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The site is an excellent source of information to help printers solve problems related to Macs and the various operating systems. The URL for the new MacFixIt site is http://reviews.cnet.com/macfixit/.
ENFOCUS ONLINE TRAINING VIDEO TARGET PRINTERS
Enfocus has set up a whole range of helpful product movies, from quick overviews to short feature movies. Find an answer to those problems you face as a print professional every day. The videos deal with such topics as how to detect trim marks, how to use Profiles and Action Lists, how to detect and fix objects without bleeds, how to outline problem text, how to find unwanted spot colors, how to apply Pantone colors and more. To find out more visit Enfocus.com or http://tinyurl.com/mqegqp.
NEW GUIDELINES FOR OFFICE PDF CREATIONTo make it easier and faster to get quality results in PDFs created from Office applications, the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has issued new best practice process guidelines. The new guidelines were developed in response to recent changes made to Office applications and the Adobe Acrobat family of products.
The new Office Printing PDF Creator Guidelines are available for free download at: http://gwg.org/Office_Document_Printing_-1.phtml.
The Guidelines cover image quality and color, fonts, transparency, PDF creation tools for Microsoft Office, creation of PDFs from other applications (using Adobe PDF Printer and Jaws Creator), and considerations for processing PDFs.For more information about the GWG, including a full list of its members and objectives, visit www.gwg.org.
SLOW TO ADOPT SOCIAL
One of the most surprising facts was that 62 percent of the small business owners reported they do not have a website for their business.
If the poll is representative of small business, printers will still have to use other means to get leads. A simple and inexpensive way to find out what businesses are around you is to use Google Search. Search for a type of business that typically uses printing and see who is close to you but not using your services. Just find your location on the Google map and then use the Search Nearby feature. You may be surprised at how much business is right in your neighborhood and you didn’t know it.
Insider Software, makers of FontAgent Pro, said it has improved Smasher’s support for Adobe Creative Suite 4, QuarkXpress 8 and Microsoft Office 2008. According to the company, Smasher is the only program that runs automatically to help avoid font problems.
program costs $49.95 and is available from www.insidersoftware.com.
FONT TO CHOOSE?
DMA MAKES GOING GREEN EASIER
The DMA (Direct Marketing Association) offers an online “Environmental Policy and Vision Statement Generator” that can be used to not only help you write your own statement, but it is also a checklist for sustainability activities.
While the DMA is a trade organization for companies who use a variety of media including direct mail to sell their products, the online statement generator is useful for any company using or producing printed materials. It covers five areas:
List Hygiene and Data Management
According to DMA officials, because this checklist/statement generator is used by print buyers/users, as well as print producers, printers can also use it to understand how direct marketers are thinking about sustainability.
When you’ve completed the checklist and customized the statement to fit your operation, have a copy emailed to you. In a matter of minutes you have created a formal environmental policy statement that you can put into your own format and publish.
To download the color helping software, go to www.pantone.com.
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FORUMS OFFER ONLINE HELP
Graphic Arts Online offers a forum for printers that including interesting information. It is just getting started, but you might find answers to some technical questions relating to printing there. Check out http://forums.graphicartsonline.com/
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