Operational benefits of UV LED technology

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LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology was invented in 1927 and has been used since 1962. Initially, LEDs were only used as indicator lights and in lab equipment, but today they are available in the visible, ultra-violet and infrared spectra. LEDs are everywhere, and for a whole bunch of good reasons.

PrinTao 8 saves ink and paper with large format printing jobs

LaserSoft Imaging PrinTao 8

PrinTao 8 is a new printing solution from German developer LaserSoft Imaging, the creators of the SilverFast scanner software. It’s a solution for anyone who needs to print images without having to worry about the complicated settings that are a ‘feature’ of most manufacturers’ printer drivers. PrinTao 8 doesn’t just make your life easier, it also saves ink and paper. It’s a great addition to the toolbox of professional and serious amateur photographers, as well as graphic designers.

Printers with mercury based UV curing equipment should prepare for alternatives

RoHS 2 and printers

Printers be warned: in 2016 you won’t be able to replace the lamps inside your UV curing printer with the same mercury lamp. In July of that year, the EU’s RoHS 2 will demand that you either replace your mercury vapour lamp with an alternative lamp or that you replace your entire UV curing printer with something else. As RoHS 2 works through on a worldwide scale, this will not affect European printers only.

ABBYY FineReader Pro for Mac

ABBYY FineReader Pro export options

Converting printed texts into searchable digital content has been a dream since the “paperless office” got invented as a concept. The paperless office is further off today than it ever was, but the Holy Grail of accurate Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is here today, and it’s available to Mac users. ABBYY FineReader Pro was released a week ago and I’ve already converted the most difficult paper documents with an average of no more than one error every four to five paragraphs. An impressive result and one that makes OCR trustworthy enough for important work.

Xeikon Trillium

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Xeikon announced the progress they're making with their Trillium liquid toner system. Xeikon's Trillium system is based on a mineral oil-based liquid toner that gets transferred to the substrate using rolls. It very much resembles offset printing.

Print advertising is better than Search Engine Marketing

printed advertising favourite

According to recent eBay research, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) doesn’t necessarily deliver value for money. SEM is based on the traditional advertising model, but instead of placing an ad buyer’s ad alongside relevant editorial content, it appears next to search engine results. The goal is to increase the volume of Internet traffic visiting an advertiser’s […]

Another MIS in EFI’s crown: printLEADER

EFI, a world leader in digital printing innovation, announced that it has acquired the assets of privately held printLEADER. printLEADER, with headquarters in Palm City, Florida, is a provider of print MIS (management information systems) software products for the printing industry.