There is growing concern among printers and vendors of UV curing systems with regards to the mercury ban that will come into force in July 2016. That concern is justified and they would be wise not to let themselves be misled by commercial directors who lack legal expertise. In a piece that appeared on Print Monthly’s website the 15th of May, the commercial director of Alpha Cure UV was given a forum to contest the mercury ban. It seems their deputy editor is ignorant of the existence of RoHS 2 and will go along with Alpha Cure UV’s irrelevant referrals to environmental regulations.
Around 1990 the first RIP was invented. Its developers envisioned a low-cost, easy-to-use system that would allow users to process and print high-quality graphics, including photos, with equipment that doesn’t need to be operated by fully qualified people who are familiar with offset, lithography, etc. A decade later the printing industry started needing something more powerful, something that could load files from various network sources and process them for variable data applications as well as pull information from a database for personalised documents — what we now know as the Digital Front End or DFE.
With the only just released SpectraLayers Pro 3 advanced audio spectrum analyser/editor Sony hasn’t chosen for the easy road of adding bloat to the app. Instead, they’ve made several impressive improvements, speeding up the app considerably, giving it a better, far more user-friendly ad customisable interface and the ability to process 24bit/192kHz files. There are a few new features as well, but the focus of version 3 lies with making SpectraLayers Pro a more efficient, pleasurable audio editing app.
For my birthday this year, I got an iPad Air 2. After so many years standing by and watching people swipe their fingers in a cramp, I’m now a proud member of the iPad aficionados. I know my pinch from my swipe and have managed to fill up 10MB of the 64 that I have at my disposal. The experience has been nothing but brilliant with a few minor glitches in the accessories department.
EFI’s DirectSmile is software that allows you to create, personalise and automate marketing across web, e-mail, mobile, social and print media. It doesn’t require any programming skills and it integrates with existing CRM systems. DirectSmile is squarely aimed at non-printing direct marketing for printers who want to stay in business, as well as to advertising agencies and corporate marketing departments.