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Adobe Pulling Out of the Print Game?

Adobe Pulling Out of the Print Game?

Don't go Adobe, I'll change! Earlier this month, without so much as a press release, Adobe made the decision to drop its weightily titled "Adobe Partner Connection Print Service Provider Program." The program offered printers a variety of services, including a complete copy of the Adobe CS, and regular upgrades, for a relatively low ($595 – $995) yearly rate. When questioned, Adobe defended their position, saying that the product's retirement was due to decreasing membership. And indeed, "only" 3000 or so printers used the service (Hotcards not among them). However, the implications of the planned February 4th shutdown are resonating deeply throughout the industry. While relatively few printers used the program, most rely on Adobe as a cornerstone of operations. And for many years, printers have been acting as a free technical support service for Adobe, using their own expertise to help print customers work with files created using Adobe's complex software. Moreover, many printers have converted customers who were […]

Is Desktop Printing a Hopeless Technology?

Is Desktop Printing a Hopeless Technology?

Add it to the list of “Things that shouldn't be done at home.” At the beginning of the day, I like to take the temperature of the printing scene on the internet. Any hot news? How about wild conjecture? To be honest, exciting things don't happen every day, but almost inevitably, intriguing trends do emerge over time. Ever since the beginning of the new year, for example, I've been seeing a lot of tweets to the effect of, “I got a printer for Xmas. Still sitting unopened in the corner…” Moreover, as of late, multiple bloggers have been questioning the future of printing—not commercially speaking, but on the desktop. And believe it or not, this trend didn't start with The Oatmeal. For a long time, there's been a building sense of animosity towards the desktop printer. And while the rest of the infuriating things about technology seem to be improving, slowly but surely, it's as if home printing technology hasn't […]

Print News Bailout Talk

Print News Bailout Talk

But what about the free press? Yesterday, President Obama said that as a “big newspaper junkie” he would be happy to look at proposals from Congress in support of a bailout for print news. This could come in one of several forms, anything from funding strategies to monetize online news, to allowing papers to restructure as nonprofits. It's easy to guess where Obama is coming from with this freshly expressed support. As I mentioned in a post last week, the sheer flood of opinion online over the health care question has created such a glut of conflicting information that reaching a consensus seems to have become almost impossible. Surely this must cause the President to hearken back to a simpler time when print news offered the public no more than a handful of conflicting editorialized opinions to choose from. Oh for the days. A print media bailout is interesting news for the entire print industry. On the one hand, it's […]

Accountability in Printing

Accountability in Printing

Is it disappearing? Yesterday, a Senate Committee heard the experts of the newspaper and journalism world testify on the subject of whether or not the industry needs a government bailout. Not surprisingly, the Huffington Post reports Arianna Huffington testified to the effect that the future of journalism lies not with newspapers, but on the web. And while most of those who testified agreed, others, including David Simon (producer of 'The Wire'), and Committee Chairman John Kerry expressed a concern that the integrity and accountability of journalists might not survive the transition. After all, at a time when there's almost no difference between a news site and a personal blog, how can we know who's telling the truth, who's not being motivated by financial interests, and who's not messing around, just because they can. Interestingly, we've got a similar situation in commercial printing these days. It wasn't too long ago that all print was purchase by professionals whose particular job was […]

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