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Video preview: Taking the Mystery Out of Expanded Gamut Printing

Taking the Mystery Out of Expanded Gamut Printing

Published: January 31, 2017

Idealliance's Tim Baechle visits with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to take some of the confusion out of expanded gamut printing, also known as extended color gamut and fixed color palette printing. He also talks about Idealliance's X-CMYK initiative for expanded gamut with four-color printing and the process of using a fixed palette of CMYK/OGV inks.

 

Video preview: Are you up to date on CxF, the ISO standard for color communication?

Are you up to date on CxF, the ISO standard for color communication?

Published: January 31, 2017

Cory Sawatzki, Director of Digital Print Technologies at CGS, shares his thoughts about the relatively new ISO standard, CxF for communication of color specifications and why it is important for printers and suppliers to the industry to be aware of and compliant with this standard. He also talks about how and when to use this standard.

 

Video preview: Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Modern Litho Leverages Workflow Automation and MIS to Spur Growth

Published: January 30, 2017

Jim Tomblinson, VP of Operations at Jefferson City MO based Modern Litho led his company's very successful efforts to modernize and streamline the company's workflow, significantly enhancing the customer experience. He talks about the value of a scalable workflow in an environment of growth through acquisitions and organically. His hands-on experience provides good insight for his industry peers.

 

Video preview: EFI and Konica Minolta: A Solid Partnership

EFI and Konica Minolta: A Solid Partnership

Published: January 27, 2017

Konica Minolta Senior Vice President Kevin Kern speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the company's partnership with EFI. He categorizes EFI as Konica Minolta's go-to partner in areas where they are bringing new things to their customers, emphasizing KM's focus on solutions selling and end-to-end workflow integration.

 

Video preview: Change Management in Print MIS

Change Management in Print MIS

Published: January 26, 2017

When your Print business is faced with changing your Print MIS, the attitude towards the change can make all the difference. Are you looking to force the Print MIS software to work just like you work today or are you willing to adapt your workflows to optimize how the Print MIS software was built?

 

Video preview: Workflow Integration Delivers Near Lights Out Cut Sheet Workflow at the World Bank

Workflow Integration Delivers Near Lights Out Cut Sheet Workflow at the World Bank

Published: January 26, 2017

Jimmy Vainstein, Senior Project Manager at the World Bank, explains how the Bank is revamping it's cut sheet operation to achieve a near lights out workflow, integrating web to print and EFI Fiery Central with Pace MIS.

 

Video preview: Frank on RIT Professor Frank Cost's Contact Print Book

Frank on RIT Professor Frank Cost's Contact Print Book

Published: January 26, 2017

Once again, RIT professor Frank Cost has preserved his family’s memories. It all started with a contact sheet of six Black & White prints of Frank’s mother from the 1950s.

 

Video preview: GAM Graphics & Marketing Opens New Markets with Superwide Format Printing

GAM Graphics & Marketing Opens New Markets with Superwide Format Printing

Published: January 25, 2017

Nathaniel Grant, President of Graphics & Marketing, talks about the 40-year-old company's move into superwide format with the acquisition of a flatbed printer. The company has migrated from a primarily offset platform to 100% digital with much of its work being delivered within 24 hours. He also talks about new markets its hybrid printer has opened for the firm.

 

Video preview: Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017

Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017

Published: January 24, 2017

Frank Mallozzi, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for EFI, shares his thoughts about EFI Connect 2017, the 17th year of the conference. Highlights included a fireside chat between CEO Guy Gecht and Joel Quadracci, as well as a fireside chat with Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson. The conference featured new products, a large number of eduational sessions and lots of opportunity to network among peers, with EFI executives and technical staff, as well as EFI partners.

 

Video preview: Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments

Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments

Published: January 23, 2017

Guy Gecht, EFI's CEO, typically includes a thought leadership segment in his opening talk. In 2017, he put the industry on notice that artifice intelligence is almost upon us, with a convergence of technology and market demand that will bring this to mainstream in the foreseeable future. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that will have an impact on the printing industry, and printing owners and managers should keep tabs on its progress, understanding both eh risks and the opportunities for their businesses.

