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Editor's note
Talk Print!
Wide-format print
Production print
Digital signage
Video of the week

Editor's note [spacer line]

[Morwenna Kearns, editor]

This year was always going to be difficult, with the phrase 'fears for a double-dip recession' appearing in the UK newspapers on an all too regular basis. Following the collapse of printer manufacturer manroland, last week we also broke the news of On Demand Communications, parent company of franchises Kall Kwik and Prontaprint, going into administration.

Happily, however, other companies across production print, sign-making, digital signage and wide-format have fared rather better, and we're finishing off the year with a series of reviews of 2011, looking at our most memorable moments of the year and what they mean for 2012.

There won't be a newsletter next week as Output will be taking a little break, but look out for something festive and fluffy later in the week.

Morwenna Kearns, editor

Communicate with the rest of the Output team

James Matthews-Paul, publisher

Nick Smith, editorial assistant

Sophie Matthews-Paul, editorial consultant and Talk Print! expert

Laurel Brunner, editorial consultant and Talk Print! expert


Last week, we asked our experts:

Why does it help to have an on-board spectrophotometer in my photo printer?

[Sophie Matthews-Paul]

"Applying a profile helps but there still remains the need for an on-board method of ensuring that output will remain true to its settings."
Read and comment

[Laurel Brunner]

"For absolutely spot-on colour accuracy, machines must be regularly calibrated and that requires a spectrophotometer."
Read and comment

What's your Question of the Week? Get in touch via the routes below to Talk Print! with us.

Comment directly on Output
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Sign-making [spacer line]

[Rivermeade] 2011 review and 2012 preview: a move from the transient to the permanent for sign-making?
Feature Morwenna Kearns starts Output's series of 2011 reviews and 2012 previews with her thoughts on sign-making.

UK POS helps guide Bolton Wanderers supporters with flags

Fastsigns Gloucester sees 20% rise in sales in past year

Enigma celebrates 20-year anniversary on the Thames

Wide-format Print [spacer line]

[User forums] Across the board: user forums
Feature Internet forums have sprung up to cover a multitude of industries. Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at the effectiveness of these areas in the display industry.

70% of printers planning to diversify in 2012, says FESPA survey

X-Rite turns to free downloads for colour management software updates

ArtSystems opens HP latex printer demonstration suite

Prism rebranded as FESPA UK Association

Production Print [spacer line]

[Prontaprint] Prontaprint franchise 'purchased' by former directors after ODC administration
Top story James Matthews-Paul reports on the developments of the downfall of On Demand Communications, the parent company of Prontaprint and Kall Kwik.

Feature Printers: new releases, by Laurel Brunner

Kodak teams up with J&G Environmental for waste management programme

Heidelberg shows 'wholehearted support' for Ipex 2014 with early booking

Digital Signage [spacer line]

[Scala Dummies comment by All See Tech] Digital Signs and Displays For Dummies – is it really a 'Reference for the Rest of Us'?
Opinion Does Digital Signs and Displays For Dummies really give the novice reader a full and comprehensive picture of the industry? Unfortunately the simple answer is 'no', says AllSee Technologies's Thomas Fraser-Bacon.

'DOOH Loo' to showcase signagelive at ISE 2012

DSE and DSF to present webinar on taking first steps in digital signage

Amscreen indicates plan to 'become European leaders in DOOH' with appointment

On the calendar [spacer line]

Do you want to have Output's comprehensive, always up-to-date calendar of industry events directly on your own electronic calendar or smartphone? Now you can.

Right-click on the link below and 'copy link address'. You can then paste this link into Outlook, Google Calendar and other popular calendar programmes so you can plan your diary, without having to do the hard work of putting it all together.

Industry events: XML calendar by Output

You can read our full list of industry events on Output, but here's what's coming up shortly:

Trophex: January 15th – 16th 2012
Dx3 Canada: January 25th – 26th 2012
Integrated Systems Europe: January 31st – February 2nd 2012
FESPA Digital 2012: February 21st – 24th 2012
Print Innovations, Packtech, Ecopack, Packaging Innovations, Contractpack: February 29th – March 1st 2012

Video of the week [spacer line]

Lady Gaga Christmas Flash Mob Starring Richard Bacon – Hollywood Monster supports Birmingham Children's Hospital

We're taking a bit of a break from our normal Videos of the Week to have some Christmas silliness – but all for a good cause, of course. Wide-format graphics producer Hollywood Monster is supporting the fantastic work done at Birmingham Children's Hospital with this film of a flash mob of street-dancing Santas invading Birmingham city centre. Look out for a cameo from Hollywood Monster's eponymous mascot as well.

You can catch up with our past VOTWs, see other videos that have caught our eye over 2011 and watch our very own library of Output films on our YouTube channel.