Starting with IPEX 2002, this blog covers events relevant for UK print, including Seybold and DRUPA. See also website at

Friday, April 19, 2002

There is now a selection of PDF from various sources at IPEX. IT started as TIFF EPS or JPEG but usually the PDF is smaller.

Thursday, April 18, 2002

A few points after checking websites at home

The previous link for Founder leads to a website in Chinese. There is English language information on products and future trade shows at

Bandwidth now back to normal UK levels so the Flash at Colorperfexion takes a while to load. Maybe an html alternative would be a good idea. From the Xerox hall 3 they presented an attractive prospect of managed colour including rgb digital cameras. Partners include Apple so Colorsync should be covered as well as Windows. Be patient with the Flash till you get a chance to scroll through the text.

Printlink offers web connections into InDesign and Quark using XML. Program by Sansui, spec from Ascent so it should also work with forms design. Apparently under development, the website is currenly just a jpeg. One to come back to.

On Wednesday I finally got round to spending time at the Cross Media Theatre. Unfortunately the BT speaker was ill so it turned out to be non-stop Adobe. The carrier bag featured hard copy on InDesign, a special from Macworld and Digit. However much 'broadband' had featured on other days, Adobe appeared to be concentrating on strengths relevant for the show. Sessions on Photoshop or Illustrator seemed to come back to integration with InDesign. There was much confidence that people now have a choice for page makeup. We were even invited to visit the Quark stand provided our first question was about tables. There were no suggestions that there would be a problem in Quark with placing PDF or creating PDF so presumably no such problems exist.

Attention was drawn to a Macworld article on typography-
"The art of good typography waned when DTP took over from typesetters, and it has taken more than a decade to recover. Now that the industry has learnt how to 'do it yourself', it's time to relearn how to 'do it right'."

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Last day of the show but here are three stands to visit you may miss if you happen to be at IPEX.

Sansui Software (Hall 5 Stand 555) offer several innovative products for integrated print and web publishing. The background knowledge seems to be how to use XML and plug-ins for Quark and InDesign. They support both Mac and Windows. One of their projects has been to write forms design software for Ascent (Hall 4 stand 222) as a plug-in for InDesign. PDF is part of the workflow and you can gather the speed differences in PDF creation given a choice of InDesign or Quark.

Founder Electronics (Hall 4, Stand 739) are at IPEX for the first time. Based at Peking University they fully support Postscript Level 3. ElecRoc provides an open JDF-based workflow and consists of four key technologies: JDF, XML database, PDF, and the Internet. Founder Electronics is a member of CIP4. Weisman Jia Wenhua, General Manager of the International Business Division, said "We hope that IPEX will introduce our high quality software to a broad range of pre-press and printing companies as well as help us forge long-term business partner relationships".

IBM (Hall 5 Stand 181) seems to have been overlooked in the attention paid to colour digital printing from Heidelberg, Xerox and HP. They are turning out black on white books very effectively. The covers and the random halftones are all the same but the contents vary so check carefully in case there is one you'd like. They also offer a Job Ticket plugin for Acrobat which saves as a .JDF file.

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Other shows will continue some of the themes from IPEX.

IMPRINTA 2003 has been identified at the CIP4 meeting as a stage when progress on JDF will be clearer. Actual demonstrations with litho machinery will wait till DRUPA. Possibly it will be easier to demonstrate workflow issues at IMPRINTA by concentrating on computers and software. There will be 'SolutionParks' on issues including PDF/X and JDF.

Meanwhile Digital Solutions at Excel this October will add a new exhibition called GoPublish. This is likely to include workflow issues and discussion on PDF. Last time Heidelberg arrived with some kit and a NexPress video. Maybe MAN Roland will be there in 2002 with a 3d animation of a DICOweb.

Monday, April 15, 2002

Printweek reports good news for Epson from The Guardian

Following remote proofing projects at the Financial Times, Colorbus RIPs are now in use at the Guardian. Factors influencing the decision include cost and ICC standards.

Details on the Printweek website
Adobe Completes Acquisition of Accelio Corporation

Meanwhile, Adobe are moving further into business forms and server software. Maybe PDF will be used for job tickets, even if it is also XML somehow.