 

Video preview: Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail

Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail

Published: January 20, 2017

Frank Romano keeps EVERYTHING. This week he shares his collection of pre-VDP personalized direct mail when everyone was a winner. Direct marketers tried every trick to get you to open the envelope.

 

Video preview: What Color is Consistent?

What Color is Consistent?

Published: January 20, 2017

Color management works, and it has been available to designers and printers for more than 25 years. Why then do we still make mistakes in color reproduction? Shoshana Burgett of X-Rite Pantone notes that CM has to be understood as something more than calibrating a monitor. It is a set of steps, processes, and tools that must be in place across the entire production workflow, always with monitoring for continuous improvement. Designers who want color to be consistent in all the channels they are now responsible for can find the help they need in CM, Burgett says.

 

Video preview: The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail

The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail

Published: January 19, 2017

Angela Stone, Manager of Packaging Optimization at Canadian Tire Retail, is responsible for all of the private label packaging that is used for the wide range of products it offers. It covers all types of packaging, from folding carton to flexible to sewn-in labels. She talks about how she handles color management across this disparate array of packaging applications.

 

Video preview: Learn About Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Packaging

Learn About Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in Packaging

Published: January 17, 2017

Christine Gallagher, Director of Commercialization at Sonoco Trident, a division of the $5.2 billion packaging organization Sonoco, comes from a brand owner background. She speaks about the latest trends in anti-counterfeiting in packaging and how Sonoco Trident controls anti-counterfeiting measures, including reporting, and next generation developments that empower consumers.

 

Video preview: What PDF 2.0 Will Mean for the Printing Industry

What PDF 2.0 Will Mean for the Printing Industry

Published: January 17, 2017

Mark Lewiecki, Senior Product Manager at Adobe, talks about PDF 2.0, now being developed through the International Standards Organization which has responsibility for the PDF standard. A key new attribute is the ability to put page-level media-specific information directly into the PDF file. The ISO is also defining the metadata as it relates to media, especial for variable data printing, and is incorporating CxF spectral data into the PDF file.

 

Video preview: Are You Ready for the MarTech Explosion?

Are You Ready for the MarTech Explosion?

Published: January 16, 2017

Marketing technology is exploding. Michael Chase of St. Joseph Communications says that there are now more than 3,500 providers of "MarTech" services. But, building efficient marketing platforms requires more than just cherry-picking technology solutions. Chase notes that all the MarTech in the world won't help if there is no content strategy in place to guide the effort. The first tasks are to define the kinds of content to be created and to identify the audiences to whom the content will be presented. Armed with this knowledge, says Chase, marketers can choose the right channels and work toward achievable outcomes.

 

Video preview: Leveraging Standards and Specifications to Get to Great Color

Leveraging Standards and Specifications to Get to Great Color

Published: January 16, 2017

Don Hutcheson of HutchColor, one of the industry's most knowledgeable color experts, shares his thoughts on the latest developments in color management and the tools print service providers should have to be able to print to the numbers and deliver against customer color expectations. He explains how industry standards are driving more process control into the art and science of printing.

 

Video preview: Frank Looks Back at Early Variable Data Printing

Frank Looks Back at Early Variable Data Printing

Published: January 13, 2017

Frank talks about some of the earliest Variable Data Printing from when digital color first came into play in 1994. He shows the now classic Alphabits piece and many others.

 

Video preview: Scale Your Print Business by Investing in Print Software

Scale Your Print Business by Investing in Print Software

Published: January 12, 2017

Growing and scaling a business can come from an investment in software.

 

Video preview: The Impact of Production Inkjet on Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions

The Impact of Production Inkjet on Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions

Published: January 11, 2017

Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions in Minneapolis, kindly hosted the WhatTheyThnk team to view the digital transformation the operation is undergoing. Larry Soler, its Director of Prepress, Press and Digital, explains that while offset will be a core functionality for the foreseeable future, web and sheetfed production inkjet is driving change, including a 3-to-1 replacement of toner devices and migration of shorter runs from offset to digital.

 

 

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