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  1. Onyx Graphics Announces Global availability of ONYX 21

    Onyx Graphics Announces Global availability of ONYX 21

    Onyx Graphics inc., today announced the global availability of ONYX 21, the company's newest software version release.  ONYX 21 introduces Swatch Books 2.0 to print, scan, iterate and report on the ideal colour match, with options to add print mode defined colours in a single click.  Intuitive PDF tile maps to streamline tile job workflows and help guide installation with the ability to produce tile maps before, during or after printing that can be automated using ONYX quick sets.  Combined with new dynamic print label capabilities, ONYX 21 delivers innovative tools for print shop branding with the flexibility to connect to existing business tools.

    "We're amazed at the response ONYX 21 has already received through our virtual launch events," said Matt Crawford, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics.  "Customers are already seeing the impact of Swatch Books 2.0 with fast colour matching, while new print label capabilities are providing opportunities both inside and outside their print shop".

    Highlights of ONYX 21 include:

    • Print, scan, iterate and report on the ideal colour match using Swatch Books 2.0
    • Add print mode defined colours in a single click
    • Generate colour-managed tile maps for installation, customer transparency and print job previews
    • Automate tile maps on any job using Quick Sets 2.0
    • Add images to print labels including logos for increase brand visibility
    • Rotate print labels 180 degrees on banners and canvas prints
    • Generate dynamic QR codes with important job information
    • Connect to existing business tools using barcodes or QR codes
    • The latest Adobe technology including Adobe PDF Converter APC 3.1

    Availability

    ONYX 21, covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow software; and all ONYX RIP products is globally available. it is available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase. Onyx Graphics will be providing special promotions throughout the world in the next few weeks and an incentive to upgrade.


    About Onyx Graphics Inc.

    Leading the market since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge with superior print and colour quality. It's passion for delivering superb colour led to the development of ONYX Color, Onyx Graphics' own colour engine optimised for large format inkjet printing. Innovative, productive and satisfied customers around the globe help motivate the company to continually develop and enhance its leading-edge technologies. Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position Onyx Graphics as a market leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow software.

    Adobe and Adobe PDF are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. ONYX and ONYX PosterShop are registered trademarks, and ONYX Thrive, ONYX RIPCenter are trademarks, of ONYX Graphics, Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks and are the property of their owners and are respectfully acknowledged.

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  2. Floor graphic films: 10 most frequently asked questions

    Floor graphic films: 10 most frequently asked questions

    Due to the current situation, you can spot floor graphic films almost everywhere. They are a great way to guide people through buildings and reminding them of the distance they should keep from each other. While walking, people have a habit of slightly looking down, making sure that there is nothing in their way that might trip them trip. This makes floor graphics an extremely effective tool for advertising and as orientation aids. However, for many, the use of floor graphics also raises many questions. In this article, we will cover the ten most frequently asked questions when it comes to working with floor graphics

    1. Do I need to use a laminating film?

    Not all floor stickers need to be laminated. Floor stickers that feature a textured surface can be printed on directly without lamination. These 2 in 1 floor graphics are extremely cost and time-efficient. A product example from Neschen's range is the print 'n' walk portfolio. To find out whether you need to laminate your floor graphics, check the material already has an anti-slip certification. Many of the readily available floor stickers consist of a removable PVC in combination with a textured, non-slip laminate. The laminate protects the design from dirt and damage and prevents people from slipping.

    2. When do I choose a 2 in 1 floor sticker and when do I need stickers with an additional laminate?

    This choice greatly depends on the length you are planning to use the sticker for. Protective laminating films are ideal for long-term applications, as they protect the inks from mechanical stress.

    For short-term applications, ranging from a few weeks for up to 3 months 2 in 1 floor stickers can be used. They are a quick and cost-efficient alternative.

