jeudi 26 janvier 2012
Okay, the long-awaited Chapter 11 filing of Kodak happened yesterday.
As us tech dwebs know (and it seems sometimes that only us tech dwebs know this) it's relatively simple -- as time goes by -- to replace: consumables, digitial printing, equipment, and even ctp devices.
But database-centric prepress systems? Maybe not so easy.
So with Kodak heading down, down, to Chapter 11 and possibly liquidation in the sometime future, what is going to happen to the prepress system that is driving the majority of the world's offset printers' workflow?
Well, notso easy to figure out. First of all, from what I know, the various Prinergy teams are based in Vancouver (a shadow of its former self), Herzlia, Israel (staffing numbers unknown) and some parts of Asia (I heard Vietnam but what do I know? Probably wrong.)
There are former Prinergy developers working in Vancouver with most of the software development management team over at Copperleaf, with the notable exception of Dave Kauffman who is working with Tantalus.
As it stands now, I can't see any of them jumping back into the Prinergy fold to save it, as the heavy hand of Rochester is still gently guiding the product lineup of the old Creo gently down the flusher. Perhaps if the software division gets spun off, some might be persuaded to have a sniff as consultants. Of course, the code base of Prinergy now resides in Israel, so not so easy to figure out the communication issues around THAT issue.
Interesting to see, the irresistible force of Kodak mismanagement against the immovable object of the Oracle database of Prinergy that is at the heart of so many prepress systems across the world.
Interesting to watch as an observer. Not so interesting if you are participant in the drama.
Les maisons d’édition et les services d’édition intégrés profiteront du flux de production hautement automatisé vjoon K4 et de son incorporation dans la suite d’édition numérique d’Adobe. Le fournisseur de plateformes d’édition multimédia et revendeur de la Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) d’Adobe, vjoon, annonce que des clients comme Condé Nast, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Red Bull et Wenner Media dominent les 10 applications les plus populaires créées avec la suite d’édition numérique. En juin 2010, vjoon K4 a été le premier système d’édition crossmédia à être intégré dans Adobe DPS. La collaboration entre les deux entreprises s’étend désormais à l’édition sur tablette. Le flux d’édition vjoon K4 renferme toutes les fonctions nécessaires à l’édition imprimée et sur tablette. Il est transparent, piloté par processus, et de nombreux sous-programmes sont automatisés. vjoon K4 convertit les maquettes créées dans Adobe InDesign dans le format tablette souhaité (iPad, Samsung Galaxy, etc.). La plateforme d’édition crossmédia adapte également les attributs et les unités de mesure. À terme, vjoon K4 convertit les séquences de mise en page et transmet automatiquement le magazine complet au format .folio vers le Service Distribution compris dans la suite DPS.
Chaque année depuis onze ans, Deloitte présente ses prédictions TMT (technologies, médias et télécommunications), qui ont pour but d’aider les entreprises dans leurs stratégies d’investissement et de marketing. Les prédictions suivantes sont susceptibles d’intéresser l’industrie graphique. Les tablettes numériques connaîtront un taux de pénétration du marché des produits achetés à de multiples reprises le plus rapide de l’histoire. Les Canadiens continueront de s’en procurer en 2012, y compris ceux qui en ont déjà une. L’année 2012 entraînera aussi son lot de changements pour la communication en champ proche (NFC), qui permet aux appareils mobiles comme les téléphones intelligents de transférer des informations à des terminaux et à d’autres appareils par simple glissement. L’augmentation des achats de téléphones intelligents, de tablettes, d’ordinateurs et de téléviseurs dépassera de loin les prédictions pessimistes de croissance. Les dépenses liées aux publicités en ligne de marques augmenteront de 50 pour cent par rapport à 2011. En 2009, presque tous les ordinateurs portatifs et miniportatifs conservaient leurs données sur des disques durs ; d’ici la fin de l’année 2012, ce sera le cas pour seulement 85 pour cent d’entre eux à cause de l’augmentation de l’utilisation des disques SSD (disque dur électronique). Le neuromarketing sera à l’avant-scène alors que les entreprises de marketing tentent de sonder l’esprit des consommateurs grâce à l’imagerie par résonance magnétique fonctionnelle (IRMf). Toutes les prédictions sont présentées sur le site www.deloitte.ca/predictions-fr et les canaux sociaux.
mercredi 25 janvier 2012
mardi 24 janvier 2012
iPhone photography? I am not going to reiterate everything you can learn within the class downloads, but I’ll try and highlight some of the days events that I found most interesting. Following the iPhoneography instameet the day before, I was game for meeting the other in-class students, the CreativeLive crew, and seeing what else Jack had on his iPhone.
