing industry. As our industry shifts to a greater reliance on customization and shorter turnaround, an ever-expanding repertoire of digital presses are making waves in the marketplace. In an update on new digital press technology, let’s explore emerging technologies in digital label presses and digital packaging presses.

A code of conduct for new technology at exhibitions

It is an age old problem with a new twist: attendees walk past a booth and immediately form the impression that the booth staff is not really interested in meeting new people. This impression comes from observing these company representatives busy talking to colleagues, catching up on paper work and eating their lunch.

Helping you help your customers

We continue from last month with more actual examples of printers and graphic arts professionals helping their existing clients with innovative solutions that result in more business and revenue for both parties. Watch for more examples of problem solving next month.

Print, digital, and digital print

This issue is an interesting mix of things printed, digital, and digitally printed. Our lead article focuses on PDF/VT technology. The “VT” stands for variable transactional, explains Jason Lisi, Associate Professor at Ryerson University. The article explains the benefits of switching to this workflow.

View from the publisher – April 2012

At press time, Ontarians learned through the budget, that the provincial government is facing a $16 billion deficit. Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan felt that this, and the problem of lucrative public-sector pensions, must be dealt with immediately. Tomorrow I’m expecting Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget to be as tough as he tries to get Canada’s deficit under control.