This Week in Imaging: HP Prepares for Split; Fastest 3D Printing Ever?; Epson, Canon Add Personal Document Scanners; More

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News this week is that Hewlett-Packard has revamped its channel-partner programs in order to help its resellers and distributors transition through the impending split of the company. The split makes sense, as it will enable a more effective focus on marketing,  administration and support, and it makes sense that HP kept the PC and printing divisions in the same company (HP Inc.), as they go hand-in-hand. Speaking of PCs, market-research firms have revisited their numbers and announced that PC sales are indeed slumping (Huffington Post blames Windows 8), after reporting several consecutive quarters of steady sales. Thankfully, in case you haven’t noticed, HP continues to bring high-quality and innovative laptops, convertibles, and tablets to market in spite of being overtaken by Lenovo as the PC sales leader in fourth-quarter 2013. The only products missing from HP’s extensive lineup are smartphones and wearables, which makes you revisit HP’s decision to acquire the Linux-based webOS from Palm and suddenly dump it, especially since LG just released the LG Watch Urbane LTE that runs the mobile OS.

Considering the fact that there aren’t many large-format office scanners available, and the high cost of existing models, Epson appeared to come to the rescue with the release this week of the affordable ($99.99) Perfection V39 desktop scanner for “Scanning Over-Size Documents.” However, upon investigation, the V39 only has an A4 platen, but, with software, can separately scan two halves of an over-size original and then “seamlessly join the sections back together to create the whole image” back at the PC (Windows only). This capability is commonly known as “stitching” and allows users to digitally combine two or more small scanned images and produce a single large image. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, and it may be useful and cost-effective for many users – while those looking for an A3 document scanner will have to consider more expensive document scanners. (By the way, this feature is conveniently built into the software of the Canon MAXIFY AiO’s that we recently tested.)

Office-Product News

  • HP Revamps Channel-Partner Programs to Help Partners with its Separation into Two Companies – Read more here.
  • New Dispatcher Phoenix 5.0 Adds More Economical Licensing Model, New Upgrades – Read more here.
  • Ricoh’s mindSHIFT Launches Cloud Servers in Amazon’s Web Services Market – Read more here.
  • New Canon Scan-Tini Portable Document Scanner with Scan-to-Cloud – Read more here.
  • New Epson Perfection V39 Personal Document Scanner with ArcSoft for Scanning Over-Size Documents – Read more here.

Production-Printing News

  • New EFI Fiery Digital Front Ends for Xerox’s Latest Digital Presses – Read more here.

3D-Printing News

  • Carbon3D’s 3D Printing Said to be up to 100-Times Faster than Conventional 3D Printing – Read more here.

Financial News

  • Kodak Reports Loss for its Fourth Quarter, Revenue Slides – Read more here.

Legal News

  • Canon Withdraws Toner-Cartridge Patent-Infringement Action Against Seine   Read more here.

Other News

  • Sharp to Cut Some 6,000 Jobs from Global Workforce as Part of Restructuring   Read more here.

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