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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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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.77, November 12, 2011

In Printing Industry News on November 12, 2011 at 1:00 am

Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 77, 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!

One question that we are regularly asked by readers here at PIND is: “What’s that got to do with printing?” In answer, we say: this publication was established to monitor the issues both within print and around it, including publishing, communications and technical news. Many of our stories reflect the “outer reaches” of new technologies, such as the recent review of Apple’s Siri technology (PIND No.75). Siri is actually a good case in point: we had a higher than average number of “What’s that got to do with print?” queries that week! Our opinion: Siri’s voice recognition technology mark’s the early days of a sea-change in the way we search the internet. The way we search has a huge effect on the way advertising revenue’s will be spent. The way that the ad budgets of big-business are spent has a major impact on the world of publishing. Anything that is likely to change the way that publishers think has a significant effect on the world of print, and printing equipment. This week we celebrated the 50,000th visit to our carrier, the GenesisNews site. This is largely due to the interest in the weekly publication of PIND, so hopefully there are quite a few of our visitors that do understand this broad look at the world we live in today!

To expand a little further on the above points, Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman, in trying to illustrate his company’s lack of real dominance of search (as explained to a Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust), said of Siri that it was: “an entirely new approach to search technology,” and a “significant development”. It is well worth reading this posting from TechCrunch incorporating comment from Gary Morgenthaler, an original investor in Siri back in 2008. It is, according to TechCrunch also an important time for the search advertising market – full details here.

The UK voice of Siri has also been making the news. The Telegraph introduces us to Jon Briggs. Perhaps with a male voice in command most UK men won’t be tempted to ask as many strange questions as the US asks the female version of Siri.

Meanwhile, the Guardian raises a question to itself: “Why doesn’t the Guardian write more about Android apps?” A good question: we will read with interest, as PIND has just invested in a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 inch tab for comparative purposes. We might well want to quiz the Guardian more ourselves! We will report more on how the Galaxy measures up against the iPad in future editions!

Elsewhere in the tablet world, Amazon is cutting a path for its own app store ahead of the release of its Kindle Fire 7 inch tab. There are a number of the usual suspects already signed up and in place.

Here’s an interesting offshoot from our normal range of focus: the effects on journalists as well as journalism. Printers are well versed with the issues that they face from shifts in technology. Printers might want to put themselves into journalist’s shoes for a short while to see how similar and different are the challenges faced by the two!

On a very slightly different tack, it was also interesting to see this note from the Guardian this week suggesting that UK Facebook and Twitter users are rejecting the marketing of big branded products through these channels.

Marrying the last two comments almost, Gigaom is suggesting that recent complications raised between journalists and platforms such as Twitter have to be overcome.

Almost finally, in a small jump from journalists to the use of words, US publication Forbes offers advice on what you might want to trim from your CV. Worth a deep digest if you are in job hunting mode right now.

Almost, almost finally, as we have been on a very platform platform this week, it must be well worth advising you, dear reader, of Sony’s latest approach to market: a new four-screen platform that it suggests will be able to compete with Apple. We have to add, by the way, that we did like the official launch of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime this week. Take a look: neat kit!

Finally, do keep checking back to see what will be featured in our next edition, PIND 78. 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 76, including a look at PUR binding for digital print? Then simply click here!

Issue 75: In my command? Apple’s Siri

Issue 74: Newsstand: good for publishers?

Issue 73: iOS5 and the iPhone 4S

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