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.
Following 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.
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.
If 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.
Android 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.
Major 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.
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