Digital Printing & Workflow: Exhibitors Cop an App-itude
Kodak's PRINT 09 booth featured interactive electronic displays, such as the "Pipeline of Innovation" shown here, that engaged showgoers with the medium as well as the message.
Quad/Graphics managers joined Presstek executives in their booth to celebrate the printer's installation of the new Presstek 52DI-AC press.
EFI's PrintSmith MIS solution and Digital StoreFront Web-to-print platform will now be offered by xpedx and xpedx's paper catalog will be integrated with EFI's MIS products under a national reseller agreement signed by the companies. EFI also previewed the next release of the Pace MIS, which will include a software-as-a-service option, along with launching Web Control Center, a Web-based system for controlling proofing at remote sites, and a new browser-based version of the PrintFlow scheduler.
Prism's WIN 2009 MIS and Responsive Solutions' Customer+ Web-to-print solution will be integrated under a joint business alliance announced by the two companies. The WIN 2009 upgrade already added LithoTechnics' Metrix automated job planning and imposition system functionality, along with enhancements to its dashboard and shop floor data collection capabilities.
Version 3.7 of Metrix—featuring user-defined text mark variables, barcode marks and collation marks—was previewed in the LithoTechnics booth, and it introduced Metrix Server for automated job planning, imposition and finishing machine setup based on stored layouts.
XMPie is now leveraging the ExactTarget e-mail solution to offer the XMPie E-Mail Service, which includes setup and ongoing servicing of this e-mailing capability. The company also introduced uStore 3.6 featuring the uStore Connect set of APIs for integrating third-party solutions, and uStore Automatic Failover and Scalability for a fault-tolerant Web-to-print service.
DiMS! organizing print officially launched its DiMS.NET! product in the North American market. Based on Microsoft's .NET technology, the Web-enabled MIS is designed for medium- and large-size printers with multiple facilities, features an enhanced scheduling board, and has the look and feel of Microsoft software products.
Other workflow news in brief included:
• Set for release in the second quarter of 2010, the Franklin Anywhere modular, browser-based MIS solution previewed by Franklin Estimating is designed to help small- to mid-size shops keep their departments and people connected.
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- Agfa Graphics
- CGS Publishing Technologies
- DiMS! organizing print
- Eastman Kodak
- Enfocus Software
- Epson America
- FUJIFILM Graphic Systems Div.
- GMC Software Technology
- InfoPrint Solutions
- Konica Minolta Business Solutions
- MGI USA
- Océ North America, Production Printing Systems
- Presstek Inc.
- Ricoh Corp.
- Xerox Corp.
- XMPie, a Xerox Company