EFI, a world leader in digital printing innovation, announced that it has acquired the assets of privately held printLEADER. printLEADER, with headquarters in Palm City, Florida, is a provider of print MIS (management information systems) software products for the printing industry.
PDF/X-4 is the next big step in prepress, but until VIGC (Vlaams Instituut voor Grafische Communicatie — Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication) actually set up a test for looking into the support of RIP vendors, nobody knew if there were any vendors who fully complied with this standard. PDF/X-4 needs the following parameters to [...]
Although you could theoretically keep refining old mercury vapour technology, that wouldn’t be future proof. A printer manufacturer that would invest in improving mercury lamp technology would show little understanding of environmentally sound development strategies. LED is future proof, opens up new, sometimes unexpected, markets, and the inks used are no more toxic than other industrial printing inks — less, actually, as ink manufacturers are all too eager to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon.
In November of last year, EFI acquired Technique, the British company that developed the printing MIS with the same name. While EFI did acquire all of Technique’s print MIS tools, it has left the products more or less as they are, only taking care of an integrated workflow with their Fiery digital front-end and inkjet portfolio including VUTEk, Jetrion and wide format devices. But what exactly is Technique, and how does it compare to for example EFI’s Monarch?
Ranging from 365 to 405 nm, UV LED lamps are all set to replace mercury vapour lamps in UV curing printers. The evolution may gain momentum in 2014 when Europe is rumoured to sort of banning mercury vapour lamps altogether. But this government-sponsored arm forcing is not the most important reason why clever printers who have planned investments in 2013, will opt for a UV LED curing press.
Let’s say you are printing from an i Mac. You have all the latest drivers installed on your system, and all the latest firmware on the printer. Your file has a light screen in it and looks fine when printed at 600 dpi. But you decide that at 600 dpi the text really isn’t that sharp. So you print at 1200 dpi. The text is better but the light screen becomes almost invisible and looks more pink than green. The only setting changed is the dpi setting. What’s wrong?