May 04, 2009
Scan This: HP Printer Series Tailored for AEC and GIS Industries
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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All of the multi-function printers include a touch screen, making it easy for everyone in an office to use. Users can select copying or scanning and the piece of media to be managed, the scanner then recognizes the size of the paper and automatically copies it.


Other features include SCP Reprocontrol for HP which empowers production operators to be able to automate, standardize and manage color consistently during the production workflow; and the HP Accounting Excel Tool 2.0, which enables users to generate and view advanced usage tracking reports remotely. This allows them to administrate workflow such as supplies, media, usage information, account information, and types of print jobs.


Material Choices


New material choices include HP Everyday Adhesive Matte Polypropylene for color vibrancy for both indoor and outdoor applications, HP Durable Banner with DuPont Tyvek for both indoor and outdoor printing, HP Recycled Bond Paper produced with 100 percent recycled base paper and HP Cockle-Free Coated Papers for graphic and technical customers who want outstanding image quality on paper that stays flat before and after printing.


Pricing


Jongen said that typically HP gives more value at the “same or a lower price” with an upgrade or new product. In this case, the T1120 replaces the T1100 and the user will gain more value with its purchase.


HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP estimated U.S. MSRP $16,495

HP Designjet T1120 HD-MFP estimated U.S. MSRP $21,495

HP Designjet 4020 Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $7,650

HP Designjet 4020ps Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $9,750

HP Designjet 4520 Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $9,295

HP Designjet 4520ps Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $11,450

HP Designjet 4520 HD-MFP Printer estimated U.S. MSRP $27,895


The HP Designjet 4020/4520 Printer series will be available in May 2009.

The HP Designjet T1120 SD-MFP is expected to be available in May 2009.

The HP Designjet T1120 HD-MFP is expected to be available in April 2009.


Top News of the Week


Sun Microsystems and
Oracle Corporation announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt.


There are substantial long-term strategic customer advantages to Oracle owning two key Sun software assets: Java and Solaris. Java is one of the computer industry's best-known brands and most widely deployed technologies, and it is the most important software Oracle has ever acquired. Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle's fastest growing business, is built on top of Sun's Java language and software. Oracle can now ensure continued innovation and investment in Java technology for the benefit of customers and the Java community.


Hard Dollar Corporation announced the industry's first 5D-BIM Server (Building Information Modeling) providing dynamic "Oneness" integration between CAD designs, estimating, scheduling, project controls, and accounting; fulfilling the industry's vision of elevating BIM to the 5D level. According to McGraw-Hill Construction's SmartMarket Report on BIM, "Contractors reported achieving up to a 1,000% ROI using BIM" and should experience even greater returns once 4D and 5D capabilities become available.


Nemetschek Allplan presents Allplan 2009 AEC platform for 3D building modeling with quantity takeoff and cost determination. The current version contains new tools for renovation and conversion planning, as well as for environmentally-friendly and sustainable building projects. With an emphasis on user-friendliness, Allplan 2009 sets new standards in interdisciplinary cooperation: the integrated product family enables users to work on a virtual building model covering everything from architecture design to structural planning, building services and cost planning. High-performance interfaces also enable efficient communication and coordination processes.


Announcements


Autodesk announced its sponsorship of this year’s edition of the Citrix Application Delivery event, Citrix iForum Benelux 2009, to be held in Antwerp, Belgium on 9 – 10 June 2009. The event expects to attract 1,500 delegates who will hear presentations by industry leaders on how to successfully manage IT infrastructure and Autodesk is to be a Gold Sponsor.


Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced that it is supporting the Autodesk Assistance Program by offering out of work designers, engineers and architects with low-cost training to help them learn new skills and improve employability. There are potentially more than 100 courses each month in architecture, building systems, civil and mechanical engineering that are eligible for special pricing.


CH2M HILL has debuted on the FORTUNE 500 list, ranking number 436. The firm is also ranked among the top 10 largest Colorado-based companies.


In 2008, CH2M HILL ranked 520 on the FORTUNE 1,000. In just one year, CH2M HILL's revenue grew more than 27 percent due to continued diversification.


Autodesk announced that it has selected CAD Research as Reseller of the Quarter for North America for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009. The designation recognizes the reseller not only for its sales performance and dedication to customer service, but also for the growth of its operations and its investment in the business of selling Autodesk software. Autodesk selected CAD Research from more than 150 resellers throughout North America.


Deltek, Inc. announced that it is convening a “meeting of the minds” of government and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) experts on May 13-14, 2009 in Orlando, FL at Deltek’s Insight 2009 conference. This national event – “The Stimulus & Beyond: Navigating the Brave New World” – is unique in the industry in scope and focus, and was created to give government contractors and AEC firms real answers on what is happening with the stimulus plan to prepare them to win business in this new era of government spending.


Financials


Riverbed Technology reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2009 (Q1’09).


Total GAAP revenue for Q1’09 was $88.2 million, an increase of 21% from $73.0 million of GAAP revenue reported in the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 (Q1’08). GAAP net income for Q1’09 was $974,000, or $0.01 per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net income of $638,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, in Q1’08. See


New Products


3Dconnexion announced the new SpacePilot PRO. The company’s flagship 3D mouse is designed to deliver advanced control of 3D models, easier access to the power of professional 3D applications, fewer interruptions in the design workflow, and superior comfort. Specifically, the SpacePilot PRO features a new color LCD Workflow Assistant, second-generation QuickView Navigation technology, Intelligent Function keys, and an improved design for enhanced comfort and control.


Revit Extensions for
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 are now available. Revit Extensions are a series of easy-to-use applications that extend the capabilities of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 software in key areas, including modeling, coordination, and documentation. Specifically, the extensions provided in this executable file are: Grid Generator, Freeze Drawings, Compare Models, Text Generator, Elements Positioning, and Microsoft Excel-based Model Generation.


The file installs the Revit Extensions for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010. It also includes the Extensions Engine, a platform that hosts each Extension within Revit Architecture 2010.


Project Showroom 1.0.16 is now available, a technology preview that establishes a vision for a service for home furnishing suppliers to enable their customers to visualize their products in real-life room settings. It is our software as a service approach to kitchen design software and bathroom design software.


progeSOFT s.a.s., in cooperation with progeSOFT North America, has arranged special distribution rights for two new eBooks published by upFront.eZine Publishing. Both eBooks, Inside progeCAD 2009, and Tailoring progeCAD 2009, are available on progeSOFT s.a.s. and progeSOFT North America’s websites, as well as many of their valued reseller’s websites, for free download.


Quantapoint announced the release of PRISM 3D / QuantaCAD 9.0. PRISM 3D enables 3D laser scan data to be accessed directly as high-definition Quantapoint Laser Models (not fuzzy "point clouds") and photo-realistic Laser Images. QuantaCAD enables the same 3D laser data to be accessed directly within design software such as Autodesk AutoCAD, AVEVA PDMS, AVEVA Review, Bentley AutoPlant, Bentley MicroStation V8XM, Intergraph PDS, Intergraph SmartPlant Review and more.


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