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Old 12-25-2008, 11:58 AM
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I was wondering. I see well known magazines in pdf files that are downloadable alot nowdays. Did they scan the magazine page per page before converting it to pdf file? It just seems like alot of work to scan the magazine page by page or do they have some faster way to scan it in?
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:29 PM
 
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They probably exported it to .PDF format. We do our publications for work in Quark then save them as PDF.
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:57 PM
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They probably exported it to .PDF format. We do our publications for work in Quark then save them as PDF.
Yes, but you have to scan it in before being able to export it right? It has to get in as a file of some sort.
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Old 12-25-2008, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Yes, but you have to scan it in before being able to export it right? It has to get in as a file of some sort.
No. The actual page format is put together (composited) in Quark or one of the Adobe products or clones, and that file is then output to make the plates which are used in the printing presses. Providing a pdf for downloading takes little or no effort.

In the old days, (1960s and even through the 1980s) each page was hand pasted, with the ads being printed and submitted on their own. All of the text, artwork, ads, and photos were then waxed onto a large sheet of paper that had light blue guidelines for column spacing and line spacing. The art was then photographed onto litho film, retouched or opaqued, and printing plates made from that. The advent of computers decimated the layout and art departments of many newspapers and magazines, since this work was no longer needed.

While layout errors in magazines was fairly rare, most newspapers had some glaring errors and problems, and the workers were lazy or actively antagonistic to advertisers. Back then, I sometimes would put tiny dots under key letters in the advertisements I submitted. Those dots should have been opaqued out, but they weren't, and if you put the letters together, they spelled out hidden messages about how bad the paper was.

This is all in contrast to sites like the google book site, where books have been scanned in by hand on a scanner. You can sometimes even see fingers, a hand, or other artifacts in the scans there.
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