Clipping, January 7, 2008
Brings Flash Duplication to Content Distribution Market
announces offering of flash media and duplicators In a surprising
move in the optical industry today, duplication leader Microboards
Technology announced an offering of hardware and supplies for
duplicating on Flash media. Known for its broad range of DVD,
CD, and Blu-ray duplicators and printers, Microboards has expanded
its offering to include the write-many media that is taking the
data world by storm. Flash Media has taken off largely because
of its portability and non-volatility. Increasing capacity and
near-instantaneous access speed makes it more popular every day,
especially in mobile applications.
media is more than the memory stick for your camera or your USB
thumbdrive ˇV it is everywhereˇ¨, says Microboards CTO John Westrum.
ˇ§It is in cellphones, the iPod, GPS devices, and carsˇ¨. Despite
the groundbreaking news from Microboards, no indication was given
that Microboards is moving away from their CD/DVD mainstay business.
ˇ§Optical media still has a growing place in the content worldˇ¨,
says Aaron Pratt, Microboards Director of Marketing. ˇ§CD/DVD still
has a much better cost-per-distributed-unit. It has a great printable
surface for labeling, a process Microboards is well-known for
in the optical market. And the optical disc is the only solution
when write-once permanence is important. Even though the cost-per-megabyte
is dropping rapidly with flash, and obviously people are moving
a lot of their content onto flash, widespread distribution of
data, video, and audio is still being done on CD and DVD.ˇ¨ Instead,
Microboards acknowledges that there are emerging applications
and needs that Flash works well for.
has a unique and rapidly growing place in the market, and we are
positioned to help organizations benefit from itˇ¨ says Pratt.
Microboardsˇ¦ channel of professional A/V resellers, for example,
has expertise in helping content owners distribute digital video
and audio, and the added offering gives them another tool to use
to benefit their customers. Microboards offering includes a multi-drive
standalone duplicator (operating without a computer) that automatically
erases, formats, or copies thumb drives asynchronously. ˇ§Keeping
with our tradition of high-speed and ease-of-use, our flash duplicators
are designed to enable flawlessly copying from master to target
without intensive setup or operator trainingˇ¨, says Westrum.
will also offer a complete line of blank flash drives. ˇ§We anticipate
a broader offering in the very near future, as we continue to
gather feedback around the types of media that our users would
like us to support, as well as the way they are using the new
mediaˇ¨ says Westrum. ˇ§As always, we design our products for our
users ˇV making them simple to use so that they can focus on their
Clipping, June 4, 2007
Technology Expands Disc Printer Offering
announces expanded offering of disc printing solutions Microboards
has announced an expanded solutions offering encompassing economical
disc printers for entry-level professional publishing. The enhanced
offering will directly complement its flagship GX publisher product,
and will cater to a number of new customers ˇV including small/home
office, independent recording, and other small professional services
Westrum, Chief Technology Officer, comments: ˇ§The expansion of
our offering is in line with Microboards enhanced hardware and
consumables strategy, and our objective to remain the leading
solution provider in the disc duplication industry. In short,
our purpose is to offer the market at large, and our extensive
customer base, a substantially more compelling, unique and comprehensive
range of printers - without moving away from our core focus which
still remains end to end optical disc publishing.ˇ¨
change in our offering is in line with customer feedback and requirements
as well as the exponential growth in the optical recording arena.ˇ¨
Says Westrum: ˇ§The last year has seen the successful launch of
the GX-1 disc publisher for entry level recording & printing for
both Mac and PC. Now our regular interaction with our reseller
base indicates that the next step is providing a product that
reaches an even wider base of users.ˇ¨
two products, a manually-fed GX Disc Printer, and a 50-disc GX
Disc Autoprinter, will street at US$695 and US$1095, respectively.
Simultaneously, Microboards is announcing a price reduction on
the GX Publisher, which combines printing and recording into a
single unit. With the GX Publisherˇ¦s new street price of US$1495,
the three printing solutions represent the best value in the industry.
