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Archive for the ‘New Technology’ Category

Digital Commercial Printing: Print Books

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

It has become commonplace to be able to print just one of almost anything. Digital commercial printing has evolved to this level. It no longer surprises us, even if the one-off printed item is intricate and precise, perhaps with special cover coatings or digital ink treatments. Even operations that had relied on diecutting (such as embossing and foil stamping) have digital counterparts, allowing prototyping of even a single item, such as an ornate box for a new product. (more…)

Book Printing: LumeJet Prints with Light Rather Than Ink

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

It wasn’t that long ago that inkjet printers made it possible for photographers to forego the wet chemical processes of traditional photo printing in favor of inkjet printing their images. It was faster and much, much easier. (more…)

Book Printing: What You Lose in Moving from Print Books to E-Books

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

I’m starting to see firsthand the trade-offs that come from the migration of print books to e-books. A print brokering client of mine recently produced a 9” x 12” print book of his family experience of the Holocaust. It was printed on an HP Indigo: a short run of 65 copies (soft-cover, perfect bound), just for the family and close friends. (more…)

Commercial Printing: LCD Video Books and Brochures Touch 3 of 5 Senses

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Wow. I think I’ve just seen a major development in marketing. It’s called the LCD video book. A colleague of mine came up to me at a party and asked to show it to me. We sat down and as I opened this little book, a 4.3” diagonal screen started to play a promotional video through a crisp little sound system. (more…)

Custom Printing: Hybrid Presses Mix Offset and Inkjet Technology

Monday, December 10th, 2012

I learned a new word today: “bespoke.” It means “to a buyer’s specification” (Wikipedia), and in the most recent era of print production it means that presses are being manufactured to exactly fit the print supplier’s needs. Think of it as “mass customization” for printing professionals (hardware, that is, rather than printed products). (more…)


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