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DIGITAL digest

September 2006
version-controlled and permanently available content. The system will also support all materials within the scope of the Federal Depository Library Program and its more than 1,250 libraries around the country.

Content will be entered into the system, authenticated and catalogued according to GPO-selected metadata and standards. Materials included will range from text and associated graphics to video, audio and other forms of content that emerge.

Entries will be available for Web searching, Internet viewing, downloading and printing, and will also serve as document masters for conventional printing, on-demand printing and other dissemination methods.
Presstek Extends Open House Series

HUDSON, NH—Presstek Inc. recently brought its Open House road show to Philadelphia, giving local printers the opportunity to drop in for product demonstrations, including the Presstek 5634 DI digital offset press, and educational sessions that were conducted throughout the day. The remaining schedule for 2006 includes stops in Kansas City, KS, (September 26-28), Newark, NJ, (October 31 to November 2); and Minneapolis (December 5-7). Detailed information is available at www.presstek.com/events.
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ROCHESTER, NY—Newspaper operations continue to be the big story in CTP adoption for Eastman Kodak Co. Among the sites installing new systems built around Kodak Trendsetter News platesetters are The Intelligencer, Doylestown, PA; Ludington Daily News, Ludington, MI; Independent Publishing Co., Anderson, SC; and Castle-Printech Inc., DeKalb, IL.

In addition, the Denver Newspaper Agency, a joint venture between The E.W. Scripps Co. and MediaNews, purchased five Kodak Trendsetter News 200 platesetters and Kodak ThermalNews digital plates. Separately, the Abilene Reporter-News, an E.W. Scripps Co. paper, purchased a Kodak Trendsetter News 50, its second Kodak platesetter.

RAMSEY, NJ—Konica Minolta Business Solutions is expanding into a new distribution channel with the introduction of two new brands: OnDemand SMB and OnDemand Publisher. Focused on the mid-range color and production printing segments, the product lines offer a comprehensive selection of color, monochrome and production printing systems.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL—Direct Mail Express (DME), a full-service provider of 1:1 direct marketing solutions, has purchased two Xeikon 5000 digital color presses. The company reports choosing the devices for their high-volume capabilities and 20˝ web width.

PALO ALTO, CA—The capabilities of the Copy & Printer Centers in more 1,250 Staples office superstores
are being expanded to include large-
format output. HP Designjet 130 digital printers are being installed to provide consumers with photo enlargements, posters, signs and banners.

CINCINNATI—To expand beyond sheetfed commercial printing, Lohr Printing teamed up with Enovation Graphic Systems to install a Xerox DocuColor 8000 digital color press. Management says two-sided registration capability was a key factor in its buying decision.

NEW YORK CITY—Astoria Graphics has added two Xerox iGen3 110 digital production presses to expand its short-run, on-demand digital print business. Astoria reports it is already producing more than 750,000 pages a month, but expects to reach 1 million pages a month per machine by the end of the year.



BALTIMORE—Vertis Inc. has launched Vertis OnDemand, an online solution designed to streamline development and production of marketing communications, including versioned and variable data campaigns. It enables clients to order, personalize, proof and fulfill marketing materials.

COTATI, CA—Barlow Printing researched both violet and thermal platesetters before making the jump to CTP production with an ECRM Mako 8 platesetter. It is using the one device to produce a range of plate formats from one-up for its Didde Apollo press to eight-up for a Heidelberg SOR 104 and 36˝ web press.

REDWOOD CITY, CA—Pacific Printing and Fulfillment (PPFI) recently purchased its third Kodak Nexpress 2100 digital production color press. This machine includes a fifth imaging unit to support in-line coating and an expanded color gamut.
 

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