20 Jun 2018

Caldera proves the perfect fit at Viscom Paris

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Following consecutive successes at France's premier visual communications show, Viscom Paris, Caldera will return with a stylish selection of solutions for trade professionals at stand D054. Along with a dedicated digital signage learning area, the software manufacturer will demonstrate the latest version of its powerful wide-format RIP suite, as well as on-trend solutions for workflow and bespoke integration.

Caldera's visionary digital signage product, Variable Display, will lead the parade with its upgrade to version 3.40. As always, user feedback has initiated changes such as new file formats, video transcoding and playback options, and advanced support for HTML5 and CS3. Crucially, quick-view remaining media volume and playlist status indicators have been added, as have integrations to replace proprietary playback software with open-source alternatives to enhance ongoing product development.

Last year Caldera led on the Print + Digital concept and it will repeat this formula at Paris's Porte de Versailles between 29th September and October 1st 2015. The company invites experienced printers and first-time digital display users alike to learn about how to create high-margin, attention-grabbing applications by combining quality printed graphics with dynamic content. It will also be on hand to explain to Viscom Paris's audience from the creative and advertising worlds how to make the most of these new opportunities, and how to work with visual communications professionals to create stunning projects that return rapidly on investment.

In keeping with its customers' ambitions, Caldera is launching a slender version of its Dynamic Totem product, a simple but highly effective combination of print and digital signage. The VariableDisplay DigitalTotem (Slim version), which is fabricated entirely in France in collaboration with MBS Manufacturing, reduces the depth of the all-in-one unit to 69 x 180cm, making it simpler to install within higher-traffic areas. Combining Caldera Variable Display with a popular screen and a robust aluminium frame, DigitalTotem Slim, like its larger variant, enables the speedy changeover of printed panels to accommodate seasonal and time-limited advertising transitions.

"The Viscom Paris audience knows that the Caldera stand will always show them something inspiring but practical, and this year is no different," says Sébastien Hanssens, Vice President Marketing for Caldera. "Digital signage is becoming very fashionable for retailers, interior designers and visual communicators of all kinds, and our clients in the printing industry are recognising this. We're here to provide both technical solutions and stimulation to stakeholders of all kinds, and Viscom Paris is always the right place to do so."

Onyx Graphics announces release of ONYX 12 software


Onyx Graphics, Inc., has launched ONYX 12 software, the next generation of the company’s wide format workflow and RIP products.  Built on the proven platform of ONYX 11 RIP software and ONYX Thrive workflow software, ONYX 12 software delivers faster RIP performance, a simplified user interface and advanced finishing tools to do more in less time.

Specifically developed to make printing more predictable, ONYX 12 software enables print operators to print jobs right the first time. ONYX 12 software will be available for the full ONYX software product line including ONYX Thrive workflow software, and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software.

“With ONYX 12 software, the increase in RIP speed is incredible! We went from a file taking almost a minute to RIP to now only taking nine to 15 seconds,” said Corey Nicolaisen, Print Technology Support Specialist for West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc. (Calgary, AB). “In addition the more graphical interface has Onyx Graphics’ meeting the expectations that users have of their software platforms in today’s market.”

ONYX 12 software delivers better utilisation of memory and hardware when running the latest Windows OS to maximise the system investment with a modern, proven platform. It utilises the complete 64-bit platform throughout – in the RIP as well as modules – to harness full processing capabilities, delivering not just faster speeds but greater responsiveness as well. ONYX 12 software delivers RIP speeds twice as fast as ONYX 11 software and a more responsive user interface.

Updated RIP engines, including the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine 3.6 in ONYX Thrive software, boosts performance and delivers optimised end-to-end PDF workflows.

A redesigned user interface displays a visual, interactive job list enabling operators to easily find jobs, view printer information, and quickly make edits. Complete job information – including thumbnails – is displayed and can be customised to suit each operation’s needs.

Live, colour-managed previews display job edits as they happen: users can see exactly where grommets, marks, tiling, crops, cut paths, spot colours and mirroring are placed before processing. This intuitive feature saves time and reduces waste by eliminating guesswork and proof reprints.

