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Printing Industry News Digest No.95, April 7, 2012

In Printing Industry News on April 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 95, 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.

Ryobi and Miyakoshi have been busy this week announcing details of the latest runner in the B2 digital stakes at the forthcoming Drupa. This one appears to have the rest stuffed into a cocked hat with regard to potential productivity, with an 8,000 sheets per hour throughput. UK Ryobi distributor Apex Digital Graphics adds its thoughts.

Matthew Parker examines the whole topic of B2 digital presses and what they will bring to the market, and specifically to the print buyer. Perhaps it is the personalisation opportunities above all else that provide the stand out potential, but print buyers will need the associated data to make this work for them of course.

Print Media Centr offered up this wonderful infographic on print: Print is Big might help to convince you or your customers that print still has a critical role to play in marketing and communications.

Whilst still in print, this interesting article from PrintWeek regarding technology patents caught our eye recently. Patents are very much in focus with Apple doing battle with just about everybody. Adam Hooker examines the value of such tactics in the print world and to the less well off.

In a Guardian article that is headed “The death of printing has been greatly exaggerated” you sadly won’t find too much good cheer with regard to our ink on paper variant. This feature is more focused on your desktop printer, and its workload. It does make you think though: we believe that our printers at PIND are certainly used a lot less than once was the case. It’s more often the case that we will send an article to “Read It Later” rather than to the printer these days.

Printer RR Donnelley is making waves in the tech world with the purchase of Real Value Corporation, makers of the iPad shopping app CoffeeTable. An interesting move for one so big in putting ink on paper.

Another newsstand anyone? A group of leading publishers think we need one, and have created Next Issue to provide a common format for their digital publications.

Meanwhile, publishers are preparing to sue as Boundless Learning shapes up for an open alternative to the textbook market. An interesting one!

The jury would still appear to be out as to whether Apple with drop down in size to the 7-inch tablet market. TechCrunch offers some possible clues and some very persuasive arguments as to why it will. Despite our initial objection to a 7-inch slate of any kind, this posting makes us think twice.

Need to send the occasional file that is a bit bigger that your e-mail account will allow? Sure, Dropbox might help, or the cavernous capabilities of Box, but maybe the easiest solution found to date is one that we were introduced to this week: DropSend. Free for up to five files per month, $5 will allow for 15 per month, whilst $19 offers unlimited sends. All options cater for files of up to 2Gb, with various storage options also available on the pay-for product.

For those who have never experimented, Lifehacker offers us this week an article dedicated to customising any folder or app icon in Windows. Take a look. It really can make finding key items so much easier. Also, don’t wait for Windows 8 we are told: this selection of Windows enhancements is available now!

For typography geeks only: a limited edition of Scrabble will be available from August of this year, at a price of $199; get your orders in now!

Almost finally, we do have to light the candles, as this is our second anniversary! Two years of PIND and we sail on briskly towards issue 100!

Finally, do keep checking back to see what will be featured in our next edition, PIND 96. For an RSS feed of PIND, copy this link into your feed reader; and click here for the GenesisNews #Print Daily – you can even take out a free subscription for this daily news update on print, publishing, packaging and associated technology!

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Issue 93: Latest digital for Drupa

Issue 92: HP’s B2 digital press

Issue 91: print v. e-books debate

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Printing Industry News Digest No.93, March 24, 2012

In Printing Industry News on March 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 93, 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. Do also take a look at our automated Twitter-based GenesisNews #Print Daily publication; why not take out a free subscription for a daily digital delivery!

Further to last week’s HP Indigo headline, a number of other runners-and-riders in the B2 digital stakes have emerged with new product as Drupa gets ever closer. The French digital equipment manufacturer MGI announced details of its AlphaJet B2 sheetfed inkjet – a machine that will make its official debut at the show. Meanwhile Xeikon, already in the B2 sector for a number of years, though with a web fed architecture, has enhanced its offering with details of a new toner product.

In Germany, sporting a web width of 782mm, the newly announced RotaJet from KBA was unveiled, and is bound to turn a few heads. Equipped with inkjet heads from Kyocera, the four-back-four web perfector will image up to 150 metres per minute. Whilst the product is in its infancy, an inkjet design built on KBA’s web press experience makes an awful lot of sense.

Still in the digital world, more detail has emerged this week regarding Kodak and its slide into Chapter 11.

Whilst presses may be getting ever more “digital” in terms of imaging technology, the bigger question of whether the buying public wants paper based or digitally stored publications, and this is the subject of a feature from Print Media Centr.

Whichever final distribution vehicle suits your publication, Photoshop is likely to play some part in the creation process. News was released this week of the release of Photoshop CS6 Beta available as a free download. Worth a look.

In the tablet world, one very interesting feature from Wired focuses on the subject of what Google might do to its Android OS to keep products based on it a viable alternative to the ever popular iPad.

No surprises that price is highlighted as a key component of the above feature, and this is illustrated perfectly by the UK availability of the sub-£100 Storage Options Scroll Excel tablet at PC World. We mentioned this very affordable 7-inch Android 2.3 tablet in a recent edition of PIND, and whilst it does not boast the greatest of specs, it does have some interesting features, and a price that is sure to attract.

At the other end of the spectrum – in both price and spec terms – we find the AT200 from Toshiba. An impressively thin and light piece of 10.1 inch tablet kit, is it going to attract a huge audience at £399 / $530? That’s surely into iPad territory, and at PIND we know where our money would go given the choice.

Talking of Apple, there was an interesting slant this week from Mark Ritson writing for Marketing Week. The title: “Apple stands on the edge of a parent trap” probably leads you into Mark’s subject matter quite well. I am not 100% convinced. My teenage daughter has coveted the iPhone ever since one entered our house. Come upgrade time, she readily grabbed my 3G product as her own, and has since moved up through the ranks to the 4 and 4S. Price is the major factor why teens select Android, and that has to be coupled with the cost involved in having an Apple product stolen. The product is still coveted by teenagers in the UK.

Always struggling to find those elusive umlauts or quirky symbols? Well here is the site for you. It claims to put those hard to find characters just one click away. Sounds good to us! Mind you, it’s easier to find many of these characters on an iPad keyboard: this CNet video helps to explain, but many addition accented characters can be obtained by simply holding your finger on the on-screen keyboard’s character. Try it when in symbol mode and further extended characters become available. Press and hold the £ for example and a wide range of currency symbols are yours to select from!

Finally, do keep checking back to see what will be featured in our next edition, PIND 94. For an RSS feed of PIND, copy this link into your feed reader; and click here for the GenesisNews #Print Daily – you can even take out a free subscription for this daily news update on print, publishing, packaging and associated technology!

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Missed Issue 92, including HP’s B2 digital press? Then simply click here!

Issue 91: print v. e-books debate

Issue 90: UK exhibition focus, publishing news

Issue 89: Print is Dead! discussion

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