Frank Romano revisits the early days of digital print

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Ed Boogaard

“I expected digital printing in color to change the printing industry. And it has.” Frank Romano witnessed the rise of digital printing over the last 25 years from up close – not least through his personal friendship with Lucien De Schamphelaere, founder of Xeikon: “I first met Lucien when I became a user of the 1985 400 dpi Agfa P400 digital monochrome printer. Later there was a tabletop version, the P3400. We talked at length about digital printing and how it would evolve into color.”

Today a Professor Emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Frank Romano started his career at the Mergenthaler Linotype Company in 1959. At the age of 30, he became one of the first consultants in the printing industry and helped hundreds of companies convert from hot metal to phototypesetting and from letterpress to offset lithography. He is also author of some 60 books, including “Personalized & Database Printing - The Complete Guide” from 1999, together with David Broudy. According to Wikipedia, “the origin of the term ‘variable data printing’ is widely credited to Frank Romano”

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