In his article "Automating Workflows," David Zwang explores the what, how and why of process automation, including a look at some basic automation tools and offering insights on ways to facilitate new workflows.
Bernd Zipper of Germany chats with Stephan Jaeggi of Switzerland about his long experience working with PDF in Prepress, and in particular about the "opportunities and dangers" Jaeggi sees for those who attempt to build a home-grown PDF workflow. His advice: "You don't have to switch to a PDF workflow all at once ... take it step by step. Run the PDF workflow in parallel with your existing PostScript workflow."
PDF is one of the most brittle and unforgiving formats I've ever worked with, in the sense that if you introduce even one stray byte into the middle of a file, you stand a 99% chance of wrecking the reading frame for the whole file (kind of like a frameshift error in DNA giving rise to "nonsense proteins"), totally breaking the world.
A custom keystroke filter to emulate one of those Department-of-Motor-Vehicle sort of forms where you have a little square box for every letter of your name, and you can fit only one character to a box.
March 20-23, 2012 -- Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
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