Technology Visions--Executive Matters
The benefits of thermal platesetting technology are well suited to fulfilling the needs of PlanetPrint, she reports. "Our runs are small, but our jobs are numerous. We need to avoid extra steps, allowing us quicker turnaround. Imaging the plate and then going straight to press is something that has always been very important to us."
Speed is still a need, despite the improvements she has seen in thermal plate technology. "It still takes us eight minutes a plate. But, again, this is moving forward quickly," she notes. Other improvements that Hagen believes will be forthcoming are better software and RIPing compatibility.
Finally, Hagen does not buy into the argument that thermal platesetting is dead. "I'm absolutely convinced that this is where the technology is going."
Lake County Press on PDF Workflows
PDF HAS come a long way, baby, according to Kathy Funk, electronic prepress technology supervisor at Lake County Press in Waukegan, IL. "Two and a half years ago, I heard a lot about PDF technology, and what PDF was going to do. At that time, I didn't think the technology was quite there yet," she remembers.
But that was two and a half years ago. Since that initial introduction, Funk has changed her mind. "Within the past 12 months, PDF has become a stable technology. And I believe it is just going to get better," she remarks. "People are seeing that the technology is becoming more and more stable."
As the technology has improved, so has the number of customer requests for PDF formats, Funk reports. "During the last annual report season, we've seen a huge increase in the amount of requests we get for PDF files," she reveals.
Funk attributes growth in PDF requests to the Internet. "We are only going to see requests for PDF files increase, as company Websites become more sophisticated, and more and more information is posted on their Websites," she predicts.