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February 23, 2007

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Micheal

Great infomation here. Kodak has launched a new printer for which ink is significantly cheaper for black and color ink. Would love if you blogged to your readers about it.

John Cronin

There is nothing to be sad about. Reprographics companies are either covering their costs or finding ways to add additional services making the lives of AutoDesk customers better. Most AutoDesk customers get paid for design not document distribution. The work being done with DWF has the promise of streamlining the process for everyone involved. As the technology matures there is little need for a reprographic company to charge more to process a DWF file. This was not the case in the not so distant past. In fact most reprographics companies are not charging for DWF today thanks to the excellent support AutoDesk has provided to companies like PLP and Oce.

Scott Sheppard

Thank you John for your comments. I agree that DWF files offer the potential to streamline the process to reduce, not increase, costs on the reprographer's side. Yet when I look at the IRgA standard, I see:

"While the following list is not exhaustive, some of the more common services which incur a charge include:
· File conversion
· File creation
· File distribution/transfer
· File management
· File preparation
· File retrieval
· File RIP
· File storage/archiving
· Online plan rooms
· Raster to vector compression
· Remote job submission"

Note that File RIP and Remote job submission are included in the list. As a DWF guy, my motivation is to discourage anything that inhibits the adoption of DWF where it is unwarranted. It is good to hear that most reprographics companies are not charging for DWF today thanks to the excellent support Autodesk has provided to companies like PLP and Océ. When I surveyed reprographers in August (http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_paper/2006/08/why_does_my_rep.html), it was about 50-50.

Kip Young

John Cronin's point about Autodesk users getting paid to design and not distribute drawings/information is well said. Designers lose sight of the fact that their billable hours to provide these services are probably more expensive to the client than paying to have these services provided by reprographics companies.

Our company does not charge for printing from .dwf. We promote it because it is more efficient. What we do charge for is distributing that information to project team members such as contractors, owners, and consultants.

I also agree that everyone wins when they concentrate on their core competency.

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I think that The work being done with DWF has the promise of streamlining the process for everyone involved. As the technology matures there is little need for a reprographic company to charge more to process a DWF file. This was not the case in the not so distant past

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