Thursday, October 27, 2005

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Printing with inkjet

Recently, inkjet has developed printers that can print faster than before. Some of these printers are capable of printing out 20 pages per minute.

With these capabilities, it is no wonder people are rushing to purchase one with such lightning speed. However, it is important that these people should consider first the type of projects they will be printing about.

Indeed some printers are capable of printing many pages per minute and still maintain the print quality at the same time. But some are not. As with inkjet printers, there are lots of kinds that people can choose from. They only have to know the kinds the kind of printer that will serve their purpose the most.

Still the best thing to do is shop around some of the inkjet sites and shop to find the printer that you think will work best for you.

With all the new changes in the inkjet industry, it is important that you take the time to research the many and different kind of services the products can offer.

I think this is the key to better understand the constantly changing inkjet printer industry. Here , take a look.

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Ask the right question first

Do you want to print text or images? This is the question to ask before buying a printer.

Upon choosing a laser printer, you have to know that there are things that this kind of printer can do. And there are also things that it is not so good at.

Laser printers draw crisper lines than inkjets and they cost less. If you want to print out large documents, this is the printer to use. For running and maintenance purposes, laser printers can be more cost-effective too.

One factor that these printers are not so good at is when it comes to printing photos. Although the images are printed fine, they do not really have the same quality and resolution that inkjet printers have.

Whether you want to a monochrome or color printer, a choice has to made carefully. Color printers can be very expensive to maintain and to use, of course.

Do not be attracted by the color printouts that you see from some printers. Chances are, you may never see them in your own printer once you purchase the same kind.

Monday, October 24, 2005

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Art Unraveled part

Those artworks are a refreshing sight when you are used to seeing only Photoshop or digitally works of art. And here I was assuming that there are less and less of those kinds available today.

I especially liked that knitting part. It has always been a relaxing, though sometimes frustrating, form of art creation that has been quite famous in the past.

During those times, people will see knit creations in their best. Each one trying to outdo the other by thinking of new and innovative patterns to knit.

Don’t get me wrong but knitting in the modern world of today is synonymous with grandmothers sitting on a rocking chair. Books and movies made that impression famous and got everybody into thinking that way too.

No matter what they think about it, knitting is still an art form. A silent yet creative art that people do not get to see much today.

I am not lying when I say that if ever I stumble into a knitted work, I am amazed. I think of the time and effort put into it to achieve the end result. Guess that would be the usual reaction when seeing something beautiful yet very rare nowadays.

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Originality in Logo Design

Ok so it is really the same thing, some minus the colors and the different names they are associated with.

One thing I noticed though is that the original logos that were copied were logos that are not that known. Maybe some never made it out in the open for people to see. So how come they were recopied in the first place?

Another question to ponder on is maybe those logos have been in some very hidden and difficult to find database. The reproducers may have thought that they were making a rebirth of some unknown design and that no one would find out. They were wrong, of course.

There may still be other cases out there same as the ones Mike Davidson in his article had mentioned in his article. Makes one wonder if there is really already a shortage in the logo creativity.

Is it the times or people not anymore capable of bringing out originality and lacking in creativity? Logo owners should achieve copyrights for their logos, no matter if it is not made public yet. Better that than being stolen.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Printing technologies are not only for printing

Bill Gates was not contented when he gave Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) and all its great aspects to the people. He wanted computer users, Microsoft users of course, to have a more enjoyable on-screen reading experience. That is why he made improving reading on the screen as one of his top priorities.

Expect new typefaces to appear in 2006 because Microsoft will be shipping its operating system and other software products. The typefaces are especially designed for extended on-screen reading.

Open Type technologies is a brand new font collection to improve the structure and clarity of letter forms. This simply means that stories and other forms of prints will be easier to read. The letters and words would not be mushy and soft looking which makes them difficult to comprehend.

These new fonts will be suitable for both print and on-screen application. If Bill Gates can pull this off, it would be another big thing in the printing industry as only he is capable of making. I think those with not so clear “reading eyes” would be more than thankful if ever this comes out in the market.

