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GenesisNews Printing Blog: 100,000 Not Out!

In Printing Industry News on November 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

This last day of November 2013 has seen the visitor clock at the bottom of the GenesisNews screen tick over to 100,000 visits: a huge thank-you to all who have taken the time to come along and view our scribblings on the print, packaging, and publishing arena’s.

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A minor landmark for many of the larger web publishers I am quite sure, but for our humble blog this is a big number, and something worth celebrating!

This last year has seen a reduction in visitor numbers at GenesisNews due largely to the closure of PIND (Printing Industry News Digest), our regular weekly view on life. By and large, as a separate publication, we felt that PIND had run its course, done its job, and needed to be put out to pasture.

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Tech & Comms Also Hits 20,000

Waiting in the wings was our Tech & Comms news feed. This daily web based news service for technology as it effects pre-press, print, and publishing has stepped up to the plate and has effectively replaced PIND with a stream of latest hot tech topics. Views on this page have recently burst through the 3,500 visits per month mark, and it is now actually eclipsing GenesisNews monthly reads. By coincidence, in the same week that GenesisNews reached its 100,000 target, the technology news site has now hit 20,000 visits.

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Do please continue to view at the GenesisNews blog, plug the RSS feed into your Feedly (or other!) feed reader, or follow the latest developments via our Twitter stream @GenesisNews. For a techie view of our print and publishing world with regular, daily updates do also take a look at our Tech & Comms News web page, which you can find at Tech & Comms News.  Again you might want to lift the RSS news data from here to plug into your preferred news reader, or follow the news as it happens via the Twitter address @TechAndComms

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Printing Industry News Digest No.139, March 24, 2013

In Printing Industry News on March 25, 2013 at 9:10 am

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 139, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.

Excel to host IPEX 2014, but without the big H?IPEX 2014 grabs the headlines yet again this week with the publication of an open letter to all IPEX stakeholders, as first published via PrintWeek.com on Thursday of last week, aimed at promoting the positives of print. A series of cost saving measures for exhibitors have also been communicated as organisers Informa seek to show their understanding of the price of shows in these harsh economic times.

Prior to all of that excitement, the build up to its stable-mate show, North Print & Pack, is well underway. The Harrogate-based exhibition is the only major print focused show in the country this year, and the last event of any significant size in the run up to next years IPEX exhibition.

Digital or offset?“Why Newspapers Still Matter” lecture occurs in the same week as debate continues in UK re Leverson, while newsrooms continue to cut back on journalists, and contract print revenues continue to struggle.

Shareholder unrest in the digital world as HP sees big protest vote against re-election of directors.

GoogleReaderThe Google Reader issue won’t go away. TechCrunch asks what of those users just stop using a news feed system. It also takes a look at the history of the feed reader. Feedly is tipped as the likely successor for many users, but who pays for all of that server power that this will require?

Google has, however, this week introduced a new package: Google Keep is a note-taking tool. Nothing sensational, but it might be another handy solution to those of us with failing memories! [still recommend Evernote though!]

Google Drive: get two!Meanwhile, a realtime API interface with Google Drive is now something that developers can get excited about.

Android Tips: Regular readers just knew it wouldn’t take us long to start fiddling with the screen display of the Note II phone – the arrival of which was posted just last week. Our first screen creation on this device offers a decidedly monochrome theme, inspired by a glorious wallpaper image, coupled with some of the basic thoughts of the Holo Cards theme recently shown on this site, and a semi-transparent icon set entitled Glasklart. Our favourite Nova launcher provides the base, which allows us to employ a 5 x 9 grid and six dock buttons: phone, email, settings, text message, Opera browser, and Spotify. A basic nine app buttons reside in the lower / centre of the screen. We find this “simple” structure easier on the eye. The straightforward analogue clock face follows this same principle.

MonochromeThe four additional buttons along the top of the screen are in fact page-links. They connect to four additional screens offering further apps grouped by topic. The four buttons shown lead to: a tech settings page; a files page, including links to our favourite cloud storage sites; a “play” set of apps, including music, TV, films, and books; and a “links” page, including bookmarks to regularly visited news, print, and sports sites. Each of these pages includes a similar set of icons at the top of the screen, with the addition of a home button to return to the “home” screen.

