Together with you we have forged the success of our company over the past 50 years. Kittelberger media solutions would not exist in this form without our customers, their trust and fair collaboration. Neither would the company exist without our employees and their commitment. For this we would like to express our sincerest thanks.
We have provided our services since 1966, to start with at regional level, but then we went international - from a typesetting firm to a software house and service provider for Internet and cross media publishing. Come with us on the journey!
2006 – 2016
Software development as germinator for new developments
The Software Development department is where all new developments originate. They launched us into the future - the database era, the Internet and automating the plate-making process. A computer centre was built with fireproof walls, equipped with high availability technology since Kittelberger started to host many customer websites and databases.
iPhone / iPad…
Apple revolutionised the telecommunications and PC market by launching the iPhone and the iPad. Coupled with the Internet, this made a massive impact on data processing and publishing. The era of multichannel publishing had finally begun.
1996 – 2006
Image pool, automated publishing and Internet
Workflow automation and networking are the keywords of this era: a multinational company creates the first web presence. The Internet and the associated services become a significant branch of business for us.
Right from the start, we understood that publishing product contents on the web is a channel output that lends itself to automation. The development of our advastamedia® suite was the ultimate push towards a multichannel system. Its print processes optimise data for online applications; product and media data are not only filed, the suite also managed corrections, translations, product ranges and prices.
Rapid development influenced by
Terms such as e-commerce and Web2Print became the constant companions of the industry when print production (including sales structures) was finally connected to the Internet. The first online shops were created, people started using e-mail on a large scale and Google appeared on the scene. Later itunes, myspace, facebook and youtube arrived to change the face of the world.
1986 – 1996
PC, Apple Macintosh and DTP
This was followed by a changeover to Siemens computer systems. PCs were used more and more for typesetting. At the same time, the DTP scene also made inroads at Kittelberger: commercial print was mainly produced on Apple Macintosh; Apple acquired a dominating position here and this continues to this day.
The commercialisation of the Internet begins
The Internet was now accessible to the public outside the universities. There was hardly anyone who was able to make realistic predictions about the potential and the associated changes that would affect communication. The Ipex trade fair in 1993 marked the birth of digital printing. PDF took over from Postscript as the publishing format in the printing industry.
1976 – 1986
price lists and catalogues
Together with colleagues, the "Fotosatz-Datenverbund" (Photo typesetting data network) was founded and developed its own typesetting software which was used on a WANG computer. This allowed us to accept data from customers for preparation before typesetting output. Kittelberger became one of the first prepress houses to offer automatically generated price lists and spare parts catalogues.
The first e-mail
and the original Mac
In Germany the first Internet e-mail was received at 10:24 CET on 3 August 1984. The market launch of the Apple Macintosh and the presentation of PostScript, the page description language by Adobe (both in 1984) marked the start of the desktop publishing (DTP) era.
1966 – 1976
April 1966 – TypoStudio founded by Hartmut Kittelberger
Layout was still performed by hand and "telephone" was still called "Fernruf" (now obsolete) in German. Lead typesetting was still the leading technology in the prepress stage in the 1970s. Hartmut Kittelberger, with his finger right on the pulse of the latest developments, immediately started on the latest technology: photosetting.
From lead typesetting
Diatype represents the transition from lead typesetting to photosetting. This technology is archaic from today's perspective. After power-on, the user had to wait for the device to warm up and the correct character pitch has to be tested.
The nonsense word "Hillimillihirtzheftpflasterentferner" was used to fine-tune the device - a 6-point font size in a specific font was supposed to result in a specific width…