Colortrac release new SmartWorks Pro wide format scanner software supporting 10 languages for their SmartLF large format scanner customers
St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK 9th March 2011, Colortrac, an important innovator in the field of wide format scanner technology, have released a new version of their SmartWorks Pro large format scanner software allowing customers to select from one of 10 new fully nationalised versions to suit their local needs.
The fully translated Graphical User Interface (GUI) and embedded Contextual User Guide allow SmartWorks Pro customers to further refine their scanning workflow of large format documents. By using a Touch Screen enabled GUI, it provides customers quick access to key productivity features of the SmartLF wide format scanner family that helps them improve their scanning performance and assures great sharp color images, straight out of the box.
Commenting on the new software release, Sales and Marketing Director - Peter de Winter Brown said that “the new language versions of the SmartWorks Pro software family have opened up new opportunities for Colortrac wide format scanner customers, allowing them to fully understand the capabilities and manage the powerful combination of this software and their SmartLF large format scanner. Also, by packaging the relevant features in three different configurations, we have optimised the workflow to suit our customers' typical application needs.”
Pitney Bowes Brilliant Communication Awards to Honor Innovative, High-Volume Production Print and Mail Customers
STAMFORD, Conn., March 09, 2011 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) today announced a call for entries for the Brilliant Communication Awards to honor leading, high-volume production printing and mailing customers around the world. The awards will recognize the innovators, early adopters and creative problem solvers who implemented ways to streamline workflow, ensure accuracy, and precisely market in order to communicate better with their customers. Award winners will be recognized at the annual global Customer Summit, June 6 – 8, 2011, which is hosted by the company’s Document Messaging Technologies business group in Danbury, Connecticut.
This is the inaugural year for the award and categories include the: “Powerful Communication Award” for improved productivity, efficiency and quality; “Colorful Communication Award” for migrating to full digital color, White Paper Factory™ solutions; and “Profitable Communication Award” for creating more relevant, precision marketing communications. A panel of industry experts and thought leaders from Pitney Bowes will select the winners in each category. There is also an “Innovators Choice Award” that allows industry peers to view all of the award nominations online and vote for the most innovative solution. Pitney Bowes customers are encouraged to submit their entry for each award category.
West Caldwell, NJ, March 9, 2011 - Ricoh Americas Corporation, a leading provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today announced three new widgets for App2Me® – an innovative technology that personalizes and simplifies complex workflows, seamlessly integrates multiple applications, and maximizes productivity by allowing users to bring their workflow wherever they go. The three new widgets – Scan to Evernote®, Scan to Gmail™ and Scan to Google® Docs – give users a convenient and direct connection from certain Ricoh multifunction products (MFPs) to the cloud.
“Today, over 30 million people use Google services, such as Gmail and Google Docs, and there are more than four million Evernote users. Our customers demand and benefit from the latest in technology, therefore it was important to us to offer a solution that fits in with these tools,” said Shinji Satoh, director, Solutions Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “App2Me was designed to enable our customers to utilize their Ricoh MFP in a way that is easy, intuitive and convenient. These new widgets broaden the solutions we can provide to our customers to help them improve their workflows.”
App2Me provides functions in widget form, enabling MFPs to be used in conjunction with cloud computing services that offer business applications over the Internet. Available on Google Desktop™, App2Me was first featured on Ricoh’s Aficio® MP 2851 and MP 3351, and is also available on the new Aficio MP 4001/MP 5001 Series and other Ricoh MFPs.
Konica Minolta Awarded with SAM Silver Class for the Second Consecutive Year; Global recognition as a leading company in sustainability
Tokyo (March 8, 2011) – Konica Minolta Holdings Inc., (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded with SAM Silver Class for the second consecutive year.
SAM (Sustainable Asset Management) Group, based in Switzerland, is an investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. Every year SAM invites the world’s largest 2,500 companies to participate in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Results are analyzed in terms of economic, environmental and social issues with a focus on long-term value creation. Recently SAM has released its annual “Sustainability Yearbook 2011” in which 103 companies are awarded with Gold Class, 92 companies including Konica Minolta with Silver Class and 77 companies with Bronze Class.
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 8, 2011 - HP Enterprise Services today announced it has been selected by the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans in volunteering, to provide information technology solutions designed to improve the level of service and success of its programs.
The Consolidated Customer Support contract, sold under the U.S. General Services Administration USA Contact contract vehicle, has a one-year base period followed by four one-year option periods. The $22.5 million contract serves all CNCS volunteer service programs, including AmeriCorps, SeniorCorps and Learn & Serve.
