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Agfa Graphics launches Azura TU chemistry-free plate

Agfa Graphics has launched what it terms a sustainable and more robust plate for commercial sheetfed printers. Unveiled  at the manufacturer’s Mortsel, Belgium headquarters, the latest addition to Agfa’s chemistry-free printing plate portfolio requires 95% less water usage than conventional plates, the company claims.
The Azura TU, which uses Agfa’s patented ThermoFuse technology, will print up to 150,000 sheets compared to the 100,000 of its 10-year-old predecessor, the Azura TS.
The new plate

Fujifilm unveils Adobe Mercury powered XMF v5.5

Fujifilm has unveiled the latest version of its XMF workflow, which it describes as the most significant upgrade for years.
  “There have been several major iterations of XMF since we introduced it, but this is probably the biggest technology step-change for three or four years,” said Fujifilm Europe ESBU workflow business strategy manager John Davies.
   XMF Workflow v5.5 uses Adobe’s new Mercury RIP technology, which was officially launched yesterday as part of the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine

Quark unveils ‘monumental’ QuarkXPress 10

Quark has revealed details of QuarkXPress 10, which boasts more that 50 feature enhancements that combine to boost the design and publishing package’s print and cross-media capabilities, according to the company.
Version 10 features 300,000 lines of new code and 500,000 lines of updated code. However, one of the most significant changes has been a switch from the Carbon programming environment to a native Cocoa app, which the company describes as the “pre-eminent application environment for

Kodak’s Gold Dry Ink becomes commercially available

Kodak says a “gold rush” for the industry’s first digital gold capability has started from 1st July as its Nexpress Gold Dry Ink becomes commercially available.
The ink, previewed Drupa in 2012, enables printers to add a gold metallic effect as a fifth colour, said product category manager for digital printing Andreas Nielen-Haberl.
He added that no other digital cut-sheet press in the market offered a gold metallic solution, especially with the option to print lengths up to 36in (914mm) on more

Xennia launches three new ceramic inks

Xennia has added three new high-density colours to its XenInx Zircon ceramic inks range.
   The new pink, white and beige inks join the existing Zircon range of blue, yellow and brown. The oil-based range is compatible with the single pass, four colour Xennia Ultramarine ceramic tile printing system and with other “major digital ceramic printing machines”.
   The inks can be used for printing on both fired tiles and a range of unfired glazes.
   The range’s USP is a colour strength and density

Enfocus adds editing capabilities to PitStop

New image and blend editing and correction features are being added to PitStop Pro 12, the latest release of Enfocus’ PDF preflight and correction tools, due for release in September 2013, the company announced.
PitStop Pro 12 enables users to fix last-minute problems ‘in seconds and improves the efficiency of PDF editing workflows dramatically’.
According to information received, PitStop Server 12, the automated PDF processor, can now apply pre-set image enhancement actions and also gains the

Fortuna 7 by Agfa Graphics for thwarting counterfeiters

Agfa Graphics announced the availability of the updated version of :Fortuna (version 7) security printing software. :Fortuna 7, used in securing and preventing counterfeiting and theft, is designed for use in the highest security printing applications, such as banknotes, ID-cards, brand protection, documents, tax labelling and packaging.
“The new design tools in :Fortuna 7 are helping users stay one step ahead, providing more than 26 tools to help keep brands, sensitivedocuments and packaging

Sharp announces growth and showcases printing products

Sharp announces growth and showcases printing products in light production arena. During a partner and distributors conference held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, representatives from Sharp Middle East presented the company’s sales and marketing strategy for increasing market share in the region across the business solutions division.  Attendees from Sharp included Fred Yamaguchi, CEO of MEA & CIS operations and Tomoo Shimizu, Director Business Solutions Division

X-Rite launches colour management solution

X-Rite announced that it has introduced a new solution in colour management that can ‘bolster the bottom lines of newspapers by reducing ink usage, press time and paper waste’.
Named the IntelliTrax News auto-scanning system, the newly developed hardware-software package makes it  easy for personnel to monitor and control two variables that are essential for newspapers to improve profits and pressroom quality:  colour density and gray balance.
“The ITX News system with newly developed

Alwan adds support to Print Standardizer

Alwan Color Expertise has extended its Print Standardizer product line with an entry-level version for small firms and digital operations and an industrial version for web-offset printers.
“Our partners asked for a cut down version suitable for digital printers that supported hand held spectrophotometers like the X-Rite i1, which we have addressed with the new Start version, which costs $3000,” said Alwan president Elie Khoury.
“The Pro version is designed to work with on-press spectral camera

GMG and matchmycolour in colour management deal

 

Colour management software firms GMG and matchmycolour have partnered to create compatible databases for more efficient colour management.

