Oct 15, 2014
On October 14, Konica Minolta (KM) announced the acquisition of Verga IT S.r.l. based in Bregnano, Como, Italy. This acquisition establishes a new subsidiary named Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe S.r.l., the first of its kind outside Japan. This development is aimed at enhancing Konica Minolta’s sales and services organization in the inkjet textile printer market in Europe. The financial terms of this acquisition were not disclosed. Read more »
David Stabel and Arianna Valentini
Oct 9, 2014
On Oct. 3rd 2014 this years censhare Community Day was held in Munich, Germany. censhare AG (censhare) is a provider of software for digital publishing and marketing automation. The company invited its partners and industry analysts to share best practices and insights on its latest developments as well as trends in digital publishing and marketing. Several case studies showed how censhare helps marketers and enterprises with the challenges of managing content, associated workflows and distribution processes. In addition, censhare revealed the key highlights of its new software version that will be released in Oct. 2014: censhare 5.0.
Stefan Ruthner, EMEA sales manager at censhare, opening the censhare Community Days 2014
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Oct 7, 2014
Monday October 6th marked the beginning of the Adobe Max conference in downtown Los Angeles. Monday’s keynotes focused on announcements surrounding the Creative Cloud and new and improved mobile applications. Speakers from Monday’s keynotes included Adobe President and CEO Shantanu Narayen , Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Adobe SVP and General Manager Digital Media David Wadhwani. Sessions included live demos of new products and further announcements detailing the continued partnership between Adobe and Microsoft. Here are just a few of the highlights from Monday’s keynote:
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Oct 3, 2014
According to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 21st Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, the average amount spent on CE gifts by U.S. adults this year will be $286, an increase of 15% from last year. The tech products that consumers most want to receive as gifts this holiday season are tablets (13%), notebook/laptop computers (11%), TVs (8%), smartphones (7%), and video game consoles (7%). At the bottom of the wish list are digital cameras, e-readers, Blu-ray players, and MP3 players (at 2% each), and desktop PCs (1%).
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Oct 1, 2014
Heidelberg and Canon/Océ both reemphasized their push into the digital packaging printing market at their customer events last week. Each company gave a detailed update on the progress it has made.
As promised back in April at a digital sneak peek event, Heidelberg showed their first digital label printer at the Gallus “Innovation Days” from the 23rd to 25 of September in St Gallen, Switzerland. The event, which is not to be confused with the Hunkeler innovationdays) served well as a platform to reemphasize the changes in the ownership structure; this summer Gallus became part of the Heidelberger group, the upshot of a share swap that increased Heidelberg’s ownership of Gallus from 30% to 100% and with the former owner of Gallus becoming the biggest individual shareholder in Heidelberg.
Center stage, however, was the digital label press with the somewhat less catchy name of Gallus DCS 340. The press, which comes with in-line finishing, is the result of development cooperation between Gallus, Heidelberg and Fujifilm. The press base is supplied by Gallus and is derived from the well-established ECS 340 label press, hence the web width is set at 340 mm (13.4”) and a range of flexo, screen and offset modules can be added. The press has a solid granite base and is equipped with an unwind and a die cutting/stripping module. Only the speed of the DCS had be limited to 50 m/min (150 ft/min) compared to 165 m/min (492 ft/min) of the conventional press. The integrated finishing is somewhat misleadingly named “ digital converting system”, since the ECS C finishing part contains no digital components at all. Its core is a semi-rotary die cutter, which is at least format variable, but still requires a conventional die.
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In September, several vendors made announcements related to mobile printing, or with implications for printing from mobile devices.
Epson America announced that its latest inkjet devices are its first Mopria-certified printers. The company also launched the Epson Connect Solutions Finder to “help mobile users make sense of the numerous mobile printing solutions and apps currently available.”
Screenshot from Epson Connect Solutions Finder webpage
Samsung has acquired mobile cloud printing solution provider PrinterOn. According to Samsung, the purchase is expected to reinforce Samsung’s expansive mobile ecosystem—especially for the company’s B2B customers. PrinterOn then announced a new version of its enterprise software with several additions, including wide area network iOS printing, IPP print server and Oracle compatibility, as well as support for Fuji Xerox MFP-based reporting when using Equitrac. Read more »
Sep 29, 2014
This week HP introduced the new model Officejet 8040 e-All-in-One Printer. A complete system designed to make the home/small office more productive, efficient and highly organized. HP and NEAT have entered into a new partnership that would provide the NEAT cloud based filing service with an all-in-one printer as a full package. This product is designed to center on the home office, a large and growing area for HP with this device being a focal point to provide additional tools to enhance the work experience and even augment some personal home printing as well. The addition of NEAT, according to HP, will greatly improve the typical home office user experience and address some key pain points. As business grows more paper is produced and received and can create a disorganized and messy work environment that is hard to manage.
As part of this combined offering, at $399 the HP Officejet 8040 printer will include a 3-year NEAT cloud service subscription for free. The connection to NEAT is provided to customers through an installation process, activation of the included hard drive, and mobile app deployment. The setup process is designed to ensure the customer is prepared to begin using the device and the NEAT service account. The account provides access to the NEAT cloud, mobile access and features such as unlimited scanned documents using the control panel from the Officejet 8040.
Other ways to bring documents into NEAT are the mobile app, this allows you to use the camera function on your smartphone and taking a picture of a document, or by using the NEAT application on your PC or MAC. All the documents will use the NEAT smart organization system which includes the (in document identification) ID2 software, reads the documents making it key word searchable and will also extract vital data from items such as business cards and receipts. These systems can aid in finding and searching for content and documents within the NEAT cloud system.
To differentiate the filing solution, according to HP, is the inclusion of a 1tb hard drive. For customers that may feel reluctant to scan certain documents to the cloud, the hard drive gives the opportunity to also store files locally. The hard drive is portable and can be removed from the Officejet 8040 when needed.
HP and NEAT have come together to offer customers a printing solutions that is meant to be simple and easy to use providing greater organization to home offices. Productivity, efficiency and time savings are all being promoted with the solution along with the FREE cloud access that would otherwise be $5.99 a month from NEAT.
InfoTrends feels that this new solution from HP and NEAT is well suited to the targeted audience given that both companies share brand awareness to the home office and small business sector. By delivering a total printer based cloud solution, each company can look to develop further into the expansive space of home and small business file organization. Home and small businesses each have needs and requirements to be organized, productive and responsive to customers, this new solution and partnership can now deliver distinct advantages at an attractive pricepoint.
Sep 25, 2014
Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2014
For the camera market, 2014 will be a tough year, with a continued decline in worldwide sales; 2015 could be better if manufacturers and retailers adjust their mind-sets, strategies and product roadmaps to remain competitive.
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Ron Gilboa and Mark DiMattei
Sep 18, 2014
The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) took place from August 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. This event brought together woodworking equipment manufacturers of all kinds, and a wide range of related product manufacturers. The event was split between two main halls: one for equipment producers and one for product manufacturers. This show drew attendees from North America as well as from 70 countries around the world. With almost 1,000 exhibitors (of which, 200 were international), the show catered to over 22,000 attendees looking purchase, learn, and explore new innovations in woodworking-related equipment, materials, and services. Key themes at the show were the growing desire for innovation; automation; and the need for education in new business opportunities, technologies, and applications.
IWF Atlanta Exhibit Hall
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Sep 10, 2014
In August, a variety of printer manufacturers announced their latest quarterly earnings. The table below includes percent changes in revenue and operating profit from last year (for the respective print business units), as well as key drivers for the shifts.
Latest vendor quarterly earnings
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