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A change is in the wind…

Some significant changes are happening here at Colours. Colours is joining with another premier digital printing company in Sydney, Vertifix Australia, and moving all production to premises in Pyrmont, Sydney. As both Colours and Vertifix are currently...

Colours supports Clean-up Australia Day

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Clean Up Sydney Harbour [divider_padding] Before Clean Up Australia, there was Clean Up Sydney Harbour. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Clean Up Sydney Harbour, Customs House Library is holding a photo exhibition of the...

Oh, so slow!

Recently, everything seems to be going at a snail's pace. Is it just me, or have all my computers, and particularly all their internet connections, started going slower and slower and slower? [image width="628"...

Friday 13th bowling

Colours’ second annual Friday 13th Lawn Bowls challenge Friday the 13th. A day to avoid troubles. So, once again, to make sure there were no troubles at work we all took the afternoon off for the annual lawn bowls challenge. [image width="628"...

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WOW! Gold! Again!

The 2013 National Print Awards ceremony in Melbourne last Friday night brought more amazing news. Colours won another gold medal - in recognition of our expertise and experience in digital printing and book-printing. [divider_line] This time the occasion was "The...

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WOW! Gold!

The 2012 NSW Printing Industries Craftsmanship Award Dinner last night brought some amazing news. Colours won a gold medal - in recognition of our expertise and experience in digital printing and book-printing. [divider_line] [image title="We won gold" align="center"...

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Barefoot bowling

A Crackerjack afternoon of bowling Friday the 13th. A day to avoid troubles. So what better way to make sure there are no troubles at work than to take the afternoon off? That's just what the whole team did on Friday afternoon. Everyone started really early and...

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Any publicity is good publicity

They say that any publicity is good for business Recently, Konica Minolta did a case study of Pure Colours as a user of their BizHub range of digital printing presses. I assumed that not many of our customers would see it on the KM website, so I have copied it below....

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The new industry pin-up

Maybe not a cover-model? While I was overseas last month, an article appeared in Print21 Magazine featuring Pure Colours. It focussed on a part of our distant history - our recovery from a fire that devastated our business in 1998. I guess the editors felt the need to...

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Mobile web-sites – validated and optimized?

Mobile web-sites need even more care and consideration in their design and implementation than standard web-sites. We are proud to say that our own new, but growing, mobile web-site ticks all the boxes for mobile optimisation. We have tested our mobile web-site, using...

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New Colours for Colours

At last - the Colours offices and factory have a new coat of paint. [image width="600" height="362"]/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Colours_building_new_paint.png[/image]We waited almost twelve months for it to happen. And finally we have a new coat of paint on the...

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QR codes and mobile mini-sites

Quick Response (QR) codes provide a whole new means of attracting and engaging potential customers. To read a QR (or 2D) code, you will need to have a QR reader on your smart-phone (if you haven't already got one). I suggest these ones... For iPhone - visit...

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New track and trace facility

We've just added a new feature to our web-site that allows customers to more easily track their jobs. [divider_padding] This new facility provides quick and simple access through PrintLinks - our custom-built MIS system - to a log of all activity relating to a job....

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Folding families

Another informative article by Trish Witkowski, of foldfactory.com [divider_padding] There are so many ways to fold printed pieces, and so many odd terms to describe the folds: accordion, gate, exotic, map, parallel... If you're even a little confused, read this...

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10 common design mistakes

The following article was published earlier this year by Trish Witkowski, of foldfactory.com. Although written from the point of view of incorporating folding concepts in direct-mail campaigns, it contains some sound, solid advice about undertaking any printing...

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Colours on the web

The web landscape is dominated by a large number of blue brands... but red occupies a large amount of space as well. What's driving this? The image below is a summary of the results of an analysis earlier this year by Colourlovers, showing the dominance of red and...

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So long, Steve…

In this week after the demise of Steve Jobs, a great many articles have appeared in tribute to the co-founder of Apple. The following (based on musings by Gene Gable, who writes for CreativePro.com) gives a graphic designer's point of view of the man and the company....

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Monza Digital is Carbon Neutral…

Colours house stock, Monza Recycled, has been certified as being Carbon Neutral. In accordance with the global Greenhouse Gas Protocol, under international standard ISO 14040, Monza is now Certified Carbon Neutral by The Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI). Monza...

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Viewing PDFs on an iPad or iPhone…

This quick tip may allow users to more reliably view PDFs on iPhones and iPads. In a previous article, I reported on the lack of reliable PDF viewers, especially for portable devices such as iPads and iPhones. The IOS operating system on these Apple devices defaults...

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Award-winning results…

Nerida Cunneen has once again won an award for her performance in her TAFE Sydney Institute Graphic Prepress Course. The DG Design Award for third place overall in Stage 2 of the Graphic Prepress Trade Course was presented to Nerida last night in Turner Hall at the...

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Our c8000 scores again…

Colours' investment in the first Konica Minolta c8000 Bizhub Press in Australia has added benefits for all, as this recent article reveals. Konica Minolta’s bizhub Press series scored “industry leading” results in the latest deinking tests by the International...

