While the CD is not quite dead, another indication that its days are numbered surfaced this week. A number of news outlets reported that Ford Motor Company will begin to discontinue in-dash CD players as standard equipment in some of its cars, starting with the 2012 Ford Focus. Read more »
InfoTrends has published its latest Print Production Software Market update and forecast. It contains the actual market size of 2010 and projections until 2015.
The global print production software market posted an 11% growth in 2010 and is expected to grow from $7.4bn in 2010 to $10.1bn in 2015, representing a 7.9% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). After big declines in 2009, most categories rebounded in 2010, but the market is still, albeit marginally, below the record-year 2008. Read more »
Book lovers face two major problems: 1) new books can be relatively expensive and 2) they take up a lot of space. E-readers have solved the second problem, but not the first and have driven down the demand for hard copies of books in the process. A publisher in Concord, Massachusetts has come up with an innovative way to solve both problems using hard copies of books, while also promoting the work of authors, and driving charitable donations. Read more »
When I was in Japan last year, it seemed to be relatively easy to encounter QR codes. My colleague, Jim Hamilton, posted a blog last week entitled “Tokyo 2011 Observations,” which included a discussion about a virtual disappearance of QR codes. Since I was in Tokyo this week, I decided to further investigate his observation. Here is what I found:
Upon arrival, I casually reviewed posters, banners, and other marketing material in the airport and I did not see any QR codes
There was a QR code on the Internet access instruction pamphlet in the seat pockets of the express train from the airport to Tokyo
There was a QR code on the outside of one of the city buses outside of Tokyo station, but not on any of the other 7-10 buses we walked past
One booklet on the brochure rack at our hotel had a QR code on the cover, with no other codes readily apparent inside of the other brochures
A temporary aquarium erected at the Sony Building in Tokyo had a prominently placed sign with QR codes linking to My Sony Club
Toyota Megaweb (their self-proclaimed car theme park) had a QR code on a poster at the entrance linking to their website
I did not see any menus at restaurants with QR codes on them, whereas last year these were easy to findÂ
Upon returning to the airport, I saw the pillars at the train station had the same wrap as last year with a large QR code linking to the train’s homepage
Altogether, I saw no more than 25 unique QR codes in three days when I was actively searching for them. In fact, marketers appeared to be leveraging the suggestion of mobile search to initiate their cross-media initiatives much more frequently. Read more »
High speed colour continuous feed inkjet printing is currently by far the most dynamic market in digital printing. Installations have quadrupled in the last three years. Impressions on color inkjet printers are expected to increase by more than 40% year-on-year for the next five years. Unsurprisingly there is a lot of momentum in the vendor community to expand their offerings and gain a piece of the pie.
We expected to see more additions to the market place in the months leading up to drupa 2012. Fuji Xerox has now joined the fray with the launch today in Japan of the 2800 Inkjet Color Continuous Feed Printing System. There was not much fanfare at the launch, merely some press releases and news articles. However the specs provide enough detail to write and speculate about the product.
The 2800 Inkjet Color Continuous Feed Printing System is a continuous feed inkjet color printer. The system uses 600 by 600 dot per inch piezo drop-on-demand inkjet heads with pigmented aqueous inks.
Fuji Xerox 2800 Inkjet Color Continuous Feed Printing System
I’ve spoken at InfoTrends’ On Demand Japan conference for many years now. My annual visit to Tokyo is a high pointÂ of the year because it gives me a chance to visit face-to-face with our Japanese clients and to catch up with InfoTrends employees here. Since I was here last July, of course, Japan has suffered a tremendous natural disaster followed by a nuclear plant accident with long-lasting implications. It’s only been four months since the earthquake and as I arrived I wondered what changes I would see in Tokyo since my last visit.