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Estimable estimators

In the late 1970s print estimators worked with the original spreadsheets, which were large sheets of paper with printed grids that were filled in by hand with written instructions and calculations.

Best of British: Global Graphics Software

Global Graphics Software is always a bit of a conundrum to write about. It’s a successful British software developer whose users may not even know they have it. Its PostScript and PDF RIP-rendering code has underpinned a lot of the pre-press sector’s workflows for platesetters and digital presses since the late 1980s

Taming colour’s Wild West

Most wide-format printers are capable of producing a very wide colour gamut so that it’s relatively easy to print a pleasing image with vibrant colours that appear to be just what the client ordered. That said, most wide-format users are working with a wide variety of different media, each with their own characteristics, so it’s essential to use ICC profiles to put down the optimum amount of ink to ensure consistent output.

Copyright or wrong?

Ideas are the stuff of life for any business worth its salt. But of all the legal means of protecting ideas – trademark, patent and copyright – it’s the last which is so easy to breach, either deliberately or accidentally.

Printing in another dimension

Augmented reality – or AR, as most of us refer to it – is seeping into the print industry and changing the way we interact with brands and products.

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