Print shop pressing toward cyberspace

Print shop pressing toward cyberspace

As it prepares for a proposed listing on the ASX, Internet systems developer InTec has launched an online print shop for business and consumer clients.

Uprint is an Internet-based print site providing clients with design and print production services for products ranging from corporate stationery to personal memorabilia.

InTec's managing director, Ron Wall, said Uprint was an extension of InTec's portfolio of Internet enabling software and services that the company had developed for the Australian market over the past two years.

"Uprint was developed to address what InTec perceived was a revolution in the printing industry, and to meet business needs to dramatically cut its pre-printing costs and save time," Wall said.

Uprint uses what it refers to as versatile SGML Web publishing technology to design any printed item; the company creates a PDF file which is sent to a print shop.

"With Uprint we have a very professional product which can be used just as easily by small and medium businesses as it can by large corporate and government organisations as well as the print wholesalers," Wall said.

Individuals or SMEs who select from a standard design range are charged $25 for the initial design plus printing; direct sales are negotiated on a 12-month contract; and wholesalers can license Uprint and customise it for use by their clients. The Uprint site is e-commerce-enabled so customers can use a credit card to pay online.

Sydney-based InTec plans to raise $11 million through an ASX listing which it hopes will be finalised by the end of April.

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