Second IPP Pre-press conference 1995

The 2nd annual Prepress repress Conference and Exposition

REGISTER EARLY. REGISTER now. This year’s conference is the same in the sense that it is a participatory affair and a place for serious discussion of new technologies and getting answers to practical questions. The conference is a bit different because it is not limit- ed to newspapers and magazines and there is also a small exposition of hard- ware, software and catalogs. So all in- terested in the new prepress are welcome and there will be a good chance to see live running digital cameras, scanners, proofers, workstations, and image- setters with built in film processors. So this is not just a local version of IFRA but also of Seybold this time!

Participants are expected to share what they have been doing and what their views are on technical and prac- tical issues. We fully expect them to come with their case studies, practical problems, sample jobs and test prints and even files. We will provide the facilities to show their work including a high powered Mac with a SyQuest 200MB cartridge drive attached to a projection unit. Participants are welcome to make brief presentations. Contact us early if you need a special time slot or any assistance in making a short presentation.

HIS KIND OF GIVE AND TAKE IN Discussion can only be accomplished if the number of topics are limited and sufficiently related. We feel that for high quality prepress one of the main issues is connectivity and net- working: whether the new digital de- vices should only be add-ons and peripherals to connect to the heavy duty proprietary networks and servers or whether we are ready for building our own prepress networks with UNIX, Windows NT, Novel, the new 100Base BaseT fast Ethernet cards and various OPI/DCS software packages for each of these environments. A considerable number of both CCD and PMT scanners and high resolution imagesetters are also being ordered or considered and we feel this discussion also needs to be taken to a serious plane. The discussions of PostScript Level 2, calibra- tion, integration also need to be enhanced. The discussion on digital co- lour standards, digital proofing and the digital distribution of ads need to be addressed even if there are no immediate or easy answers.

PLEASE HAVE A LOOK AT THE tentative program on page 30 and if your organisation’s future depends on good technology absorption get your people to participate. Technology is not machines, since everyone can buy a machine. Only good technical people can buy the right ma- chines and make them work together with the right software to produce salable high quality colour. Good technical people need a regular forum to demystify digital prepress. A bi-directional, high bandwidth event is most desirable. Make it happen.

The 2nd Prepress Conference is establishing a platform for Indian technologists to share their experience. It is a significant opportunity for technology vendors and buyers to interact with the best and most creative users.

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS IT WILL be probably very late to register for the prepress conference. But if you receive this copy in time and you are interested please make an effort to register by fax. The 2nd conference looks like it will have an excellent collection of the best In- dian technologists who have made things happen in the last fifteen years in spite of the enormous constraints in infrastructure and technology that most of us are aware of. This conference is to help us in coming to terms with the changes and opportunities that confront prepress today.

This time we are extremely fortu- nate to have K Panchanatham, the legendary engineer who helped trans- mit full broadsheet pages with half- tones over eight parallel voice grade telephone lines using an old Muir- head facsimile device. We have also been able to catch some of the very busy hot shots like GS Mani of Indian Express and of course our stalwart friend Purnendu Sen. We have kept in touch with Ashok Nerker and Hor- musji Cama and although Ashok has declined to make a presentation for lack of time and prior travel plans, he hopes to be back in Bombay and at our conference. We are also look- ing for a technically articulate presentation on integration and colour man- agement from Sunil Khullar, on “Why things won’t work, and how some- times they will ”. Please keep in mind that this is not a lecture series. It is your chance to speak up, interrupt and question and share your experience with us. Bring your problems and your solutions and talk to the best.

We are fortunate to have good international inputs again in the form of Ulf Wilkenson from SCOOP, Chris- topher Herbst of Linotype-Paul, Rog- er Corney of Eskofot Digital, Arthur Chua and Luc Kindt of Barco, and hopefully Neils Ohrgard of ScanView and Frank Wilhelm of Bacher, a Post- Script pioneer. There is still the pos- sibility of speakers from Scitex and DuPont on digital proofing.

There will be a small expo also this time, and the exhibitors include Aba- cus, Insight, Kohli Graph- ic, Laserpoint, TechNova, Unigraph- ics and Yabasu Systems at this point. Please have a look at the tentative program on page 5 and the advertise- ment and registration form for the conference on pages 19 and 20.

