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digital print management

What is digital printing?
Digital printing is any printing technology (laserjet printer, for instance) that is capable of producing printed materials directly from a computer file. Digital printing eliminates the mechanical steps used in conventional printing and does not require an intermediary medium such as film, or an intermediary machine, such as a plate maker. Digital printing is growing in popularity at the expense of offset printing because last-minute revisions and corrections can be made at minimal cost without requiring much setup. Because it allows a company to print professional quality brochures, personalized direct mail, labels, plastic cards and graphic overlays on an as-needed basis, digital printing is sometimes referred to as "on-demand printing."

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HP Learning Center

You may not know it, but HP provides free instructor-led online classes for many IT and business-related topics. The courses are geared towards IT pros and business managers who work in small to medium-sized business and we highly recommend you take advantage of them. See entire list of topics.

Current classes related to digital printing include:

» Printer networking and management
Learn how to put your printing and imaging products on the network and manage them more effectively.

» Small business networking toolkit
Building a small network that links multiple computers and devices in your office is a smart move for small businesses. This course walks you through the entire process.

» Printer networking and management
Learn how to put your printing and imaging products on the network and manage them more effectively.

» Design your own business documents
Find out how to customize HP's free office templates with either Microsoft® Word or Microsoft® Publisher to create your own professional-looking business cards, letterhead, brochures, postcards and more.

» Professional color printing - HP Color LaserJet 9500 QUICK LESSON!
The Color LaserJet 9500 gives you the ability to print marketing materials, proposals and other key business documents in-house and get professional-looking results. Learn more about how you can use color and the HP Color LaserJet 9500 to your business' benefit.

Related Links

HP Small and Medium Business Home Page: Software and driver downloads as well as free support and troubleshooting help

Printing & imaging advice center: Get free expert advice about creating professional looking images and print collateral

Printer comparison center: Compare HP to other brands or compare HP products side by side

Business templates & images: Step-by-step instructions for creating your own marketing materials

A guide to in-house print marketing: WhatIs.com and HP team up to educate you about network printing, wireless printing and Total Print Management

This was last updated in August 2008

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