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

Kodak takes workflow suite virtual with VMware tie-up

The company has teamed up with VMware for the new version which enables multiple instances of software environments to be run simultaneously on the same server hardware.
This can be used for example to set up multiple workflows to add redundancy so that should one fail, the system can fall back to a stable instance, ensuring optimal uptime.

The system also makes more efficient use of hardware meaning that users can either cut down on the physical amount of hardware used or run a lot

EFI targets SME packaging firms with Radius business edition

EFI has launched a small business version of its Radius MIS/ERP aimed at small- to medium-sized packaging firms.

Radius small business edition is an entry-level, fully integrated software package aimed at single-site label, flexible packaging, converting and folding carton companies.

The cut-down version of EFI's Radius enterprise edition comes with a standard suite of modules and a streamlined user interface that will allow smaller packaging firms to improve efficiencies and simplify

KSA based media house invests in favour of violet technology

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia based MediaCompany;AlYamamah Establishment has gone for CTP system from FFEI.

The company has invested in two FFEI V-8 High Speed PRO-V violet computer to plate systems, an online NELA bending and punching, an XMF colour management and a newspaper workflow management from Infralogic with the intention to process daily over 5 different sizes of plates for its commercial, magazine and newspaper production.

The CTP system will be used with Fujifilm PRO-V low chemical technology

Quark reveals new publishing capabilities with QuarkXPress

Quark has unveiled the latest version of its desktop publishing software QuarkXPress 9, which includes new features to boost productivity and enable designers to produce content for mobile devices.

According to US-based Quark, the new features in QuarkXPress 9 fall into three categories: digital publishing, design-driven automation and productivity production improvements.

Gavin Drake, vice president of marketing at Quark, said that the software was aimed at businesses looking to add value-added

Esko launches tool that places mock-up packs in virtual store

EskoArtwork has teamed with VTales Graphics to launch Esko Store Visualizer, a software tool that allows users to place virtual packaging mock-ups in photographed store environments.

The software, which is aimed at, among others, POS printers, enables 3D packaging mock-ups created in Esko's ArtiosCAD or Studio to be placed on shelves or displays in photorealistic store environments.

According to EskoArtwork 3D and visualisation product manager Kris Van Bael, the collaboration with VTales came

Heidelberg partners with Red Tie & Tharsten for integrated launch

Heidelberg has partnered with Red Tie and Tharstern to launch a web-to-print production system that can generate, process and route jobs ordered online.

The new software is the result of a partnership between the three companies. Red Tie's online portal captures and submits order information to Tharsten's MIS system, which then calculates both practicality and the cost benefits of bunching orders together. These are then submitted to the production area of the system.

Heidelberg's Prinect

Adobe posts record-breaking first billion-dollar quarter

Adobe Systems Incorporated reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 3, 2010.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, Adobe achieved record revenue of $1.008bn, compared to $757.3m reported for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 and $990.3m reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

This represents 33 percent year-over-year revenue growth. Adobe's fourth quarter revenue target range was $950m to $1bn.

The company also reported record revenue of $3.800bn in

X-Rite bundles i1Pro & iProfiler colour tools into latest i1 range

X-Rite has launched its i1 range of professional colour management software aimed at photo, pre-press and publishing professionals.

The portfolio comprises the i1 Basic Pro, i1 Photo Pro and i1 Publish Pro, all of which include an i1Prospectrophotometer, and the standalone software package i1 Publish.

All four packages feature X-Rite's next-generation colour profiling software, i1Profiler, which combines the best features of its i1-Match, ProfileMaker and MonacoProfiler software.


Latest ISO standard will boost take-up of variable data techs

The full power of variable data print (VDP) is set to be unleashed over the next 12 months following the publication of the new ISO 16612-2 exchange standard (PDF/VT).

PDF/VT defines a PDF-based VDP job exchange format and will enable high-performance rendering of graphically rich content for printing on high-speed digital presses by caching repeated text and graphics.

Its publication marks the next major step on the road to realising the full potential of VDP and is expected to simplify and

Flexo printing gets fillip with trio of platemaking innovations

Three firms have revealed new flexo platemaking technology, offering improved speed and quality.

Fujifilm, a newcomer to the flexo market, revealed its direct laser engraving (DLE) plate, Flint announced a new UV CTP system and Esko-Artwork unveiled an update to its HD Flexo system.

Fujifilm's DLE plate works by the laser in the platesetter ablating non-image areas. The processing step is a water rinse to remove any remaining non-image areas. The firm claimed that this is a faster and more

Esko agrees to EFI and HP workflow deal

EskoArtwork has signed partnership deals with both EFI and HP to integrate its workflow into the printer vendors' product portfolios.

Both will co-market the firm's i-cut Suite software, which was launched at Fespa 2010, alongside their machines.

"As the industry evolves, printing and workflow technology must become faster, less costly and more efficient," said EskoArtwork sign & display business development manager Bryan Stringer. "It's crucial suppliers are able to offer an end-to-end automated

VIGC launches new version of its preflight profiles for InDesign

VIGC has released into the market version 2 of its live preflight profiles for Adobe InDesign which is CS5 compatible.

The update addresses user feedback, integrates new features from InDesign CS5 and adds profiles for the packaging industry according to information received. The full package is available free of charge.

"When we launched our VIGC Live Preflight Profiles for Adobe InDesign CS4, just over a year ago, it generated a lot of attention and we received some very positive feedback

Fujifilm secures record Ipex sales as JetPress attracts the crowds

Fujifilm has deemed Ipex 2010 a "resounding success", after it secured a record number of sales and leads at the show.

Ryutu Masui, senior vice-president, graphic systems business domain, said: "We are delighted with the results that the Ipex exhibition has brought us. Despite volcanic ash and airline strikes, we saw a record number of visitors to our stand."

The Jet Press 720 proved to be the most popular machine on the company's booth, drawing in large crowds during presentations.

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