Prepress

CD and DVD Readers

  • Jazz, 1 GB, 2 BG
  • Zip 100, 250, GB
  • Orb 2.2 GB drive
  • Optical 230, 640, 1.3 GBLS 120
  • Floppy 3.5 or 5.25

Scanners and Related software

  • Fuji SRA3 scanner (2750 dpi)
  • Xerox high speed colour A3 scanner
  • Xerox digi path scanner and software
  • Xerox XDODD system
  • Xerox IDES
  • Xerox extended storage
  • Xerox job converter

Applications

  • Quark, PageMaker, In-Design, Word, Access and Excel
  • VIPP variable data software
  • Extensive data warehousing for “on demand” print applications
  • One vision “asura” pre-flyte software (verifies post script and .pdf files)

File Preparation Guidelines

Computer Files

Our prices (unless
otherwise stated) are based on the following: Only files
needed for the job in hand being supplied. Files
supplied in the order of which they are required.
Multiple pages in files, 25 or more pages per file (if
more than 25 pages in the final job). All pages supplied
in the orientation in which they are to be printed.
Blank pages inserted where acquired before submission.

PDF File

A file created from a software application
using adobe acrobat. A PDF file for printing must contain all the printed fonts,
and graphics at the resolution require, by the creator of the work. Ready to
print PDF files must have blank pages inserted where acquired. Files should be
created using acrobat distiller (PDF writer can produce unpredictable results
when used to produce a print file).

Post Script File

A computer file created from a application
by printing to a file a version of the required job using a post script printer
driver. Post script files must have the blank pages inserted where required by
the document creator. For best results on IC Digital equipment the following
drives should be used:

Black and white work: Xerox Docutech driver version PS2V2010

Colour Work: Adobe Distiller Driver.

The drivers can be obtained from the Xerox web site.
www.Xerox.com

Application Files

A file created from a software application
using adobe acrobat. A PDF file for printing must contain all the printed fonts,
and graphics at the resolution require, by the creator of the work. Ready to
print PDF files must have blank pages inserted where acquired. Files should be
created using acrobat distiller (PDF writer can produce unpredictable results
when used to produce a print file).

PDF Files

If it possible to save the PDF file to
your machine that when sent to an external service produce a completely
different result from what you see on screen. This is possible because you may
have fonts, or graphics on a network drive or licence fonts that acrobat will
not embed. The way to avoid this is to create your file ensuring that you
include all fonts and graphics.
This will result in a larger file but one
will print correctly. If you have licensed fonts on your system it may not be
possible to create a correctly printable PDF file. A PDF file will always print
but, if the fonts are missing from the file, the printing device will substitute
alternative fonts unless specificity instructed not to. If you want to ensure
that the PDF file you send us will print as you expect you should follow the
above guide lines and after creating the PDF file test it on another machine
having ensured that under the menu “advanced” “Use local fonts” is turned “off”.

Colour fidelity

From work produced from CRC colour will be
close representation of the image on the original. Shades of a particular colour
can not be guaranteed. For work produced from a application file which are
usually optimised for screen viewing we use for software that attempts to
convert the work to CMYK used by digital printing machines, colour fidelity is
usually acceptable using this method but better results are obtained from work
produced using professional DTP packages e.g. Quark, Pagemaker, Illustrator,
Photoshop etc.

Proofing

We can always proof work if required. We will always need
the customer to proof work produced directly from application files supplied to
us. If upon commencing production we stop something that appears to be wrong we
will call the customer and if necessary supply a printed proof.

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