A few things recently combined to create a huge transformation in how I view the nature of design plans. The first element came from David Smith. He suggested putting bar codes on the plans so that smart phones could link to specifications and the like. Nice.
Then, I had to get the new printer; a fast color printer. Just-in-time printing is possible instead of copying off of old originals.
The last idea came from attending a Native sketch comedy group, the 1491s last Friday. They had most of their sketches on and playing from YouTube. YouTube has been around a while yes, but seeing it used this way inspired me. Just-in-time prints could not only have specifications linked by Q-codes (barcodes), but also the latest how-to video from YouTube. Or even video of the design actually sailing. All on a smartphone, so totally portable. Or right on the shop floor with no other infastructure needed. No PC nor video screen is needed. That was one take-away from being in Uganda; smartphones are everywhere. Technical papers could have references or even useful video embedded in them. I think this is pretty big. A shot of the printer again.