GoPrint2 Launches Terminal Server Version, Dillner’s Accounting Tools

(Toronto, Ontario) July 14, 2016 – GoPrint2 launches terminal server version of their PDF Print Driver for Dillner’s Accounting Tools, Inc.

Dillner’s Accounting Tools, Inc. is a technology company based in Westminster, Maryland, that provides software and support to accounting firms for their multi-client processing. Accounting firms can send password-protected financial documents to their clients and perform multiple accounting functions through Dillner’s portal. GoPrint2 was incorporated into their system in order to expand their capabilities and improve their market competitiveness.

GoPrint2 is a web-to-print solution designed and developed by Racad Tech. It was originally created for the graphic arts industry in order to give print service providers the necessary tools to ensure that their customers can send files, regardless of the size, quickly and easily in a print ready format. It is a customizable web-based solution and PDF driver that can complement any system. It is applicable for law offices, libraries, schools and universities, and any company or institution that has in-plant operations.

In 2007, GoPrint2 was custom fit into Dillner’s system in order to enable its accounting firm customers to send and print documents to their clients from any software such as Quickbooks, etc.

Recently, a new version of GoPrint2 was developed for terminal servers. In this case, GoPrint2 was installed directly into the terminal server, allowing multiple users to simultaneously use the program. GoPrint2 now supports Windows Terminal Server. Dillner’s is the first company to use this. The terminal server version accommodates the needs of a growing number of accounting firms that are switching to cloud servers.

Learn more about PDF drivers for accounting firms here.

Visit Dillner’s Accounting Tools, GoPrint2 and Racad Tech’s websites for more information.

Racad Tech’s Business Development Director to Present at 2016 SGIA Expo this September

At this year’s SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, Reuben James, director of business development of Racad Tech, and developer of Web To Print Shop, will be speaking about how open source innovations can be leveraged in the web-to-print industry, and the implications for businesses and consumers.

Mr. James’s presentation, titled “Leveraging Open Source Technology for Web-Based Garment Design & Ordering,” will focus on how custom designing and ordering garments and other print materials is aided by innovative open source technologies coupled with advanced web-to-print technologies.

The talk will focus on best practices, the risks and benefits of an open source platform versus the traditional proprietary offerings in the market today in the areas of time, costs, security, and other essential factors. This talk promotes technological advancement in the web-to-print space and allows affordable investment by small and medium-sized businesses that are on a path to growth. This is consistent with Racad’s business practices, which put the focus on helping printing businesses flourish in the web-to-print sphere.

The SGIA Expo is a prestigious annual event within the printing industry that brings together the industry’s brightest minds. The SGIA Expo hosts a wide array of presenters, exhibitors, and print industry professionals looking to share information and learn about the newest, most innovative technologies in the printing and imaging industry.

Racad Tech is the innovative company behind popular web-to-print solutions including Web To Print Shop, Web To Print Technology (powered by Go ePower), GoPrint2, uDraw, and Online Sign Studio with features that include:

  • Corporate branded web-to-print portals
  • E-commerce web-to-print storefronts
  • WordPress plugins compatible with existing websites
  • Other third party integrations with existing website
  • An in-browser graphic designer with web-to-print capabilities
  • FTP, email, and print driver based solutions
  • Variable data printing
  • Multi-location job routing
  • Customizable order production
  • Online price calculator and estimator

Learn more about the exciting new solutions available through Web To Print Shop at WebToPrintShop.com.

Racad Tech Is Proud To Announce Upcoming Webinar Leading The Technology Curve In Web-to-Print

Racad Tech is proud to announce that it is the sponsor of Digital Impressions’ upcoming webinar titled “Leading the Technology Curve in Web-to-Print”. The webinar is scheduled for March 9, 2016 at 2pm EST (11am PST).

The webinar promises to be an eye opening event that will cover a lot of hot topics and technologies that have yet to be officially released in the market such as responsive web pages, mobile friendly templates and UI’s, and 3D printing for web. Chairing the webinar will be Ryan McAbee of Infotrends along with Andrew Hrwyrnak, president of Print Three Franchising Corporation, a leading print franchise in Canada, and Nicole Rugen, digital media specialist of Fetch Graphics in Wisconsin.

