Print is not dead. With new technology and innovation, print continues to be an important medium for conveying a message to an audience. That hasn’t changed even with the evolution of dynamic signage. Dynamic doesn’t work for everything, but pretending it’s a fad or something only for certain verticals is burying your head in the sand. Dynamic is here to stay; it’s made its mark and proven to be an important part of the signage industry.
Dalim Software has announced the launch of Twist 7.5, an update to its production automation software that has expanded from business process management to final file processing, from preflight to image handling to video.
Twist 7.5 supports new image file formats that are commonly used by photographers, retouchers, and web portals to improve image handling in design, marketing, and ad agencies, according to Dalim.
The UPS Store has launched an online printing platform that will allow customers to upload or create their own printed products. Powered by PrintSites, the platform offers custom, pre-formatted templates for products such as business cards, flyers, postcards, banners, envelopes, and greeting cards, as well as a document builder where users can configure files for production, including wide-format options.
Select products may be printed at The UPS Store’s 4400-plus locations and picked up the same day.
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HP has introduced the third generation of HP WallArt. HP WallArt 3.0 incorporates WallArt in-store design, helping producers of digital wallcovering and wall décor applications gain new business by connecting and collaborating with retailers, according to HP.
HP WallArt is a cloud-based web service that helps simplify the design, visualization, and production of customized wall decoration applications. It’s free of charge for HP Latex customers, and is designed for PSPs, wallcovering manufacturers, and designers.
LexJet has added Sunset Photo Matte Paper 280g to its Sunset line of fine-art and canvas inkjet media. The 12-mil paper is designed for fine-art reproduction, photo printing, and poster decoration.
Sunset Photo Matte Paper 280g is available in 17-, 24-, 36-, 44-, and 60-in. widths.
Former EFI CFO David Reeder has officially left the company in order to relocate closer to his family as VP and CFO at Lexmark International. Reeder announced his resignation in late December, continuing his employment through January 9 , to ensure a smooth transition of his responsibilities to COO Marc Olin.
Olin served as interim CFO from September 2013 to January 2014, when Reeder joined the company.
FESPA has announced the debut of Printeriors, a showcase and conference event focused on the potential for print applications in interior décor. The event will take place alongside FESPA 2015 on May 18-22, 2015, in Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany.
Xaar has announced the appointment of Dr. Doug Edwards as CEO, effective January 5, 2015. As announced in March 2014, Ian Dinwoodie will retire later this year after serving as CEO since 2003.
“Doug brings the right combination of industry expertise and management skills to head the company, and I look forward to handing over the reins to him in the coming months,” Dinwoodie says.
Edwards served most recently as a member of the executive board and president of Digital Printing and Enterprise at Kodak.
Print UV, an all-in-one conference for the global UV printing industry, will be held March 1-3 at Encore by Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, engage with printer providers and leading suppliers, dive into core UV processes with experts from multiple fields, and hear case studies from UV print initiatives around the world, according to the event’s website.
Other highlights for packaging or specialty print providers attending the show include:
HP has released a 100% knitted polyester fabric for HP lLatex pPrinters. Designed for production of lightweight banners and displays, HP Light Fabric is a wrinkle- and scratch-resistant alternative to PVC.
The fabric is available in 42-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.