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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.


Industrial Inkjet Gets RIPPED (Premium Content)

In an industrial inkjet environment, a lot of pieces go into creating a specialized solution, but it’s the raster image processor (RIP) that does the heavy lifting. Elizabeth Gooding takes a detailed look at all the criteria to keep in mind when selecting RIP software for an industrial printing workflow.

Print Software Strategic Planning (Premium Content)

Your software investments deserve big picture, strategic planning. It’s time to step back and assess your core business processes and how software helps, hinders, optimizes, or ideally automates the steps required everyday to deliver on your customer promises.

The Carpeted Area of Your Print Business (Premium Content)

We have spent decades focusing and optimizing the production floor (where there is no carpet). It is time to focus our energies on the carpeted areas of the business which impact customer’s perceptions of our business.

Solving Print Business Challenges with Software (Premium Content)

Describe your business challenges: be specific, be precise. Then let go of any attachment to the “how this business challenge gets solved by print software.” You want your business challenges solved. One of the fastest ways to solve them is to describe them accurately and then to be open to all the possible solutions.

Purchasing a Web-to-Print Solution (Premium Content)

You purchase software to solve business problems. When evaluating software, keep your focus on the challenges you want to solve. This will keep you open-minded about all the possible ways your challenges might be solved, rather than attachment to one specific solution.

Optimize the Print Software You Own (Premium Content)

Treat software like printing press hardware: assume your people and your processes have to change to optimize the new software rather than staying attached to how you think the software should work.

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PCB Design Software Market Prophesied to Grow at a Faster Pace by 2025

Markzware Announces IDMarkz Update

Racami Among Industry Leaders to Sponsor & Speak at INg Forum

Label Traxx Completes Integration with HP PrintOS Job Costing Tool

RICOH Cloud Workflow Solutions Earns BLI Pick Award for Outstanding Productivity

Bagelstein and Caldera – A Recipe for Success

Solimar Systems Invites Users to Discover the Formula for Optimized, Modernized Workflows and Real ROI at 2020 Global User Conference

New Color-Logic Website is Brand- and Agency-Friendly

Syncro Soft Announces the Release of Version 22 for the Oxygen XML Suite of Products

Oxygen XML Web Author version 22.0

Datalogics Announces the Release of Forms Extension for the Adobe PDF Library, which Adds Significant Capabilities to PDF Form Functionality for Users

GMG On Their Way to drupa 2020: Innovative Color Management and Efficient Solutions for the Packaging Industry

Onyx Graphics Announces Global Launch of ONYX Hub 2.0

Adobe Named a Leader in 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms

Avanti Earns Top 30 Readers’ Choice Awards in DPS Magazine for Second Consecutive Year

Transeo Media Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with CloudLab

Color-Logic Expands Pattern-FX Library

Adobe Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

Pinnacling the Personalization Peak - John Arnsdorf Joins CHILI publish as Product Marketing Manager

Ghent Workgroup Announces New Webinar: “All You Wanted to Know about PDF Transparency but Were Afraid to Ask”

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Video preview: The Added Value of Web-to-Print

The Added Value of Web-to-Print

Published: February 11, 2020

Greg Salzman, President of Aleyant Systems, talks to David Zwang about the value that a web-to-print/online ordering portal beings to a print business. Not only does it make it convenient for customers to place orders at any time, it also frees up resources within the print business, as it doesn’t require the involvement of sales or customer service reps, or even estimators.


Video preview: Get It Now Print Streamlines Its Workflow

Get It Now Print Streamlines Its Workflow

Published: January 20, 2020

From 20 jobs per day to 100, Get It Now Print has increased production and their customer base with the help of EFI’s Fiery Workflow solution. Simple, efficient, and agile, Fiery automation can help your print business get more work out the door.


Video preview: drupa Preview: Front-End Trends

drupa Preview: Front-End Trends

Published: January 9, 2020

Wim Fransen, General Manager of Enfocus, talks to David Zwang about some of the major trends he has been seeing as we head toward drupa, including the emergence of faster technologies, the need to handle shorter job runs with faster turnaround times, and new front-end solutions that bridge the gap between job entry, MIS, and prepress.


Video preview: CapStone’s AutoViri Automates Mailing

CapStone’s AutoViri Automates Mailing

Published: December 5, 2019

Troy Power, cofounder of CapStone Technologies, talks about the company’s Red Hot Technology Award-winning AutoViri robotic solutions for automating mailing workflows. AutoViri helps connect the physical workflow to the digital workflow—and can save customers money on mailing costs by being plugged into the latest USPS regulations.


Video preview: Enfocus Addresses the Needs of Niche Printing Markets

Enfocus Addresses the Needs of Niche Printing Markets

Published: December 3, 2019

Wim Fransen, Managing Director of Enfocus, talks to David Zwang about the proliferation of niche printing markets—commercial, labels, textiles, wide format, vehicle graphics, etc.—and how they all share many of the same underlying challenges. Enfocus has been seeking to develop specific configurations of its flagship PitStop software to address the individual needs of these vertical markets.


Video preview: Avanti’s Red Hot Technology Awards

Avanti’s Red Hot Technology Awards

Published: November 27, 2019

Pat Bolan, President of Avanti, talks to Pat McGrew about the company’s Red Hot Technology Award-winning enhancements to Avanti Slingshot at PRINT 19—Advanced Fulfillment Workflow Enhancement and the XML Loader Enhancement for Web to Print solutions.


Video preview: Crawford Technologies’ SmartSetup Streamlines Application Onboarding

Crawford Technologies’ SmartSetup Streamlines Application Onboarding

Published: November 26, 2019

David Zwang talks to Ernie Crawford, CEO of Crawford Technologies, a software company that focuses on the transactional printing market, helping organizations improve the ways that they deliver documents to customers, in print or omnichannel. The company just launched its new SmartSetup, designed for rapidly onboarding applications into workflow automation and ADF systems.


Video preview: Warren Werbitt Says, “Tell Me About Your Business”

Warren Werbitt Says, “Tell Me About Your Business”

Published: November 20, 2019

WhatTheyThink's print evangelist Warren Werbitt checks in from Nashville and the Avanti Users Conference. He talks to a number of event attendees—printers and Avanti partners—about their businesses, their experiences with Avanti solutions, and the advantages of attending the conference.


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Print Software Editors

Jennifer Matt

Jennifer Matt, Section Editor
An industry expert focusing on how software continues to impact the business of print.

Jane Mugford

Jane Mugford, Contributor
A technical operations expert, focusing on Print MIS, integration, and operational change management.


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