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EFI’s Ken Hanulec Welcomes the Return of In-Person Connect

EFI Connect returned to Las Vegas this week. Ken Hanulec, EFI’s VP of Worldwide Marketing, talks about this year’s event, the spin off of eProductivity into its own business, and the future of EFI. Watch Video

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Heidelberg Prinect Update

David Zwang talks with Dawn Lindsey, Director of Product Management and Implementation for Heidelberg US Prinect, about how the Heidelberg Prinect solution suite has evolved beyond prepress workflow to include connectivity to all of the equipment Heidelberg offers as well as business intelligence. Watch Video

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Ironmark Makes Its Mark

Frank was near Annapolis, Md., visiting Smithsonian warehouses (because of course he was) and stopped by Annapolis Junction to visit Ironmark, a local printer. He interviews president Jeff Ostenso, who has built his 150-employee company into a Top 500 printer through organic growth, mergers, and innovative thinking. Watch Video

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An Exclusive Inside Look at eProductivity Software

EFI recently spun off its productivity software unit as an independent company, acquired by a private equity firm. Some 18 months after leaving EFI, Marc Olin has returned to the software business he founded in 1986 as Executive Chairman. In this video interview, he provides some background and a look what customers can expect from the resulting company: eProductivity Software. Olin and the eProductivity team will be participating in EFI Connect next week in Las Vegas. Watch Video

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Edifice Rex

Frank found a number of articles about former newspaper and printing buildings being re-purposed for other uses. Print-related structures were sturdy in order to handle the weight of presses, Linotypes, and metal type. Now they are condos, apartments, or even new businesses. Watch Video

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Coloreel Explained

In this conversation with Mattias Nordin, SVP of Business Development for Coloreel, he explains how their on-demand thread coloring technology works, the benefit of coloring thread for embroidery on demand and talks about a recent sale of 10 units in Portugal. Watch Video

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The Breadth of the Heidelberg Product Line Is Increasing

Heidelberg is known for their offset presses, but David Zwang talks to Clarence Penge, EVP Product Management at Heidelberg US, about how the company’s press, postpress, and software solution offerings have expanded to cover commercial print, labels, and folding carton. Watch Video

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Why Limited Color Palettes are Important in Textile Printing

Mike Scrutton, Director, Print Technology and Strategy at Adobe, discusses how color management is different between commercial print and textile printing, and why limited color palettes are used in the latter. He offers advice for designers to consider when creating designs for textile printing in order to ensure design intent is met in production. Watch Video

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Frank’s Fake News

Frank read an article that said there was less fake news in printed newspapers and he disagrees. Hearst and Pulitzer built their empires on “yellow journalism” and many newspapers were founded specifically to be partisan and, to this day, have the word “Democrat” or “Republican” in the names. Watch Video

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SCREEN USA’s Ken Ingram on Commercial Printers Moving to High-Speed Inkjet

David Zwang talks to Ken Ingram, President of SCREEN USA, about the latest market trends as well as new products the the company has introduced—and plans to introduce. SCREEN has been focused on high-speed inkjet across all markets, specializing in direct mail and transaction, but post-pandemic, the company has seen more activity in the commercial space. Watch Video

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A Holiday Message from Warren Werbitt

As we near the end of the year, Warren cheers the end of 2021 and offers a hopeful message as he looks forward to 2022. Watch Video

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Jim Raffel Geeks Out with X-Rite’s Ray Cheydleur

In the latest installment of the Print Geeks Interview Series, Resident Print Geek Jim Raffel talks to Ray Cheydleur of X-Rite about what has been happening in color standards and instrumentation in 2021 and what to look for in 2022 as we head toward the upcoming PRINTING United Alliance Color22 conference, to be held in La Jolla, Calif., January 22–25 Watch Video

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The Apples of Frank's Eye

Frank celebrates the 45th anniversary of the founding of Apple Computer in a California garage. Frank received his first Macintosh in 1984 and shows a collection of almost every Apple product, including the handheld Newton. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with GAA’s John Braceland

This week, Warren talks to John Braceland, one of the founders of the Graphic Arts Alliance (GAA), founded in 2002 as a way for printing and packaging companies to band together, buy raw materials, and save money by taking advantage of vendor cash rebates and discounts that would typically only be available to $100 million companies. Today, GAA is a member-run organization, allowing it to serve the best interests of its members. Watch Video

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Hudson Printing Installs 2nd Perfecting Landa Press in the U.S.

Paul Hudson, CEO of Hudson Printing, chats with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his recent acquisition of a Landa S10P B1 digital press. The company still gains about 70% of its revenues from web offset, but also has Indigo presses. According to Hudson, the Landa offers a great bridge technology between the two. View the whole story. Watch Video

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Frank and a Tribute to Women in Print

Frank starts by reading the famous “Pause Stranger: You Stand in a Composing Room” poster by Beatrice Warde and segues into a book review for “Baseline Shift: Untold Stories of Women in Graphic Design History” by Briar Leavitt, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University. She and others tell the tales of women who have advanced graphic design. Watch Video

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Affiliates Update: New Leadership, New Energy

For the first time in the history of the Affiliates, the top three leadership positions are held by women. Teresa Campbell, Melissa Jones, and Christine Hagopian join Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to talk about the many Affiliates initiatives, how the Operating Committee helps to coordinate across all the Affiliates, and the value of membership in the local printing industry Affiliate organization, which gives members access to a broad array of services. Watch Video

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The Target Report Interview: Ed Cook of ECI Screenprint (Part 2)

Rod Bristol of Graphic Arts Advisors talks with Ed Cook, President of ECI Screenprint, a “boutique” industrial printer. Cook sold his business at the height of the COVID pandemic, and he talks about his reasons for, and experiences in, selling the company at such an inauspicious time. Watch Video

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Adding Textile Printing to the Mix? What You Need to Know about Color Management

In this interview, industry expert and Print & Packaging Portfolio Manager for X-Rite/Pantone Ray Cheydleur shares his thoughts on considerations for commercial print or display graphics companies who wish to add more textile printing to the mix, especially as it relates to good color management techniques. What's different, what's the same, and what types of instrumentation and processes work best for each. Watch Video

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Inside Frank’s Type Vault

Frank takes us into one of the hidden treasures of the Museum of Printing: the type vault. Here you will find the drawings for every glyph in every typeface done by Linotype, plus type art from Photon, Intertype, and others. Watch Video