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Waukesha County Technical College licenses Pageflex software

Feb 18, 2010 12:00 AM,

Variable-data and web-to-print software provider Bitstream Inc. (Marlborough, MA) announces Waukesha County Technical College (Pewaukee, WI) has licensed an educational package of Pageflex Persona Cross Media Suite for use in its Printing and Graphics program

DirectMail.com patents GeoSelector data segmentation tool

Feb 5, 2010 12:00 AM,

DirectMail.com (Prince Frederick, MD) announces GeoSoftworks, LLC, a firm in which DirectMail.com principals are the majority owners, has received a patent on its GeoSelector technology

Integrated solution for ink optimization

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Ron Ellis

Heidelberg's Prinect Color Toolbox with Profile Tool can be incorporated to create the device link profiles used to determine the level of ink savings required. Prinect Color Toolbox Profile Tool subsequently makes the device link profile available as a resource to the workflow. In Heidelberg's Prinect workflow, this occurs at three points: Prinect Color Editor, Prinect Prepress Manager, and Prinect

Custom settings

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Ron Ellis

GMG Ink Optimizer uses the vendor's ColorServer. Running on the Windows platform, it uses custom device link profiles and GMG's custom algorithms to perform the ink savings and GCR. It can be configured out of the box with predefined GMG settings as well as custom settings. Device link profiles have excellent quality and smoothness. GMG Ink Optimizer uses GMG's profile editor and iterative technology

Analyze this

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Ron Ellis

Alwan CMYK Optimizer ECO is based on the Alwan ColorHub. This Macintosh hot-folder driven product uses Alwan's dynamic device link technology to adjust color separation and ink consumption. Each image and page is analyzed and adjusted to the defined output color space, GCR, and TAC. The product is simple to configure and operate. It uses ICC profiles and can directly import IDEALink Curve data, as

Novel approach

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Ron Ellis

FineEye Color Solutions is a result of a September 2009 merger between Chromaticity (Grand Rapids, MI) and FineEye Color Solutions (Mountain View, CA). The new company combines software development, color management expertise and a state-of-the-art inkjet media converting factory. FineEye runs on the Macintosh platform and uses FineEye's ICE technology. ICE is based on Media Maps, which take into

A recipe for ink savings

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Ron Ellis

Developed for ink manufacturers and printers who formulate their own ink, X-Rite's (www.xrite.com) InkFormulation software (IFS) provides accurate and consistent formulation for offset, flexographic and gravure inks. Incorporating an ink formulation engine that provides better prediction of ink interactivity with substrates, IFS quickly calculates the optimal and most cost-effective recipe based on

Gray matters

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Ron Ellis

GCR benefits include Improved reproduction Better neutrals Consistent TAC Ink savings Faster makereadies Improved stability Easier color space transformations Ink optimization software uses gray component replacement (GCR) to change the separation of an image. The software will take color from the file and increase the black channel. It can be set to take more or less color out depending on the user's

System integration

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Ron Ellis

CGS (www.cgs-oris.com) Ink Saver incorporates CGS ORIS ColorTuner color management technology. The Windows-based CGS Ink Saver features a clean interface with controls showing the separation planes for profile smoothness and GCR, as well as sliders that can be used to adjust the settings. CGS significantly cuts ink use, resulting in faster drying time, reduced offsetting, improved gray balance control,

It's all about customer integration

Dec 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Gordon Pritchard

Reintermediation is the idea behind some printers redefining themselves as marketing services providers (MSP) because it attempts to introduce a value-added service back into the print production process.

Show Notes

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Luther Erlund

MIS with Microsoft framework and JDF power Printing and packaging MIS specialist DiMS! (Lisle, IL) launched DiMS.NET! at PRINT 09. It automates the complete range of web-enabled administrative and printing processes across an entire enterprise. Based on the latest.NET technology, the software has the familiar look and feel of the latest Microsoft products and targets medium-to-large printers with

Better files

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Josh Durham

Josh Durham's list of the top seven things not to do when preparing a project to be printed.

New DM screening

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

UK-based Hamillroad Software has announced a breakthrough in screening technology that it claims will greatly enhance the output quality of today's computer-to-plate (CTP) platesetters. The new Digitally Modulated, or DM, screening technology is called Auraia after the Greek word for beautiful.

Web to PRINT 09

Oct 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By John Parsons

The potential of “web to print” (W2P) is still attractive, especially as printers struggle to survive and adapt in a harsh economy.

Computer centric

Aug 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Driving connectivity EFI's (booth 2500) new Web Control Center combines centralized color management to ensure accurate color reproduction with the ability to remotely proof and print through geographically dispersed printing centers. It acts as the link between any geographically remote sites participating in a supply chain, and it is a key application for remote proofing (and printing) as it connects,

Choosing your workflow wisely

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By AP staff

What prepress workflow should I choose? Prepress veteran DJ Dunkerley has seen variations on this question in every online forum for the past 10 years. [Typically] the poster gives absolutely no information on their shop, the work they do, and their budget. When you don't know the parameters, the correct answer is I don't know.' Dunkerley has compiled a comprehensive list of workflow considerations

IPA: Everyone is a workflow winner

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By John Parsons

At this year's IPA (www.ipa.org) Technical Conference, the tradition of technology “RoundUPs” continued with three separate events, covering digital print, proofing (hard copy and virtual), and JDF workflow.

Workflow success

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Workflow for offset, digital and wide format Fujifilm Graphic Systems U.S.A.'s (Valhalla, NY) Fuji-film Workflow XMF provides a single point of production that can produce jobs for both offset and digital, or a combination of both, within the same job. The open and scalable work-flow supports cross-connectivity between a variety of print environments, including offset, digital and wide format. Its

Integrated workflow helps printer meet tight deadline

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By AP staff

With 18-employees and $3.5 million in sales, Millennium Press (Agawam, MA) doesn't rank among the largest printers. But when it comes to workflow efficiency, few can surpass it. The all-Heidelberg shop's most recent addition is a 6-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 with Prinect Press Center and Prinect Peak Performance Package installed. Millennium's workflow includes Heidelberg's Prinect Prinance

Briefly noted: July 2009

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By AP staff

The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) (Washington, DC) reports the JDF Interoperability Matrix has exceeded 500 pairings. The Matrix shows what JDF integrations are available between vendors of graphic arts systems. See www.cip4.org/matrix. Fujifilm is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its thermal 8-up Javelin CTP Series this summer.