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Acrobat DC? On one of my systems the DC stands for ‘Daily Crashes’!

The umbrella newspaper

Extra,  the most popular newspaper in Ecuador, always experiences a sales drop during the rainy season. To avoid the problem of soggy newspapers they ran an experiment by laminating the front and back pages of the newspaper during those months. Not only did the pages remain intact and readable during the rainstorms, but the newspaper could also be used as an umbrella. Apparently this lead to a 12% increase in circulation and 16% more ad sales. More information can be found in this drupa blog article.

Extra prints laminated cover pages during the rainy season in Equador

Prepress Pete is tweeting

Now that is a nice signature: “What gunpowder did for war, the printing press has done for the mind”

How JPEG compression works

Computerphile published two great videos about JPEG compression. The first one discusses compressing color data, the second one is for techies as it dives into DCT and how high frequency image data are compressed.jpeg compression color artefacts

Poll about preflighting

It has been five years since I published a poll about preflighting. This time the question is which tool everyone uses to check incoming files. Please participate in the questionnaire to the right.

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The local village idiot, also known as Prepress Pete, has been on Twitter for quite some time now. Since he cannot be relied on for any serious messaging, there is now an official Twitter account. If you’re serious about prepress and would like to know when new content appears on this site, please follow us. If you are somewhat less serious, consider following Pete.

New terms in the dictionary

Scratch off printing – the process of applying a foil to specific areas of a document. The foil can be removed with the edge of a coin or a fingernail to reveal the information printed beneath it. The process is often used on giveaway and contest printed materials, such as lottery tickets.
Short grain web press – A web press that uses printing plates whose long dimension is along the cylinders.
Ghost bar
– A ghost bar of take-off bar is a rectangular solid line or pattern that is added to a press sheet and trimmed away after printing. It helps equalize ink-laydown on the sheet by extending and evening out the printed area, thus avoiding ink starvation in any one place.
American Quarto
– Outside of North America the ‘Letter‘ page size is known as ‘American Quarto’.

What’s new?

New or reworked pages on 2014 prepress news, Xiaomi Mi2s, RAID, drupa, A8, abstracts, 2012, thermography, printing in the 18th century, photochrome prints and various dictionary terms.

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1 September 2015

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