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Accelerate Your Training Efforts

(October 2013) posted on Fri Oct 04, 2013

A better educated staff will revitalize your shop.

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The American Graphics Institute (AGI, provides organizations and individuals with training and support for design, marketing, and publishing technologies. It offers regularly scheduled courses in its classrooms across the US (and London) and online, or private training at a customer’s location (or at AGI site). Online classes are available for Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, FinalCut, and others. Its site, in partnership with Wiley Publishing, is an online learning resource that combines video training from AGI instructors with a library of e-books published by Wiley; annual and pay-as-you-go memberships are available.

The annual Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) Conference ( typically attracts approximately 100 in-plant managers from the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia/New Zealand. The 2014 conference, which takes place April 6-10 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa, will offer educational sessions and workshops, professional development opportunities, peer-to-peer discussion groups, and an extensive vendor trade exhibit. Topics covered include: offset and digital printing, variable data, wide format, 3D printing, branding applications, copier-fleet management, mailing solutions, and the latest in hardware and software offerings.

The annual conference of the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies (NPES, will take place in Orlando, November 11-12, 2013; seminars and sessions will include “Identifying Global Opportunities for the Print Industry,” “A Customer’s View of Our World,” and others.

CIP4 (, the International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4), offers white papers, case studies, educational slides, tutorials, and more on topics such as JDF, JMF, and more. It produces the monthly JDF Interoperability Matrix, which identifies JDF-enabled integrations co-developed by vendors of graphic-arts systems to support print automation. Its JDF Expert Certificate Training Program is a series of webinars about JDF presented by CIP4 and IPA.

The 2013 Color Management Conference, hosted by the Printing Industries of America (PIA,, takes place December 7-10, 2013, in Phoenix. Seminars include: “Spot and Brand Color, Technically Speaking,” “How to Build a Profile,” “PDF Export for Brand Consistency,” “Printing by the Numbers: G7 in Action,” “Optimize Your Print and Creative Workflow,” and others. PIA also offers public workshops, seminars, and teacher programs, as well as custom training.