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Video preview: Durst Launches New P5 Next-Generation Technology Platform

Durst Launches New P5 Next-Generation Technology Platform

Published: February 27, 2018

We travel to Lienz, Austria for the unveiling and launch of the new Durst P5 Platform. We speak with CEO Christoph Gamper, who gives us an overview of the new platform and how it came about. Tomio Kiyose, Product Manager for Large Format Flatbed, also shares some of the technical details—including a 70% productivity increase along with resolution and quality gains.

 

Video preview: John Henry on the Sixth Annual NPOA Owners Conference

John Henry on the Sixth Annual NPOA Owners Conference

Published: February 26, 2018

John Henry, CEO of Mitchell’s Speedway Press and Conference Director for the National Print Owners Association, talks with Richard Romano about the benefits of the association and the Owners Conference, as well as some of the hot topics discussed at this year’s Conference.

 

Video preview: ThreadX: A New Event for Garment Decorators

ThreadX: A New Event for Garment Decorators

Published: February 26, 2018

SGIA CEO Ford Bowers explains the genesis of ThreadX as coming from a focus group of garment decorators who felt an event dedicated to helping with business and technology information them didn't exist. This first edition sold out, and SGIA is planning to do the event again next year. Hear what Bowers has to say and stay tuned for more news and videos from ThreadX!

 

Video preview: As Far as the Eye Can See: Increasing Color Display Quality

As Far as the Eye Can See: Increasing Color Display Quality

Published: February 23, 2018

Kevin O'Connor, Principal at Make Color Behave, talks about advances by Apple and others are looking ahead to new video standards that will enhance color viewing beyond SRBG which only presents about 35% of the colors the unimpeded human eye can see. The most current Apple screens will support new standards that will capture about 53% of what we can see with our eyes.

 

Video preview: Frank: Book Publishers Turn the Page

Frank: Book Publishers Turn the Page

Published: February 23, 2018

Frank opines about offset vs. digital printing for books and variable art for packaging. Book publishers are changing their warehousing and distribution strategies as a result.

 

Video preview: New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

New Print Finishing Techniques for Direct Mail

Published: February 22, 2018

Tim McGinley of the Mail Innovations Program at the USPS challenges Finishing Section Editor Trish Witkowski to find new print finishing techniques and effects for mail. Trish begins her journey with Jeff Hernandez of Classic Color and his groundbreaking Brand Alchemy exploration. Jeff is developing realistic textures that mock actual products, and he’s putting the ideas directly into the hands of creatives.

 

Video preview: Arna Marketing: “A Technology Company That Happens to Print”

Arna Marketing: “A Technology Company That Happens to Print”

Published: February 21, 2018

New Jersey’s Arna Marketing, “a technology company that happens to print,” builds custom programs for its customers, heavily leveraging variable data and digital printing via Canon Solutions America’s Océ Varioprint and Colostream systems. David Zwang talks to Steven Hegna, President and “Concierge” of Arna Marketing, about the work he currently does for his customers, as well as where he sees his business going.

 

Video preview: Wim Fransen on Handling Disparate Data in Automated Workflow

Wim Fransen on Handling Disparate Data in Automated Workflow

Published: February 20, 2018

David Zwang talks to Wim Fransen, Managing Director, at Enfocus about building lights out automated workflow through job on-boarding, preflight, and its automation mix of software platforms.

 

Video preview: Signage—and the Superbowl—Mean Business for Twin Cities' Pixelwerx

Signage—and the Superbowl—Mean Business for Twin Cities' Pixelwerx

Published: February 19, 2018

Richard Romano talks to Adam Carver, President & CEO of Minneapolis' Pixelwerx, about his wide-format, signage, and specialty graphics business. Pixelwerx also recently acquired Canon Solutions America Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel wide-format printer.

 

Video preview: Designers: Are You Designing with

Designers: Are You Designing with "Considerate Color"?

Published: February 16, 2018

Cal Poly Professor Brian Lawler explains what designers should be thinking about to serve the needs of those who don't see color the same way most of us do. He recommends a process for using "considerate color" that allows the people with color vision defects to still see contrast and tonal difference in colors selected for graphic projects such as roadmaps and charts where color itself is a factor in understanding the content. He mentions specific tools designers can use to accomplish this.

 

Video preview: The Good Book: A Tour of Baskerville's Bible

The Good Book: A Tour of Baskerville's Bible

Published: February 16, 2018

It was an atheist who created a beautiful Bible: John Baskerville was an artist who came to printing late in life. His 1700’s Bible is truly a work of art and Frank fingers it lovingly.

