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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.
GMG has expanded its ColorPlugin for Adobe Photoshop in Version 1.3. The update, explains GMG, means creating colour accurate separations from RGB into Multicolor colour spaces are possible with up to seven colours. This is based on GMG OpenColor separation profiles. The conversion can be switched on or off at any stage during image processing. This way the final result can be directly simulated at any stage of processing. The ColorBoost function makes images more saturated and vivid explains the company. The flexography function MinDot Adjust is now also available for defining the tonal-threshold value for spot colours. The Set-with-curve option, explains GMG, ensures the capture of gradient details when doing so. In addition, MinDot Adjust can now also be used on hidden or locked layers.With GMG ColorPlugin 1.3, individual channels can be exchanged or removed entirely or selectively. The automatic compensation by the remaining channels ensures colour consistency when doing so. It is also possible to make a colour-accurate conversion between a range of colour spaces – in the Pro version also based on a self-created colour profile.
Flint Group’s Paper & Board business has entered into a new partnership with X-Rite to distribute and support a colour-management solution, called VIVO Colour Solutions, that leverages the X-Rite eXact and NetProfiler in the package print supply chain.
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.
On Day 1 of Print 18, Chili publish announced four new strategic partnerships in its ongoing efforts to help printers, brands, agencies and label and packaging professionals create, edit and publish omnichannel graphic assets, it explains.
Xitron, a developer of RIP and workflow products for commercial, digital, flexo, and high-speed inkjet printing, has introduced Navigator Flexo Suite at Labelexpo Americas 2018. Comprised of several productivity tools designed specifically for flexo imaging, the modular workflow is described as being fully compatible with any flexo CTP engine that accepts one-bit TIFF files, such as Amsky, Cron, and Xeikon.
SA International (SAi) has partnered with Avery Dennison to develop specialized software for the company’s TrafficJet Print System. The FlexiSIGN & PRINT Avery Dennison TrafficJet and FlexiPRINT Avery Dennison TrafficJet software will be featured on the new system, which is designed to allow the production of certified output for the global traffic signage market.
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.
Kodak, during last week’s WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo in Vienna, introduced enhancements to its thermal CTP portfolio for newspaper. Since introducing thermal plate imaging technology 21 years ago, Kodak states it has shipped over 21,000 CTP units worldwide, of which over 2,500 are newspaper CTPs.At WAN-IFRAl Kodak highlighted a 16 percent laser power improvement for both its Generation News and the Trendsetter News platesetters, allowing newspaper printers to image more plates in a shorter time. Based on the additional laser power, the throughput of the Generation News Platesetter Z-speed version has increased from 258 to 277 Sonora News Process Free Plates per hour. The Trendsetter News Platesetter V-speed version is up from 116 to 129 plates. Kodak intends to make this enhancement commercially available as a standard feature in the first quarter of 2017.The new speed imaging technology branded by Kodak as “W speed” is another optional addition to the Trendsetter News Platesetter. When used together with the Sonora News Process Free Plate and the Autoloader option, it boosts the throughput of the Trendsetter News Platesetter from 150 to 240 plates per hour, or in the configuration with the Single-Cassette Unit (SCU) from 116 to 150 plates. Kodak also provides integration into existing plate lines with optional single or dual plate rotation. The new W-speed option will be released in Q2 2017. “These newest enhancements to our CTP solutions are further evidence of Kodak’s faith in the future of newspaper and coldset web offset printing,” said Brad Kruchten, President of Kodak’s Print Systems Division.Kodak has also announced recently the new, Mobile CTP Control app specifically designed for mobile devices, which lets customers monitor multiple CTP systems and receive immediate feedback on their platemaking process. The new Kodak Mobile CTP Control app will be commercially available early 2017.Trendsetter News also features a new cooling system that, according to Kodakl improves power savings by an additional 30 percent compared to the initial design, namely down to as low as 770 watts while imaging. The platesetter also comes with a new, shorter unload table which reduces the footprint of the CTP configuration.
