Canon Australia announces Balance 3.0
Major upgrade to printer management software includes tools for composing jobs from multiple sources
Sydney, 22 April 2004 – Canon Australia, a leading provider of print-on-demand solutions, has announced the release in Australia of Balance 3.0, a major upgrade to Electronics For Imaging’s solution for distributing and managing output across multiple printing devices.
Balance 3.0 — formerly known as Velocity Balance — maximises production capacity by managing multiple print devices as a group. For example, the software can send just the colour pages from a job to the colour printers and all other pages to black & white devices. It can split a long job across every available machine for faster printing. It can even automatically select the fastest available printer for priority jobs and the most cost-efficient printer available for all others.
“With Balance 3.0, print centres can minimise their hardware investment and maximise their print output by simply adjusting the number of devices in their fleet to meet their needs,” said Steven Brown, Product Manager PAGA, Canon Australia. “There are many operations that would not be served well by investing in one enormous printing press that far exceeds their volume needs but provides far less flexibility than this elegant program. The Canon Print On Demand strategy is about meeting the real business needs of savvy printers, even if this means that our solutions will cost far less than the alternatives.”
Balance 3.0 provides new tools for processing jobs automatically with a single job ticket and for centralising the management and distribution of jobs across multiple printers.
Thanks to Balance 3.0’s new Velocity Compose feature, print managers can more quickly and easily build lengthy jobs that contain inserts, tabs and merged files from digital sources or scanned hard copies. Work in thumbnail mode for rapid results and then switch to the full-resolution preview to avoid costly printing mistakes.
Balance 3.0 can now also connect to any PostScript Level 3 capable device. The software manages printers of different brands via a consistent interface. Balance 3.0 is available immediately as part of Canon’s portfolio of print-on-demand solutions. For further information, contact Canon Australia on 1800 444 199.
Canon Australia (www.canon.com.au) was established in Australia in 1978 and is a subsidiary of the US$29.9 billion Canon Inc. group. The company is an industry leader in professional and consumer imaging solutions with a comprehensive product line that includes: printers, scanners, fax machines, video cameras, cameras and lenses, video conferencing, image filing systems, networked multifunction devices, digital and analogue copiers (colour and black & white). Canon Australia also operates its own lease finance service, Canon Finance Australia, which facilitates “one stop” shopping for customers wanting to lease or finance their equipment solutions. Canon Inc. is a top patent-holder of imaging technologies with a local R&D centre – CISRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) – based in Sydney.
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