REMOTE PROOFING -- Approved On-site
"Designers send us PDFs of their concepts and we post them to our server," Holmes explains. "A designer's clients can then log on to the system to review the concepts."
According to Holmes, RealTimeProof's big advantage is that clients actually view the RIPed file that is going to be used to generate film, he says. The technology also gives clients the option to print files from the server to output devices at their locations, Holmes points out.
Color match generally is not an issue, since much of its clients' work uses repurposed images. Hardcopy contract proofs are pulled for new scans before the images are added to the image database.
All of Rammgraph's remote proofing services typically are offered as value-added to customers, rather than billable services, Holmes says.
While their approaches may vary, these users all agree that remote proofing can be an effective tool for enhancing customer relationships. It definitely gets their approval.
Making a Connection
Remote proofing was possible before the explosion in Internet access and services, but the concept has been largely reborn online. A number of capabilities already have become more or less standard features in the current crop of soft proofing solutions. Examples include:
* E-mail notifications sent when proofs are ready for review and have been approved.
* Tools for marking up proofs digitally, with a record kept of all comments.
* Ability for multiple viewers to interact with a proof simultaneously.
* Tracking/reporting of actions.
The following brief look at the leading remote proofing solutions highlights other similarities, as well as differences.
RealTimeImage's RealTimeProof soft proofing technology is offered in three implementations.
RealTimeProof Classic (RenderView) is the client-server software solution that enables streaming of production files through a user's existing server and network. RealTimeProof.com is an ASP implementation that provides access to RealTimeImage's database/image repository infrastructure and proofing tools via any Internet connection. RealTimeProof Express enables users to stream files posted to RealTimeProof.com through their local servers.