    3. Which type of adhesive is suitable for my application?

    Not all floor decals are suitable for every type of substrate. For difficult substrates like asphalt, concrete, wood, carpet or pavement it is best to choose a solution with a high-tack adhesive. This ensures optimal adhesion. Especially on substrates with wide joints, a high-tack adhesive is the best choice. For "regular", smooth surfaces, floor decals with the commonly available, removable adhesive are usually sufficient. If you choose a floor decal with a dot-shaped adhesive, the decals are easy to apply without air getting trapped underneath, making them ideal for large-scale applications.

    4. Can I apply floor graphics outdoors?

    Whether floor decals can be used outdoors depends on the type of adhesive. Most of Neschen's print 'n' walk films are equipped with a water-based adhesive. These films are recommended for indoor use. However, UVprint 'n' walk power-tack has a high-tack adhesive that is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications in dry conditions, e.g. in areas that have a roof.

    In stores or any area where people enter from the outside, the surface of the decal can get wet from rain or snow. To prevent accidents, it is paramount that these decals are equipped with a non-slip surface and have a certified slip resistance. So which type of decal to choose depends on the conditions. In humid environments or areas where people walk barefoot (e.g. swimming pools), there are different requirements in dry areas such as supermarkets

    The commonly used anti-slip R rating makes it easy to decide which floor sticker to choose for what type of application. It is used to grade the slip resistance of all sorts of floor stickers. R9 is the lowest anti-slip rating and material classified with an R13 grade has the highest slip resistance. Material that is not certified will always be less suitable than certified material. The required R-value depends on the type of environment the sticker will be used in.

    5. Overview of R values

    R - Value Suited for
    R9 R9 is the lowest slip resistance and is only suited for areas where there is a low chance that the graphics are subjected to damp or wet conditions.  Examples include offices or staircases.
    R10 R10 is suited for areas like entrances; stores; hospitals; classrooms; public restrooms; garages and basements...
    R11 The high slip resistance of R11 materials makes them ideal for kitchens in restaurants or environments where they are subjected to wet conditions, such as laboratories and laundromats...
    R12 R12 materials are suited for production facilities where fatty foods are being handled, large catering kitchens and industrial production facilities, where oil is being handled.
    R13 Suited for production facilities where large quantities of fatty and oily substances are being handled.

    6. What is the easiest way to apply floor graphics

    • Make sure that the substrate is undamaged, clean and free of dust and grease.
    • If there are any signs of oil on the surface, you can use alcohol or a soft solvent for cleaning. Ensure that all types of residues are removed before proceeding with other cleaning methods.
    • Proceed with a mild cleaning agent that is free of any enzymes.  Make sure that the entire surface is cleaned properly and that the cleaning agent is removed without leaving any residue.
    • The cleaned area should be at least 20cm larger (in all directions) than the actual area the graphic will be applied to.
    • Make sure that the floor is dry and clean.  When wiping the surface dry, use lint-free cloths only.
    • Partially remove the film from its liner and press one part onto the application surface.  Then slowly and evenly remove the remaining material from its liner while pressing the graphic onto the application surface.  For best results, try to avoid that the edges of the sticker overlap over gaps and joints in the flooring.  Use a squeegee or roller to evenly apply the sticker from the center towards the edges.  Watch out for trapped air and make sure that the entire sticker has full contact with the substrate.
    • If possible, use a design with rounded corners such as circles, as sharp corners and edges easily peel off and curl.

    7. What is the best way to remove floor stickers?

    Correct removal of your floor graphics ensures that no adhesive residue is left behind.  If you slowly peel off the decal at an angle (usually between 90 degrees and 135 degrees) it usually does not leave any residue behind.

    8. How long do your floor graphics last?

    How long can you use floor stickers for greatly depends on the type of application, the amount of foot traffic they are subjected to, and the type of environment they are used in.  Recommendations in terms of durability can be found in the technical data sheet of each material. During a one-year test phase, Neschen tested various floor graphics media in a supermarket. The graphics were applied at the cash registers and subjected to around 12,000 pedestrians and 30 cleaning cycles of a heavy-duty cleaning machine. After the test phase a team of experts evaluated each material a full report of this is available upon request.

