4over, one of North America’s largest trade-printing operations, has entered the 3D Printing market and plans to provide the service to other printing operations through its online platform.

The venture fits the company’s growing trade focus on promotional products available online, including template applications like large-format, packaging (primarily product boxes), marketing products like postcards and brochures, and pure promotional items like hang tags, rack cards, table tents, and T-shirts.

The new 3D Printing initiative is being offered out of the company’s headquarters in Glendale, California. 4over employs a 3D manufacturing method called Fused Deposition Modeling, which is well suited for the creation of prototypes, samples for packaging development, and original items.

“Our goal is to give our customers a simple and affordable 3D Printing solution to offer their own customers,” said 4over's CEO Zarik Megerdichian. “This technology brings with it so many benefits that traditional methods of manufacturing or prototyping don't offer. We're confident that 3D Printing will give our customers access to new markets, enabling them to grow their businesses faster, and to be more relevant than ever before.

Earlier this month, 4over also announced it has opened the doors to a brand new operation facility in Central Florida to better service its growing East Coast customer base. “We’re delighted to be expanding our reach, once again,” said Megerdichian. “This new Central Florida operation centre means our existing customers now have easier access than ever before to fast turnarounds and free delivery on all of their favorite products. It also means we can service brand new sets of customers, thus perpetuating the unwavering growth trend we've been experiencing since 4over's inception.”

Goss International has completed a press enhancement project with Innotech installing a full-colour Panorama Gatefold System to produce unique advertising formats in The New York Times.

Innotech, a New York based manufacturer of press auxiliary equipment, has been building customized equipment for commercial and newspaper printers for the past 25 years. The Panorama System uses what is referred to as INNOFORMER, the geometric air bar plow, for high speed folding with no set-up time. Innotech has installed many such systems, primarily retrofitted on existing presses, in China, India, Germany and Colombia.

Completed to a tight schedule of around 20 weeks from initial order to the first test run, The New York Times Panorama project involved retrofitting each of two existing Goss Colorliner press lines.

“Obviously, for a publisher operating on the scale of The New York Times, there is no time to lose and there can be no disruption to ongoing daily production,” said Dan Picco, Regional Sales Manager at Goss. “We had to establish failsafe processes from the outset and make sure we achieved the highest level of teamwork.”

The gatefold system now running at The New York Times enables the Goss Colorliner presses to produce an additional four-page wide centrefold or a separate eight-page pull-out section, up to a maximum format of 48 x 22 inches (1,219 x 559 mm). In addition, it is possible to make smaller gatefolds or coupon folds at one or both edges for special promotions providing new display areas for advertisers. It is also possible to make gatefolds in the cover page or have the gate folded section as a wrap around the main section.

“Goss and Innotech engineered a solution that gave The New York Times ultimate flexibility with regard to the positioning of specialized sections within the newspaper, without the need to purchase a new press,” said Vinod Kapoor, President at Innotech.

Publishing giant Simon & Schuster plans to produce a 960-page book containing all of Bob Dylan’s lyrics for a November launch. According Elmore Magazine, the 13-pound book, called The Lyrics: Since 1962, will initially be printed in a limited run of only 3,500 copies.

Dylan over his career has sold over 125 million albums worldwide. The collector’s item book is expected to sell for $200, while Dylan plans to sign around 50 copies that are to sell for around $5,000.

Elmore Magazine explains the book, which includes alternative versions of Dylan’s songs, features introductions and commentary about each song, as well as reproductions of the original cover art for each of Dylan's albums.

“This book changes things, giving us the words from officially released studio and live recordings, as well as selected variant lyrics and revisions to these, recent revisions and retrospective ones; and, from the archives, words that, till now, have not been published,” said Boston University professor Sir Christopher Ricks, who led the project.

Guinness World Records sends an adjudicator to evaluate a stamp, designed for bpost Belgium to mark International Women’s Day, containing the image of a face formed with no less than 606 words.

“We consider it a diversity of utmost importance,” stated Pierre Leempoel, Manager Stamps Production, bpost Belgium, when asked why the country’s postal organization made a new stamp for the International Women’s Day. “For the design we called in the designer Ann Bessemans. She used a very special technique: a combination of gridded letters [for the women’s face) and a digital microtext [for the background]. Right away a scoop in stamp land.”

