Awhile back, Advance President, Jeff Elkin, shared his thoughts about the key considerations when choosing a technology partner. As Jeff pointed out, the driving force should be trust. At Advance, we build on that trust by providing recommendations focused on helping organizations achieve two primary outcomes: increased productivity and reduced expenses. Who doesn’t want to streamline expenses, especially in the first quarter?
As you may know, Windows 8 was released last month to the public. If you’ve had a chance to play with the new operating system you quickly notice that many changes have taken place since Windows 7, especially on the front-end. The new metro interface is loved by some and hated by others. Design objections aside, the plain fact is that it’s likely here to stay since the primary motive for the evolution is to keep Windows consistent among PCs, phones, and tablets.
Over the past eight months, Ricoh/Savin has introduced roughly 17 new MFD/P (multifunctional device/printer) models, updating its monochrome and full color lineup. Ricoh/Savin is refreshing its products, from desktop units to light production machines, to meet a more workflow oriented placement strategy.
Mobile printing is changing and evolving daily – it just keeps getting better and easier to print from your iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and many other mobile devices. Check out the latest in the mobile printing software world from Savin/Ricoh, Canon and KIP.
As ubiquitous as Google is these days, some of its lesser known features are worth some attention, especially when it comes to file sharing and collaborating on projects. Like many people, I was accidentally introduced to Google Docs when I inadvertently selected the “open as a Google spreadsheet” option on an Excel attachment I had in one of my Gmail emails. My Excel file opened in my Web browser, and unimpressed, I closed it right away reverting to my old method of saving the file to my Desktop. About a month later, I did it again with an updated version of the same Excel file, only this time to realize that the file I had opened a few weeks ago was stored in my account.
Mobile printing has really taken off within the past year or so and now the market is flooded with various options. As a consumer it can be challenging to make the software comparison and choose the right option for your company. Advance has taken away most of the guesswork and offer many solutions to help with your mobile integration. Read more »
I was speaking with a colleague of mine a few weeks back who mentioned that our wide format offerings could use more blog space. With KIP launching some new software products not that long ago I can’t think of a better time to put this out so here it goes…
If you are a current Wide Format client with Advance then you will really want to tune in on this one. KIP has beefed up two of its main software applications not only to increase functionality but also ease of use. KIP Request has long been the network printing application used by KIP and really had some great features. Merging, reducing/enlarging, collating, scanning, etc., was a snap through Request and really took the task out of job submittal. All of that was just made even easier with the release of KIP Print. Read more »
While operating systems like Linux are becoming more widely used the number is still very small compared to the traditional Windows PC or Mac. Of course, I’m only referencing desktops for this article since Linux runs on many hardware platforms like that Android device you may be holding in your hand. In fact, thanks to open source and the ability for the public to help develop various distributions you can find Linux on many devices such as firewalls, routers, Fiery’s (print controllers), your hacked Apple TV (which we don’t condone), the list goes on.
Several times over the last few years I have changed models of technology that I use every day, day in and out… phones, TVs, computers, even our cars are technology tools for outside sales representatives. Most of the time I am doing the research and listening to reviews to determine what I need.
In the new technology era, mobile devices and tablets are becoming the norm for office workers. But how can you print from these devices without the traditional challenge of forwarding documents to someone at a laptop or desktop with networked printing capability? EFI PrintMe Mobile is the latest solution to the mobile printing challenge. In this VLog, I’ll show you how the solution works and how simple it is to print from your iPhone, iPad, or Android. Let us know if you want a live demo and we can set you up.
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Jeff has been with Advance for over 25 years and currently serves as the President with focus on the technological advancements being made in the industry. Read Jeff's posts »
Kevin is our Virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) and has been with Advance since 2006. Read Kevin's posts »
Scott is the resident expert for all of the hardware and technology we offer at Advance. Read Scott's posts »