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We have recently purchased a programmable cutting machine (Blackcat Cougar 24"). I have been using this machine as a simple die-cutting machine and have also experimented with embossing.
Before digital printing made short prints runs affordable, it was cost prohibitive to publish your own book. Now, armed with a great idea, you can produce your own book without having to mortgage the house.
The Trends Collection for 2011 has recently been published—a catalogue that we were intimately involved with. It runs to 240 pages and features the whole product range—hundreds of products in total.
We have had our printer for several months now, and have had a chance to get better at colour matching. Most of us at MCK have a prepress background and are as confident in CMYK colour as RGB. Recently we had a printing job that involved producing 8up imposition proofs for two catalogues that were to be offset printed in China. Altogether we printed close to 200m of proofs.
With Apple’s announcement of a new iBook format and a new authoring application, I thought I might offer an opinion on how I see this playing out.
We have finally taken delivery of a new Canon iPF8300 inkjet printer. This adds to our existing Epson 9600 which is still providing sterling service.
Having typeset many books in my professional life, and having taught courses on word processing and typesetting (not necessarily related), I have realized that there are some basic principles that are often overlooked. The first of these is the most important.