Friends sent Frank a copy of the national edition of The New York Times—with a page from the Wall Street Journal inside. This prompts a discussion about consolidated daily newspaper production, stereotype molds, flongs, and PDF files. Only Frank can find a connection.
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By Joe Treacy on May 26, 2023
Wow! That’s quite a misprint collectible. Can’t wait to see it on my next visit to the Museum of Printing. Now I know where ‘boilerplate’ comes from. And, I love “PDF is the new flong”. Thanks, Frank!
By Mark Vruno on May 26, 2023
Intriguing as always, Frank! Have a great weekend!!
By Dov Isaacs on May 27, 2023
WRT the PDF files of “printed” newspapers and in the case of the Wall Street Journal in particular, if you have a digital subscription to the Wall Street Journal, you can get a daily e-mail with a link that allows you to download a PDF file of the entire issue each day that the paper is published. If you have a printer that allows for at least ledger size printing, it is not difficult to print your own copy at home.
That having been said, whoever at the Wall Street Journal prepares the PDF file that can be downloaded (or maybe better said as Dow-loaded) makes the very big mistake of converting the entire PDF to DeviceRGB from the original (which is mostly or all CMYK-based) yielding a PDF file that is exceptionally inefficient to print (all black and grayscale is printed as “rich black” using a mixture of all four CMYK colorants – great for wasting toner or ink and yielding fuzzy-wuzzy output!
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