    9. Which type of ink should I use?

    The type of ink you use affects the durability of your floor graphics.  Not all inks are equally scratch resistant.  If you choose to combine PVC with an anti-slip laminate, the ink layer is already protected against scratches or abrasion.  However, if you choose a 2 in 1 floor sticker material, it is important to consider the type of ink you will be using.  These materials are best printed with UV inks, the durability is then about 3 months depending on the circumstances.

    10.  Can I test your materials?

    The type of application you are planning usually determines the choice of material.  Since it is impossible to test every material on every possible substrate and under all conditions, we advise our customers to test the material they are planning to use please feel free to contact PSW Paper & Print for a free sample.

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  3. Neschen introduces one-step solution to transform furniture

    Neschen introduces one-step solution to transform furniture

    Keeping up with interior design trends and shorter advertising cycles:  Neschen's easySTYLE is a new way to transform interiors in one simple step.  The self-adhesive furniture film comes in a large array of colours and designs.

    EasySTYLE is a paper-based self-adhesive film with a variety of decorative styles.  The film creates high-quality results with minimal effort and has been developed for fast and easy application on furniture.   Neschen EasySTYLE is an ideal solution for keeping up with shorter advertising cycles, changing interior trends and seasonal promotions.  From woodgrain to concrete to marble - the innovative product transforms furniture into a whole new look.

    It is suited for applications on nearly all flat and smooth surfaces like Plywood and MDF boards, solid wood, plastics, metal and lacquered surfaces. Neschen easySTYLE's textured surfaced stand out with their perfect imitation of the materials they are inspired by. After applications, the self-adhesive film is easy to remove without residue. Besides its selection of 15 designs easySTYLE also proves to be a great choice in terms of durability. The product is not only scratch-resistant but has a certified chemical resistance (DIN68861). In line with the Neschen's continuous effort to expand the portfolio of sustainable products, easySTYLE is PVC-free and paper-based.

    Overview of easySTYLE designs

    Neschen easySTYLE White Super Matt
    White Super Matt
    Neschen easySTYLE WhiteboardWhiteboard Neschen easySTYLE White High GlossWhite High Gloss
    Neschen easySTYLE Sonoma OakSonoma Oak Neschen easySTYLE Rovere GessatoRovere Gessato Neschen easySTYLE Meton GoldMeton Gold
    Neschen easySTYLE Meton CopperMeton Copper Neschen easySTYLE Meton ConcreteMeton Concrete Neschen easySTYLE KirunaKiruna
    Neschen easySTYLE CasipoCasipo Neschen easySTYLE HaitabuHaitabu Neschen easySTYLE Catania OakCatania Oak
    Neschen easySTYLE CanyonCanyon Neschen easySTYLE AshtonAshton Neschen easySTYLE Anthracite Super MattAnthracite Super Matt

    Get the free swatchbook for inspiration

    Creativity without limits: Discover a wide range of styles - ideal for creative looks in shopfitting, interior design, exhibition booth construction and private homes claim your free swatchbook for inspiration call PSW Paper and Print today.

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  4. HP launches the world's easiest plotters for AEC businesses and home offices

    HP launches the world's easiest plotters for AEC businesses and home offices

    HP Inc. has announced the release of a new HP DesignJet portfolio aimed to simplify the printing needs of construction ecosystem professionals (architects, engineers, constructors and subcontractors), while delivering high-quality and fast print-outs at a low cost.

    The new HP DesignJet series comprises intelligent, flexible, compact and stylish printers, that are unique to other types of plotters on the market today. With HP Click software, one-click printing – even for documents of different sizes – is made easy. Combined with the automatic A3/B tray, it enables to print multi-size projects automatically – A3/B and A1/D or A0/E – without manually switching the media source. The new HP DesignJet series also enables seamless printing and management from any connected device, wherever you are, thanks to the HP Smart App.

