Thursday, December 28, 2006

Kodak Waits to Talk Inkjet

Kodak (NYSE EK) has been promising investors the details of their entry into the home inkjet printer market for some time. But the discussion of their breakthrough in inkjet has been delayed. See the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for more details of the delay, and mark that new 2007 calendar for February 8th.

Blurb Makes Time's Top 50

Blurb is a Web-based and blog-oriented book-making service (physical books, not bets!) that I covered early in 2006 after seeing them at the Demo conference. They've been cited as one of Time Magazine's Top 50 web sites of 2006. Their "Blog Slurper" is still in development for Blogger, so I've held off on trying to publish my own book. A TypePad version has been available since Fall.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Not In Beta Anymore

Let me make a quick note while risking one of the cardinal sins of blogging, i.e. blogging about blogging. Google's Blogspot, my tool of choice for the past year, is no longer officially in Beta!

Green, Green, It's Green They Say...

A new print utility was announced last month named GreenPrint. The small Portland-based company that has developed and is marketing the software was able to get the attention of none other than Walt Mossberg, who reviewed (quite favorably) GreenPrint in both his Personal Technology column and on CNBC. This year we've seen quite a bit of activity centered around more efficient Web printing (Lexmark's Web ToolBar and IE7's print enhancements come to mind) but kudos to GreenPrint for putting their benefit statement so succintly -- as Walt puts it, it's a "product that aims to solve the wasted-page problem" that I've been hearing about for more than 10 years!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Observations: Low-End Color Lasers—Build Them and They Will Come?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Printing not Printers

I'm watching the live webcast of HP's (NYSE HPQ) securities analyst meeting, and the head of the Imaging and Printing Group, Vyomesh Joshi aka VJ, has just taken the stage. That's his quote, that HP is now emphasizing "printing, not printers". A very simple statement with deep meaning.

See blog updates on the entire meeting at ZDNet.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Retro movement?

A couple of interesting references to marking technologies of the past caught my attention over the weekend. The first title, "Retro Printers, Grounding the LaserJet", sounds directly relevant to this blog's mission of reporting on the past and future of the printing industry, is from the weekend NY Times Art and Design Section. It describes a growing trend in interest in printing using OLD presses. The LaserJet reference in the headline turns out to be only a play on its name and the term "grounded". Still, nice to read about an interest in an old and disappearing craft.

The other parallel (?) piece in the news has to do with the Scottish elementary school emphasizing instruction in using fountain pens! Techdirt, as usual, covers this trend (?) "well" (poor pun intended).

Friday, December 08, 2006

Printing Toast

No, not the cheers kind of toast. We're talking imaging on bread. We started the week with print-on-demand books, and now we're closing with something a little more "off the wall". Gearlog reports on the Zuse -- a wall-mounted toaster that "burns" a 12 dpi image on your breakfast toast.

Monday, December 04, 2006

HP's Indigo Presses to print Books on Demand for Amazon

In a business wire announcement this morning from Hewlett Packard (NYSE HPQ) discloses a book-on-demand print deal with Amazon (NASDAQ AMZN). The online bookseller will use HP's Indigo digital presses for on-demand book publishing.

In another deal announced right before Thanksgiving, photo printer Shutterfly (NASDAQ SFLY) will use Xerox (NYSE XRX) iGen3 presses for at least some of their printing needs.