Whitepapers

The Benefits of Grayscale: The DPI Battle Ends

As grayscale print head technology evolves and becomes a viable solution for true production-level superwide/grand format inkjet printers, it’s important to address the impact variable drop grayscale printing has on how the industry measures print quality.

The spatial measure of resolution in dots per inch (dpi) is only relevant when measuring single/binary droplets. In this paper, we will discuss how apparent resolution, or the way an eye perceives an image as having greater detail than it does in physical reality, should be used as the new standard for judging final print quality.

Improved Print Quality with the Introduction of Light Colors

Light colors are used as a means to trick the user’s eye into perceiving the print as having a higher resolution than the native resolution. In other words, light colors offer a second, lighter level of detail to an image to reduce the grainy appearance of skin tones and quartertones, in particular. Light colors are typically 40% of the optical density of the dark colors. So, if you are printing a light blue of 40% density, for example, the printer will use nearly 100% of light cyan instead of the usual 40% coverage of dark cyan. Although more ink is used, the light color gives the print a nice, smooth fill, resulting in an apparent increase in resolution of 1.5. So, an image printed at 600 x 360 dpi, an average resolution of 464 dpi, appears closer to 700 dpi with the use of light inks. Similarly, a 1000 x 720 dpi print with light inks has an apparent resolution of 1200 dpi.

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Enhancing the Design Process with 3D Printing

3D Printing Comes of Age.

Affordable, quick and easy-to-use 3D printers are changing the face of product design and development, bringing this additive fabrication technology in-house for many designers and manufacturers. Thanks to simple software and advanced technology, it is now just a matter of hours for a computer-aided design (CAD) drawing to become a three-dimensional model. 

The term 3D printer generally refers to a class of rapid prototyping systems that are smaller, easier to use and less expensive than average machines. The term 3D printing is often used as a synonym for rapid prototyping, and research data often combine the two. Although rapid prototyping has been around since the late 1980s, 3D printing was introduced in the early 1990s. Since then, quality has increased and prices have gone down, making this technology affordable for even small companies. The Gartner Inc. research firm estimates there will be 300,000 3D printers on the market by 2011, according to Business Week. NextGen Research, in a study published in April, 2009, predicts 3D printing systems, services and materials will grow at a rate of nearly five percent to reach $782.6 million by 2013. 

How Does 3D Printing Differ from Rapid Prototyping?

Rapid prototyping refers to a broad category of processes used to build models layer by layer from computer-generated STL data. Two common forms of rapid prototyping are stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS). By contrast, Dimension 3D printers are based on Stratasys’ patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM™) technology.

Can You Trust the Cloud? A Practical Guide to the Opportunities and Challenges of the Document 3.0 Era

Executive Summary

Cloud computing is one of the hot topics of our day. And it deserves all the attention. Why? Because it has the potential to deliver a wide range of innovative services for the management of infrastructure, development platforms, software applications and complex business processes more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. It will also speed up the development of intelligent, proactive “next gen” documents, which will improve the productivity of Knowledge Workers around the world. 

But several challenges must be addressed before the cloud becomes a widely accepted paradigm for computing. There are concerns about data security, privacy and regulatory compliance. Not to mention ongoing debate around public vs. private vs. hybrid clouds.

Nevertheless, cloud computing has become a dynamic force in the business world. And forward-thinking clients have discovered that the right approach to cloud-based services can help them improve the performance of their service offerings while lowering costs, creating a compelling competitive advantage.

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Managing Documents for Success in the New Business Information Paradigm

Setting the Scene

In recent years C-level executives in many of the world's largest and most successful organizations have been forced to introduce a wide range of cost-cutting measures as macroeconomic forces continue to create a challenging and uncertain trading environment. In many instances, and with growth becoming an increasingly difficult goal to achieve, organizations have been under intense pressure to reduce the cost base to help growth. But at what cost to future success? An overzealous attack on the bottom line to maintain shareholder value in the short term could mean organizations are leaving themselves open to damaging productivity shortfalls in the future.

Cost Reduction - A Balanced Approach

An unbalanced approach toward cost reduction will inevitably bring serious implications for mission-critical factors such as employee productivity, organizational efficiency, and competitive advantage. IDC believes that companies need to manage and improve key business processes in order to capture essential productivity and efficiency gains. They must also take measures to ensure the enterprise is ready to meet the challenges posed by the changing dynamic of the future workforce. This paper discovers how some of Europe's leading organizations are benefiting from taking an innovative approach to managing and improving the myriad documentintensive workflows and processes that together form the lifeblood of the contemporary business.

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HP Unified Access

Executive summary

Mobility has transformed how and when people work, and the benefits of this transformation, working anywhere, anytime have been well praised. People spend more time than ever on their mobile devices to stay connected with their professional and personal lives. As mobility becomes commonplace, enterprises like yours are finding that having the latest high‑performance wireless LANs (WLANs) is essential to supporting your workers’ hyper‑connected habits.

This white paper explores the changing requirements for campus networks, driven by mobility and the bring your own device (BYOD) movement, as well as the increasing adoption of rich-media applications balanced against ongoing IT resource constraints. Like many other IT organizations, you may be faced with the new urgency to re-examine your strategies for providing wired and wireless LAN access. By unifying the wired and wireless access layers, you gain a new ability to meet the exploding demand for connectivity in a way that is sustainable, secure, and manageable. We will show you how you can more effectively enforce security and manage the network as a cohesive whole, rather than separate parts, by integrating the wired and wireless network at the edge.

