Desktop publishing (DTP), started to develop in the early 1980s but really took off with the introduction of Apple's LaserWriter, in 1985. High-quality, large print-run publishing became accessible to small and home-based businesses and organizations.
Because computer operations replicated the techniques used in printing, the terminology adopted by DTP developers also came from the publishing industry.
These days, the competition is so fierce that many printers will themselves take on the final preparation of PDFs for print—so long as the files are of decent quality. Still, it makes good sense at least to understand the methods and terminologies used in printing.
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