 

GMG, which targets the wide-format market with its ProductionSuite workflow, offers high-end colour proofing software while matchmycolour creates
colour-matching, quality control and ‘global’ communication software.

 

Now, through an agreement that will cut errors and avoid duplication by aligning file information, customers such as brand owners

Quark introduces free DesignPad update for amateur, professionals

Quark has issued a free update to its DesignPad app, a grid-based design package for amateur and professional designers.
DesignPad, a free preview version of which was launched in August, allows designers to explore create the foundations of a professional layout on a mobile device and upload it to be developed further in QuarkXPress.
Designers can use the app on their touchscreen devices to customise designs for products such as posters, business cards, brochures and postcards on pre-defined

Fujifilm unveils second-generation Pro-VN plate at annual Ifra show

Fujifilm has launched the second iteration of its Brillia Pro-VN lo-chem newspaper plate at the annual Ifra Expo newspaper and media technology show.

Fujifilm has launched the second iteration of its Brillia Pro-VN lo-chem newspaper plate at the annual Ifra Expo newspaper and media technology show.

The Brillia Pro-VN2 offers the same 2-98% at 1,200dpi/ 100 lpi resolution as it's predecessor while boasting a dramatic increase in the rated run length.

Users will benefit from an unbaked run length of

Schawk launches cloud-based colour management platform



Schawk has launched what it claims is the industry's first cloud-based platform for objectively measuring print quality, particularly in relation to the accurate and consistent reproduction of colour.

The global packaging pre-press specialist's new ColorDrive web-based platform is being pitched at marketers as a means of achieving greater worldwide consistency in the reproduction of a brand's colours while continually measuring and improving print quality.
    The system requires printers to

NEC launches two additions to SpectraView range


NEC Display Solutions has unveiled the latest additions to its SpectraView range for colour-critical digital imaging for designers, photographers and print workflow processes.

 

 

The NEC SpectraView 232 and the NEC SpectraView 271 are 23- and 27-inch professional colour displays which respectively cover 75% and 89% of the Adobe RGB colour gamut.

Designed for use in pre-press, soft proofing, DTP and professional photography both displays use IPS technology with
internal 14-bit programmable

HP picks Global Graphics RIP to power imprinting units

The HP M500, C500, M800 and C800 Print Modules were announced at HP's pre-Drupa press event in March before being shown on its Drupa stand printing full colour, variable data at 244m/min.

HP already uses Global Graphics' Harlequin RIP to drive its Indigo and T series inkjet web presses and as such it was a logical choice for it to expand its relationship with the Cambridge-based software developer.

The HHR3 RIP, which was also launched back in March, is designed to be scalable, so that more

Kodak adds features to Magnus 800 CtP

Kodak has announced that it has enhanced the features of its Magnus 800 Platesetter.

Among the new features are the 27% increase in throughput and new power save mode, which combined with WINDOWS 7 support, gigabit Ethernet connectivity to Kodak Prinergy Workflow, 'improved' remote support capabilities including remote on/off increasing operation flexibility, and a new design, make the device even more efficient and user friendly say the manufacturers.

"With the new features introduced at Drupa

Adobe offers pay-as-you-go CS6 with Creative Cloud launch

Adobe will officially launch Creative Cloud, a subscription-based online hub through which members will be able to access its full range of creative tools and services.

Creative Cloud, which has at its heart the latest version of Creative Suite - CS6, marks Adobe's radical strategic switch to a low-cost subscription-based model for its flagship software.

Adobe Eric McCashey, senior marketing manager for Adobe Systems, said: "It's fair to say Creative Cloud is a pretty bold move - it's probably

EFI has unveiled Fiery Dashboard

EFI has unveiled Fiery Dashboard, a new cloud-based MIS for any digital presses driven by the Fiery RIP, which gives access to real-time production data from a variety of web-enabled devices.

According to EFI, the online dashboard also gives users access to a range of metrics such as paper jams and job errors to help identify inefficiencies in the production process.

The Dashboard view can be customised to focus on specific devices or groups of devices, to define targets for engine utilisation

Qatar based, Quick Print Center has invested 450,000 Qatari riyals to purchase its first CtP from Heidelberg

Qatar based, Quick Print Center has invested 450,000 Qatari riyals to purchase its first CtP from Heidelberg, the Suprasetter 75 along with Glunz & Jensen InterPlater, the suprasetter environmental online processor and signastation impostion software.

Press manager, Ayman Ahmed Elshini says, "The machine has been operational since 2 months and we are fully satisfied with its performance, quality and speed. Heidelberg sent 3 engineers to train our staff. Before deciding on the investment, I

Arno Services shifts to UV CTP from its conventional setup

Riyadh based plate supplier, Arno Advertising and Pre Press Services has invested in basysPrint conventional UV plate setter restricting the use of film exposure to die cutting and UV coating exposure only.

