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Variable-data printing (VDP)

(Also known as variable-information printing (VIP) 'or VI) is a form of digital printing, including on-demand printing, in which elements such as text, graphics and images may be changed from one printed piece to the next, without stopping or slowing down the printing process and using information from a database or external file.
For example, a set of labels, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different name on each label. Variable data printing is mainly used for direct marketing, customer relationship management, advertising, invoicing and applying addressing on self-mailers, brochures or postcard campaigns.

What is a USB Flash Drive?

USB flash drives are compact and easy-to-use devices that are similar in use to your computer hard drive. A USB flash drive is a NAND-type flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB 1.1 or 2.0 interface. It is small, lightweight, removable and rewritable.

USB flash drives are virtually universally compatible with all PC's and laptops running Windows, as well as many MAC OS systems that have a USB port. Most flash drives do not require drivers unless you are running Windows 98. Sizes range from 128MB - 4G.

Why do I need a USB Flash Drive and does it make for a good corporate gift or promotional product?

There are many uses for a USB flash drive, including for personal data storage and for portable desktop computing. They make brilliant corporate gifts or promotional products whether they be the cheap smaller flashdrive (128MB) through to larger capacity flashdrives (4G) with pens. The small size of USB flash drives makes them ideal for personal, portable and powerful computing. Flash drives make it possible to take your files with you from with extreme ease and convenience, so a USB flash drive is a personal, portable and powerful device. As a promotional product its a great marketing tool as information can be uploaded onto the flashdrive, allowing the receiver to view your relevant information once inserted to their computer. As a corporate gift it can be very stylish, especially the USB Pens engraved!

What is Flash Memory?

A computer chip with a memory that retains data even when the power is turned off. The data can be electronically erased and reprogrammed.

What is USB?

Universal Serial Bus. An external peripheral interface standard for communication between a computer and external peripherals over a cable using bi-serial transmission. Eg: UBS Mouse, USB Massager, USB Cup Warmers

What is an MP3 Player?

MP3 is short for MPEG-1, Layer 3, this is a codec that, for a number of reasons, became the most popular format for digital music as its popularity hit critical mass. Now, "MP3" is commonly used as shorthand for any type of digital music file. The MP3 Player is the device for playing audio files encoded using MPEG1 layer 3 (mp3). Most MP3 players can also store other data formats and can be used to store and transfer data files. These make a great alternative promotional product gift especially for a younger crowd, dito as a corporate gift.

What is a MP4 Player?

Just like MP3s work by compressing music and audio files without affecting the audio quality, MP4 files are compressed video files. MP4 is also known as MPEG-4 AVC, or advanced video coding. This new technology is going to make video files decrease in size so that they are easier to work with and support. What used to be massive video files of motion and audio are now compressed versions of the same material, called MP4s.These too make a great alternative promotional product gift especially for a younger crowd, dito as a corporate gift.