Publishing Technology Wire | 7.25.06
By Linda Zebian and Marrecca Fiore
Apago Upgrades PDF Shrink 4.0
Graphic arts and document management software developer Apago Inc. has upgraded PDF Shrink software for Mac OS X. PDF Shrink 4.0 is used to reduce the size of PDF files for use on Web sites, e-mail attachments and CD burning and can be used on PDFs created in Mac OS X iLife and iWork, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
With the updated software, files can be reduced by as much as 90 percent of their original size to make it easier for users to work with the files even if they do not have the full version of Adobe Acrobat while still maintaining graphic quality. The $35 upgraded 4.0 version features optional encryption, support for JPEG 2000 image compression, and a "wizard" for easy optimization of PDFs for various uses.
Service Printers Look Into Commercial Opportunities
California-based Barlow Printing is now providing both sheet fed and web offset printing services to publishing companies. Its clients include magazine, catalog and newspaper publishers, as well as corporate accounts. Barlow employs one plate setter to feed both web and sheet fed presses, and offers plate sizes ranging from 1-up to 8-up. Barlow uses the EXRM Mako 8 to produce plates for its 1-up press, which also offers formats for 2, 4, 6, and 8 page signatures. Mako 8 has a maximum format of 32.4" x 45" and production speeds of 19, eight-page plates per hour.
The family-run printing business also plans to expand its capabilities with a new web press later this year, which will feature ultra-violet ink-set technology. PC Magazine Says Lexmark Printer Best for Small Businesses
PC Magazine recently gave Lexmark International’s C500n color laser printer a four-star rating. The printer was selected based on print quality, speed and price. "At $399 (direct), the Lexmark C500n is one of the most affordable color laser printers on the planet," PC Magazine said. With speeds of up to 31 pages per minute (ppm) in monochrome and 8 ppm in color, the Lexmark C500n can easily serve as the primary printing device for customers who require color but also print large volumes of black and white documents, the magazine said. The Lexmark C500n also comes standard with networking so the printer can easily be shared by several users in a small workgroup, reducing the cost of maintenance and supplies. The low price makes it an affordable choice for small businesses, the magazine concluded.
Martha Stewart Internet Segment Hires
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has announced three, new managerial hires in the company’s growing Internet business segment. Thomas Mueller has been named vice president, creative director; Christine Cook assumes the role of vice president, interactive advertising sales; and Robert Kernen will become assistant vice president and director of product management for the Internet.
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