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Tuesday, 02 May 2017
Quark software has announced that the newest version of its fully-integrated graphic design and layout software, QuarkXPress 2017, will be released Wednesday, May 24.

Customers can expect new design features, including non-destructive image editing, transparency blend modes, new shape tools, multicolour gradient enhancements, item format painters, text stroking and shading, column spanning and splitting, and smart quotes. Customers can also expect developments to digital publishing, including free iOS single apps creation, adaptive layout conversion for digital, and responsive HTML5 publications.

Quark has made improvements based specifically on user requests, including proportional leading, UI enhancements on Mac and Windows, adaptive layout conversion for print, enhanced word import, and the most recent fonts.
Friday, 21 April 2017
Danish press manufacturer Nilpeter has expanded PANORAMA, its digital product line.

The advancements include a re-design of PANORAMA’s converting and flexo printing units and an update of the press software. The digital hybrid configurations meet a number of requirements, including standalone, all-round and value-added PANORAMA hybrids.

The new digital hybrid configuration features digital inkjet, flexo units, an FP-4 unit for hot foil and embossing, a semi-rotative die unit and a smart matrix unit.

The enhancements to the product line will be on display at LabelExpo Europe 2017 in Brussels from September 25 to 28.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Xitron, the developer of RIP and workflow products has shipped more than 4,500 units of its Screen interface kit, which allows computer-to-plate devices to be driven with any RIP or workflow.

The Screen interface kit is capable of driving all of the PIF-based platesetters, including the 4000, 6000 and 8000 series engines and the large-format Ultima 16000, 24000, 32000, 36000 and 40000 systems.

The interface can be coupled with Xitron’s Navigator RIP and like engines are also supported.

Xitron drives CTP devices from Agfa, ECRM, Creo, Kodak, Presstek, Heidelberg, Fuji and Screen.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
This spring, Canopy will publish the annual Blueline Report, a comprehensive guide to the environmental performance of North America’s largest printers. The report, which actually ranks these printers based on environmental performance, is designed to help print consumers identify those suppliers that are being environmentally responsible.

Canopy will be assessing and ranking major printers on a set of 28 criteria, including fibre preference, sourcing policies, certified and recycled paper availability, transparency and CSR reporting.

In 2016, Canopy’s report found that seven of North America’s largest printers had entered the top 10 in the sustainability ranking.

“With customer demand for environmental print continuing to strengthen, we look forward to reporting on significant progress by North America’s leading printers,” Nicole Rycroft, Canopy founder and Executive Director, says.

Printers aiming to improve their ranking must post their sustainability progress on their Websites by April 30.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Electronics For Imaging (EFI) has introduced two new digital front ends (DFEs), the embedded Fiery E-24B DFE and external Fiery E-44B DFE. The new DFEs are based on the latest Fiery FS200 Pro platform and were launched to drive Ricoh’s print engines, the Ricoh Pro C5200s and C5210s.

The DFEs can process graphically complex files with EFI’s Fiery SmartRIP technology and streamline production with the Fiery Command WorkStation interface. Optional add-ons such as Fiery Impose and Fiery JobMaster or the premium edition of the Fiery Graphic Arts Package allow users to access visual preview and advanced make-ready capabilities or troubleshoot digital designs before printing, respectively.

“With Fiery E-44B DFE, users also get the advantage of EFI’s innovative, proprietary Dynamic HD Text and Graphics feature for accurate, high-quality reproduction of ultra-thin lines and fine details in text,” Vice President of Fiery marketing at EFI John Henze says.

Both DFEs are now available from Ricoh and authorized Ricoh resellers.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Esko will focus on efficiency at this year’s ISA Sign Expo, running from April 20 to April 22 in Las Vegas, with software and hardware intended to help companies get the most out of their production workflows, equipment and staff.

The display will include:
  • Automation Engine Avant, a wide format workflow software bundle that combines wide format workflow automation with the tasks of preflighting, file editing, adding cutting paths and optimal nesting on a sheet;
  • Device Manager, Esko’s new software which is used to track job status and manage jobs based on cutting time estimates and substrate selection;
  • ArtiosCAD, Esko’s packaging structural design software;
  • A demonstration of the Kongsberg X24 and Kongsberg C64 finishing tables.
"We have demonstrated that by offering solid, integrated operational control and management tools, operators spend up to 30 percent less time in job preparation," Greg Stewart, Esko Digital Finishing Product Marketing Manager, says.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
HP recently reached a milestone with the sale of its 500th Indigo Series 4 press. The Series 4 press includes the HP Indigo 10000 and 12000 for commercial printing, HP Indigo 20000 for labels and flexible packaging and HP Indigo 30000 for folding cartons. The oversized, roll-fed HP Indigo 50000 also just completed its first customer installation at Digital Lizard in Las Vegas, Nev.

“We have used HP Indigo technology to offer innovative solutions that are tailored and customized for our clients to help them secure the growth they are looking for,” Jayme Wisely, President and CEO, GLS/NEXT Precision Marketing, says. “The B2 sheet size and high quality output have been a real game changer, and we expect our new HP Indigo 12000 to enable our company to raise the bar even higher.”

HP has also sold more than 200 HP Indigo 7900 units in less than a year, since drupa 2016 this past June/July.