Premedia

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC in September 2018 announced the launch of ColorCert QA, a pressroom quality assurance software designed to help pressroom personnel manage standards more efficiently, optimize jobs on press and facilitate strong ink room integration.
X-Rite describes its new eXact Auto-Scan as a versatile scanning solution that combines the portability of a handheld spectrophotometer with the speed of an automated scanning system to help offset print environments minimize makeready time and waste.
CGS-ORIS has announced it will begin selling Barbieri North America colour management measuring devices, including the Spectro LFP qb spectrophotometer, to complement its colour management software solutions. Barbieri explains the fully automatic Spectro LFP qb will help open possibilities to measure reflection and transmission media using different measurement apertures.
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.
Sign-making software provider Easy Cut Studio has launched Easy Cut Studio version 4.1.0.6, describing it as a user-friendly cutting plotter application that creates vinyl letterings, decals and general signs with vinyl plotters.
The latest update to the Esko software platform includes ArtPro 64-bit and full plug-in compatibility with Adobe Creative Cloud 2019, including Studio, DeskPack, and Dynamic Content.
Aleyant in November 2018 announced the availability of a new version of its production tool, PrintJobManager. With Version 2.0 available now, the company introduces Scheduling Simplified to help print shops of all sizes engage in more intelligent production planning.
Rochester Software Associates (RSA) has announced the availability of a new release of QDirect output management software.
Datalogics has released FLIP2PDF, a tool with a robust API that allows users to convert Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files, images, PostScript, and EPS files into PDFs.
Electronics For Imaging says its latest digital front end (DFE) technology, EFI Fiery FS350 Pro software, will give graphic arts professionals more power, productivity and versatility in digital printing.
Techkon has introduced the New Generation SpectroPlate, describing it as a high-resolution digital microscope that measures dot percentage, screen angles, lines per inch/cm, dot gain and AM, FM or Hybrid Screens of traditional offset or process-less, chemistry-free printing plates.
KNF has introduced new micro gas pump NMP830 HP for OEM customers, boasting “outstanding high flow, pressure, and suction performance in a compact size.”
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.
INX International Ink Co. (booth 5362) will display its entire product line, including INXhrc natural-based and Triangle brand digital inks, when it exhibits for the first time at Graphics Canada in Toronto.
Printing inks provider Siegwerk has joined forces with INGEDE member Stora Enso, a provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper, to improve the deinkability of UV/LED cured prints.
With increasingly strict and regionally variable regulation of printing inks for food packaging, printers have been required to use a variety of inks in order to meet regulatory demands for European and North American markets.
Leibinger has developed a new security ink designed to be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into packaging lines to help protect against product piracy. Suitable for use in the Leibinger JET3up PI – an inkjet printer that codes product packaging made of plastic, cardboard and even glass or tins – at first glance, the ink looks like a classic black ink but under a special UV-light, tiny fluorescent pigments begin to glow greenish.
Squid Ink Manufacturing, a manufacturer of inks and inkjet printing equipment, has introduced its line of Mineral Oil Free (MOF) inks that are approved for use in Xaar 128 and 502 printheads, including Squid Ink’s CoPilot and AutoPilot family of printers.
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.
Sappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving wood pulp, said Tuesday its Proto and Spectro paperboard products are available globally for commercial orders in all calipers.
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.
Web Design Primer is a new open-source eBook published by the Ryerson University Library by authors Richard Adams, Associate Professor in the School of Graphic Communications Management, and Ahmed Sagarwala, Manager of Industry Relations in the Digital Media Zone (DMZ). The book explains the basics of the HTML and CSS codes used to create web pages, and related technologies including JavaScript, jQuery, audio, video and animation.
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.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD), a provider of multichannel solutions for marketing and business communications, has introduced Digicom, a new solution designed to transform catalogues, circulars and flyers into interactive, shoppable experiences across Web, mobile and email channels.
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.
Rochester Software Associates (RSA), a provider of production print workflow software solutions for in-plant and corporate print centres, is offering its latest version of WebCRD web-to-print software. V10.3 is shipping now and includes: drag and drop file uploads for faster ordering; document preflight alerts that detect and alert production about common file issues; digital download feature to offer and track digital services and items using the WebCRD catalogue; and additional integrations with external systems, including print procurement and shipping systems.
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.
One year after its market launch, the Heidelberg Assistant digital platform is now operating in more than 400 print shops in the pilot markets of Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. The rollout in Japan, Poland and Austria has also started, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) says.
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.

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