Bring Back the DPI!
How could you get rid of the term DPI, especially in InDesign, and replace it with PPI?!!!! As a print designer for the last 15 years, it breaks my heart to see that the premiere software company for designers has abandoned a term that is part of the fundamental lexicon of graphic design. I am a print designer at a CA State University and it kills me that our graphic design students graduate with an BA in Art/Graphic Design without having set foot inside a print shop! Now, the software they use to layout printed pieces doesn't even reference the the dot of ink used to create the finished piece. Adobe software sets the standard for design software tools. Don't lower the bar by erasing the language and history of graphic design. Young designers need to understand that all the pretty PPI on the screen gets transformed into pretty DPI on the page. Print is not dead Adobe. Bring back the DPI!
Lukas Engqvist commented
Sounds like you are describing LPI ;) DPI and PPI are interchangeable if you are working on bitmaps. Pixels are rendered to halftone dots at the LPI specified by the print service provider at the equipments DPI. All terms are relevant but only PPI is relevant in InDesign.
Because DPI is just a technical aspect of an individual printer. All that matters are PPI.
Why is there no debate on this subject?
Scott Falkner | ACP commented
PPI is the correct term. There is no debate on this subject.