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Techkon, a provider of colour measurement solutions for packaging and commercial printers, has released ChromaQA version 4.0, describing it as an advanced print colour quality solution that monitors the colour quality of jobs on press.
Colour management specialist GMG has released version 2.2 to its GMG OpenColor profiling solution, which incorporates automatic, spectral data-based optimization of measurement data.
The latest product from colour management developer CGS is Oris X Gamut, a fully automated software product for expanded gamut printing on conventional and digital presses.
At Packaging Innovations 2018, Baldwin Vision Systems plans to feature its latest solutions for automated production processes as well as colour management and defect detection technology.
Adobe this week announced version 5 of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE 5), described as extending PDF Print Engine’s colour reproduction with new capabilities to harness the potential of digital and conventional presses.
X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone announce six new libraries for PantoneLIVE, a Cloud-based digital colour standard ecosystem. Developed with their PantoneLIVE Preferred Partner for ink supply, Sun Chemical, the six new dependent standard libraries allows UV-cured flexography printers and converters to match achievable Pantone colours in label and carton applications.
Esko has unveiled the latest update to the Esko Software Platform, which boasts a host of platform-wide updates including the availability of a macOS-supported 64-bit version of ArtPro. As well, customers with a maintenance contract are also entitled to a complimentary copy of the ArtPro+ packaging editor, which features a task-driven user interface, and offers enhanced performance and support for ArtPro-files.
Markzware, a publisher of DTP and PDF conversion and printing solutions, has announced FlightCheck 7.92 for Mac operating systems, explaining the software has added support to preflight Adobe CC 2019 (Creative Cloud) products, such as InDesign CC 2019, Photoshop CC 2019 and Illustrator CC 2019.
3M is introducing two new digital tools to help shop owners grow their businesses: the 3M Graphics Install Wizard and the 3M Graphics Hub.
Roland DGA Corporation, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, 3D milling machines, and other digital devices, has announced the release of new Roland VersaWorks 6 RIP and print management software for its inkjet printers and printer/cutters.
Aleyant and Ultimate TechnoGraphics will jointly present their solutions to deliver what they say will be a unique end-to-end print workflow automation solution at booth 752 at the SGIA show in Las Vegas.
At Print 18, Ricoh USA introduced a Cloud-hosted, vendor-agnostic solution developed to help printing companies better identify areas where automation can save time and money, and drive increased ROI on existing equipment.
Meteor Inkjet, an independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads, has enhanced its portfolio with the launch of a new DropWatcher family of products.
At this year’s Labelexpo Americas in Chicago, Ill., EyeC showcased its range of print inspection systems for label and flexible packaging. In addition to its own booth, EyeC also exhibited an in-line system with Deacro Industries for the first time.
Omron Automation has introduced a new lighting technology designed to automate advanced defect detection and uneven colour inspection as part of the latest iteration of its FH-series vision system. It can also simultaneously detect defects with different characteristics, explains the company.
Mitsubishi Electric US has expanded its lineup of KD series industrial line scan cameras with model KD6R1064CXL-NL, a CIS camera that is 1064 mm wide with a 27-mm working distance. Target applications for the KD-CX Series include print inspection, glass inspection, printed circuit boards, and web-based processes.
Scheduled to debut at Print 18, Kao Collins is launching the XBAR print module and controller. Utilizing Samba technology to produce high-quality images, the system can suitable for use on everything from porous bond to high-gloss coated stock at speeds up to 1000 fpm (300 mpm), says Kao Collins.
Miip, a Quebec manufacturer of web inspection tools for printers and converters, plans to introduce its latest mini web viewer camera at Labelexpo Americas 2018.
DuPont Advanced Printing has received Eco Passport by OEKO-TEX certification from the Hohenstein Institute in Germany across the DuPont Artistri textiles digital inks and pretreatments portfolio for both roll-to-roll and direct-to-garment textiles printing applications and specifically apply to pre-treatments, acid, reactive, disperse, pigment and dye sublimation inks.
After introducing SunLit Publish in a number of European countries, Sun Chemical is now extending the availability of its series of sheetfed offset process inks to commercial printers throughout the rest of Europe and the world.
MacDermid Graphics Solutions recently showcased the new Lava NW-M Plate Processing System and the latest Lux In-The-Plate (ITP) product additions at Labelexpo Americas 2018.
Kodak Prinergy Workflow Solutions recently unveiled its Prinergy Tools for Packaging and new Ink & Plate Usage Services at Labelexpo Americas 2018 in Rosemont, Ill.
Highcon today launched a new range of consumables for its digital cutting and creasing machines.
Uflex Chemicals has introduced its new FlexGreen range of UV LED sheetfed inks for commercial printing and packaging.
Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, has launched the ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab combination counter mat solution, now available globally.
Cosmo Films, a maker of specialty films for flexible packaging, lamination and labeling applications as well as synthetic paper, recently launched a metallized velvet lamination film for luxury packaging segment. The company explains the new film is designed to offer “intense” silver colour along with “rich velvet touch” to the laminated paper/paperboard and packaging market.