The webinar coincides with the release of an Infotrends study and white paper on web-to-print technology that is ‘Leading the Technology Curve’ with a focus on Racad Tech’s Web To Print Shop solution due to its flexible and modular nature.

The white paper will illustrate that there is a polar shift in the way W2P technologies are being applied. Readers and attendees of the webinar will be better informed and equipped once those changes come.

You can register for the webinar here: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1104271&s=1&k=C3445EC034F078F272E8C9540D49BBF4&partnerref=RACAD

For more information regarding W2PShop, call (800) 944-0875 or contact us.

Racad Tech Announces New “Do-It-Yourself” Web-To-Print WordPress Plugin

Racad Tech is pleased to announce the release of their W2P Shop – uDRAW plug-in for WordPress. The release of version 3.3.31 coincides with their publicly available version directly through WordPress at https://wordpress.org/plugins/udraw/. The release allows web-savvy and economically conscientious printers to integrate a flexible and affordable web-to-print solution.

The plug-in, publicly available on WordPress, gives printers unprecedented control over the web-to-print capabilities of their website. The plug-in is easily installed on any WordPress / Woocommerce-based website, eliminating the need to purchase an expensive or complicated web-to-print website or web-to-print software.

This web-to-print plug-in has empowered Racad’s print customers with more control over their web-to-print solutions and technology investments. The flexibility of the plug-in is creating a shift in the way print related technologies are created and adopted. Print businesses are no longer boxed in by the limitations of technology. With this solution, you have the option to pay for only the components you need, rather than all the unnecessary bells and whistles of an over-architectured solution.

The plug-in has been successfully in use for several years as a serviced solution to Racad’s existing client base. Jonathan Watt, the owner of Copy Cat Express, a copy and print shop in Kingston Jamaica, and one of the earliest adopters of the technology, is extremely satisfied with the solution. “The addition of the uDRAW plug-in has been great for my website. The folks at Racad have been extremely responsive when it comes to input from me and my staff which is quite comforting given the essential role that my website plays in my growth and success,” he says.

The plug-in is one of many steps Racad has taken to propel advancement and innovation within web-to-print and create a shift in the standard that technologies are accessed and applied. The end result will be solutions that are affordable, advanced, and flexible.

If you’re interested in learning more about Racad Tech’s latest web-to-print solutions for your business, call (800) 944-0875 or contact us.

Attend SGIA on November 9th and Stop by the W2P Shop Booth

Web To Print Shop by Racad Tech will be presenting at SGIA on November 4-5 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Centre! This show supports the wide format printing community, sharing the latest technology and information available for all types of specialty printing – including wide format web-to-print technology, digital imaging, finishing, screen printing, and a whole lot more!

Racad’s own web-to-print guru, a regular contributor to the SGIA Journal, wrote several articles focused on web-to-print technologies which have been well-received by the print community. Learn more about the SGIA Journal here: www.sgia.org/journal

Tickets to this show are free until October 13, so sign up to attend before you miss your chance! Visit the SGIA site to learn more.

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<H1> W2P Shop is Attending & Sponsoring the XMPie User Group Conference

Posted by Racad Tech on 30 September 2015

Join W2P Shop at the XMPIE User Group Conference on October 26 to learn about the year’s most ground-breaking innovations in XMPie. We’re pleased to be contributing as a sponsor.

The focus of the conference is boosting user-engagement, so it’s sure to be an engaging event! In addition to W2P Shop, dozens of other innovative companies in the printing, marketing, and web-to-print industry will be present and showing off their technologies and implementations of XMPie.

Learn more about the event, including how you can sign up at: www.xmpieusers.org/.

Web to Print Shop by Racad Tech Exhibited at CONSAC 2015 Sign Show

Web to Print Shop was pleased to exhibit at the CONSAC 2015 show this weekend from Thursday September 24 to 26 in Toronto. CONSAC is a prestigious sign show hosted by the sign show association of Canada.

CONSAC attracts companies from all over the world. Graphics and sign printing companies gather to see and share all the latest and greatest in the Canadian sign industry. Exhibitors have the opportunity to connect with and educate clients and contemporaries about their latest innovations.

In addition to being an exhibitor, Racad was proud to be a sponsor, contributing to cash prizes distributed at the event.

Visit the CONSAC 2015 website at www.sac-ace.ca/consac to learn about the event.

