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The Training Track

(September 2012) posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012

Hit the classroom – real or virtual – to learn new skills and refine existing practices.

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The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies (NPES, will feature its annual conference in Indian Wells, California, November 10-12, 2012; educational sessions to be announced. This past February, it joined forces with the NAPL and PIA to create the Vision 3 Summit; geared toward graphic-communications executives, Vision 3 “provides industry executives with strategic and actionable business advice based on the latest industry trend analysis.”

CIP4 (, the International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4), offers white papers, case studies, educational slides, and more on topics such as JDF, JMF, and more. Each month, it produces the JDF Interoperability Matrix, which identifies JDF-enabled integrations co-developed by vendors of graphic-arts systems to support print automation.

Dscoop (, the Digital Solutions Cooperative, is a user-driven community of HP Graphic Arts press owners and their sales, marketing, and production teams. The organization’s yearly conference brings together Indigo and other HP users from around the world. The 2012 event featured sessions addressing business and sales, operations, label and packaging, and partner-solutions sessions, as well as large-format seminars. Next year’s Dscoop conference will take place February 21-23 in Nashville. Its first Euro-centric Print United event takes place November 7-9, 2012, in Barcelona, Spain.

IDEAlliance ( offers various webinars and conferences throughout the year. Its Spectrum annual conference, designed to integrate and engage all media-production professionals, takes place September 10-12 in Phoenix. The group also offers G7 Process Control Training and G7 Expert/Professional Training, (see website for dates and locales).

Its series of “IdeasOnline” webinars include topics such as Color Management, Integrated Production Workflow, Marketing Strategies, and more. IDEAlliance also offers downloads of various best-practices standards and papers on color management and other topics.

The Information Management Institute ( sponsors a number of conferences throughout the year, both in the US and Europe. Its 2013 Digital Printing Conferences will include its 22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference; Ink Jet Academy: Theory of Ink Jet Technology; AWA Inkjet Label & Packaging Print Seminar; and others (dates and locations to be announced). Its 2012 Security Printing Conference takes place November 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida. The institute also makes available content from its previous years’ programs.