New York (AP) Japanese woodblock printer HP Tango is getting a $500 million upgrade to the new printer’s software, making it the largest Chinese company to offer free woodblocks on the internet.
The move, announced Thursday, is part of a wider effort by the Chinese giant to expand its printing services and offer its services to customers outside of China.
HP, whose flagship products are some of the best in the world, announced last year that it would partner with ePrints, a San Francisco-based company that provides free wood block printing software.
HP will also offer ePrint services on its own, with free software.
The software will be available on both its flagship printer and other printers, including some that offer free printing.
The new software will include features such as an online printing manager that will allow customers to upload their designs and prints.HP’s move comes as it tries to expand beyond the Chinese market and become a global player in printing.
The company is also investing $2 billion in China to develop an ePrinting platform.
The ePrint service has been the company’s mainstay in the United States for a decade, and the company has been in talks with companies in China, Japan and Europe.
The new software comes in two versions, free and pro.
The pro version offers the full suite of tools, including software that will enable customers to make free, low-cost woodblock designs.
It also has an online manager that allows customers to easily upload their creations to the online tool.
The free version will be able to handle up to 50 woodblocks and print them on a single ink cartridge.
HP said the company will also add more printers in the coming years.
The China-based ePrint is the first major Chinese company with an online printer offering free services to outside customers.
The company is already offering free printing services to Chinese consumers who use its printing products in the country.
The Chinese government has stepped up pressure on print shops and online retailers to offer more affordable products.
Last year, the government banned imports of some printing equipment that was cheaper than its own.
The restrictions have forced print shops to shut down, and online services have also been shut down.HP has been working to expand in China in recent years.
Last October, it bought a printing service that was based in Taiwan for $10 million.
HP also bought the printing service for $20 million in 2015, and this year it bought another printing service based in Hong Kong.
HP did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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