The Right W2P Provider For Your Business

How should you determine the right W2P provider for your business?

That’s really a subjective question. You may base who your provider is based on price without much consideration for anything else. You may also want to consider someone that comes recommended by someone you know or close to your operation. If you are going to make a sound decision that will last in the long term, then here are some questions that you might want to ask:

  1. How long have you been in business?

This is probably one of the most logical questions and one of the questions most frequently asked. This question is generally an indication of whether the company you’re speaking to knows what they’re doing in either web development or the print industry. People seem to take comfort in knowing a company has been around for a substantial amount of time. Although a word of warning. There are web to print providers that have been grandfathered into the industry, yet they can’t keep the pace of modern technologies. They have massive infrastructures and their technologies are too cluttered to be able to clean up and get current. Meanwhile you have some hot technologies that look great, but lack the sophistication to accommodate different scenarios within the print industry. Therefore, if you think you received a satisfactory answer with respect to the age of the company, the next question should be…

  1. What advancements have you done most recently?

You want to avoid a situation where you are subscribed to a technology which is boxing you in to a specific look or limited functionality.   The ideal provider has enough experience under their belt to know how to cater to your needs in print, while providing proficient understanding of the web to keep the technology current and relevant to your needs.

  1. Do you have Saas and Enterprise offerings?

Says (software as a service) offerings allow you to utilize their providers environment so that you don’t necessarily have to invest in a hardware and environment infrastructure. You share cost with others so that your solution is affordable. You may have a growth plan if successful in which case you may want an enterprise option. If so, you want to make sure there is an upgrade path with the same provider so that growth will be seamless and they can transition you from a Saas solution to an enterprise solution – or vice-versa for whatever reason you may need to downgrade.

  1. Do you integrate with 3rd Party Solutions? Do you do customizations?

In my experience, close to 40% of our customer base request customizations. You want a provider that is not shy or intimidated to create custom solutions or custom widgets to fit within their existing solutions. If they are, then you need to re-consider your options – especially if you envision requiring custom development or custom interfaces etc.

  1. Do you have DIY and/or service options?

If the answer to both of these is yes, then you are looking at a really flexible solution. DIY (Do-it-yourself) options means that the system is flexible enough that you can control many (or most) of the elements on your own should you have the infrastructure to accommodate it. If you don’t, then you may want to outsource the services of your website and online stores to the W2P provider. If they have a services department, then they can effectively behave as your own graphics and technology HR. A reasonable way to go about technology investment since you only pay for the services as you require them.

  1. Do you integrate with 3rd party systems?

If the answer is “no”, then my advice is generally to stay away. The reason is, because there is no perfect system out there. But there is a perfect solution for your business and that solution may be a combination of many different system. If the providers of all these differing systems can “talk to each other” to create the solution you need, then you’re golden. If you find yourself already with a W2Pprovider that does not integrate with 3rd party systems, then start speaking up. They obviously are doing things to keep business in house. But that is at your expense. Consider making a switch because it shows a large elements of closed mindedness and lack of continuity.

  1. Can I see sample customer sites / demo sites?

A picture is a thousand words and a fully functional web site with online ordering and web to print is probably your best indication that the W2P provider that you are speaking to can do what you are asking. Look at the differing sites. If they are broad in their capabilities, then that’s good. If they are all looking quite similar, be cautious. Don’t hesitate to call up companies to ask for their feedback.

  1. Is your technology cross-browser compatible?

You want to make sure that regardless of your choice of web to print platform, that there are no issues in displaying the web to print solution on all browsers – be they computers or tablets. As mentioned above, you want to stay away from Flash as well as any other outdated mediums that people might be selling.

  1. What are your pricing options? Do you have any payment plans?
This is probably a question on the checklist that needed no mentioning. It is at the top of everyone’s mind. The 2 general considerations is whether you are getting a system that you “own” and hosting on your server (traditionally referred to as an “enterprise” solution) which is typically particularly expensive as outlined above. Or whether you are subscribing to a technology that will be hosted and managed with your provider, while you pay a more nominal fee.

Even under the Saas options, there are set up fees that may apply. Even under those scenarios, it is not outside the realm of reasonable, to request that the set up be divided so that you can see that the deliverables are actually delivered while you take the chance on a company you may not yet be familiar with. Of course, there are those that offer their technologies without any set up or for a free trial which may be a worthwhile research exercise.