 

Video preview: Ray Cheydleur Explains Why Standards are Important in Digital, Offset and Flexo Print Production

Ray Cheydleur Explains Why Standards are Important in Digital, Offset and Flexo Print Production

Published: February 15, 2018

Standards Guru and X-Rite Printing & Imaging Portfolio Manager Ray Cheydleur talks about his many roles within the standards community and the importance of standards in the printing industry. He highlights print production standards that digital, offset, and flexo printers should be aware of as they work to continuously improve their operations.

 

Video preview: Mark Hischar talks about the APTech Rebranding Initiative and Print 18

Mark Hischar talks about the APTech Rebranding Initiative and Print 18

Published: February 15, 2018

Mark Hischar, President and CEO of KBA North America and Chairman of the Association for Print Technologies talks about the Association’s rebranding initiative and the upcoming Print 18 event.

 

Video preview: How does an artist move from no computers to totally digital? Brian Yap explains.

How does an artist move from no computers to totally digital? Brian Yap explains.

Published: February 14, 2018

Brian Yap, an artist and illustrator who works for Adobe, shared his lifelong journey in art, computers and augmented reality. From stating as an artist he would never use a computer for his art, to becoming a completely digital artist, today Yap primarily creates his illustrations using an iPad. He talks about how he uses augmented reality as a unique way to animate posters and other images. "Looking at a poster with your phone and having it come to life is magic," he says.

 

Video preview: Canon Solution’s America’s Francis McMahon on the Company’s Stellar 2017

Canon Solution’s America’s Francis McMahon on the Company’s Stellar 2017

Published: February 14, 2018

2017 was a good year for Canon Solutions America, in terms of both production inkjet and wide-format. From the One Canon 2018 event in Hollywood, Fla., David Zwang talks with CSA’s EVP Francis McMahon about the hot spots in the company’s portfolio.

 

Video preview: Art, Photography and Print: A Winning Combination for Christopher Campbell

Art, Photography and Print: A Winning Combination for Christopher Campbell

Published: February 13, 2018

Christopher Campbell, a lifelong photographer and artist, explains how he blends these two passions to not only create great art, but to capture his unique artwork with a camera, generating a printed image that is almost indistinguishable from the original. He sees this as a remarkable moment in history: digital printers have such a large color gamut and can do so much, cameras now capture such high resolution, and color science has come to a point where ordinary people can profile a camera and a printer, and make these things.

 

Video preview: EFI's Marc Olin Explains the Reasons Behind the Rebranding of NPES to APT

EFI's Marc Olin Explains the Reasons Behind the Rebranding of NPES to APT

Published: February 12, 2018

Marc Olin, CFO at EFI and a board member of the Association for Print Technologies (APT), highlights the strategic reasons behind the rebranding of NPES to APT, citing the need to broaden the scope beyond print to other relevant technologies important to the industry. This also opens the organization to other stakeholders as well. Both are designed to foster inclusiveness and better support the industry.

 

Video preview: Cal Poly Professor Addresses How and Why Designers Should Take Color Vision Defects into Account

Cal Poly Professor Addresses How and Why Designers Should Take Color Vision Defects into Account

Published: February 9, 2018

Cal Poly Professor Brian Lawler explains common color vision defects and why designers should take these color vision defects into account when designing maps, transactional documents, signs and other items where color plays a role in the ability to understand the messages being conveyed. He also provides insight into how color vision can be tested and tools available to verify if designs comply with good color practices.

 

Video preview: The Bold (But Not Italic) Plan to Save on Ink

The Bold (But Not Italic) Plan to Save on Ink

Published: February 9, 2018

It is said that the font you use can affect your inkjet ink cost. They have tried putting holes in the type and very light weights to reduce ink consumption. Next they will tell us to print in 4 point type.

 

Video preview: Grupo SG Now Offering EFI Reggiani Printers in Central America and the Caribbean

Grupo SG Now Offering EFI Reggiani Printers in Central America and the Caribbean

Published: February 8, 2018

Thomas Lange, President of Grupo SG, a distributor serving Central America and the Caribbean, speaks about his long-term relationship with EFI and the addition of EFI Reggiani textile printers to his offerings. This region has a significant base of textile and garment manufacturing and many players are following the lead of brands and retailers in driving the analog-to-digital transformation occurring in these industries for faster time to market and improved profitability.

 

 

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