Under the contract, HP will provide customer service innovations that enable the CNCS customer contact center to become the single point of support for all general, technical and policy inquiries. The consolidated support center will help standardize service quality levels and offer cost-efficient and user-friendly support to CNCS staff, program members, grantees and citizens looking for volunteer opportunities.
With HP’s help, CNCS will become more efficient by avoiding gaps in service, duplication of efforts and loss of valuable customer data while enabling enterprise-wide metric reporting.
Konica Minolta Helps Farmington Public Schools Increase Productivity in Document Center and Ease Overall Document Management for Teachers
Ramsey, NJ – March 8, 2011 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, today announced that Farmington, MN Area Public Schools (Farmington) has increased overall print efficiency throughout their eight schools with Konica Minolta bizhub® PRO production print systems and bizhub multifunctional products (MFPs – print, copy, fax and scan all in one system). Supporting 6500 students and 750 employees, Farmington’s document center has streamlined digital imaging across the school district with the help of Konica Minolta hardware including one bizhub PRO C5501 Color Digital Press, two bizhub PRO 1050 Monochrome Digital Presses and 18 bizhub 421 Monochrome MFPs, to increase overall impressions from eight million to 15 million annually.
In 2006, the Farmington, MN-based school district opened a centralized production print document center with a Web-to-print solution from Rochester Software Associates, Inc. (RSA) to help better manage printing in the high school, two middle schools, five elementary schools and two office buildings that comprise the district. The document center quickly outgrew its initial implementation as electronic document management was adopted by employees and teachers.
IRVINE, CA, MARCH 8, 2011--Kofax plc (LSE: KFX), the leading provider of document driven business process automation solutions, today announced it has been named to KMWorld’s “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” for 2011. This year marks Kofax’s eighth consecutive appearance on the list.
KMWorld is a leading content, knowledge and document management publication. The annual list, first established in 2000, is compiled by editors of the magazine, knowledge management practitioners, industry analysts and technology users to recognize companies based on the breadth and impact of their ability to meet specific customer needs while adding true value to the entire chain of constituencies.
“Limiting the list to 100 companies is an extraordinarily difficult task, and we could have very easily doubled its size,” said Hugh McKellar, Editor-in-Chief of KMWorld. “In addition, inclusion in previous years certainly didn't guarantee being on the list this time.”
Nuance Introduces PDF Converter for Mac – The Affordable Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Which Turns PDF into Editable Documents
BURLINGTON, Mass., March 8, 2011 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions and the provider of PDF Converter Professional for Microsoft Windows, today introduced Nuance PDF Converter™ for Mac, giving Apple Mac users the ability to create, convert and edit PDF files for just $99 - a fraction the price of Adobe® Acrobat®.
PDF Converter for Mac allows users to effortlessly create, view, edit and scan 100 percent industry-standard PDF files. The product uses Nuance OmniPage document conversion and optical character recognition (OCR) technology to turn PDF files back into editable text documents and turn scanned PDF files into searchable PDF files. The product also connects to separate cloud-based services, including NuancePDF.com document conversion for conversion to fully-formatted word processing and spreadsheet documents, and Evernote®, a note storage and access service.
“With PDF Converter Professional for Windows, Nuance delivered ‘Better PDF for Business,’ the first PDF product with the price, features and performance needed to put PDF on every office desktop,” said Robert Weideman, General Manager and Senior Vice President for the Nuance Document Imaging Division. “Now Nuance is delivering a ‘Better PDF for Mac,’ making it affordable for every Mac user to save time and money by using Nuance PDF – at home, at the office and on the go.”
Powered by OKI Printing Solutions, Carolina Wholesale Delivers “Solutions for Success” Exhibit at ITEX 2011 National Expo & Conference
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., March 7, 2011 - OKI Data Americas, which markets its products under the OKI® Printing Solutions brand, today announced the company’s sponsorship of Carolina Wholesale “Solutions for Success” exhibit at ITEX 2011 Expo & Conference in booth #501 in Washington D.C. on March 22-23. Powered by the OKI Printing Solutions brand, Carolina Wholesale, one of the largest office machines and supply distributors in the U.S., will exhibit OKI Printing Solutions’ BTA exclusive line of CX products, in addition to other print solutions to help customers manage their devices and streamline business processes.
Carolina Wholesale is an OKI Data Americas Master BTA Distributor, providing sales and support to indirect BTA dealers who wish to purchase the OKI Printing Solutions MPS Ready and CX product lines. Last year, Carolina Wholesale launched a new OKI Printing Solutions Dealer Advantage Program, offering a comprehensive selection of products, programs and services to enhance BTA dealer support coast-to-coast and provide a one-stop-shop for their print and copy needs.
