Consac 2006 “Imagemakers” Trade Show

Consac 2006, also subtitled "Imagemakers," trade show and conference was held Sept.15-16/06 in Toronto and was geared to address digital imaging, sign making and signage needs for the sign industry. I was interested to see where the trends in grand-format imaging are going. According to industry stats, the grand-format printing market has shown sizeable gains … Read more →

Wide-format multi-function printers

Wide-format multi-function printers (MFP) have come a long way over the last few years. It wasn’t long ago that these wide-format products were priced well above $50,000 and were found only in larger companies which were able to justify the cost. But now, you can get these MFP devices for $20,000 or less, and smaller … Read more →

Fourteen alternatives to selling out

A fascinating result of doing due diligence first, is to learn that many of those clients really don’t want to sell at all, but they have run into a problem they just can’t solve, and “Selling Out” appears to be their best and often, their only option. When presented with a solution to the challenges … Read more →

Grafik’Art 2006 Quebec Canada

The city of Laval outside of Montreal just hosted the Grafik’Art 2006 trade show that catered to the offset, digital and screen printing industries as well as the flexo, packaging and graphic arts industries. The show was held April 27-29, 2006 and exhibitors showed their newest products and services on more than 70 000 square … Read more →

Mutoh Toucan LT review

The Mutoh Toucan LT won the 2005 DPI product of the year award. As well it swept up two awards at the 2005 SGIA Digital Conference. Winning Best Poster Print and Best Rigid Substrate. The Mutoh Toucan LT beat out heavyweight contenders such as the Mimaki JV3- SPII and the Roland Sol-Jet Pro II. “The … Read more →

Building a wide-format printing business

The theme this year at the Graphics Canada show was “The Power of Print”, and one thing that both impressed and amazed me was the omnipresence of wide format printers. Apparently, traditional offset printers are finally starting to wake up to the enormous potential of the wide-format printing industry. One need only look around, both … Read more →

Test driving the all-new VUTEk 260 Outdoor Printer

While many large-format printing companies are buzzing around all the new flatbed printers that are hitting the marketplace, VUTEk has quietly introduced a competitively priced, very respectable 103” solvent-based inkjet printer. VUTEk certainly has an excellent reputation in the print industry, so we were thrilled when they recently released this new model. VUTEk’s printers have … Read more →

Digital colour proofing

Digital colour is at the heart of every graphic communications business. Technological advances in inkjet printing have now enabled inkjet printers to produce high-resolution, stable colour proofs. New research reveals that inkjet has become the top technology in the digital proofing arena as well. Continuous-tone inkjet printers, like the old Iris proofers, basically defined inkjet … Read more →

New print opportunities for print & sign shops

Not long ago, signs were hand painted using one-shot enamels until vinyl cutters cut into the market. Things have drastically changed over the last number of years with the advent of digital printing. Smart entrepreneurs have made new investments into digital output devices of all sorts from high speed copiers to large format printers and … Read more →

Building Your Own Virtual Colour Managed Workflow

Apple has announced a new website, www.apple.com/pro/color to help designers and print professional who want to understand and integrate color management into their workflow. Thanks to Apple, getting started with virtual color proofing is easier than ever. Virtual color proofing used to require many different hardware and software devices and constant intervention and fine-tuning. Today, … Read more →

Top Picks of Print Ontario 2004

Canon 8.2-Mega Pixel EOS 20D Digital SLR camera Designed for advanced amateurs, photojournalists, wedding photographers and print professionals, Canon’s new 8.2-Mega Pixel EOS 20D Digital SLR camera combines speed, image quality, ease-of-use and ruggedness in a compact size to deliver the highest performance in its class. It is the first mid-range digital SLR to offer … Read more →

Are You an Entrepreneur?

As a business intermediary, (a specialist in the sale of privately owned businesses) I frequently encounter buyers, caught up in the myth of a business ownership, who haven’t taken a hard look at the realities. And sometimes the sellers have learned those realities the hard way. At our company, we say that to be successful, … Read more →