Software Media & Inks



  • + 3M’s Next Generation Wrap Film Makes Installation Easier

    3M introduces an industry first – new 3M™ Wrap Films Series 2080 gloss films come engineered with a Protecti..

    17 September 2019


    3M introduces an industry first – new 3M™ Wrap Films Series 2080 gloss films come engineered with a Protective Film Layer, allowing for easier installation.

    Further innovations in the new 3M™ Wrap Films Series 2080 include; better conformability for further ease of installation and an extended warranty of up to seven years* on vertical applications, to drive greater confidence and peace of mind for both installers and consumers.

    New innovations in film technology are consistently being improved to achieve smooth and distinctive wrap designs. The patent-pending Protective Film Layer on gloss colours comes positioned over the top of the film’s surface to reduce the potential for surface imperfections, such as hazing or blotchiness. This remains in place during the installation and is removed easily once the film is applied to reveal a perfect finish. As a result, vehicle owners and installers will have the peace of mind that any scratches made to the Protective Film Layer will not transfer to the film itself, nor mar the look of the completed wrap. “The new 3M™ Wrap Films Series 2080 gloss films ensure both quality aesthetics and performance, and we’re excited to see the impact it has for installers and their customers.” said Janelle Pizzi, product marketer, 3M Commercial Solutions Division.

    Simultaneously, the warranty backed by science means installers and consumers can have increased confidence that when wrapping a vehicle with 3M film, it will both perform during installation and uphold its striking appearance when maintained correctly.

    The multi-layer cast, adhesive backed film will be first available in 41 colours, of which there are 6 new colours available to meet current consumer and trend demands, and all of which can be used with 3M™ Knifeless Tape.

    For For more information on 3M™ Wrap Film Series 2080, please visit 3M.com.au/2080 or
    3m.co.nz/2080.





  • + Goerner Group presents fiber-based food contact packaging solution at Fachpack

    As a producer of cardboard packaging, the company's waste serves as the raw material for Goerner Formpack. At Fachpack, ..

    17 September 2019


    As a producer of cardboard packaging, the company's waste serves as the raw material for Goerner Formpack. At Fachpack, the company will present its newly developed GBfiber solution.

    Further development of the molded fiber technology and toolmaking was carried out in cooperation with a confectionery group in order to completely replace the plastic blister packs previously used with cellulose fiber products. The experiment was successful and GBfiber – the new brand of Goerner Bionics – meets various requirements, from an ISEGA certification for direct food contact and suitability for existing packaging systems. 

    GBfiber can be manufactured industrially and at costs that are absolutely comparable to the production of plastic blister packs. Wilhelm Siller-Goerner, the innovative mastermind at Goerner, says, “With GBfiber for the confectionery industry and greasy foods, we have developed an alternative to single-use plastics that is 100% environmentally friendly. There are also other sustainable approaches using other technologies and natural raw materials but they are often based on foods, such as potato starch. However, when it comes to economic efficiency, recyclability and sustainability, cellulose fiber and our molded fiber technology are currently ahead of the field.”  





  • + Next-Generation EFI Fiery Technology Delivers Higher Print Color Quality Plus Controls for Boosted Color Saturation

    EFI announced the availability of important advancements in its latest version of Fiery® Color Profiler Suite &ndash..

    17 September 2019


    EFI announced the availability of important advancements in its latest version of Fiery® Color Profiler Suite – integrated colour management software that gives digital print producers more power than ever before to get colour right every time. Next generation EFI™ Fiery Edge™ colour profiling technology launching in the suite delivers out-of-the-box print quality and colour improvements in new Fiery digital front ends (DFEs). Plus, a host of new controls within Fiery Color Profiler Suite tune colour to meet customer preferences, such as features to intelligently boost colour and adjust shadow detail levels.
     
    Fiery Edge profiles are available for selected new cut-sheet digital printers, as well as for many wide- and superwide-format printers that use EFI Fiery DFEs.


    Expanded output controls
     
    Users benefit from an increased array of advanced user controls. For example, a key element of the new Fiery Edge technology is the ability to control or manually select a black point that best matches the intent of the item being printed. This maximises the dynamic range of a print when the darkest printable colour is not a neutral black. Users can also control shadow detail levels to best represent a product’s or a subject’s characteristics.
     
    Fiery Edge also gives print professionals the ability to define colour-to-black transitions for reduced image peppering, graininess, and smoother transitions, all of which is especially useful in colour-critical market segments such as photobook printing.
     
    Prior to using Fiery Edge, Himanshu Pandey, owner of New Delhi-based Avantika Printers Pvt. Ltd., was unable to compete in that segment with his current printers. “The colours were not vibrant enough and the tonal values were not stable enough,” according to Pandey. “The colour control provided by Fiery Edge technology allowed us to use our printers to print photobooks containing various images of people and places. Fiery Edge literally opened the photo segment for us!”
     
    Out-of-the-box enhancements
     
    Users of Fiery Edge colour profiles will notice much smoother color transitions and blends right out of the box. They will also see more image detail, clarity, and depth. Plus, superior rendering of RGB reds and blues in Fiery Edge technology gives users a more-faithful rendering of RGB images.
     
    “Fiery Edge colour profiling technology brings all the excellent results and controls to my Fiery cut-sheet printer customers that I’ve been relying on for several years to keep my Fiery wide-format inkjet customers happy,” said Rob Cawston, owner of Colour Consultancy Ltd. in Nottingham, England. “The smoothness of blends and extra image detail are the things that stood out as benefits of Fiery Edge just by using the default profiles and settings.
     