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VIGC puts PDF viewers to the test…

The following article appeared recently on VIGC's pages. Its relevance to the workflow at Colours and for Colours' customers is obvious. It was so significant, that I thought it worth repeating here. [divider_padding] [divider_padding] Most PDF viewers failed the...

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Our new c8000 is “five-star”…

Colours' decision to purchase the first Konica Minolta c8000 digital press in Australia has been further vindicated - the press has won a five-star rating from Bertl. Independent testing laboratory Bertl has awarded Konica Minolta’s bizhub Press C8000...

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Any publicity is good publicity…

The following article about our new c8000 digital press appeared in several on-line industry publications this week. [image align="center" width="465" height="184"]/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Picture-8.png[/image] [divider_line] Sydney-based print shop Pure Colours...

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On-line job tracking…

Registered customers can now log on to a customised web page to see the status of their jobs at Colours. A direct link into our job management system, PrintLinks, is available to customers, on request. The "Client Dashboard" allows users to see all their jobs in...

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To the bitter end…

Like every year I can remember, we were working right up to the close of business on Christmas Eve. Deadlines still needed to be met, and the last staff member locked up around 8pm - about 3 hours ago. Although many staff finished up in the last few days - several...

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And now the studio is moving…

The last two days have seen the transition of all remaining services form the St Peters studio to Marrickville. Servers, firewalls, internet connections (all four of them), phones, faxes, FTP connections, web-cam servers - you name it - we did it in one session. And...

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The first in Australia…

Colours has installed the first Konica Minolta C8000 Bizhub Press in the country. Delivery happened last week, and installation went without a hitch. The showroom-like premises in our new building at Marrickville is now home to five Konica digital presses. The C8000...

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And one more new face…

Today, Glenn Dunscombe has joined the Colours team as an afternoon-shift press operator. So that we can continue to offer increased service to our customers, especially with the advent of our new C8000 digital press, Glenn has joined the team. Most recently from...

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They say it is one of the most stressful events…

Moving house is supposed to be up there with deaths, divorces and other life-changing things in your life. And we couldn't agree more! The last month has been stressful for all - staff, customers, suppliers, family and friends - as Colours moved from St Peters to...

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And another (important) new face…

Just as we start planning the move into our new premises, Colours appoints a new Operations Manager. The timing is perfect. But it makes for a lot of work for our new Operations Manager, Ricky Jolliffe. Ricky has been in the printing industry for more than just a few...

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But wait… heaps more changes…

As if the departure of Mike and Mitch wasn't enough, more changes are afoot. Big things are happening. Colours is expanding into new premises in Marrickville. We hope to be installed before Christmas, but this may be ambitious. The new building is more than double the...

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And another change…

After three years at Colours, as a designer and pre-press guru, Mitch Baker is taking a break. Mitch is going to Canada, to chase the snow! He leaves in about two weeks, for Vancouver, to work the winter season as a "snow bunny" and chair-lift operator - working for a...

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Moving on…

Mike Griffiths has decided to leave Colours, after four years with us. With his wedding not that far off, in December, Mike has decided it is time for other changes as well - and has accepted an offer to establish a pre-media studio in Sydney for Melbourne-based...

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IPEX 2010 and beyond…

In May this year, John and Lyne travelled to Birmingham, UK to attend IPEX. Leaving at the height of the Icelandic volcano eruptions, we were unfortunate to be diverted to Amsterdam and had to face several hours of waiting in queues before finding alternative...

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Charity is the winner…

One of our staff was adventurous enough to take part in the 2009 Sydney to the Gong bike ride last Sunday, to raise money for MS. Mike Griffiths did himself proud, completing the 90km course in 4 hrs and 30 mins - and in the process raising $400 to donate to MS...

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FTP access for customers

Colours new, web-based FTP service has now been fully implemented. NO SOFTWARE NEEDED... Registered customers can have instant access to their own private FTP folder on our pre-press server. Simply contact us to set up your account and start transfering files straight...

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Larger sheet sizes now possible…

With the acquisition of a new, high-speed digital press, Colours can now offer products previously not available from digital print providers... at fantastic prices. 6-page A4 brochures; 8-page A4 gatefold brochures; 10- and 12-page DL flyers; A4 landscape...

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ADSL2+ bandwidth increased…

In order to keep up with the increased traffic of large file sizes to and from our customers, Colours has doubled its internet connection bandwidth. Speeds up to 20Mb per second are now technically feasible, and redundant, load-sharing connections now mean that 99.9%...

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Colours wins Gold!

The Australian National Print Awards for 2009 brought us a welcome surprise - a Gold Medal! Colours was thrilled to learn that for their efforts in the pre-press and print management of the 2008 Coolmore Annual Breeders Handbook, we won a Gold Medal in the Australian...

