Mutoh Europe nv, EMEA business unit of Mutoh Industries Co. Ltd. Japan, today announced the release of a dedicated RIP software solution for its UV LED direct to object flatbed production printers, called Digital Factory UV – Mutoh Edition.

Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, is marking the holiday season with a new preset to its Nextimage software, Christmas Decor PRO. Sprinkled with Santa’s magic, the Christmas Decor PRO scanning preset is only available during the holiday season—and, more importantly, only works in the North Pole. Captured on video, customers in this region use the Nextimage holiday preset to miracuously create a wide variety of Danish Christmas decorations, such as:

EasyCut has introduced Easy Cut Studio version 5, a compatibility update to the company’s sign-making solution with more enhanced functions, Support for more vinyl cutters, 64-bit compatibility and much more. Version 5 of Easy Cut Studio has been optimized to be fully compliant with Apple’s latest operating system – macOS 10.15 Catalina.

A combination of award-winning crystal screen technology and the latest innovation in Digital Flexo from Esko, has delivered superior print quality for Aldi’s latest festive shopping bag.

Netpak, Quebec’s largest privately held manufacturer of printed folding cartons, has partnered with Electronics For Imaging, Inc., to further advance its integrated workflow for business and production management. Netpak is the first North American company to adopt the complete Packaging Suite for folding carton production by EFI™. In line with Netpak’s core values of excellence and ongoing commitment to innovation, this software enhancement, based on best-in-class quality management practices, represents a significant step forward in print technology and raises the bar for folding carton manufacturers around the globe.

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) today releases an innovative specification to address the Sign & Display segment. Given the diversity within this segment, the new specification incorporates the notion of viewing distance and scaling factor. This allows having one specification, but still to address the big differences in printing techniques within typical sign & display jobs.

Cuttlefish is a universal 3D printer driver developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. It translates 3D scan data or 3D models generated by design and texturing software for 3D printers of various manufacturers. It also makes it possible to work with numerous print materials simultaneously, exactly reproduce the geometry, colors and fine color transitions of the original, and even simulate the finished product on the screen beforehand.

The optimized media library makes it easier to organize materials directly in GMG OpenColor. Previous version already made it possible to save custom media and reuse them later. As of GMG OpenColor 2.3, all customized substrates will be shown at one place and changes to the properties of a media are automatically applied to all projects in which the corresponding media is used. The new feature grants consistency in paper tint, even across different jobs, and with this automation ensures the correct output of proofs. In addition, operators of GMG OpenColor do not have to edit each project manually but can rely on considerable time savings.

When leading Mumbai-based label printer and converter Janus International sought greater efficiencies in the label production supply chain and to reduce the pressure on margins, the specialists in alcoholic beverage labels looked to Esko.

Enfocus, the leader in PDF quality control, advanced PDF editing and workflow automation for the graphic arts industry announces the release of Switch 2019 Fall. This release includes some interesting features for users to take advantage. There are Switch Designer improvements and many added features to the Switch Web Portal. The Remote Process element and the API have been improved to make the integration and communication with Switch even more robust, positioning Enfocus Switch ahead of the market in helping users to build winning print services. PitStop Pro and PitStop Server 2019 update 1 will officially support Mac OSX 10.15 Catalina and contain a number of bug fixes. PitStop Server also receives stability improvements with this release.

Esko continues to bring innovations to market while delivering outstanding value to its customers, unveiling a host of new updates for its integrated software platform which will bring operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain.

Gido van Praag, family man, enthusiastic blue-water sailor, Master Scuba diver & Divemaster, and marathon runner, is an industry veteran who spent over 30 years in the printing industry at Océ/Canon and HP in a variety of different roles.

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the launch of the company’s new Paint Protection Film Cutting Software – now available across the United States and Canada.

Roland DG announces that cotodesign, an innovative design and print management software package which allows retailers to offer customers a unique in-store experience with the possibility to personalise a wide range of products, is now compatible with more Roland DG devices than ever before.

At Brand United University, collocated with the recent PRINTING United show in Dallas, Texas, Color-Logic joined Scodix, Highcon, and MGI foiling to present graphic designers and ad agency personnel with the latest enhancement opportunities in print advertising and packaging.

Markzware, software developer for the printing, publishing and the graphic design industries, today launched IDMarkz™. This application acts as a “hub” for Adobe InDesign files. In a nutshell IDMarkz displays InDesign file previews, exports InDesign files to IDML and image file types, plus converts or opens InDesign files in other DTP applications.

Ghent Workgroup continues to bring experts from around the world together to build specifications and best practices for publishing, print, and packaging workflows as it welcomes new member Prinovis, the largest house within the Bertelsmann Printing Group.

Service Graphics has renewed its use of Vism’s project management software and installer apps for a second year, with its Swanley production site having reaped the benefits of a more streamlined process for managing its installations.

GMG ProofMedia studio line has recently been enriched by a new media: GMG ProofMedia studio OBA semiMatte 200 - a substrate perfectly suited for proofing of products printed on coated material containing optical brightening agents (OBAs), such as magazines, brochures, or packaging.

axaio software, developer of automation solutions for PDF creation, printing and content correction workflows for the publishing and printing markets as well as for accessible PDF creation, announces the immediate availability of the new MadeToTag version 1.9.098 and its support of Adobe InDesign 2020, including notarization for macOS Catalina.

INX International Ink Co. continues to affirm its status as the market leader in metal decorating inks and color management technologies. Since updating the INX 2-Piece Metal Color Catalog with new colors three months ago, over 150 beverage brands, breweries, can makers, design agencies and other beverage marketers have now embraced the book that represents the only true color standard for metal decorating.

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