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Video preview: Hiring Software Programmers That Understand Your Print Business

Hiring Software Programmers That Understand Your Print Business

Published: June 29, 2017

Most printers have at some point hired a software programmer. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson about why thinking about software programming with a single resource filling all the roles. Software is combination of user interface, defining the requirements, coding and testing - think about who is going to play all those roles before you start your next custom development project.

 

Video preview: Frank Twitters

Frank Twitters

Published: June 29, 2017

Frank contends that he created the term “TWITTERS” and except for an S would be owed a lot of money. He shows examples from 1980 copies of TypeWorld.

 

Video preview: How does a Ph.D. Petroleum Engineer become a printer?

How does a Ph.D. Petroleum Engineer become a printer?

Published: June 27, 2017

Fadal Iskander, VP of TPSi in Tulsa OK, reports his company has been offering digital printing since 1978. Today, the company has a robust portfolio of HP Indigo and wide format presses it uses to produce a variety of applications, from transactional printing to wedding invitations. Despite his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, Iskander has dedicated his career over the last 40 years to printing!

 

Video preview: HD Flexo Wins Awards, Customer Approval, for ProAmpac

HD Flexo Wins Awards, Customer Approval, for ProAmpac

Published: June 26, 2017

Joe Lydic, Art Director at packaging converter ProAmpac, talks about how Esko HD Flexo has benefited the company in its analog to digital platemaking transformation. Its first commercial job earned the company a Print & Packaging award. ProAmpac was the first printer in the Western Hemisphere to be HD Flexo certified. He also talks about how Esko workflow helps the company be more efficient.

 

Video preview: Romano Review of Books:

Romano Review of Books: "Brand Luther"

Published: June 23, 2017

Frank reviews a book called “Brand Luther” that tells the true story of an unknown monk who used printing to challenge the mightiest force on earth at the time.

 

Video preview: Who is Running Your Business? People or Software

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.

 

Video preview: O'Neil Printing: Staying at the Top of its Game with Investments in Digital Printing and Wide Format

O'Neil Printing: Staying at the Top of its Game with Investments in Digital Printing and Wide Format

Published: June 20, 2017

Anthony Narducci, President of O'Neil Printing in Phoenix, explains that the company has been operating in Downtown Phoenix for more than a century. But being a century-old company certainly doesn't mean they are old and stodgy! Narducci talks about its recent digital and wide format acquisitions and how they help O'Neil stay at the top of its game.

 

Video preview: Prepress Opportunities for Digital Print for Packaging

Prepress Opportunities for Digital Print for Packaging

Published: June 20, 2017

Marketing Director Mike Medina of Phototype discusses some of the new directions that packaging prepress companies can take as digital production starts to take hold of the industry.

 

Video preview: Automation in Sign & Display Graphics Business at PSP Retail

Automation in Sign & Display Graphics Business at PSP Retail

Published: June 19, 2017

Ronald A. Whitfield, Automation Systems Manager at PSP Retail, a sign & display graphics provider, has taken a 4-person prepress department that was an operational bottleneck to a one-person department that is no longer a bottleneck and processes even more work. Find out how.

 

Video preview: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bang & Interrobang

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bang & Interrobang

Published: June 16, 2017

From the Latin for joy to the screamer, we are using exclamation marks for much of our communication. The interrobang is not used as much.

 

Video preview: How Mobile is Changing the Software Design Process

How Mobile is Changing the Software Design Process

Published: June 15, 2017

Mobile is now the predominate access point for users. Anything you put online needs to take into consideration how "mobile-friendly" your online experience is. Jennifer Matt interviews Kellie Rife, a web developer and user experience designer about how she thinks about mobile design.

 

Video preview: Esko Hosts 26th EskoWorld with record-breaking attendance, new product announcements

Esko Hosts 26th EskoWorld with record-breaking attendance, new product announcements

Published: June 13, 2017

Udo Panenka, President of Esko, shares news about the 26th EskoWorld. 2017's event, the largest ever, attracted 500 customers, which included 100 brand owners from 40 companies. The event was the launching pad for three major announcements: Esko Platform for Brands, a new browser-based interface for Automation Engine and pre-configured automated workflows for label production, and expanded 3D rendering capabilities

 

Video preview: DME's Mike Panaggio: No Excuses Are Allowed In Our Business

DME's Mike Panaggio: No Excuses Are Allowed In Our Business

Published: June 13, 2017

Mike Panaggio, CEO of Daytona Beach based DME, tells Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, "We never want to have to apologize to a customer; no excuses are allowed in our business!" He also shares advice for his peers.

 

Video preview: Advancements in Workflow and Finishing for POP Displays

Advancements in Workflow and Finishing for POP Displays

Published: June 12, 2017

Richard Romano talks to George Folockman, Diretor of Business Development at Esko, about advancements in POP display workflow and finishing.

 

Video preview: Kids and Their Computers.

Kids and Their Computers.

Published: June 9, 2017

Frank opines about kids and computers. He even interviews an actual kid who is using a typewriter.

 

Video preview: Managing Custom Software Projects in Your Print Business

Managing Custom Software Projects in Your Print Business

Published: June 8, 2017

Most printers have at some point hired a software programmer. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson about why thinking about software programming with a single resource filling all the roles. Software is combination of user interface, defining the requirements, coding and testing - think about who is going to play all those roles before you start your next custom development project.

 

Video preview: Pressroom Case Study: G7 Certification Process

Pressroom Case Study: G7 Certification Process

Published: June 7, 2017

Jeff Collins, National Color Solutions Manager at Konica Minolta, walks us through the G7 process. Idealliance and Konica Minolta recently teamed up with Spectrum Printing in Tucson, AZ to bring the G7 Master Facility Qualification to the printing company's offset and digital pressroom.

 

Video preview: G7 at Spectrum Printing

G7 at Spectrum Printing

Published: June 7, 2017

Idealliance and Konica Minolta recently teamed up with Spectrum Printing in Tucson, AZ to bring the G7 Master Facility Qualification to the printing company's offset and digital pressroom. Ken Huizenga, Production Manager at Spectrum Printing, discusses the impact G7 has had on their ability to secure clients who were frustrated with other printer's inability to match color across jobs and production equipment.

 

Video preview: Active and Intelligent Packaging Are Creating Customer Engagement Opportunities

Active and Intelligent Packaging Are Creating Customer Engagement Opportunities

Published: June 6, 2017

Larry Logan, Chief Evangelist at Digimarc Corporation, provides an update on the state of the art in digital watermarking, active and intelligent packaging, and new opportunities for customer engagement with packaging.

 

Video preview: Heidelberg OmniFire: Printing Direct to Object

Heidelberg OmniFire: Printing Direct to Object

Published: June 5, 2017

Dan Mauer, Vice President of Digital at Heidelberg, represented the company at the recent InPrint USA show, where the company's OmniFire direct-to-object printer. It capitalizes on the emerging demand for personalization in the industrial printing market with the ability to print in high quality on spherical, cylindrical or other objects.

 

 

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