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November 2007

In a preview of official announcements set for the following week at Ifra, Saggiomo revealed that the company’s still-to-be-named violet chemistry-free plate is already being used at an Austrian publishing company, Mediaprint, to produce runs of 200,000 impressions and is expected to be available in the second quarter of next year. Also in early 2008, Agfa is planning a gradual phase-in of the new N92v violet photopolymer plate that is formulated to handle long runs without baking.

PODi Is True To Forum in Las Vegas

ROCHESTER, NY—Las Vegas continues to be an “in” spot for graphic arts events, with the 2008 PODi Application Forum now added to the list in a return engagement for the conference. This “Celebration of Digital Print” is scheduled to run from January 28-30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

A full day of “pre-conference intensives” is being offered on Monday, January 28, for an additional registration fee. Topics range from getting started in mailing services to solution selling and database management. Bus tours to local digital printers are also an option.

Rab Govil, PODi president, will give a keynote address to kick off the formal AppForum the following day. Next up will be a presentation of the annual best practices awards, followed by a session offering insights from the winners. Attendees will be able to pick from a dozen breakout sessions in the afternoon.

The final day will start with a jolt from Rick Smith, CEO of TASER International (think stun guns), who will share some of the lessons his company has learned from doing complex variable data communications. Sandwiched between 11 more breakout sessions will be a presentation by Joel Cartun, founder of Vestcom International, a leading provider of specialized in-store marketing communications.

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SALT LAKE CITY—AlphaGraphics is leveraging its long-standing relationship with EFI to deploy XMPie’s uDirect Professional Premier Edition variable data software (sold by EFI) to its 250 franchises worldwide. In August, AlphaGraphics launched a new division, agDirect Marketing, focused on providing one-to-one marketing solutions.

ROCHESTER, NY—Making a $60 million investment, Xerox Corp. has opened its first American emulsion aggregation (EA) toner plant here. In a related development, the company introduced a document security technology capable of printing variable text that becomes readable when exposed to infrared light. The InfraredMark Specialty Imaging Font is printed using a pair of CMYK toner sets that exhibit opposite levels of infrared light absorption.

HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—The 1,500th Suprasetter thermal platesetter manufactured by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, a model S74, has been installed by Western Graphics in St. Paul, MN, as a replacement for its original Topsetter unit. Factoring in all of its current and past product lines, Heidelberg has now manufactured more than 6,000 CTP systems.

RUMFORD, RI—American Printer of RI is expanding its capability to produce large-format signs by installing a ColorSpan 9840uv flatbed ink-jet printer from MacDermid ColorSpan. The 35-year-old firm is said to be the first printer in Rhode Island to install that model.

BOULDER, CO—Users of QuarkXPress and other Quark Inc. products now have access to informational resources through an independent Website, It features daily news posts, as well as tips, tutorials, feature articles, bug reports and a job board.

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