    “I particularly like the new rendering intent option,” he added. “No more lengthy profile tweaking for customers that want more pop. Having all this control for toner now too is very welcome.”
     
    “Getting the best colour and quality from any printer should be the goal for all print producers,” said John Henze, vice president of sales and marketing, EFI Fiery. “Whether it is taking advantage of the maximum gamut of a printer to give prints more colour, getting the most detail available to show a product at its best, or producing the smoothest colour transitions for photo-realistic images, these new capabilities will help print producers achieve the best results their print devices are capable of, therefore getting the most from their colour investments.”
     
    Boosted colour to attract attention
     
    Users can produce more colourful, vivid and dynamic-looking output in signage, point of sale, display and other applications because Fiery Edge technology brings the ability to boost colour with Fiery Intensify™ – a new rendering intent innovation that can increase colour and saturation while maintaining neutral grays and realistic skin tones. The new feature, which is part of Fiery Color Profiler Suite version 5.2, improves colour while at the same time maintaining balanced visual results – a difficult goal to achieve with other rendering solutions available on the market. Not only does this enable precise control of chroma, lightness and contrast levels, it also allows users to select the correct source profile for the best possible use of an output device’s gamut and dynamic range.


    Fiery Edge technology also supports up to eight colour channels (CMYK+ 4 extra colours) further enhancing Color Profiler Suite’s ability to get the best possible colour out of any supported Fiery Driven™ printer, including those with gamut-expanding colorants such as orange, violet, blue, and green inks or toners.
     
    The newest version of EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite featuring Fiery Edge is available now from EFI and authorised EFI resellers. For more information about digital colour production printing using EFI Fiery technologies, visit www.efi.com.





  • + INTRODUCING HP Foldable Durable Synthetic Banner, 3-in Core for HP PageWide Technology!

    HP introduces an innovative new banner material that offers a unique combination of durability and flexibility. Unlike o..

    10 September 2019


    HP introduces an innovative new banner material that offers a unique combination of durability and flexibility. Unlike other banner materials, HP Foldable Durable Synthetic Banner can be folded and easily transported due to its thin, lightweight construction. Engineered with DuPont Tyvek material it is designed to produce tear-resistant, water-resistant, foldable maps, banners, and posters that can be grommeted and stitched. This versatile banner material is compatible with Original HP PageWide XL pigment inks, and HP Vivid Photo Inks and HP Bright Office Inks for HP DesignJet printers.

    No longer just for technical documents, HP PageWide XL printers can produce brilliant banners radically faster than anything on the market—with low cost of operation.

    www.HPLFMedia.com





  • + New Prinect Version 2020 from Heidelberg Forms the Backbone of Digitization in Print Shops

    - Push-to-Stop – greater automation, lower costs - Gang form creation with automatic optimisation - Plate Pilo..

    10 September 2019


    - Push-to-Stop – greater automation, lower costs
    - Gang form creation with automatic optimisation
    - Plate Pilot supplies plates right on time as printing commences
    - Prinect supports hardcover book production
    - SmartBi provides key lever for improving overall efficiency
    - Case-based online support
    - New functions for the packaging sector

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is making it even easier for Prinect users to run their print shop with the new and partially cloud-based functions in the Prinect production workflow. “A growing number of Prinect functions are gradually migrating to the cloud. By taking out a subscription contract, customers can gain access to them as and when required and based on the benefits they offer,” says Jürgen Grimm, head of software solutions at Heidelberg. “The Prinect workflow thus forms the backbone of digitisation in print shops.”

    Push-to-Stop – greater automation, lower costs

    Automatic planning in Prinect 2020 makes it even easier to optimise job sequences. Substrates, special colours, folding layouts, and much more are taken into account in digital planning and transferred directly to the Prinect Press Center, thereby reducing the changeover procedures that have to be carried out on the press. Operators no longer have to select and adopt jobs from the machine queue, which also reduces the scope for errors.

    As of now, the Push-to-Stop concept is also supported in postpress

    This means that appropriately configured folding machines can work through several jobs one after the other, with the status of work repeatedly reported back to the Prinect system. As a result, the productivity gains that Push-to-Stop has brought to the pressroom can now also be achieved in postpress.

    Gang form creation with automatic optimisation

    One major contribution that Prinect makes to lowering costs and driving up productivity relates to the creation of gang forms, with the gang server picking out jobs from a pool according to pre-set filter criteria and then using these criteria to optimize the compilation of appropriate gang forms on a fully automated basis. Any gang forms produced this way that do not satisfy these criteria are not forwarded to production, and are instead canceled and then combined with other jobs later on, provided an optimum gang form can be created.

    Plate Pilot supplies plates right on time as printing commences

    The new Prinect Plate Pilot works with the further improved Prinect Scheduler to automatically output plates so they can be placed on trolleys in the correct sequence and made available at the press in time for the planned printing slot. Operators can monitor this process via the Plate Pilot Widget of the Prinect Portal, which also allows them to intervene in the process as necessary. This solution puts an end to the tedious process of sorting printing plates and also avoids the damage and scratches that can otherwise occur.

    Prinect supports hardcover book production

    The production of bound (hardcover) books and other complex products involves a number of steps that go above and beyond the usual processes in commercial printing. The new version of Prinect supports the special workflow-specific features of book production in both production and MIS operations. With immediate effect, Prinect offers the option of factoring these steps into the fully automated costing of the book in Business Manager and then handing over to the Prinect production system for automatic processing.

