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!
Issue 93: Latest digital for Drupa
Issue 92: HP’s B2 digital press
Issue 91: print v. e-books debate
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