Print Preview

Click here to return to the normal view.
Direct2Time Print Ad Specifications Online Digital Ad Specifications Digital Magazine Ad Specifications
Industry Links

Industry Links

Below you will find a list of websites, providing access to a vast range of publishing related topics.

Time Inc. is a proponent of providing information that will benefit the industry as a whole and has made this listing available for general reference purposes. As such, the companies listed below are not associated with Time Inc.


The sites listed below provide training services in various areas of the publishing industry.

GAIN -- Graphic Arts Information Network IPA, The Association of Graphic Solutions Providers Total Training


The sites listed below provide software to create PDF files in-house.

Adobe Apago Artwork Systems


The sites listed below provide services to build PDF files online.



The sites listed below provide full services to build PDF files.



The sites listed below provide industry accepted tools for color management.


The sites listed below provide Virtual Proofing solutions, as per SWOP certificiation.


The sites listed below provide a wealth of publishing related information, through educational resources, standards implementation and a variety of initiatives currently underway for the future of the industry.

Please note that the following descriptions have been been gleaned from their respective sites

Cooperation for the Intergrtation of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress Organization CIP4 is a not-for-profit association and is registered with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as a Standards Development Organization. CIP4 is established in Switzerland, it has no regular offices; rather is a global organization with representatives in several countries. CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants and end-users in the print communications, Graphic Arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define future versions of Job Definition Format (JDF), to study user requirements, and to design a JDF Software Development Kit (SDK)

Digital Directions in Applications for Production DDAP advocates the use of accredited file formats in digital workflowsand focuses on developing best practices for standards-based digitalworkflows in a wide range of print media applications. DDAP is made up of an international group of graphic arts professionals dedicated to integrating the publishing and advertising industries through digital technologies and works closely with Digital Ad Lab, SWOP, GRACoL, the Print Properties Committee and other IDEAlliance network groups.

Digital Ad Lab The Digital Ad Lab's continuing mission - from its founding in 1996 to today - is practical problem-solving through local and ongoing interaction, feedback, and dialogue among all partners and peers in the digital workflow. Its focus is real world and hands-on case studies with a can-do-attitude to develop Best Practices.

Digital Image Submission Criteria The DISC Working Group will develop a set of specifications for use by Creative Professionals to include photographers and illustrators as a standard format prior to submission for publication. These specifications will allow for maximum reproduction print quality while expediting the production workflow. The digital specifications for image submission will address relevant key issues including size, resolutions, compression, color space and metadata.

Ghent PDF Workgroup GWG, an international organization of graphic arts industry associations, vendors, and observers, established to create, evaluate, and disseminate best practices, standards and specifications for publishing workflows.

IDEAlliance An established industry organization with a diverse and impressive membership that has been developing, educating and validating best practices in publishing and information technology for 40 years. Through special interest groups, conferences and its active membership, IDEAlliance offers its members an inside track into how the publishing and content-driven supply chain can and will be exploited to respond to both traditional and emerging pressures to reduce cost, increase the top line, and develop new lines of business.

International Prepress Association IPA is a not-for-profit global community of premedia and business professionals within the creative, print, electronic publishing, packaging, and in-plant sectors of the graphic communications industry. IPA has been a trusted resource for business intelligence, networking opportunities, products, publications, and conferences since 1897. IPA is the forum for graphic communications professionals who want to build business by strengthening and profiting from graphics workflow competencies.

Pantone, Inc Pantone, Inc. is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color. The PANTONE Name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. With 40 years of experience, we are the worldwide market leader in color communication and color technology for the graphic design, printing, publishing, textile and plastics industries.

PDF Zone The online authority for PDF and document management professionals

Planet PDF Planet PDF caters to anyone and everyone with an interest in PDF - from professional Web or print publishers seeking appropriate tools, to rank beginners wondering exactly what "PDF" stands for. Assisting PDF users since 1998, Planet PDF is a comprehensive, popular and independent Web site exclusively focused on Adobe Acrobat/PDF users and uses.

Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation The world's largest graphic arts trade association, and a technical, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of the graphic communications industries worldwide. The Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), along with its affiliates, deliver products and services that enhance the growth, efficiency, and profitability of its members and the industry through: advocacy, education, research, and technical information.

Specifications for Web Offset Publications The mission of SWOP is to continue to raise the level of publication printing quality by setting forth specifications and tolerances. SWOP accomplishes this by providing specifications for everyone involved in graphic arts workflow, which includes all forms of magazine advertising and editorial input, whether analog or digital. Adherence to these specifications ensures that all input received by the printer can be reproduced as intended and desired by the advertiser/publisher with minimal difficulty. Quality that is measurable and verifiable at each step in the prepress-to-print workflow allows everyone in the image reproduction process to monitor and improve performance by statistical methods.


The sites listed below offer degree level education and training in the graphics arts industry

City University of New York - College of Technology The Advertising Design & Graphics Arts program at CUNY - College of Technology offers Certificate, Associate and Baccalaureate level programs in the graphic communications industry.

California Polytechnic Institute State University - College of Liberal Arts The Graphic Communication curriculum, offering Baccalaureate level degrees, is designed to prepare graduates for positions in printing, publishing, electronic imaging, packaging, and related professions.

Rochester Institute of Technology - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences The School of Printing Management and Sciences at RIT - CIAS offers graduate and undergraduate level programs in the graphic communications industry.