Getting ready for tomorrow 

Sep 26, 2002

American Printer, in conjunction with primary support from Printcafe, has published FuturePrint, a landmark report that focuses on the printing operations of the future. With the emphasis on trends for the next three to five years, FuturePrint also "crystal balls" predictions 10 years out. FuturePrint helps printers understand the forces behind the drive to automated manufacturing. It explores workflows

IBM and CAP Ventures to offer digital print seminars at Graph Expo 

Sep 26, 2002

Heidelberg's Print Media Academy to host educational seminars at Graph Expo 

Sep 25, 2002

Heidelberg's Print Media Academy will host 15 free industry seminars led by highly respected industry leaders at tGraph EXPO, Oct. 6-9. The seminars will provide practical advice and information that printers can immediately use to help bolster their business operations. Topics range from business development and profitability strategies to step-by-step workshops on processes such as creating PDF

CIP4 to sponsor JDF seminars at Graph Expo 

Sep 25, 2002

he International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) (San Francisco) plans to host two seminars on JDF at Graph Expo, on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The seminars, which are open to all GraphExpo exhibition attendees at no additional charge, will all be held in Room N229, located in the North Building, Level 2, McCormick Place. The first seminar, “What is CIP4's


Sep 25, 2002

Growing Midwest foodservice packaging converter seeks experienced technical leader to serve internal and external customers. Knowledge of regulatory requirements and certifications, materials (paper, foil, film), and converting processes (flexographic printing, laminating, bag-making) required. Responsibilities include product development, process and quality improvement, specification and test method

Agfa to conduct seminars during Graph Expo 

Sep 25, 2002

Agfa Graphic Systems (Mortsel, Belgium) will host a series of technology presentations at its booth (#3823) during Graph Expo, Oct. 6-9. Seminars will cover such issues as proofing, screening, prepress workflow and new web-based project management software. Following each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Agfa prepress experts. Agfa’s "Theater" presentations, which run

President of Quebecor World North America resigns 

Sep 19, 2002

Marc L. Reisch, president and CEO of Quebecor World North America, is resigning his position to pursue other opportunities. Quebecor World’s North American Product Groups will continue to be run by their respective presidents, who will report directly to Charles G. Cavell, president and CEO of Quebecor World Inc. (Montreal). "After completing the successful merger of Quebecor Printing and World Color

Direct Marketing Assn. conference adds digital-print segment 

Sep 18, 2002

To address the increased demand for information on the latest one-to-one marketing technology, the Direct Marketing Assn. (DMA) has added a new Digital Print Pavilion to its 85th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 20-23 in San Francisco. The Pavilion, hosted by Hewlett-Packard, NexPress and Xerox, was created in partnership with the Digital Printing Council of PIA (Alexandria, VA). The Pavilion

Xanté launches newsletters on dye-sublimation, Web layout 

Sep 18, 2002

Xanté has launched two newsletters, "Dye-Hard News," focusing on the growing dye-sublimation industry, and "net Xchange," which will offer tips on Web layout and design. To receive either newsletter, visit

Httprint secures additional $4 million investment 

Sep 16, 2002

Httprint (San Francisco), an online print procurement service provider, has secured an additional $4 million in financing from a group led by Cornerstone Ventures (Broomfield, CO). The new capital, which is in addition to the $12 million investment announced by httprint in June, will be used to continue the company’s expansion and fund technology and services enhancements. Cornerstone Ventures is

New large-format Designjet from HP 

Sep 16, 2002

Hewlett-Packard (HP) (Palo Alto, CA) introduces the Designjet 5500, a new large-format printer a followup to the Designjet 5000. The Designjet 5500 offers direct file-submission capability via the Web. Using Designjet WebAccess, users can submit up to seven file formats, including Adobe PDF, TIFF and JPEG, without the need for a driver or the application. A 40-GB hard disk drive allows files to be

Transcontinental names new vp of sales for U.S. direct-marketing operations 

Sep 13, 2002

Transcontinental has named Clif McDougall vice president of sales for its U.S. direct-marketing operations. McDougall will lead the company’s direct-marketing products sales team in the U.S. He comes to Transcontinental with more than 13 years of direct-marketing industry experience, most recently serving as national sales manager for the InteliMail division of Corporate Express Document and Print

Enfocus offers free Certified PDF Reader 

Sep 12, 2002

Enfocus Software (San Mateo, CA) has unveiled its free Certified PDF Reader, available for download at The Certified PDF Reader is a plug-in for both Adobe Acrobat Reader and the full version of Adobe Acrobat, and enables anyone to check the Certified PDF status of a file. It comes pre-installed with PDF standard profiles, such as PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-Plus, and national PDF standards,

NAPL, R&E Council merge 

Sep 12, 2002

NAPL’s (Paramus, NJ) Board of Directors and the members of the R&E Council of the Graphic Arts Industry, Inc. (White Stone, VA) have approved a merger of the two associations. The combination is expected to enhance the value of membership in both organizations, as it preserves the identity and mission of the R&E Council, which is being renamed the R&E Council of NAPL. Under the agreement, all members

Torque becomes U.S. reseller for Totoku displays 

Sep 12, 2002

Torque Systems (San Francisco) has become a national reseller for Japan-based Totoku for the graphic-arts market. Totoku manufactures a line of high-end calibrated monitors.

