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Around 1990 the first RIP was invented. Its developers envisioned a low-cost, easy-to-use system that would allow users to process and print high-quality graphics, including photos, with equipment that doesn’t need to be operated by fully qualified people who are familiar with offset, lithography, etc. A decade later the printing industry started needing something more powerful, something that could load files from various network sources and process them for variable data applications as well as pull information from a database for personalised documents — what we now know as the Digital Front End or DFE.

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X-Rite Launches i1iSis 2 Automated Chart Reader

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced an important update to its popular i1iSis Solutions family of automated chart readers for prepress/premedia, photo and pressroom colour management and profiling.

Esko to acquire MediaBeacon

Esko, the leading global player in packaging production and supply chain solutions, announced the acquisition of MediaBeacon Inc., a leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. MediaBeacon, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, brings an award-winning suite of DAM tools to market, primarily in the USA, through direct distribution and strategic OEM partnerships in various industries ranging from Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods to Media, Print and the public sector.

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The history of RIPs and how they evolved into DFEs

Around 1990 the first RIP was invented. Its developers envisioned a low-cost, easy-to-use system that would allow users to process and print high-quality graphics, including photos, with equipment that doesn’t need to be operated by fully qualified people who are familiar with offset, lithography, etc. A decade later the printing industry started needing something more powerful, something that could load files from various network sources and process them for variable data applications as well as pull information from a database for personalised documents — what we now know as the Digital Front End or DFE.

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Stora Enso to showcase vast substrate portfolio at Xeikon Café

A wide range of substrates can enhance digital print opportunities. Stora Enso will showcase its extensive product portfolio at the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations event. A global player in the paper, biomaterial, wood product and packaging business, Stora Enso develops innovative solutions based on renewable materials. The company offers a wide board and barrier coating selection ideal for imaginative graphical and packaging concepts and for optimizing packaging. The boards are used by brand owners for liquid packaging, food service and food packaging, pharmaceuticals, cigarette, chocolate, cosmetics and luxury packaging, and in graphical industry.

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Bograma at Xeikon Café

How die-cutting can creatively transform a broad range of prints from mailings to packaging and labels will be presented by Bograma at the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations event. The specialist developer and manufacturer of solutions for finishing printed material in the commercial, pharmaceutical, packaging, label and digital print sectors, will showcase the possibilities enabled by the Bograma Rotary die-cutter BSR 550 Servo.

Xeikon Cafe

Xeikon Cafe event near Antwerp from March 10 – 12

The Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations is a platform offered by Xeikon and its Aura partners, offering the opportunity to understand, evaluate and experience digital production, and enabling printers and converters to consciously make a business decision. Through demonstrations, presentations, workshops and discussions, participants receive first-hand actionable information and advice on industry innovations and trends. This year’s event takes place near Antwerp, Belgium from March 10 to 12.

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Kurz DM liner makes its debut at Xeikon Café

Kurz group will showcase its hot stamping and coating technology at the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations event. Solutions from Kurz enhance a wide assortment of products from packaging, greeting cards, electronic devices, household appliances, cosmetics, textiles, furniture, and automotive parts. Its state-of-the-art application technology, magnetic foils, and holograms provide effective and attractive brand name protection. The company also offers a way to increase security to prevent counterfeiting.

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History defines the survival of printing technology

We all know Apple developed the first personal computer that was actually usable by graphic designers. The Apple II and Apple Elisa were perhaps not yet the most user-friendly desktop computers, but the Macintosh definitely was the first machine that anyone could operate. Most of the older generation of Apple computer users also know Apple was the first to come to the market with a PostScript printer. But few of us know it was EFI — then Electronics For Imaging — that developed the first ever PostScript RIP (Raster Image Processor). Without a RIP the printing industry wouldn’t survive at all.

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New Xeikon 9800 digital colour press at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015

Xeikon announces the launch of a new dry toner-based digital colour press, the Xeikon 9800. The new press will be demonstrated for the first time at the Hunkeler Innovationdays, an event which takes place from February 23 to 26 at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Switzerland.