Designing and printing thermal labels: Mac users rejoice at Peninsula Group’s offerings

Mac users have always been left in the cold when it comes to business software and related hardware drivers. The CUPS offering for Zebra printers, for example, has label sizes that don’t print correctly, is extremely slow and has a low quality that makes barcode printing a trial and error affair. UK-based Peninsula Distribution has been the only company to offer well-designed software for owners of a Datamax, TSC, TEC, Honeywell, Intermec, Dymo, Godex, Brady, Argox, SATO, Monarch or Citizen label or card printer.

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Thermoforming printers: do more than just create POP displays

When you think of thermoforming prints you’re probably thinking about bas-relief prints, such as custom signs, packaging, P-O-P displays and vending panels. But a few days ago it dawned on me that you can actually do a lot more with a thermoforming printer. If you are active in a market where the customer doesn’t mind paying a premium for some manual craftsmanship, you can expand your business considerably beyond these traditional bas-reliefs.

basICColor print 5: automated, high-end profiling

In addition to new profiling algorithms, basICColor’s professional profiling software basICColor print now also directly connects to basICColor catch, the measuring software. In addition, it automatically corrects measurement data, lets you load custom illuminants for spectral profiling and delivers new gamut mapping strategies for perceptual rendering intent.

The Kodak NEXPRESS ZX press tackles books as well as luxury goods packaging

Kodak’s new NEXPRESS ZX3900 and NEXPRESS ZX3300 Digital Production Color Presses, its NEXPRESS Opaque White Dry Ink and the ‘Max Platform’, the next-generation NEXPRESS Color Platform have been on show at drupa 2016. Now the dust has settled it becomes clear Digital Print Service Providers (PSP) will benefit from Kodak's electrophotographic NEXPRESS portfolio, whether they're investing in a new press or upgrading an existing model.

Overview: Kodak INSITE Creative Workflow

Kodak’s INSITE Creative Workflow is a workflow automation system that targets brand owners and designers. It helps to solve problems such as a designer who is creating packaging that has to be translated into different SKUs, or print jobs that vary by geographical location or targeted content. Other tasks, such as creating, approving, and storing content for jobs with multiple variations can be daunting for brand owners and designers. Even worse, errors in created content can lead to double work, print delays and increased costs for a print production business.

EFI Fiery Navigator captures key production metrics

EFI's flagship product, Fiery DFE gets a new service to control and manage devices. Fiery Navigator is a service for proactive print operation control and device management. It is suitable for a broad range of users, from small printers to commercial print companies with numerous devices and multiple locations. Fiery Navigator will also serve well large retailers with hundred of locations. It captures key production metrics and enables the propagation of configurations across Fiery Driven devices.

Kodak PRINERGY Workflow 7.5

Kodak’s suite of print management software for end-to-end automation includes PRINERGY Workflow, INSITE PREPRESS Workflow and INSITE CREATIVE Workflow. The KODAK PRINERGY Platform reduces manual touch points, improves production planning, streamlines collaboration, on-line approvals and asset management, improves job status and tracking, and is compatible with virtually all press equipment and brands.

Fighting graffiti without killing the print

Graffiti and other such vandalism has been and continues to be a plague in most cities around the world. Different solutions exist to make the cleaning up of graffiti damaged prints easier without also affecting the print itself. Some solutions seem to be better for the environment and more resistant to aggressive cleaning than others.

How do printers tackle marketing?

Big printing companies have a marketing staff or at least someone who manages the marketing activities of the company. Smaller printing businesses and service providers lack those resources. How they manage their marketing needs is not always straightforward. In the age of social media, one equipment vendor comes to the rescue, but too few printers are grabbing the opportunity in my opinion.