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Fenske Media Corporation has installed the first Kodak Versamark 700 Print Manager in the United States. Targeted to commercial printers and designed to integrate easily into existing workflows, the Versamark 700 Print Manager serves as a robust front end for the Kodak Versamark VL2000 Digital Printing System. In addition, future versions will support the entire line of VL-Series Printing Systems as well as Kodak’s upcoming Stream Press.

PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, and DICE, the Digital Imaging Customer Exchange, announced today that the two member-supported organizations will merge and move forward under the management of Caslon, a PODi Affiliate. When the merger is completed, members will enjoy the full resources of both of these prominent digital print industry organizations.

Kodak announced today that it will consolidate its plate manufacturing operations in the United States. As a result of this consolidation, Kodak will close its plate manufacturing operations in Windsor, CO, by the end of 2009 and consolidate all U.S. plate manufacturing operations at its Columbus, GA, plate manufacturing facility.

PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, is pleased to announce the 2009 winners of the annual PODi Best Practices Awards. These highly anticipated awards recognize outstanding examples of digital print and variable data strategies. The awards will be presented at the 2009 PODi AppForum digital print conference in Las Vegas at the Rio Hotel, January 19-21. AppForum attendees will be treated to a first detailed look at the case studies and a chance to hear from the winners.

ROCHESTER, NY—August 19, 2008—PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, announced today that a stellar group of industry leaders has been confirmed to chair track sessions at its seventh annual AppForum, January 19 - 21, 2009 in Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. • Laurie Beasley, President of the DMA of Northern California, will chair the new Direct Marketing Track. Laurie runs Beasley Direct Marketing and has managed hundreds of successful direct mail and online campaigns. She’s been honored with Echo, Summit, Marcom, Pyramid and Caples awards. • Joe Metzger, President of Metzgers Printing + Mailing will be leading the Web-to-Print Track.

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