Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) July 14, 2008 -- To avoid getting into last-minute change of plans for your poster presentation due to late and faulty printing, you can try online printing.
Why go online for poster presentations?
It is understandable that you spend a lot of time preparing other things for an academic seminar or convention. But you cannot let the quality of your poster suffer due to these. Your poster must present your study properly and do your scientific contribution some justice. However, you may not have the time to go to the printer, and to return several times to check the proof and change errors, if present.
Online printing lets you accomplish your printing tasks fast and without having to leave your room. You can easily delegate your task via the internet and get proofs electronically, as well. Waiting in queues, waiting for proofs, waiting for revisions to be applied and waiting for your posters are avoided because of online technology.
Common problems encountered during preparations of poster presentations
1. Limited preparation time
You may have other things to prepare for such as your visuals, speech for a presentation for an audience or you may have some things that you need to attend to which may keep you from focusing on your poster.
The advantage of online printers is that even if you fall a little short on the time, they can produce your large format poster within a one-day turnaround time. This means that they can print it, cut it and then place it inside a protective covering, after which it is sent for shipping right to your address. Turnaround time excludes shipping so you have to allot some allowance for the transit time.
And, as mentioned, submitting your file does not require much time. All you have to do is send your file via the internet and they can process it. You do not have to go to them and pick it up from their store.
2. Typographical errors and other mistakes
Errors in printing, especially with the results and figures, should be avoided at all cost. Since you are busy, mistakes cannot be prevented sometimes. That is why you should be extra careful when editing your work and in spotting typographical errors.
Layout is critical, as well. You need to get an idea if all the elements of your posters are properly positioned on your poster.
Some online printers offer quick proofing in electronic form so you quickly get the proof of your poster, and you can check the details before the printers send your file to the presses for final printing. You do not have to wait anymore for long hours or return to your printer just to get it personally.
3. Poor quality visuals
Since posters should be seen even from several feet away, it should have very clear visuals. Another advantage of resorting to online printers is that they can produce high-definition posters with clear and sharp details, same as what you would expect from walk-in printing shops.
Online printing gives you room in case you do not have much time or if you make mistakes. But unlike regular printers, online print companies offer the same products and services with much convenience.