Additionally, a swipe down the screen will take the user to a digital clock screen combined with weather info, along with an open Google-based diary for today with the next four appointments on show. A swipe up the screen offers a quick route to the browser with news headlines. For more technical details email PIND.editor@gmail.com

Keep your finger on the pulse: grab an RSS feed of PIND (copy this link into your feed reader); click here for the GenesisNews #Print Daily to get the latest daily stories; or click here for regular Tech & Comms updates in blog or RSS form. You can also connect to a free subscription of the Print Daily for an update on print, publishing, packaging and associated technology delivered straight to your in-box every day! For details on Genesis Marketing – publishers of PIND – click here.

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Missed Issue 138, with inkjet and newspapers? Then simply click here!

Issue 137: SRA1 format

Issue 136: offset installs

Issue 135: PUR binding

Get your Tech & Comms updates direct from the blog, use the RSS feed, or keep updated via Twitter.

Printing Industry News Digest No.138, March 16, 2013

In Printing Industry News on March 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 138, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.

PielFollowing its previously reported trial runs, Axel Springer AG has gone big on adding inkjet to its newspaper printing web presses across Germany. A total of 33 inkjet systems are being added to presses to provide for the printing of unique elements within standard daily publications. Trails included gaming elements as well as local news enhancements.

Where did the box go? Adobe confirms that there will be no more packaged copies of its Creative Suite of products. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat and others will be available still via the company’s web site. Adobe also offers access to the software through a $50 per month subscription.

Google for geeks?So Google Reader is for the chop? We certainly hope that this is not going to be the case, but if it is here are a few suggestions as to how to cope with life post-Reader!

Already this year two of our biggest customers have spent serious cash updating or largely re-inventing their web sites. Is it time for you to update, or can your business survive without the now traditional web presence? Mashable poses the question and looks at possible solutions.

Evernote: cross-platform notesIf you’ve ever wondered why we, and others, get excited by Evernote then this article if for you! Lifehacker’s own Whitson Gordon could never get either. He has now! Mac users will be happy that they can now add notes from their menu bar.

Elsewhere in the cloud, Jolidrive wants to combine all of your cloud services into one, Dropbox is buying Mailbox, Box appears to be readying itself to take on Google Docs, and LinkedIn appears to be acquiring Pulse.

Note2Android Tips: We focus on making the move from iPhone to Android in the phone department, and take a close look at the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a device where size really does matter. For many such a large device will be a non-starter. For the businessman on the move, we see it as a great combination of tablet and phone: OK for phone calls, but large enough to read without eye strain. There are plenty of reviews about, so we won’t go into the intricacies of the device, but we certainly do see it as a “Marmite” bit of kit: love it for the screen size or hate it because the format is not a pop-it-in-your-pocket style of unit.

Note2_DualWeb copyMajor pluses of the Note II: screen size for ease of web access. In fact it’s large enough to be able to split the screen to show two web sites in reasonable (adjustable) size. The S Pen: it really does take very scrappy handwriting and turn it into type. Takes a bit of getting used to for sure, but that’s tech for you! The flexibility of Android: we are not 100% sold on the basic phone capabilities – Apple still has the edge in our opinion – but overall Android is much more flexible than iOS, giving the user more opportunity to design an interface to suit their own personal needs. Having said that, would I recommend any Android phone to the average user? Probably not. We have been working with Android for some six months, and this phone for almost a week, and we are quite sure that you will need some hands-on software experience to get the most from the device. If you want a more straightforward “smartphone out of the box” product go for the iPhone. You are unlikely to be disappointed. If you like fiddling, and like the idea of taking one 5.5 inch screen out with you, rather than a smaller phone and a seven inch tablet for reading, the Note II is for you! One other probable plus: battery life. All reports suggest long hours from one charge on Note II – we are still not 100% convinced, but it is still certainly better than iPhone. If worst comes to worst, get a spare: the battery is very easy to swap out.

Keep your finger on the pulse: grab an RSS feed of PIND (copy this link into your feed reader); click here for the GenesisNews #Print Daily to get the latest daily stories; or click here for regular Tech & Comms updates in blog or RSS form. You can also connect to a free subscription of the Print Daily for an update on print, publishing, packaging and associated technology delivered straight to your in-box every day! For details on Genesis Marketing – publishers of PIND – click here.

PIND138   

Missed Issue 137, with news of SRA1 format? Then simply click here!

Issue 136: offset installs

Issue 135: PUR binding

Issue 134: Digital publishing

Get your Tech & Comms updates direct from the blog, use the RSS feed, or keep updated via Twitter.

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