People have a lot to thank Bill of. Imagine not having him and his inventions around…

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

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Catalog printing and modern technologies

Catalogers are not cutting on prices, circulation and page count. It is business as well but with twists and turns to be able to keep up with the increase in postage and paper.

Many catalogers are avoiding tactics that printers have been doing to avoid costs in the catalog printing. Some are really not aware of this fact but there are others who are wise in the process.

New technologies have already come out for use in the printing industry. The availability of offset printing in the web sites is allowing printers to print more and more quality prints. Press times are shortened to make printing faster. These technologies are very advanced that the crews needed to run them are reduced.

There is also the fact that the binding process is easier nowadays. There are bindery equipments now used for both stitching and patent binding. Perfect binding, to be more specific.

This is catalog printing in the age of technology. With these advanced factors in the printing industry, looks like catalogs are here to stay for quite some time. No chance of them disappearing yet.

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Digital asset management

Email marketing is a thing of the past already. If you think you are well ahead of others by using this strategy, you are not. Time to welcome digital asset management (DAM) (www.digitalmanagement.com).
For those who do not know it yet, digital asset management is the software used that enables to store and retrieve any type of files quickly. All files, words documents, design, spreadsheets and more. The advantage DAM over the others is capable of storing files on the server because it gives people more security. Secure environment for contents and the ability to share them.
The users can also perform full-text searches and take control over the many versions of asset that can be useful in their marketing campaign. If you ask the marketing professionals, you would be surprised at the bulks and number of files they are managing. Not to mention the number of searched they are capable of performing for a day.
Obviously this software is an effective way to make improvements in productivity. Yet another addition to the many existing marketing tools that people can use. Of course, a more consistent additional to mail boxes also.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

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Employee of the decade

Talk about being all that loyal to the company and remaining so after retirement from work.

A former HP employee have been collecting HP products for many years and now have a museum-like house full of HP memorabilia and other things which has the brand name written on it.

One of the main features of the collection are the machines that HP have had through the years, maybe even up to the time that Hewlett and Packard have started the business. People will see the different business machines that the company have developed over the years and the ones that made its own mark in the printing industry.

For the people who may want to see how the history of this company have evolved through the years, all they have to do is visit the museum to see the collection of antique to modern HP equipments. Did I mention that it can be found in Australia?

For those who are quite interested but cannot afford to go to that part of the world. Try checking it out here.
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Taking personalization to another level

Presenting Alphapicture with its capability to provide customized images that can be used to personalize email, web and print delivery projects.

The options include a professional looking image that can cater to the different styles that people want their print ads to be. With the millions of images all over the world, chances are every other thing that people choose will definitely be unique.

People may have already seen the personalization of cards produced by companies like Los Angeles Printing Company: Full color postcards catalog brochure. Not all though, just some.

Another thing that adds to the appeal of this software is that it appeals to the emotions that people find irresistible. Not to mention the perfect way to boost one’s morale and ego, form that matter. It is not all the time they see their picture and name on a postcard or a poster.

I would not be lying if I say that images can always say more than words can. Besides there are things that is difficult to express in words.

An image summarizes comprehensive and diverse thoughts into a single expressive picture. It has more tuck up in its rolled sleeves.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

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Becoming a writer/publisher - part 2

Publishing in the digital and internet age

Being a publisher and a writer has seen changes especially with printing becoming more

and more modern. Are their publishing needs taken to another level or is it slowly being
pushed down the drain?
Digital printing still has some good things to contribute to writers and publishers in terms
of the need for printing in bulks and in numbers. The print itself has become cheaper and faster. With short-run digital printing out fro grabs, why not?
There is also print on demand with specializes in dealing directly with the author.
From the beginning to the end.
There are downsides to the digital printing technology that these people are using now.
But with more advantages, no one is complaining.
David Lawrence is also aware of the fact that the more “practical” need to have
the best yet inexpensive printing process is maybe the answer to the competition
that seems to be famous to all. The internet. The capability to download whatever
book that is out and in hard-bound can make publishing extinct.
Maybe.