SSF–The Internet Seybold

When Seybold closed the doors to its 1999 San Francisco expo last month, three technology trends stood dominant: the Internet, PDF and the quest for the all-digital workflow.


If one potent word could sum up the energy, enthusiasm and very direction of Seybold San Francisco, held for the final time this century at the Moscone Center last month, it could easily be: Internet.

The Internet, the World Wide Web. Seybold San Francisco was a virtual debutante’s ball for the global gateway that is the Internet. New companies emerged as major players for the commercial printing market—all gearing to harness the Internet to facilitate everything from print bidding to electronic job ticketing to remote proofing and full production management.

Who were the players? In addition to digital file transfer staples such as WAM!NET and emerging managed networks, including Vio, a range of new Internet heavies including Collabria, Impresse and Noosh, used Seybold to boldly stake their claims in commercial printing.

To bring Seybold San Francisco home, Printing Impressions presents this look at Seybold’s Internet domination, Steve Jobs’ electric launch of Apple Computer’s new G4 super computer, the emergence of new PDF workflows, as well as a variety of moves in wide-format printing, digital prepress, color management, digital asset management and more.

G4 Takes the Stage
Apple Computer’s always dynamic Steve Jobs—quite possibly the longest entrenched interim CEO in the history of corporate America—impressed Mac-dependent crowds during his keynote speech, at which time he introduced the new G4 Power Macintosh. Better and faster than the much-touted G3, Apple’s G4 (available in 400MHz, 450MHz and 500MHz versions) is so powerful, Jobs reports, that the U.S. military has taken notice—ordering Apple not to ship the super computer to certain foreign countries.

Yes, it can handle large image files in Photoshop. Jobs told the Seybold crowds that the G4’s speed is based on a core architecture that incorporates a 128-bit Velocity Engine that processes four 32-bit floating point operations in one computing cycle. To prove his point, Jobs did a demo with the G4, in which a 500MHz G4 proved to be approximately three times faster than a comparably equipped 600MHz Pentium III at handling a variety of Photoshop operations.

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