The stamp shows 606 words taken from the The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. The adjudicator from Guinness World Records counted the number of valid words. “He did so with an iron hand: incomplete words and words that were too short were dropped,” explained Leempoel. “But we lay hold on the world record of ‘stamp having the most readable words.’ We actually do not yet know if we will figure in the famous book: only a happy few survive the selection.”

The bpost stamp was printed on a 4-colour Manrolna 704 3B P 2/2 press, which was installed in 2000 and now accounts for 15 percent of the organization’s production. The Women’s Day stamp with 606 words was printed as 108,000 sheets with five stamps each.

The Lowe-Martin Group of Ottawa has printed the first 200,000-piece run of a Canada Post stamp to mark the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, housed in a unique building in Winnipeg.

The six-colour stamp with spot varnish is called the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Permanent (domestic rate). It measures 40 x 40 mm and was designed by Adrian Shum, with images from Mike Grandmaison. One Official First Day Cover will also be issued, measuring 191 x 113 mm.

“Canada Post’s stamps tell stories of our history, our heritage and our Canadian identity. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will invite the world to reflect on human rights struggles – both inspiring and tragic – and encourage action for a better future,” stated Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post. “This stamp commemorates a symbol of our global human rights aspirations, told through a uniquely Canadian lens.”

The CMHR is situated at The Forks in Winnipeg, which Canada Post describes as a meeting place dating back thousands of years at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers. “It was important to use an image that featured the four main elements of the building," stated stamp designer Adrian Shum. "The dark roots through which visitors enter, the mountain which houses the galleries, the glass canopy cloud, and the brilliant Tower of Hope guide visitors through their journey.”

CMHR’s unique building welcomes guests on the ground level, before the ascend through a series of ramps to encounter galleries filled with human rights stories, finally reaching the Tower of Hope, a 23-story glass structure that overlooks Winnipeg.

“When Canadians use this new stamp on their correspondence, they will help spread awareness of the museum and the importance of human rights across Canada and around the world,” stated Stuart Murray, CMHR President and Chief Executive Officer.

TC Transcontinental Printing today announced a multi-year agreement with Postmedia Network Inc. to print The Gazette newspaper, which is published Monday to Saturday, primarily for the Montreal market.

The contract with Postmedia Network is scheduled to begin in August 2014. The agreement was not predicated on TC Transcontinental making new capital investments, which is often the case when signing long-term newspaper-printing contracts.

“Given the current pace of change in the newspaper industry, this [new] agreement demonstrates the relevance of our printing platform and our ability to help publishers across Canada become more efficient,” stated Brian Reid, President of TC Transcontinental Printing. “We continue to benefit from our outsourcing offering as publishers express interest in our solution. We are actively pursuing additional outsourcing opportunities in the Canadian market.”

Reid also stated this new Postmedia agreement builds upon recent deals between the publisher and printer to produce both the Calgary Herald and the Vancouver Sun, which were first announced back in September 2013. TC Transcontinental began printing the Calgary Herald in November 2013, while the five-year agreement to print the Vancouver Sun is slated to begin in early 2015.

In December 2013, TC Media, a division of TC Transcontinental, reached a $75 million agreement to purchase 74 Quebec-based community newspapers and associated online properties owned by Sun Media, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media.

Parent company TC Transcontinental describes itself as the largest printer in Canada, as well as one of the country’s leading providers of media and marketing tools. The company has more than 9,000 employees and generated revenues of $2.1 billion in 2013.

Advertising Age late last week reported on a media roundtable hosted by The New York Times at which the newspaper’s Publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., said “Print will be around longer than the desktop.”

Sulzberger was in conversation with Times CEO Mark Thompson, as they held a Media Minds breakfast about new business models in newspaper publishing, noting the growing power of mobile computing.

Read the full article

Moveable Inc. of Toronto, through its Moveable Online division, has launched a Website focused on digital design, including a blog and a range of information resources for best practices.

The new site, (DDS), was launched during the Dx3 Conference held March 5 to 6 in Toronto.

