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  • New Power Mac G4 from Apple 

    They come standard with a new SuperDrive, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive that can burn DVDs, which can be played in consumer DVD players. “These are the fastest Macs ever,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With the 867 MHz processor and our revolutionary SuperDrive together more users can now afford to create professional quality DVDs.” Apple…

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    Baldwin Technology Company is selling its newspaper and commercial web roll handling business to MEGTEC Systems. Subject to certain conditions, the transaction is expected to close by August 31, 2001. The sell off is part of Baldwin’s strategy to focus more aggressively on growing its core business interests of cleaning, fluid management, drying and consumable…

  • Singapore print and publishing guns land in Melbourne 

    A subsidiary of Singapore-based Times Publishing, the start-up company paid the administrators A$33.6 million for the ultra-modern plant and its two Heidelberg web presses. The Argyle Times Graphics management team comprises a new managing director, Mr Jon Williams, and three former Diamond executives. It is keen to get the plant up and running again as…

  • 60 day truce in Adobe fonts blitz 

    An Adobe initiated truce – focusing specifically on the use of unlicensed fonts- followed an outcry from the printing, graphics and advertising industries at the prosecutions threatened by the company against the widespread industry practice of sending fonts with files to printers. Many companies in the prepress and printing industries do not own all the…

  • Letter to the editor 

    What other profession would have to put up with their costly tools of the trade malfunctioning from day one, and then be forced to upgrade these within 12 months? A complete set of software to run a studio today would start at around $20,000 and that is not the cost of the equipment to run…

  • Global forum is an Australian first 

    Participants in Australia, Japan, Germany, France, UK and Canada will be on-line for over an hour with prepress experts from CreoScitex in Vancouver, able to ask questions and participate in a virtual discussion group. According to convenor Phillip Lawrence, the Australian organised link-up is the first of its kind and is made possible through the…

  • Heidelberg NexPress comes on the market 

    First showcased at last year’s Drupa the NexPress carries Heidelberg’s ambitions to carve out a major slice of the action in the burgeoning colour digital printing market. The company expects it will be able to leverage its dominant industry position and reputation to emulate its foray into the black and white digital printing market where…

  • 100 free tickets to LIA’s Sydney conference 

    The day registration tickets will be given out by member companies to their customers with the intention of encouraging attendance from a broad section of the industry. CHALLENGE 21 Chairman Bob Lamont said, “This current initiative known as ‘The Grass Roots Scheme’, will provide real encouragement to a large group of young practioners and enable…

  • A layman’s guide to print 21 

    Print 21 is a comprehensive set of papers, available free to members of the industry from designers to finishers. Because of its down to earth approach the size of the report with all its detail may put off many who can best make use of the information within. To address this Joe Kowalewski, marketing manager…

  • Publisher 8000 named Product of The Year 

    The digital printing leader beat off competition from Xerox and Xeikon to take the number one spot at the prestigious awards ceremony. As the world’s highest performance digital colour printing press, the four-engine Publisher 8000 was, according to awards organizers, the clear victor in its category, in this highly contested competition. The annual 2000 Prepress…

  • World print trade trends 

    Severe price competition from surplus printing capacity in a slack market in the UK is nominated as the cause of a deterioration in general trading conditions during the second quarter of the year. The report from the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) shows the proportion of printers with surplus capacity increased from 85 per cent…

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    Russian software company responds to Adobe legal action Claiming that PDF is “an absolutely insecure” format for the creation of e-books, ElcomSoft, a Russian software creator, has threatened that if Adobe continues legal action it will, “publish the sources of our software on the internet, and do our best to make them available to everyone…

  • Software truce runs out – Adobe declares war 

    Adobe Systems has announced a ‘get tough’ campaign from next week in Australia and New Zealand on anyone using illegal. Led by Victor Guerrero, Anti-piracy Manager of Adobe Systems and newly appointed Anti-piracy consultant, Faye Chatillon, the vigorous anti-piracy campaign will be targeting businesses from SME’s to large corporates. The truce gave small and large…

  • Diamond Press Sydney premises to be sold 

    Ferrier Hodgson partner and joint administrator, Brian Silvia, said contracts had been exchanged with AMP Henderson Global Investors for the sale of land and buildings on the Sydney premises of Diamond Press, in the inner-western Sydney suburb of Alexandria. Sale is expected to be completed by October 31. Meanwhile, Mr Silvia said he had commenced…

  • Press maker Xeikon looks for funding 

    The company is working with an investment banker on raising up to $40 million. Xeikon has used $23.8 million out of $30 million available under its credit terms by March 31, 2001 and expects to post a loss in the second and third quarters. The company blames the losses on a lack of purchases by…

  • UK’s Print 21 – an industry with a split personality. 

    Print 21, a government funded project, blames the cultural divide for the perception that printing is a declining manufacturing activity. The industry is failing to attract young people who imagine it is still a grimy, dirty-hands job with little or no prospects and unattached to the technology revolution. The failure to attract young people means…

  • Acrobat roadshow around Australia 

    The fairly low-key launch of the products is a deliberate strategy, according to Jordan Rizes, Adobe marketing, who said the company wanted to do more direct presentations to industry groups rather than advertising. He believes the benefits of the products are best understood in live demonstrations. Acrobat has become increasingly important to the graphics industry….

  • Heidelberg sales up by 15 per cent 

    Sales are up by 15 per cent to Euro 5.3 billion over the previous year’s Euro 4.6 billion. The figures translated into an increase in profit. “The development of the result exceeded our expectations. We boosted the operating result by 10 percent from Euro 463 million to Euro 506 million,” said Dr. Herbert Meyer, Chief…

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica prints new edition 

    It will be the first printed version since 1994 and will include revisions of thousands of articles and hundreds of new ones. Britannica’s CEO, Ilan Yeshua said the new printing reflects the company’s return to its core strengths. “My goal is to extend Britannica’s presence in every market and every medium where we can provide…

  • Print sales tips – prospecting schedule 

    In a recent WhatTheyThink print buyer survey in the USA, respondents were asked which method would give a new vendor the best chance of meeting with you? The results: Call placed to me in the morning ……………… 66%Call placed to me in the afternoon ……………. 29%A walk-in request in the morning ……………….. 3%A walk-in request…