Posts tagged: Graph Expo 2010

A Video Look at Digital Color Samples from Graph Expo 2010

Jim Hamilton
 Oct 21, 2010

In this video I discuss a set of print samples from Graph Expo 2010 and explain how they relate to the following trends:

  • Formats larger than 12 x 18
  • Cut-sheet color products using chemical toner
  • Effects that go beyond CMYK
  • High-speed color inkjet printing on coated paper
  • Color inkjet envelope printing

I hope you enjoy the video. If you have comments or questions, please let me know. If you have innovative samples you’d like me to see, please send them to: Jim Hamilton, InfoTrends, 97 Libbey Industrial Parkway, Suite 300, Weymouth, MA, 02189

Xpedx will distribute EFI

Other Posts
 Oct 8, 2010

At Graph Expo xpedx announced that it will distribute the EFI wide format printer line including EFI-VUTEk and EFI-Rastek. This is a very positive deal for xpedx, which has been moving methodically into wide format for a number of years, and for EFI which recently lost an important distribution partner in the United States when Agfa acquired Pitman. Read more »

Five Software Trends to Watch For at Graph Expo 2010

Other Posts
 Oct 4, 2010

Software continues to play an integral role in print and cross-media production. Conventional wisdom is shifting from “throwing software at it” to try and solve problems in production environments to “strategy-based” software deployment. Numerous times we have seen companies play a reactive role when it comes to software; a client has a need not currently met by a company’s existing software arsenal, forcing them to quickly come up with a solution through investment or custom development. While this approach solves an immediate issue for a particular client, larger opportunities and long-term implications can be missed.

While there are no doubt many challenges service providers still face in today’s economy, many businesses are anxious to tackle initiatives they may have been forced to put on the back-burner in the past year or two; these initiatives may include automating workflow to increase efficiency, extending capabilities to the Web with e-commerce, and offering new services. Software is a key enabler for many of these initiatives, and service providers need to take a more proactive approach to choosing a vendor, product, and ultimately a partner that can help meet strategic goals. Read more »

The Next Wave of Cross-Media Communications: SaaS Enablers Everywhere!

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 Sep 28, 2010

Recent trade shows illuminated an emerging theme around software and services targeted at the new cross-media opportunity. The cloud is in, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are popping up everywhere. Why? The recent economic downturn–coupled with the fast-paced, capital-intense nature of technology adoption–has created huge demand for low-cost and easy-to-use IT solutions.

In 1965, Intel Co-Founder Gordon Moore established Moore’s law, which states that data density doubles every 18 months. We can extend Moore’s theory across many information technologies. For example, mass storage technology and bandwidth are just a couple of other technologies that are rapidly coming down in cost and exponentially increasing in capacity. Technology is moving at an incredibly rapid pace, and it is now difficult to stay on the leading edge when acquiring new hardware and software solutions. Furthermore, incorporating new technologies into your infrastructure and successfully monetizing the benefits of the acquisition and implementation cost in a timeframe that will yield an acceptable return has become difficult (if not impossible) for some companies. Read more »

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