Quick Sets – production templates that streamline routine tasks – have been redesigned so they’re easier to build, navigate and save. Users can ensure consistency throughout the production floor by sharing Quick Sets between printers, and easily change Quick Sets for an existing job without the need to re-open it.

Print service providers can easily produce a variety of new applications, and improve the workflow for existing applications, with the new Bleed function. For example within ONYX 12, users can add borders for wrapped canvas prints, pole pocket trim for banners or top/bottom extensions for pop-up stands without the need to redesign the original artwork. Users can combine the Bleed function with Automatic Cut Path Generation to eliminate white space in print-and-cut jobs for perfectly finished pieces without artwork adjustments.

New finishing tools enable automatic grommet and mark placement for creating prints that are ready for finishing. Grommet marks are accurately placed without manual measurement. Grommet mark size, style and spacing can also be customised.

New page and offset controls assist with placement of images for a variety of roll-to-roll and flatbed applications. The new offset functions enable full-roll finishing when using roll cutters such as those from Fotoba and Zünd, and provide added control in rigid flatbed applications. These features eliminate manual positioning calculation, speed throughput and reduce waste.

You can view the ONYX 12 promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDbSohBllr4 or see all videos available on the ONYX TV channel on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/OnyxGraphics.


ONYX 12 software will be available for order beginning August 31, 2015. To purchase an ONYX 12 software license or to upgrade through the ONYX Advantage software maintenance program, customers should contact their authorised ONYX reseller or visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.

CADlink makes announcement re Windows 10 support

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The CADlink development team has released the following information regarding Windows® 10 support:

•    Only the latest version and build of all CADlink commercially available software products provide support of Windows™ 10.
•    No previous versions or builds of any CADlink software products have been tested using, or "officially" support Windows™ 10.

The following is a detailed list of CADlink software builds and revisions that support Windows™ 10
•    SignLab - v9.1 Build 8
•    EngaveLab - v9.1 Build 8
•    Digital Factory/ Digital Factory Apparel- v3 Build 5.22.00
•    FilmMaker - v4 Build 5.22.00
•    ProfileLab - v9.1 Build 8

CADlink strongly encourages that any existing customers who are presently considering an upgrade to Windows® 10 ensure that they have the version and build numbers listed above prior to upgrading their operating system.

Please visit http://www.cadlink.com for additional information or call +44 (0) 1462 420 222 (UK office) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lightbar profiles available on Roland DG Partner Solutions website

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The latest media profiles for Lightbar print technology are now available to download from the Partner Solutions website. Through the Partner Solutions programme, Roland DG (UK) Ltd. supports industry innovators to develop production technologies that open up new markets for Roland printers and printer/cutters.

The Partner Solutions developer responsible for Lightbar print technology, CSL Digital, is drawing upon its expert knowledge of inks, RIP software and the digital print process to produce a growing library of finely tuned profiles that improve print quality, increase productivity and reduce ink consumption for owners of Lightbar printers and printer/cutters.

Says Nick Wintle, Managing Director - CSL Digital, “In addition to producing print profiles in-house, we’re actively working with media manufacturers like 3M, Avery, Metamark, Hexis and Orafol to further expand the wide range of profiled media available to Lightbar users. A number of these manufacturers are also subjecting Lightbar prints to accelerated ageing and weathering tests to independently validate the superior outdoor print performance that our advanced ink technology can deliver with their materials.”

Lightbar printers and printer/cutters exploit the latest advances in solvent-UV ink chemistry. This unique ink formulation consists of UV curable colour pigments suspended in a minimal amount of solvent carrier. The solvent is used to create an initial bond between the colour pigments and the media. The print then passes through a UV light unit and cures completely. Bright, colour rich and extremely hard wearing, the resulting output is instantly usable and immediately durable. There’s no need to factor in any additional time for drying or out gassing. Regarding the question of lamination, Lightbar print technology makes it’s a matter of cosmetic preference rather than a practical necessity for all but the very toughest applications.

