Pittsburgh-based Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) has partnered with the International Cooperation for the Integration of Process in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) to form a JDF (Job Definition Format) User Group, focusing on the implementation of JDF-enabled systems and cross-vendor implementations. JDF is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. The first JDF User Group meeting will be held March 24–25 at PIA/GATF’s Pittsburgh headquarters. Highlights include a hands-on look at JDF implementations within the facility, discussions of the challenges to creating successful
Headquartered in Willowbrook, Ill., Thondan Medical Transcription helps to relieve documentation headaches for the healthcare community with a cost-effective service offering quality transcription with “next-morning” turnaround. Hospitals, clinics, ambulatory centers and physician practices nation-wide can reduce in-house transcription staffing needs by utilizing the professionally-managed pool of transcriptionists plus two tiers of proofreading and quality monitoring available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Users follow a simple five-step process: 1. Pick up the phone and dial a toll free number Thondan provides. 2. Enter a unique four-digit PIN number and press the # key. 3. Begin dictating. 4. Hang up the phone when dictation has been completed. 5.
By Maggie DeWitt This month’s mystery product garnered a lot of attention during the On Demand show, April 16-19, at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center, with its “live paperhead” mascot. Initially drawn in by the promotional character, attendees found the product equally compelling. It’s an effective solution for navigating paper-based environments. Check out the following clues and try to guess what the product is: • It can be used as a tool for handling regulatory compliance issues. • It can help in establishing a disaster recovery plan for documents. • It serves as a secure, digital filing cabinet.
Lately, Tempting customers with the powerful phrase “buy one, get one free” isn’t only a strategy used to get shoppers to fill their carts. As creative and marketing solutions lengthen the list of print providers’ expected offerings, adding value is invaluable—no matter where one stands in the supply chain. In turn, the increasing demand for services means more automation, a flood of sophisticated workflow and management programs and plenty of features to handle the inevitable ensuing changes. For service providers such as the document management solutions market, the definition of “added value” has expanded to include seamless integration, security, flexibility and—much like the
Headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, One Right Business Printing upgraded its Web site with an award-winning online order system to better serve customers. The state-of-the-art e-commerce system provides greater control over ordering, including secure access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Said Mark Hartnett, president,”Customers should be able to place orders when it’s convenient for them, not when it is convenient for us. Our new system was even awarded ‘Product of the Year’ by PrintImage International and was named ‘Best of Breed’ by Xerox.” Now, users can view and approve proofs of jobs immediately, attach files to job tickets, view previous jobs, place reorders
Headquartered in Gent, Belgium, Esko—a leader in packaging pre-production solutions—introduced Scope 3, a new release of the company’s integrated software suite. Scope is the core of Esko’s solution to turn the entire packaging supply chain, from brand owner to retailer, into a straightforward collaborative process. Scope enables its users to deliver consistent quality while reducing time-to-market and eliminating costs. The Scope 3 version comes with a long list of innovations and user-driven features added to its key applications. New capabilities include: • Adobe PDF 1.6 and JDF 1.3-based workflow • CAD-Graphics integration with Adobe Illustrator CS2.0 • Enhanced Web-based collaboration and approval tools
Bar codes mean profits for both the distributor and the customer By Janet R. Gross The industry is nearly 30 years old and its traditional products still account for a majority of sales, but new technology and applications are transforming it as the market grow rapidly. No, it's not forms, but bar codes. Bar codes represented an $8.3 billion North American market in 1997, according to Venture Development, with industry growth rates pegged at 13.5 percent annually through 2001. Distributors can profit in two ways--by selling bar-coded products and by offering supplies. Either way, knowledge of the customer's hardware, software and the application is essential. Rowan Business Forms,