Hi Peter-- I worked at the firm for a few days and since they print
letterheads on business forms, and not long copy, and they do not make proof
sheets and they also feel it is more efficient to proof directly from the
hot metal slugs. This is murder on the eyes from the glare; and my neck,
from kind of crouching over to get the slugs at just the proper angle under
the light, but since I am recently separated with two kids to support, I
have to do what I have to do. Thank you for the advice and for taking the
time to write, it is much appreciated.
At 01:48 AM 3/9/96 +0000, Peter Flynn wrote:
> >I haven't posted in awhile, many personal things going on, but I
> >have gotten a new job as a proofreader part-time, for a small
> >company that prints business forms.
> >The company I will be working for uses hot metal slugs for
> >printing, and from what I understand; this is an older, more
> >antiquated form of printing. I will be proofing from the slugs
> >and reading backwards.
> >I would appreciate any advice from anyone who has experience in
> >this type of proofing, or am I concerned about nothing and should
> >just proof the way I normally would (except for the backwards part
>I grew up with this stuff and did my time at the London College of
>Printing just as it went out of general commercial use.
>What I find hard to believe is that you would need to proof from the
>type. What a printer uses is a proofing press, which is a (usually)
>hand-operated flatbed from which you can print small numbers of copies
>from a forme (frame) of metal type. You then proof from the print in
>the normal way. The only time you'd need to read the type is if you
>were being asked actually to make the corrections themselves, which is
>almost inconceivable, as it's a job for the compositor: it requires
>substantial skill and training to set metal type properly (maybe they
>want to train you as a comp. :-)
>In any event, if they truly are using slugs, that means they are
>setting with a Linotype or Intertype machine, which is a non-trivial
>operation (unless they are using a Ludlow machine for headlines, which
>is pretty simple)
>Anyway, good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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