Jack Hollingsworth Loves iPhone Photography
Is iPhoneography contagious or is it Jack’s love for iPhone photography that’s contagious? I don’t know but I could feel the intensity of Jack’s love for the topic and for the breakout art form and method of photography. Jack is one of those multiplier type people. What I mean is that he makes you feel energized one the subject and leaves you feeling like you are capable of going out and creating amazing work.
Since the class, I’ve been thinking so much about life in photography. Jack is a perfect example that following what you love will not do you wrong. In fact, his love of photography has lead him to a fascination with a mobile phone as a camera. Most professionals with 30 years experience won’t accept this tech with such embrace. Embracing change or first exploring this changing field has set him on such a prosperous path that is now paying dividends.
I could never even question Jack’s love for iPhone photography. This was such a highlight for me on Day 1. Instead of learning from a jaded photography veteran, we were learning from the iPhoneography Love Doctor. When his iPhoneography products are readily available, I say scoop them up.
iPhone Photography is Not An Attack on the DSLR
This class wasn’t set out to get us all to sell our DSLR units and join an iPhoneography cult. Traditional photography is not something we see being killed by the iPhone, but we were optimistically looking at where mobile photography is going in our lives as photographers or in general. I can’t help but to be left with the same feeling you’d get if you looked back to early 2000′s with Digital vs Film. Earlier digital adopters dealt with less than optimal image quality and the same has happened with mobile photography in the last few years. Learning how many images were taken with a smartphone in 2011 lends to say something big will happen in 2012.
If you have the downloads, you’ll actually get to see that Jack practices what he preaches too. We were witness to some video clips during the class that showed Jack out shooting with his iPhone 4 and DSLR. I have a feeling most of you photographers can relate to this if you’ve got an iPhone. Perhaps many photographers shot film and digital much the same in the past too – I wonder how many actually developed the film if they started capturing images with both mediums.
The question I have relates to convergence. When, or will, we ever opt to not bother with the bigger and bulkier DSLR… When do we full cross the line, if there is a line. For professional photographers, commercial work is usually were the line exists and I loved (yea, I mean LOVED) that Jack brought discussion around “low barrier to consumer entry but high barrier to commercial success.”
Watching a few short videos of Jack shooting iPhone photography with a model was brutally inspiring to me. I can’t even begin to scratch the surface on my thoughts here. This is very cool, very real, and very possible, and something I’m going to explore when the time is right. I believe there is opportunity to explore this with clients open to creative expression.
CreativeLive treats you well. When watching live, you don’t realize that there is some serious good eats happening off camera. Lunch for the first day was Thai food and it was awesome. We ate and talked about how Star has more followers on Google+ than there are people in my city of London Ontario. We have something like 350, 000 people in London…mmmhmmm…. Not even Chase has the follower count of Star Rush! BOOM!
Looking back at Day 1, I seriously didn’t realize how much actually did go on. I have a healthy love for mobile photography, but I am still hugely clueless to everything that’s going on out in the world with respects to iPhone Photography, iPhoneography and the likes. My eyes were opened to a whole culture of sites, people, and things going on.
I had no idea about The Mobile Photo Awards. Did you? Clearly thousands of people did because there were that many submissions of mobile photography! I learned about this website and project at the workshop and then from the creator of the project: Daniel Burman. Once you’re done reading this go check out the Mobile Photo Awards site!
The Winners had already been announced for the contest but it was amazing to hear about the response to the call for entries, Dans story, and to later see the winning entries. The highlight came in knowing that other people are using mobile photography ( mainly iPhone photography) in massively artistic ways. Dan talked about his 25 hours of “apping” to create an outstanding work of art. I had not heard this term before, but I instantly related it to any other art form today – ie painting, sculpting, ect.
