A Demanding World
VelocityDesign marks EFI's next-generation variable-data solution. It enables users to design, view and upload variable-data documents from a Fiery server. The application also supports automated brochure mailing.
EFI and Océ Printing Systems USA, Boca Raton, FL, introduced three new Fiery color servers. The Océ 700C and Océ 750C is designed to drive Océ's seven- and 11-page-per-minute color copiers. The Océ 850C services Océ's 24- and 31-page-per-minute copiers. All of the servers are based on EFI's family of Fiery X4, X4 and Z16 color servers.
EFI and Ricoh, West Caldwell, NJ, announced an advanced Fiery-networked solution for the 85-page-per-minute RICOH Aficio 850 black-and-white digital imaging device. The server/imaging system is designed to serve the high-volume needs of corporate reprographics departments and print-for-pay organizations, according to EFI.
Banta Integrated Media, a subsidiary of Banta Corp., Menasha, WI, announced the release of DataMerge 4.0, a Meadows Information Systems-developed (Meadows Information Systems is also a Banta subsidiary.) technology for Internet-enabled variable-data printing. The application is based on QuarkXPress XTensions and reportedly allows XPress users to create personalized documents—for print or the Web. DataMerge 4.0 will be available in Q2 and will feature serveral modular options. DataMerge.Pro offers a single-user desktop interface for small- to mid-sized marketing departments, according to Banta. DataMerge.Server provides a more sophisticated level of automation possibilities and offers a solution for commercial and print-for-pay shops, corporate graphics departments and custom publishers.
DataMerge.Client is an XTension for QuarkXPress that printers may license and provide to their customers. The software's desktop interface offers graphically rich variable-data templates; output is disabled for this module.
Finally, DataMerge.Web is a customized module that provides Internet tools and e-commerce functionality, according to Banta. This module is particularly attractive to print service providers, marketing agencies and custom publishers that would like to create an Internet front-end but do not wish to allocate resources to its development. Additional features of DataMerge 4.0 include update printer drivers for Xerox VIPP and Xeikon/Barco PrintStreamer systems. DataMerge 4.0 modules will be available for both Macintosh and Windows NT platforms.