Store systems for photographers: a win-win situation for online print providers and creatives

22. September 2016, 1:31 PM Uhr | Background, News

Screens/canvases, direct-to-glass prints, posters and merchandising – these are all common products in the online print business. But where do the motifs come from? You either lack the right skills, the right motif – or simply just the talent or rather you don’t have that eye for a great picture to be a good photographer. That is reason enough for me to examine this fascinating topic.

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Interview: “The digital transformation has to start in the boss’s head!”

20. September 2016, 10:18 AM Uhr | News, Opinion

Martin Spaar, the head honcho at the Swiss specialist magazine, Publisher, ((LINK)) recently asked me about the topic of online print vs. digital transformation – a conversation that I want to share with readers of my blog. Feedback is requested.

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Project Print Lives 2013 – and what shape is print in today?

15. September 2016, 8:57 AM Uhr | News, Opinion

It is now almost four years since we launched the “Print Lives” initiative and managed to put plenty of printing industry sceptics right on a number of issues. The insights gained have been shared many times over and print fans were not shy about expressing their agreement. The time has now come to focus on the strengths of print and to take a look at what has happened in the meantime, what path has print taken and – very important – in which direction the print industry is tending to go in the future.

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Dynamic Pricing in the Online Print sector – Help or Hindrance in the Battle to Attract Customers?

9. September 2016, 11:33 AM Uhr | News, Opinion

Dynamic Pricing has been hotly debated by experts for quite some time now. I have taken a closer look at what exactly the term dynamic pricing entails and at the potential and risks associated with this principle.

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Onlineprinters: Takeover by Bregal Unternehmerkapital

5. September 2016, 12:34 PM Uhr | Background, News

Not all online printers took a summer holiday. At least Onlineprinters in Neustadt an der Aisch, number 3 in Central European online printing, was very active indeed and has new owners. Bernd Zipper in an interview with CEO Michael Fries with a behind-the-scenes-look.

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Obility has a new concept and structure – but what really new benefits does that bring the online print sector?

31. August 2016, 11:51 AM Uhr | Background, News
Editor in the store (A), an Obility reference client; source:

There are plenty of simple print store solutions for lateral and new entrants to the print market. Most of them either feature a whole load of rather inflexible templates, while others focus exclusively on special solutions or developing editor environments. So that’s reason enough for me to take another look at a further web-to-print solution.

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Creative print products from online stores? Variety is the key.

29. August 2016, 2:28 PM Uhr | Background, General, News

“Today we are going to get creative…” – so that means no magazine designs from off the peg or template pool. And the immediate question is: who’s going to do the printing? And what options do designers have in terms of print method, materials et al?

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Extremely hot: the new Chili Publisher 5.0 online editor

26. August 2016, 9:59 AM Uhr | News, Tech
Example preview of a new GUI, which comes with Version 5.0; source:

Version 5.0 of the Chili Publisher is more comprehensive than previous versions and peppered with exciting features. But does the fifth version of this tool mean it is really fit for the future in the highly competitive web-to-print market?

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Flyerline – At the end of the day, it’s the deal that counts

24. August 2016, 11:44 AM Uhr | Background, News

The Flyerline success story is more than unorthodox. And now, founder and CEO Steffen Tomasi has sold the company – but the story doesn’t end here. In collaboration with Druckmarkt, we decided to find out more from Steffen Tomasi in a personal interview.

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Cloud storage as a new service for the online print sector?

19. August 2016, 10:02 AM Uhr | News, Opinion
Cloud Keyboard_430

Despite all the scepticism, we are all keen on using it – cloud-based data backup and storage. In our private lives we love synchronizing our photos and documents with Amazon, Google et al. Yet what’s the story in our professional lives, where do we store our layout files for our print jobs? Could this be a new customer service for online print providers?

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