Now that the MPA blog site is up, I am sure to visit it everyday. Why? Even though the winners have already been announced, everyday Dan is sharing one submission each day on the blog. If you want to up your game in iPhone photography, keep going back to the MPA blog.
The skype interview was pretty funny and worth it if you’re considering the downloads!
iPhone Mini Shoot
I almost forgot the coolest part where we actually created some iPhoneography. That’s not a criticism at all either. We shoot constantly with our iPhones. While it would have been awesome to have a day to full shooting and engagement in practicing the art, it wasn’t something possible with the setup. I think this would be more geared towards an off camera type workshop. Hmmm!
Anyways, we spend a few minutes outside CreativeLive taking pictures of Mackenzie ( I hope I spelled that right) and then it turned into a weird free for all. By the way this was probably the only sunny day in Seattle for days. Here are some of the shots from my iPhone of our good looking model:
Next we see everyone go a little weird:
Bullish for iPhone Photography and CreativityI’m continually reminded that no matter who you are, how old you are, how experienced you are, that you can easily shoot iPhone photography. There is something electric about iPhoneography. There is a story building and we are all right in the middle of it or we might even be at the forefront. The creative and photographic freedom we’re given to shoot, process, and share within minutes is something to be so excited about. This goes beyond just the use for photographers by trade and into the lives of everyone. Everyone is a photographer. Everyone has the ability to be more creative. We have the ability to build a more creative world and that gives me so much hope. That gives me so much to look forward to every single day.
Think I went back for Day 2?
Oh hell ya :)
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dimanche 15 janvier 2012
Caldera V9 supporte la dernière version du moteur d’impression d’Adobe, APPE 2.5, ajoutant productivité et raffinements. Les améliorations de la version 9 du RIP Caldera portent sur les options couleur, la manipulation des transparences et la rapidité de visualisation des aperçus. Afin de permettre aux utilisateurs de mieux maîtriser l’environnement d’impression, Caldera V9 propose deux mises à jour substantielles de son module d’impression désynchronisée Spooler. Les opérateurs peuvent ainsi double-cliquer sur un travail pour le rouvrir dans la fenêtre d’impression pour vérifier les paramètres ou le resoumettre avec de nouveaux paramètres. La fonction LiveSpooler présente un nouveau protocole d’échange XML, qui permet de contrôler les dispositifs hors ligne au sein de l’environnement d’impression. Les installations du RIP Caldera équipées du module de profilage EasyMedia tirent parti d’iPrismV2, désormais intégré dans Caldera V9 et procurant plus de lissé au rendu couleur et permettant des réglages plus fins. Une nouvelle fonction a été ajoutée à EasyMedia, permettant de décrire la densité d’encre et de resynchroniser les profils ICC au besoin. L’ajout d’une fonction entièrement nouvelle de gestion de la couleur résulte du partenariat de Caldera avec Alwan. Ainsi, l’option payante InkPerformer, qui nécessite une clé d’activation spéciale, calcule les nouveaux niveaux d’encre noire pour réduire l’utilisation des autres couleurs, ce qui se répercute positivement sur le coût des encres.
With 2012 upon us, we look back over our most memorable articles of last year.
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
9/11 ten years later
2011 marked the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. On this day, we took at look at one design firm’s approach to commemorate the events of 9/11.
On Valentine’s Day, we talked to Marian Bantjes on her fantastically complex, awe-inspiring work, and on following your heart as a designer over money.
The Neon Boneyard
idsgn goes on the road and visits the typographer’s oasis: the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is here that onlookers can stand beneath a two story cursive signature, penned by Liberace himself.
The (typographic) future is now
Thanks to our friends at Typekit and Underware (the designers behind our typeface Auto) we finally ditched sIFR (Flash text) in favor of glorious webfonts.
The good and evil of infographics
With the recent explosion of infographics, Josh Smith and Deroy Peraza discuss how these visualizations can sometimes be misleading.
Keep calm and everything else
We looked at the origin and never-ending adaptations of “Keep Calm and Carry On”, as well as color in the food industry, the history of Myriad, how macaroni is branded around the world, and the work of Design Machine.
Thanks for reading idsgn, here’s to another great year in 2012!