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Social firms work hard to be 'likeable'

Networking websites offer a low-cost way to improve sales performance and raise your profile.

Business inspection: Catch some rays and cut energy costs

A desire to reduce its environmental impact lead this publisher down an unlikely path.

Ensuring that light weight doesn't mean lightweight

Perhaps your average magazine reader has not noticed. Perhaps they failed to hear the slightly softer thud of their title of choice hitting the doormat and didn't notice that when they held the magazine, its weight was slightly less than usual.

How lightweight fabric is taking on the heavy mob

The major buzz word in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games was 'legacy'. The organisers of the event intended to create a sporting legacy, with the nation's medal-winning athletes tasked with inspiring the next generation of sports men and women.

Falling circulation figures fail to tell the whole story

Sales of heat, Hello! and Closer plummeting; Nuts' year-on-year sales figures down; and even NME, which has historically attracted a deeply loyal readership, in decline: the Audit Bureau of Circulation's figures made for sombre reading early this year.

Digital kit developers turn up the volume

Printing folding cartons digitally is not a new idea, but until very recently it has been limited by the small formats available in digital presses that could handle realistic production volumes. However, the past year has seen the announcement of much larger digital press formats in the B2 and B1 range, with manufacturers targeting the carton market. With one exception, these new presses have not yet reached any users yet, but they will start to do so during this year.

Print switches on to intelligent design

When Superfast Labels installed the UK's first Epson SurePress L-4033A last year, it wasn't just adding affordable digital print to its capabilities. The machine's ability to print on textured surfaces also meant the Sittingbourne-based company could target a lucrative new market - local food and drinks producers looking for bespoke labels at short notice.

Fortune will favour first-movers with a personal touch

At Ipex 2010, Canon staged one of the most innovative live demonstrations that the print show has ever seen. Visitors to the manufacturer's stand were invited to submit their name to a Canon representative and then later that day they could go back and pick up a fully personalised box of Lego bricks.

The St Bride Foundation: the curators of the past set for future glory

The St Bride Foundation was in danger of becoming a forgotten cache of print's gilded history, but a new initiative is set to revive its influence

OS and them: the battle between Mac and PC

The rift that divides PC users from Apple advocates is, technologically at least, slimmer than ever, so what's all the fuss about?

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