All three feature high-resolution, photo-quality inkjet printing
and include label design software and a starter kit of media and
ink. And the cost-per-disc in consumable (ink) cost remains the
lowest in its class by as much as 60%.
broad offering that Microboards brings to optical users is split
into two core components, hardware and consumables. And although
still focused around providing the high quality Taiyo Yuden recordable
media and tower duplicators for stable, quality duplication, the
offering has been expanded to include a complementary range of
printing and publishing products to meet a broader set of customer
requirements. ˇ§Our accumulated expertise from the past 14 years
enables us to offer products that meet the needs of a wide range
of peopleˇ¨ says Westrum. ˇ§Anyone can benefit from in-house control
of disc publishing jobs. Not only can they customize content and
labels, users also find that they can better ensure quality, up-to-date
versioning, and control costs and inventory. Thatˇ¦s a pretty powerful
Clipping, September 5, 2006
Support for Microboards GX-1 DVD/CD Publisher Added
an astonishing new standard for disc publishing, support for the
Mac operating system has now been added to the GX-1 Disc Publisher.
Microboards Technology, the leading manufacturer/distributor of
disc duplication and publishing products, has introduced a software
package that revolutionizes disc printing and recording on the
support for Mac users has been a longtime shortcoming in our industryˇ¨,
said John Westrum, Microboardsˇ¦ Chief Technology Officer. ˇ§The
few solutions available in the market fell far short of user expectations,
so we worked hard to produce a more user-friendly solution.ˇ¨ Among
the unique capabilities in the new solution is the ability to
design labels in standard software applications. Users can link
virtually any file type to use as the label from the included
recording software for automated, integrated publishing and recording.
Besides its durability and good looks, the GX-1 disc publisher
is rapidly gaining attention for its output capabilities.
its launch, internal and third-party testing have confirmed that
the GX-1 wins in its class for cost-per-disc in ink, speed of
print and print quality. ˇ§Microboards Technology is well-known
in disc printing for our low ink cost. But the distinct gains
in print time and print quality are so immediately and plainly
visible with the GX-1, that users are quickly convinced of its
overall superiority in the market,ˇ¨ says Westrum. ˇ§Graphics and
text are distinct, clear and crisp. And our print time is up to
40% faster when compared with other desktop-type solutions.ˇ¨ Microboards
co-developed the Mac solution with Hewlett Packard, who also provides
the print engine to the GX-1 publisher.
continues to be our most important partner in developing CD and
DVD printing solutionsˇ¨ says Westrum. ˇ§Their expertise in inkjet
printing, combined with our recording and dispensing patents,
is resulting in products that impress everyone, from end users
to industry experts. Gains in print time and quality come in part
from utilizing a new inkjet engine from HP, the improved handling
of the disc under the print head, and HPˇ¦s new Vivera inks, which
deliver brightness and durability for photo-quality printing.
Clipping, August 23, 2004
Adds Ten-Recorder DVD Duplicator to Product Line
Technology announced the addition of a ten-recorder duplicator
to their award-winning tower duplicator line. This affordable,
professional-level CD/DVD copying system is easy-to-use and fully
contained, operating without being connected to a computer.
Tower provides the highest throughput and most reliable capability
of any tower duplicator in the industry. It is the only duplicator
on the market available with up to ten drives in a single tower.
In addition, the CopyWriter tower series has configurations of
up to 16 recorders in a twin-tower system.
the introduction of the new 10 drive configuration, Microboards
has even further distinguished itself from the competition " says
Mitch Ackmann, President and COO of Microboards Technology. "It
creates a new level of capability far above the industry standard
of 7 drives. " Feature-Rich and Easy-to-Use The CopyWriter Tower
series of duplicators combines a stable design, feature-rich controller
technology, and robust recorders to give users access to advanced
abilities without sacrificing reliability.
features include the ability to store disc images, change recording
speeds, keep job counts, and perform audio track extraction. A
two-line LCD display and simple two-button interface make accessing
those features easy for even novice users.
Westrum, Microboardsi VP of Operations and CTO, commented: "The
CopyWriter Tower series was designed based on 15 years of experience
with recordable technology. It brings back the ten-bay capability
that was popular in our early CD duplicators and combines it with
functions that we have incorporated in many of our other products.
Microboards truly designs with the user in mind.
Releases New Line of Desktop CD/DVD Publishers Featuring Liberty---
The New HP-Enabled Label Printing Technology
Corporation announced it is now shipping a completely new version
of the popular Desktop Family of CD/DVD publishers. The new Desktop
products feature a complete redesign, with increased disc capacity,
updated software (now with client applications for PC and Mac
environments), and a new HP-enabled, inkjet print technology called
Desktop Family has been completely updated to meet the diverse
needs of new and expanding markets. The line features a fresh
look, increased disc capacity, updated software, and new configurations.
