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Jun 19, 2012: Strategic alliance between MTC and OPUS Group formed ...[more]

Mar 26, 2012: MTC supports LIFE ...[more]

Mar 8, 2012: Sara Sharman and Steve Marshall of The Institution of Engineering and Technology visits MTC ...[more]

Mar 7, 2012: Michael Angless discussing eBooks with Tawna Grasty of the American Music Therapy Association ...[more]

Nov 10, 2011: Mark Tier, a self-publishing author, experienced the quality of work on ePub conversion ...[more]

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New Service Offered

We are now offering eBook/ePub creation

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Typesetting

Typesetting (composition) or page layout for books or journals involves formatting and combining text, data, photographs, charts and other graphic art or illustrations into pages that are to be printed or distributed online or via CD.

MTC uses Adobe InDesign, QuarkExpress, Advent 3B2, and PcTex, some of the most advanced typesetting software currently available. Our staff has experience handling both Tex and LaTex for complex mathematics. Our customers can expect a high quality product. For each project, a dedicated team of typesetters will process your book or journal issue from start to finish. This ensures that your specifications are carried out consistently throughout the publication.

Typesetting History in Short

The earliest known printed books were produced using wooden blocks with text carved on them. These were then used as a printing plate. In the mid-15th century movable type had been invented in Europe. Circa late 1800s, the first mechanized typecasting machine (Linotype) was invented by Mergenthaler. The next major improvement in typesetting methodology was photocomposition machines with disks of film carrying each letter of the alphabet, numbers, and characters on them.

The early 1960's saw the next improvement in photocomposition—the CRT. This group of machines made use of a cathode ray tube. In this process, the image of each character was created on the CRT screen similar to a TV picture tube.

Projected through a lens, this image formed a character of the appropriate size on light-sensitive paper or film.

In all advanced composition systems many functions are handled by computer. They include justification of lines of type, hyphenation of words, and calculations of page depths. Considering the sophistication of previous computer-driven photo typesetting machines, it seemed only logical that the next step involved laser optics to drive a printer. Using scientific technology not available even 10 years ago, we now do typesetting with the aid of laser beams.

Condensed from: HistoryBuff.com -- A Capsule History of Typesetting by R.J. Brown


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