This section of WhatTheyThink aggregates all of the news, educational content, and analysis about the software that drives print businesses, from order entry through shipping and invoicing. It is combined in a single area so that our members and the industry as a whole can go to a single place to learn how software is changing the business of print and gain actionable ideas on how they may apply new solutions to their own business problems.
Prepress automation, streamlining your customer service department, and reducing the time between inquiry and jobs getting on press – these are common feature requests for web-to-print systems. They are all about you (the printer) – web-to-print isn’t about you! Web-to-print is for your customers!
Every industry is being transformed by a new staffing option for the “jobs to be done” and that staffing option is software. Your business needs to get stuff done—some of that stuff needs to be done by humans and a lot of that stuff needs to be done by software.
Managing color in today’s ever-changing environment has long been a challenge for printers. No two scanners, monitors, or printers will reproduce colors identically, making it necessary to implement specialized color management systems to achieve an exact match across devices. This article explores some of the options that are available for printers.
If you’re on your way to embarking on a Print MIS transition, then you need to sit down and pretend the whole thing was a spectacular failure. Once you’re in that uncomfortable place—work backwards and build a plan to prevent its untimely death.
Smaller print shops face many of the same challenges as larger shops, so the need for a single system of record to manage the business is just as critical. Until recently, the only solution was purchasing an expensive print MIS with integration capabilities and pay for professional services to set up the connectivity to the other software solutions. This article explores how things are beginning to change for the better for small print shops.
There is a conflux of pressures on businesses today: increase speed, personalize products, respond to the market faster, localize the messaging, and do all this with less people on a tighter budget. Read on for tips on how to cope with these challenges.
BALDWIN Vision Systems, ColorConsulting to Demonstrate Color and Inspection Technology at Print4All in Milan
Quadient Appoints Christian Hartigan President and General Manager of the Americas
New EFI DFE for Ricoh Pro C9200/C9210 Digital Color Presses Drives Exceptional Speed, Quality, and Workflow Integration
Markzware Adds Feature to PDF2DTP Bundle to Convert Interactive Elements from PDF to InDesign
TechNova Imaging Systems Opens New Markets with Aleyant’s Suite of Cloud-Based Software
Markzware Announces QuarkXPress 2018 to InDesign Mac/Win Plugins in Q2ID Bundle Subscription!
Markzware FlightCheck 7.91 Mac Preflight App Now Supports QuarkXPress 2018
Markzware Adds QuarkXPress 2018 Mac Support to ID2Q Bundle to Convert InDesign to QuarkXPress
QuarkXPress 2018 Now Available – The Innovation Continues
Color-Logic Certifies Komori H-UV Press at Wallace Carlson Printing, Minnetonka, Minn.
New Developer Kit Gives Complete Control over Prepress Files
Onyx Graphics Launches ONYX 18 Software at FESPA
Messagepoint Inc. Named One of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers for Second Consecutive Year
Infigo Software Announces Another New Contract With Major New American Client
New Customer for Taopix in South Korea
Output Factory for InDesign Now Can Add Page Size To Output File Names
New Fiery DFE for the Xerox Iridesse Production Press Delivers Brilliant, Six-Color Output
Taopix Appoints Yon Face as Distributor in South Korea
New Ultimate Impostrip® Enfocus Switch App and Configurator
X-Rite and Pantone Expand PantoneLIVE Offering for Plastic, Coatings and Textile Industries
Tharstern's Approach to MIS and Business Intelligence
Published: April 23, 2018
Matt Miloszewski, Business Development Manager at Tharstern, talks about Tharstern's approach to MIS and managing operational data within print operations. Tharstern has over 700 installations globally.
Sell Workflows Not Print
Published: January 10, 2018
Solving workflow issues for a customer opens up the door to long-term repeatable business. Jennifer Matt cites recent project work where building workflows brought in significant print business.
PrintIQ's Approach to MIS and Workflow
Published: November 16, 2017
Mick Rowan (Director) and Adrian Fleming (Sales Director) at PrintIQ share their vision and approach to a cloud based management workflow system that goes beyond traditional MIS.
How to Think About Large Custom Development Projects
Published: August 24, 2017
Large software projects should be taken on with some extra planning upfront. Just like buildings, you should prototype and get a real sense of how the software is going to work. Given the time, we always build out the user experience first. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson, a print software architect talks about how he would approach a large custom development project.
The Never Ending Implementation of Your Print MIS
Published: July 27, 2017
Print MIS implementation is a never-ending process. Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about why the evolution of the Print MIS does not end after the initial implementation. The vendor releases new versions, your business keeps changing (new products, new workflows) - your Print MIS needs to evolve with your business forever.
How to Protect Your Business when Managing Software Projects
Published: July 20, 2017
Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson, software architect about how to protect yourself. One of the key questions that is often missed is "who owns what?" Where is the source code stored? If you own the software, you should have access to the source code under an account in your business name.
Mobile Serves Two Audiences (Google and Your Customers)
Published: July 6, 2017
Google is judging you on multiple fronts as it pertains to mobile. Jennifer Matt interviews Kellie Rife, a front end web developer and user experience designer about how she thinks about servicing both audiences: Google and Your Customers.
Who is Running Your Business? People or Software
Published: June 22, 2017
Your software should run your business, your people should run your software. Can you easily get to the trusted data of your business? Is it in a trusted system of record (Print MIS/ERP)? Or do you have to gather up data from many different sources to get to a version of the truth? Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about helping printers transition from people run business to a software run business.