GATF Releases Four Research Studies
Reports feature PDF setup and digital proofing
Four original research studies on color management workflow, PDF setup and digital color proofing have been released by GATF.
The color management workflow study looks at the color accuracy and workflow timesavings of color management systems. The study finds that color quality depends on operators, but that CMS systems offer time savings and waste reduction.
The PDF setup study was designed to evaluate the image quality of several different compression settings in PDF. The study concludes that compression affects color, detail and modeling. Overall, the JPEG-Medium compression setting produces files 75 percent to 80 percent smaller than an uncompressed EPS image, with little difference in quality.
The digital proofing study looked at 12 digital proofing devices, focusing on repeatability and consistency. The study reports on customer satisfaction, return on investment and degree of use of the technology.
GATF has also released a report entitled Chargeable vs. Nonchargeable Downtime in Electronic Prepress. Composed of 26 questions, the survey asked about procedures and pricing on fixing "easy" preflighting problems, such as converting RGB to CMYK, missing fonts, etc. The study reports that prepress houses, service bureaus and large printers are less likely to provide services without charging than small and mid-size printers.
For more information, contact Sara Welsh at (800) 910-GATF or e-mail email@example.com.
Workflow Subsidiary Announces Two Deals
iGetSmart.com joins forces with Print Buyers Association and American Identity
A $5.8 million agreement has been reached between the iGetSmart.com subsidiary of Workflow Management and the Printing Brokerage/Buyers Association.
The agreement gains Workflow a master licensing fee of $5.8 million in return for the utilization of the company's e-commerce platform at the association's 700 brokerage, buyer and trade manufacturing locations in the U.S., Canada and overseas. In addition, iGetSmart.com will receive a percentage of revenues for transactions conducted on its network. The annual PB/BA member throughput currently exceeds $5 billion.