    SmartBi – cloud-based software provides key lever for improving overall efficiency

    The cloud-based software Prinect SmartBi supports the analysis and use of data generated in print shops. After all, every activity, every production process, and every job generates data, but many companies either completely overlook the value and usefulness of this information or do not fully harness its potential. Prinect SmartBI helps print shops unlock and utilise this corporate and production data quickly and with ease, assisting Prinect users with the generation, filtering, preparation, and visualisation of their data.

    New Prinect Portal becomes an efficient collaboration platform?Version 2020 of Prinect reinforces inter-company cooperation. For example, the Prinect Portal has been launched to meet the demand for a wide-ranging collaboration platform and can be used by print shop staff to establish efficient online communications both within their own company and with customers and suppliers.

    New functions for the packaging sector

    To support Push-to-Stop in the packaging sector, Prinect is offering a new function that allows customers to use the cutting tool as a criterion for optimising production planning. This ensures the same tool is not refitted several times over, thus significantly improving productivity and machine availability.

    The cost savings and productivity gains achieved by using gang forms are also available to packaging print shops Working from an existing die cutting tool and filter criteria, gang forms are first created and then either kept or rejected depending on whether they satisfy pre-set criteria.

    Prinect also offers a whole series of new functions for CAD. Having the option to set out all the parts of a packaging design in one drawing ensures the interdependencies between the individual parts can be taken into account accurately. This makes the design process easier and faster to complete.

    When it comes to more complex packaging and displays, there is also the option of creating assembly instructions to make the items easier to build or set up.

    What’s more, Prinect supports pillow box packaging, which can now be simulated as a 3D model and exported as an animated 3D PDF.

    Context-sensitive online support

    The launch of HTML-based online support gives users direct access from within the application to the current library of Prinect software documentation at all times, plus a growing number of explanatory videos. All this makes Prinect even easier to use.





  • + Esko launches Share & Approve cloud-based software

    Share & Approve is a new and unique approval tool from Esko. The software runs as a service on Esko cloud architectu..

    10 September 2019


    Share & Approve is a new and unique approval tool from Esko. The software runs as a service on Esko cloud architecture and enables users of Automation Engine to upload, share, annotate and approve packaging and labels jobs in 2D and hyper realistic 3D.

    Esko knows that securing packaging job approvals can be a confusing process causing production delays and it’s often hard for the approver to envision their 2D design once finished. In today’s high speed and often pressured business environment, there is also no easy way to gather and interpret feedback from multiple stakeholders on a job, without significant time delays impacting the project.

    The Esko Share & Approve software solution enables users to realistically visualise their pack in 2D and 3D and annotate the file with feedback in a single, centralised online tool. This new clarity reduces the amount of approval iterations and shortens the time required to get the job approved enabling brands and their supply chains to operate more efficiently and drive down time-to-market.

    Karsten Daemen, Esko Product Manager, commented: “We are very happy to see approval loops finishing in a maximum of 8-9 days instead of a few weeks, which is typical of what happens in the industry today. We have also observed the number of job revisions decreasing from 8-9 to 3-4 with use of the software. With the speed and complexity of packaging management today, Share & Approve is going to make a tangible difference to our customers seeking to increase their speed to market.”

    Users of Share & Approve can now instantly create 3D pack renders based on their actual 2D artwork, including special print effects and embellishments. The software has a super easy user interface enabling upload and set up in only four clicks and incorporates a range of unique packaging inspection tools for measurements, deep zooms and separations viewing, as well as barcode and braille reading.

    Creating visibility on job management, Share & Approve provides a complete audit trail of operator actions and versioning, as well as increases approval rates up to 3x faster than traditional approval processes.

    Jan De Roeck, Esko Marketing Director, added: “With Share & Approve designed as a cloud-based service, there is no IT overhead costs or efforts involved for our customers, compared to traditional on-premise solutions. There is no web deployment, no servers to maintain and keep up to date, no need to provide for data security and back-up scenarios and the uptime of the service is guaranteed."





  • + AVERY DENNISON ADDS FIVE NEW SATIN AND GLOSS METALLIC COLOURS TO SUPREME WRAPPING™ FILM

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today introduced five new satin and gloss metallic colours incorporating vibrant pigme..

    27 August 2019


    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions today introduced five new satin and gloss metallic colours incorporating vibrant pigments unique to their Supreme Wrapping™ Film portfolio.

    These new colours of Hope Green, Passion Red, Fun Purple, Wave Blue and Energetic Yellow offer vehicle owners in Australia and New Zealand exciting ways to show off their personality and originality.

    “These bold new colours are designed to add a premium finish, enhancing contours and body work,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “With a prestigious metallic finish, the new colours reflect the latest trends in automotive paint. Customers can instantly transform their vehicles to the latest in fashion and style.”

    With its high-quality performance, reliability and durability, these new colours feature the patented Avery Dennison Easy Apply RS™ technology, providing high conformability and repositioning capability for the most demanding wrapping applications. The new colours are now available at all authorised distributors. The Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio boasts of more than 120 colours and finishes for car wraps. For the full range of Supreme Wrapping Film available, please visit graphicsap.averydennison.com.





  • + ONYX software certified for HP Stitch textile printers

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., a leading software solution provider for the wide-format printing industry celebrating 30 years of ..

    20 August 2019


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., a leading software solution provider for the wide-format printing industry celebrating 30 years of innovation throughout 2019, announced today that its ONYX software is certified for the HP Stitch textile printer line.

    The HP Stitch S Series is the first widely available textile focused printing solution developed by HP.

    HP’s RIP certification programme defines a comprehensive set of integration, compatibility and performance criteria aligned to the highest performance standards and the unique capabilities of HP printing technologies. The HP Stitch Certification is a process to differentiate HP partners who demonstrate conformance to these criteria in order to receive HP Stitch certification status.

