All of the advisers interviewed for this story really liked PDF submission and will continue to use the process. They also raised points that they said would make PDF submission better for them. Alex Blackwell, director of Desktop Technology, described improvements for the 2004-2005 school year.
One day, page submission via shipment will be as obsolete as page paste-up. While transitions to new methods can be scary, the switch to online PDF submission should not be. PDFs offer advantages, such as complete control over yearbook pages, no missing links and no shipping. Two yearbook advisers found other perks.
Melissa Coram is a specialist in the Computer Support Department. She has been with Walsworth for 16 years, and has worked with the PDF process in the commercial and yearbook divisions of Walsworth.
For a few months during the 2002-2003 school year, PDF stood for ‘pretty darn frustrating’ for Crystal Kazmierski, Christoph Sisson and 11 other advisers.
PDF submission will be the most common submission method for yearbooks in the next three to five years. It is the method used almost exclusively in the commercial printing world. Advisers who use it love it because the process gives them complete control over their yearbook pages. And onscreen, PDF looks so much like the real page, it is stunning.