Roland launches the faster Versa Express RF-640 printer

Roland has announced the launch of the VersaExpress RF-640 eco-solvent printer.
The VersaExpress RF-640 features the same $16975 price tag and 64” (1,625mm) maximum print width as its predecessor, but incorporates a number of new features and a noticeable leap in productivity. Where the RE-640 had a maximum print speed of 23.1sqm/hr, the RF-640 will print up to 48.5sqm/hr in single-pass 360dpi banner mode. In total the RF-640 features five banner and three vinyl print modes ranging from one to

Kodak releases the SCU for Achieve and Trendsetter CTP lines

Kodak has introduced greater automation to its Achieve and Trendsetter platesetter lines in the form of an automated plate loader with a capacity of up to 240 plates.
The Single Casette Unit (SCU) is available as an optional add-on for Achieve T400 and Trendsetter Q400 4-up CTP, Achieve T800 and Trendsetter Q800 8-up CTP, and the Trendsetter News.
It features automated plate loading and unloading for up to 240 plates, with slip sheet removal and automatic plate rotation, enabling uninterrupted

Plasma gadget that makes ink stick to tricky materials

A new, retrofittable device for wide-format printers promises to solve the issue of ink not sticking properly to difficult-to-print-onto surfaces such as plastics and glass.
The Plasma Torch from German supplier Technoplot received its worldwide debut at Fespa Digital.
The compact device was fitted to an adapted Roland UJC-640 eco solvent/UV-LED printer, although Technoplot said it was suitable for “virtually every printing system on the market.”
A 5mm wide cold plasma beam from the torch

ColorGATE showcases Production server 8.1 at Fespa Digital

RIP developer ColorGATE has launched the latest version of its Productionserver software at Fespa.
     The RIP can output files to both digital presses and plate setters which allows users of conventional printing techniques to use digital print production to produce short print runs as well as single prints.
   “Our Productionserver is our current flagship product. We’re displaying the new 8.1 version at Fespa which we’re shipping to our customers in June. To our registered value pack users it

Fespa marked European debut for Kongsberg cutting tables

Esko showed its super-wide C Series and entry-level V Series Kongsberg cutting tables for the first time at Fespa Digital 2014 exhibition in Munich, Germany.
The 100m/min 3.2x3.2m Kongsberg C64 was launched at last year’s SGIA Expo, while the entry-level V Series had its initial launch in Asia in 2011 and is now being rolled out worldwide.
The C Series, which also includes the 3.2x1.6m Kongsberg C60, features a composite carbon traverse beam instead of aluminium, enabling full production speed on

Memjet targets commercial print with Aspen Print Engine

Memjet is targeting the commercial print market with the launch of a new digital print engine that builds on its previous Production Class model.

     The Aspen Print Engine has the same 220mm print width and 1,600dpi native resolution as its predecessor, but can print at up to 225 feet per minute (fpm) versus the Production Class’s 160fpm maximum.

    Whilst this is some way short of the 800-1,000fpm speed of high-end digital inkjet web presses from the likes of HP and Kodak, Memjet Labels

Jacky’s with new dealership of Artec 3D scanners

Recently taped into 3D printing market with distributorship of MakerBot for 3D Printing equipments, Jacky’s Business Solutions has taken another new distributorship of 3D scanners from Artec. 

P. Viswanathan, division manager at digital printing division of Jackys Business Solutions L.L.C  commented, “Artec Group develops and manufactures innovative solutions and products.
The company, headquartered in Luxembourg, consists of
a team of high-calibre specialists who have been working together

X-Rite launches free app for iOS and Android platforms

X-Rite has announced the release of ColorTRUE for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms.

ColorTRUE provides photographers, designers, and prepress professionals the ability to calibrate and profile their tablet and mobile devices for accurate colour matching, includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Steve Rankin, Product Manager, at X-Rite, commented: “While iOS and Android devices

Xaar launches 1002 GS6 printhead for UV applications

Inkjet technology specialist Xaar has unveiled the next generation of its 2007 - launched 1001 GS6 printhead, which it said would redefine the standard in single-pass printing.

