May 21, 2015
On May 7th and 8th over 650 professionals descended on the Hilton Midtown in New York City for Henry Stewart’s 12th annual DAM NY Conference to see and learn about all things related to digital asset management (DAM). This year’s theme centered on ‘The Art & Practice of Managing Digital Media – all from the user’s perspective’ and was a common viewpoint amongst many of the speakers. HP, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Media Beacon were the marquee sponsors. However, a bevy of other vendors and consulting organizations sponsored and/or spoke at the show.
DAM NY Panel
Many of the topics centered on the current state of the market as well as where people see DAM going in the near future. There were plenty of well-known brands such as Comedy Central, 3M, and the NHL represented on the panels to share their insights. Although there were endless puns at the show, we will spare you from any more by simply sharing our observations from the show:
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May 13, 2015
Interprint one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of décor paper for the laminate industry has gone digital. In a press release dated May 5th 2015, the company stated their strategy to use digital printing technology to address the growing demand for shorter runs of décor paper used in the manufacturing process of decorative laminates used for furniture, cabinetry, kitchen counters, doors, and other woodworking applications. Interprint is using the marketing slogan “Hello World!” to introduce its clients to this investment in digital innovation, a KBA RotaJET with a print width of 1.68 meters capable of speed up to 150 meters per minute. This CMYK device is capable of producing over 3.7 million square meters per month (based on a speed of 150 meters per minute, a 1.68 meter width, 2 shifts a day, and 22 days a month operating at 70% productivity).
Interprint is using the slogan “Hello world!” to promote its new capabilities (Source: Interprint)
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May 12, 2015
The importance of workflow and the matching software ecosystem has been frequently publicised and although not every user might have realised it yet, all production printing hardware vendors are strengthening their offerings in workflow and solutions nowadays. The importance of workflow is however in stark contrast with the lack of approaches in making the benefits of workflow visible in an exhibition or open house environment. Software remains intangible and while the benefit of some features can be calculated in time and money, for other features like customer satisfaction, error reduction, new services offerings and overall process efficiency calculating the exact value for a single business case is much harder.
Canon-Océ already organised several Commercial Printing Business Days, but for the event that took place in April 2015 the software portfolio was targeted to take centre stage. Presentations, workshops and customer testimonials focussed on workflow solutions. Canon-Océ invited users and prospects with interest in workflow solutions and had a total attendance of 550 visitors from around the globe at the three days of the event.
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Christine Dunne and Ron Gilboa
May 4, 2015
Last week, it was announced that seven leading companies in the global 3D printing sector have launched a new consortium—the 3MF Consortium—focused on interoperability, functionality, and standards within the 3D printing industry.
The 3MF Consortium’s Logo
As a first step, the consortium is releasing a new specification—the 3D Manufacturing Format (3MF) specification—that enables design applications to send “full-fidelity” 3D models to other applications, platforms, services, and printers. The first version of the specification is free, and available for download on the consortium’s website.
According to the press release announcing the news, current 3D design file formats—such as STL files—often have limitations around accuracy, ease of use, and functionality. They aren’t necessarily capable of fully describing models and all their characteristics. Read more »
Apr 29, 2015
InfoTrends just published the 2014 production placement numbers for the U.S. and Western Europe. In both geographies we had some growth in placements. In general Europe showed a much better growth driven by a stabilizing economy in 2014, while growth in the U.S. was marginal, based on the fears of a slowing economy. Of course growth rates differ not only by geography, but also by product segment. One of the fastest growing segments in 2014 were mid-volume color devices, the type of devices typically used at high-end print rooms or quick printers and small to mid-size commercial printers. Installations grew by 29% in the U.S. and 33% in Europe in 2014. This is no mean feat in print market under pressure.
2008 to 2014 Mid-production Placements
For a meaningful tracking of growth or decline in a market, as well as market share overviews, we try to define market segments containing products that compete against each other with similar features, price points and user profiles. Segmenting products can be a tough task however.
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Apr 24, 2015
This week, Google made changes to its mobile search algorithm, an event which the public dubbed “Mobilegeddon.” In the new algorithm, Google considers whether a website is “mobile-friendly” in ranking search results. Mobilegeddon is a wake-up call for many businesses that have either neglected mobile design or are not even aware that their websites are poorly designed.
- Photo via Inturact
While the new algorithm only affects searches on smartphones, businesses cannot afford to lose out on mobile, which already accounts for 60% of U.S. digital media time. Earlier this year, comScore reported that mobile search accounts for 29% of all U.S. search activity, and 20% of that comes from smartphones. Various estimates put Google around 65-75% search market share, with 80-90% share in mobile search (thanks in large part to the Android OS). In fact, about half of all Google searches are believed to be mobile searches. Despite the apocalyptic hype around Mobilegeddon, this is neither the first nor the last update to Google’s algorithm. It is, however, the most significant update since 2011, when Google Panda began factoring the quality of web pages into search rank. Read more »
Apr 16, 2015
Three trends from last week’s ISA 2015 stand out as I think back on the show:
HP PageWide XL8000
- HP’s PageWide announcement, press event, and booth tours garnered the early attention and will represent a validation of the high-speed color, single-pass when the first product becomes available sometime in July 2015. That being said, Canon with its Memjet-based single-pass offerings (such as the ColorWave 900 & 700) can also look forward to a lift in sales as new attention is paid to this market segment. The first available product in HP’s PageWide XL Series will be the 30-PPM XL8000. To follow will be the 14-PPM XL 5000 (November 2015) and the 8-PPM XL4000 and 12-PPM XL4500 (January 2016). All products in the series are four-color and support a 40-inch print width. The speed is the prime differentiator.
Canon ColorWave 700
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Apr 9, 2015
In the run up to the ISA show taking place in Las Vegas April 9-11, 2015, we expect a range of new announcements, one of which was made today by HP. With fanfare the company revealed to the world their new portfolio of single pass, wide format CMYK printers, aimed at production and workgroup environments that produce CAD and GIS drawings, and also intended to enable migration into graphics applications.
The HP PageWide XL printers are fast wide format print solutions with up-to 75 meters per minute print speed, both in monochrome and color. This product portfolio consists of four configurations, the XL 4000, 4500, 5000, and 8000. The XL 4000 prints eight A1 pages per minute (PPM); productivity increases with each model in the series, up to 30 A1 pages per minute for the XL 8000. The first HP PageWide XL printer to be commercially available will be the XL 8000, in September 2015. In November 2015 the XL 5000 will be available, followed in January 2016 by the XL 4000 and 4500.
HP PageWide XL8000
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Apr 6, 2015
Three years after the GMC acquisition, Neopost has done what it said it would do at time of the purchase— adapt the high-end GMC document composition technology as a scaled-down SaaS offering available for its many Small & Medium sized Business (SMB) customers.
Called neoPreference, and marketed by Neopost (not GMC), the solution focuses on helping SMB companies create, send and archive multi-channel communications. Through a print driver, an existing structured document such as an invoice, newsletter or statement can be submitted to the system. At time of writing, the system accepts MS Excel, MS Word, or PDF files and converts them into HTML. At this point, users (using a web-based interface ) need to identify data capture areas (see Figure 1), setup business rules or specify document enhancements just once to create the document template. Once the business rules or document enhancements have been specified and the rules are activated, each subsequent document submission will follow an automated workflow that enables document enhancements, digital signatures (for secure invoicing), multi-channel output, cloud-based archiving and tracking of electronic communications.
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