InfoPrint Announces Availability of Support for AFP on InfoPrint 5000

Boston, MA, Booth #647, March 4, 2007: InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, announces that its InfoPrint 5000 full-color continuous forms printing system is now shipping with Advanced Function Printing™ (AFP™) support, providing AFP monochrome users all the benefits of AFP for their full color applications and making TransPromo a realistic proposition for businesses that print transaction documents.

Companies using AFP for their monochrome transactional documents can now seamlessly add the InfoPrint 5000 to their environment to implement full color TransPromo applications with relevant promotional and marketing messages to increase the value of the document.   

The InfoPrint 5000 fills the gap between offerings with very high quality but low speed and high cost; and alternatives with lower quality but very high speed.  InfoPrint 5000 is positioned as a best-of-breed offering in this mid-range area.   It enables customers including transactional printers, service bureaus, direct mailers, and some book printers to efficiently print high volumes of variable data documents in full color, with the security, controls and high performance of the AFP output environment.

InfoPrint Solutions Company and Prinova Bring State-of-the-Art Customer Communications to Market

Boston, MA, Booth #647, March 4, 2007– InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today announces a collaboration with software and professional services provider Prinova, to combine InfoPrint’s suite of TransPromo solutions with Prinova’s messagepoint™ software. This includes the professional services of InfoPrint’s consulting team and Prinova’s expertise in document design and systems integration, to give customers the tailored support needed to implement a successful project combining data and print on transactional documents.

Prinova’s messagepoint is a web-based software solution that allows control of messaging across multiple channels. It allows end users to manage and deliver campaign content while easily targeting and tracking campaigns via a single, web-based portal. messagepoint is a vital part of the InfoPrint TransPromo suite of hardware and software solutions alongside InfoPrint’s AFP-enhanced InfoPrint 5000, InfoPrint ProcessDirector software, and other best-of-breed software offerings from Mapping, StreamServe and Exstream.

InfoPrint Extends Its Cutsheet Solutions Portfolio with New High-Speed InfoPrint EMP156

Boston, MA, Booth #647 – InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, expands its broad portfolio of output devices, ranging from industrial and workgroup printers to high speed continuous form printers, with the addition of the InfoPrint EMP156 monochrome printer.  The InfoPrint EMP156 extends the current InfoPrint cutsheet family at the high end, brings increased productivity, and targets an affordable cost per page for in-house print operations.  The addition of the InfoPrint EMP156 provides another key component that will further expand InfoPrint's ability to provide its customers with a wide range of solutions to its output needs.

The InfoPrint EMP156 will join an award-winning portfolio comprised of the InfoPrint 2190, InfoPrint 2210 and InfoPrint 2235 high-speed printers.  These solutions print 90, 110 and 135 pages per minute (ppm) respectively.  The InfoPrint EMP156 boasts increased speeds of up to 156 ppm.  With advanced paper handling technology, excellent print quality and a monthly duty cycle of up to 4.5 million impressions, the InfoPrint EMP156 helps customers keep up with demands of a high volume production environment.

Marketers Are Still Not Targeting Their Customers Effectively

Boston, MA, Booth #647, March 4, 2007-- Many marketers are still missing a trick when it comes to targeting their customers properly and are not taking advantage of opportunities available through trusted communications such as bills and statements, according to independent research released today by InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh.57 percent of consumers surveyed by Zoomerang for InfoPrint stated that mail remained the preferred method of delivery for "must-read" documents like statements or bills, despite the multi-channel methods of delivery now available such as email and text messaging. Added to this, nearly a quarter of consumers surveyed receive between four and six statements by mail each month, showing the high touch-rate of this document.

Yet a staggering 86 percent of consumers said they have never purchased a product or service after receiving a separate promotional document with their monthly statements, with 40 percent of respondents mentioning that the inserts that accompany their monthly statements are always impersonal and irrelevant.

InfoPrint Solutions Company Launches Suite of TransPromo Solutions to Improve Marketing Campaign ROI

Boston, MA, Booth #647, March 4, 2007- InfoPrint Solutions Company, a joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today launched its suite of TransPromo solutions which will enable marketers to create transactional documents with added incremental value and significant response rate, through combining the latest in output and personalization technology with their existing IT infrastructure.This comprises InfoPrint's AFP-enhanced InfoPrint 5000, InfoPrint ProcessDirector (IPPD), campaign management software from partner Prinova alongside other best-of-breed software offerings from Mapping, StreamServe and Exstream. This marries InfoPrint's strengths in document production, color and system integration with supporting software and design and engineering services.

