The wonders of workflow

Today’s sophisticated business workflow software performs many functions you may currently be doing manually or not doing at all. This software will save money, employee hours, resources and other expenses. One recent U.S. study estimated that employees not using this software can waste up to 25% of their time with tasks not involved in their … Read more →

Preflight tips for designers

As a graphic designer you are often designing work for both print media and screen/web devices. Working for the screen you stay in RGB mode, have the maximum colour gamut, can use low-resolution images and everything still looks great! Ink on paper is more restricted. The overriding principle is that you want to know what … Read more →

Recalling 2012: The highs, the lows, the tradeshows and the “cool stuff”

The biggest “highs” this year, in my opinion, were the several major industry tradeshows led by (of course) drupa. Though attendance was 20% lower compared to 2008, May’s drupa still attracted over 314,500 from more than 130 countries to see its 1,850 exhibits. For me, the most important result was that about 50% of all visitors actually placed orders – and most were inked at the show itself. About 2,400 journalists from 75 countries attended. The buzz of the show, according to the people we had on the ground, was undoubtedly Landa Nanography. The next drupa will be June 2 to 15, 2016.

Print World show closes out a busy year

The show for shorter-run printing took place November 17-19 in Toronto and was one of the last industry shows in a year highlighted by drupa, Graph Expo, SGIA and numerous other events. By strictly limiting the size of offset presses on exhibit to 29″ (4-up to 6-up sheet size) and smaller, the show was able to focus visitor interest solely on this growing market. Peter Cober (President of Cober Evolving Solutions), Ward Griffin (CEO of Lowe-Martin Group) and Rich Pauptit (President of Flash Reproductions), were some of the many keynote speakers, but I was especially fascinated with a preshow presentation from Kristof Dekeukelaere, Sales Rep at Landa Corp., who articulated quite well the Landa Nanographic Process. A summary of his talk and the basic process is on page 24.

Complete colour management for large-format printing

After it was introduced in the early 2000s and popularized by Apple’s ColorSync system-level software, ICC colour management, or calibrated workflow, was embraced by various segments of the graphic arts industry—some faster than others. The large-format printing industry was quick to adopt colour management as a way of coming to grips with the wide variety of printers, inks, media, RIPs, and settings. Likewise, photographers, whose darkrooms got replaced with inkjet printers, quickly appreciated the potential for accurate on-screen previews and matching output.

Update on MIS solutions for print

A management information system (MIS) can be an indispensable tool for organizations large and small. They act as information storage systems, as well as workflow tools to both unite business components and standardize processes throughout an organization.

Not just for prepress—existing software can help you do more

Just because a software package is marketed towards prepress doesn’t mean that it stops there. There are many software programs in every prepress department that can be used for other things. It is not that complicated to automate processes in the office, sales department, shipping department or elsewhere in your shop. Below is a list of what other tasks can be accomplished with regular software found in a prepress department.

New products

Agfa Graphics launches new high-speed platesetters

The new platesetters for the high-volume newspaper market – the :Advantage N PL HS (Pallet Load, High-Speed) and the :Advantage N TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed) – both run at speeds up to 350 plates per hour, 50 plates more than the :Advantage N.

At drupa – right now

Manroland sheetfed is presenting a host of head-turning innovations reflecting the tradition of excellence associated with its brand. “Visitors to our stand will clearly observe the power of manroland sheetfed solutions to help their companies face the many challenges of today’s printing industry with the most innovative and productive sheetfed offset solutions in the industry,” said Alfred Rothlaender, President of manroland sheetfed.

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.