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How the humble mobile phone will conquer W2P

On Valentines Day this year, a landmark moment in retail was reached: according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, the proportion of online retail traffic coming from mobile devices broke the 50% mark.

Taming colour’s Wild West

Most wide-format printers are capable of producing a very wide colour gamut so that it’s relatively easy to print a pleasing image with vibrant colours that appear to be just what the client ordered. That said, most wide-format users are working with a wide variety of different media, each with their own characteristics, so it’s essential to use ICC profiles to put down the optimum amount of ink to ensure consistent output.

Picking the right route to success

Printers are facing a perfect storm with rising job numbers, shrinking average order values, a less clear-cut distinction between the most appropriate production methods and the ever-present spectre of downward price pressure.

Don’t let aged files byte the dust

There’s a fine collection of old Macintosh computers in my attic and garage. A 1988 Mac SE, a 1995 PowerBook laptop with tiny mono screen, a 1996 Performa 6200 and a huge metal G5 from 2002. They all work, but my wife doesn’t understand why I want to use up all that storage space.

The art of repro in the digital world

What happened to repro? Around a decade or so ago most photographs were still taken on film and getting them into halftone print required high-quality scanners together with repro operators with the skill and experience to get the best from the resulting digital files.

Techie tips to back up your presses

A printing business is a technology business, with many elements vital to its smooth operation – from fast networks and file storage systems, to security and e-commerce platforms. PrintWeek asked a raft of experts in these fields, as well as printers themselves, about how they’re dealing with these challenges, and what’s on the horizon to be aware of.

Learning on the job

In reality TV the contestant’s journey – the struggle to become the best possible them – is a device to increase the entertainment value. In business there’s a more serious side to going on a journey, which is to drive higher profitability through continuous improvement.

3D technology – a model future for print?

Suddenly, all of your customers have become 3D print customers. At least in principle. On 16 January, Adobe added 3D printing support to Photoshop Creative Cloud, which is already used by pretty well all of the conventional 2D printing industry and most of its clients. Now some 1.4m Adobe CC users have 3D printing capability, whether they use it or not.

PDF 2.0: Scene-setter, not a game-changer

After 10 years in the making, it looks like PDF 2.0 will finally reach real world users in the next year or so. Since the 1990s PDF has been the dominant format used to deliver document files for printing.

Printing in another dimension

Augmented reality – or AR, as most of us refer to it – is seeping into the print industry and changing the way we interact with brands and products.

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