- - Apple Macintosh personal computer introduced
- - 3D printing developed
Inventor of 3D Printer, Chuck Hull
- - Microsoft Windows introduced
- - World Wide Web launched
The World Wide Web Connected People Together
- HOW DID THE COMPUTER IMPACT THE PRINTING INDUSTRY -
Technology today more than ever has a disruptive impact on publishing. The Internet, printing-on-demand and the e-book are the main drivers of change, impacting all aspects of the publishing value chain—from the way books are published (authors can go direct to the reader), distributed (electronic marketplaces), sold (e-tailers) and read (electronic books). Computers and technology have changed how the world functions and they have changed how books and text are handled and read.
- - Indigo digital color printer which was invented by Benny Landa but was bought by Hewlett and Packard is introduced
- - Hewlett Packard wi-fi laser printer introduced
- - Kindle e-reader developed by Amazon.com
- - Nook e-reader developed by Barnes & Noble
- - Apple iPad tablet introduced
- DIGITAL PRINTING -
Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small-run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large-format and/or high-volume laser or inkjet printers. Digital printing has a higher cost per page than more traditional offset printing methods, but this price is usually offset by avoiding the cost of all the technical steps required to make printing plates. It also allows for on-demand printing, short turnaround time, and even a modification of the image (variable data) used for each impression. The savings in labor and the ever-increasing capability of digital presses means that digital printing is reaching the point where it can match or supersede offset printing technology's ability to produce larger print runs of several thousand sheets at a low price.
- PEOPLE AND COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PRINTING -
Many companies helped printing go “mainstream”. Printer companies such as Hewlett and Packard, Konica Minolta, Epson, and Canon have all helped the printing industry in one way or another. Printers are at the touch of a fingertip in many households and are mass producing products in the industrial world.