PRINT 01 PREVIEW -- Power of PRINT
"Remote proofing over the Internet is just an ideal application."
However, when the discussion turns toward the Internet, the impact of e-commerce solutions cannot be overlooked. "We've had a lot of road kill, so to speak, from the dotcom area. But I can't help but see a handful of people continuing to look at the practical and pragmatic application of the Internet. The expectations, the promises and the hoopla were unrealistic in the beginning, but there is no doubt that it will play a very vital role in the print buyer/printer relationship," Bolte states.
Lamparter believes that this exhibition will see the entry of e-commerce solutions from the industry's old-guard players. Heidelberg, Fujifilm and Pitman are all companies worth watching in the e-enabled space.
"Despite the shakeout, e-commerce and e-communications between sellers and buyers are still viable and growing phenomenons," Lamparter remarks.
Andrew Tribute, international editor for Seybold Publications, agrees that it would be detrimental for printers to rule out the Internet. "Printers need to have a detailed understanding of the use of the Internet for all forms of work. The failure of the dotcoms in print should not be seen as a reason to ignore Internet developments. The future of printing is largely built around communications and the use of remote services accessible via the Internet. This will be in areas like communication with customers, handling receipt of work, delivery of remote proofing and communication with other service suppliers," Tribute says.
Although much of the show floor buzz will about digital printing, remote proofing issues and the Internet, there are some areas that should not be overlooked, advises Lamparter. Among his technology must-sees are single fluid ink technologies and digital asset management (DAM) solutions.
"DAM has become a buzz word encompassing electronic filing and retrieval, as well as content information modules. DAM is becoming increasingly critical for package printers and converters, as well as for commercial printers and their publisher customers," Lamparter reveals.