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  • Is Monochrome Printing Dead?

    , Product Marketing Manager

    Is Monochrome Printing Dead?

    To answer this affirmatively would be like saying the world could only be seen in color. Think of photographer Ansel Adams, who was able to express a wide range of bold, expressive tones in his classic black-and-white American landscapes and scenic photographs. We believe that the simplicity and functional purpose of monochrome printing will always remain a portion of the marketplace, just as there will always be a place for the timeless beauty of classic black–and-white imagery in our wide world of color.

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    From Our Experts, Technology, Thought Leaders

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    I remember a TV commercial from the 1990s for a still camera that featured the great tennis player, Andre Agassi, had the accompanying tagline: “Image is Everything.” That tagline is still very applicable and valid today in the production print world with the emergence of digital finishing. This encompasses such “touch-and-feel” finishing applications as Spot UV, 3D embossing and foil stamping, which provide sensory dimensional textures to printed output. These and other services bring to life brochures, labels, posters and packaging with eye-catching images. And it’s finally catching the eye of print shops everywhere. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Marketing, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    bizhubmarketplaceThe idea of installing apps to customize electronics has quickly spread from mobile devices and personal tablets, to broader categories of technologies including office equipment.

    Printers aren’t newcomers to the world of apps.  Mobile printing technology such as Konica Minolta’s PageScope Mobile – which could be considered a type of “app” – has been around for a while, but the innovation and popularity of touchscreen control panels has permitted further expansion of apps for printers.

    Launched in January of 2013, Konica Minolta’s bizhub MarketPlace aims to deliver a more personalized MFP experience to customers.  Offering a wide range of options to enhance performance, the bizhub MarketPlace features apps that fall into two main categories – value-add apps that drive productivity, and apps that offer convenient access to desired information. (more…)

    Customer Experience, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

    Making Security a Non-Issue

    , Product Marketing Manager

    Protecting sensitive electronic information is of greater concern than ever before.  For those in industries such as legal or healthcare, the need to protect information from unauthorized access is even more critical given the demands of both governmental and organizational security regulations.   And while most of us are aware of the need to protect our intranets, electronic file databases, email systems, etc., not all of us are aware of the need to also protect our peripheral devices from potential security risks.

    At the simplest level, many organizations have shared printers that allow employees to print from their desk and retrieve their printed materials from the device.  This often entails weeding through a pile of print outs and allowing others to view – or even take – sensitive information.  In addition, media continue to cast light on the subject of whether peripheral devices save printed/scanned/copied materials on a hard drive that can later be accessed.

    So how can you make certain your valuable data is safe from these threats? (more…)

    Customer Experience, From Our Experts, Security, Technology

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