    The new large-format HP DesignJet portfolio includes:

    • The HP DesignJet T200 Printer series: Easy and affordable printing with the world’s smallest plotters.
    • The HP DesignJet T600 series: Fast and simple large-format plotters, designed for construction ecosystem professionals focused on executing, problem-solving and multitasking.
    • The HP DesignJet Studio Printer series: For Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) professionals focused on creativity/design and sensitivity to aesthetics.

    “The new DesignJet Series, from the T200 through to the T600 and Studio Printer versions, bring a new level of design, simplicity and connectivity for creative professionals,” said Guayente Sanmartín, vice president and general manager, HP Large Format Printing Business. “With their automatic printing of A3/B and large format, their ability to print from anywhere and their extreme simplicity, these printers are perfect for AEC professionals that work either in the office or from home. In addition, their use of recycled plastics and the introduction of our first net carbon neutral large format printer underlines HP’s continued commitment to our planet.”

    HP DesignJet T200 Series

    HP DesignJet T200

    Built to fit in the smallest of spaces, the HP DesignJet T200 Printer series are the world’s smallest large-format plotters. With a width of 24 inches and capable of printing up to A1, they’re designed for simplicity of use with HP Click software, enabling rapid one-click printing of multiple files at once. The A3/B automatic sheet feeder accessory offers the ability to print multi-size A3/LF workflows without changing media input.

    Standout features of the HP DesignJet T200 Printer series include:

    • High-speed: Print an A1 sheet in as little as 30 seconds.
    • Smart Printing: Print muti-size A3/B and A1/D projects without changing the medium and in one-click with HP Click.
    • Increased mobility: Print anywhere with the HP Smart App.
    • Sustainably designed: Constructed from 30% recycled plastic.
    • Designed to fit your budget: Use up to 95% less ink for routine maintenance.
    • Higher-quality results: With 31% more line accuracy and 65% more gamut than competitors.

    As well as being compact, easy to use and delivering high-quality results, the HP DesignJet T200 Printer series is also comprised of the most sustainable large-format plotters in the world, reducing carbon emissions by using up to 30% recycled plastic.

    HP DesignJet T600 Series

    HP DesignJet T600

    The HP DesignJet T600 Printer series shares many of the market-leading characteristics that present the HP DesignJet T200 Printer series as a leader in its class. The new series has the added ability to handle multi-size A3/LF workflows as default, comes with an integrated stand and is designed to handle complex projects, with increased memory and native HP-GL/2 support.

    • Extreme simplicity: Print multi-size A3/B and A1/D or A0/E projects automatically, without manually switching the media source and in just one click with HP Click and the integrated A3/B tray.
    • Matches the way you work: Avoid waiting by the printer with high-speed printing as fast as 25 seconds per A1/D plot.
    • Increased mobility: Print anywhere with the HP Smart App.
    • Higher-quality results: With 31% more line accuracy and 65% more gamut than competitors.

    Like its compact counterparts, the HP DesignJet T600 Printer series is made up of 30% recycled plastic, helping to reach HP’s goal to increase recycled plastic content – well ahead of its 2025 target.

    The versatile, sustainable, intelligent HP DesignJet T600 Printer series is available in 24-inch and 36-inch models. With its premium print engine, it can print a sheet of A1 media in as little as 25 seconds. From set-up to picking up the print job, they are up to 2x faster than their competitors.

    HP DesignJet Studio Series


    HP DesignJet Studio

    For design professionals, set up and style of their workplace is a statement about themselves. With a sleek white facia and wood or steel finish, the HP DesignJet Studio Printer series delivers a high-performance experience for design professionals and is uniquely designed without ever compromising on speed, quality or ease of use.

    At the intersection of performance and design, the HP DesignJet Studio printer is for creative professionals who need a large-format printer that fits seamlessly into the carefully crafted space of their client-facing workplace, all the while ensuring to keep up with the varied demands of the clients themselves.

