This Week in Imaging: Is That a Video Game or Copier Touchscreen?

Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

No, the touchscreen below isn’t a Jurassic Park VII video game, but a customized “Elevate” touchscreen for Toshiba’s e-STUDIO copier/MFPs. The center portion displays a custom graphic, while on the left are customized shortcuts. As we’ve noted before, we’re currently in the golden age of touch screens, with nearly all printer and MFP vendors now equipping their devices with truly user-friendly touchscreens that don’t frustrate users by requiring them to dig into menus and program their job requirements.

Standard, not customized, Toshiba Elevate touchscreen.
Vintage Toshiba touchscreen.  

That third photo brings back memories of writing painstaking user guides showing how to perform complicated copy and scan jobs. But fortunately today, it’s doubtful that many offices are using MFP touchscreens for programming high-volume copy jobs. Instead prints are generated from email attachments, documents stored in network repositories and document-management and content-management systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint, whether onsite or in the cloud. Moreover, hard-copy content is then scanned back into document repositories, often after being filtered through OCR software and automatic-routing software (or even translated into another language with Xerox MFPs and the Xerox Translator Service). The copy function – like our tailbones – while once very useful, is still there for the occasional job, but has significantly diminished in actual use.

Office-Imaging News

Average Copier Sales Manager Salary is $159,710 – But Most Looking for New Jobs –  Read more here.

Ricoh MFP User Credentials, Passwords, Exposed in Data Breach – Read more here.

Toshiba’s Next-Gen Elevate Touchscreen Said to Provide Ultimate in Customization – Read more here.

InfoTrends: Purchasing Ink, Toner Online is Risky for Both End-Users and OEMs – Read more here.

Pantum Introduces M7200 Desktop MFPs with Separate Drum, Toner – Read more here.

imagePROGRAF Le Series Refreshes Canon’s Entry Level Large-Format MFP Portfolio – Read more here.

Forty-Six Percent of SMB Business Content Today is Still on Paper – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

Ricoh USA Suing Former Employee for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets – Read more here.

Static Control Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Aster Graphics – Read more here.

Toshiba Served with New $83 Million Lawsuit; 28 Lawsuits in Total – Read more here.

Market-Research News

Desktop 3D-Printer Shipments up 17 Percent in First Quarter – Read more here.


Hyland Completes Takeover of Lexmark’s Perceptive – Read more here.

Consumer-Imaging News

Canon’s New SELPHY CP1300 Photo Printer is ‘Personal Photo Kiosk’ – Read more here.

Other News

Konica Minolta’s ‘KunKun’ Body Device Discreetly Alerts Users to Body Odors – Read more here.

Xerox Maintains Leadership Position in Worldwide Managed Print Services Market – Read more here.

Commercial- and Production-Printing News

New 60″ Wide Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 Said to be Largest 12-Ink Printer on the Market – Read more here.

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