The graphic arts industry is increasingly reliant on telecommunications for the transfer of digital data for media production. There are, however, many other aspects of the business process between customers and supplies that are suited to network-based interaction. The transaction between customer and producer can be separated into four data streams; briefing, content creation and production, and approval. Each of these data streams has specific requirements which lead to a matrix of needs for the different parties in the transaction. Proposals were made for meeting these needs through a network service dedicated to the graphic arts. British Telecom and Scitex are currently offering a service based on these proposals, known as Vio. A network service of this kind can be extended to include a range of other services and third-party interactions, such as automated transfer of media production objects from third-party content providers. The opportunities for users and third-party developers to develop a custom network applications and interfaces between the network and internal production processes and monitoring systems using open IP-based methods are described.
Phil J. Green, Phil J. Green,
"Digital graphic networks", Proc. SPIE 3648, Color Imaging: Device-Independent Color, Color Hardcopy, and Graphic Arts IV, (22 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334555; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.334555