Digital Printing Set to Heat Up Miami Event
MIAMI BEACH, FL—"The event of the Future" is how Graphics of the Americas and Xplor International are billing their combined conference and exhibit, collectively set to run from February 1-5 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Along with Xplor's Global Document Exchange conference, featuring its traditional electronic document curricula, the event will host six additional educational programs of varying lengths (1-4 days). Included will be the PDF for Print Production Print Forum and Tutorials, XML for Print Production Forum and Tutorials, Digital Technologies to Grow Your Bottom Line seminar, Creative Suite Power Tour, Photoshop for Photographers Tour seminar and CIP4 User's Group Meeting.
A total of more than 225 sessions are scheduled over the five days, with Xplor's document conference accounting for 130 sessions in nine tracks.
While maintaining its strong foundation in offset printing equipment and consumables, Graphics of the Americas 2006 will see an expansion of digital products and technologies in its Definitely Digital Highway, On-demand Book Making Factory and Wide-format Hall exhibition areas. In addition, the Adobe Theatre, Design City and Printer's Showcase areas will offer displays geared toward creative, marketing and advertising professionals.
The exhibition will run February 3-5, and is expected to feature products and technologies from more than 500 vendors. For more information, visit www.graphicsoftheamericas.com.
CIP4 Initiative Loses Industry Pioneer
Darmstadt, Germany—Dr. Jürgen Schönhut, one of the driving forces behind the industry initiative that today is CIP4 (The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress), has passed away.
In the mid 1980s, Jürgen helped establish the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics (IGD) in Darmstadt, Germany, and was a department head at the institute until his sudden death. Starting in 1993, he directed the scientific work at the institute that resulted in the Print Production Format (PPF) data exchange specification. That work led Jürgen to help found the CIP3 (International Cooperation for Integration of Prepress, Press, and Postpress) organization in 1995. When CIP3 was reorganized into CIP4, he was elected member of its advisory board.