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Friday, 10 August 2001
By Print 21 Online Article

Heidelberg Used Equipment is to launch its new used-equipment trademark, ZISMO! at Print 2001 in Chicago where it is exhibiting on the main Heidelberg stand for the first time. The trademark has been conceived to take used machinery sales to a new level of professionalism and to underline Heidelberg’s commitment to top grade refurbishment and after-sales customer support.
ZISMO! stands for Zero Impressions Since Manufacturer’s Overhaul.

Heidelberg will also unveil a new DI press at the Chicago show. The new machine, which the company is keeping under wraps until a press conference on September 5, is based on an existing press. With the dispute with Presstek now behind it, this new DI press might make use of Presstek’s Profire imaging unit.
Print 01 will also see the commercial launch of Heidelberg’s NexPress 2100 digital colour press.

The Adobe Acrobat 5.0 Roadshow proved an outstanding success attracting 8,000 IT, design and business professionals and enthusiasts, who attended the seminars Australia-wide during July. The roadshows, which consisted of three free half-day seminars, were well attended in all cities with 2,486 visitors registering in Sydney; 2,321 in Melbourne; 1,288 in Brisbane; 629 in Perth; 565 in Adelaide and 624 in Canberra.

Jailed rogue Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov is out on bail in the US after a US$50,000 bond was paid by his employer in Moscow. Sklyarov is restricted to Northern California and has had his passport confiscated.
The grass roots hacker ‘free-Sklyarov’ coalition claimed it as “a major victory” adding that the public support and pressure exerted played a large role in the court’s decision. Sklyarov, who faces up to five years in jail and a US$500,000 fine if convicted, was arrested on June 16 after the conclusion of the Def Con conference in Las Vegas.
He is charged with violating the terms of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which forbids the distribution of information tools or software designed to circumvent copy-control measures. Advanced eBook Processor, a program written by Sklyarov, attacks the security features of Adobe’s eBook Reader format. The software is legal in Russia.
Sklyarov is back before the court on August 23 to enter a plea.

PrintCafe, the supplier of print management systems, has signed an agreement with General Motors to provide the company with enterprise-wide print procurement solutions. This could see the company grow a print procurement presence in Australia.
The car manufacturer will be using printCafe’s Impresse product and joins other US corporate print customers such as AOL Time Warner and Hewlett-Packard.

Lightning Source, a digital fulfilment services company opened a print-on-demand facility in Milton Keynes, UK. It is using an IBM Infoprint 4000 digital web-fed press, a digital content management system, an offline finishing system from Duplo and an InfoColor 70 for printing book covers.
The business aims to produce 400,000 on-demand books in its first year rising to three million books a year by 2004. A second print line will be installed by the end of the year and at least four are planned to be installed within two to three years.

The inaugural Open Publish conference concluded last week at the Sydney Hilton Hotel. Over 200 delegates registered to attend the conference to hear some 60 presentations from more than 50 speakers from the US, Holland, Germany, India, New Zealand and Australia.
Conference chair, Nick Carr, said “We were extremely pleased at the response to this first conference. It vindicates our belief that just as the Seybold conferences are an institution in the USA, there is a great need for genuine, informed discussion here in Australia about the many issues that face all of us who publish information – in any form, to any device, on any platform, anywhere in the world.”

Xerox has reinforced its position as a major print supplier by signing an exclusive A$200 million ($£55m), five-year deal with Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (IC Mobile) to outsource the production and distribution of user manuals for its mobile and wireless telephone customers. Initially, the deal covers the German production plant, starting next month.
Xerox will become the prime contractor, managing the data handling, printing, packaging, logistics and distribution of the user manuals. The company will set up a Central Programme Office at Siemens’ German headquarters, which will be responsible for all aspects of the programme. IC Mobile is expected to make cost savings through the reduction in the number of suppliers, rationalisation of print management and improved time to market.

According to CAP Ventures latest report, Catching the Wave, U.S. companies spent US$3.1 billion in 2000 for black & white print-on-demand (POD) systems and their related services and supplies. Based on the company’s research, that market is growing 20.4 per cent per year and will reach US$8.0 billion in 2005.
Most equipment dealers cite POD as the most attractive profit opportunity for their company.
“As equipment prices come down and traditional office copier vendors move up market, many dealers keen on selling black & white POD systems,” said Hayes Director at CAP Ventures. “For many dealers, the POD market is a vast green field waiting to be harvested.”

And finally, more from the great Tommy Cooper.

“So I was in my car, and I was driving along, and my boss rang up, and he said, “You just been promoted.” And I swerved.
And then he rang up a second time and said, “You’ve been promoted again.” And I swerved again.
He rang up a third time and said, “You’re managing director.” And I went into a tree. And a policeman came up and said, “What happened to you?”
And I said, “I careered off the road.”

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