Important new information for self-publishers

If you are self-publishing a book then you should be aware of some new developments around ISBNs and Cataloguing in Publication entries. Thorpe-Bowker, the organisation that supplies ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers), which all books should have, is now issuing a regular newsletter, designed to help the rapidly growing army of people who are choosing to […]

PhotoShop tips and tricks

As a member of Adobe’s ‘service provider’ programme, we receive regular emails with helpful trip and tricks, amongst other things. This morning I received a particularly helpful email with a number of tips and tricks I was only vaguely aware of, or not aware of at all, in PhotoShop. Tips include dealing with distortions in […]

Greenpeace pressures Spanish bank to withdraw funding for Indonesian paper mill accused of deforestation

Bank turns its back on April The fourth-biggest lender to Asia Pacific Resources International has cut off the giant paper manufacturer’s line of credit, citing destruction of Indonesian rainforests as the reason. Spanish-based bank Santander says it has decided to ‘not renew the current funding to April, and will not be extending further funding at […]

And then there were none . . . paper manufacturing in Australia in danger of ceasing altogether

The following article appeared in the ProPrint daily newsletter on 26th February 2015. The article warns that unless things improve, we may soon have no paper manufacturing plant in Australia. Australian Paper says unless it lifts performance, and soon, the business may not survive, following four straight years of losses. Chief operating officer Peter Williams […]

Ipex not ‘dead’ says exhibition owner Informa.

“Ipex is not dead and Informa has every intention of running it again and is committed to working with the industry to ensure the next Ipex is both relevant and successful.” – Peter Hall, Managing Director Informa Exhibitions. Following the trade-show turmoil created by drupa’s announcement that it will switch to a three-year frequency cycle, Peter […]

The sad tale of the demise of a successful print business

Boom to bust: What really happened to Sumo Visual The following article appeared in ProPrint magazine in February 2015. It illustrates what can happen when bad management gets its hands on previously a previously successful business.  Of the three high-profile eight-figure printing collapses of 2014, Sumo Visual Group, which was Australia’s biggest display graphics printer, […]

Adobe Photoshop turns 25 years old

Adobe Photoshop Turns Twenty-Five Thursday, February 19, 2015 Press release from the issuing company A Cultural Icon, Photoshop Shapes the Way We View the World SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age, turns 25 today. Photoshop touches virtually all the inspirational imagery that surrounds […]

Drupa to be held every three years

The massive international printing industry trade fair, Drupa, held in Dusseldorf, Germany, is to be held every three years. Not so long ago, it was every five years, then every four, and it has just been announced, now every three years. Just two years ago, major exhibitors were questioned about a move to every three […]