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Copyright or wrong?

Ideas are the stuff of life for any business worth its salt. But of all the legal means of protecting ideas – trademark, patent and copyright – it’s the last which is so easy to breach, either deliberately or accidentally.

The brains of your printing business

UK printers first started using management information systems (MIS) in the 1980s. At the time the software was pretty rudimentary, recalls Keith McMurtrie, managing director at Tharstern, who describes those early systems as “barely more than a calculator”.

More connectivity should usher in a smarter era

An estimated 26 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, according to technology analyst Gartner. These include ‘smart’ fridges, and thermostats, as well as devices things like smartphones, tablets and TVs.

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.

Coping with your worst nightmare

Those images on Monday 28 December were horrifying, and remain unforgettable. Like most people, Chris Milner had been tuning into TV news channels over the Christmas period, gripped with cold fascination as the rising waters of flood-hit Britain made news headlines across the UK.

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.

An integrated MIS helps keep eyes on the prize

Regardless of size, one thing that every print business should bear in mind at all times is how profitable a job is likely to be as, after all, making profit is essential for any company that wants to continue to grow, thrive and move forwards.

Keep customers’ data under your thumb

Breaches of data have made headlines in recent times, from Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency to the loss by Paddy Power of nearly 700,000 customers’ details this July.

‘We’re not selling a dream, we have to sell the reality’

Martin Mayo officially became head of Kodak’s UK operation last summer. An engineer by trade (his first job was as a service engineer for Radio Rentals, fixing video recorders) he’s possibly the first Kodak UK boss to have worked his way up from the bottom, something he’s immensely proud of.

Print's processing workhorses are backroom heroes

Many people believe that when they visit a website, upload photos to the web or load a web-based process, these operations are being run on their own computer. In fact, they are run on a server that sits among hundreds, if not thousands, of other servers in a high-security datacentre somewhere.

Link the two tribes with better communication

The two worlds of the pre-press technician and the finisher are, considering they work for the same firm and are often just a few metres apart, pretty different. One's day-to-day existence revolves around Macs, colour calibration software and background tints, the other gets more hands-on with all manner of cutting, folding, stitching and gluing kit.

Repro man

Tough, entrepreneurial repro outfits helped pioneer modern pre-press, unwittingly hastening their own eventual downfall, says Paul Simpson

Review of the decade

As the curtain falls on the decade, the printing industry will be hoping that the next 10 years bring better fortune than the last. In a two-part look at events since the turn of the millennium, PrintWeek trawls the archive to revisit the stories that hit the headlines during one of the industry's most eventful periods

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