Digital Printing

Market and technology information related to EP (electrophotographic) and inkjet digital presses
for personalized and on-demand printing applications, including variable data, personalized URLs,
cross-media marketing campaigns, photo publishing, quick-response (QR) codes and transpromo.

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Ricoh Pro C7100X Available at GOA

Ideal for small and mid-sized printers, the RICOH Pro C7100X series, gives shops the ability to create eye-catching output at low cost.

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Foothill Ranch, CA-based Image Options, led by President Brian Hite, relies on a full-service approach to provide digital wide-format printing services combined with photography, marketing and brand strategy, and the Refraction graphic design studio. Image Options has also recently installed two EFI VUTEk HS 100 wide-format printers.

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Genius or Scoundrel - Patently, Someone Is Wrong

The super-fast Memjet digital printing technology was regarded as so revolutionary when it was announced in 2007 that many thought it was a hoax. But the technology has been proved and last year won numerous computing and printing awards.

Print on Demand Turns Book Publishing Upside Down

Nashville-based Ingram Content Group runs one of the book industry’s largest “print on demand” operations. Printing one copy at a time is a lonely bright spot for the traditional book industry, which has suffered as e-readers soar. “We actually show Amazon that we have 100 books on hand but we really have none,” says Larry Brewster, who helped found Ingram’s print on demand division called Lightning Source.

Fast Printer’s Slow Start

Faster, better, cheaper—a good recipe for any new product—is still no guarantee for instant success. In 2007, the Idaho Statesman profiled Bill McGlynn’s Memjet Home and Office Inc. under the headline “Eagle firm’s printing wizardry could change the industry.”

Homeless Poet Proud of Newly Printed Copy of His Works

Mark Bell has a lot to say and has poured it into hundreds of handwritten pages of poetry, memoir and anecdotes. (Sacramento) Bee readers responded to his poetry and his interest in publishing with the Sacramento Public Library’s Espresso Book Machine.

On Demand Books Bets on Paperback Authors

Jason Epstein, On Demand’s chairman, and Dane Neller, former chief executive of gourmet emporium Dean & Deluca, founded the company in 2003, licensing the technology from an inventor and installing the first Espresso three years later. They’ve got 90 machines installed or on the way around the world, Neller says.

Why Are U.S. Marketers Sleeping on Transpromo?

In the United States, marketers have access to larger customer lists and greater amounts of data, but that actually creates some resistance to change. Companies are hesitant to redesign their bills or statements unless they have to meet a legal requirement.