The Evolution of an Industry

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Printing has been with us for a very long time. We can look back on the evolution of a process which hardly changed at all for several centuries, but which in the last hundred years has been transformed beyond belief. Photography replaced woodcuts; offset litho replaced letterpress; computer graphics replaced metal type, manual artwork assembly, and the printer’s darkroom; and now the Internet carries more and more of the information which used to be available only in print. Whether a browser window will eventually replace the printed page remains to be seen, but, for the time being at least, we still need to know how to print things, properly.

Unfortunately, developing technology has always meant ...

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