    For the new HP Stitch S Series printers, Onyx Graphics has designed the driver to include functionality for both direct-to-fabric printing and dye-sublimation transfer using paper or film. In addition, the ONYX driver provides a custom ICC build option preset specific to the HP Stitch as well as ONYX QuickSet options to simplify managing textile and dye-sublimation workflows. Combined with ONYX iccMAX v5 profiling found only in ONYX 19, users of the HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers have an easy way to achieve superior and consistent colour across their entire print production environment, as well as a simple way to automate complete textile print workflows.

    “ONYX software certification by HP and its integration with HP’s first-ever textile printer defines quality and colour for textile and soft-signage print applications,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics, Inc. “HP Stitch S Series customers utilising ONYX software profiling and colour tools can feel confident in delivering fast, consistent quality output which can be automated at the click of a button.”





  • + Easy Cut Studio now works with Mutoh Kona, Gerber FasTrack and Liyu TC-A series cutters.

    EasyCut Studio, a leading developer of vinyl cutter software programs, today announced the launch of its new edition of ..

    12 August 2019


    EasyCut Studio, a leading developer of vinyl cutter software programs, today announced the launch of its new edition of Easy Cut Studio. To be specific, it is Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7 which now supports ability to design in vector and cut the design with a Mutoh Kona, Mutoh SC, Gerber FasTrack, or Liyu SC-A vinyl cutter. Exclusive Print and Cut Technology allows you to print designs to a colour printer and then cut them out with your Mutoh cutter.

    Easy Cut Studio is one of the most popular and widely trusted vinyl cutting applications for Mac and Windows. support for all the latest as well as legacy cutting plotters. The software packed with a large selection of tools and features for designing and laying out all types of signs, decals, lettering, posters, and graphic artwork to be cut out using a vinyl plotter. You can also open bitmap graphics or scan logos and convert them into cuttable vector graphics. With countless features and advanced cutting settings, Easy Cut Studio will make your sign design and cutting tasks a pleasure while increasing quality and productivity!

    Since it has been a while since Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7 was released, an update was pending. According to the engineers working on the product, the update took a while since they wanted to deliver the best-possible results. The team claims that over 200 different cutting plotters were tested. The team even visited a number of cutting plotter manufacturers and talked to different engineers to understand their pain points. All of this helped the developers come up with a one-stop vinyl cutting software with exceptional results and increase your productivity.
     
    Easy Cut Studio v4.1.07 includes the following new features and bug fixes:

    What new in version 4.1.07:
    1. Added support for Liyu SC-A, TC-A, TC-AA and HC-AF Series; 
    2. Added support for Mutoh Kona and Mutoh SC series cutters; 
    3. Added support for Gerber FasTrack cutting plotter;
    4. New Mutoh Kona plotter driver including support for Mutoh 4 point cropmarks for Print and Cut jobs;
    5. Added cut selection only and mirror options for Rabbit cutter;
    6. Fixed a problem with cutting with Silhouette CAMEO 3;
    7. Fixed a problem with editing nodes after cutting the design;
    8. Other stability improvements and small bugs fixed.

    To learn more about Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7, please visit https://www.easycutstudio.com/ 

    Pricing and availability: 

    Easy Cut Studio version 4.1.0.7 comes with Lifetime License at a starting price of $59.95 USD. This software is available for both Windows and macOS platforms. You can get a free trial of Easy Cut Studio from the official website. Since Easy Cut Studio offers a free lifetime upgrade on its products, the existing users of Easy Cut Studio 4.xxx can upgrade to version 4.1.0.7 easily.






  • + Rojo Pacific Expands Eco Range with PVC-free Kavalan

    With increasing demand for more sustainable, recyclable and environmentally responsible products for print, signage and ..

    06 August 2019


    With increasing demand for more sustainable, recyclable and environmentally responsible products for print, signage and display applications, Australian media supplier Rojo Pacific has announced the addition of new ‘clean and green’ Kavalan printable coated textiles to its existing extensive range. 

    It was a couple of years ago now that Rojo Pacific’s John Wright really started to notice a surge in the number of enquiries his company was receiving about eco-friendly materials which could be used as an alternative to PVC coated fabrics and vinyls. 

    With the launch of the Kavalan range at PrintEx19 in Sydney next month, Wright says he’ll be the first in Australia to provide print, sign and display businesses with a genuinely viable answer: a high quality, cost-effective and completely PVC-free alternative for everything from banners and flags, to backlit panels, wall and even window graphics.

    “PVC composite fabrics are fantastic performers, but they do have a reputation for being complex and expensive to recycle,” Wright concedes, “and the properties of PVC are simply not necessary for every application.”

    While not quite as durable as PVC for heavy duty or outdoor use, Wright says Kavalan, from international specialist textile manufacturer, TAYA Canvas, provides an ideal alternative for indoor or sheltered applications, interchangeable graphics for marketing campaigns, or shorter-term outdoor use – and can then be recycled after use.

    “Kavalan is lightweight, totally PVC and phthalate-free, biodegradable and 100% ‘clean and green’,” Wright says, explaining that the range – which was launched at FESPA 2017 – replaces the usual PVC film coating with a unique, eco-friendly corn starch coating to create a reliable print-receptive layer. 

    “These materials can be used with UV, Latex or dye-sublimation inks for outstanding print quality and then, at the end of their useful life, they can be recycled without the use of solvents. Disposal is easy on the environment too – Kavalan can be incinerated without releasing harmful chemicals – in fact, we know of companies that are putting it into their ‘waste-to-energy’ stream – and if it goes into landfill, its water-based PA coating is fully biodegradable.”

