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> Have I missed
> anything from the following checklist?
> * File format? PS on CD? Are there different types of PS?
> (Probably PS is a
> whole nother mailing list, but are there any snags, e.g. with
> TT fonts or
> non-US characters?)
> * What page formats, weight, and finish available?
> * Binding?
> * Deadline?
> * Dummy run possible?
I haven't seen any responses posted to the list; hopefully you've gotten
some off-list replies. Here are some questions that I've gathered that I ask
a prospective printer.
+ resolution of the printer (so I can determine what resolution my scans
should be) or what would they recommend for the resolution of scanners. I
guess if you don't use scanned images, that might not be important; I do.
+ relating to file format, do they want native files (i.e., PM6.5), ps
files, or pdf files
+ I like to know whether they have the ability to send and receive files
electronically-- preferrably NOT via e-mail, but via an ftp site.
+ If you print in color and it is important to match certain colors, find
out what system they use (e.g., Pantone, Tru-Match).
+ Make sure that TT fonts are fine. It used to be that Type 1 was the
+ Rather than a "dummy run", ask if you get blue lines or a laminated proof.
+ I also like to ask, in a perfect world, what would their shortest turn
around time be.
+ Do they deliver? Do they have their own delivery people or do they use
FedEx, UPS, etc?
+ Do they store your files (for instance, if you want to run it again will
they have the files or would you need to send them again)?
I think that's about it from me. Though I'd be interested in seeing any
responses you might have received off-list.
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