Trending at Dscoop San Antonio

Jim Hamilton
Apr 27, 2016

I attended the recent Dscoop Americas event in San Antonio and was struck by a few trends:

  • Value-added special effects – One of the fascinating things that HP did in its Dscoop exhibit floor space was to display some special effects that its R&D labs are working on which may or may not be implemented someday on the Indigo platform through the use of the fifth, sixth, or seventh imaging stations. The intent of showing these was to get feedback from attendees on the concepts, each of which provides some value-added feature. The concepts included fluorescents, phosphorescents (glow in the dark), thermochromic, silver, scented, adhesive, glitter, chameleon, lenticular, expanding, gloss, invisible, and taggant. Attendees could vote on which effects they were most interested in. For those who want something now, HP has recently introduced a new more opaque white for Indigo. This white will require fewer hits to get the desired opacity. Speaking of value-added special effects, Scodix showed some beautiful examples combining dimensional and foil. (For more on Scodix, see the InfoTrends blog entitled “Pre-drupa: Israel’s Scodix Rolls Out Speedy, B1-Sized Digital Enhancement System.” For more on HP’s Indigo news, see the InfoTrends blog entitled “HP at drupa 2016: Re-Imagining Production Digital Printing.”)

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PAX East 2016: Virtual Reality is Here!

Colin McMahon
Apr 26, 2016

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The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East was held on April 22-24 in Boston, and has been growing since its inception in 2010. Initially solely focused on video gaming, the conference has expanded to include other new technologies. Virtual reality (VR) has been at PAX for at least the past three years, but always with a disclaimer: “VR is coming.” This year, the message had changed: VR is here. Read more »

Noosh Pivoting to Content Marketing

Will Morgan
Apr 25, 2016

noosh-logo-blueNoosh, a company whose print and marketing sourcing software is used by nearly 5,000 businesses and 20,000 users in 44 countries, is now transforming itself into a content marketing platform. By embracing this new approach while continuing to cultivate its roots in print sourcing, Noosh can offer licensees a head start on integrating multi-channel communications into their marketing strategies. Read more »

HP Inc. Divests Software Assets

Brendan Morse
Apr 22, 2016

On Monday, Open Text announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire most of HP Inc.’s Engage software portfolio for $170 million. However, HP made only the briefest of statements on the sale and the announcement was not even posted on the central HP news webpage.

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Lexmark Acquired by Apex

Allison Correia and Brendan Morse
Apr 21, 2016

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Back in October 2015, Lexmark announced plans to explore strategic alternatives for its business which many took to mean they were exploring a major move like splitting the company in separate two entities, selling a significant portion of the company, or to sell the entire company as-is.   Six months later, Lexmark announced on April 19, 2016 that it entered into a definitive merger agreement with a consortium of investors led by Apex Technology Co., Ltd. (Apex) and PAG Asia Capital (PAG), under which Lexmark will be acquired for $40.50 per share, representing a 30% premium to the price back in October (the day before Lexmark announced they were exploring strategic alternatives). This makes for all-cash transaction value of approximately $3.6 billion, net of cash. Read more »

Sorry, Aristotle. When it comes to 4K video, the whole is not always greater than the sum of its parts.

Alan Bullock
Apr 14, 2016

4K video is rapidly gaining traction throughout the photo and video ecosystems, in devices from capture to display. Read more »

Nikon’s Latest 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is a Compact, Bargain-priced Powerhouse Lens

David Haueter

I’ve been a Nikon shooter for the past 25 years and shoot a lot of motorsport events, so my “go-to” lenses are the 80-200mm f/2.8 and the 300mm f/4, both from Nikon. Neither of these lenses have vibration reduction technology, but they have metallic bodies and are built like tanks. My 300mm f/4 lens is the model from two generations ago that I bought on eBay many years ago. It’s a testament to Nikon’s build quality that it still works great and has survived a couple of drops at the race track. I never thought the last generation version of the lens was worth upgrading too, but I may be ready to spend a couple grand on Nikon’s latest 300mm f/4 lens, which is significantly improved over its predecessors.

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Fun Facts About the Photography Market

Ed Lee

Any QuestionsFinding fun facts about the digital photography world is generally a Google search away. However, the information is only as good as the people and companies that are producing it. With the digital camera market hitting a rough patch these last several years and companies shifting their focus to other markets, it is getting a little harder to come across interesting nuggets of information about the photography market. InfoTrends began covering this market in the late 1990’s and continues to invest significant time and resources to understand where the market is today and to predict what will shape its future.

Here are some fun facts about the digital photography market of today that we thought we’d share: Read more »

Uh oh camcorders… mobile phones & digital cameras favored video devices for young and old

Carrie Sylvester
Apr 13, 2016

video lead image2If you wanted to capture some groovy family videos in the ‘60s and ‘70s you likely used a Super 8mm film camera, while the ‘80s brought us a “luggable” VHS-based camcorder. My shoulder still feels the pain from those days! Thankfully the ‘90s brought smaller and lighter digital camcorders that recorded onto compact video tapes and in the 2000s they made the move to internal memory or flash-based memory cards. Present day finds the traditional camcorder being replaced by even smaller and more convenient mobile phones, and digital cameras. Will these pocketable devices replace camcorders? Read more »

Highlights from Xploration 16

David Stabel

Last week, customer communications conference Xploration 16 hosted around 355 participants in Orlando, Florida. While attendance was about the same as last year, there were 141 first time attendees registered. With more than 55 educational sessions and panels for vendors, service providers, and enterprise attendees, this annual conference continues to be an important industry event.

The educational sessions covered a broad range of customer communications management (CCM) topics including analytics, business intelligence, production management, managing multi-channel and omni-channel communications, mobile strategies, as well as evolving trends such as personalized video, customer experience (CX), and customer engagement. Two educational tracks took a special focus on executives and career development and discussed topics such as compliance auditing, data security, M&A, RFPs, and topics around personnel management.

We have long been supporters of Xplor and this year we hosted two sessions and sat on two panels. Our sessions focused on providing high-level insights from annual research within our Customer Engagement Technologies and Transactional Communications & Payments advisory services.

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David Stabel and Matt Swain presenting highlights of InfoTrends’ annual research on customer communications

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