Off to DRUPA and get ready for the 2nd Prepress Technology Conference in November

RIGHT NOW, AT THE END OF April and the beginning of May, no one has any time for anything but DRUPA. Unfortunately most of us don’t have any money for any- thing else either. Our two special DRUPA issues have met with favourable reader response and we have also caught up quite a bit on our publishing schedule. But advertisers need to get their bud- gets and plans and materials organised quickly for the coming year. Re- member that in December we will be increasing our advertising rates also. From this issue, dated April 1995 we are increasing our news- stand rate to Rs 35 per copy. The magazine is available at around fifteen bookshops and twenty news- stands around the country.

2nd Pre Press Conference

The second prepress technology conference will be held in Bombay on November 8 and 9. There is the possibility of a small prepress equip- ment and software exhibition being held alongside from the afternoon of the 9th to the 11th of November.

We hope this time that in addition to George Jacob, Hormusjee Cama, Purnendu Sen and Pranav Parikh, we will also be able to get GS Mani and Tapash Bardhan there this time. We hope to have presentations by Ashok Nerker, K Panchanatham and Sunil Khullar. ATEX and Scitex have both expressed a desire to participate again and we hope to have others such as Autologic (who backed out because of the plague last time) and ECRM and Harlequin and perhaps even Crosfield and Linotype-Hell this time. We may also try for a representative of Quark to make a presentation and most likely we will be able to get Apple and Adobe.

We are still open to suggestions on conference topics and speakers. Broadly, the topics will include PostScript Colour, PostScript Level 2, Output devices, Electronic Publishing on the Network, Editorial Systems and Colour Standards, and wide area net- works and full page transmission for regional and district editions.

The 2nd PrePress Conference and Expo

We documentation of the  E HAVE TRIED TO INCLUDE THE Conference in this special issue of our magazine. We feel as much as possible of the conference’s energy and atmosphere should reach the widest possible audience. However, this is not an academic affair but more like a meeting of practioners, developers and users and a great many vendors too and it is difficult to generate the documentation at all, let alone in time to print it. But this effort at forcing our engineers to articulate and interact is very much part of the con- ference’s aim. We hope to come out of the mystical, approximate, unscientific, trade secret culture to an atmosphere of industry wide technolo- gy and experience. This is not in any way to denigrate the sheer stamina, craftsmanship, experience and concentration required to produce qual- ity colour repro. But we have to turn this experience into technology and into profitable industry.

Rushing this issue has of course affected our sales efforts for the con- ference itself. Many more people in a city like Bombay would have participated if we were better organised. On the other hand, we are not a sales organisation, nor a conference company, nor an association. It will be interesting to see whether the energy and focus of a small organisation will be able to sustain this platform. As in digital colour repro, the question is whether we are unique by intention or by default.

Of course we will again reprint the proceedings of the conference in the December 1995 and January 1996 is- sues of IP&P.

Notes on some of the panelists and speakers at the 2nd PrePress Conference

Roger Corney

Roger Corney is the Regional Director for Eskofot Digital Graphic Systems. He has been with EDGS since February 1995. Before that he worked for Crosfield Electronics for 12 years in various posts, recently as the Regional Director responsible for Crosfield’s activities in the Asia Pacific region from bases in Japan and Hong Kong.

RS Dugal

R.S Dugal graduated in Electronics from Pune University, 1979. Mr Dugal worked for two years with Motwane Pvt Ltd and Sujata Sales. In 1981 he went into business with International Business Associates and became the founding Managing Director of Abacus Computers Limited. Abacus was a pioneering and leading research and development company in the pre- press field in India. Mr Dugal was personally involved in prepress moderni- sation at more than a hundred newspaper publications and a few hundred DTP sites while at Abacus. RS Dugal sold his stake in International Business Associates and Abacus in 1992, and started Insight Communications and Syntegrators Software Pvt Ltd. Insight are OEMs of Ultre and dealers of Scitex and Apple in India.

Insight has developed an integrated newspaper editorial software, with editorial workflow, broadsheet pagination, production tracking, communi- cation and ODBC compliant database. This system is in production at various sites of Malayala Manorama, The Telegraph, The Afternoon Dispatch and Courier, Dainik Aikya and certain modules at Rajasthan Patrika. An upcoming newspaper installation this month is The Hitavada.