    Rojo is bringing five of the Kavalan products to Australia and all will be on show on the Kavalan stand at PrintEx19. Sunlight, is a grey-backed semi-block-out, weldable material for front-lit signage including banners, roll-up displays, display frame systems and exhibition graphics. It can be printed with direct or transfer dye-sublimation, UV or Latex printers and comes in widths up to 5m. 

    Moonlight is a 200gsm coated fabric for backlit applications like lightboxes or banners, Butterfly is a two-sided banner fabric with a block-out core for high-impact double-sided banners and roll-up displays, and Gecko is a high-end fabric for wall or ceiling applications. All share a common maximum width of 5m and have been designed for large format digital UV and Latex printing. 

    Completing the range is Spiderweb, a 300gsm mesh banner material, which is ideal for window signage. It can also be printed with UV or LX inks, and has a maximum width of 3.2m.

    “We’ve been working with TAYA for 15 years as their exclusive Australian agent for signage and industrial grades of PVC coated polyester fabrics and other specialised textiles, so we know them well and understand the quality of their R&D, their innovation and their manufacturing processes,” Wright says.

    Kavalan will ideally complement the conventional products in the company’s trusted ROFAB and ROTEX ranges and, like KATZ paper-based display board and other products Rojo has debuted in Australia, reflects the company’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and ‘world’s best practice’ operation. 

    “The Kavalan launch is in line with the Business as Best Practice commitment we made in 2013 – that ‘where we can make better choices, we will,” Wright says.

    “We are a family company and we are absolutely dedicated to doing what we can to safeguard the future by incorporating life cycle thinking into every aspect of our daily business activities. So, when we are sourcing new products, we are not just looking for higher quality materials that deliver better performance and reliability, but also for sustainability. Kavalan answers those criteria.”

    Kavalan will be showcased by Rojo Pacific on the Kavalan stand, Stand L20, at PrintEx19, at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park from 13-16 August. The full range is available through Rojo Pacific and its distributors throughout Australia. For more information, call +61 3 9872 1000 or email sales@rojopacific.com.au 





  • + NUtec announces rigid UV ink for HP FB printer series

    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec recently announced its latest UV-curable ink optimised for the HP® Scitex FB 500, 55..

    29 July 2019


    Digital ink manufacturer, NUtec recently announced its latest UV-curable ink optimised for the HP® Scitex FB 500, 550, 700 & 750 series of printers.

    The Amethyst A50-RIG-FB is a premium quality UV ink for rigid applications designed for superior media adhesion and optimised for use on the HP Scitex FB printers.

    The A50-RIG-FB formulation is optimised for rigid substrates using conventional UV lamp curing and features a superior colour gamut for bright, vivid images. 

    Offered in a 2.5L box container for colours and a 1.7L container for white, the A50-RIG-FB ink can be used on a large variety of rigid substrates including glass and ceramics for indoor decoration, without the need for primers. Provided the inks are used in regular applications, using suitable substrates, these printed images will last for up to 24 months.

    NUtec Digital Ink products are supported by NUtec Digital's Ink Delivery System Warranty giving customers peace of mind when converting to NUtec inks.

    Neil Green, NUtec Sales and Marketing Director notes, “The development of the A50-RIG-FB ink for HP FB printers shows NUtec’s commitment to offering our customers world class alternative inks. Our latest NVC-free, UV-curable ink offers excellent adhesion and flexibility coupled with great all-round printing reliability. “

    “This ideal combination of adhesion, flexibility and reliability is creating many new and exciting business and application opportunities for those converting to our inks,” concludes Green.

    For further information visit www.nutecdigital.com or email info@nutecdigital.com.





  • + Easy Cut Studio now works with Mutoh Kona, Gerber FasTrack and Liyu TC-A series cutters.

    The most popular sign-making and cutting plotter software program for Windows and Mac. Now drivers for over 500 plotter ..

    24 July 2019


    The most popular sign-making and cutting plotter software program for Windows and Mac. Now drivers for over 500 plotter models.

    New York and BeiJing, China, Today, EasyCut Studio, a leading developer of vinyl cutter software programs, today announced the launch of its new edition of Easy Cut Studio. To be specific, it is Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7 which now supports ability to design in vector and cut the design with a Mutoh Kona, Mutoh SC, Gerber FasTrack, or Liyu SC-A vinyl cutter. Exclusive Print and Cut Technology allows you to print designs to a colour printer and then cut them out with your Mutoh cutter.

    Easy Cut Studio is one of the most popular and widely trusted vinyl cutting applications for Mac and Windows. support for all the latest as well as legacy cutting plotters. The software packed with a large selection of tools and features for designing and laying out all types of signs, decals, lettering, posters, and graphic artwork to be cut out using a vinyl plotter. You can also open bitmap graphics or scan logos and convert them into cuttable vector graphics. With countless features and advanced cutting settings, Easy Cut Studio will make your sign design and cutting tasks a pleasure while increasing quality and productivity!

    Since it has been a while since Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7 was released, an update was pending. According to the engineers working on the product, the update took a while since they wanted to deliver the best-possible results. The team claims that over 200 different cutting plotters were tested. The team even visited a number of cutting plotter manufacturers and talked to different engineers to understand their pain points. All of this helped the developers come up with a one-stop vinyl cutting software with exceptional results and increase your productivity.
     
