HP Announces First-ever GRACoL Certification for Digital Presses
HP is the executive sponsor of Dscoop, which is an independent users' group. HP's sponsorship is funded through the HP Graphic Arts "Capture Business Success" program. This program provides tools, training and communities to help PSPs grow their businesses through the productivity advantages and high image quality of HP graphic arts solutions.
Dscoop embodies the community aspect of "Capture Business Success" for HP, and it has grown since its founding in 2005 to include more than 1,800 members. The conference, recently cited as "largest user group conference in the industry,"(1) offers value in industry community and connections that can drive success. This year's conference includes a Dscoop solutions showcase that features HP Indigo presses and HP Scitex and Designjet large-format printers, as well as solutions from more than 65 HP partners.
"At a time when many industry events have been cancelled and unstable economic times are impacting the digital marketplace, we are pleased that our strong relationship with HP has resulted in a vital users' group meeting that offers the best in training, education and networking for digital PSPs," said Christopher Petro, chairman of Dscoop and president and chief executive officer of GlobalSoft Digital Solutions, an international HP Indigo customer firm.
HP Indigo Smart Planner 3.0, a new Capture component being introduced at Dscoop, is an advanced job estimator and business planning tool that can calculate the breakeven point between offset and digital jobs. The planner, an upgrade to the former HP Indigo Commercial Job and Label Job estimators, offers estimating tools for complex multistep applications, such as direct-mail jobs that require postage discount calculations in addition to overprint, warehousing, postage discount and advanced finishing costs.
HP Indigo Smart Planner 3.0 also offers support for offset and digital continuous-feed presses and has an available option for importing actual job data from PSPs' management information systems.
Progressive, profitable printing with enhanced workflow offering
HP SmartStream Director, which is being shown at Dscoop, is a complete suite of tools designed to automate, manage, customize and optimize PSPs' business and production processes. The solution enables jobs to be efficiently managed at virtually every step from creation through fulfillment, including online job submission, placement of variable data and integration with partner solutions.