While the product has been significantly enhanced, each Desktop
CD or DVD publisher continues to offer networkability, unique
publishing and duplication capabilities, world-class software,
reliable automation, ease of use, quick and simple setup, and
the versatility of a wide-variety of configurations tailored to
the specific needs of any given environment.
Solutions for Specific Environments
Publishers are available in configurations of 1, 2, or 4 recorders,
with choice of CD, DVD or both. The 1500, our lowest cost, highest
quality solution, comes with 1 or 2 drives (CD or DVD), removable
spindle based disc output, and a 100-disc capacity (100-disc input/150-disc
output). The 4500 is the most versatile duplicator with 120-disc
capacity, and a rotating 3-bin carousel that can be configured
for simultaneous CD and DVD production, and comes in your choice
of 2 or 4 drives with CD, DVD or both.
Thermal Inkjet Printing Technology
of a total CD/DVD production solution, each Desktop publisher
features world-class label printing. Every new Desktop publisher
is equipped with a new HP-enabled Liberty inkjet printer. Liberty
prints labels directly on the surface of CDs and DVDs and features:
4800 dpi Full-Color Spectrum of 16.7 Million Colors pixel Density
of 5.76 Million Pixels Per Square Inch HP ColorRET Color Management
System dual Ink Cartridges (1-Black and 1-CMY) Industry Smallest
Ink Droplet Size for Impeccable Ink control
Ink Droplet Size-Only 4 Pico-Liters
a droplet size of only 4 pico-liters (compared to others with
a droplet size of up to 11 pico-liters) the Liberty printer is
able to maintain greater ink control. The size of the ink droplet
is important because surface coatings for inkjet media can only
handle so much ink. Printers with larger droplet sizes run into
a number of problems including, smudging, ink-pooling, lengthydry
times, color-shifting and migration, among others. With Liberty
miniscule droplet size, those issues are virtually eliminated.
and Mac Client Interface
Desktop units will also feature an updated version of the OfficeNET
Software Suite, which now has a java based client application
and API tools for multi-platform environments, including Windows,
Mac, Linux and Unix environments.
Demand for Digital Asset Management
introduction of the new Desktop line allows us to bring forward
a product possessing the feature sets necessary to shape and grow
this emerging Office/Desktop market. Features like multi-platform
support, increased disc-capacity, performance, networkability,
a wide-variety of configurations-all these were built into the
Desktop line specifically for their ability to adapt to these
markets as they grow and their needs change,” Observed Jim Lewis,
Vice President, Marketing.
announces CD-R / DVD-R Inkjet Printer Print Factory Utilizes Hewlett
Packard Inkjet Technology
Technology has formed an alliance with HP's Specialty Printing
System Operation (SPS) to develop a CD and DVD inkjet printer
with the highest throughput on the market. Targeted at users with
high volume, fast turnaround requirements, the printer is capable
of 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution, the highest available in
CD and DVD printing.
Integrated Automation Microboards combined their patented autoloading
system with HP's new inkjet printer engine to give users the highest
output possible, both in image resolution and print speed. Since
Print Factory is an autoloading printer, no calibration of robotics
or manual feeding of discs is required. Print Factory connects
by USB or Parallel interface to the computer, and comes with label
design software. "We are pleased to be working with Microboards
on bringing innovative products to market that take advantages
of HP inkjet technology in CD/DVD printing applications", said
Ron Firooz, Worldwide Sales Manager for HP's Specialty Printing
Systems. "The CD Duplication system buyers are asking for solutions
that improve their flexibility with short to medium run duplications
and on-demand printing without sacrificing quality or cost. The
alliance between Microboards' CD/DVD expertise and HP's inkjet
technology delivers what this market is asking for."
new printer incorporates our rugged gravity-feeding system, which
for years has been incorporated in several of our award-winning
products", said Mitch Ackmann, President and COO of Microboards
Technology. "We are very pleased to be able to integrate our CD
and DVD expertise with HP's world-renowned inkjet technology."
Flexibility and Speed for Any Application While Print Factory
was designed to fill a need in the high-volume arena, it also
has the ability to print at 4800 x 1200 dpi on both DVD and CD
media. With the included design software, users can enjoy its
benefits whether making a few discs or a few hundred. "We believe
Print Factory does an excellent job of delivering speed and image
quality while reducing the cost of printing," Firooz says. "HP's
inkjet technology ensures high quality and durability for CD duplication
applications that demand high uptime, durability and supplies
Factory is capable of producing up to 200 discs per hour. In addition,
Print Factory uses standard HP color and black ink cartridges.
