// Presco Print Finishing Supplies

24 04 2010

I just wanted to take the opportunity to post a quick review.

As a designer, who is getting married in August, it seemed only natural that I would embark upon the challenge of designing my own wedding invites, and my, what a challenge it was. I’d never fully appreciated before how difficult it can be designing for yourself – but now I know! Repeatedly hearing “You don’t need to change it – it looks fine” from my fiancé was not enough; apparently I’m a perfectionist at heart, and I spent hours making sure it was (in my eyes anyway) perfect.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to create something a) in a booklet format and b) a little bit different, so I discarded the standard binding of ribbon and decided to go with some binding screws. I knew of the concept, but it was one of my Directors who told me what they were called (so simple…!) before recommending Presco to me – and I’m so glad he did, as the customer service was fantastic.

Delivery was anticipated to be 3-4 business days, however payment was taken at 2pm and they arrived before 11am the following day. Not only this, but when I was so anal to count the parts (I wouldn’t normally, but I needed exact numbers!) I emailed their sales department, receiving a very prompt response saying some extras would be dispatched – which I received the day after. I am one very happy customer! Thanks Presco (and in particular James Nunn who dealt with my enquiry).

The invites look pretty amazing, if you’re curious!


// PDF to Word

17 07 2009

Further to my blog entry the other day on The Rejection of PDF’s, I’ve stumbled across a website which claims to be the Most Accurate PDF-to-Word Converter.

Given the problems I mentioned, with some job sites only accepting Word docs instead of the more stable PDF format, I thought I’d give it a try…I heard mixed reviews, from those saying it worked perfectly, to those for whom it failed spectacularly.

I personally was neither impressed nor unimpressed. Sure, it did it. Not appallingly, but not outstandingly either. One of my main issues is that on my CV I was using fonts that aren’t available on all systems (another reason why PDF wins as a file type) and this application has converted my headings from Adobe Garamond Pro to Times New Roman. Sigh.

Needs must though, if you’re going to use a Word document. As for the body text, it’s there, but there are some huge issues with my kerning for some reason. And I’m not even sure if kerning can be adjusted in MS Word. That’s a problem for another day, as so far I’ve been able to work around the non-PDF friendly sites, finding the same job vacancy posted on a site that does accept PDF’s.

Try it yourself here, and let me know if you have any more or less success than I did.

// Samples

6 06 2009

I ordered some card samples the other day from GF Smith (Fuchsia Pink Colorplan, 270 & 350gsm if you get as excited by paper as I do) for a freelance wedding invitation project I was working on.

Having spent about ten minutes on the phone discussing sheets cut to A6 (36 per sheet I’m told), imagine my surprise when the following day I was summoned to the front door of my apartment building to sign for what I thought was my samples…It transpired to be a whole sheet of each weight! I’m sensing a slight miscommunication…!

I first used GF Smith at University after a company associate came and gave a talk and left some samples (this could actually be what started my ‘fetish’ for beautiful paper and card stock, laminations, embossings etc), and have used them since – and I’ll continue to use them in the future.

As far as paper merchants go, I do really like GF Smith. The selection is excellent, fast delivery and reasonable prices. The only negative to an otherwise outstanding company is their minimum order policy.