    Easy Cut Studio v4.1.07 includes the following new features and bug fixes:

    What new in version 4.1.07:
    1. Added support for Liyu SC-A, TC-A, TC-AA and HC-AF Series; 
    2. Added support for Mutoh Kona and Mutoh SC series cutters; 
    3. Added support for Gerber FasTrack cutting plotter;
    4. New Mutoh Kona plotter driver including support for Mutoh 4 point cropmarks for Print and Cut jobs;
    5. Added cut selection only and mirror options for Rabbit cutter;
    6. Fixed a problem with cutting with Silhouette CAMEO 3;
    7. Fixed a problem with editing nodes after cutting the design;
    8. Other stability improvements and small bugs fixed.

    To learn more about Easy Cut Studio 4.1.0.7, please visit https://www.easycutstudio.com/ 

    Pricing and availability: 

    Easy Cut Studio version 4.1.0.7 comes with Lifetime License at a starting price of $59.95 USD. This software is available for both Windows and macOS platforms. You can get a free trial of Easy Cut Studio from the official website. Since Easy Cut Studio offers a free lifetime upgrade on its products, the existing users of Easy Cut Studio 4.xxx can upgrade to version 4.1.0.7 easily.






  • + SAi announces major enhancements to EnRoute subscription offering

    SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has a..

    23 July 2019


    SAi, the leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, digital printing and CNC machining industries, has announced a significant upgrade to its flagship EnRoute CAD/CAM software. EnRoute 6.1 meets the various needs and budgets of users across multiple industries and is accessible to existing subscribers of EnRoute software.

    EnRoute 6.1 includes half a dozen new efficiency-enhancing tools to boost CNC routing capabilities for CNC woodworking, signmaking and millworking companies, as well as nested-based manufacturing users. These new features span improved previewing options, comprehensive job statistics and greater cutting control.

    They include:

    - The newly introduced Backplot tool which simultaneously generates four preview angles and contains detailed cut statistics. It now also incorporates colour code for the text in the file, making it easier to identify what is included on the output file.

    - The Group Order function, which allows subscribers to not only select the order in which they want the objects to be cut but saves this to a group which can be copied. This allows users to dramatically reduce their design time and maximise throughput.

    - Job Statistics, which deliver improved information of cutting time. By providing realistic production times and job estimates, users can optimise throughput.

    - The Order by Line option. By drawing a simple line on screen, users can quickly select the order of the parts to be cut, providing them with superior cutting control.

    In addition, EnRoute 6.1 subscriptions include new and useful time-saving features*. Among these are a new Hot Folder option which ensures that once a part is outputted from EnRoute 6.1, it is automatically saved in a predefined (hot) folder created by the user, ready to be cut. This reduces the time required to save each part and decreases the risk of manual errors.

    Also, introduced to create toolpaths for cutting complex geometries, is the new Drag Knife tool which uses a motion-controlled knife that dictates the direction of the blade. This provides new and advanced functionalities to users of entry-level CNC machines without the large capital investment of a premium cutter.

    SAi’s many different options enable users to access the exact productivity and design tools required for their needs. For those seeking a comprehensive design-to-output workflow, EnRoute Complete comprises the full spectrum of tools. EnRoute Fabrication offers a haul of tools tailored to users operating plasma, waterjet and laser CNC machines within the metal fabrication industry, while EnRoute Designer provides users with access to standard production tools at an entry-level price.

    For further information, please visit: www.ThinkSAi.com or contact:





  • + Drytac announces global availability of Polar Chrome

    Drytac has announced the global availability of Polar Chrome, an innovative reflective film perfect for the creation of ..

    23 July 2019


    Drytac has announced the global availability of Polar Chrome, an innovative reflective film perfect for the creation of eye-catching graphics in a range of environments.

    Drytac - a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets - has added Polar Chrome to its popular Polar range to give even more options to print professionals, advertising bureau and retailers who want to make an impact with their displays.

    Polar Chrome is a 75 micron (3 mil) reflective satin silver PET film that catches the light for a stunning finish. Thanks to its compatibility with eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV printing technology and availability in rolls up to 60" wide, it is ideal for a wide variety of applications such as billboards, exhibition graphics, POS displays and public transport advertisements.

    Its three-year indoor and two-year outdoor durability makes it perfect for interior signage and high-impact outdoor signs, with a two-year warranty providing extra reassurance. Furthermore, Polar Chrome is a great choice for the production of ultra-reflective labels.

    New Polar Chrome features Drytac's advanced clear permanent acrylic adhesive which makes the installation and repositioning of graphics easy, while removal is quick and clean with no sticky residue.

    Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: "We're delighted to launch Polar Chrome, a new product perfect for truly engaging displays and signage. This bold reflective film has already been used to create incredible effects by our network of trusted distribution partners, especially when teamed with clear UV ink to create textures with depth and special effect finishes. We're looking forward to seeing our customers' incredible designs using Polar Chrome."

    Drytac's popular Polar range also includes Polar Burst, a satin reflective PVC film perfect for window graphics and Polar Grip vinyl, designed for rough surfaces and permanent printed signs even in extreme weather conditions.

    For more information on Drytac's other products and services please visit www.drytac.com





  • + Mitsubishi HiTec Paper launches new metalized inkjet paper

    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet ..

    15 July 2019


    With the launch of the new jetscript Metal VPG 1018, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has unveiled a metallic silver gloss inkjet paper, developed for water-based inkjet printing. It is particularly suitable for self-adhesive label applications, as well.

    According to Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the results on the metallic glossy inkjet labels were only previously possible using a metallic film. Jetscript Metal VPG 1018 is a pure fiber-based paper product with a metallic mirror finish and a transparent, microporous inkjet coating for excellent printing performance.