Pantone, Sun Chemical announce partnership 

Sep 11, 2002

Pantone, Inc. (Carlstadt, NJ) and Sun Chemical Inks (GPI) (Fort Lee, NJ) announces the Authorized Pantone Hexachrome Printer program for the North American narrow-web flexographic label-printing market. The program aims to provide printers with technical training and promotional support for Pantone's Hexachrome printing process with Sun Chemical inks and coatings. Developed by Pantone, Hexachrome

ImageX to sell software subsidiary Extensis 

Sep 10, 2002

ImageX, Inc. (Kirkland, WA), has signed a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary, Extensis, Inc., to Celartem Technology USA Inc., a developer of storage and distribution technologies for digital images. The sale will be for $11 million, with $9 million in cash proceeds and an additional $2 million due over the next two years if certain revenue targets are met. Celartem will acquire

Xeikon users conference planned for Oct. 3-5 

Sep 09, 2002

The Xeikon Digital Printing Assn. (XDPA) will host its third annual users meeting just prior to Graph Expo, from Oct. 3-5 in Itasca, IL. The conference consists of a management track for the business owners and managers and a technical track for the operators and engineers. The management track will include presentations from Xeikon America executives, and keynote speakers from RIT (Rochester, NY)

IPA color-management series 

Sep 09, 2002

IPA will host a three-part series of live Webcasts on ICC-based color management. The Webcasts will feature color-management consultant Don Hutcheson. The sessions: Profiting with Color Management, Sept. 19, 1-2:15 p.m. (ET). Will cover why an RGB over CMYK workflow may mean increased profits. Color Management Profiles in Action, October 3, 1-2:5 p.m. (ET). Will discuss the hottest tips and techniques

GRAPH EXPO: KBA to unveil 74 Karat with coater 

Sep 09, 2002

KBA North America’s (Williston, VT) 74 Karat with coater will be shown for the first time in the U.S. market at Graph Expo. The digital offset press will be running live demonstrations in the KBA booth throughout the show, reportedly taking less than 17 minutes to run a full production cycle from the last saleable sheet of one job to color approval of the next. Visitors will be able to select any

MAN Roland offers fullsize-press profitability analysis 

Sep 06, 2002

MAN Roland (Westmont, IL) is now offering a computer-based press operating profitability (POP) analysis to help printers select the most economical press that fulfills their production requirements. The analysis, which is provided as a free service, is based on a study conducted by Bridge Strategy Group, an independent market-research firm, which collected real-world performance data on the most popular

GBC merges business units, creates Commercial and Consumer Group 

Sep 05, 2002

General Binding Corp. (GBC) (Northbrook, IL) has combined its Document Finishing and Office Products businesses into a new group named the Commercial and Consumer Group. Dave Hewitt, current president of the Office Products group, will be named president of the merged unit. The two businesses were combined to simplify the company’s organizational structure and eliminate inefficiencies in its market

DALim, Gruner & Jahr strategic technology partnership 

Sep 05, 2002

DALim Software GmbH (Kehl, Germany) has partnered with printer and publisher Gruner & Jahr (Hamburg, Germany) on a new strategic development initiative, based on DALim’s automatic production workflow software. The initiative aims to develop the DruckDaten Management System (DDMS), an Internet-based, automatic prepress production system for Gruner & Jahr printers that offers production management,

IDEAlliance, Raine Consulting found women’s graphic-arts group 

Sep 04, 2002

Publishing information-technology organization IDEAlliance, Inc. (Alexandria, VA) and industry consultancy Raine Consulting Inc. (Glen Ellyn, IL) have founded Women in Graphic Media and Technology (WGMT). The professional association is dedicated to supporting women in the graphic-communications, digital-technology, pulp and paper, printing, publishing, packaging, content-management and related industries.

AlphaGraphics selects Printcafe’s PrintSmith 

Sep 03, 2002

Quick-print franchise AlphaGraphics, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT) has selected Printcafe’s (Pittsburgh) PrintSmith Report Writer custom report generator as a system standard for more than 300 of its locations worldwide. AlphaGraphics has also agreed to support and promote the integrated PrintSmith Site Web storefront for all franchisees. Report Writer and PrintSmite Site are integrated add-on modules