Color seps from Word

Subject: Color seps from Word
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 1997 10:46:49 -0600

Russell Kilday-Hick asked for advice in printing color
separations from MSWord. Russell, the long answer is that
Word really isn't suitable for doing color work unless your
output is to a desktop inkjet printer. Get something like
PageMaker, Quark or Frame that was built to handle color
professionally, and use that in the future.

All's not lost, however. The short answer? Get a copy of
Acrobat and print the Word file to a PDF file. Most
printers big enough to own a web press are big enough to
have someone on staff (or a subcontractor) who can color
separate PDF files properly. There was an article on this
in _Publish_ several months back... printing color seps
from PDF files is becoming a new standard for color
publishing.

Tech note: the Adobe rep I spoke to a few nights back
hinted that Adobe is supporting a PDF-based approach for
color print publishing _very_ strongly. Their new "Supra"
printing architecture is actually based around a hybrid
PDF/postscript approach, and it's not a stretch to say that
pure Postscript may be surpassed by PDF as the standard for
print publishing in a few years. If it works as advertised,
it makes Xerox's DocuTech systems look about as advanced as
Gutenberg's original press. Call Adobe and ask for their
white paper on Supra if you're interested in more
details... it's a fascinating and exciting time for those
of us who do print publishing for a living.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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