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Monday, 07 June 2010

Hewlett Packard has launched new capabilities for its printers which will allow its customers to print documents from anywhere in the world using their mobile devices. Dubbed ePrint, the new system will be bundled within a range of HP's consumer printers.

"From a mom and son printing drawings from an iPad, to an executive on a train sending a presentation from a Palm Pre or Blackberry smartphone to print and pick up at a FedEx Office store, HP ePrint allows people to print anytime, anywhere," said the company in a press release.

Users will be able to access Google Docs, Photos and Calendar directly from their printers, without the use of a connected PC. Every HP ePrint printer will have a unique simple email address that allows the sender to deliver a print the same way they would send an email message. Customers also can send documents to print through an HP ePrint mobile app on their smartphone device to a home, office or public print location such as a hotel or FedEx Office store. Customers will be able to send Microsoft Office documents, PDFs and JPEG image files, among others.

“We are once again revolutionizing printing to make web-empowered, cloud-enabled printing the new industry standard,” said Vyomesh Joshi, Executive Vice President, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “We know that our customers want an easy way to print their content, anywhere, anytime. We’re making that a reality today by giving people the power to print from any web-connected device – smartphones, iPads, netbooks and more – to any printer in our portfolio above $99. The world has changed.”

Tuesday, 01 June 2010

System Graphics of Markham, Ontario has replaced its solvent-based printer with a new HP Designjet L65500, a device which uses water-based latex inks. System Graphics, which has been in operation since 1987, specializes in printing banners and signage.

“Investing in new technology helps us to stay one step ahead and not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations” said Systems Graphics President, Wendy Glover. “We were looking to the future and now we’re more competitive than ever before.”

“System Graphics wanted to get rid of its solvent-based printer partly for health and environmental reasons,” said John Visentin of Access Imaging, the company that sold the device to System Graphics. “When they found that they could also save money through lower costs of maintenance and consumables on the new latex printer, it made the decision that much easier.”

The HP Designjet L65500 won a Gold award at the fourth annual Environmental Printing Awards in 2009. According to HP, no special ventilation is required and prints produced on the machines are odourless and can last up to five years with lamination.
Friday, 28 May 2010

Moya GreeneMoya Greene, CEO of Canada Post, has been hired to take on the challenge that is Royal Mail, the Crown corporation responsible for UK's postal services. She will be the first non-Briton and first woman to take on the post.

Greene has been CEO of Canada Post since 2005 and will take on her new post at Royal Mail in July. Her new role will have her overseeing the semi-privatization of the system, which has only seen a return to profitability in the last two years. The organization also has a massive pension shortfall as well as continuing labour conflicts leading to disruptive strikes last October.

Donald Brydon, Royal Mail Chairman, said: "I am delighted that Moya is joining Royal Mail. She will bring energy, clear thinking and a proven leadership track record - as well as hugely relevant experience - to the business at an important moment in its evolution. I look forward to working closely with Moya as we tackle the challenges ahead and continue to focus on satisfying our customers and maintaining the six-days-a-week Universal Service."

Greene is also serves on the Board of Directors at Tim Horton's and previously held executive roles at CIBC, TD and Bombardier. Her time at Canada Post has seen the Crown corporation boost profits through cost cutting, despite facing declining revenues. Her tenure at Canada Post also saw an increase in workplace grievances of nearly 60 percent.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

At the IPEX show this week, Ricoh announced that it is launching a new brand identity for InfoPrint, a venture until this point, had been jointly run by Ricoh and IBM. As of July, InfoPrint will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh.

The re-branding will consist of a new logo for any piece of equipment produced after May 14th. "The new logo illustrates the strategic evolution of our brand," said Peter Lazaroff, InfoPrint Solutions' Vice President of Marketing Communications. "It is a logical progression from the joint venture logo — which our many stakeholders have come to recognize — to our new logo, which includes several familiar elements, yet speaks to the progress of InfoPrint Solutions."

At the show, InfoPrint also introduced the InfoPrint 5000 MP, additional InfoPrint 4100 models and new workflow software.

The IBM/Ricoh joint venture was announced in January 2007 where Ricoh initially will acquired 51 percent of the new InfoPrint entity, which stemmed from IBM's Printing Systems division. The venture had always intended for Ricoh to progressively take more ownership in InfoPrint over the course of three years, culminating in the full ownership.

"This agreement is key to Ricoh's efforts to become a leading global provider of output and print solutions," said Masamitsu Sakurai, President and CEO, Ricoh at the joint venture's announcement in 2007. “We will invest the necessary resources to make InfoPrint Solutions Company into a core business. Building on our long association with IBM, we look forward to creating an infrastructure that can address complex solutions and mission critical environments."

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Kwik Kopy Design and Print Centre Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island has recently installed an Agfa :Anapurna Mv, UV flatbed printer with varnish option. The machine was purchased through Geoffrey Flack of the ND Graphics' Dartmouth branch.

Kwik Kopy is a full service printer offering offset and digital printing as well as signage for indoor and outdoor applications. The location has been operating on the island for over 26 years. The company also recently installed a Heidelberg SM 74 press. In February, the company took over the operations of Island Offset Inc.
Monday, 03 May 2010

Apple announced that it has sold its one millionth iPad on Friday April 30, just 28 days after its introduction in the United States. The number bests the company's record for sales of the original iPhone, which took 74 days to hit the milestone.

The company said that iPad users have downloaded 12-million apps from its App Store, but only 1.5-million ebooks. This indicates that most users have yet to be converted to ebooks, when it comes to their novel-reading experience.

