IPEX 2002 opens its doors at the Birmingham NEC today.

Apple is at the show in force, presenting its solutions for the print and publishing industries. The show offers visitors a peek at a variety of solutions for print and online publishing, with a stress on the established print industry.

The company is presenting a series of seminars, presentations, briefings, and question-and-answer sessions during the show.

Adobe is running its own Adobe-specific areas on partner companys’ stands. It’s demonstrating its full suite of design applications, as well as PDF Transit workflow technology, and the Adobe Content Server e-Book digital rights-management software. The company will also be presenting its Network Publishing vision, showing XML support in a print workflow, demonstrated using InDesign 2.0.

John Cunningham, Adobe’s European market development manager of cross media solutions, said: “Rather than present these applications in isolation, we decided to deliver a stronger message by showing an integrated workflow with the support of our print partners who specialize in the management and output of digital content.”

Online preflighting Markzware is demonstrating an updated version of MarkzNet, its online pre-flighting solution at the show. Called GoodToGo, the system features a “quick, easy and cost-effective way for printers and publishers to start using online pre-flighting today,” the company claims.

The system features the ability to check job-files for the correct size, colour space, resolution, and other mechanical requirements. If the job is correct, GoodToGo collects the layout and support files (including fonts) into a single compressed archive file. This can then be despatched using FTP. The solution supports 42 file types, including Quark, PageMaker, Illustrator, and FreeHand files.

Other Mac-related exhibitors include Canto Software, EnFocus, Epson, Hermstedt, Hewlett-Packard and LaCie. Many of Apple’s partner companies plan to introduce new products and services during the show.

Admission costs £25. The show’s opening hours are: April 9-16: 9.30-17:30, April 17: 9:30-16:00.