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HP Seeds the “Cloud” at IPG Innovation Summit

HP is convinced that locked inside smart phones, tablets, and other web-connected devices are billions of pages yearning to be printed. On September 20, HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) showcased its latest solutions for liberating personal and business printing at an “innovation summit” in New York City.


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About Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry is a journalist and an educator who has covered the graphic communications industry since 1984. The author of many hundreds of articles on business trends and technological developments in graphic communications, he has been published in most of the leading trade media in the field. He also has taught graphic communications as an adjunct lecturer for New York University and New York City College of Technology. The holder of numerous awards for industry service and education, Henry is currently the managing director of Liberty or Death Communications, a content consultancy.


By Frank Tueckmantel on Sep 24, 2010

Nice article Patrick, and we at EFI agree that cloud printing is the way forward. While not a well-known fact, EFI PrintMe was the first cloud-based printing platform (as confirmed by Charles LeCompte, Lyra Research, August 2010) when it was launched in 2001. With EFI PrintMe, users don’t need to connect cables, download software or install hardware components. They simply go to www.PrintMe.com through any Internet-enabled device, upload a document and print from any PrintMe enabled printer.


By Chuck Gehman on Sep 27, 2010

PrintMe was certainly ahead of its time-- in fact, almost a decade! Frank, can you provide a link to the Lyra Research article you quote, and can you tell us more about the new plans? I see you've recently updated the website for the first time in a couple of years, and are planning mobile apps-- are you also going to connect to Google Cloud print and/or support the HP ePrint architecture? Fascinating stuff, glad to see it!



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