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  • #31
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    Hi, I'm Don Isbell.

    I enjoy watching movies and relaxing on weekends (read: lazy when not working).

    I've been a member of PrintPlanet for many years now, and loved the personal interaction and immediate responses and the knowledge found on PrintPlanet. I also like to share my experiences and learn from others, which all helps. If I ever get on your nerves, I aplogize now. I do have pretty strong views because I've worked in prepress since 1995 and have witnessed more than I'd like to recount, but am glad that things have gotten easier over the years.



    • #32
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      Hi I'm Richard,

      been hanging around print since 1971 on a 5 year apprenticeship at RB Macmillan Derby UK.

      After being a No2 for three years I got my chance on a Nebiolo Invicta 44 with bronzing attachment (vile stuff gets everywhere - must be banned by now surely!), 'Progressed' to a new 4 col Crabtree Vickers Kestral 100 (it was 002 so still a prototype), stayed for 3 years and then went to run Roland 800's in Hoogerheide Holland, a bit shortlived that one (2 weeks!).

      Joined Heanor Gate Press after a spell as shift overseer at John Hampden Press (R.I.P. 2006) where I ran Komori 40" Lithrones 4 & 5 col with coater. Left in 1988 to Join FT Neufville Barcelona as head of Komori Sales. I had two years of that and came back to the UK to start my own business.

      We (my wife and I) started off with an Apple LCa Spanish version of Pagemaker, an Adast Dominant 2 col and zero clientbase! After a few years hard work we bought a Adast 4 col and started to employ people (worst mistake ever but hey ho - that's progress).

      We now run a Komori 6 col with perfecting and automation - phew! Still love Macs and Komoris.

      For r&r I take a couple of hours to myself on Sunday mornings to go into the nearby Derbyshire countryside with my Yamaha YZF-R1. My wife and I get to go to Spain every 4-6 weeks for a few days - to recharge batteries and begin the battle all over again at work.

      Foodwise: chicken tikka madras and the odd kebab, barbecued chicken and argentinian steaks with 'chimi-churri' sauce all hit the spot.

      Alcohol: yep, addicted like the rest of you, gimme Carling Extra Cold, cold oakey Chardonnay and Bollinger (non-vintage will suffice!) YAHOO!

      Evening entertainment: 3rd Rock From the Sun always makes us laugh.

      Hope this gives you guys an insight...


      • #33
        Re: Introduce yourself!

        Hello guys - my name is Hlynur and I´m based in Iceland (yeah faaaar up north in Europe).

        I run a medium size printshop with 6 employes.

        Preepress: (new) Heidelberg Suprasetter 74 with Signa and Meta rip. Using Fuji Pro T proccesless plates.

        Printing machines: Heidelberg DI/Qm Pro / Roland 100-4 / Xeikon 500D / Xerox DC250

        Post press: Polar 74 / UFO folding machine / Foliant lamination

        Off the clock I play soccer and lift weight´s.


        • #34
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          Hello , how are u. I am Edward from Shanghai, China. Start working in the prepress industry from 1993. Now doing software development specialized to variable data printing. Digital printing is growing very fast in China. The newest machine has installations here. If u want to get more knowledge of China market, feel free to contact me. I also hope to find business partner here.


          • #35
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            Hi there,

            I finally registered on this new forum. I was a member of PPF and luckily I'm still able to use my original handle.

            I've been in prepress for about 10 years with the odd design job when I have the luxury of time. I hope to learn a lot here.




            • #36
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              I was born in Quito, Ecuador SA. My parents came to California in 1965 with three children, myself being he oldest.

              Until recently I was the prepress department and defacto computer guy which includes estimating printing using PrintSmith and maintaining our website. I am also one of the main customer contacts and sales rep--in a small shop one wears a lot of hats. I have sixteen years of prepress experience cutting my teeth with a Lasermaster 1000., Windows 3 and PageMaker 4.0--the hard way to start a prepress career. Our prepress includes an ECRM imagestter running a Harlequin Rip. We recently installed a Xante Platemaker 5 and an Ilumina color printer. My favorite program is InDesign and we support most major programs on Mac and Win. We hope to purchase a metal CTP device some time next year. Our press room has one five color Heidelberg GTO, a Ryobi 3302 and two AB Dick 8820/360 presses. Small press up to 14x20 sheet size. We have a Heidelberg 10x15 Windmill platen letterpress--what a sweet machine it is!-- and have the standard bindery equipment including a Polar76 cutter.

              Siegrid, my wife and I have been married for twenty-one years and we have three children, Heather, Mathew and Natalie. I am born again Christian accepting Christ Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior which has led me to serve Him at my local church in Burbank California in the AWANA program (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) from 2 Timothy 2:15 which is a Children's ministry to help them memorize Bible verses, play fun thrilling games and teach them about God, Jesus and their Word, the Bible.

              Jaime Z.
              John 3:16, Deuteronomy 6:5

              Edited by: Jaime Zuniga on Oct 20, 2007 3:29 PM


              • #37
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                Nice to "meet" you Jaime.

                I too thank God for His goodness and mercy in saving a sinner like me, through the blood sacrifice of Jesus, His Son, who died in my place, so that I don't have to pay for my sins myself, which I couldn't do anyway other than dying and being eternal separated from God. Now, because of His gift, I can live with Him forever. Such a loving God.



                • #38
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                  Couldn't of said "The Good News" of Christ's work on the cross better myself.