The cartridges have a very high yield at a competitive cost, which
allows for printing costs of a few pennies per disc.
Clipping, September 24, 2002
announces 16 Drive Tower Duplication
Pro Series Features Highest Throughput in the World
Technology is now shipping the fastest manual loading duplication
system available in the world. CopyWriter Pro features high-speed
recorders and is expandable to carry up to 16 CD-R Recorders.
"The CopyWriter Pro with 16 recorders is designed to fill the
multi-drive market previously serviced by our Inferno duplicator.",
said John Westrum, Director of Operations for Microboards Technology.
"We introduced the concept of multiple multi-drive towers to the
market, and now we are able to offer it with high-speed recorders
for optimal throughput."
innovation that went into CopyWriter Pro is what earned it the
prestigious Editor's Choice Award", said Mitch Ackmann, President
and COO of Microboards Technology. "Between our distributed products
and our award-winning towers and autoloaders, Microboards is able
to service any requirements for CD and DVD recording and duplication
systems." Microboards will be demonstrating the capabilities of
the CopyWriter Pro at the SGIA show (October 30th through November
2nd, 2002) in St. Louis and the AES show (October 5th through
October 8th, 2002) in Los Angeles. The CopyWriter Pro comes in
configurations from 2 to 16 drives. A DVD version is also available.
Clipping, August 12, 2002
announces Karaoke CD Duplication Support
Pro and DSR Pro Series of Tower Duplicators will copy CD+G
Technology announced CD+G support for their CopyWriter Pro and
DSR Pro series of Manual CD Duplicators. CD+G, commonly known
as Karaoke Mode, has gained popularity as a format despite the
fact that a limited number of CD Readers and Recorders can read
or write CD+G. "The addition of Karaoke support is especially
exciting because our Pro series is already tailored to the professional
audio market", said John Westrum, Director of Operations for Microboards
Technology. "The ability to perform track extraction and create
customized audio CDs are among the reasons our duplicators are
the most popular in ProAudio."
seen a growing need for machines with Karaoke support, and because
of our commitment to the recording world, we moved quickly to
add CD+G to our supported formats list", said Mitch Ackmann, President
and COO of Microboards Technology. "The competitive price point
of our duplicators combined with the extensive feature set make
them the most popular in the world."
Clipping, May 15, 2002
40X Duplication Announced by Microboards Technology
Popular Tower Duplicators Fastest in the World
Technology announced it is shipping the fastest duplicator line
available on the market. The new models' significant features
include support for 40X record speed and a new brushed-aluminum
the new CopyWriter Tower Series, Microboards not only maintains
their position as the leader in standalone duplication technology,
but the CopyWriter brand name is brought back to the tower duplication
arena. "CopyWriter was the name of the world's first standalone
CD duplicator, which was brought to market by Microboards"
said John Westrum, Chief Technology Officer at Microboards Technology,
"and it was only appropriate to bring it back as we reach
this new benchmark for speed and throughtput." Pricing on
the CopyWriter Tower starts at US$1595 (MSRP), making it practical
for a variety of markets.
with anywhere from two to eight recorders, the CopyWriter Tower
is designed to be both economical and scaleable. Since all Microboards
Tower Duplication equipment comes with a built in reader, the
user is able to make up to eight copies simultaneously from a
single master. In addition, the CopyWriter Pro version comes with
an integrated hard drive and user interface module that gives
the user access to advanced features. These include speed selectability,
image archival, and track extraction for creation of customised
Clipping, February 20, 2002
CD Recorder/Duplicator with Support for Live CD Audio and CD Video
Recording Announced by Microboards Technology
Technology announced the release of a combination duplicator-recorder.
The unit will begin shipping March 30th, 2002.
to the needs of the education and church recording markets, the
CopyWriter Live features Disc-to-Disc recording capability combined
with RCA and XLR inputs for live video and audio feed. The unit
is configurable for use as a desktop or rack mount device with
a remote for access to its full range of features. In addition,
the CopyWriter Live is able to span from disc to disc, continuously
recording from virtually any source. As one disc reaches capacity,
the second recorder begins writing, allowing the user to record
without pause for as long as the application requires.
Live was designed with the needs of the church user in mind,"
said Microboards Technology's President Mitch Ackmann. "We invested
considerable effort in visiting with end users from around the
country and identifying a feature set that would allow the user
to economically add CD mastering and duplication to their capabilities."
are pleased to be able to offer this product at a very reachable
price point. Markets that are still holding on to tape will be
able to add CD Recording without upsetting their current configurations,
and the industry will benefit as a whole, as well as the end user."
