Even though it is abandoning the Printcafe name, EFI plans to continue supporting and developing all of the product lines that had been brought together under that umbrella organization, says CEO Guy Gecht. However, it is initially focusing on localizing the Hagen and PrintSmith MIS solutions for the European market, he adds.
While hinting at more announcements to come, Xerox Corp. literally—via satellite—tied its Media Week briefing into the New York City launching party for its DocuTech 100 and 120 black-and-white copier/printer products. These "mid-production" machines were covered in the February edition of Printing Impressions (Digital Digest, page 34).
The company's primary message regarding Drupa 2004 was that its stand will be within the main fairground—Hall 13, specifically—and not in a temporarily converted warehouse some distance away, as was the case for Drupa 2000. The DocuColor iGen3 digital color press will, of course, be highlighted along with the new DocuTechs. Also sharing the spotlight will be the Xerox FreeFlow workflow collection of software and services.
Additional Drupa press briefings are in the offing, so stay tuned for more peeks into the shipping crates bound for Düsseldorf.
NEW YORK CITY—Advanstar Communications will host the second annual "Books for Schools" program during the ON DEMAND Conference & Expo, March 8-10, 2004, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The production line will produce a selection of classic titles, in real time, to demonstrate the power of print-on-demand technologies. Components will be provided by Delphax Technologies, Muller Martini, Stralfors, Shuttleworth, KTI (Keene Technology, Inc.), Boise Paper and Xeikon. More than 6,000 books are expected to be presented to the New York City Department of Education Office of Strategic Partnerships. (www.ondemandbooksforschools.com)
MINNEAPOLIS—KBA North America is now offering the ORIS Works workflow system, from CGS Publishing Technologies, as a digital front end for the 74 Karat digital offset press. Optional components include ORIS PDF Tuner, for late-stage editing and correction of PostScript or PDF jobs, and ORIS Color Tuner, for ink-jet proofing. (www.cgsusa.com/www.karatpress.com)
- Albrecht Bolza-Sch