                  All are welcome to ask Don or myself of Christ's work in our lives.


                  ?Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB95)
                  +5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.+

                  Edited by: Jaime Zuniga on Oct 22, 2007 10:09 AM


                  • #39
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                    You guys are freaking me out.

                    Theres no religion in printing!!!


                    • #40
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                      Sorry you feel that way G_Town. I can't separate my faith from everything else. It's an integral part of my being. It affects everything I do, and why I personally choose to help others (why I'm on this forum in the first place).

                      I'm not talking about a religion. I'm talking about a relationship with the lover of my soul. The God who made me and has done everything He can to show me He loves me. I hope it doesn't offend just to say that my God is good and to tell why I believe so. I honestly know that many people don't truly know what Christians believe. It's not by my goodness that I'm saved - it's the exact opposite. I'm not perfect and never will attain perfection in my lifetime. It's my failings why I need the Savior Jesus - Perfect God in human flesh who did what I cannot do and offers salvation as a free gift. If I was perfect and didn't have the failings (sin), then I wouldn't need Him. But I do, and am glad He has shown me how much He wants me to be with Him forever.

                      Analogy: 1:
                      I can give a gift for Christmas to someone I love. I can have it wrapped with their name on the present. The person may know the gift is intended for him or he may not. But if he doesn't open the gift, it's really never his. Only when he opens the gift, is it truly his.

                      Analogy 2:
                      A man who commits a crime he is justly accused of is found guilty and goes to court for sentencing. The judge tells him the punishment - a fine in the amount the man cannot pay. Then the judge comes down from the bench, takes off his robe, and stands where the guilty man was standing - in his place in fact. The judge pays the price because he can pay it, and because he has mercy on the guilty man. The judge then goes back to the bench, puts on his robe, and tells the man his punishment has been paid in full. The judge tells the man he is free to go because the price has been paid. Who paid the price? The judge. Was the man not guilty? Yes the man was already found guilty. Did the man deserve the punishment, and deserve to have to pay it? Yes. But did the debt get paid? Yes. And that's what the law is satisfied with - that the debt was paid. This is an analogy of how God tells man he's guilty, how God took on Himself the punishment, and tells the guilty sinner the debt has been paid, and that he is free. This is the good news. The good news is not about "pulling yourself up by the bootstraps" or "doing good" or "being better". It's about accepting what God has done for us. And that, my friend, makes all the difference. In fact, that is what makes us love Him back - because he first loved us and showed it.

                      "John 3:17 (New King James Version)

                      17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."

                      I'm not beating anyone over the head for not believing. It's a personal choice. God gives us that choice and won't make anyone believe in Him. It's your right, just like everyone else's - to deny/reject or admit/believe/accept Him and His love and His sacrifice. He'll still love you though. But it does you no good personally unless you know Him.

                      Not wanting any problems on the forum by any means. But to say I'm not allowed to have an opinion or a belief that I can expressly share, just because I happen to be in printing? Well, that's against the first amendment to the Constitution. We all have the right to free speech and the free exercise of religion.

                      "Amendment I

                      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

                      Do you think the Founding Fathers of America didn't believe in God? What do we see in the Declaration of Independence?
                      "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"


                      It's sad when our basic rights are being stripped away because of how men have tried to tell us that these truths we see in our founding documents as a country weren't really meant that way. The same truths that were "self-evident" before our "enlightened" generation came along.

                      Proverbs 3:5-6
                      5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
                      And lean not on your own understanding;
                      6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
                      And He shall direct your paths.



                      • #41
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                        Holy cow dude I was just kidding.

                        You can believe in the easter bunny for all I care.

                        A sense of humor is a good thing. Try it some time.


                        • #42
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                          Just like Don, being a Christian is who I am. I give credit to God for all my knowledge in prepress.

                          Don like myself have seen Christians beat up in today's society as narrow minded often blind sheep following an antiquated religion. Well Don puts it really well: that it is not a religion but a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and we have been given a manual in His Word, the Bible, to help us to live godly moral lives.

                          I understand that some of you may be offended. It is not Don's nor my intention to offend but rather to inform you of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We do not do it because we hate you and others, but rather because we're taught that God wants all to come to salvation and only through believers in Christ proclaiming Him will people have an opportunity accept Jesus--we do it out of love. Now, Don nor I will not force you to accept--it is your choice.

                          Don and I feel comfortable expressing our belief in the Lounge and perhaps a different thread should be started within the Lounge for further discussion on our faith. I guarantee, that outside of the occasional "thank God" comment within my posts that I will stick to the topic discussed in the appropriate sections, but in the Lounge we are within our right. Just like the post starts "Introduce yourself!" Don and I have introduced ourselves not only as prepress guys but more importantly as "Born Again" believers in Christ.


                          • #43
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                            You know what?

                            I don't care, really. Your beliefs are your own. I made a joke plain and simple if that joke was misconstrued as some type of religious persecution I apologize.

                            I do believe the reply to my post was a little over the top, what ever happened to forgiveness?

                            Religion and Politics....I shoulda know better.


                            • #44
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                              I have to agree. This is getting pretty heavy. I have my own personal beliefs, but a prepress/printing forum is not the place IMHO to go preaching to others. Perhaps it is time for one of the moderators to jump in and clarify the policy. Cory? Eric?


                              • #45
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                                I agree that it is time to move on and get back on topic. There is no policy regarding the discussion of politics or religion but I do think personal emails might be better for that type of discussion.


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