Baz Ogle started Format Graphics to produce a broad portfolio of high-quality, wide-format applications. Working primarily with designers and agencies with blue chip clients, fine standards of print with accurate colours are vital to meet the exacting criteria of his customers. Format Graphics’ Ogle was quick to invest in the first GS3250LX 3.2-metre flat-bed and roll-fed system with LED technology to be installed in the UK. Originally considering the VUTEk QS3-Pro, Ogle changed his mind when he discovered more about the opportunities available and the overall benefits of the GS3250LX.
From Bates numbering to variable data printing, with Praeter Software’s inexpensive Number Press 6 it’s all possible from the comfort of your Mac. With Number Press 6 you can print lottery tickets, number pages, or add unique codes to documents.
Astute Graphics brought Illustrator users VectorScribe, which made life much easier for them. It now introduces DrawScribe, a plug-in with two tools: InkScribe and Dynamic Sketch. DrawScribe brings drawing the way drawing was meant to be to Illustrator. It’s a plug-in that gives you back the pleasure of drawing shapes with a pencil and paper, only digital.
Paper is ecologically expensive; polyester substrates are less so. Books, journals, magazines and newspapers are still mainly printed matter. So are business reports, formal letters and much more. But there is an area where paper can better be replaced by synthetic materials that look and feel like paper but need to be stronger, less susceptible to environmental factors such as moisture and temperature.
Specialised printing is a growing market. Together with short runs and print-on-demand, super wide format printing has strong appeal to advertisers. Super wide format technology has reached the point that it is also attractive to the art reproduction market. Some vendors in the super wide format printer market focus on high speed and offer low to decent quality only, but our tests of this 2+ metric tonnes heavy beast reveal a printer that can tackle photo quality.