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Welcome to the Zyloo Enterprises and Tangled Web News & Images warehouse. If you came directly here, you're probably looking for particular content. You will need the URL and the password sent to you via email, or given to you over the phone. Plug the URL into the address bar of your browser, and hit [ENTER] or [Return] (for some users.) That should fetch what you need. Just follow the prompts and instructions of your browser, and you should be good to go. If you have difficulties, just call the return phone number also supplied in your email.
If you just wandered in, following the links out of curiosity, there really isn't much here for you to look at. This is a portal to the commercial content of the site. Therefore, stuff in here will cost you money to look at.
If you are still interested in said content, go back to the home page, and click the email link. (or just click here) You'll have to skull out how to adjust the email address thusly loaded into your email client in order to make it work correctly. In an effort to stop the spam-bots, I've made adjustments to the link. It should be obvious how to fix it. If it isn't, contact your IT person and he or she will show you how.
All email linked files will either be in unformatted straight ASCII text, or as pdf files. A word of caution here. Macs® are the weapon of choice in the publishing world, but my little world runs on Linux. Most professional editing software used in Macs® is notorious for strange interpretation of otherwise normal punctuation, formatting, diacritical marks and special characters. So, once you've imported the text, look at it pretty closely, or run it past your copy editor with an appropriate warning. That kind of stuff can get by a casual read pretty easily.
By default, files will be saved in pdf format. They will require Adobe Acrobat Reader®, or equivalent open source software to open.
Unless otherwise negotiated in advance, all pdf files contain security measures. They will require a password to open. By default, the same password will be used to allow printing. For your convenience, all text and graphics will be selectable.
Again, if you have problems with a pdf, call us and we'll walk you through it, or provide a replacement file.
Unless otherwise negotiated, all graphics are provided in the .jpg or .png file format. Jpegs are considerably smaller file sizes, and therefore take less space, time and bandwidth, but that convenience comes at a price. Jpegs are also terribly lossy. Unless knowledgeable care is taken when using them, they will very quickly deteriorate each time they are saved.
PNG format files are lesser known, but retain their alpha channel, (transparency) integrity and fidelity during compression. By choice, we use PNGs, but can provide .tiff if that's what you need.
RGB vs CMYK
By default, I work in RGB. My camera, my computer, my monitor and my photo editing software all think in RGB. In reality, yours does too. RGB is an electronic format. CMYK is a print format. I don't print. You do that. Therefore the final conversion to CMYK appropriately needs to happen at your end.
24 vs. 32 bit color space
There is much confusion out there about color space. In the Windows® world, they call it 32 bit, and Linux calls it 24 bit. Oddly enough, they are both essentially the same thing. Regardless of the whims of many, the difference between them is academic.
(Quoted from Wikipedia)
In short, even if your video card and monitor equipment is capable of showing you anything more than 24/32 bit color, my, (and your) digital cameras are probably not capable of discerning nor recording the difference.
That being said, I do all my photography work in the Linux 24 bit color space, which is essentially the same as the Windows® 32 bit color space.
Photos tend to be a lot bigger than most graphics, and by default (and my choice), my camera spits out nine megapixel images saved as 72 dpi jpegs. So, that's what you'll probably get. At full size, these files are about 4.2 megabytes wide.
Before the inevitable howls of strident protest issue forth from the production department ... and drown out any calm reasoning ... please know that I well understand some graphic artists tend to get highly indignant about anything but RAW files, and insist they want a giant 50 megabyte monster to play with in Photoshop.
The blunt truth is, all the information they are going to get (and need) is already contained in that initial jpeg file. Your graphics people should know how to deal with this. If they don't know enough of the basic concepts needed to handle it, and/or the actual capabilities of their editing software (most likely Photoshop) ... you might want to ask yourself why, and consider either further training, or if they get really ugly about it, their replacement.
That being said, if you insist, I can indeed blow photos up into those +/- 50 megabyte monster files here on my end, but the only thing truly accomplished by that is to place an unnecessary load on my time, my server and my bandwidth. Therefore, any such requested actions will be accompanied by a substantial increase in price.
DPI vs. actual size
My camera saves at 72 dpi. My monitor runs 96 dpi. When I edit photos, by default I save them at 400 dpi. I use either the GIMP or CINEPAINT editing software. I add this here because a fine looking shot worked up in the GIMP or CINEPAINT on a 1680 pixel wide monitor can look pretty dinky when Adobe gets ahold of it, but it's all actually still there -- big as life.
Photoshop handles dpi levels differently than the software I use, so some mutual experimentation may be needed to work out any kinks. Feel free to call me and we can work out your requirements. If your press actually needs something over ~100 dpi, we'll work it out. A quick word to the wise here, though. Please see the above note regarding those huge photoshop files.
That should handle the worst of the caveats. If you have any further questions, please email or call.
From the ink stained desk, here at the Tangled Web,