Drag, Drop... Done
Digital file transfer and remote proofing are speeding up workflows and making it easier for in-plants to communicate with clients.
Your client wants the job done yesterday.
In one scenario, the client downloads the job to disk, packs it up and transports it to you. You run a press proof and deliver it back to the waiting client. The client wants changes, so the whole process starts over again. Time elapsed: 48 hours (and counting).
In an alternate scenario, the client merely drags the job file over to a folder on the computer desktop and sends it to you via a digital network. You then send a proof directly to a printer in the client's office. When the client wants changes made, you make the changes and send another proof. Time elapsed: one hour.
Digital file transfer and remote proofing are quickly becoming business standards, speeding up the workflow and making it easier for in-plants to communicate with their clients. If you still rely on sneakernet for receiving files, it's time to think about moving forward.
The main reason that in-plants consider digital file transfer is speed.
"With digital networking you're building in speed," says Burke McCarthy, president of Mannheim, Germany-based Hermstedt, a supplier of telecommunications products for desktop computers. "When you have to write a disk and courier it to your client, you lose productive time."
Digital transfer also allows easy communication between facilities and creates a seamless workflow, according to Chuck Gehman, vice president of technology at Digital Art Exchange (DAX), in Boston, a provider of open digital connectivity solutions.
"For anyone in the graphic communications business," he says, "anything you can do to make it easier to work with you is going to help."
Sending Work Over The Internet
The most well-known way of transferring files is via the Internet. It's quick and it's easy—but the most compelling reason for using the Internet to send files is that it's one of the most widely adopted communications networks in the world. While your clients may not have ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) lines or be on your managed network, you can be sure they have e-mail addresses.