The production site of Jouve Group, in Saran – Orléans (center of France), employs 60 people, with 10 being specialised in image retouching and production. Alain Beucher,the production manager, is also in charge of the business development at Groupe Jouve. For MCP’s customers, comprised of publishers of fine books, art
Alain Beucher, “Costs: with publishers of fine books and books of Art”, an image may sometimes require 2 or 3 paper proofs. For books with large number of pages, production times and budget run over??!What was your approach in choosing an alternative solution?
A. B.: I was aware of what was available on the market, including the solution DIALOGUE. With the endorsement of MCP management, we began a partnership between DALIM SOFTWARE, a book publisher (Flammarion) and ourselves, to test its viability.In practice, how was this test period?
A. B.: It was important to test and evaluate the tool based on our standards, then measure and validate good reproducibility test for contract proof, respecting our references Cromalin and Fogra printing certification. This required a collaborative work with DALIM SOFTWARE. Then we installed a screen by Flammarion. After calibrating on site, we immediately started to produce a book.What were the benefits for your client Flammarion?
A. B.: All intermediate proofs went through DIALOGUE, the approval cycle was 10 times faster and methodical. At each modification, our workflow TWIST Express generates a Certified PDF to be available within one minute to Flammarion. We can make any corrections without hard copy proof or courier. As a result: a saving of over 20% passed through to billing. The display purchased by Flammarion is amortized over 3 or 4 books. Add to this a dynamic effect on the whole chain: by sending us a book in the morning, Flammarion began to receive PDF pages in DIALOGUE by the afternoon!What are the benefits you receive with this partnership built around the softproofing solution DIALOGUE?
A. B.: This successful experiment last year with Flammarion led us to demonstrate the effectiveness of softproofing with our other clients. Five publishers are now equipped with calibrated monitors and produce work with Jouve MCP. Recently, thanks to DIALOGUE, we won new business to produce the covers of the famous books: ‘collection Harlequin’. We had in fact relied on our experience of quality and our very competitive prices, given the fact that we would now do fewer hard copy proofs.