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Philly Delivers For On Demand

PHILADELPHIA—According to show organizers, the change in venue for AIIM On Demand 2005 met with “rave reviews” from attendees and exhibitors. Therefore, the event has been scheduled to return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center on May 16-18, 2006.

More than 35,000 people are said to have registered for the 2005 installment, which included some 21,000 attendees and staff from the 350 exhibiting companies.

A wide range of hardware was on display around the show floor, but advances in software accounted for most of the new product announcements in the production printing arena.

Xerox Corp. did formally introduce the DocuColor 7000 digital press as expected. The 70 ppm device is built on the DocuColor 8000 platform and fills the productivity gap between that device and the DocuColor 6060, both of which remain in the product lineup.

Additionally, Standard Duplicating Machines teamed up with Xerox for the official launch of the Standard Horizon ColorWorks 8000 all-in-one document finisher for this family of color printing systems.

In other hardware news, RISO Inc. unveiled the MZ790 printer-duplicator capable of two-color printing at speeds up to 150 ppm.

Eastman Kodak and Canon U.S.A. both introduced lines of document scanners targeted to the AIIM segment of attendees. Canon also formally launched its new line of large-format color printers, the imagePROGRAF W6400 (24˝) and W8400 (44˝), featuring proprietary ink-jet head technology.

Creo Inc.’s presence was notable because it may mark the last time the company exhibited as an independent entity in the United States. Its acquisition by Eastman Kodak received final approval from all relevant agencies soon after the show.

Among the company’s new software product demonstrations were the Darwin VI (variable information) authoring tool for Adobe InDesign CS, VI Toolbox Pro version 1.1 for automation of workflows via hot folders and JDF-driven integration of the Creo Spire color server with management solutions, including Press-sense’s iWay Prime, NowDocs’ NowPrint and the combination of ROI Distribution’s Xralle and Pageflex Storefront. Creo also showed a “technology demonstration” of its own Web-to-print solution based on a template-driven page composition engine.

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