Frank Cost


The commercial printing industry serves nearly every other business and organization in the economy by maintaining a broad range of capabilities to produce printed goods and related services. Print designers use software tools that best suit their needs for creating file sets to submit to the printer. The process by which these customer files are processed and converted into formats compatible with print manufacturing is complex and heavily dependent on computer technology that has been evolving rapidly over the past several years. As capable as this technology is, the process of file conversion is still far from automated and file conversion normally involves costly error and rework as the printer and client make final adjustments to the process. Some of this is caused by shortcomings in the technology. But much is the consequence of practices deeply embedded in the long-established culture of print purchasing. This paper reports on the current state of the interface between print design and print production as evidenced by information gathered through a number of plant visits, interviews, and a survey of large print buyers all conducted during the first half of 2002.

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Full-Length Book


A Research Monograph of the Printing Industry Center (CIAS) at RIT

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Printing Industry Center (CIAS)


RIT – Main Campus