Nick Wintle continues, “On banner or self-adhesive vinyl, Lightbar print is absolutely perfect for sign and display work. It sets new industry benchmarks for ease of use, handling and durability. In my experience, the scratch and chemical resistance of the printed output is quite unprecedented and the elasticity of the ink is equally impressive. Print only or print and cut on the same machine, Lightbar is fast becoming the ‘must have’ production partner for sign and display professionals. “ In addition to the vibrant appearance, sheer convenience and outstanding durability of the print, companies investing in Lightbar technology have also been attracted by the financial incentive of lower ink costs. Lightbar ink consumption is much lower than comparative print technologies using latex inks. The reason for this is that the ratio of colour pigment to liquid carrier in Lightbar ink cartridges is significantly greater. The extra volume of colour pigment delivers more square metres of print per cartridge and so offers much better value for money.

Wintle concludes, “The economic argument for choosing Lightbar print technology over latex is a very powerful one. Not only are there major cost savings in terms of ink consumption, according to the product comparison print tests we’ve carried out, the overall running costs associated with Lightbar printing are considerably lower than the latex alternative too.”

Media profiles for the Lightbar RF-640, the Lightbar VS-i series and the Lightbar SP-540i can be downloaded from the corresponding product pages on the Partner Solutions website.

EFI launches next-generation of its Fiery Digital Front End Platform

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EFI™ has launched the newest platform for its industry-leading Fiery® digital front ends (DFE) for digital printing systems. The latest advancements included in the new EFI Fiery FS200 Pro extend technical leadership advantage that makes Fiery the world's most popular production DFE technology by giving users an extremely productive, intuitive platform with expanded colour capability.

The DFE platform, which will be incorporated in several new digital presses from EFI partners starting next month, features innovative tools for higher-speed processing and expansion to CMYK+ colours. It also provides robust capabilities for shop automation and connectivity. As the industry's only CIP4-certified JDF DFE, the Fiery platform can seamlessly connect with other JDF-based devices. Plus, users can establish fully automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI's market-leading MIS/ERP and web-to-print products.

"Fiery is the gold standard for the class of digital front end technology needed to drive high-end, integrated graphic arts production printing environments, and we are excited to take our leading-edge technology to the next level with a platform that addresses users' critical needs for faster processing, more-efficient printing and expanded colour gamuts," said Toby Weiss, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Fiery. "Many of the new capabilities included in this release are unique to Fiery and will deliver a competitive advantage to print businesses looking to fuel their success with the unmatched performance this DFE platform offers."

Improved productivity with 55% faster RIPing

Fiery FS200 Pro also expands EFI's breakthrough Fiery HyperRIP offering, which is powered by EFI's proprietary ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) with RIPChip™ technology. As a result, Fiery DFEs can process print files significantly faster than alternative DFEs.

HyperRIP now has a mode optimised for multiple jobs, as well as the previous, single-job mode, boosting processing performance up to 55% compared to the performance without HyperRIP. Now, the Fiery FS200 Pro platform can RIP up to four jobs simultaneously, giving users the ability to print more jobs in the shortest possible time.  

The new Fiery platform also includes a Rush RIP mode that opens up a fifth RIP to process rush jobs when all four main parallel processors are busy. "Rush RIP allows printing operations to accommodate last-minute rush jobs without interrupting the on-going workflow or cancelling jobs that are already being processed. It also gives users the ability to preview jobs quickly while other jobs are processing, further speeding up the production process and increasing overall throughput," said Weiss.

"With the new Fiery FS200 Pro platform, EFI has brought a new level of productivity to the market," according to Kaspar Roos, director of analyst firm InfoTrends' Production Workflow Service. "Improvements in ripping speed, colour management, and tighter integration of workflow components make this new Fiery platform a very attractive proposition."

Better brand-colour matching, and customisable API integration

The EFI Fiery FS200 Pro system also takes colour management to brand-new heights with the introduction of a CMYK+ feature set for incorporating expanded-gamut process-colour imaging beyond standard four-color imaging. CMYK+ opens the door to a range of inkjet press technologies that may be capable of incorporating five-, six-, or eight-colour process imaging. Print businesses can more precisely match a wider range of brand colours on digital presses offering expanded toner imaging capabilities.

