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Maurice Sendak

Digital Dots is an independent graphic arts research group specialised in digital prepress, printing and publishing technologies.

We provide market research, testing, evaluation and content services for the graphic arts, and publish the leading industry newsletter, Spindrift.

Spindrift is a monthly digest of news, plus feature articles to keep you ahead in the graphic arts game, with no ads to distract you.

By the numbers - Laurel Brunner looks at SpencerMetrics, a new technology from SpencerLabs, that promises to help printers monitor the performance of their presses. It’s a comprehensive system that takes into account a huge number of variables to understand the press and the way that it’s used and maintained, which should generate enough savings to pay for itself.

Slow burn - Ricoh has announced several new printers, including two new toner devices and a web-fed inkjet press, as well as a couple of new software programs. Nessan Cleary has been through the announcements, and assesses what they mean for Ricoh.

A dedicated roll-to-roll LF printer - Paul Lindström has tested Agfa’s Anapurna M3200i RTR large format printer. This was upgraded earlier this year with the latest Konica Minolta heads and now comes with Agfa’s Asanti RIP. It has an impressive colour gamut and delivers on Agfa’s promises.

The latest articles in our WIld Format Digital Series … Everything you need to know about getting the most our of wide-format digital printing technology.

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Making Sense of Wide Format Digital

Colour, Margins & Wide Format Digital

Automation & Wide Format Digital Workflows

Inks, Heads & Materials for Wide Format Digital

Finishing Options for Wide Format Digital

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For people who are obsessive recyclers and composters, it’s very annoying when organic matter refuses to cooperate. Instead of rotting quietly away in the depths of the bin, things like avocado skins and lemons just sit there, defiant and unchanging. No matter how long you leave them, they just don’t biodegrade. Almost as annoying are the labels applied to fruit and vegetables, which generally do not rot down with the rest of the peels. If they’re stuck on an orange or an avocado skin they burn well enough. But if they are on the skin of something that otherwise does biodegrade, such as a banana or pear, the labels can accumulate. For people with a penchant for compost and who eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, this is very frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Crossword Puzzles from Spindrift - Number 56

1. Big and beautiful, telling you what you need to know. (5, 6, 8)
10. The spice of life. (7)
12. Persistent even though we try to avoid it. (7)
13. A starting line, the thing that gets lids off tins. (6)
14. Small dash but bigger than a hyphen. (2)

2. Weight does it, dots do it, bank balances should as well. (4)
3. Functional so trust it to do its job. (3, 3, 7)
4. Booklets, leaflets, flyers are examples of this. (9, 10)
5. Removed. (7)
6. Colours loaded to the gunnels. (9)

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