HP has introduced a new upgrade package for the HP Scitex XP2300 printer. The Scitex XP2300 now offers new billboard print modes for printing directly on inexpensive banner materials, which could previously be used only with solvent technologies. With these print modes, designed for HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Inks, customers can achieve a glossy or matte finish using one ink and reduce the time spent switching inks between print jobs, HP reports.
CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 Limited Edition is now available. The graphics collection combines four creative and design tools:
• CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5, including Corel PhotoPaint, the image-editing application for retouching and enhancing photos;
• Corel Painter 11;
• A Wacom Intuos 4 small pen tablet, with pen-tip sensor technology and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity; and
• More than $200 of high-quality Fotolia stock images of the buyer’s choice.
Price: $649 ($349 for upgrade).
Embracing technology isn’t only about purchasing the latest high-tech gadgets or most expensive machine on a tradeshow floor. It’s also about strategically incorporating all facets of innovation into your business and finding unique ways to use technology to help your business stand out in the wide-format crowd.
Barbieri has announced the Spectropad, a portable spectrophotometer for professional digital printing. Built to measure a variety of media used in professional digital printing, including wide-format output, the battery-powered Spectropad features: a large measurement aperture (6mm) to accurately measure a range of media (banner, textiles, PVC, vinyl, more); Barbieri’s “qb technology” based on D50 illumination; an integrated touch display for immediate feedback on measurement results; Wi-Fi data transmission; and more. It can also be used directly on the printer.
Platinum Equity has announced its acquisition of Quark, a provider of publishing software for professional designers and enterprise organizations. Platinum Equity has already initiated a process focused on transitioning Quark to new ownership, says Brian Wall, partner at Platinum who led the team pursuing the acquisition.
As a co-founder and now president of Graphic Systems Group LLC (GSG, gsgnyc.com) in New York City, Ken Madsen has watched his company evolve from high-end photo re-toucher catering to the big advertising agencies to a full-service production house specializing in everything from Web design, product packaging, and outdoor displays, to graphics for retail spaces, and sets and props for national television shows. In the process, he’s watched innovation and technology not only change the way his company does business, but also redefine just who the company does business for.
Florida Graphic Supply (FGS) will host a two-day open house Friday, October 7 to Saturday, October 8. The event will mark the company’s 20-year anniversary and include two full days of vendor exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and training. General admission is free, but seats typically sell out early.
EFI has announced its acquisition of Prism Group Holdings (“Prism”). Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, with operations in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, Prism provides Prism Win MIS and Prism QTMS automated shop floor management solution, focused on general commercial printers, converters, web printers, mailers, and packaging printers.
Agfa Graphics has announced an Apogee Users Group to be held during Graph Expo Monday, September 12 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. Apogee users will have an opportunity to share their experiences using Agfa's workflow software suite and network with fellow industry professionals.
Sessions include the “Tips and Tricks” presentation conducted by Agfa's Academy team of prepress professionals, as well as a demonstration of new Apogee online happenings.
Global Imaging has launched Grand Format Success, an online portal that unifies the company’s brands: Global Imaging, Global Garage, Panoply Finance, and Panoply Supplies.
“We have always been able to provide a complete array of products and services as well as the experience and knowledge to assess our customers’ whole business and offer solutions tailored to their specific business challenges. Now they can find all of these offerings in one centralized place,” says Tara Lamb, president of Global Imaging.