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Internet watch 12/00

December 2000

Printable.com has partnered with Banta Integrated Media to incorporate the Banta DataMerge and copyfitting technologies into Printable.com's PrintFusion product line. Using the online automated PrintFusion application, print buyers can—via the Web—create templates for customized printing jobs, such as data sheets, enter custom data to be incorporated into the PrintFusion template, review a proof of the document and submit the files to the printer to be produced, effectively moving the document further along in the prepress process and improving a printer's workflow efficiency.

Donald Armagnac has been named president and CEO of Collabria. Armagnac brings strategic management expertise from both large and small companies involved in supply chain e-business. Armagnac comes to Collabria from QAD, where he most recently served as executive vice president of global field management. Alan Hu, who co-founded the company and has served as Collabria's president, CEO and chairman since the company's incorporation in 1997, will retain his position as chairman.

PrintNation.com has added two new shopping plans to its site. The volume discount program and premium plus credit accounts are intended to reward the continued patronage of loyal customers. With the volume discount program, a discount percentage based on a customer's purchasing habits is determined upon application to the program. The customer can then increase this discount at any time. The premium plus credit account program offers two payment options: a 30-day credit line or a revolving account that offers more flexibility.

Digital Art Exchange (DAX), and Graphicsresourcecenter.com have entered into an agreement to co-market each company's Website content and features to the graphic communications industry. Graphicsresourcecenter is a portal serving the graphic communications industry. DAX's PrintPlanet.com is an e-community site for the graphic communications industry.

printCafe has introduced version 6.1 of PrintSmith, the software solution that integrates estimating, production and accounting functions into one print management program. PrintSmith 6.1 introduces Report Writer, a major new option. Using Report Writer, printers can modify the reports written into PrintSmith. PrintSmith 6.1 also includes a revamped security system with more control and an improved interface.

Digital Art Exchange (DAX), a managed Internet and application service provider for the graphic communications industry, and the Technical Association for the Graphic Arts (TAGA) have unveiled the organization's new Website, www.taga.org. Designed, developed and hosted by DAX, the new site was created for TAGA's 900 members worldwide, and the graphic arts community at large.

GOprinter, an e-business applications service provider (ASP) for manufacturers and distributors of printing supplies, equipment and paper products, has selected webMethods Inc., a provider of business-to-business integration solutions, as the company's primary integration offering. webMethods' flagship product, webMethods B2B·, will allow GOprinter's clients to link electronically with their business partners, creating a seamless, more efficient supply chain.

printCafe announced that Thomas Gill, managing partner of G4 Partners and former CEO of FORE Systems, has joined printCafe's board of directors. Gill spent seven years with FORE Systems, a Pittsburgh-based telecommunications and network equipment company purchased by Britain's Marconi last year. In May, Gill founded G4 Partners (www.g4partners.com), an investment management group focused on early-stage technology investments.
 

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