Canon USA Highlights New imageWARE Versions and the Latest MEAP Based Application in Boston

Boston, March 4, 2008 – Delivering value to end users through advanced document management, handling and delivery capabilities, Canon U.S.A., Inc., today launched new versions of its popular imageWARE Prepress Manager, Enterprise Management Console, Document Manager, Scan Manager and Accounting Manager at AIIM On Demand. In addition, the Company launched a version of PaperToOffice Pro that will allow users to scan paper-based documents on MEAP based imageRUNNER devices and convert the documents directly to a Microsoft Office format.

"Whether a small, medium or large organization, the better handling of document output through a total hardware and software solution can add tremendous value to one's investment in digital imaging equipment," said Dennis Amorosano, senior director, Solutions Business Development Division, Canon U.S.A. "The imageWARE line and available applications that leverage our MEAP technology have helped many organizations better and more easily handle documents, while increasing the value of their overall technology investment."

Xerox Makes Student Registration at Pennsylvania School District as Easy as ABCs

BOSTON, 04 March 2008 -- When the Wilkes-Barre School District in Pennsylvania decided to do something about its antiquated and arduous student enrollment process, it turned to Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) and a key Xerox partner, SRC Solutions Inc. The companies created a digital enrollment system that combines Xerox advanced multifunction systems (MFPs), a customized scanning solution from SRC, and Xerox's DocuShareTM document management software.

Konica Minolta Introduces i-Option

Ramsey, N.J. – March 4, 2008 – 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 unveiled two new MFP options that further enhance the productivity and security capabilities of Konica Minolta’s comprehensive line of multifunctional products (MFPs – print, copy, fax, and scan all-in-one system). The newly introduced LK-101 i-Option and LK-102 i-Option, developed by Konica Minolta will allow Web access and document manipulation from an MFP control panel (LK-101) and also support enhanced PDF encryption – meeting the highest requirements of the U.S. Government (LK-102).

The new i-Option features will further build upon the extensive security, printing, copying and scanning features found on the next-generation line of Konica Minolta bizhub™ MFPs (bizhub C650, bizhub C550, bizhub C451, bizhub C353, bizhub C253, and bizhub C203). The LK-101 i-Option targets all users looking to further enhance their MFP capabilities to include the convenience of accessing the Web directly from the MFP’s Image Panel – a new control panel from Konica Minolta that provides document management capabilities from the MFP. The LK-102 i-Option, targeting security-demanding environments, offers AES 128-bit encryption for extensively secure environments, such as U.S. Government accounts. 

Konica Minolta to Preview Advanced Version of IC-304 Print Controller, a CREO Color Server, for the bizhub PRO C6500

Ramsey, N.J. - March 4, 2008 - 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, announced today that Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller for the bizhub PROTM C6500 color production print system will be previewed at the 2008 ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition. Based on CREO Color Server technology, this optional print controller will offer Konica Minolta customers complete support for the newly announced perfect binding finisher for the bizhub PRO C6500, as well as high-quality image and color control, advanced remote tools, VDP support and ease-of-use. Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller will support both entry-level and production versions of the award-winning bizhub PRO C6500 system.

Advanced Finisher Support

Version 2.0 of the IC-304 Print Controller will provide support for the Konica Minolta PB-501 inline perfect binding finisher. This print controller is tightly integrated with the bizhub PRO C6500 system which makes perfect binding a simple, continuous operation from automated imposition to printing the spines and binding the finished product. This will give Konica Minolta customers the unique opportunity to offer their clients perfect binding as a high-quality, high-value option.

Canon USA Introduces Authorized Send Document Distribution Embedded Application

BOSTON, March 4, 2008 – Taking another step in further expanding its MEAP application portfolio, Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced the release of its Authorized Send document distribution solution.

Authorized Send is a simple to use embedded MEAP application providing users with the ability to easily scan documents for delivery via electronic mail, to network folder locations, or directly to their desktop for manipulation. In addition to providing basic document scanning and delivery, Canon's Authorized Send also requires that users authenticate themselves prior to accessing the application. As a result, the scanning feature becomes available only when the user properly authenticates to this function.