    The main features are:
    - 110 gsm
    - metallic-silver mirror finish
    - high print density
    - fast drying
    - suitable for water-based inkjet printing (dye and pigment inks)
    - compatible with latex inks
    - optimum performance in the self-adhesive production process (handling, labelling, matrix removal)

    This makes jetscript Metal VPG 1018 suitable to produce eye-catching labels in the cosmetics, beverage or food industry, as well as personalised wrapping paper, high-quality advertising panels and displays.





  • + Scodix Studio W2P launched to drive workflow automation, productivity and efficiency for the most prolific W2P companies

    Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announc..

    15 July 2019


    Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces the launch of Scodix Studio W2P solutions, unlocking new profitable digital enhancement applications for web-to-print businesses and further value-added, customised products for consumers.

    The new Scodix Studio W2P solutions integrate seamlessly into all major existing web-to-print workflows, making digital enhancement automatic for even the most demanding web-to-print jobs. With the substantial value increases made possible by digitally enhancing products, the new software unlocks significant new avenues for profit for web-to-print businesses operating in both the B2B and B2C sectors. 

    Enhancement design files are sent to Scodix Studio W2P which automatically processes the data and directs it to a Scodix Ultra press. By off-loading and automating file pre-processing, the software service boosts the utilization and productivity of Scodix Ultra Digital Enhancement Presses and the entire workflow. With the advanced Scodix Studio W2P solutions, MIS integration is also enabled to strengthen the automation process, further saving time, reducing human intervention and increasing efficiency.

    Implemented at over 20 customer sites across North America and Europe, Scodix Studio W2P solutions are already proven to be robust, trusted and valued solutions – even in the most demanding peak seasons. Early users report invaluable business differentiation following easy application of the software.

    For complex jobs Scodix Studio W2P enables a market-leading array of nine premium, attention-grabbing print enhancements to be included. Applications include Scodix Foil™, Scodix Sense™, Scodix Glitter™, Scodix VDE™, Scodix Braille™, Scodix Crystals™, Scodix Cast&Cure™, Scodix Metallic and Scodix Spot™, high-quality UV coating and glitter. In addition, the software offers a host of features ideal for web-to-print businesses.

    Scodix CEO Adina Shorr concludes, “We see web-to-print as a key market for Scodix. The Association for Print Technologies predicts a compound annual growth rate in the sector of 5.7 percent until 2023, so there’s clear opportunity for our customers to leverage. Scodix digital enhancement provides a perfect solution for differentiating businesses from the competition and keeping customers returning for products that truly change the business. The new Scodix Studio W2P provides the perfect tool for fully automated workflow for this space.”





  • + Onyx Graphics Announces Global Launch of ONYX 19

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 19, the newest version release of the company’s industr..

    10 July 2019


    Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 19, the newest version release of the company’s industry-leading wide-format RIP and print workflow software. Introducing the Spark Engine and DeviceLink+, ONYX 19 brings new cutting-edge technologies so print service providers can go bigger, bolder and beyond the limitations of wide-format print for all print applications including soft signage and textile. The Spark Engine is a new performance platform bringing RIP speed increases up to 400 percent and printer performance increases up to 200 percent. DeviceLink+ is an all-new system of easy-to-use colour management controls to achieve consistent color across an entire site without the need to read in new swatches or use a colour measurement device.

    “We’re amazed at the response ONYX 19 received at our FESPA announcement last month,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “Customers are already seeing the Spark Engine at work through increased production capacity, while DeviceLink+ is creating new possibilities to achieve outstanding colour output that can all be automated at the click of a button.”

    ONYX 19 software also introduces new Step and Repeat functionality for a 600 percent performance increase; new dot pattern technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications including soft signage and textile; adds nest trim box features for weeding and finishing print and cut jobs; and is the first and only solution to provide the ability to build iccMAX v5 profiles. Coupled with the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 5.1, ONYX 19 is a winning combination for any print application. 

    Highlights of ONYX 19 include:


    - Advanced compression algorithms in the Spark Engine increase RIP speeds up to 400 percent
    - New threading pipeline in the Spark Engine improves printer performance up to 200 percent
    - New rendering technology in the Spark Engine increases Step and Repeat performance up to 600 percent
    - Colour management automation controls using DeviceLink+
    - Consistent colour across devices using DeviceLink+
    - iccMAX v5 profiling for next-generation colour output accuracy
    - New Dot Pattern Technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications
    - Automation for Step and Repeat jobs for seamless workflows
    - Print Isolation Technology to ensure print production continues in the event of printer failure
    - Nest trim box to save time weeding and finishing jobs   
     
    Availability

    ONYX 19 software – covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow, and ONYX RIP products including ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter – is now available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase.

    www.onyxgfx.com





  • + AVERY DENNISON STRENGTHENS NEW ZEALAND DISTRIBUTION NETWORK FOR ARCHITECTURE AND AUTOMOTIVE SOLAR AND SAFETY WINDOW FILMS

    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has strengthened its New Zealand distribution network with the appointment of Decrastr..

    02 July 2019


    Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has strengthened its New Zealand distribution network with the appointment of Decrastrip as a new distributor for its premium range of architecture and automotive solar and safety window films. Decrastrip joins Glasslines as distributors of Avery Dennison’s comprehensive range of high performance, durable window films that enhance comfort, add safety and security and deliver real energy savings.

    Decrastrip is a leading supplier to the New Zealand Sign and Graphics industry focused on providing outstanding solutions, service and support. The addition of the solar and safety
    window films for architecture and automotive applications is the perfect addition to their existing products to offer a broader range of solutions to customers throughout New Zealand.

