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Colour management removes human error and matches on-press to proof

Print quality is not the differentiator it once was (although finishing quality probably still is, but thats another story). Image quality disqualifies, rather than qualifies, printers for certain jobs. Todays offset presses, allied to CTP, allow excellent reproduction to be achieved pretty straightforwardly.

HP targets growing population of web users but its inkjet shows real promise

At the annual HP Imaging and Printing Conference for industry analysts in New York, the company unveiled Print 2.0 the strategy that aims to make printing empowering as both personal and professional content increasingly moves from the desktop to the web. This is designed to link with the new developments on the web known as Web 2.0, which allows users to participate in the creation of web content through social networking, blogs and photo uploading.

Legacy of laser inventor ingrained

With sadness I report the death on 5 May of Theodore Maiman, the inventor of the laser. He was born on 11 July 1927 in Denver, Colorado. After a spell in the Navy, Maiman studied engineering physics at the University of Colorado and then physics at Stanford University. He eschewed an academic career and joined the aerospace firm Hughes Laboratories in California, an enterprise owned by the reclusive and eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

Interest rates may rise again as the MPC tries to prove it's in control of inflation

Printers be warned. If you put up your prices, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will raise interest rates further. That was the stark warning to business from the governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King, writing in the latest quarterly Inflation Report.

Speed may not be its strength, but HP is raising the stakes for colour quality

The city of Rome is always worth a trip, especially when combined with the opportunity to see the latest digital print technology at work. Happily, two weeks ago HP invited selected customers and journalists to its 2007 Graphic Arts Summit to present the latest products in production printing technology, large format and industrial printing.

Rocketing inflation and a strong pound mean tough times for manufacturing

Theres no such thing as a certainty in economics, but if there was it would be that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will raise interest rates at its meeting next week.

Colour devices were the winners in the 2006 digital installations competition

A few months into a new year is a good time to have a look at what happened in digital print in 2006. Books for 2006 have been closed and just about all device vendors have finished counting their placements.

Finishers foretell the future of print

The changing shape of trade finishing over the past decade offers a fascinating insight into the way that the print industrys business models are changing from commodity-led to value-adding.

Go into wide-format with open eyes

Fespas Directors Summit, which took place in Geneva at the end of March, heard that in the massive marketing shake-up, print was likely to be one of the media that benefited, rather than lost out, as brands sought to get closer to customers on the high street.

Joined-up thinking for workflows

The following is an example of how a joined-up workflow can be used to successfully manage the production of complex, cross-media marketing materials, and remain flexible and simple to use.

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