BATAVIA, OH—The Artios Users Group International (AUGI) and Association of Esko-Graphics Users (AEG), the two user groups devoted to Esko products, have agreed to merge into one organization. The combined organization is to be officially founded immediately upon the simultaneous closings of the two groups’ 2007 annual meetings, at which time the individual entities will cease to operate.
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG reports delivering its 500th Suprasetter CTP system. Systems are now being used in 44 countries, including this benchmark unit installed in Portugal.
DALLAS—FedEx Kinko’s has upgraded its free File, Print FedEx Kinko’s software, which enables customers to print directly to any of the company’s print centers from their desktops. Among the new features are the ability to print multiple files per order, automatic online proofing and a wider selection of papers.
ROCHESTER, NY—Xerox Corp. has expanded the “Let’s Say Thanks! Postcards from Home” one shot program it conducted earlier this year into an ongoing effort. The company is sponsoring a Website, www.LetsSayThanks.com, through which people can pick a postcard from a set featuring artwork drawn by children ages 6-14 and input a personalized message to a soldier. Once they are output by a Xerox iGen3 digital press, the postcards will be delivered to deployed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in care packages distributed by the military support organization Give2theTroops.
DENVER—Quark Inc. has entered into a strategic alliance with IO Integration, an independent systems integrator, to deliver advertising management solutions that streamline production workflows and deliver custom Web-to-print portals. These solutions will be based on Quark Dynamic Document Server (QuarkDDS) technology, which is designed to facilitate the production of customized, creative communications for multi-channel delivery via print, e-mail and the Web.
MELBOURNE, FL—MGI Digital Graphic Technologies is teaming up with PrintFlux to integrate the latter’s e-printing module with its Meteor DP40 digital press. Users will be able to set up an online print shop that can receive secure payments.