“As a trusted partner of OKI Printing Solutions’ for 20 years, Carolina Wholesale serves the specialized needs of BTA dealers throughout the U.S., providing them with such benefits as: competitive pricing, warehousing and inventory storage, faster delivery times, free hotline support, and service and warranty support, to name a few,” said Jackie Paralis, OKI Printing Solutions’ Senior Marketing Manager for Channel Development.
A big topic at the recent Executive Sustainability Summit at ASU in Phoenix, hosted by Xerox and Waste Management, was the management of printing in a sustainable way. Angele Boyd, a Group VP / General Manager with research firm IDC, spoke at the event and shared her extensive knowledge on the greening of IT and printing. She presented a ton of survey results that gave a picture of how companies and employees view printing.
As is so often the case, customers express high interest in being green, but when it comes to people actually acting on their intentions, well…not so much. The two main environmental concerns employees expressed were about depletion of natural resources (trees, water, energy) and perceived harm to the environment from toxic materials in printers and in ink/toner. In IDC’s surveys, 61% of employees say that the environment is an important consideration when they decide to print or not. But – and here’s the big disconnect – only 16% of us actually act on those beliefs and avoid printing because of the environment.
To be fair to confused employees, it isn’t actually clear what “green” even means in managing all the information coming into our lives. The assumption is often that a digital document will have a smaller footprint than a physical one. But the reality is much more complicated. All digital information requires energy and has its own footprint – there’s an interesting debate, for example, about how much CO2 every Google search produces (around 0.2 grams it turns out).
The following Ricoh InfoPrint models are now supported by NSi AutoStore:
AutoStore now supports over 250 Ricoh family devices! Check them out in the supported device list.
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 7, 2011 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the availability of its Cloud Portal software for imageRUNNER ADVANCE software enabling a broad range of Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE office systems to access Google Docs and Microsoft SharePoint Online cloud-based services directly from the MFP panel. Developed by Canon U.S.A. using its MEAP technology, Cloud Portal for imageRUNNER ADVANCE software is available as a free application that allows users to scan and store paper-based documents directly to the cloud, as well as to print certain documents stored in the cloud to imageRUNNER ADVANCE office systems.
The Cloud Portal for imageRUNNER ADVANCE software is a server-less, driver-less application that requires no additional hardware to enable direct connection to the cloud via the MEAP application. By facilitating direct integration with leading cloud services, the new application increases end-user flexibility and helps to increase productivity by allowing users to access cloud-stored data from a PC, tablet device or smart phone, and print or share the data with multiple users across locations. To print from the cloud, the Canon Direct Print Kit or the PS Printer Kit needs to be installed on the imageRUNNER office system.*
"Addressing the rising demand for round-the-clock access to critical work product by mobile workers, Canon U.S.A. is pleased to launch the Cloud Portal for imageRUNNER ADVANCE software," said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "As cloud technology matures, the innovative hardware and carefully engineered software applications of the imageRUNNER ADVANCE office systems product line make them ideal products for cloud applications."
The Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) is the world’s largest and most secure private network, providing U.S. sailors and marines with universal access to a single, enterprise-wide intranet. NMCI currently has 700,000 users and has gained about 70,000 people per year over the past five years. The Navy anticipates that the users of this tool will be in the neighborhood of a million people in the near future.
The Navy wanted its intranet users to be truly mobile and more productive without any ad hoc connection costs.
Previously, the Navy was a hardwired organization. However, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral James Godwin, director of the NMCI program, knew from personal experience that mobility in communications was going to be a key driver in the near future. “I posed the mobility question initially almost four years ago, but there were valid security concerns at the time,” recalls Godwin. “So I knew that security was the issue I needed to solve. When we first saw EV-DO capability with better certification authority, it was obvious that this was the right path to mobility.”
The intent was to get the military on par with the civilian workforce. “We knew we had to move in that direction,” says Godwin.
For starters, the Navy provided its mobile users that carried Dell laptops with Kyocera Wireless PC cards that connected to the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess (EV-DO) network. Other laptop brands are slated for integration in the near future. In some locations where there was no way to provide a wired connection, the Navy also deployed the wireless solution for desktop computers. Since security is a huge military concern, the solution called for a Juniper VPN.
“We started a pilot project using four to five offices,” says Godwin. “We knew it wouldn’t take long to get out of the pilot phase though. Now, out of our 700,000 intranet users, about 65,000 to 70,000 are true mobile users and another 2,000 are PC users accessing 3G CDMA mobile broadband as well. We expect to see exponential growth as more and more people see the potential first hand.”
