Now the negative comments have been restored but I noticed an author is now anonymous.It seems the negative comments have been removed from the site.
Kevin,As a vendor, I'm just curious what your wish lists for offset prepress are these days? What's a the top of your list for improvments and changes, and where are the remaining challenges for you?
(disclaimer - I'm in charge of Kodak's "future roadmap" for offset solutions... so hopefully I already know the answers, but I'm also hoping you surprise me).
Here are a few:What's a the top of your list for improvments and changes, and where are the remaining challenges for you?
I agree with the integration aspect. I think as long as we have the physical lithographic printing aspect, no matter how much our technological state advances, it will still be hampered by the physical limitations of such a printing process that, by nature, has so many variables. So I'm not sure it is a matter of implementing new technology, but perhaps a little more integration would help it out.Here are a few:
1 - Intelligent, embedded, customizable workflow profiles within native document authoring applications.
2 - The integration of press control, plate image, proof image, and file data to close the loop on color control.
3 - Definable tolerances (based on industry or shop specific capabilities) and reporting for presswork color alignment to proof based on isolated color areas as well as overall color.
4 - Industry specified presswork print integrity standards (something akin to Brunner's Star system)
Cusromers and Adobe remain challenges but are likely not fixable. ;-)
Let me put it this way, you don't have mathematical definable models that are capable of connecting the target image to the physical output. The problem is the method of solving the problem. Get the method right and then put in place the technologies.Erik and Gordo - very thorough input, I appreciate it. I find it interesting that the focus you both have is on the workflow and process integration/automation side of the house... not necessarily core physical technology any more. May that be because of your own focus areas, or do you think that the non-workflow aspects of prepress production technology have "peaked"?
On the workflow aspects you raise - I 100% agree with you, and those goals are certainly valuable. The things keeping us from attaining them all today are diverse though - and remain as challenges for us to solve. Much of this is due to interoperability of systems from one end of the production chain to the other, and the rest are related to the still-huge array of variables in the printing process itself (ink, paper, founts, rollers, blankets, plates, humidity, temperature... and on and on). However, slowly we're whittling away at the major variables to get to a more control-based approach instead of the measure-and-correct approach we're stuck with today (eliminating plate processing with things like Thermal Direct, or improve process latitude with SQUAREspot, etc.). Press vendors are making similar headway as well.
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