Publishers Press–A ColorSync Pioneer

A Little History
Dan Millsap, electronic prepress digitizing and imaging manager at Shepherdsville, cautiously initiated the original conversations with his staff and Simon. In 1998, Millsap attended a seminar at Graph Expo in Chicago and saw a presentation. The presentation was conducted by GATF’s Rich Adams and Dave Hunter from Pilot Marketing Group, two pioneers in the development of the GATF Registry.

In 1997, Apple and GATF began talking about ways to make color management technologies more accessible to printers. As a result, the GATF/Apple ColorSync Registry was developed under the Apple ColorSync-funded Chair from 1997-1999, which was held by GATF research scientist Richard Adams.

Three objectives where planned for the ColorSync Chair. The first was to produce a book on color management for printers, which was published in 1997. The second was hands-on workshops at GATF, which have been offered since 1998. The final objective was the ColorSync Registry, which was rolled out early in 1999 and was designed to train and test both consultants and companies.

The registry specifications were created by GATF staff specializing in quality control and by independent consultants specializing in color management. It was modeled after the Total Production Maintenance program created by Ken Rizzo, a GATF senior technical consultant, and the international ISO 9000 specification.

After Millsap saw the GATF presentation at Graph Expo, he explained to others at Publishers Press what he witnessed. “One of the points made in that presentation was that companies could use less expensive and/or less experienced staff to achieve results typically achieved from more expensive equipment and more experienced staff,” he recalls.

At or around this time, Larry Blanton, a long-time Publishers staff member, was appointed color management system (CMS) coordinator. In addition to his scanning and technical service experience, Blanton also had strong relationships with almost every department that would be affected by the CMS implementation.

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