    Highly sensitive to issues of sustainability, the HP DesignJet Studio Printer series is CarbonNeutral® certified in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. It covers lifecycle emissions due to raw material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, use of HP printers, Original HP supplies, and paper, and end of service.

    In addition to this, these printers support multi-size workflows as default, come equipped with HP Click one-click printing software, and possess the ability to commence a job from any connected device with the HP Smart App.


    About HP Inc.

    HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at www.hp.com.

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  5. Matting a picture frame in 5 simple steps

    Matting a picture frame in 5 simple steps

    Framing a photo with a mat puts a clear focus on the image. In combination with the right frame, you can create a real eye-catcher with your photo or artwork. In some cases, using a mat is not a question of aesthetics but pure necessity because the glass cannot get in direct contact with the art. This is for example true for pastel or charcoal drawings. If you were to frame such art pieces without a mat, the glass could cause damage to them. Using a thick cardboard mat separates the artwork and the glass. An additional advantage is that a mat regulates the moisture with the framing by absorbing it and this protecting the art piece.

    Which tape to use?

    To fix an art piece correctly behind the mat, you can use self-adhesive tapes. These tapes make sure that the picture stays neatly put behind the mat. The choice of tape depends on the artwork or photo to be framed. The weight and material of the piece determine which tape is suited best.

    Regardless of which tape you choose, it is good to know that the following tapes have all passed the Photographic Activity Test (PAS) according to ISO 18916. They are, therefore, safe to use in combination with your artwork and photos, and will not negatively affect them over time.

    Filmoplast P

    Filmoplast P is used to mount art prints and reproductions of very thin paper to a matt. The practical dispenser packaging, featuring a cutting knife, makes it very easy to handle. The adhesive does not need to be moistened. With its calcium carbonate-buffered adhesive, Filmoplast P offers a slightly alkaline environment, which provides excellent absorption of the acids released from the paper and thus prevents damage. Thanks to its very thin carrier material, Filmoplast P is almost invisible after application. The thin and transparent paper is best suited for smaller pieces of art.

    Filmoplast P90

    Filmoplast P90 is made of tear-resistant special paper and is therefore used to fix heavier artworks (art prints, reproductions or originals) to a mat. There is no need to moisten the adhesive. Just like Filmoplast P, Filmoplast P90 is not only acid-free, but also slightly alkaline to adapt to the aging process of paper.

    Filmoplast P90 plus

    Thanks to its extra adhesive strength and strong tear-resistant, Filmoplast P90 plus is excellent for attaching heavier images, photos and prints to a mat or backing board and is also suited for dust-free sealing of backing boards. Just like its predecessors, Filmoplast P90 plus is acid-free, white and tear-resistant.

    Matting a picture frame in 5 simple steps

    Now that the choice of tape has been made, the mounting of the image behind the mat can begin.

    1. Apply the Filmoplast tape approx 2.5cm away from the edge and with 0.5cm overlapping the top edge of the artwork or photo to be mounted.  This is done on both the top left and top right edge.
    2. Turn the medium so that the adhesive side of the tape points upwards.
    3. Place the medium in the middle onto the backing board behind the window of the mat and press firmly.
    4. Open the mat again and secure it with another strip of Filmoplast P, P90 or P90 plus over the existing strip on the backing board.  This will create a so-called T-hinge.
    5. Press the two T-hinges firmly.  The image is now attached behind the mat.

    Matting a picture in 5 simple steps

    Matting a picture in 5 simple steps - close up

    Applying the mat on the backing board

    Filmoplast SH is used to create the so-called "hinge.  The hinge refers to the connection of the backing board and the mat, which is created by a particularly flexible and elastic tape.  Filmoplast SH is made of a textile fabric and, therefore, very tear-resistant.   Additionally, it is acid- free and environmentally friendly because it is biodegradable. The coated adhesive is free of solvents, acids and phthalates and is resistant to ageing, does not yellow and is permanently elastic.

