These comments and polls appeared on the home page of Prepressure.com during 2012:
The poll: How does your company promote itself?
An article in PrintWeek on how to advertise your company for free reminded me that it would make sense to run a poll about the way companies promote themselves.
How does your company promote itself?
- Own web site (16%, 79 Votes)
- Facebook (14%, 69 Votes)
- Print advertising (14%, 66 Votes)
- Web advertising (11%, 53 Votes)
- Twitter (10%, 46 Votes)
- Customer events (8%, 39 Votes)
- E-mail newsletter (8%, 37 Votes)
- Linkedin (7%, 32 Votes)
- Booth at trade shows (7%, 32 Votes)
- Own Blog (5%, 26 Votes)
Total Voters: 126
Prepress Pete is tweeting
G7 and ISO 12647 standardize the way consultants make money off printers – http://wp.me/P9HDG-1GZ
The poll: Which imposition software do you use?
This poll ran for several months because the follow-up of the drupa 2012 trade show kept me busy elsewhere.
Which imposition software do you use
- Kodak Preps (31%, 168 Votes)
- None (12%, 65 Votes)
- Apogee Impose (11%, 62 Votes)
- Another application (11%, 61 Votes)
- Quite Imposing (9%, 48 Votes)
- Prinect Signastation (8%, 41 Votes)
- Dynagram Dynastrip (4%, 24 Votes)
- TrueFlow FlatRunner (4%, 21 Votes)
- XMF Imposition (3%, 18 Votes)
- LithoTechnics Metrix (3%, 15 Votes)
- Ultimate Impostrip (2%, 12 Votes)
- Dynagram INposition (2%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 476
The poll: Creative Suite 6 – are you aiming for the clouds?
How about subscribing to Adobe’s new subscription service? I asked visitors if they preferred the standalone applications or the cloud subscriptions. The poll results are not necessarily in line with Adobe’s actual sales.
Bored by Benny
Spending ten days at drupa was more than enough. While watching the presentation at Landa I noticed that I wasn’t the only one who suffered from drupa-fatigue. While the dancers, Benny Landa’s speech, and all the fancy Nanoink animations were the highlight of the 2012 show, having to watch it all over and over again is simply too much for anyone. ….more
Prepress Pete is tweeting
Slowly recovering from telling the guy operating the STAHL that a folder is ‘a person who neatly folds toilet paper before cleaning himself’
Archiving prepress files
A recent virus attack forced me to reformat one of the disks of my home PC. I had decent back-ups, but it was a good reminder about the importance of backing up data as well as archiving important files. That topic also turned up in a recent discussion on archiving in the PrintPlanet forums. It seemed like a good idea to dedicate a separate page on this site to the best practices for archiving prepress data.
Prepress Pete is tweeting
Our website now proudly lists all the presses we have. Good luck trying to find on their sites which forging presses Ford or GM use!
Looking back at 2011
During the year, I copy and paste news from the prepress, printing and publishing industry to a page in my history of prepress and publishing overview. I just finished the page about 2011, which has been a pretty tumultuous year.
Real designers use drop shadows
In web design, you can either fake drop shadows by creating them inside images or you can use CSS3 styling. I decided this place could use an update and went for an HTML5 & CSS3 overhaul. You are looking at the result, which may still change slightly as I refine the layout and fix bugs. Among the changes to the site are a slightly wider layout, custom fonts for both headlines and body text, a more colorful banner and of course that subtle but all-important drop shadow on the title of each page.
An antiphonary or antiphonal is a liturgical song book that contains brief chants sung by a choir to accompany psalms. This site now has a page about the Tsgrooten antiphonary with a few pictures of this magnificent masterpiece. For centuries, this choir book was kept in a Belgian abbey. Recently it has been acquired by the Flemish Community. They set up a very nice website where you can admire pages in high resolution.
Editorial, prepress and printing in the 70s
Three pages and more than a dozen pictures document the way the Daily Titan was created and printed during the 70’s.
The poll: Which prepress workflow do you use
This poll was created to accompany a new page on how to select a prepress workflow.
Which prepress workflow do you use?
- Kodak Prinergy (22%, 51 Votes)
- Agfa Apogee (19%, 44 Votes)
- It is not listed (13%, 31 Votes)
- None (12%, 28 Votes)
- Heidelberg Prinect (10%, 23 Votes)
- Esko Nexus/Odystar (9%, 20 Votes)
- Rampage (7%, 16 Votes)
- Fujifilm XMF/other (5%, 11 Votes)
- Screen TrueFlow (3%, 8 Votes)
- Xitron Harlequin/Sierra (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 232
Client: Do you do lemonade?
Me: Do we do… lemonade?
Client: Yes, I was told you do that here.
Me: I’m sorry, this is a graphics and print shop.
Client: I know that. I’m not an idiot.
Me: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to –
Client: Look! If you can’t lemonade these papers for me then I’ll go somewhere else!
Me: Do you mean… laminate?
May 2012 be a smooth ride for you – in good health, with lots of work and a bit of fun along the way! It is definitely going to be a special year since it is once again a drupa year. Let’s hope the biggest print trade show in the world proves that the graphic arts industry is still alive and kicking. I will hopefully get the opportunity to visit the show. It isn’t that far from where I live, so I wouldn’t even mind going ‘in style’, with a Mercedes-Benz O 321 H bus from the same era when drupa first took place.