It is very common for valuable time and resources to be wasted on opening, preparing and sorting standard mail manually. The solution for this is to add document scanning to your mailroom.
Having your key business documents scanned at the point of entry into your company eliminates the risk of security breaches, mistakes, and wasted manual labour. Documents mailed together will stay together through scanning all the way to their destination.
Many small businesses think that print management probably won’t benefit their business. They believe that print management can only help companies with large budgets that go wildly unmanaged. However, no matter what size your business, print management can greatly help.
Organizing your business printing needs can be very time consuming and expensive. Whether you are just trying to print your own business cards or you need to send out flyers to your customers, it is important your resources are used in the most efficient way possible.
Seoul, Korea; Venlo, The Netherlands, 4 March 2011 - Canon and Océ have announced their intention to enter the Korean commercial printing market. Canon Korea can complement its existing prominent office product portfolio and sales network with the comprehensive Océ range of commercial printers. This will now enable clients such as direct marketing companies, architects and industrial designers to build their business as well. Canon Korea Business Solutions announced the news at a press conference marking the opening of an industry trade fair in the Korean capital Seoul.
Broader product portfolio
Canon, a world leader in imaging solutions, completed its offer for Océ in March 2010 and currently holds an approximately 90% share in the international leader in digital document management. The compelling combination of the two companies is set to change the landscape of the Korean printing industry, by providing printers for use at home, office equipment, larger digital presses and now an array of commercial printers.
The full-service print shop in Minnesota used to outsource six-page brochures to larger printing companies and get them back two to four days later. “Now, with the iGen4 EXP press we can produce them ourselves within hours,” said Joel Johnson, president and Chief Operating Officer, Bryant Graphics. “The press drastically cuts turnaround time and our customers are noticing.”
ALLPRO Direct Marketing, a full-service marketing firm, became the first in Florida to acquire the iGen4 EXP press. They rely on the press to produce direct-mail marketing campaigns, personalized invitations, postcards and other 1:1 marketing solutions – many of which are processed using uDirect® Classic variable data software from XMPie®, A Xerox Company.
Canon today revealed the company’s entry into the commercial photo printing market with the launch of the DreamLabo 5000 production inkjet printer. Creating a new premium standard of photo-print quality, DreamLabo 5000 will challenge the silver halide technology market and enable new revenue opportunities from the production of high-value print merchandise such as photo books.
“The market for photo books is strong and continues to grow rapidly. With consumers demanding high-quality printed images, Canon has extended its renowned inkjet technology to create a commercial printer that raises the standard of image quality for the photo book industry,” said Gareth Thomas, Development Manager - Digital Imaging, Canon Australia. “Canon Australia is excited by the potential for this new technology and we’re currently exploring opportunities for this premium product in our market.”
"DreamLabo 5000 sets a new standard for the printing of high-quality images and high-definition text and is aligned with the needs of commercial photo printers and print-on-demand specialists..."
March 4, 2011 – Trumbull, CT – Green Bay, Wisconsin-based reprographer Green Bay Blue knows that having the right equipment at your fingertips is crucial to delivering high-quality work, especially in fast turnaround time situations. In fact, the shop's recent investment in an Océ ColorWave® 600 large format color printer made it possible to create sixteen, 3-by-5 foot banners for the 2011 Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in less than two hours on the Monday following the game. The banners where then affixed to eight buses, which carried the players on a celebratory route throughout the streets of Green Bay.
"Thanks to the extraordinary speed of the Océ ColorWave 600 printer, we were able to provide great looking, customized banners in time to greet 50,000 screaming fans," said Paul Vidani, president of Green Bay Blue. "No other equipment could have provided this service in such a short amount of time."
Business Ink Adds Canon imagePRESS C7000VP Digital Color System to Pursue New Color Opportunities in Compliance Output
TRUMBULL, CT, March 3, 2011 – Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, today announced that Austin-based Business Ink has added a Canon imagePRESS C7000VP color system, the first such installation in an existing Océ account in the western United States.
As a business process "plug in," Business Ink focuses on compliance document production for target markets that include healthcare verticals and over 2,000 state and local governments. With clients in over twenty-seven states, Business Ink has facilities to manage and distribute information virtually across the United States.
Using innovative technology, Business Ink manages sensitive, regulated and high-value data across a range of business segments. That data then becomes essential content distributed to clients via mail, email, online postings, digital media, and more. Business Ink has a unique services delivery model based on multi-channel information distribution for government and private sector customers.