The new 1002 GS6 has the same dimensions as its predecessor, to enable all users to easily upgrade, and has retained the 1001’s nozzle guards, SAS mountings and plastic side covers.

Director of marketing Mark Alexander said the printhead was an entirely new product that marked a “radical change” from its last

Sun Chemical to unveil new soft signage ink at Fespa

Sun Chemical will launch the latest addition to its Streamline ink range at Fespa Digital 2014 in Munich.

Streamline TX is a direct print sublimation textile ink specifically designed for the polyester and synthetic soft signage market. According to the manufacturer Streamline TX inks provide bright, strong colours and dense blacks and have excellent “show through” properties because of their penetration into the fabric, which is particularly beneficial to flag printers.

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SAi unveils enhanced version of software

Software company for signmaking, large format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries SA International (SAi) has released PixelBlaster 3.0, an enhanced version of the PixelBlaster production software.
    The software is a modular and scaleable end-to-end system covering preflight to production. It uses a PDF-based RIP that can drive an extensive line-up of large format printers, regardless of supplier, said SAi.
    Among its features is its ability to standardize colours

Mutoh launches ValueJet X series for indoor, outdoor applications

Wide-format equipment manufacturer Mutoh has unveiled two new 64in printers to succeed the ValueJet 1638 and 1638W. The new ValueJet 1638X is designed for high-quality volume production of sign and display graphics for long-term outdoor applications as well as durable indoor prints.
Applications include posters, backlit signage, wall coverings, point-of-sale displays, fine art reproduction and vehicle graphics. The device can be configured with Mutoh’s Eco Ultra or its Universal Mild Solvent

Adobe adds 3D printing capability to Photoshop

Adobe has taken its first steps into the world of 3D printing by adding support for the fast-growing print technology to Photoshop, as part of a major upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud.
The new 3D printing capabilities, which are available immediately to Photoshop CC subscribers, allow users to build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs directly from Photoshop.
Adobe Photoshop CC supports the most common desktop 3D printers, such as the MakerBot Replicator, while users that don’t have

Chili Publish's upgrade of online document editor to version 4.0

Software developer Chili Publish has launched version 4.0 of its online document editing system Chili Publish, which now supports a wider range of platforms including Flash and HTML5
The company said the latest version’s platform independence would help users to expand into markets they were previously unable to reach. It also said the system would work on as yet undeveloped platforms.
Chili Publisher 4.0 also includes added functionality, such as a 3D visualisation tool that enables users to see

Barbieri electronic & Bodoni ventures

Barbieri electronic suppliers of spectrophotometers for the large format printing & Bodoni Systems a print standardization solution provider join hands to combine Barbieri’s SpectroPad and Bodoni’s pressSIGN software makes consistently accurate colour control fast and easy.
The SpectroPad and pressSIGN combination provides two options for adjusting the tonal curve. Users can choose a TVI target if they want to match an ISO standard like 12647-2 or they can select 4CX technology for accurate

Canon updates Prismaproduction workflow system

Canon has unveiled the
latest version of its Prismaproduction automated workflow and output management system, version 5.
According to the manufacturer, the new iteration of the system, originally developed by Océ, includes a number of enhancements and added capabilities that will enable printers to improve efficiency, productivity and connectivity.
Canon said the system is targetted at the commercial, book, direct mail and transactional printing sectors. It is suitable for use on a range of

Heidelberg invests in German software company Neo7even

Heidelberg has invested in the German software company Neo7even, in a move to gain a foothold in the multi-channel publishing growth segment.
It aims to use Neo7even software to open up new business options for print shops, enabling them to offer their customers media-neutral publishing services, for example in print and online, on a wider scale in the future. The new portfolio ties in closely with the Prinect print shop workflow from Heidelberg and is being gradually integrated into this.

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