Full PDF functionality for wide-format printers with Shiraz's Adobe Engine plug-in

The growth in demand from display producers wanting to work with industry-standard PDFs has led UK-based wide-format Rip software specialist Shiraz Software to develop and launch an integrated plug-in for use with its Signature and Server versions. Designated the Shiraz Adobe PDF Engine plug-in, this new option embeds complete functionality within the existing RIP and now enables users to adhere to the standard delivery format common throughout the digital print market.

VGL orders Inca Onset S20

Reading-based digital printer VGL has bought an Inca Onset S20 flatbed printer from Fujifilm Sericol. The printer, which is being installed in October, "will change the landscape of what we do", said VGL managing director Michael Ayerst. ?"It will add considerable capacity and allow us not only to grow our small and medium run volume display business, but also expand into and offer a competitive service on longer runs.

Poor payment tops list of concerns

Cashflow worries as a result of increasing late payments are causing small businesses the most headaches, according to the latest Economic Downturn Panel survey carried out by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

Canon imagePrograf iPF755 wins award

Canon's imagePrograf iPF755 large-format printer has won the Buyers Laboratory Inc (BLI) spring 'Pick' award in the Outstanding Wide-Format Colour Inkjet Multipurpose Printer category.

Fujifilm backs PrintIt! for fifth consecutive year

Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK has confirmed its continued support of the PrintIT! initiative which aims to develop students' knowledge of print and promote the industry as a career route.

Roland metallic ink printer goes on the road

Get one of the first sightings of the new Roland metallic inkjet printer at one of the special roadshows taking place over the coming weeks. Shown in prototype at Sign and Digital Ireland, the machine is not officially launched until the end of October but UK printers can see it in all its glory on the following dates:

HP advances sustainability in print

HP has issued a progress report on its initiatives to reduce the impact the global graphic arts market has on the environment.

Print 09 sees EFI workflow additions

Print 09 has seen EFI make a number of announcements including integrated support for JDF workflows as standard on its Fiery servers via new Fiery 9 software. It also announced a Web Control Center that connects monitors and controls proofing and printing across remote sites and introduced a PrintFlow Web module for its scheduling system.

Does Government do enough for SMEs?

The Chartered Institute of Marketing has put together what it calls Agenda Paper that asks whether the Government is doing enough from small business. The paper, 'Access all areas?'  questions whether Government should be merely a point of access for SMEs seeking grants and funding, or whether it should offer more direct help.

Help for SME's struggling with employment law

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has published an 'Employment Guide' to help small businesses comply with employment law, which from 1 October sees a number of legal changes. From that date business owners will be expected to cope amendments related to employment, such as increases in the National Minimum Wage, and an increase in the cost of redundancy.

Print 09 sees EFI workflow additions

Print 09 has seen EFI make a number of announcements including integrated support for JDF workflows as standard on its Fiery servers via new Fiery 9 software. It also announced a Web Control Center that connects monitors and controls proofing and printing across remote sites and introduced a PrintFlow Web module for its scheduling system.

SMP goes superwide with HP Scitex XP5300

Customer demand for 5m-wide print has prompted the SMP Group to buy an HP Scitex XP5300 printer to produce superwide format outdoor and in-store displays. The newcomer is part of a ?750,000 investment programme at SMP designed to attract new business.

Digital flatbed die-cutter from Gerber

The new M Turbo flatbed digital die-cutting system from Gerber Scientific Products allows you to rout .080 aluminum and thick rigid materials up to 1in as well as rout thinner rigid boards up to four times faster than with the standard M Series router. The M Turbo, launched at Print 09, has a router head configured to the M Series T3 tool head design, so it can take advantage of all of all the standard M Series tools.

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