Remote Proofing–The Collaborative Proof

Eighteen months ago, though, it was a customer that pulled Cline, Davis, Mann into remote proofing.

Itself a specialist in color manipulation and art design, Cline, Davis, Mann—a New York-based, full-service ad agency focused on the health-care industry—turned to remote proofing by incorporating Digital Art Exchange (DAX) ISDN integration in use with Polaroid digital proofing technology. DAX oversees the links between 4-Sight’s ISDN file transfer tool and Polaroid’s DryJet.

“We supply high-resolution files that have been proofed prior to leaving the agency, with the understanding that we don’t always know who is printing the job,” explains Ria Saxton, production manager.

“We are presently using DAX ISDN file transfer technology. One of our clients asked us to link up with them and their vendors 18 months ago for a product launch and it turned out to be a time- and a cost-saver for the clients,” Saxton reports. “There is no question that remote proofing is an untapped area for our customers, but we are confident we can bring our clients along in this process.”

One of the First
At Colorhouse, Gary Reynolds, prepress manager and color specialist, relies on two Kodak DCP 9000s, three digital halftone Kodak Approvals and one Epson Stylus 5000 system. Most remote work is done on the Kodak DCP 9000, predominantly using WAM!NET’s managed network for file transfer. A small portion of file transfer is also done via the Internet and T-1 lines.

Based in Plymouth, NY, Colorhouse also maintains an additional five Kodak DCP 9000 digital proofers at customer sites across the United States, which are linked to WAM!NET for WAM!PROOF work. One year ago, Colorhouse was one of the first printing facilities to get WAM!PROOF installed, as Colorhouse’s Reynolds explains.

“We wanted to go to remote proofing almost right after its inception; we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the technology. We knew just what customer sites we wanted to connect with for remote proofing and just what relationships with potential customers we wanted to pursue,” Reynolds states.

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