drupa T-1 year

Drupa is truly one the most spectacular events that the graphic communications industry has to offer. There is no better place for graphic communications professionals to meet and explore the latest innovations from the industry’s most prominent players. And while drupa certainly is about big announcements, future innovation, and print at its finest, the show … Read more →

Ecolutions in packaging: an interview with a sustainable packaging guru

With Earth Day inching its way into the horizon, I am delighted to have the opportunity to write about eco-sustainability in print, and in particular, packaging. I am passionate about print, and I must admit that I get quite frustrated with the negative connotations associated with print and the environment. Packaging specifically has a reputation … Read more →

Output neutral workflows

Before joining the faculty complement at the School of Graphic Communication Management at Ryerson, I worked for a well-known colour separator and prepress house in downtown Toronto. In my role as prepress manager, I witnessed the full gamut of client-supplied files for output. There were the good, the bad, and the down right nasty. Microsoft … Read more →

drupa summary

Drupa 2012 was the first drupa show I have attended. Although I heard many stories and descriptions about the size and grandeur of the show from show-veteran colleagues, nothing could have really prepared me for the experience that awaited. Looking back, it was not the sheer size of the booths, or the amazing diversity of technologies that stole the show. For me, it was the statement the show made. Print is strong. Print is powerful, and print is not going anywhere anytime soon. In amongst the business suit-clad showgoers were school groups, parents with children, and people of all ages and walks of life. What a vibrant and energetic place to be!

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.

Soft proofing: so much more than colour

soft proofing has come of age

Thanks to big advancements in monitor technology, software development, Internet connectivity speeds and customer interest, soft proofing has celebrated a significant uptake in the last few years as an extension and/or alternative to traditional paper-based proofing methods. One doesn’t have to look too hard to find articles and literature heralding the colour accuracy and competency of soft proofing systems.


TransPromo printing has received a fair amount of attention in the past few years, and continues to be promoted by vendors and industry consultants as an excellent growth opportunity for printers in times of diminishing revenues. However, it seems that while opportunity is knocking for both printers and marketers, not many are answering the call just yet.

PDF/X-4 and the Adobe PDF Print Engine


Premedia (or prepress, if you prefer) has evolved quite significantly from the days of film stripping, vertical cameras and contact frames. Premedia, as we know it today, has been shaped by the advancement of digital technology. It can be a challenge to keep up with the pace of technological change sometimes, especially when technologies that we need to cooperate with one another don’t always change in symbiotic ways, or at the same rate.