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This eBook deals with Automated Print Solutions in two senses: those systems where print files can be processed, sent to press and finished with minimal user intervention (with the print files delivered via the web being a key component); and 'print anywhere technology'/'push-button printing' where said button can be found on a desktop computer, smartphone or tablet device.
Print workflows have evolved significantly in the last 50 years, with desktop publishing and the advent of the internet causing radical changes. The more recent trend in mobile devices is also bringing about notable changes in possibilities, practices and expectations. This eBook covers the important historical developments in automated vs. conventional printing, an overview of the current situation including the end-use applications of automated print solutions and a review of the future outlook and technology forecasts.