The company delayed its international launch of the iPad until the end of this month, however, many have imported the device from the United States. Israel, fearing the device's wireless signals would interfere with its own signals, had banned the device's import, but have since removed the ban.

The device has caused a new wave of applications to be developed to take advantage of the iPad's screen and processing prowress. More than 5,000 iPad-specific applications have been released in April. The iPad will also run most iPhone applications, with the exception of those which rely on camera functionality. 

In the United States, the device costs between $499 and $829 (pricing varies based on storage capacity and 3G wireless capabilities). The company has only in the last week started shipping the 3G-capable version, which allows users to surf the Internet wherever AT&T signals are available. In Canada, Rogers has announced it will be supporting the iPad at launch, although pricing has yet to be announced. In the United States, AT&T offers contract-less data plans for the device.

Monday, 03 May 2010

Vistaprint has just announced its fiscal 3rd quarter 2010 results, ended March 31, 2010, which saw the company boost its revenues 30 percent over the same quarter in the previous year.

The quarter saw revenues hit $166 million, which when taking out the factor of currency exchange fluctuations, still reflects a gain of 25 percent. Operating income for the quarter was $17.8 million, an 11 percent increase compared to its 2009 numbers.

"Vistaprint delivered strong third quarter revenue in line with our guidance," said Robert Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our earnings performance exceeded our expectations due to strong gross margins and lower than anticipated expenses during the quarter. We continued to execute toward our accelerated investment plans for the fiscal year, although the timing of some of our investments has shifted into the fourth quarter. We are pleased with our results and believe that we remain well positioned to continue to drive competitive advantage and deliver strong financial results for years to come."

Other figures of note released by the company include the fact, that in the quarter, the company acquired 1.6-million new customers, which represented 33 percent of the company's business that quarter. The company had, on average, 54,000 orders daily in the quarter, a significant boost of 23 percent over the previous year's quarter. During the quarter, the company started offering luggage tags, folded business cards, consumer Websites and recycled paper options for business cards and postcards.

By the end of its fiscal year, the company said it expects to make capital expenditures of between $95 and $100 million, which includes expansion of the company's manufacturing plant in Windsor, Ontario, and a new manufacturing base in Australia, to be operational in the company's first fiscal quarter of 2011.
Monday, 19 April 2010

April 23 is Canada Book Day. The day was chosen to coincide with UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day, which is now in its 15th year. In Canada, the event, which was first organized by the Writer's Trust of Canada, has not been celebrated since 2008.

Despite the Canadian government pledging an additional $39.5 million for the Canadian book publishing industry last September, no other organization has stepped in to lead the celebrations this year and no promotion has been done at any level of government. The government now gives over $70 million annually to promote Canadian books and publishing.

In the past, book publishers and sellers have issued special Book Week coupons which gives a $2 discount to readers towards any book at bookstores. Canada Book Day became Canada Book Week in 2003.

The TD Canadian Children's Book Week, usually in the autumn of every year, will also not be holding an event this year: a decision to move the event to the spring means the next event will not be until May of 2011. The event was started in 1977 and now over 35,000 across the nation participate each year.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Adobe Systems has announced its latest iteration of the Creative Suite series of design and production software. Adobe CS5 will be shipped within 30 days.

“While Creative Suite 5 continues Adobe’s storied history of delivering astonishing new creative features, this release first and foremost addresses the challenges facing publishers and creatives worldwide—how to build profitable businesses around digital content,” said Shantanu Narayen, President and Chief Executive Officer at Adobe. “By coupling sophisticated online business analytics with dazzling creative tools, we’re ensuring that publishers, designers and marketers can create, deliver and optimize beautiful, high-impact digital experiences across media and devices.”

The core focus of the release is online publishing and publishing to mobile platforms, including tools which take advantage of Adobe's latest acquisition of Omniture to track information generated by website activities. Another new product aimed at online publishing is Adobe Flash Catalyst, which aims to provide a set of tools to translate print documents into interactive online sites, all without requiring the designer to program code.

Other applications within the suite have all received updates, which according to Adobe, add up to 250 new features. Programs such as Premiere and After Effects, now require a 64-bit environment to operate. Photoshop CS5 is also 64-bit native (but will work on older 32-bit systems), giving the software much more performance when processing the larger files prevalent in today's design environment.

Absent in Creative Suite 5 are updates to Acrobat, which is included in all editions saved for the Production Premium package, but remains at version 9.

Pricing for Creative Suite 5 is US$2599 for Master Collection CS5, US$1899 for CS5 Design Premium, US$1799 for CS5 Web Premium, US$1699 for CS5 Production Premium and US$1299 for CS5 Design Standard. The upgrade price for CS5 Design Premium will be US$599 and US$899 for the Master Collection.
Tuesday, 06 April 2010

Darthmouth, NS-based Royale Print & Packaging, the largest folding carton converter in the Atlantic, has installed a new Roland 700 HiPrint press. The press has six print units and two aqueous and UV coaters.

Royale Print & Packaging is over 100 years old and primarily prints folding cartons and labels for the Eastern Canadian and U.S. markets.

“Food packaging customers have very short turn-around times and tight deadlines to prevent spoilage or expiration and to meet market demands," said Royale Print & Packaging Operations Manager Jan Riber Hansen. "The printing process must meet those deadlines even on JIT shipments.”

To allow for future expandability, Royale Print and Packaging decided to prepare the press for UV inks and interdeck curing stations.

The company says the new HiPrint press is running two shifts during months of average production levels, but it expects to run the press 24/7 with three shifts during months of higher demand. Production staff from the company flew to manroland's training facility in Westmont, Illinois, in preparation for the press and also received on-site training after the equipment was installed.

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