A Demanding World
OnDemand Digital Printing & Publishing Expo showcases new print-on-demand
products in New York City.
Commercial printing had a dynamic decade in the '90s. Plagued by mergers and acquisitions and technical alteration, the industry has flourished, due in no small part to digital printing.
In 1990, recalls Charles Pesko (Pesko provided one of the keynote presentations at OnDemand), managing director, CAP Ventures, Norwell, MA, life for commercial printing was simple and good. That same year, Xerox birthed the DocuTech, and in 1993, Xeikon and Indigo made color print-on-demand (POD) possible, Pesko states.
In 1995, CAP Ventures valued the commercial printing industry at $91 billion, and POD began to impact delivery expectations, Pesko adds. The year earns its notch on the timeline, he suggests, as it gives rise to the Internet's—and the dot-com developers'—rise to stardom.
Proving that the POD realm is anything but static, several companies launched the products at the event. The following is a wrap-up of new product and strategic alliance announcements:
EFI, Foster City, CA, stated that it is developing a new line of software applications for the corporate, print-for-pay and graphic arts markets. The software will be marketed under the brand name Velocity. VelocityBalance, cluster-printing-enabling software, drives multiple engines and balances jobs between the engines to maximize throughput. The software—compatible with several EFI utilities, including Command WorkStation, Fiery Link and Fiery Driver—monitors print job status and redirects the job to another engine if an error occurs. VelocitySplit diverges documents that contain both black-and-white and color pages, routing pages to appropriate output devices. The software automatically generates cover sheets that contain both human- and machine-readable cover sheets that provide instruction on how the b/w and color pages are to be merged at finishing. The software is compatible with selected off-line collators and also controls in-line sheet inserters.