HP is diving further into the world of print-on-demand publishing of out-of-print books with the launch of a new service called BookPrep. According to the company, it is possible to "bring any book ever published back into print through an economical and sustainable service model."
BookPrep essentially takes scanned materials and automatically applies cleanup which otherwise would be a time-intensive task for operators. Usually this involves cropping, sharpening, colour correction and removal of artifacts or damage.
“People around the world still value reading books in print,” said Andrew Bolwell, Director, New Business Initiatives, HP. “HP BookPrep technology allows publishers to extend the life cycle of their books, removes the cost and waste burdens of maintaining inventory, and uses a full spectrum of technologies to deliver convenient access to consumers.”
BookPrep also serves as a web service for people to read scanned books online or order a printed copy.
HP's move to digitize out-of-print books and reproduce them on demand mirrors that of Google, which partnered with New York-based On Demand Books earlier this year. HP has partnered with the University of Michigan and it will make more than 500,000 rare and hard-to-find books available for reprinting. Google's database of scanned materials reached 10 million titles on October 9, but only a small portion is available for printing. HP is encouraging publishers to submit their back catalogues to be digitized and made available for reprinting "to make the concept of 'out of print' a thing of the past."
Océ is dedicating much of its PRINT 09 booth to photo-books, culminating in the daily production of a finished, full-colour book, called Where is My Birthday Cake?, which is based on a “photographic web log” created by photographer Jason Lee. The company will print photo books on JetStream technology, with hardcover books being bound offline. Océ also plans to demonstrate dust-jacket printing.
JetStream is a full-colour, inkjet-based press available in single- or dual-engine configurations. The speed range of the press line runs from the JetStream 750, with its ability to reach 328 fpm, to the JetStream 3000, which is able to reach a maximum speed of 656 feet per minute. To analyze the ROI of various JetStream models, Océ at PRINT 09 plans to debut its TrueCost software, engineered for “print providers to calculate pixel-precise pricing, cost accounting and chargeback.”
Océ also plans to apply Direct Smile software in the production of UV-coated, personalized calendars on its CS665 Pro press. First introduced in 2008, the CS665 Pro (available with an EFI controller) runs at 665 pages per minute while handling media of up to 13 x 19 inches. The machine is designed for substrates weighing up to 300 gsm.
At PRINT 09, Xerox plans to highlight its Xerox iGen4 220, which, described as a perfecting press, is around the inline integration of two iGen4 110 engines. Scheduled for a mid-2010 commercial release, the machine has the ability to print 220 impressions per minute, while Xerox claims it can handle a monthly print volume of up to 7-million impressions. The iGen4 220, designed from the tandem architecture of the Nuvera 288, accepts a media format of up to 14.33 x 22.5 inches.
Much of the company’s booth will centre around the iGen4 system that was unveiled at drupa 2008. Xerox also plans to show its 700 model press.
Xerox will debut version 8.0 of its FreeFlow Process Manager software (US$20,000), which includes more than 20 pre-configured prepress functions like resizing and cropping. For example, the company claims, that a business card file can be imposed, rotated, cropped and sent to the press “with no human touch involved.”
More enhancements to Xerox’ encompassing FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection include: FreeFlow Express to Print, described as a light-production preparation tool (with design templates) for the company’s 4112/4127 model machines; VIPP Pro Publisher; and VI Interpreter 8.0.
Xerox will also have a press presence on several partnering booths like Fujifilm, Duplo and C.P. Bourg. On its booth, C.P. Bourg plans to integrate a BSF Sheet Feeder with a Xerox Nuvera 288 EA system. This inline setup will also include C.P Bourg’s BCM Bleed Crease Module and its BDF Document Finisher – stitch, fold, and trim.
HP plans to run some of its most-recent Indigo press models at PRINT 09, including the W7200, 7000 and 5500 models. With the first North American installation in August 2009, the new HP Indigo W7200 (built around a dual-engine design) has the ability to reach speeds of 240 letter-size, 4-colour images per minute or 960 letter-size monochrome images per minute.
The roll-fed press is rated to produce up to 7.5-million letter-size colour images, or 30-million monochrome letter-size images, per month. The W7200 has an image size of 317 x 980 millimetres, while handling substrate weights ranging from 40 gms to 350 gms.
HP is also highlighting its new SmartStream Director software. Released in June 2009, SmartStream Director integrates a variety of Press-sense applications and technology as well as HP tools. It features a VDP package built around HP SmartStream Designer. Initially developed to support Indigo presses, SmartStream Director will be expanded in the future to support other technologies.
At PRINT 09, HP also plans to highlight its recent SmartPlanner 3.0 release, which includes job estimation – that considers printing, finishing and supply-chain parameters – and business planning tools for HP Indigo users. The free software calculates job costing for both toner- and ink-based presses. It also includes a new feature that allows users to import jobs from an MIS to profile monthly production activity.
