The iPad Air 2 experience

iPad Air 2

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.

An overview of the EFI H1625 LED Wide Format Inkjet Printer

H1625 LED

With most entry-level wide or superwide format inkjet printers you get a stripped down version of a larger sibling. That’s what is meant with “entry level”, but I for one was surprised to find the EFI H1625 not being stripped down at all. Except for its size, this wide format LED inkjet printer comes equipped with features that you’d only expect to find in larger models.

EFI DirectSmile: printers in the driver’s seat for direct marketing


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.

Pantone colours and your printer


Ever tried printing a Pantone colour with no success? I always thought if I couldn’t reproduce a Pantone colour, it was due to the non-PostScript cheap inkjet printer I’m using these days, until I did some research. I found out many printers (the humans) are having trouble printing some Pantone colours even with the latest EFI Fiery Servers driving some high-end digital printing presses. Even when using the CMYK cross-reference colour with a manual adjustment of the percentages to create the spot colour can it go wrong on a Xerox digital colour press EX1000 or any other device. The reason is simple, though: gamut.

Film Grain simulation: vendors inform

digital film grain

Film Grain in Capture One 8 is a simple affair. It’s not comparable to the film grain you can have with DxO FilmPack or Alien Skin Exposure. Far from it. But Phase One has a straightforward explanation on this issue. I asked other film grain developers about their practices and the results you can get and this is what they have to say.

Cloud services: how to handle them

Cloud services

An increasing number of people are entrusting iCloud and other cloud services with their private digital belongings. Most of these services promise strong security and the right of the owner to stay in control of what they upload to the cloud. For enterprises, these and other promises are certain to be honoured. If cloud service providers wouldn’t, they’d be in legal trouble in the blink of an eye. To private persons the cloud is more dangerous.

Report: CatDV Production DAM

CatDV video production DAM

How you manage your digital assets in large part determines how much money and time you lose over finding the right image, audio or video clip for a job. That’s the reason why DAM (Digital Asset Management) systems were developed in the first place. However, not all DAM systems are created equal. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of DAM: systems that are designed mainly to find, use and archive assets, and systems that also optimise the production process. CatDV belongs to the second kind.