    Solar control films applied to windows, doors and skylights can filter up to 85 percent of solar radiation passing through the glass and reduce energy consumption from HVAC systems by up to 20 per cent without compromising on natural light transmission. Safety window films give security on glass doors or windows to hold shattered glass in place, thereby reducing the threat of injury and design films help architects and designers transform interior spaces.

    “Well-being, security, energy saving, sun control and privacy are important considerations for building and vehicle owners in New Zealand,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Avery Dennison is responding to our customers’ needs for innovative solutions that allow sign and print companies to expand their services to existing customers.”

    Decrastrip has been distributing Avery Dennison and Mactac films to the graphics and printing industry in New Zealand for over 20 years. Customers can enquire on the phone at 0800 828 9391, via email at info@decrastrip.co.nz or visit their website www.decrastrip.co.nz. Decrastrip has developed a deep understanding of their customers’ businesses and value adding, which has led to strong relationships with their customers and an enviable reputation for service and support.

    Avery Dennison window films are also available from Glasslines NZ Ltd. Based in the Waikato, Glasslines has been providing a diverse range of glass and window film solutions to the market for over 30 years. Customers can enquire on the phone at 0800 115587 or their website www.glasslines.co.nz





  • + X-Rite Announces i1Pro 3 Plus Color Profiling Device for Imaging, Print and Textiles

    X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a sp..

    25 June 2019


    X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announce the new i1Pro 3 Plus, a spectral colour measurement solution specifically designed for imaging, print, and textile professionals who need advanced calibration and color profiling capabilities to support today’s wide-format and industrial printing applications. The i1Pro 3 Plus has been optimised for digital printing on a range of materials and surfaces, including ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, paper, and more. Commercial, wide-format, grand-format, packaging, and industrial printers can now create ICC profiles for almost any substrate and calibrate print production devices for the highest level of colour accuracy.  

    As more industries turn to digital printing, customers are putting greater emphasis on achieving accurate and repeatable colour. To do this, production print equipment needs to be linearized and profiled for each substrate in order to monitor colour output. Current profiling solutions are limited in their ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces and cannot accommodate various material thicknesses. Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest colour quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. This leads to costly colour errors and rework which impacts a printer’s bottom line.  

    “The i1Pro 3 Plus builds on the success of the i1 Family and removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager, X-Rite. “Wide- and grand-format users and industrial material printers will see immediate value by incorporating the affordable i1Pro 3 Plus into their prepress and production workflows, resulting in more accurate and repeatable color, a reduction of waste, and an increased return on investment.”

    A long-term X-Rite partner, EFI (Electronics For Imaging), also sees the great potential of this latest i1 Family member. “We are delighted to support X-Rite’s newly announced i1Pro 3 Plus measurement device within our latest Fiery technologies at ITMA 2019. Due to the nature of digital textile production, this large-aperture device is an excellent fit with our latest single pass EFI BOLT high-speed textile printer. For both colour management and quality control, this device will allow our customers to produce accurate colour much more easily,” said John Henze, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, EFI Fiery.

    New in the i1Pro 3 Plus:

    - Larger aperture of 8mm to support new materials and substrates used in digital printing applications.

    - New polarisation (measurement condition M3) filter that reduces specular highlights and shadows on fabrics and ceramics. It provides “better blacks” and richer colours on rough surfaces and glossy medias, like canvas prints and fine art photo papers.

    - Simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners so prepress and print operators can quickly predict how colours printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions. 

    - Longer ruler for measuring the wider charts used in grand-format printing. The ruler includes an ISO-compliant white backer and removable magnetic strips on the top and sides for holding samples in place while measuring.  

    - New LED illuminant that improves device reliability. The i1Pr o3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3 Polarised). 

    - Now supports transmission scanning for backlit film and materials used in signage.

    - Measures high brightness, up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays. 

    “We are used to seeing bumpy shadow measurements from unpolarised devices on glossy textured medias like canvas. With the new polarisation feature in the i1Pro 3 Plus, our M3 measurements are dramatically smoother in the shadows - perfect in fact,” commented Scott Martin, Founder, Onsight, a leading workflow consultant for print, prepress, design and photography.  

    New X-Rite iO Table

    In addition, X-Rite announces a new i1iO Automated Scanning Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of colour measurement errors. It is ideal for photographers, designers, and printers who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading. 

    The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of industrial materials including textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials.





  • + Kornit Digital Launches Kornit Konnect

    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced Kornit Konnect, its new clou..

    25 June 2019


    Kornit Digital, a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced Kornit Konnect, its new cloud-based, mobile workflow software platform that enables businesses to maximise productivity of their digital printing solutions. This is the first phase in Kornit’s implementation of its industry vision of textile design, decoration and production being fuelled by data-driven insights and performance metrics.

    In its first phase, the Kornit Konnect enables businesses to monitor production, analyse insights and manage their fleet, in order to eliminate blind spots.  It includes a fleet management dashboard, data driven benchmarks, actual production costs, and cost structures per job, making it easy for businesses to learn more, react faster and perform better.

    Future phases and releases of the Kornit Konnect will enable deeper insights and actions as it comes to optimising production management and enabling a seamless software workflow environment for businesses of all sizes.

    “While businesses need to deliver high-quality faster than ever to maintain customer loyalty, they are also challenged to maximise their efficiency and productivity,” said Omer Kulka, VP Marketing at Kornit Digital. “Konnect empowers these businesses to make better-informed production decisions and act on them, with greater visibility and control over their operations. We have a revolutionary vision for this cloud-based platform and have plans to frequently add new modules and features that customers can leverage for long-term business success.

    www.kornit.com