Descriptive of any series of processes connected in a logical sequence, requiring little user intervention. For example, in-line presses have a variety of finishing devices—folders, diecutters, binders, etc.—attached in the proper sequence after the printing unit, so that a printed piece passes directly through all the printing and finishing stages without being taken off press and placed in another set of devices. (See Web Offset Lithography: In-Line Finishing.) Some imagesetters also have in-line processors which develop the exposed film as it comes out of the device, eliminating the need to physically remove the film and re-insert it in a processor.

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