REMOTE PROOFING -- Approved On-site
In Lehigh's workflow, the JPEG image for proofing is rendered from the RIPed job file, either on a Prinergy or RAMpage front-end, Roberts says. If the job is approved, the same locked file that made the JPEG is sent to a CreoScitex platesetter.
Hard and Fast
Quebecor World Petty in Effingham, IL, primarily uses hardcopy-based remote proofing, according to Eric Hall, system administrator. The direct mail printer uses the RIP once, output many (ROOM) capability of its RAMpage RIP to generate the files that are sent to clients. Group Logic's MassTransit file transfer and remote printing software helps facilitate the workflow.
"At the present time we are only sending remote proofs for approval of copy and color breaks," Hall says. "We have had requests from some customers to go in the direction of remote proofing for color. However, that currently still is a costly endeavor and our comfort level with the process is not where it needs to be.
"We have used remote proofing to approve magazine blow-ins cards, credit card applications, coupon books and personalization (off-line ink-jet) copy, Hall continues. "Customers typically are checking small modifications we have made, such as extending bleeds, adding trim marks and pricing changes for jobs that are being rerun."
Remote hardcopy proofs often are used as a replacement for a blueline proof, but they also can be used as pre-proofs, Hall notes. Clients use the proofs to verify content before a high-quality color proof is made at the Quebecor World plant. "That enables us to get the contract proof right the first time," he explains.
The printer typically absorbs the cost of installing an output device at a client site.
Rammgraph, a Toronto-based digital photography and prepress house, has found an interesting way to use its remote proofing capabilities to strengthen customer relationships. On one level, the company uses RealTimeImage's RealTimeProof Classic product primarily for soft proofing by clients, notes Jeff Holmes, sales manager. Clients also can elect to print out those same files locally, if they choose. The interesting twist, though, is that Rammgraph has made the system available to its designer clients for their use in getting approvals at the concept stage.