Graphic Technology Xchange boots productivity


January 20, 2004

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The Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia is extending its online and moderated technical forum (Graphic Technology Xchange) to individual subscribers, effectively dropping the price of access to the invaluable resource from AUD$550 to AUD$20 per annum.

Until now, it has only been possible to join GASAA and gain access to Graphic Technology Xchange through a company membership, but there has been such a positive response to the fully moderated forum that GASAA has decided to make membership available to all graphics professionals as individuals.

It is planned that individual membership will be AUD$55, but there is an introductory offer to promote the individual membership option for the next few weeks.

The fully moderated forum enables users to have their questions answered by a stellar cast of moderators, so if you have a problem, this is great place to find the answer - the forum draws on the expertise and experience of independent consultants and technology users in "filtering" useful information to subscribers.

The following technical experts cover: web, PDF, colour management, digital print, proofing, workflow and application software, and the assembled band of experts represents the cream of the crop.

John Allsopp - WestCivKarl DeAbrew - BinaryThing.comEliot Harper - Fuji Xerox AustraliaChris Heric - Web PDF (USA) Andy McCourt - McCourt ConsultingDavid Zwang - Zwang & Co. (USA) Garry Knespal (Moderator) - Executive Officer of GASAA.

Some of the questions that have been running around the forum include:

"How do I view postscript files to check whether they are okay or not if I make the files off-site from the rip?"

"Where can I find information on Bar code (micro enlargement) suitable for letterpress requirements?"

"How are people managing their serial number tracking in-house with the plethora of software we have available to us and do have running across many machines?"

" We often receive PC files in Word, Publisher & PowerPoint to be worked on our Macs, utilising Quark / InDesign / Illustrator & Photoshop. What would be the best way to access these files without purchasing Microsoft Office?"

To join the online moderated forum, go to: or call on 1300 131 787

For more information contact Garry Knespal at GASAA on 02 9386 1595.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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