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


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.

Fiery XF 5 workflow RIP delivers

Fiery XF Version 5 is a flexible and scalable high-speed RIP and colour management workflow for wide- to superwide-format production with customizable automated workflows from job creation to printing and verification.

EFI Fiery wins “Perfect” label from VIGC


PDF/X-4 is the next big step in prepress, but until VIGC (Vlaams Instituut voor Grafische Communicatie — Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication) actually set up a test for looking into the support of RIP vendors, nobody knew if there were any vendors who fully complied with this standard. PDF/X-4 needs the following parameters to […]