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DIGITAL digest

May 2005
Innovate '05 Takes Digital Printing on the Road

ROCHESTER, NY—Innovate '05 has begun its 14-city sweep across North America, offering attendees a day-long, free seminar on digital printing. Xerox Corp. is working with more than 25 industry partners to put on the tour.

The program is designed to "help print providers and professionals in the marketing, creative and design services fields use digital printing technology to increase productivity, reduce costs, improve work processes and provide more services."

Each tour stop will feature a keynote address delivered by Howie Fenton, senior consultant of digital technology, National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL); Bob Tapella, chief of staff, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO); or Joe Vincenzino, senior economist, NAPL.

Among the key topics to be addressed by industry-leading experts are how digital printing can complement a traditional offset printing business, applications that drive improved business results, tips to better design jobs for digital printing and how to develop a profitable marketing and business plan.

Attendees can choose from tracks tailored to specific industry segments:

* Production Printing and Workflow Services

* Profit Accelerator/Digital Business Resources

* Designing for Digital

* Industry Marketing

Other sponsors and partners include Adobe Systems; Art Plus Technology; Atlas Printshop Mail; BARR Systems; Bizucate; CertiFyle; Creo; digital print info; EFI; Elixir; Enovation Graphic Systems; ePrint Direct; Group 1 Software; Harry Waldman Graphic Communications; Intellective Solutions; Interquest; NAPL; North American Publishing Co. (Printing Impressions); NowDocs; NOW Technology Group; Pageflex; PIA/GATF; Printable Technologies; Rochester Software Associates; Roger P. Gimbel & Associates; TCa Creative Services; XLPrint Software; and XMPie.

For the complete tour schedule and online registration, visit www.xerox.com/events.

Quark Joins Effort to Improve Publishing Workflows

GHENT, BELGIUM—Quark Inc. continues to ratchet up its defense of QuarkXPress' market position in response to competitor Adobe InDesign/Creative Suite. The company is building on steps it took last year, including emphasizing print-related functions in product upgrades, becoming a member of CIP4 and forming an alliance with Hewlett-Packard to facilitate variable data workflows.

Its latest move is becoming a member of the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG), an international initiative seeking to create, test and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing/print workflows.

"Ghent PDF Workgroup has done an excellent job in creating PDF output specifications for real-world production environments," says Jürgen Kurz, Quark's senior vice president of product development. "The significant level of real user involvement in the workgroup is the reason Quark joined. We're dedicated to supporting industry open standards."
 

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