Insight/Syntegrators have developed document management, filing and workflow system based on the powerful Adobe Acrobat. This handles the requirements of platform independent electronic document generation, worklow, distribution and conversion of legacy paper documents into. electronic format.

Sunil Khullar

Sunil Khullar is an engineering graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay (1984). He received a Master of Design degree in Visual Communication from the Industrial Design Centre at IIT Bombay in 1986, where he specialised in computer graphics, typography and printing.


He worked with VSS computers in Bombay on the development of the first PC based WYSIWYG package for Indian scripts from 1987 to 1990. Sunil Khullar started digital studio for font digitization, software development and consultancy. Mr Khullar developed a plug-in package for Ventura called vp-fx that gave complete PostScript capability to Ventura Publisher.


Mr Khullar has been involved in various system integration projects in the graphic arts industry and organised and conducted a seminar in ‘Practical PostScript in Bombay in 1994. Sunil Khullar is presently a consultant and trainer on PostScript as a partner and director of Summit Data Products (Bombay) Private Limited, a vendor of pre-press and colour processing solutions to the newspaper industry.

K Panchanatham

K Panchanatham received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Poona in 1965 and then did the three year diploma course in Electronics and Telecommunication at the Madras Institute of Technology. After working for a year at the Space Science and Technology Center in Trivandrum, Pancharatham joined The Hindu in their facsimile department at Madras in 1970. Mr Panchanathan worked for more than 20 years in the facsimile and electronics sections of The Hinds, and is currently working with Sanka Graphics Private Limited in Madras, Sanka Graphics does desktop repro for colour and offers technical consultancy for newspapers.

Frank Wilhelm

Frank Wilhelm who is 35 years old, already has 15 years experience in Research & Development, with extensive expertise and experience in PostScript programming. His job descriptions have included management and marketing in the digital printing and publishing fields.

After completing his technical studies in Germany in 1978, he traveled around the world and extensively throughout the Middle East and the Far East, where he mastered a number of foreign languages! Returning to Germany in 1996, he worked in research and development of control and electronic systems and PostScript programming. In 1988 he founded DTP Gmbh, of which he is General Manager, as an exclusive distributor of imagesetters and rapidly expanded his organisation to a network of over 70 dealers internationally.

One of the first to do in-depth PostScipt programming in Germany, Frank Wilhelm has been become a renowned and leading authority in imageset ting and RIP technologies in the prepress industry, and of course a highly sought after speaker at seminars and symposia The Bacher DTP group with over 100 employees has a turnover in excess of US$ 25 million. Frank Wilhelm is the sole inventor of the Pacesetter RISC Technology, Multipage Buffering and Pacesetter RIP.

Ulf Wilkenson

Ulf Wilkerson started his career in the world of publishing in 1970, after having graduated from the Graphical high school in Stockholm, Sweden. Beginning as a sales representative for Nonk Data Comter, he quickly rose to become its sales and marketing manager.

 In 1982, Ull Wilkerson founded Wilkenson Data. For ten years, this company developed and supplied editorial systems primarily for the Swedish daily press. It was as a result of this long successful working relationship with the newspaper industry that Ulf Wilkenson hit upon a novel invention. Based on his vital inside experience of the problems and procedures of daily news publishing, he was able to develop and implement the concept of shrink wrapped editorial software. The year 1992 saw the start of the SCOOP company’s rapid growth. Today there are 65 daily newspapers in Europe alone using Wilkenson software.

PG Balan

Systems Manager, Bennett Coleman and Co. Bombay

V K Bharadwaj

Director. Yabusu Graphics, Bombay. 37 years. Born and brought up in Bombay Trained as an Industrial Electronics engineer at Bombay, 1981. Worked for Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay, Essen Electronics, and Delairco. Hardware and software design, CPM, DOS, Windows, Novell, Assembly, Xhase, C. PostScript, Densy, Cora. Since 1985 has been a principal in Datec India, Yalasu Systems, and Yabasu Graphics Pvt Ltd. Yahasu has tie-ups with Harelequin, Teca, Bistream, Ultre, Exxtra, Varityper, Escher Grad (pending formal announcement) and LogEtronics.

