Discover the Benefits of Web2Print
Web2Print goes by many names; web-to-print, print e-commerce and remote publishing. Regardless of what it is called, the process and practice is essentially the same thing. This process allows businesses to do print business utilizing websites, negating the need to deal with a print company face to face and thus streamlining the printing process.
History of Web2Print
The term web to print came into the online consciousness in 1999 when it was unleashed upon the Internet community by an article on Webmonkey. Since that time, and partially thanks to the explosion of web based e-commerce in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the term has become ubiquitous and covers a wide range of services.
How It Works
To get Web2Print going, the end-user must set up an account with one of the myriad of Web2Print sites out there. In most cases, once the account is set up documents are designed using a series of templates that are similar to various desktop publishing software interfaces and contain many of the same functions. Templates generally include different preset layouts, graphics and other elements standard to the chosen template.
Text can be entered into these templates, generally via a "what you see is what you get," or WYSIWYG editor. Once the document is complete, a preview can be had before sending the document off to get it printed. This allows the customer to see what the print job will actually look like. From there the design can be approved easily or, if necessary, changes can be made easily before submitting the final product.
Benefits of Web2Print
The benefits of Web2Print are many, and as the technology continues to come into its own, there will likely be many more benefits that come to light. One of the chief benefits of Web2Print involves the streamlining of the printing process. The client no longer has to meet face to face with the print house in order to deliver the proofs or files to be printed, and delivery is likewise automated.
However, perhaps the greatest benefit of Web2Print is the ease with which documents can be changed and altered, even at the last minute. Traditionally, this would require another trip to the print house, but with Web2Print the entire process can be done all online. If future revisions are needed, such as an updated business logo, this is also easy to change; simply change the template and place a new order!