The online platform aims to provide access to peer-reviewed advice and contributions from professionals in digital design and related fields, as well as access to the work of other designers. The Website currently includes contributions from companies like The Works Design Communications and KerrSmith Design.

DDS has a significant focus on best practices for accessibility in digital design, which includes materials provided by what Moveable Online describes as experts in this area: David Berman Communications and Inclusive Media and Design. The Website also focuses on primary topics like designing for desktop computing and for mobile devices. 

Examples of resource topics on the Website include: Picking the Right Colours, Understanding Web Fonts, Screen Resolutions and the Fold Line, Scalable Vector Graphics, and Content and Organization. Moveable Online is planning on accepting articles and contributions from designers and agencies from around the globe to feature new content on the site.

Founded in 1999, Moveable Online is described as a digital strategy and web development team for design firms, agencies, corporations and non-profits. The group focuses on the implementation of online applications for enterprise Web content management, investor relations, e-commerce and e-procurement.

The Polonsy Foundation Digitization Project, a collaboration between Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican’s Biblioteca Apostolica, has digitized one of the most pristine copies of Johann Gutenberg’s masterwork, the Gutenberg Bible.

Beyond Gutenberg's bible, the ambitious Polonsy collaborative project aims to digitze 1.5 million biblical manuscript pages for public access online.

Fewer than 50 copies of the Gutenberg Bible survive today and the Oxford Bodleian Library copy is described as one of only seven complete examples in the United Kingdom. Historians believe the Gutenberg Bible was produced in either 1454 or 1455.

The Gutenberg Bible, of course, is renowned as the first seminal work produced on Johann Gutenberg’s printing press. Gutenberg did not independently develop the printing press, but he did invent a highly repeatable process to apply moveable type that would usher in one of mankind’s most important developments in the mass production of print.

View Polonsy's virtual version of the Gutenberg Bible online.

Newsweek, under the new ownership of IBT Media since May 2013, is planning to resurrect its weekly print edition this January or February, just over a year after its former owner moved the 80-year-old property into online-only news.

IBT Media expects to produce an initial 64-page weekly edition in early 2014, according to an article posted yesterday by Christine Haughney, who covers the newspaper and magazine industries for The New York Times.

Haughney spoke with Jim Impoco, Newsweek’s Editor-in-chief, who indicated the publisher is hoping to reach a print circulation of 100,000 subscribers before the end of 2014.

In October 2012, Newsweek’s former owner Sidney Harman, who purchased the media property back in 2010, announced plans to end the historic magazine’s print edition. Newsweek was first published in February 1933 and had been printed by Quad Graphics since 1977.

On January 1, 2013, Newsweek became an online-only news source through Harman's IAC/InterActiveCorp operation, which also controls the The Daily Beast. In May 2013, IAC/InterActiveCorp sold its Newsweek property to IBT Media.

Read Haughney’s full NYTimes article

Following the September announcement that the Postmedia Network Corporation will sell two of its real estate holdings as well as outsource the production of the Calgary Herald to Transcontinental, the two companies have announced that the Vancouver Sun will follow in that arrangement. Transcontinental started producing the Calgary Herald on November 18.

"Given the current pace of change in the newspaper industry, this additional agreement demonstrates the relevance of our printing platform and the renewed interest in our ability to help publishers across Canada become more efficient,” said Brian Reid, President of TC Transcontinental Printing.

The agreement, which will span five years, takes effect in early 2015, at which time the Vancouver Sun will be produced at Transcontinental’s plant in Vancouver. Transcontinental says that the new arrangement would not require any further capital investments, instead it will allow the company to optimize its capacity at the plant.

Talks between workers and management broke down in which plans to build a new printing plant to produce the Vancouver Sun and The Province were discussed. "After two days of negotiations between Postmedia management and Local 2000, it appears highly unlikely that a new plant will be built to print the Vancouver Sun and The Province in house," reads a statement on the Media Union of BC website. The union has a collective agreement with Postmedia which is due to expire on November 30, 2014.

The Bay Psalm Book, proclaimed as the first book printed in North America, has just fetched a record $14.2 million at auction in New York this week. The book is not only known as a symbol of Puritanism, but also as an icon of the founding of America.