Appvion has expanded its line of Triumph brand products with the introduction of four digital media products: Universal Polyester, Premium Polyester, Synthetic Paper, and Pressure Sensitive.
Mohawk Fine Papers has added 15 new colours to the Curious Collection Metallics line and launched a new metallic finish called Alchemy to the collection by Arjowiggins Creative Papers. As well, it has announced the discontinuation of Curious Collection Cosmic.
Epson explains Legacy Textured, the latest addition to its Legacy Paper line, is comprised of a mould-made paper base that lays cotton fibres down randomly to virtually eliminate curl, and a heavily textured surface that simulates old-world handcrafted watercolour papers.
Midland Specialty Paper & Film, a division of Midland Paper, Packaging + Supplies, has launched its second Specialty Paper and Film for Dry Toner Catalog, describing it as a 190-page resource guide with an extensive offering of Dry Toner compatible Coated Paper, Uncoated Paper, Text & Cover, Pressure Sensitive Films, Non Pressure Sensitive Films and Pressure Sensitive Paper.
A new version of Quark DesignPad iPad app is now available with more advanced design features for creative professionals on-the-go.
Photo commerce software provider Taopix is introducing an artificial-intelligence-enabled version of its software for intelligent creation of photo books and similar multi-image photo gift products.
Mediaclip, a developer of white-label software solutions that help create personalized printed products, has released the new version of its Photoshop Extension, explaining the tool helps customers design new themes that can be incorporated into their product selection.
Pantone, a subsidiary of X-Rite, announced its traditional colour of the year, which, for the first time, includes the blending of two shades, Serenity and Rose Quartz. The company explains its decision was based on today’s consumers who seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stress of modern day lives.Pantone continues to explain: “Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity (PANTONE 15-3919) comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz (PANTONE 13-1520) is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said: “With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.Pantone states the prevalent combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz also challenges some more traditional perceptions around colour association. “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted colour trends throughout all other areas of design,” said Eiseman. “This more unilateral approach to colour is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using colour as a form of expression which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to colour usage.”Serenity and Rose Quartz, explains Pantone, are also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and wearable technology. The company states it is also an ideal choice for rugs and upholstery, working well in paint and for decorative accessories.For 16 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:    PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)    PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)    PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)    PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)    PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)    PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)    PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)    PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)    PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)    PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)    PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)    PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)    PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)    PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)    PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)    PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
Serif Software, after five years of development, launched its Affinity Photo image-editing application on the Mac App Store. This is the second application in an all-new suite of professional creative software for the Mac being developed by Serif. The first, Affinity Designer, was launched in October last year (reviewed by Zac Bolan in PrintAction’s February 2015 issue, More Vector, Less Money).Affinity Photo was originally launched as a public beta in February (culminating in over 230,000 downloads), including capabilities such as RAW processing, PSD import and export, 16-bits per channel editing, and ICC colour management. The release version of the app features a full set of tools for professional processing, including camera lens and exposure corrections, accurate adjustments, live filter layers, controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, and built-in frequency separation editing. Serif also promotes its speed, explaining whether working on a 100-megapixel image or a complex composition with thousands of layers, a user can still pan and zoom at 60 fps and see live views of all adjustments, brushes, blend modes and filters with no compromise.
Adobe releases a new white paper, called Connect and Unified Communications, describing how to leverage Connect to maximize investments in infrastructure through a best-of-breed approach to unified communications.http://wwwimages.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/adobeconnect/pdfs/web-conferencing/universal-voice-wp-final.pdf
Publishing strategy firm IntuIdeas will be demonstrating a new, printed book with an interactive component at Print 18 (Booth #4836) at Chicago’s McCormick Place from September 30 to October 2.
Taradel LLC has anounced the release of Snap Admail Plus, a multi-channel marketing solution designed to help advertisers target the same prospects with direct mail offers and online display advertisements, for Canada Post.
Direct mail solutions provider W+D will premier several new technologies at Print 18, as well as show for the first time several new direct mail applications that feature haptic marketing, also known as the use of touch in marketing.
Quadient says its newest release, Quadient Inspire R12, is designed to give customers and partners greater control over the systems and processes used to drive consistent communications across all channels with an emphasis on digital experiences.
During the Digital Innovators Summit in Berlin, Adobe unveiled its plans to launch Adobe Publish, a platform that builds upon the foundation of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) to address mobile-app publishing, sometime during the summer of 2015.Adobe explains it will allow customers to make mobile apps for phones and tablets without requiring development and to produce and distribute great content in simple, cost-effective and modern ways.The company referenced its work five years ago with Conde Nast to develop a new approach for Wired magazine to be published as an interactive magazine on the iPad. From this work with Conde Nast, Adobe built DPS, which Adobe claims to have resulted in the launch of thousands of apps and has delivered hundreds of millions of publications (.folios) to tablets and phones.Adobe explains it then went through another important phase of mobile publication development with Fast Company to launch a new app on the App Store, which helped its work towards what will be launched as Adobe Publish this summer. Adobe provides what it describes as the three main tenets of Adobe Publish: 1. Apps on all major mobile platforms for phones and tablets without requiring any development skills. The experience of those apps should be immersive and elegant and bring audience directly into content that is well organized and inherently feels like what a mobile experience should be; 2. Adobe Publish customers can create, organize and deliver content in a way that is extremely flexible, simple and cost-effective; and3. Enterprise-grade administration tools that are flexible enough to allow any enterprise, media company or university to organize all of the people who are involved in producing these experiences in a way that make sense. Designers, writers., marketers, producers, data analysts or outside agencies will get the flexible workflows they need to deliver amazing content into Adobe Publish apps.
