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IDC: Worldwide Printer,MFP Shipment Values Increase in Third Quarter, Slight Decline in Shipments

December 4, 2014 – Worldwide hardcopy peripherals (HCP) shipment value increased 3.5 percent year-over-year to $14.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), while unit shipments declined -2.3 percent year-over-year to 27.5 million units during the same period, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker. Note that IDC tracks A2-A4 devices […]

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Print Audit’s Embedded Print-Management Solution Now Compatible with Lexmark MFPs

December 3, 2014 – Print Audit reports that its Print Audit Embedded print-management solution has been certified as compatible with Lexmark eSF-enabled MFPs. Print Audit Embedded provides printing cost recovery, rules-based-printing, secure print release and pull-printing capabilities for Lexmark eSF-enabled devices. Print Audit Embedded installs directly onto Lexmark eSF-enabled MFPs, and enables administrators to control and […]

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This Week in Imaging: Memjet Rising; Holiday Gift Guide; Smart MFP Ecosystem; Impika; More

It’s getting cold around these parts. Cold enough to huddle around your laser printer in order to soak up some of that wasted energy in the form of dissipated heat. However, if the powers that be at your workplace decide to splurge on the latest big iron – in this case inkjet – from Canon’s […]

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Lexmark Enhances ‘Smart MFP Ecosystem’ with Server-Less Routing and Secure Printing, AirPrint Certification

November 19, 2014 – Lexmark International is announcing new enhancements to its smart MFPs that are designed for converting hardcopy workflows into digital ones, making mobile printing easier, and reducing security risks. The firm says all of these solutions are part of its  “Smart MFP Ecosystem,” which consists of a set of capabilities enabled by every […]

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ReadSoft is Now Officially Part of Lexmark International, Merged into Perceptive Software

After winning a protracted bidding war with Hyland Software, Lexmark International has officially acquired ReadSoft, which will now be merged into Lexmark’s Perceptive Software division. ReadSoft will have an updated brand name, shown below. ReadSoft says its merger “is an exciting step,” as Lexmark has a significant international presence and has acquired ReadSoft in a […]

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Top News for the Week of 11/3/2014 – White and Clear Toner; Good Financials; Xerox Paper-Less Solutions; More

This week, several MFP/copier/printer market players, all based in Japan, reported good financial results for their latest quarter. While some of this is due to the favorable effects of a lower-valued Japanese yen versus other currencies, a good part is also due to the strengths of these companies’ digital-imaging technology, as well as favorable markets […]

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Lexmark Wins $100 Million Managed Print Services Contract from Alberta Health Services

Lexmark International reports that it’s signed a five-year managed print services (MPS) agreement for approximately $100 million with Alberta Health Services (AHS) of Alberta, Canada. The firm says Alberta Health Services conducted a rigorous evaluation through an open competitive bid process, which began in 2013, and resulted in the selection of Lexmark as the service […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/27/2014 – HP Finally Goes 3D; 9-Color Epson Printer; Vendor Financials; More

The big story this week was Hewlett-Packard’s unveiling of its first HP-developed 3D printer, which uses what HP calls Micro Fusion Technology – which, you guessed it, borrows from HP’s inkjet-printing technology. We hope you read our story, which takes a look at how it works, why it’s different from other additive 3D printers, and […]

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Laser and Inkjet Printer and All-in-One Sales up Three Percent in Western Europe

According to London-based IT market-research firm CONTEXT, unit sales of printer hardware returned to positive year-over-year growth of 3 percent in Western Europe in the third-quarter 2014. These findings mark several consecutive quarters of positive growth of laser-printer sales in Western Europe. CONTEXT says continuous positive performance of laser MFPs and increasing distribution sales of inkjet […]

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New Server-Less Lexmark AccuRead Provides Automatic Routing, Data Extraction, Notifications for Scanned Documents

Lexmark International has released a new solution, AccuRead Automate, that’s designed to help users manage key information during the pre- and post-scanning of hardcopy documents. AccuRead Automate is a server-less application that resides on a Lexmark Smart MFP, and helps ensure that scanned documents are routed properly to their correct destination, and are easily available […]

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Top News for the Week of 10/20/2014 – HP 3D Printer on the Way? Wasting Time at the ‘Copier’? More

We know it’s been coming, but it seems October 29th may be the day that HP introduces its first HP-developed 3D printer (HP had at one time been selling 3D printers, but they were sourced from another vendor). We’re just speculating at this point, but HP CEO Meg Whitman has cited slow 3D print speed […]

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Strong Quarter for Lexmark; MPS and Perceptive Software Revenue Forecast to Reach $1 Billion

Lexmark International today reported revenue growth of 3 percent versus the same quarter a year ago, and earnings of $66 million, an increase versus the $65 million for the third quarter a year ago. Both revenue growth and earnings per share exceeded the firm’s forecast. While both Lexmark’s managed print services (MPS) and Perceptive Software […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/8/2014 – Major Initiatives from Xerox, HP, Samsung; Ricoh In-House 3D Printers; More

This week, our big news is from Xerox and Hewlett-Packard, with both companies making big announcements – with Xerox focusing on small- and mid-size business MFPs and more, and HP focusing on printer/MFP security. Of note with Xerox is a new managed print services program available for its channel partners under which channel partners provide […]

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With More than 90 Percent of Shares, Lexmark Set to Acquire ReadSoft

After a protracted bidding war with Hyland Software, Lexmark International reports today that it’s on track to acquire Sweden-based ReadSoft, acquiring approximately 98 percent of ReadSoft shares, with the shareholders of ReadSoft having accepted Lexmark’s revised offer of Swedish Krona (SEK) 57.00 per share. Lexmark is acquiring ReadSoft for approximately $251 million, which it will […]

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Top News for the Week of 9/1/2014 – MPHJ Scan Patents Under Review; Samsung Acquires PrinterOn; New Samsung A4 Models with Enterprise-Level Features; More

Samsung continues to strive to bring enterprise-level performance to its A4 laser series, with the introduction of two new ProXpress standalone laser printers and two new ProXpress laser MFPs this week. The new models support Samsung’s XOA open-development platform for adding Samsung, third-party, and custom-developed solutions, including solutions for document workflow, cost-accounting, and print-fleet management. […]

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U.S. Patent Office to Review ‘Patentability’ of MPHJ Technology’s Scan Patents

In a win for three copier companies, Law360 reports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s trial board will review two controversial scan patents owned by MPHJ Technology Investments after requests from Xerox, Ricoh Americas, and Lexmark International, which have argued that the two patents are nothing more than a “well-known concept” for allowing PC users […]

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Top News for the Week of 8/18/2014 – New Memjet Print Engine, Printer Revenue Down at HP, More

This week, the big news was Hewlett-Packard’s reporting of its results for third-quarter 2014. The good news is that HP achieved a slight revenue increase after several quarters of revenue decline, the bad news was lower printer revenue, including lower supplies revenue. However, HP CEO Meg Whitman was overall pleased with HP’s performance. According to […]

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Lexmark Increases its Bid for ReadSoft for Third Time, Gains Majority Voting Control

Lexmark International reports that it’s acquired shares from the founders of Sweden-based software maker ReadSoft, gained majority voting control, and that it’s increased its offer price for ReadSoft shares to SEK 57.00. Lexmark International acquired 1,193,580 class A ReadSoft shares, and a further 5,822,390 class B ReadSoft shares, from the company’s founders Lars Appelstål and […]

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