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Company wants patent for its ‘technology breakthrough’

A company set up by two former Agfa and Kodak R&D directors has applied for patent protection for what it is calling “the most important technology breakthrough since the introduction of thermal CTP”.

The company, JP Imaging (JPI), claims to have developed a method of laser exposure on uncoated standard grained and anodised aluminium that will switch it from its normal (oxidised) hydrophobic state to a hydrophilic state.

JPI founders Dr Rod Potts and Dr Peter Bennett, former

EskoArtwork and Strata launch Enfold 3D CX software package

EskoArtwork has formed a strategic partnership with 3D design tools developer Strata that will combine the power of their respective design software programmes.

Under the terms of the agreement, Strata will market a new product, Strata Enfold 3D CX, which has been developed using technology under licence from EskoArtwork.

Strata Enfold 3D CX is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that allows designers to create professional folded 3D designs within the programme.

The software, which includes two

Xinet’s Seebass claim DAM and cross-media capability are key

Xinet chief executive Scott Seebass has stressed the importance of Digital Asset Management (DAM) to running a profitable business, ahead of the company’s next major software release.

Seebass, who founded Xinet in 1991, said: “Right now, if you’re a printer and you don’t do asset management, you’d have a hard time being competitive because you can’t do things as cheaply as your competitors. It’s something that’s so common now in most of the

Callas claims PDF/X-4 first with layers capability in pdfToolbox

Callas Software has released an update for its Adobe Acrobat plug-in pdfToolbox, which it hopes could speed up the packaging industry’s transition to PDF/X-4.

Berlin-based Callas , which launched version 4.2 of the software at the start of March, said that new features enabling the generation and management of layers within pdfToolbox could have a significant impact on industry.

Callas said the support for layer views made the low-cost software the “first industry tool to

PPI Media to install Printnet OM at printer

The Dubai-based, publisher of Khaleej Times, Galadari Printing and Publishing has commissioned Manroland subsidiary, ppi Media, to install its output management system, Printnet OM.

According to it’s technical director, Heinz Anneler: “The Printnet workflow from Manroland and ppi Media will integrate our pre-press workflow with standard technology and automate plate production from end to end through intelligent production planning.
For our company this means maximum up-to-the

Free digital asset management module launched for printers 2009-02-01 19

Web-to-print software developer Vpress has announced the launch of a free Digital Asset Management (DAM) module for clients of its Core range of print management systems.
As of this month, users of CorePrint, CoreDirect, CoreImpact and CoreQuick will gain access to CoreAssetManager.
This allows for the storage and management of digital assets, including spreadsheets and images.
Kelvin Bell, Vpress eCommerce manager, said that the company was trying to “break down the cost barrier