The Next Wave - Digital Directions
"With more elements under one roof, communication problems are limited and the process is streamlined. The end result is a quicker path to the printed piece and a higher degree of customer satisfaction."
Mitch Prust, third party integration specialist at WAM!NET, on delivering remote proofs in 1999.
"Digital connectivity to major customers has been a requirement for years, which is why WAM!NET and 4-Sight have been so successful—remote proofing is the next step.
"As files are sent and received digitally between the various entities in the life of a printed job, the ability to proof remotely becomes necessary. Waiting for a final contract proof to be shipped overnight or hand-delivered might be acceptable, but earlier in the approval process when additional iterations are still possible. The digital remote proof can shave days off the production timeline. The more iterations of a job that can be handled with a remote proofing solution like WAM!PROOF, the closer the customer relationship becomes and the more time that is saved.
"WAM!NET customers share color profiles using WAM!NET and close the loop with color management. Color management tools for managing hard copy remote proofs will have to improve to keep up with the rapid advancements in digital softproofing. Communicating changes back to the originator are much easier when softproofing is used. A trend that indicates the acceptance of remote proofing is that the average size of a proof has been steadily increasing with the proofing of two-page spreads and high-resolution images. The heart of a color proofing system of the future will be at the OS level—both with external profiling and color management tools."
Bill Gillooly, product marketing manager, Input Systems, at Scitex, on the downfall of the drum scanner and the graduation of high-quality CCD flatbed functionality.
"Scitex believes that 1999 will be the year that the PMT drum scanner finally falls from its position as the preeminent professional scanner. With the current crop of high quality CCDs and the hardware and software enhancements that Scitex has applied to improving CCD image quality, such as CCD Dynamic Cooling and Scitex MaxDR, the PMT's days are numbered.