The book was purchased by American businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, who plans to share it with the American public by loaning it to libraries across the country, before putting it on long-term loan at one of them. 

This copy of the Bay Psalm Book is one of 11 surviving copies and was produced in 1640 by British colonials in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Originally 1,700 copies were printed. The last copy that sold at auction was in 1947 for a sum of $151,000.

The auction price fell short of its $15-30 million expectations, nevertheless managed to best the previous record for the price paid for a book held by John James Audubon’s Birds of America, which sold in 2010 for $11.5 million.

The Canadian Sportsman, the nation’s oldest magazine as recognized by the Library and Archives Canada, announced, that after 143 years of publishing, its December 2013 issue will be its last. The magazine covers harnessed horse racing in Canada.

"Several factors have led to this very difficult decision," writes Canadian Sportsman President Gary Foerster in a statement. "Print magazines face unprecedented challenges in the digital age and the demographics served by the magazine pose their own unique challenges."

The Canadian Sportsman published its first edition in 1870. According to Foerster, the publication suffered “dramatic losses,” after the Ontario Liberal government scrapped a Slots At Racetrack Program, leading to a big hit on horse breeders, the publication’s main source of advertising revenue. "The current Ontario government has announced some details of a plan designed to support racing on a vastly reduced scale. Regrettably, we do not envision a scenario whereby our publication can continue to exist."

The magazine employs 27 people, either full time, contract or freelance. It has won 17 awards for editorial excellence in the past three years. Sportswood Printing, the magazine’s printing division established in 1989, will continue operating. Both the magazine and the printing operation are based in Straffordville, Ontario, roughly two hours southwest of Toronto.

"We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our advertisers and readers who have supported us for such a long time," says Foerster. "People in the racing business are the best anyone will ever meet. It has truly been an honour to serve them through the pages of our historic magazine."


Satirical publication The Onion will end its weekly print presence in the remaining three cities where they are still printed. Starting December 12, the publication will be available online-only. 

The remaining printed editions, located in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Providence, are what remain from a network of free weekly newspapers that once spanned 17 cities. The property also reached north of the border in 2011 with a publication in Toronto produced by the Torstar Group; it lasted only 10 months before succumbing to the lack of advertising revenue.

Tim Keck and Christopher Johnson, two students at the University of Wisconsin, founded the parody newspaper in 1988. It became an early adopter of the online medium in 1996, which gave it international appeal. According to its media kit, The Onion’s online properties reach more than 11 million unique visitors per month, an increase of almost 30 percent year-over year.

"Of course, you’ll still be able to find The Onion and the national A.V. Club online," writes The Onion and A.V. Club Milwaukee Editor Matt Wild in announcing the print closure. “You just won’t be able to hold them, caress them, and swat centipedes with them. Try doing that with your iPad, Susie.”


The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will stop producing nautical charts, instead offloading the responsibility to Print-on-Demand suppliers.

According to the NOAA, the decision was made based on the declining demand for lithographic charts and the increasing use of digital and electronic charts, combined with “federal budget realities.”

“Like most other mariners, I grew up on NOAA lithographic charts and have used them for years,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. “We know that changing chart formats and availability will be a difficult change for some mariners who love their traditional paper charts, but we’re still going to provide other forms of our official charts.”

The charts have been produced by the NOAA since 1862 and are available in marine shops and other stores. They were printed by the U.S. government. Instead, free PDF downloads will be offered of its raster navigational charts. Full scale nautical charts (as they appear in the currently printed lithographic charts) will also be available for free on a trial basis for three months.

“Customers frequently ask us for special printed features, such as waterproof charts, special papers, or chart books containing additional information,” he said. “We are investigating new opportunities for companies to fill these market niches, using the most up-to-date information directly from NOAA.”

The organization says it will cease providing lithographic charts starting next April. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is the U.S. nautical chartmaker. Originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, Coast Survey updates charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to maritime emergencies, and searches for underwater obstructions that pose a danger to navigation.

In Canada, nautical charts are produced by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), a department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The CHS offers 946 charts, covering all three of Canada's coastlines plus major inland waterways. Both Paper and Digital Charts are available.

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