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On the Supply Side

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On the Supply Side

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EQUIPMENT

WEB SITE PRODUCTION

SaxoTech A/S, Alborg, Denmark

Reached agreement to merge with WebPlan AS, which has been controlled by Norwegian newspaper publisher Orkla Media. A majority interest in the merged company, which will continue operating under the SaxoTech name, will be held by SaxoTech's four principal shareholders. The company will retain Anders Christiansen as its managing director. Erlend Viddal, WebPlan's managing director, is relocating to the United States, where he is expected to become involved in sales and product strategies at SaxoTech Inc., Rockville, Md.

WebPlan developed the Publicus Internet publishing system, which SaxoTech markets and makes available on an application-service-provider basis. SaxoTech said it expects the merger to result in a "more tightly integrated solution for both print and electronic publishing [that] allows for efficient parallel publishing of news."

PREPRESS

MCC Publishing Consultants Rochester, Minn.

Installed elements of its TextStream products for use in exporting ads between net-linx (formerly SII) and Baseview systems at the Mobile (Ala.) Register and The Mississippi Press, Pascagoula. TextStream products also are used by Perscombinatie Meulenhof, Rotterdam, Netherlands, and La Opinion, Los Angeles. MCC also completed a development project with The Toronto Star using Tandem programming and SII system tools to export data to an in-house portal. Designed for use in text processing and data conversion, in scripts that run in the background or on a server, TextStream stand-alone tools require no user intervention, are available for all platforms, and do not depend on any proprietary publishing system.

OUTPUT

Research Corporation Technologies, Tucson, Ariz.

Settled the patent-infringement lawsuit it brought against Seiko Epson Corp. last summer. RCT granted Epson a license to RCT patents for the Blue Noise Mask halftoning technology developed at the University of Rochester (E&P, June 8, 1991). A similar suit against Hewlett-Packard Co. was settled in 1999. The technology relies on an unstructured pattern with small, low-frequency noise components to quickly generate dot arrangements for moirE- and artifact-free images.

PRESSROOM

MAN Roland Inc., Westmont, Ill.

Will install a Geoman 70 offset press on a steel substructure at the Staten Island (N. …

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