The ISO TC130 committee that sets global standards for the Graphic Arts has adopted the X-Rite Color Exchange Format version 3 (CxF3) as the new standard for colour data exchange and verification. This standard (ISO 17972-1:2015) provides the graphic arts industry with an accurate, efficient way to communicate colour information across any supply chain.
The Xeikon CX3 digital label press, based on Xeikon Cheetah digital print technology, will be available for order taking as of September 29, the opening day of Labelexpo Europe 2015. The Xeikon Cheetah technology is in pilot operation at five sites around the world, where it has delivered outstanding performance.
The new VUTEk LED/UV Pin & Cure imaging press is a 3.2 m high-speed roll-to-roll printer that targets the replacement of older solvent printers for the high-volume production of vehicle wraps, bus sides, banners, posters and more. It has six colours plus white ink with multi-layer print capability for the production of perfect day/night backlit […]
What do printers look for in a Raster Image Processor (RIP)? Their first concern seems to be user-friendliness and stability. But the answer may not always be straightforward. Some say it all depends on the application and the printer, the quality of the input files and also the output size. RIP vendors face a hard […]
After a successful beta test period, PitStop 13 is now in general release. Beta users report that the features included in this release solve their most problematic PDF quality challenges. PitStop 13 is available as a subscription or a license model.
Knewton, a leader in adaptive learning, has collaborated with HP to deliver Personalised Print Learning Solutions comprising tailor-made printed materials for students and publishers. Using the combined print-on-demand and variable data capabilities of HP Inkjet Web Presses and HP Indigo Presses, educational materials, including personalised printed chapters of books and worksheets, can be produced for individual students of all ages and abilities. Personalised Print Learning Solutions will, therefore, extend Knewton’s adaptive learning materials beyond computer screens, enabling students and schools that rely upon, or prefer to work with, print to benefit from a personal learning experience.
When Peninsula Group’s representative asked me if I was interested in reviewing their completely rewritten Thermal Printer driver, I didn’t hesitate for a second. Peninsula Group’s printer driver is the only one that works with OS X without driving you crazy. The new printer driver includes a special installer to set up extraction of labels for use with UPS, FedEx, etc. once and then never look back. The rendering engine also makes it possible to print from web browsers without dithering — which is essential for barcodes to remain readable.
EFI’s offerings – from a new web-to-print technology and a significantly faster image processing workflow, to 7-picoliter grayscale printhead technology for near-photographic imaging, to the world’s top technology for energy-efficient “cool cure” LED imaging at full production speeds – open doors to new revenue streams and greater profit opportunities.
Through a new agreement between EFI and national graphics production franchise brand SpeedPro Imaging, EFI will bring advanced inkjet imaging capabilities to SpeedPro Imaging studios, initially providing its best-selling, 65-inch LED Wide Format inkjet printer to locations in SpeedPro’s 120-location network. SpeedPro recently completed an extensive testing and validation process with the printer, qualifying it as a superior graphics production offering for the variety of wide-format graphics jobs its franchisees produce.
The mid-end wide-format Anapurna M3200i RTR is one of the most successful models in Agfa Graphics’ enhanced Anapurna i-series, offering high productivity and quality at a most attractive price point. At the International Sign Expo trade show ISA, it will be shown with a high-density white option.
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, 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.
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.