HP is also focusing on the development of its online HP PSP Locator, which is scheduled for release in 2010. According to the company, this tool allows “digital print customers to locate HP PSPs in their area for their print fulfillment needs.” The company also plans to showcase various large-format inkjet machines, including the Designjet Z3200, Z6100, Designjet L65500 (with latex Ink compatabilty) and the Scitex FB6100 UV.
At PRINT 09, Eastman Kodak plans to highlight its new toner-based NexPress SE3600 press, which is a new version of its S 3600 model first launched at drupa 2008. The SE-designated machine includes the Kodak Intelligent Calibration System, which involves using a “scanner to capture and analyze colour output and feed critical data back to the system for closed-loop colour calibration.” The S and SE models both run at 3,600 A3+ sheets per hour, translated as 120 pages per minute.
The company also plans to highlight its S10 Imprinting System, formerly referred to under the Stream printhead banner. The S10 itself is now being sold under the brand name of Prosper. This continuous inkjet engine system operates at 305 metres per minute with a resolution of 600 dpi.
Within its workflow portfolio, Kodak plans to focus on its recently released Insite Campaign Manager application, which sits behind marketing campaigns with tools for landing sites, personalized URLs, email blasts, and analytics. At PRINT 09, the company is also unveiling its new Prinergy Digital Workflow software, as well as upgrades to Kodak Web to Print Solutions, Colorflow, Prepress Portal System, Insite Creative Workflow System, and Darwin.
Kodak is also highlighting its new Versamark 700 Print Manager front-end, which currently supports the VL2000 inkjet-based machine. Future versions of this controller will be applied to the full Versamark line (six models) and ultimately the Prosper press.
In the CTP arena, Kodak is showcasing its new Automatic Pallet Loader for its Magnus 800 platesetter family. The company claims this system can load a pallet of up to 600 plates without operator intervention.
The new Pro 900AFP from InfoPrint Solutions, which remains a join venture between Ricoh and the former printing arm of IBM, is engineered for service bureaus, direct mailers and data centres that are transitioning from mono to colour in a light production and mid-market environment. Ricoh launched its Pro C900 machine in late 2008, while the new InfoPrint Pro C900AFP leverages the AFP print controller language that was largely developed through the IBM entity. AFP is a document format originally designed to support form printing on laser printers.
According to the company, customers currently using applications developed using FS45 colour support as well as those implementing new applications that leverage the Color Management Object Content Architecture (CMOCA) can use the InfoPrint Pro C900AFP to print their output. Additionally, by using the InfoPrint 5000 emulation profile, high-volume customers using this continuous form colour printer can utilize the InfoPrint Pro C900AFP for short runs, application development and reprints.
“We are committed to driving our technology innovations across all our product lines, enabling existing customers to benefit from more than 50 years at the forefront of the business,” said Rick Carver, WW Product Manager, Production Cutsheet Solutions at InfoPrint.
“As one of the founding members of the AFP Consortium we were heavily involved in the development of the AFP CMOCA Architecture, and in doing so, driving accurate and consistent colour in variable data printing. Now we can pass on the benefits of these production-level innovations to a new market segment or to existing high volume customers looking to expand capabilities at the mid range.”
Xerox has launched two new digital presses in its Docucolor line: the 7002 and the 8002. The presses print at 70 and 80 pages per minute respectively and can produce duplex pages on substrates up to 300 gsm.
The new presses feature in-line spectrophotometry and Xerox's Automated Color Quality Suite (ACQS), which automates previously manual tasks such as system calibration and spot colour matching.
Another key feature is Xerox's new low-gloss toner, which produces a smooth matte finish. Already in place are various in-line finishing options from 3rd parties such as GBC and Standard Horizon.
The Xerox DocuColor 7002/8002 Digital Presses are available for worldwide order taking on Aug. 17, 2009; U.S. list price starts at $245,000.
Two updated models have been added to Canon’s imageRUNNER line, first introduced in 1999. The new imageRUNNER ADVANCE includes models C9075 and C9065, designed for light-production environments, which are to be released by the end of 2009.
The ADVANCE C9075 PRO will produce letter-sized output at up to 75-pages-per-minute (ppm) in black-and-white and 70 ppm in colour, while the ADVANCE C9065 PRO will operate at up to 65 ppm in both black-and-white and colour. Both new models print at 1,200 x 1,200-dpi print resolution.
Through various, but optional hardware accessories, the new models can have a paper capacity of up to 9,300 sheets, while supporting sizes up to 13 x 19.2-inches and with a weight up to 300 gsm (110 lb. Cover). Coated paper and tab paper are also supported.
The new models include Canon's Ultra Fast Rendering II (UFRII) printing technology, as well as optional Adobe PostScript 3 and PCL 5c/6 capabilities. For colour-intensive users, there will be new imagePASS and ColorPASS print controller options available. Both models will utilize a new, high-capacity Single Pass Duplex Document Feeder with scan speeds of up to 200 images-per-minute (ipm) for black-and-white, 2-sided and letter-sized documents.
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