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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.

Articles

The Impact on the Printer of Software Acquisitions (Premium Content)

A disruptive market creates the conditions for acquisitions. This has been happening with printers for years and print software vendors are experiencing the same conditions. As a customer of these products, you must understand the conditions of the acquisition in order to prepare for how it will impact you as a customer of the software.


Buying Print Software is a Marriage (Premium Content)

When you invest in software for your print business, it’s like a marriage because you want to have a healthy long-term relationship with the vendor. Changing software is painful and expensive (like divorces).


Volaris Group Makes First Foray into Print Automation Software (Premium Content)

The recent acquisition of print automation software provider Aleyant by Canada’s Volaris Group raised some eyebrows in the industry. Who is the Volaris Group? What strategy are they pursuing relative to the printing industry? And what does this acquisition mean for Aleyant? These were questions Senior Editor Cary Sherburne investigated.


Software Tools for Teamwork in Your Print Business (Premium Content)

You work with a team. It’s time to upgrade the tools you use to foster more efficient teamwork and better management of the artifacts that are created in projects. Email with attached files doesn’t cut it anymore. We are creating an isolated mess of artifacts that cannot be effectively found or used in the next project.


Adobe PDF Print Engine 5: PDF 2.0 Coming Soon to a DFE Near You (Premium Content)

Adobe announced Adobe PDF Print Engine 5, their core technology used by many Digital Front Ends driving print production equipment. This release makes PDF 2.0 print-related features available for OEM implementation.


Succeeding in Spite of Print Software’s Weaknesses (Premium Content)

A culture of finding ways to optimize software in your business is something you can control. The successful printers will be the ones who are getting the most of their print software tools—mostly by being open to evolving their own workflows to fit the how the software works best.


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News

Taopix Launches Professional Services Division To Maximise Customer Success

Taopix Appoints Former Lulu.com CEO as Executive Chairman

Aragon Research Positions Quark Software as a Contender in the Tech Spectrum™ for Workflow and Content Automation

Solimar Systems Expands and Enhances SOLitrack™ Functionality

One of Japan’s Most Innovative Photo Commerce Companies Selects Taopix for Use Across Multiple Brands

Tilia Labs to Show Forthcoming Phoenix Features for Optimizing Narrow-Web Label Production at Labelexpo Americas

Adobe Scan for Bixby Vision Debuts with Samsung Galaxy Note9

DocketManager a Leading MIS/Web-to-Print Solution to Showcase at Print 18

Adobe Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management for Eighth Consecutive Year

XMPie Receives 2018 InterTech Technology Award

Solimar Systems Partners with Ironsides Technology to Extend Print Tracking from Pre-Press to Production to Mail

Output Factory Now Can Split Adobe InDesign Files Into Groups of Pages

Volaris Group Expands Position in Communications & Media Vertical with Acquisition of Aleyant

Brush Your Ideas Storefront Solutions: A Perfect Recipe for StartUps

Aurigma Adds InDesign Support to its Customer’s Canvas Web-to-Print editor

Radix’s OnPrintShop and Ultimate Impostrip® Optimize Online Orders for PSPs Worldwide.

World’s First Web-to-Packaging Solution with Dynamic-Size Models to be Showcased at Print18

ScreenPro Receives Coveted InterTech Award for Innovation

Successful IGAS 2018 for Ultimate TechnoGraphics

How Can Magento Product Designer Turn Tables Around for Your Business?

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Video

Video preview: The Future of Web-to-Print

The Future of Web-to-Print

Published: July 30, 2018

Dr. Sean Smyth, consultant for Smithers Pira, discusses a study he is working on that takes a look at the current state of web-to print—specifically, systems designed to allow print customers to create professional documents without being print professionals.

 

Video preview: Tharstern's Approach to MIS and Business Intelligence

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.

 

Video preview: Sell Workflows Not Print

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.

 

Video preview: PrintIQ's Approach to MIS and Workflow

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.

 

Video preview: How to Think About Large Custom Development Projects

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.

 

Video preview: The Never Ending Implementation of Your Print MIS

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.

 

Video preview: How to Protect Your Business when Managing Software Projects

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.

 

Video preview: Mobile Serves Two Audiences (Google and Your Customers)

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.

 

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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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