    1. Place the mat's top edge against the top edge of the backing board. Leave a gap of approx. 1 mm between the mat and the backing board.
    2. Attach the two materials to the opening with a strip of Filmoplast SH or Filmoplast P 90 plus to create the hinge. Note: the adhesive strip should be approx. 4 cm shorter than the mat.

    For light to medium weight materials, we recommend the use of Filmoplast P 90 plus. For particularly heavy and thick materials (e.g. a double mat), we recommend Filmoplast SH.

    Sealing the frame with Filmoplast T

    As a finishing touch, Filmoplast T is used for dust-proof sealing on the back of the frame, protecting the artwork from dirt and dust.

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  6. Preservation of documents in Berlin's Federal Foreign Office

    Preservation of documents in Berlin's Federal Foreign Office

    Protecting what is valuable: Neschen is regarded as the inventor of self-adhesive products for the professional repair and protection of books and documents. We are proud to say that these products are often taken off the shelf or are regularly, eventually take damage. These damages can range from torn or loose pages to damaged book spines. Replacing books can create high additional costs for libraries. Since prevention is always better than repairing the damage, it is a wise decision to protect or strengthen books and papers. This increases durability and saves costs.

    Protecting history | Preservation of Documents

    Besides being used for books, our products are used to repair and protect important documents. Many of the Filmoplast line of products have a special composition that works perfectly with the chemical composition of aged paper and the ageing resistance of several products has been assessed and certified by the Foundation for Paper Technology (PTS) in Munich

    Filmoplast R for example is used in the Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. The Political Archive is almost like a "memory" of the German Foreign Service. Twentyseven kilometers of shelves containing diplomatic documents since 1871, including 35,000 international treaties and countless personnel records bear witness to history. The material is accessible to everyone within the framework of the legal provisions. In the public reading room with 32 sears, more than 1,000 visitors per year inform themselves about historical contexts.

    The archive also holds its own restoration workshop, in which employees process damaged archive materials. These include 75 meters of shelf space for fire-damaged files from World War II. The experts bring the archive records into a condition that protects them from further decay for as long as possible and that allows them to be worked with.

    Important historical documents, which were partially damaged by fire during World War II, have been sealed with Filmoplast R to preserve them from further damage. Since the mid 1990s, the staff of the restoration workshop have been using Neschen Filmoplast R for their work.

    Filmoplast R is a wafer-thin, transparent, technical Japanese paper for mass conservation. It is also an ideal material for the preservation of modern papers and newspapers (for wood pulp papers, approx. from the middle of the 19th century). Woodpulp papers contain acid (lignin), which attacks the paper from the inside. This valuable documentation of our past will destroy itself. When encapsulated in Filmoplast R the magnesium carbonate in the adhesive neutralizes acids and prevents migration through the adhesive layer into the Filmoplast R paper layer, thus stabilizing the encapsulated document. Due to the low thickness of the material Filmoplast R is hardly visible. The paper character of the original is preserved. Encapsulated book pages can easily be put together again as a book.

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  7. Onyx announces release of Onyx Automation Libraries

    Onyx announces release of Onyx Automation Libraries

    Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced the availability of new ONYX Automation Libraries to help print shops automate faster, improve print workflow efficiencies and reduce manual errors. These automation resource libraries contain examples of print and cut workflow configurations using ONYX Quick Sets and Adobe® swatch libraries used for cutting. Current libraries can be used immediately after download, or as examples that can be edited or adjusted to directly impact automation workflow needs of a print shop. Included are example Quick Sets for banners, wraps, grayscale and tiling with a variety of finishing mark settings. Also provided are Adobe Illustrator color swatch libraries for common cutter devices such as Summa, Graphtec and HP to further reduce set up time for print and cut workflows.

