Hal Hinderliter serves the printing and publishing industries through his company Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services. With more than a decade of on-site problem-solving experience, his consultations help clients to increase profitability, improve quality and select new technology related to graphic arts processes. Drawing on experience garnered from working in the printing industry since 1978, Hinderliter specializes in digital prepress, workflow management, variable data and XML publishing. He has performed technical consultations for Fortune 500 corporations, packaging and commercial printshops, publishers and reprographics companies.
A prolific author, Hal was the Workflow Editor for Graphic Arts Monthly magazine until it ceased publication in April of 2010, and has written more than 110 articles for magazines such as Graphic Arts Monthly, American Printer, the IPA Bulletin, Repro Report, Dealer Communicator, Conversion, Artes Graficas and others.
In his former role as director of the Graphic Communication Institute (GrCI) at Cal Poly State University, Hal created training programs for both industry clients and public workshops. His responsibilities also included oversight of laboratory testing and research projects, as well as on-site workflow consultations. He also designed, authored and managed the distribution of GrCI's monthly HTML newsletter Breaking Waves, which included his popular editorial column "The View From Bishops Peak."
Previously, Hinderliter was the director of Supplier Services for Impresse Corporation, where he facilitated the adoption of e-commerce by commercial printers through education, training and consultations. In addition to developing educational materials and implementing supplier sign-up strategies, Hal presented on behalf of Impresse on numerous occasions including Seybold San Francisco, SouthWest Graphics, the Heidelberg Digital Imaging Association 2000 conference, the International Prepress Association's 2000 conference and a series of PIA e-commerce events.
In the late 1990s, Hinderliter was the first director of the Center for Imaging Excellence at the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, and was responsible for prepress and printing technology education. During this time, he authored the textbooks Understanding Digital Imposition (1998), Guide to Desktop Publishing, 3rd Edition (2000) and the GATF Desktop Publishing Primer (2004). Additional authoring credits include the GATF Imaging Skills Training Curriculum as well as two highly regarded surveys, the 1999 Survey of CTP User Satisfaction and the 2000 Survey on Digital Proofing.
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