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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.

Appy new year: print gadgets for your phone and tablet

Where are all the print apps? Since the launch of the Apple iPad just five years ago, tablet computers have seen a rapid take-up for both business and personal use. They’re now offered by all sorts of suppliers, from Apple and Samsung at the high end down to Tesco at the low, not to mention even cheaper Chinese variants.

Slim down RIPs to beef up efficiency

How times have changed. Just over a decade or so ago, most commercial printers relied on just a CTP for imaging and needed only one RIP, or a workflow with an embedded RIP, to drive it.

What threat does IoT pose to printers’ kit?

Fridge freezers that auto-order milk, kettles that boil water using an app and thermostats that you control from your car... the internet and things that run on it have come a long way since Sir Tim Berners-Lee decided that a network to share data with colleagues at CERN would be a good idea.

Not yet a silver bullet for workflow woes

When speaking with printers about JDF, you get a lot of negative responses. The managing director of one large commercial printer on the South Coast puts it diplomatically: “I’ve never really got on with it...” he says, declining to elaborate further.

Go fourth and automate

At Drupa we saw the future and its name is Print 4.0. It is a ‘mega trend’ all about automation and integration. Here we look at what this paradigm shift in printing practices may mean for the industry.

Shoppable print 

Print, despite its authoritative tactile quality, has always been an inherently static experience, lacking the interactivity of digital media where you can click on a link, to find more information or even to make an impulse purchase. But there are several ways to add interactive elements for print that readers can access through their smartphones.

Software superstars in the spotlight

There are a lot of different design programs around that can be used to place text and graphics in specific places, and to draw shapes and add effects such as transparencies or drop shadows.

Time spent on SEO will be richly rewarded online

There are more than 6 billion word searches on the internet everyday. More than 4 billion of those are on Google. More than 94% of those searches lead to an ‘organic’ link click, with just over 5% opting for the advert.

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