In meeting with a very capable printer, Crepeau Graphics, in Minnesota this week a question was ask regarding the size of the ballot file as it is received from the customer.
Crepeau is a very technically competent printer with image setter technology to go directly to a poly plate with up to 8 ballot images per plate. In printing the Minnesota ballots for the small elections thus far, they have had to output the ballot file to film, cut the image to size and manually create the plates combining as many images per plate as feasible. This would be the common process used by the typical printer.
Their question is: can the customer send them a ballot file to size rather than the ballot image size of 11 x 17 for an 8 1/2 x 11 ballot? If so, they can eliminate the interim processes and go directly to plate. This would allow greater accuracy of image on the plate and save a great deal of time and expense.
If the answer is no, is there a bridge software solution between the GEMS postscript file and the image setter?
Is any one else addressing this issue?