M Buch

Marketing Manager, Abacus, Bombay

Viren Chhabra

Moderator. Retired from The Statesman Delhi, past president of the All India Federation of Master Printers, Delhi

Christopher Herbst

Linotype Paul, Germany

Naresh Khanna 

Organiser. Based in Delhi. Educated at Mrs Gauba’s, Brooklyn Tech, Columbia and SUNYAB. Consultant in printing and publishing systems. Former clients include, Thomson Press, Malayalam Manorama, UNICEF India, UNICEF Bangladesh, and Business India Publisher and editor of Indian Printer & Publisher,

GS Mani

Indian Express (Bombay) Ltd, Systems Manager, Madras

Kiran Priyagi

GATE, Bombay, London College of Printing.

TG Ramesh

Country Sales Manager- Enterprise Networks, Microland, Bangalore. An electronics engineer from Madurai University with wide experience in both voice and data networking. Previously worked with BPL, Crompton Greaves, General Data Com

Purnendu Sen

Director, Production, Bennett Coleman and Co. Bombay. Trained in England and Germany, MBA, Bombay.

“Why things won’t work’

Sunil Khullar


What are the reasons for the current dissatisfaction with the new technology? Who is to blame, the technology or we ourselves? Have we (the users) understood the technology? In our day to day operation are we making serious errors? Are we scanning at the right DPI? Are we scanning with the right software, stand-alone or plug-in? Are we colour correcting at the right place, scanning software or in PhotoShop? Are we working with the right format, RGIS or CMYK? and so on…..

We the vendors, are we taking our jobs and responsibilities seriously? Do we educate our customers about the pitfalls of the technology, such as colour management? Have we appreciated the need of networking as against connecting?

Have the buyers really understood the new concepts and their (limitations) requirements? Are we conscious about the role of the operator and his training? Are we aware of the role of the vendor and his limitations? How to make the right decision? What are the misconceptions?

The presentation attempts to identify the problems, answer some and leave those open which are issues in themselves.

An earlier communication of the presentation in progress 

Most people crib about things not working, or not being as good or as fast as their older systems, be it scanners, or typesetters. Many of these people are those who have actually invested in new top of the line systems and are speaking from their experience, so their comments can not be ignored. They have to be studied and analysed. On the other hand there are quite at few people who have regularly produced good stuff without access to high- end systems. This applies for both the color processing industry and the newspaper industry. I have a good case study of a person who has been producing good color separations for the last four years. Imagine four years back! And that too with equipment which are considered foolish to be used for that kind of work. But this person knows his colour. And he has learned the new tools, the hard way. To analyse this, I intend to further talk about the ‘change’ and the problems that have been created by the ‘change’. How these problems have effected a) the user (the person who actually works on the system) b) The buyer and c) the Vendor. Where these people go wrong, what are the actual problems they face.

  1. a) The right DPI scanning and processing for the required LPI
  2. b) The storage of files should be in which format EPS, TIFF, JPEG etc.?
  3. c) Where should one do the actual separation (RGB to CMYK), in the scanning software, in PhotoShop or even later? These are some of the problems and questions the user faces every day.

Similarly the Buyer has to make a choice about making the right choice of equipment (not right brands of equipment) for eg: 

  1. a) If he is buying an 12″ imagesetter does he need a 5000 dpi scanner?
  2. b) How much of memory should he have for scanning, retouching etc.? 
  3. c) Does he need an OPI?
  4. d) How can he get digital proofs, is having a CMS software enough?

Brief outline of the main concerns in a Newspaper editorial system

RS Dugal

Newspaper editorial system and its benefits 

The total editorial workflow of news: Agency, Bureaus, Desks, and Baskets Workgroup publishing in a newspaper environment Components of an editorial system

  1. Editorial workflow
  2. Broadsheet pagination 3. 4GI. Database and SQL Query Engine
  3. Production tracking system 5. Communication system
  4. Advertising booking, scheduling and pagination system Scaleable models for newspapers
  5. No database, no workflow, only pagination.
  6. Access database, editorial workflow and pagination
  7. Sybase, UNIX, Editorial, Advertising and Pagination
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