Live will be available through Microboards VARs and Resellers
beginning March 30th at a list price of US$799.
October 15, 2001
Duplication system announced by Microboards Technology
Technology announced the release of its new DSR DVD series of
standalone tower duplicators. The duplicator will begin shipping
the Pioneer A03 DVD Recorder, the DSR DVD series offers simple
operation using Microboards easily navigable "menu-mentor" interface,
a hard drive for image archiving and CD-DA track extraction, and
dual CD and DVD recording capabilities. In addition, users can
connect the tower directly to a Mac or PC to create the master
disc. "Direct Connect" eliminates the need to purchase a separate
recorder to create the master. The Fire Wire feature gives the
unit both standalone and PC/Mac-connect functionality.
DSR DVD series is a natural progression from our very popular
DSR series of CD duplicators." said Microboards Technology's President
Mitch Ackmann. "Our extensive experience with tower duplication
made this a logical step." "Microboards has always been focused
on integrating advanced capabilities at very competitive price
points," said Jim Filkins, Director of Sales and Operations. "Combined
DVD and CD recording in one unit is just another extension of
that focus." The DSR DVD series is available in tower and rack
mount configurations containing 1 to 4 recorders.
Clippings, July 2, 2001
Announces DVD-R Support for Award Winning Orbit II Office Copier
Technology LLC announced that the Orbit II Office Copier now supports
the Pioneer DVR-A03 DVD Recorder, with 2X DVD Recording and 8X
II, designed and manufactured by Microboards's manufacturing division
in Livermore, California, has been shipping with CD-Recording
functionality for several months, and won the industry magazine
E-Media's Editor's Choice award. The product has won praise from
users and resellers in various industries, because of its useability
in any environment that requires CD Copying.
pleased with the overwhelming market acceptance of office-oriented
CD/DVD duplication equipment," said Mitch Ackmann, President and
COO of Microboards Technology. "Our long-standing relationship
with Pioneer, the DVD-R leader, allowed us to quickly support
integration of DVD-R Technology into this product. The release
of the new lower-priced DVD-R drive made this product practical
for a wider range of applications." "The Orbit II brought duplication
equipment out of the back room and into the front office." said
Jim Filkins, Director of Sales and Operations at Microboards.
"Our industry is thriving on the acceptance of CD-R and DVD-R
into almost every application. And with support for DVD-R now
available, it retains its position as a leading-edge technology
Clippings, October 2, 2000
Launches the Cedar Network Publisher Product Family
Corporation announced that they have begun shipping Cedar Network
Publisher products. These network ready products are small enough
to fit on a desktop but powerful enough to handle CD production
for an entire company.
CedarNet software platform included in the Cedar Network Publisher
brings affordable CD production and network convenience to small
businesses, allowing users from many interoffice departments to
download images and data to a single CD production station.
platform is available on the Cedar Network Publisher 1000, a dual
12X recorder device, and the Network Publisher 4000, which includes
four 12X recorders. Compatible with all Windows 95/98 and NT platforms,
the Network Publisher prints up to 50 CDs automatically with silkscreen
quality labeling in unattended operation.
Publisher Family extends the Cedar Desktop Publisher family, offering
full functionality to the Cedar Desktop Publisher, the flagship
product introduced in 1996. "Offering plug and play interactivity,
the Cedar Network Publisher delivers quick, simple integration
and the exceptionally small footprint fits beautifully into any
office environment," said Chuck Alcon Jr., vice president at Microboards
Technology, Inc. "This new platform is an exciting addition to
the Cedar Desktop Publisher family of products. The Network Publisher
systems now complete a very popular and very affordable line of
products that we can offer to our customers."
Clippings, August 2000
Joins With IDDN to Protect Rights for Digital Works
has entered a partnership with InterDeposit Digital Number (IDDN),
an international federation composed of organizations concerned
for the protection of intellectual property rights for digital
works. Under the terms of the agreement, Cognicity will provide
the AudioKey watermarking solution to allow InterDeposit members
to embed IDDN digital identifiers in their audio content to identify
their music files by the IDDN. AudioKey is included in Microboards
PlayWrite MP3 Pro, a MP3/audio CD recordable system for creation
of customized, and copy protected,
In exchange for the using rights of the AudioKey, InterDeposit
will offer AudioKey software users the ability to access the IDDN
on-line license system.