2015 – Software in the cloud

QuarkXpress announces the 2015 edition of its layout application. It supports 64-bit and the PDF/X-4 file format.

QuarkXPress 2015 page layout application

• callas pdfChip is a tool to convert HTML-pages, enriched with special CSS and JavaScript data, to print-ready PDF documents.

• Fujifilm acquires Elara software to strengthen its presence in the newspaper market. Elara is a scalable and modular workflow tool for newspaper production.

• Adobe launches a new version of their PDF solution, called Acrobat DC. DC stands for Document Cloud, as the subscription versions of the application include a cloud-based storage and sharing solution that can make PDF files accessible to desktop systems and mobile devices. The preflight engine, which Adobe licenses from callas, now allows the use of variables in the preflight profiles, which allows for dynamic preflight checks.

• Müller Martini stops making printing presses and shifts its focus entirely to finishing machines.

• At the Labelexpo Europe trade show Gallus showcases the first modular digital inline label printing system, the DCS 340, which is later relabeled as the Labelfire 340.

Gallus Labelfire 340

• Now that the Adobe Creative Cloud has proven that software rental models work, others try it as well. The preflight tool PitStop Pro 13 is the first product of Enfocus that the company also offers with a subscription model.

• Cimpress, the corporate parent of Vistaprint, keeps expanding by buying a majority stake in France’s Exaprint, and then taking over Austria’s Druck und Handelsgesellschaft as well as Tradeprint in the UK.

Marsala (Pantone 18-1438) is the color of the year.

• British MIS vendor Shuttleworth is acquired by EFI. Earlier in the year EFI had already acquired Reggiani Macchine, the Italian manufacturer of digital textile printing equipment.

Flint Group acquires Xeikon and uses the press and consumables manufacturer as the basis of a new digital division, Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions.

• Two famous typographers pass away: Adrian Frutiger‘s designs included Univers, Avenir and of course Frutiger while  Hermann Zapf created Palatino, Optima and Zapf Dingbats.

•  The New Zealand 5 Dollar bill is the banknote of the year.

New Zealand 5 Dollar bill

• Terrorists attack the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people including the editor and celebrated cartoonists.

• Greece faces a major government-debt crisis.

• The NASA ‘New Horizons’ spacecraft performs a close flyby of Pluto.

• Car manufacturer Volkswagen is caught rigging diesel emissions tests. Eleven million cars from VW and its other brands including Audi may be affected.


25 March 2017

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