Building on its September 2013 launch of FreeFlow Core, Xerox is now introducing FreeFlow Digital Publisher in Canada as a means of extending print publishing into digital publishing from a single workflow platform. FreeFlow Core, with its Web-based architecture, is a modular and scalable central workflow system, which includes the ability to drive Web-to-print and automate finishing work. The integration of Xerox FreeFlow Digital Publisher allows users to prepare and route files to their Xerox press for printing or to send digital versions of the same project through Web browsers or mobile apps that can be downloaded from Apple iTunes Store, Google Play or the Amazon App Store. Developed in partnership with GTxcel, FreeFlow Digital Publisher users can produce electronic versions of print campaigns but with the inclusion of video or audio, while also tracking readership through built-in analytics. Content processing software within FreeFlow Digital Publisher automatically prepares the PDF job to create digital publications for mobile apps, Web browsers, social media and other digital channels. The software  allows users to manage each publication with an included dashboard, in order to manipulate placement of rich media, restrict access, manage email subscriptions and push notifications, and more. Analytics are included to provide customers with metrics like readership, open rate reports, app tracking data, and clicks by platform.
Cloudprinter.com has launched its new CloudPublish API service, saying it is designed to change up the traditional print and publishing world with a print-on-demand service for publishers that allows them to print all over the world.
At this year’s Print 18 conference, SmartSoft will be showcasing the latest tools and features that have been added to PressWise, its all-in-one web-to-print, MIS and workflow automation platform.
Aurigma intends to showcase its new InDesign support for its Customer’s Canvas online web-to-print editor at Print 18. The new support, Aurigma explains, will allow printers and marketing providers to harness Adobe InDesign functionality for creating professional-looking design templates that end-users can personalize online.
DocketManager will highlight the latest updates to its management system as well as its integrated storefront solution at Print 18.
Ultimate TechnoGraphics and Radix have partnered to provide what they say is an optimized online business outlet by helping print service providers manage and offer products online, expand e-commerce capabilities, and process multiple orders and prepare them for print and finishing.
Ricoh USA Inc. today announced the release of Introduction to Graphic Communication, Second Edition, a textbook that also includes interactive content, such as videos and online discussion.
Xeikon has announced Xeikon Performance Services (XPS), a new component as part of its aXelerate Services Program that facilitates the ongoing need for a production manager to manage print production with a focus on continuous improvement.
Solimar Systems has announced a new software release of SOLitrack, described as providing users with an improved centralized platform for print job tracking, status reporting and visibility.
Electronics For Imaging (EFI), and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. have announced a new EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) designed to drive the AccurioPress 6136 series of monochrome digital presses from Konica Minolta.
Xerox is offering new solutions designed to safeguard data and devices in today’s workplace. Xerox Workplace Solutions includes print management and mobility offerings available in Cloud or on-premise server versions.
Messagepoint has expanded its platform connectivity to Salesforce, an international provider of CRM software, explaining the new functionality enables non-technical business users to deliver interactive, one-to-one communications across both print and digital channels within a single, integrated platform.
In December, arifiQ Development introduced arifiQ Entry for the ability to quickly obtain quotes and place orders for custom print jobs. Available at a flat monthly rate, arifiQ Entry uses the company’s pre-existing arifiQ core engine found in its PRO version.The company explains arifiQ Entry relieves the bottleneck – from several hours to many days – between the time a customer approves a job, and when he or she gets an estimate/quote back from a printer. arifiQ Entry exports to, or integrates with, any MIS, ERP, prepress, or other order management system. It also offers 12 of the 14 major benefits available in arifiQ's high-end solution, arifiQ PRO. The salesperson or other professional uses arifiQ Entry to access the printer's estimating server from anywhere, at anytime, using any internet connection. In seconds, the company explains arifiQ's proprietary algorithms generate up to one septillion 1024 (or more) combinations based on the printer's resources and cost variables, to arrive at a quote. Resources include printing presses, paper stock, and post-press machinery; while cost variables include hourly rates, discounts, and profit margins. arifiQ Entry also include Campaign functionality. Using this feature, reps can obtain estimates on many print jobs at one time, and get not only pricing, but also optimized imposition and media (substrate) decisions. Campaign functionality is one of the features available in both arifiQ PRO and arifiQ Entry. In addition to arifiQ PRO and the new arifiQ Entry, arifiQ Development offers a plugin for Adobe InDesign, as well as an in-plant solution, arifiQ deQuote, which provides quotes via the "print" function on any conventional computer.

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