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           Software company Serif                                                                  Fujifilm readies

                                                                                                   B2 Revoria
           launches Affinity Version 2                                                             version of its Revoria digital
                                                                                                     Fujifilm has shown a B2

                                                                                                   press at the IGAS show in
                                                                                                   Japan. The technology dem-
            Software company Serif                                           a whole host of usability and   onstration of the new device
           has launched Version 2 of its                                     workflow improvements to   marks a potential first in dry
           Affinity creative suite.                                          make the apps more produc-
           Released by the British com-                                      tive than ever. We think   toner-based digital presses.
           pany last month, Affinity                                         Affinity users both old and   Other concept devices have
           Version 2 is said to comprise                                     new are going to love it.”  been shown in the past, but
           reimagined versions of the                                          Alongside the launch of   have not made it to market.
           three products, including                                         Affinity Version 2 is Affinity   Fujifilm described it as the
           “spectacular new features                                         Publisher 2 for iPad, which   “world’s first B2 size sheetfed
           and a stunning new look”.                                         Serif said completes the core   digital press that uses dry
           The package features Affinity                                     suite of apps available on   toner technology”.
           Photo 2, which offers “ultra-                                                             Fujifilm launched its own-
           powerful photo editing and   Affinity Designer 2 is part of the new package from Serif  macOS, Windows, and iPa-  brand Revoria range of digital
           raster painting”, Affinity  “Setting new standards for   “At Serif, we know that we     presses last year, following
           Designer 2, offering “intui-  creative software, Affinity V2   don’t work for ourselves – we   “Our work to put full desk-  the end of the Fuji-Xerox
           tive, imaginative vector  is by far the biggest, most   work for the photo editors,   top-quality creative software   partnership. The presses are
           graphic design and illustra-  exciting launch in the history   the artists, the illustrators,   onto iPad has led the world   not currently available in the
           tion”, and Affinity Publisher  of Serif.    the designers, all those peo-  and set new industry stand-  UK. The provisional name
           2, a page layout software that   “For the very first time   ple who rely on Affinity soft-  ards for what users should   for the new device is Revoria
           features StudioLink, a way of  we’re bringing the very latest,   ware as the engine to power   expect from iPad apps. And   Press B2. Printweek under-
           using the editing tools from  highest performing versions   their day.  now we’re the first to bring   stands that  Fujifilm  has
           the two other Affinity prod-  of all our products to the mar-  “We have worked tirelessly   all the features you’d associ-  developed new techniques
           ucts.                 ket at the same time, with   to not only include many of   ate with desktop publishing   for charging and distributing
            Ashley Hewson, managing  some simply stunning fea-  the new features our custom-  to the iPad as well,” said   toner uniformly over the
           director of Serif,  said:  tures.           ers have been asking for, but   Hewson.     larger sheet size.
           Antalis updates on Arjo                                           BFS secures smart

           range revamp                                                      roller seller status

                                                                               BFS Pressroom Solutions
            Antalis plans to relaunch                                        has become the UK partner
           its Premium Offset and                                            and reseller for its first ‘smart
           Creative Papers offerings in                                      roller’ product. Countroll
           Q1 of the new year, with pre-                                     acts as a digital passport for
           production manufacturing                                          industrial rubber rollers,
           trials at new mills under-                                        tracking and providing
           way. In November the mer-                                         insights on how they are
           chanting group acquired a                                         used. The platform can work   Countroll scans QR codes
           number of major brands                                            in tandem with sensors
           from the administrators of                                        (bought  separately)  that   facture.   Jonathan
           Arjowiggins Scotland, its   Olin Design: colours on the way via Pop’Set integration  attach to rollers to measure   Whitehead, site director of
           former manufacturing part-  marking and onsite mill vis-  grated with the Olin Design   rotations, speeds, accelera-  BFS’ roller division,
           ner for the products. Antalis   its of numerous European  range of natural coloured   tions, vibrations and temper-  explained: “The software
           said the move to alternative   Fine Papers manufacturers   premium uncoated paper   ature  of  rollers,  to  help   itself allows end users to cre-
           European fine papermakers   with the support of indus-  and board. Olin is suitable   clients better understand   ate a history and timeline for
           was “progressing well”.  trial experts, including for-            performance and usage of   each individual roller they
            “Our first priority contin-  m e r  A r j o w i g g ins  for offset and digital print-  their rollers.  have in their portfolio.”
           ues to be our commitment   specialists,” the firm said.   ing. Pop’Set currently com-  Likewise, as a typical rub-  BFS said that while it is
           to provide our customers   “We are now reaching the   prises of 31 shades from   ber roller is returned to man-  still testing how to best
           with the highest quality   end of this phase and run-  pastels to intense vibrant   ufacturers to be recovered   implement Countroll’s tech-
           products. To do so, we car-  ning preproduction trials.”   colours. The revamped   several times, the system will   nology for the print market,
           ried out extensive analyses,   The Pop’Set coloured  range will continue to   help clients keep updated   it would be commercially
           product testing, bench-  papers range will be inte-  include envelopes.  with progress of the remanu-  available early next year.
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