Artwork Systems Inc.

The NORM in Workflows
April 1, 2004

There's been a new trend in digital workflows over the past several years. 'ROOM' workflows used to be the norm. But now 'NORM' workflows are fast becoming the norm (say that 10 times fast). Perhaps this isn't the boldest statement, but there are definite implications for publishers and printers. And, for those PDF purists, to set the record straight, both ROOM and NORM workflows can accept PDF files. First, let's define these two different workflow frameworks. ROOM stands for 'Rip Once Output Many'. In this type of workflow, pages are RIPped into an intermediate format, either unscreened raster or screened bitmap. These files are then