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From printing white ink effectively to creating colourful overlays on a variety of substrates, producing eye-catching special effects is key to standing out as a print service provider. To support businesses in streamlining the wide-format workflow, PrintFactory’s editor tool is designed to help users achieve dazzling special effects quickly and easily whether working with PDF, AI, PSD, EPS, TIFF, JPG or any other type of file format.

A solid workflow adapted to changing market requirements is a high-value asset for printers. Building on its unique feature set as production hub, Apogee v11 takes print production to the next level by automating all prepress tasks. The new release also includes multi-product support to increase printing efficiency, while the integration with PressTune supports Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ market approach focused on economy, ecology and extra convenience.

The International Graphic Arts Show in Tokyo opens its doors from 26 - 31 July 2018. The German software manufacturer OneVision Software AG will show its software solutions for the consistent automation of prepress workflows to professional visitors at two booths.

Onyx Graphics, Inc., have announced the formal launch of two new colour management and profiling workshops that have been added to its portfolio of training and certification offerings. Following the success of the ONYX 12.2 workshops, these new ONYX 18 workshops now incorporate the new ONYX Color Engine, ColorCheck, AccuBoost, and PosterColor 2.0 functionalities as well as iccMAX compatibility of the company's award-winning ONYX 18 software. The one- and two-day programmes - offered at both introductory and expert levels - focus on real business scenarios to help attendees understand the importance of colour management in wide format workflow and apply that knowledge to produce superior colour output that can be validated to their customers.

SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, will use SGIA Expo (October 18-20 – booth 932) to demonstrate how large format print providers and sign shops can enhance their operations and increase business opportunities using its extensive software solutions.

ColorGATE and Durst Phototechnik AG, one of the world's leading manufacturers of future-oriented digital production technologies, are pleased to announce their exclusive distribution partnership for the ceramic industry. A perfect symbiosis of software and hardware for further development, sales and service of the first complete solution for digital tile decoration. Manufacturers of ceramic tiles can now not only benefit from the proven quality of the Durst Gamma series, but thanks to the integration of ColorGATE's Ceramic Productionserver (CPS) also from an optimized workflow, accurate color rendering and highly efficient and color-consistent reproduction of existing wall or floor tile designs. The close cooperation with Durst Phototechnik AG ensures not only the continuous further development of the CPS, but also that it meets practical requirements.

Cloud to Print, the UK and Ireland distributor of the Keyline management information system, has signed a 5 year contract to work in partnership with Resolve Business Management to deal with sales and installation of the system across the region. Wayne Beckett and Chris Watson, owners of Resolve and formerly with Imprint-MIS, have set up their own consultancy to work with Cloud to Print to bring the product to market.

A new version of ScreenPro™, the ultra-high-speed screening engine tuned to smooth out imperfections in inkjet printing, is launched by Global Graphics Software, introducing an innovative technology that reduces non-uniformity, commonly known as the inkjet smile.

Fujifilm has launched getFIT, a new comparison tool to show the savings printers can make by investing in a Jet Press 720S. getFIT is a web-based app for potential customers to discover the economic benefits of the Jet Press compared with offset printing. Based on a printer's specific jobs and requirements, getFIT can estimate the ink usage as well as the cost and speed of printing on both the Jet Press and an offset press, providing a real-life comparison with existing offset printing equipment.

HYBRID Software has announced the sale of its 2,500th license of PACKZ, its native PDF editor for labels and packaging, following a major partnership deal with the  Autajon Group, which has its global headquarters in Montélimar, France. The new order will result in Autajon implementing almost one hundred PACKZ licenses across its production sites worldwide.

Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., have announced its collaboration with Color-Logic, a leader in decorative and reflective color communications systems. As part of the collaboration, Color-Logic has certified Canon Solutions America’s Large Format division for metallic effect printing with Océ Arizona printers.

French software company Caldera can confirm that it’s market-leading RIP, Caldera Version 11.2, has qualified for full certification for driving the HP Latex R series of printers. The HP RIP certification is awarded to differentiate RIP partners who reach a specific and superior level of integration, compatibility and performance with the HP device in question. Only third-party companies that can demonstrate conformity across a range of criteria are awarded HP Latex certified status. The certification recognizes that Version 11.2 can fully support HP Latex R series printers for functionalities including printing performance, media management, printer reporting, job generation, job management and application center integration.

Color-Logic has certified the new Ricoh Pro™ C7200X digital sheetfed color press when equipped with the EFI Fiery E45A or E85A DFE. Confirming the certification, Color-Logic CTO and Co-Founder Richard Ainge commented: "The new Ricoh Pro C7200X digital press with EFI Fiery DFE, when using white toner and the Color-Logic color system and design tools, enables printers to differentiate their printed marketing materials. Moreover, it provides those printers with a competitive edge over other printers not using white toner. The Ricoh Pro C7200X, which can print white as well as CMYK toners, enables Color-Logic licensees to create dramatic decorative effects and 250 foil-like colors in a single pass."

Firstan Limited, Cambridge, UK, has successfully piloted a newly developed interface between Esko’s Automation Engine Connect and EFI’s Radius software applications.

Enfocus, an Esko company, is proud to announce the release of the Reporting Module for Switch 2018, the latest version of its automation solution for the professional print market.

Software developers have been focussing on increasing the profitability of wide-format print for some time. But in the last few years, cloud-based technologies have dramatically accelerated the potential productivity gains.

Agfa Graphics announces the release of InkTune and PressTune software to reduce the production costs. These intelligent tools are part of Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ offering and give print houses complete control over all printing elements, from ink use to compliance with ISO, G7 and client-specific standards, while reducing production costs. Real-time data insights into print quality drive these capabilities, independent of printing technology and press manufacturer.

Building on the momentum of the original release of Digital Factory OKI TT Edition, CADlink Technology has released a new version of the software already widely used by shops leveraging OKI transfer printing in the customization/personalization markets. End-users as well as resellers worldwide have recognized the incredible value that such specific color management, production workflow software adds to the investment made in the OKI printer technology.

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