The experts agree. “Limited IT resources, increased mobility, and reduced IT budgets are providing catalysts for the buying behavior at the edge of the network,” observes Gartner. “Gartner is seeing the emergence of a unified access layer that provides wired and wireless connectivity. It must also provide consolidation of network tools while reducing the complexity of the network application services needed to provision, manage, authenticate, and even locate end users across one or multiple facilities.”

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Hard Disk Security for Printers, MFPs, and Copiers - What You Need to Know to Protect Your Confidential Information

It’s common knowledge that computers store information on hard disk drives.

What’s not as well known is that some printers and most multifunction printers (MFPs) and copiers also contain hard disk drives that record and store data. Residual data that may remain on the disk after printing, copying, etc. could pose a security risk.

Your confidential data at risk

Recent reports on the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes demonstrated the security risks to data stored on MFP hard disk drives. In these reports CBS recovered dozens of pages of confidential information stored on MFPs, warehoused in several used equipment facilities.

The purpose of this document is to help Xerox customers become more secure in their knowledge of hard disk security issues and solutions. Understanding the potential risks and safeguards—and the advantages Xerox products provide—will help you prevent the loss of valuable intellectual assets and confidential data.

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Mobile Printing Integration with Konica Minolta Secure Print User Boxes

Challenge – Securely Direct PrinterOn Mobile Printing Jobs to Konica Minolta MFPs

Although PrinterOn’s hosted mobile printing service can print virtually anywhere, it could not take advantage of the special “Secure Print User Box” feature of the Konica Minolta bizhub MFPs.

Solution – PrinterOn Integration with Konica Minolta Secure Print User Box

PrinterOn extended the PrinterOn services to collect the necessary user information to be compatible with the Konica Minolta bizhub MFP Secure Print User Box.

How It Works

When the PJL Username and Password authentication feature is enabled, a user who navigates to the PrinterOn site to upload a print job will be prompted to enter a unique username and password. PrinterOn injects this authentication information into the print data stream directly leveraging Konica Minolta’s PJL command set.

When the user gets to the printer, they type in the same username and password they used in the submission process to access their secure personal box on the MFP. Their queued print job(s) will be displayed and they select the job to be printed.

Document Security and Compliance

Introduction

In today’s age of interconnectivity, the potential for security breaches has multiplied. Not only has it become easier for outsiders to infiltrate company IT infrastructures, but it has also become easier for people within the organization to commit a privacy breach (either on purpose or accidentally). While many companies have responded to the first type of problem by installing network firewalls, anti-malware software, and intrusion detection/prevention systems, the area of internal security threats—particularly those related to document security— has largely been ignored.

Organizations’ awareness of potential security problems that exist, or familiarity with the solutions that can prevent these types of breaches, varies from company to company. Within this white paper, InfoTrends will highlight the prevalence of document-related security and compliance breaches, provide examples of vulnerable elements of the document infrastructure (in the general office environment and in a variety of key vertical markets), and discuss proven solutions for addressing these risks.

Prevalence of Document-Related Security Breaches

According to a recent IT research study1, 90% of U.S. organizations experienced leakage or loss of sensitive or confidential documents over the past 12-month period. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, meanwhile, lists over 500 health information security breaches that have affected 500 or more individuals over the last several years. 

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ICD-10 Adoption May Increase Paper Claims and Healthcare Providers' Costs.

Could ICD-10 increase paper claims?

Without a comprehensive risk mitigation strategy, the transition to the ICD-10 codeset has the potential to drastically affect the smooth flow of claims processing and reimbursement. Most of the news about this transition has focused on healthcare IT systems not being ready. But what about the providers? There is always risk in any major transformation. Managing it is the key to a successful implementation.

Once of the five greatest ICD-10 mitigation risks identified by Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) is the possible effect on provider payments. But how does an increase in paper claims submission to a payer put provider payments at risk? There should be no difference if a claim is submitted electronically or on paper; they both are paid the same amount.

While that is true, the "process" of how paper claims are adjudicated is different than that of electronic claims. This particular risk has internal and external factors because it affects both the provider and the payer.

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Smart Media Decisions for Your Wide Format Printer

MATCH MEDIA TO APPLICATION AND ENHANCE YOUR PRINTER’S OUTPUT

If you’re seeking to get the most out of your wide format printer, media matters – more than you might expect. The days when white coated paper was your one and only choice are ancient history, given the hundreds of printable substrates now available. Too frequently media remains the last factor considered when printing a project on a wide-format machine. Yet, for best results, other than the choice of equipment, media should be a primary consideration.

Whether you have a monochrome CAD printer or a state-of-the-art color inkjet machine, you can choose from an extensive variety of media options for color and black-and-white applications running the gamut from client presentations to maps to signage. Selecting the right media may help you better achieve your goals, such as attracting new clients, streamlining construction workflow or selling more products at point of purchase.

To maximize your large format printer investment, you need to understand your media options and how to match them wisely with your applications. By guiding you in asking the right questions and heightening your awareness of available options, this whitepaper helps you select the media that best meets your needs for each specific project.

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