Agfa Graphics has added a new member to its Advantage N platesetter family, the Advantage N-PL with an ability to image up to 3,100 plates continuously at a throughput speed of up to 400 plates per hour.The company explains continuous plate production is made possible by the integrated pallet load module of the Advantage N-PL. The module supports two different plate formats – single plates and panorama plates – and allows printers to have both online simultaneously. The printer either loads two stacks of 1,500 single plates or one stack of 1,500 panorama plates. In addition, an extra 100 plates can be loaded on top.“The pallet load mechanism is quite simple. When the CTP engine has used up its first stack of plates, it automatically puts the second stack in place to continue plate production,” said Emiel Sweevers, Marketing Manager for Newspaper Engines, Agfa Graphics. “Thanks to this continuous production, we can avoid inconvenient plate leftovers. Moreover, the Advantage N-PL autonomy of more than 3,000 plates significantly reduces the number of necessary production stops and averts manual plate-loading errors such as badly stacked plates.”The pallet load module also enables printers to load new plates under white light circumstances, without interrupting the production process. By inserting a light protection shutter between the empty stack and the online stack, for example, Agfa explains new plates can be loaded through the back or the side of the machine without damaging the online ones with UV light. “The plate stacks are protected by a transport harness until they are moved to the online position inside the Advantage N-PL. That, together with the light protective shutter, allows printers to load a new stack without needing yellow light conditions,” said Sweevers. “The loading possibilities of the Advantage N-PL also add to the engine’s ability for continuous production.”
Agfa Graphics has added a new 4-up system, called the Avalon N4-30, to its thermal platesetter line. The new model for the 4-up computer-to-plate market comes in three speed options (E, S and XT). The fastest XT version produces up to 33 plates per hour. The imaging technology is based on the company’s fiber-coupled LD (laser diode) recording head known from the Avalon N8-24 series. All the Avalon N4-30 models, explains Agfa, reduce power consumption thanks to the automatic Eco Mode in idle time and are available with manual and automatic plate loading. “The Avalon N4-30 XT completes our offering in the 4-up segment supporting conventional and chemistry-free plate types,” said Bruno Lepage, Marketing Product Manager CTP Equipment Commercial & Packaging, Agfa Graphics. “Both the quality and the speed, but also the high reliability of our systems are extremely attractive to B2 commercial printers. The laser diodes enable the reproduction of sharper halftone dots, improving print quality up to Sublima 280.”
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.
Burnishine Products has announced the immediate availability of a new flexo cleaner formulated specifically for use on plates and anilox rolls.
International supplier of printing inks Siegwerk has expanded its Canadian business with its recent acquisition of Ultra Inks, a move it says will help strengthen its local service, infrastructure and portfolio for label and packaging printers.
Neenah Coldenhove plans to launch Jetcol DHS, Xtreme Sports and JET-PRO Active Wear papers to support the growing market for performance fabrics and active apparel at SGIA 2018. Its SGIA booth will feature a pop-up printing studio, offering visitors on-the-spot customized printed giveaways, such as sports water bottles and tank tops.
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.
Hazen Paper Company has created a new brochure for design inspiration, exhibiting a range of unique holographic techniques and a metallizing alternative. Folded behind a supernatural cover image of cats’ eyes designed to radiate glitter and gleam, the piece contrasts two distinct metallic options: the outside is metallized in aluminum, while the inside is metallized with zinc sulfide branded Hazen Alabaster.
Mitsubishi Imaging is adding the SWORDiJET 5.5 High Gloss to Mitsubishi Paper Mill’s (MPM) portfolio of high-speed production inkjet coated papers. With an 80-percent gloss level, the paper is suitable for high-end magazines, catalogues, books and scientific journals.
Avery Dennison announced today a new portfolio of reflective vinyl films, consisting of V2000 Beaded Reflective Film, printable V4000 Beaded Reflective Film and Visiflex V8000 Series Prismatic Reflective Vinyl.
Mac Papers has launched its exclusive Argent brand of wide-format media, which includes digital banners, pressure-sensitive digital vinyls, digital imaging papers and UV laminates.
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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