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Colours gains recognition from Adobe

Colours has recently fulfilled all the requirements to become certified as an Adobe Authorized Print Service Provider. As an Adobe Authorised Print Service Provider, Colours is committed to delivering a total printing solution. The Print Service Provider program is...

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The graffiti spreads…

After almost three years of avoiding our walls and roller door, the graffiti artists from Mays Lane have finally struck! We have not been doing anything consciously to discourage their work, but it has taken all this time for our "virgin" walls and roller door to...

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DRUPA and beyond…

It's DRUPA time again, and John has been to Germany to see what's new. After five exhausting days trudging the halls of Düsseldorf Messe, John and Leigh have returned with many new ideas and thoughts for growth and business directions in the coming years. Although we...

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Our new studio and office…

It was obvious we were going to have to expand. So when the next-door suite became available, it was a no-brainer.Another 200 square metres has meant that we can have a separate space for the pre-press department, the office and reception; and a very nice environment...

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Extra staff to ease the burden

If it wasn't already obvious from the increasing workload, Danny's resignation at Christmas made it clear that we need more man-power. In the last few months, we have appointed three new members to our team - Lal Sharma, Lindsay Treloyn and Hue Nguyen. Lal is working...

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Christmas is upon us… at last!

Every year we reach Christmas time and say "the last 12 months have gone past faster than ever". And 2007 is no exception. Although we have been busier than ever before in the last few weeks, and the days seem to have gone on and on forever, it only seems like...

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Bumper 2nd quarter results

We have all been working such long hours over the last few weeks that we would have been more than disappointed if the outcome had not been spectacular. Almost all the staff have been under continual pressure, often working very late nights as well as weekends. It has...

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Good bye… and good luck!

Danny Nel, who has been at Colours for over 7 years, has decided to retire... in style. Imagine our surprise yesterday, when Danny announced he had won Lotto and would retire after Christmas! Last Saturday he took several old Lotto tickets to his local newsagent,...

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Another new staff member

Demand from our customers for additional resources in graphic design has lead to the appointment of Mitch Baker - designer and layout artist. Mitch is a recent graduate of Enmore College of Arts and has worked as a designer and artist, and as a bartender (!) since...

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Oh no! Not more equipment?

When will it end? Not till we have used up every last square metre of space! After looking at all the industry offerings at the recent Printex Exhibition at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Colours has invested in yet more printing equipment. Supplementing our Epson...

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Still more equipment arrives

In yet another phase of expansion, Colours has added a battery of new equipment to its already impressive arsenal.Another guillotine - a Polar 76EM - rolled in the door last week, together with a Horizon folder and a GBC wide format laminator. Where we are going to...

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And yet another staff member

Although he joined us some months ago, we can now proudly announce that Stefan Kovar is our full-time press operator. Stefan started with us shortly after we acquired our QMDI offset press, and has been with us through all its teething problems. With a background in...

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A new staff member!

Today marks another milestone in the re-growth of the company. Mike Griffiths has joined us as a Production Manager. Mike used to work for us many years ago as a pre-press Mac operator, and then furthered his career with stints at Allied Reprographics, LaserGraphics...

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Our QMDI arrives…

The installation of Colours' Heidelberg QMDI went off without a hitch. It was 5am, Tuesday 3rd October. Rain had just started to fall. And a 10 tonne truck pulled up in May Street, St Peters, carrying our QMDI. Because the laneway is so narrow, the press was offloaded...

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Power outage causes only minor disruption

At 9.45am today, after a motor vehicle accident a few kilometres away, all the power supply to St Peters and surrounding suburbs was cut. When the lights and the air-conditioning, all the computers, presses and processors suddenly stopped it was quite frightening....

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Have we really gone to ink-on-paper?

Colours has made the decision to expand its digital operation into offset printing. With more and more of our customers asking for offset quality, but still wanting fast turnaround, Colours has invested in a Heidelberg Quickmaster DI 46-4 digital offset 4-colour...

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New web-site up and running at last!

After months (or is it years) of planning, Colours' new website is finally operational. It took only a week to actually do it, but the planning stage seems to have taken almost exactly four years! At least we never went through the embarrassment of having an "under...

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VOIP activated

VOIP is a reality at Colours. All outgoing telephone calls are now routed through our VOIP connection. Using NetComm V85 handsets that simply plug in to our existing high-speed network cabling, we are now able to make all outgoing calls to anywhere in Australia or...

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ADSL2+ installed

Blazingly fast broadband 2 speeds are now achievable. With little or no fanfare, Colours has upgraded its broadband connection to ADSL2+. Speeds up to 12Mb per second are now a reality. With ADSL2+, transfer speeds up to 24Mb/sec are technically feasible, but because...

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Skype™ us!

Colours can now be contacted on Skype: our username is "coloursdigital". Free internet telephony. That's what they claim, and that's what we...

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New Premises found – just up the road

After searching for the best part of 9 months, in all of the surrounding suburbs, we finally found the ideal location, just 100 metres from our home in May Street. It didn’t look like much to start with, but after 6 weeks of renovation, electrical upgrades, cabling,...

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