    “As print shops pivot to provide new and innovative print applications and streamline print processes, it is clear automation is essential to achieve business goals,” says Matt Crawford, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “ONYX Quick Sets provide a fast, easy way to automate. These Quick Set examples will help print shops focus on production instead of file preparation.”

    ONYX Automation Libraries are exclusive to ONYX software and with their release, join the wider host of ONYX user resources developed for ONYX users around the globe. They include myonyx, an online gateway containing smart business tools, product help, video tutorials, knowledge-based articles, and whitepapers to help keep ONYX users’ businesses running smoothly; ONYX TV, the official ONYX YouTube channel with quick tips, how-to videos and ONYX news; ONYX Training, web-based and hands-on ONYX certification workshops and free educational webinars to further customer knowledge on ONYX software; and ONYX Advantage, the company’s subscription-based support and maintenance program with easy access to online help and a dedicated technical support hotline service center.

    Availability
    ONYX Automation Libraries are available now to all ONYX users through the myonyx portal. New users are encouraged to create an account on the company’s website at www.onyxgfx.com/my-onyx.


    About Onyx Graphics, Inc.
    Leading the market since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and color quality. Its passion for delivering superb color led to the development of ONYX Color, Onyx Graphics’ own color engine optimized specifically for large format inkjet printing. Innovative, productive, and satisfied customers around the globe help motivate the company to continually develop and enhance its leading-edge technologies. Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position Onyx Graphics as a market

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  8. Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Durables from SiHL are characterised by their special quality: They are tear-resistant, robust, and offers the best printability.  With ENDURO Inkjet 110 Classic 2s, the latest product in the ENDURO range, SiHL presents a durable composite material consisting of a PP film core and surface-treated inkjet papers:  Its high folding strength makes it ideal for maps, technical drawings, and similar applications.  Its high wet strength and tear resistance makes it a reliable partner for demanding cartography.

    The special paper surfaces on both sides provide the best results in water-based inkjet printing, it is also suitable for offset and flexo printing and can therefore be used versatile.  It is also easy to write on by hand and a pencil marking can be erased perfectly without any loss of the print.

    Thanks to its quilt-layer product structure, the material offers a durable solution and at the same an affordable, eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to fully synthetic media.  It is PVC-free and FSC certified and the paper fibers are recoverable through standard paper-recycling processes.   Hence the end-user may dispose of the material along with household paper waste.


    About SiHL  SiHL is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market.  As a high-performing, international company, SiHL offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry.

    With its future-proof product solutions, SiHL strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services.

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  9. Onyx Graphics announces global launch of Onyx TruFit software

    Onyx Graphics announces global launch of Onyx TruFit software

    Today, Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX TruFit, the company’s new shape-based nesting software. Using artificial intelligence to search millions of combinations for the most precise nests and media utilisation, ONYX TruFit saves valuable print production time and reduces media usage up to 50%. Designed to work seamlessly across both Windows and Mac OS platforms and with any RIP solution on the market, ONYX TruFit brings speed and simplicity to even the most complex nested layouts.

    “Print Service Providers are under increasing pressure to produce more with less, and media usage carries a major cost with every print job,” said Matt Crawford, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “This simple-to-use tool optimises media utilisation up to 50%, saving money on every job while improving output capacity in just seconds.”

    ONYX TruFit introduces new intuitive tools to save time, improve existing workflow efficiencies, and maximize media utilisation. Automatic cut-path and tool type recognition creates a seamless workflow from design file to print file; single-click image tracing and double-sided printing drastically reduce file preparation time before submitting jobs to the RIP-Queue, and ONYX hot folders provide fully automated print-and-cut workflows. Coupled with keeping original file properties unchanged for named colours, transparencies and colour management, ONYX TruFit is built for any wide-format print environment.

