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Printing Industry News Digest No.91, March 10, 2012

In Printing Industry News on March 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 91, 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!

Something you don’t see every day is a tech web site heralding ink and paper above a device. That is exactly what we have, to some degree at least, from the good folk of TechCrunch. This view of e-reader technology concludes that paper is great stuff, but that the devices still have some development ahead of them. A great read. Your thoughts on e-readers are more than welcomed: PIND.editor@gmail.com

The mists are gradually clearing with regard to Manroland GB, with news on Wednesday morning that a deal had finally been reached with Langley Holdings for the remaining 37 personnel and other sheetfed assets. This has led to the creation of Manroland Sheetfed (GB), which we assume will continue to operate from its Mitcham HQ. The web operation, meanwhile, will be known as Manroland Web Systems (UK) Ltd and will be based at Maidenhead.

One interesting read on the topic of newspapers and paywalls comes courtesy of Gigaom, where reference to Warren Buffet and his acquisition of the Omaha World-Herald comes under the spotlight. Some good alternatives to the paywall are discussed.

In terms of tech, the big breaking story of the week was the release of iPad 3. Many are suggesting a bit of a limp set of enhanced features for this latest version of the market leading tablet. Take a look at what has changed.

To celebrate 25 billion app store downloads, Apple has released a list of the most popular iPhone and iPad apps of all time.

The overall question of whether tablets could eventually replace the PC has been given more air time, and this BBC short video examines some of the issues. Is this what Apple means when it talks about “post-PC”?

Bitten by the Windows 8 bug yet? Mashable claims to have brought together everything that you need to know about the latest Microsoft operating system. Need more? Get the Consumer Preview and install it.

The Raspberry Pi computer has received a great many plaudits during the last couple of weeks. The £22 basic computer solution had reached the dizzy heights of 700 orders per second at one point. The target is school children, and getting them excited about programming. We hope to report further success for this breakthrough solution in the coming months.

For those kitted out with Android tablets, you definitely want to check out GO Launcher HD – a software that allows for a personalised screen layout, including an effective launch bar solution. It allows for the simple and effective creation of folders too, which provides a great grouping mechanism for apps.

Whilst we have championed QR codes for many months, sometimes they are used so poorly, making them ineffective at best. Some big time failures are highlighted here!

If like many you are using multiple machines during your working day, this solution from Lifehacker might be of great interest. Syncing your desktop between machines could provide a seamless way of working for many. Dropbox is the key to this neat workround.

Dropbox also features in this third party automation solution. Drop your files into a specific Dropbox folder and this cloud based solution will provide automatic conversion routines. You might want to convert Word files to PDF for example, or take PDF’s and make text files. This intriguing solution could even convert and deliver documents to your Kindle ready for reading.

Finally, do keep checking back to see what will be featured in our next edition, PIND 92. 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 90, including a UK exhibition focus, and publishing news? Then simply click here!

Issue 89: Print is Dead! discussion

Issue 88: The Sun on Sunday to launch

Issue 87: More info on Manroland Sheetfed

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Printing Industry News Digest No.89, February 25, 2012

In Printing Industry News on February 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 89, 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!

A late editorial decision changes the lead story of this week’s PIND: we couldn’t resist the dabating points offered by TechCrunch with a posting that we only noticed on Sunday morning, February 26, a day after this edition was written and posted. Print is Dead! Long Live Print? reads the provocative headline. We do agree with many of the points made in this well written article. It does, however, focus very much on published print: newspapers, magazines and periodicals. In saying that, many of the sweeping statements made can be equally well applied to the commercial print sector. Have a read and mail us with your thoughts to PIND.editor@gmail.com – it will be good to get your feedback.

Open house season is upon us in the UK and the Apex Digital Graphics event is already in place – the Spring Open House takes place on March 13 and 14. As well as the expected Ryobi press products, the event will feature a host of other equipment suppliers, and a free to attend seminar on ISO12647-2 accreditation being hosted by Sun Chemical and BPIF. You can follow the build-up and the event via the #ApexMarchOpenHouse hash-tag on Twitter.

