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File Transfers--Year of the Internet?

March 1999
Will 1999 be the year that the Internet is finally recognized as a viable alternative for the transfer of larger graphic arts files? Keep dreaming—but, for certain, the Internet is gaining the attention and trust of commercial printers and prepress pros.


BY MARIE RANOIA ALONSO


The Internet offers critical mass and open compatibility and, at the end of the day, that's exactly what commercial printers are looking for in digital file delivery.

True or false?

More and more, the answer appears to be swinging to true, as the Internet gains both the recognition and investment dollars of leading digital file delivery providers—leading many commercial printers to rethink their opinions of the World Wide Web.

While the file transfer choice of most prepress operations may be a dedicated, managed network the likes of WAM!NET or Vio, or an array of ISDN or T-1 connections, the Internet is gaining a bit more respect in the graphic arts community.

Why? There are a few views.

For starters, file transfer facilitators such as WAM!NET contend that offering the Internet for transfer of smaller graphic arts files, as well as offering high-bandwidth network access for larger, deadline-critical files, is simply smart business. As far as WAM!NET is concerned, officials report that the addition of the Internet to its suite of connectivity solutions logically increases the overall functionality of WAM!NET.

Digital Art Exchange (DAX) notes one appeal of the Internet: Everyone is on it. As carriers and ISPs continue to pour enormous amounts of dollars into it, the Internet will eventually sport a backbone strong enough to handle large files and dynamic graphic arts applications.

Officials at Vio Worldwide, the joint venture company of British Telecom and Scitex, see the Internet as a connected community unsurpassed today in reach and opportunity, allowing communications in an open standards environment. The Vio service complements the Internet by providing a faster, more secure and fully tracked service specifically for the graphic arts industry.

"The Internet is an excellent communications model, and we see it as complementing the Vio service," states Miranda Tivey, Vio Worldwide marketing director. "Vio took the best aspects of the Internet model—TCP/IP standard protocols, a familiar 'net browser interface, central server structure, and store-and-retrieve approach to file transfer—and built on them to create the Vio service."

Hermstedt, with the recent release of its new iMac ISDN Internet connector joining its Grand Central Pro effort, which facilitates a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) over an IP connection, sports the opinion that the Internet is a key component of modern file transfer, especially when linked in an environment with the proven strength of ISDN connectivity.
 

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