    Highlights of ONYX TruFit include:

    • Artificial intelligence engine for optimal shape-based nests, reducing media waste up to 50%
    • Real-time media savings data during nest creation
    • Single-click image tracing to reduce file preparation time
    • Double-sided printing generated instantly for decals, stickers and other print applications
    • Automatic cut-path and tool type recognition to work seamlessly from design file to print file
    • Multi-page PDF edit capabilities to eliminate excess white space
    • Automated workflows using ONYX hot folders
    • Unchanged original file properties to maintain consistency between applications
    • Output PDFs for any RIP solution available today saving costly software changes
    • Open architecture to work cross-platform on Windows or Mac OS

    Example of Onyx TruFit in action

    Free educational webinars 
    In consideration of recent news surrounding international tradeshows being postponed, Onyx Graphics is offering free educational webinars to see ONYX TruFit in action. In addition, 30-day trial licenses are being offered free. Visit www.onyxgfx.com for more details.

    Availability
    ONYX TruFit software – covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow, and ONYX RIP products including ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter – is now available to all ONYX customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase. ONYX TruFit is also available for non-ONYX RIP users and can be obtained through a license purchase.


    About Onyx Graphics Inc.
    Leading the market since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and colour quality.  Its passion for delivering superb colour led to the development of ONYX Color, Onyx Graphics own colour engine optimised specifically for large format inkjet printing.  Innovative, productive and satisfied customers around the globe help motivate the company to continually develop and enhance its leading-edge technologies.  Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position Onyx Graphics as a market leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow software. 

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  10. Onyx Graphics launches educational webinars to help customers optimise their workflow

    Onyx Graphics launches educational webinars to help customers optimise their workflow

    Onyx Graphics is offering a new series of educational webinars to help its customers maximise their Onyx investment. These interactive online training programs are delivered live from Onyx experts across the globe. They are being provided at no charge, in compact segments focused on specific business needs and are designed to provide users with tips, tricks and solutions. Additionally, with colour management being a hot topic for todays’ print shops, Onyx Graphics will be offering a special colour-focussed seminar on matching colour across different printers with the company’s principle scientist and chair of the International Colour Consortium (ICC), Dr Max Derhak.

    “The purpose of these educational webinars is to help Onyx users everywhere hone their skills and maximise their investment”, said Matt Crawford, Director and Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “We’ve already seen customers benefit by applying Onyx training optimise workflows and save money during this difficult time”.

    Customers are encouraged to visit www.onyxgfx.com/support/training for the schedule, as more classes are added weekly. Below is a snapshot of current available webinars:-

    Dr Max Derhak: DeviceLink+ Profiles for improving site-wide colour Attendees will be introduced to DeviceLink+ and learn how to apply quick sets and achieve consistent colour across devices.

    Dr Max Derhak: ICC Profile build options and iccMAX
    Attendees will get first-hand experience from the creator of iccMAX on what these settings do, their benefits and the print problems they solve.

    Swatchbooks: Matching colour with ease
    Attendees will learn about matching colours, printing swatches, and how to quickly reach custom brand colours.

    Onyx HUB: Save money and print data
    Attendees will learn how Onyx HUB usage reports, ink and media waste reports, and actual print production data can help identify waste and save money.

    Speciality inks: Get to grips with white ink
    Attendees will learn about file preparation for speciality ink printing workflows and quick sets for managing speciality ink.

    Onyx cut workflow: Closing the print and cut gap
    Attendees will receive an introduction to CUT-Server, how to set up a cutter and establish quick set automation from design to output.

    ColorCheck: Printing with confidence
    Attendees will understand how ColorCheck reports can be used to prove accuracy, identify baselines for consistent colour, and apply named colour tests for unique customers.


    About Onyx Graphics Inc.
    Leading the market since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and colour quality. Its passion for delivering superb colour led to the development of ONYX Color, Onyx Graphics own colour engine optimised specifically for large format inkjet printing. Innovative, productive and satisfied customers around the globe help motivate the company to continually develop and enhance its leading-edge technologies. Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position Onyx Graphics as a market leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow software.

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