Apr 15, 2014
On April 6th Sony announced the Alpha 7s, a 12 megapixel full-frame compact interchangeable lens camera. It was announced at a press conference at the beginning of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas and was one of the products that captured the attention of visitors to the Sony booth.
Shigeki Ishizuka, President of Sony’s Digital Imaging Group introduces the Alpha 7s at NAB
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Recently, Barb Pellow and I participated in a Canon-sponsored Book Business/Printing Impressions webinar on the topic of books and inkjet. (The replay is available at this link if you are interested.) As is typical of most webinars, listeners were encouraged to submit questions, and in this case we received a lot of them. This blog is comprised of those questions and my brief response to each. While not intended to be comprehensive, I believe these questions and answers are a reflection of what is on the minds of the publishing community in regard to inkjet and books today.
Question and Answer
Q: What would be the cost per book difference to print offset vs. ink jet based upon specs such as Read more »
Apr 14, 2014
In InfoTrends’ 2013 U.S. Cloud Services End-User Survey, more cloud service users said that they were storing photos than any other type of file, outpacing both music and video by about a 3-to-2 margin. Cloud services provide safe, secure, long-term storage, which is ideal for preserving the precious memories that many digital photos represent. But storage is a commodity – a rather boring commodity, at that, and therein lies the opportunity. Read more »
HP is targeting its new page-wide business inkjet series towards the “enterprise,” which the company defines as “large” organizations with solutions needs around manageability, security, extensibility, etc. In addition, HP suggests the devices are intended for groups of 5 to 15 users who print up to 6,000 pages per month.
Positioning of new HP Officejet Enterprise X series
The new Officejet Enterprise X line incorporates features and functionality that go beyond the capabilities of the Officejet Pro X series, including more robust scanning, embedded OCR, a pull-out keyboard, a larger touchscreen, customizable job shortcuts, full solutions capability, and a secure hard disk. It is clear these features were included with the needs of larger businesses in mind.
However, the positioning of these devices as “enterprise” is likely something that is going to prove subjective, especially as the definition of “enterprise” often varies from one vendor to another. Read more »
Apr 11, 2014
Just last week on April 2nd, Nuance Communications announced the launch of their new product, Power PDF (Standard and Advanced), and I joined some of Nuance’s team in Burlington, MA for a day to hear more about the product. Read more »
nGage’s Inkjet Summit is in its second year and it has grown to around 90 end-user attendees and 39 sponsor companies. The concept is relatively simple: find prospective buyers of high-speed inkjet equipment, pay their way to a resort location, and sit them down in front of the sponsors for case study presentations and one-on-one meetings. This assures that the level of knowledge and experience of the average attendee is very impressive. They have done their research and have a good idea of what they need. Not all of the attendees, though, are first-time buyers. Those looking to purchase a second (or third, or fourth) device were also in attendance. They make up a significant portion of the audience and have hands-on familiarity with inkjet technology.
Similar to the first-time buyer/experienced user split, another split was particularly noticeable Read more »
Apr 7, 2014
As of next Monday, April 14th, Zumbox will be shuttering its operations. Here is the email that many of its users received today:
Dear Digital Postal Mail Account Holder,
We are sad to announce today that after more than five years of working to revolutionize the way mail is delivered, we have made the very difficult decision to shut down the company. Read more »
Microsoft held Build 2014, its annual development conference in San Francisco, CA the first week of April 2014. The company made several announcements during the 2-day conference but one of the biggest was that it will be offering a royalty-free Windows Phone licensing (Yes, that’s $0) program for partners developing smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.
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Apr 4, 2014
Recently, Silicon Valley-based Collobos Software introduced Presto 1.5, an enterprise mobile printing solution. InfoTrends spoke to Collobos CEO/CTO Scott Herscher and CMO Lanny Berg to discuss their product’s capabilities and pricing as well as their corporate strategy. Read more »
Heidelberg is the undisputed heavyweight champion of offset press manufacturing. Yet even a market leader has to acknowledge that offset press revenues are declining. Naturally, companies look for growing or new markets where they can create additional revenue streams, which is one big reason why all offset press manufacturers are exploring the possibilities of digital print.
On the 2nd of April, Heidelberg invited trade press and analysts to a “Digital Sneak Peek” event to talk about strategy and upcoming products for the newly constituted “Business Area Digital.” A new digital approach for Heidelberg is significant, since it echoes earlier Heidelberg initiatives such as Quickmaster DI, NexPress, and (most recently) Linoprint L, which was sold to Markem Imaje.
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