When it comes to pricing though, keep in mind what we said above. Your web to print service provider is your technology partner to a large extent. They are doing the research and on-going development which can get costly if they are progressive.

You are now equipped with enough information to find the right solution for you. Ask the right questions. Take the facts and compare. Make a decision that will be worthwhile for you in the short and long-term, and get your on-line solution launched. Once your website and online ordering portal are floating in cyber-space, be sure to check back with us in the next journal to learn the 101 on how to get your website marketed and found on the web.

Open Source Web to Print Data

Typically, when investing in a Web to Print technology, even an affordable Saas-based technology, you are buying into a system that is completely “closed” in that the only human resources that can support your technology investment is the company familiar with it. Once you decide to stop paying that support fee, or if that group disappears or stops supporting their technology, your data, your templates, order history and your time investment alone is at risk of disappearing altogether. There is virtually no-where that can accommodate your data and your product templates. The portals that house them as well also run the risk of disappearing. When you tie your open source Web to Print data / WordPress website, even if you discontinue the use of your web to print plug-in, the set up of your product catalog and information remains with you thereafter. The value goes far beyond your initial investment – and certainly further than the investment that closed systems can offer.

Again, to put things in perspective, there are certainly some things that open-source systems can not do. And you have to rely on some of the more proprietary systems out there. At that point you want to make sure you are speaking to the right people. If they are forward thinking enough, then they will have provisions for you and/or they will get their technology there eventually. But for now, those looking for the best of both worlds better do some homework.

WordPress Usage Statistics

While on the subject of statistics, there are close to 1 Billion websites on the internet. WordPress powers close to 100 Million of them. That being the case, anyone with a bit of proficiency can now go to WordPress (or any of the other website & e-commerce platforms) and set up their own website, integrate an e-commerce plug-in with the payment and shipping gateways of their choice – and be off to the races to make some money online. That was not so do-able in the print industry until most recently. Now, even printers can set up their WordPress websites and find Web to Print technologies that can be embedded and appended within their website within minutes.

Whereas in the past, someone had to take the risk of paying upwards of $50,000 to buy a software that would take a month to deliver which would ultimately end up as shelf-ware, (and if it didn’t, they were likely hiring a full time salary to operate the damned thing). Now, by spending a couple hundred dollars and spending no more than a week or 2 you will know if the solution is worthwhile. Note the difference in savings of time, money and aggravation. Aside from the time, money and frustration savings, there is another element worth noting.

Open Source Web to Print

Having said that, where would the uninitiated go from here?   For starters, if your web initiatives were to follow the stats, and you want to create a open source Web to Print infrastructure that will be supportable in the long term, you want to choose a website platform that is used by the majority and has a large development base of contributors. That only guarantees that the technology will have a stronger likelihood of continuity due to the investment and adoption of the majority. Of course, important criteria would be considered as well such as technological objectives, customer convenience, efficient processes etc. But that will generally be covered anyway, if you follow the stats. Indisputably, the most popular website platform is WordPress. As of July 2015, WordPress powers at least 24.2% of the websites published on the internet (Source: http://w3techs.com/technologies/history_overview/content_management/all/y). While there are other systems for consideration such as Joomla, Drupal, CMS Made Simple, Open Cart, ZenCart, OS Commerce, PrestaShop, Shopify, Magento, Volusion and Big Commerce to name a few – WordPress dominates the open source community as the CMS of choice by over 60%. (Source: http://trends.builtwith.com/cms). To put things in perspective, a really popular and like-able website and e-commerce system is Shopify which has a user base of 165,000 users. WordPress being a popular website, blogging and e-commerce platform has 600 times more websites using its platform than Shopify. (Source: http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all)


Need A Widget? Here it is!

In the past, if you wanted to add a feature to your website or change the look, it took substantial coding and customizations plus a lot of time before it could be delivered. On an open source Web to Print website platform, you can access HUNDRED or THOUSANDS of plug-ins for a less than a few hundred dollars – and plug them in INSTANTLY! Because of the broad variety of plug-ins and modules available, websites can differentiate themselves substantially as far as their offerings and presentations go, that would make the companies that they represent more memorable and differentiated.