IDEAL Large Format Imaging Solutions Newsletter, February 2009

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Volume 11   •   Issue 1
  In this issue:
Imaging Service News: Adopting Technology Strategies for Efficiency
Featured Story: Rooms at the Top
Advertised Specials: Large Format Color Printing
Contact the Editor: Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Quote of the Month: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Imaging Services News:  Adopting Technology Strategies for Efficiency
"The [construction] industry's future prosperity will depend on its capacity to evolve on business, technological and environmental fronts." (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

More and more companies across all industries are exploring and adopting technology strategies that enable them to operate their business more efficiently and less expensively using the web. Solutions that enable them to store, access, share and manipulate their scanned, digital documents will become essential. IDEAL's state-of-the-art digital reproduction shop and Drawing Management System provide a mobile solution for taking large scanned images to where people work using devices such as tablet pcs and laptops.IDEAL can assist you with your scan to archive, scan to CAD, scan to print applications. Our experts take the guesswork out of all your scanning, indexing, converting, and color-management needs. The Online Planroom can help you search and view your large format drawings and small format documents from the convenience of your computer or out in the field with a tablet PC.

Do you have special scanning requirements? Are you looking to archive the thousands of paper drawings and documents that fill up your office space or storage facility? provides customized national scanning services for large format documents, blueprints, and m aps. These scanning services include indexing your drawings in easy to retrieve file structure delivered on CD, DVD, or through IDEAL's online digital repository.

How can IDEAL help you with scanning your large format flat files, storage rooms, or paper drawing archives? Click here to learn how IDEAL's Large Format Imaging Services can help you with your large format document management needs.

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Software News:  Rooms at the Top Process & Workflow - By Jeffrey Steele
Excerpt reprinted from Wide Format Imaging Magazine, January 2009. Click here to read the full article. Please visit

ABS Repro software tracks every activity on the planroom, enabling clients to monitor when and to whom jobs are sent.

Wide-format imaging professionals who make plan room services available to their clients often report reaping different benefits from the software. And many wide-format pros also use different strategies in charging customers for plan room services.

IDEAL PlanRoom

Satisfied users of IDEAL PlanRoom include ABS Repro, a Fort Washington, PA-based blueprinter with two Philadelphia area shops focused on the construction trade.

"At the time we selected it at the end of 2003, IDEAL had one of the most comprehensive solutions available," says chief operating officer Jeff Markovitz. "They're reprographers themselves. They understood the requirement the software has to meet, both for themselves and their clients. They had so ftware that made sense for both our clients in the construction trade, and for us who have to use, operate and update it."

Another reason for choosing IDEAL PlanRoom, Markovitz says, was that it was evident IDEAL would remain a partner with ABS Repro, working with the reprographer to help build out the application over time. "We looked at all major plan rooms, and it was the clear choice for an independent reprographer," he says.

Markovitz praises IDEAL PlanRoom for giving ABS Repro's clients 24/7 access to all their projects, as well as providing "exceptional granularity" to both ABS Repro and its clients on all projects. The software tracks every activity on the plan room, enabling clients to monitor what was sent, and to whom and when. IDEAL PlanRoom also permits the tracking of full details on any bid in progress, as well as how subcontractors are using the plan room on their projects. "It's instantaneous, up to date, and keeps them informed in a way they wouldn't be otherwise," Markovitz says.

Also benefiting ABS Repro is the fact IDEAL PlanRoom permits the company to brand the plan room as its own, and to customize it to meet specific client needs.

"It is easy to navigate and easy to use," he says. "But because the application provides a huge number of tools for clients, it does take them time to familiarize themselves with all the different ways it can be of benefit. And we are very active in providing training and support to all our clients to ensure they get maximum benefit."

ABS Repro provides on-site training for individuals and groups, and also delivers support by both phone and Internet. In no time at all, clients are up to speed, and are able to view, order and download drawings, Markovitz says.

The training essentially provides clients with awareness of the plan room software's advanced features. The goal of ABS Repro is to make clients aware those tools are part of the software for their benefit. "It's not a question of teaching them how to use them, but showing them how they can benefit from them," Markovitz comments.

Finally, IDEAL PlanRoom offers something that ABS Repro found nowhere else: the availability of customization for individual clients. In other words, the reprographer can tailor its plan room offerings to meet the needs of a specific client. As a result, Markovitz adds, "I'm not saddled with a one-size-fits-all solution."

IDEAL Online PlanRoom is for you if:
  • You need to cut costs and hours spent managing and searching for paper documents
  • You want the flexibility to access digital files from anywhere at any time
  • Your customers and subcontractors are asking for digital files to be available online.
  • You want to cut expenses by collaborating over the Internet. Click here to sign up for an online demo.

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Advertised Specials:  Large Format Color Printing

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Contact The Editor:   Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Contact Kathy Magenheim at: .

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Quote of the Month:  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948)
"We must be the change we wish to see."

Ghandi was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian Independence Movement. He was the pioneer of resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

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