Talking to PrintWeek MEA, managing partner, Byju Antony said: "We have invested in UV setter because of its quick and quality exposure. Now we can give the exposed and finished plates within 10 minutes. This has helped us to stand differently in the competitive market of Riyadh where there

Epson unveils its new SureColor SC-S30600 wide-format printer

Epson has launched its latest wide-format printer, the SureColor SC-S30600, at Fespa Digital, a machine which is targeting at companies producing signage and point-of-sale (POS) applications.

The manufacturer is pitching the four-colour printer at commercial printers, sign businesses and copy shops wanting to expand their wide-format offering.

The 1626mm model can print at speeds from 7.3sqm in high-quality mode and up to 29.4sqm in production operation.

Epson said its SC-S30600, which offers

Al Reyami backs plate flexibility usage of Suprasetter 105, CtP

Al Reyami Printing and Publishing has purchased the thermal CtP- Suprasetter 105 from Heidelberg, placing the order for the machine in December 2011.

S. Prasanna, business development manager of Al Reyami, commenting on their investment said, "Heildelberg has a proven track record in imaging devices. Our decision to buy the Suprasetter was based on the fact that the machine has a lot of flexibility in terms of usage of different plates, it is eco friendly and the main point is that it has a

HP acquires Hiflex to bolster its MIS and W2P on cloud platform

HP has bolstered its MIS and web-to-print offering, buying up Aachen, Germany-based Hiflex.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it comes within weeks of new HP chief executive Meg Whitman stating the company would be concentrating on rebuilding its balance sheet rather than capital expansion after a mixed reception to its $11bn acquisition of Autonomy.

Founded in 1991, Hiflex offers both MIS and web-to-print solutions, claiming to be the first to offer a print MIS on a cloud platform, while

Screen launches its new FX1200 thermal platesetter for flexo

Screen has launched the third model in its flexo and letterpress range, the PlateRite FX1200 thermal platesetter, which is aimed at the flexo packaging market.

The platesetter can image flexo plates at up to 3.3sqm per hour at its maximum resolution of 4,800dpi (or 4sqm per hour at lower resolutions), or as fast as 6.3sqm per hour for letterpress.

It outputs with screen rulings up to 200lpi and features FlexoDot screening technology with a choice of minimum halftone dot sizes and shapes, for

Agfa unveils thermal plate for long runs

Agfa Graphics has launched a new no-bake thermal plate suitable for use on long runs under "aggressive press conditions", such as UV printing, at Graph Expo.

The plate is said to feature a higher sensitivity, so it can be imaged up to 20% faster, and supports greater variations in exposure conditions.

The plate can hold a resolution of 1%-99% at 200lpi, supports Sublima XM screening, and is also capable of holding a 20-micron FM screen.

In addition, the plate features an enhanced dual-layer

Schawk faces fall in earnings as clients reduce spending

Global pre-press specialist Schawk has posted a major slide in second-quarter earnings, following a decline in activity from the group's US-based advertising, retail and consumer packaging clients.

Group turnover was down marginally year-on-year, falling 3.8% to $113.3m in Q2 and 3.9% to $220.6m for the first half of 2011, as a result of a decline in advertising and retail sales.

The drop in revenues led to reduced operating leverage, which together with increased integration and restructuring

Pantone launches Android app & covers iPhone functionality

Pantone has launched an Android version of its popular iPhone app myPantone and simultaneously released myPantone 2.0 for the Apple mobile device.

The software capitalises on advances in smartphone and mobile camera technology to allow designers to capture, create and share Pantone colour palettes whilst on the move.

Andy Hatkoff, vice president of technology licensing for Pantone, said: "We continue to see a fundamental shift in the way designers work and smartphones are increasingly acting as

Luscher to exhibit new CTP's at Labelexpo 2011

Luscher will be exhibiting hybrid platesetters, Multi DX and XPose! Flex at Labelexpo in Brussels from the 28th of September to 1st October this year.

The hybrid technology is suitable for label printing as print plate manufacturing for flexo-graphy, offset, letterpress and rotary screen printing processes is possible in one single platesetter. Lusher will also showcase the new direct exposure of letterpress print plates process without an ablation layer as well as special solutions for

GMG buys Dutch Wide Format technology developer Aurelon

GMG has bought the Dutch wide-format technology provider Aurelon, developer of the PrintFactory and ProofMaster software, and put the large-format market at the centre of its growth strategy.

Paul Willems, chief executive of GMG, said: "In addition to constantly increasing market share in our traditional proofing and press room markets, it is our goal to also become a major player in the growing large-format print production market.

"The acquisition of Aurelon is an important step in this