The full range of services and products provided by “Ad Hoc” entails a number of workflows and technologies, depending on the desired output.
The process of e-document creation is similar to the initial stages of the printed output workflow. Unfortunately, these are the least standardised processes from the otherwise classical printed output workflow, since they encompass the creative processes of design, on one hand, and on the other, they involve the clarification of badly formulated requirements. The technology employed is important not only because recently e-documents completely replace the respective printed materials, but also, because the improvements in this technology would influence positively all related technologies.
The primary objective of the technology is the achievement of good predictability of time and results. The technology must provide for a few customer approvals of the intermediary results, which would take up more time, but will guarantee that the results are adequate.
The processes and methods employed before the final result is schieved cover a wide range of activities, file formats and their corresponding software products: text-processing, raster- and vector image processing, composition.
Ad Hoc Info Catering employs a fairly traditional these days (Adobe Acrobat) PDF workflow. In essense a PDF workflow means that regardless of the input things have to be processed to the point where a PDF file is produced, which is to be approved by both the customer (mostly on aestetic and content-related grounds) and the contractor (mostly on technical grounds).
Once a customer-approved PDF file has been successfully preflighted, the stage is set for the next process – printing.
Let us mention that the processes in the PDF-part of the workflow are rather well standardised and predictable – both as time span and as final product. On the other hand, the prelliminary pre-PDF stages – typesetting, design, prepress – include less standard processes and possibly more than once seeking approval from the customer, which understandably takes more time and is less predictable as workload as well. This is also due to the fact that the processes requiring creativity and redefinition of often poorly specified requirements are all in these initial stages.
The prepress processes and techniques employed cover a wide range of commercial file formats and respective software products. The most demanding on the technical side part of the job is the partial workflow support, since Ad Hoc Info Catering has to cater for a vast number of file formats, conversions and products, like text-processing, raster-image processing, vector-image processing, composition, imposition, printing, finishing, binding.
Regardless of the input, the final multimedia presentation should come to a number of computer files, shown in order by a standalone executable file (i.e. the presentation does not need any specialised software to be run).
The entire presentation can be written (burned) onto a removable disc (like a CD, a DVD, an USB stick) and distributed among the audience to be browsed off-line on a stand-alone computer.
CDs and DVDs can be burned in mass and produced with printed images on the disc itself, printed booklets and CD/DVD jewel box (jewel case) covers.
Alternatively, the entire presentation can be e-mailed to the potential audience or uploaded to an Internet server to be downloaded by the viewers at will.
The processes and techniques employed cover a wide range of commercial file formats and respective software products, like text-processing, raster-image processing, vector-image processing, composition, audio editing, video editing, CD/DVD burning, CD/DVD printing, finishing.
Regardless of the input the final product must be a fully functional Internet site uploaded to an Internet server somewhere to be browsed by the potential audience on-line.
Alternatively, the entire Internet site can be written (burned) onto a removable disc (like a CD, a DVD, an USB stick) and distributed among the audience to be browsed off-line on a stand-alone computer.
CDs and DVDs can be burned in mass and produced with printed images on the disc itself, printed booklets and CD/DVD jewel cases (jewel boxes).
Popular Internet presentation workflows employ web-design technologies like HTML, pHp, mySQL, Java script, Flash animations, etc.