EFI has also released colour correction and process control improvements to the Fiery Graphic Arts Package, Premium Edition including:
•    new features in Fiery ImageViewer that offer greater consistency in the colour workflow, with automated colour adjustment between similar jobs using custom colour curves  
•    a WYSIWYG interface to edit control bars, offering users more control over placement and content.

The first DFEs based on the Fiery FS200 Pro platform will be available in Q3.

Fiery is the world's most popular DFE platform, with more users than all other production printing DFEs combined. For more information about Fiery Driven™ production printing, visit www.efi.com 

Roland DG releases Rolandprintstudio RIP software for Mac OS X

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Roland DG has launched Rolandprintstudio RIP and print management software for Mac OS X across the EU region.  The feature-packed solution promises to deliver so much more than just a RIP and is available for use with Roland printers, printer/cutters and standalone cutters. Packed full of a whole host of time-saving and efficiency-creating features, yet offered at a highly affordable price, Rolandprintstudio enables Mac OS X users throughout the wide-format digital print market to quickly and easily manage the print production process. Users can see Rolandprintstudio in action on the Roland stand at FESPA 2015, Cologne (18-22 May, Hall 6, Stand Q15).

At the heart of the Rolandprintstudio software is the Adobe PDF Print Engine, which renders artwork using native Adobe functionality, enabling users to work quickly and accurately throughout the entire RIP - Print - Cut process.  Thereby increasing overall production speeds and eliminating problems often associated with layers and transparencies. Plus, with 64bit processing capabilities, Rolandprintstudio is able to maximise the available operating system resources and deliver blisteringly fast RIP speeds.

Says Mark Elvidge, Print Product Manager, Roland DG UK: “As market leader in the wide-format digital print market, there has been an increasing demand for a RIP software that makes it possible to control a Roland printer with a Mac. This demand has comes from graphics houses and print businesses who are loyal users and advocates of the Mac OS X interface and also from customers from high-production environments who rely on the stability of the Mac OS X architecture. We wanted to ensure we met this business need with software that maximises the printer capabilities and complements our highly-popular PC based RIP, VersaWorks. By providing a powerful solution at an affordable price Rolandprintstudio certainly answers these needs and delivers much more besides.”

With an exceptionally intuitive interface, Rolandprintstudio boasts some of the most advanced workflow assisting tools on the market. The software’s multitasking environment means users can RIP, print and cut on two devices simultaneously. Unlimited hot folders offer maximum automation of the RIP functionality, an image bar stores and sorts images for quick access and an advanced nesting facility maximises media usage to save on bottom line business costs. A costing function allows you to automatically calculate print costs for easy quotations, plus a sophisticated spooler function which, alongside allowing the multiple users to submit to a print queue also allows for quick reprints through easy access to historical job settings.

Rolandprintstudio also has many design features to help reduce reliance on expensive design software. Speciality colours, such as white, gloss or metallic, can be created from CMYK data, and Rolandprintstudio enables you to adjust artwork for perfect pixel to pixel registration. And included in the new RIP software are all industry standard colour libraries including all RAL, HKS and pantone colour swatches. At no extra cost, there is also an embedded profiling module to enable operators to create custom ICC profiles to deliver accurate colour reproduction whilst optimising ink consumption.

Further features include advanced tiling functionality, including template driven tiling for ease of printing and installing larger graphics, with an Application Guide tool to give the fitter clear instruction on how to install larger-scale tiled prints or vehicle wraps. And finally, the ability to print grommet locations for accurate post-print finishing.

“As you can see, Rolandprintstudio really is packed full of impressive features at a highly attractive price. And we are delighted that MAC users can now unlock the full creative potential of Roland’s wide format printers, print and cut systems, and stand-alone cutters.” Summarised Mr Elvidge.

Rolandprintstudio is supplied on a USB key, is available in 11 languages and can be ordered now via official Roland DG dealerships or for your free demo please call +44 (0)1275 335540.

Please note that Rolandprintstudio is currently available to all countries in the EU, plus Norway. Customers in other countries should contact their local Roland office for details of when the product will be available in their territory.

For further information on Rolandprintstudio please visit http://www.rolanddg.co.uk/products/software/rolandprintstudio/

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