The exhibition season is starting even sooner, with the packaging world descending on the UK’s NEC this coming Wednesday/Thursday for the annual Packaging Innovations event. Benson Group will be taking centre stage with its Split-it green packaging product.

As an update regarding the recent Manroland coverage, the web operation is singing loudly about the products that it will focus on for Drupa. In the UK, however, the administrators of Manroland GB have announced a number of high profile redundancies as talks stall re a sale.

We note with interest the news from Print Monthly that the digital pricing for The Times and The Sunday Times is to double this week – as of March 1st. Get in quick if you want to subscribe at the cheaper price!

Are you talking to me? Intelligent ads are about to hit the streets of the UK. A poster that can “read” who is passing by is beginning to sound a bit spooky to us!

Apps take over the world: the Guardian takes a look at how apps are now the way forward for software developers. Apple’s web site has a rolling total of its app sales that increases by 500 a second!

Our favourite syncing software, Dropbox, has been spending some of the $250 million it recently raised with the further development of its Android app. If auto syncing your photos from your Android phone causes you sleepless nights, this is the software for you.

Meanwhile Microsoft’s syncing solution, SkyDrive, is also upping its game, with a desktop app imminent. This might even enable it to catch up with the above Dropbox. There is also talk of very reasonable costs for expanding the already handy 25Gb of free space.

Lifehacker offered us a real neat little hack for showing up to the minute search results on Google. Give it a try: it will certainly cut out those tiresome suggestions from last century!

Almost finally, we have found the ultimate kitchen-based product for every geeky college student: our friends at Engadget have shown us the way for the next Apple product – an iPhone branded gas stove!

Finally, do keep checking back to see what will be featured in our next edition, PIND 90. 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 88, including details on The Sun on Sunday? Then simply click here!

Issue 87: More info on Manroland Sheetfed

Issue 86: Manroland Sheetfed sale

Issue 85: Kodak update; used presses; ultrabooks

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Printing Industry News Digest No.76, November 5, 2011

In Printing Industry News on November 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 76, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, 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!

Digital print businesses seeking “best binding” might like to note that further to recent details regarding the release of the DigiBook 300 PUR perfect binding product, UK post-press specialist Morgana has announced information regarding the first installation of this mid-range product at Concept Communications Group Ltd, Bishops Stortford.

UK digital printers in the north of the country might also like to note that a collection of Morgana post-press products will be shown in action at Headingley, Leeds, on November 16 and 17. Register now to reserve your place at this Evolution roadshow, dedicated to digital print production.

Elsewhere in the world of digital print, Kodak would appear to be doing well in the with regard to its printing-based products, even if the business still appears to be struggling in other areas of activity. Even the BBC highlights a potential cash crisis if the proposed sale of patents fails.

The changing face of advertising has been highlighted by our chums at Mashable in a post focused on the recent Advertising Week held in New York City.

At the other end of the publishing market, a new web site has been making the headlines this week. Unbound.co.uk aims to provide snippets of books to allow readers to decide for themselves which books are published. Take a look at the site and this BBC link for more details on this ground-breaking concept.

Publishers might also like to take a look at the QR code from a different angle: “Why the QR code is failing” is the title of a post from iMedia Connection. The bottom line is that there are still too few people that really understand the whole QR thing. The issue includes a number of factors: not everyone has a smartphone, not everyone understands what a QR code is, and not everyone has enough motivation to scan them. Details of your own experiences of QR codes to date are very welcome:  PIND.Editor@gmail.com

On a wider publishing / technology issue, the Guardian asked the question last Sunday regarding smartphones for school. It is suggested, not unsurprisingly, that children’s education could improve hugely if smartphones (or tablets) were used in the classroom. With the current financial constraints this is highly unlikely, but what then will the consequences be for the UK in the international arena?

Almost finally this week, you may well be excited by a recent posting from TechCrunch which details the founding of Dropbox. Business founder Drew Houston is interviewed about his “magic folder”.

Finally, do keep checking back to see what will be featured in our next edition, PIND 77. We aim to add details of our next edition this link during the course of the week. 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 75, including a look at Siri: what is your command? Then simply click here!

Issue 74: Newsstand: good for publishers?

Issue 73: iOS5 and the iPhone 4S

Issue 72: Steve Jobs obits; India

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