HP buys Tabblo to make online printing easier

HP has announced that it is continuing its push into offering printing services online with the acquisition of Tabblo, a privately-held developer of web-based software located in the US.

HP says that it plans to leverage Tabblo’s technologies to make printing from the web easier and more convenient than it is today.

Little know Tabblo’s technology allows people to simply and efficiently arrange and print text, graphics and photos from the web. This is made possible by Tabblo’s custom template engine, using an AJAX-enriched interface.

HP says it plans to make this simple-to-use web-printing experience broadly available to the masses by working with other companies to integrate the technology into their websites.

“HP’s goal is to make printing content from the web the easiest and best experience possible for people – whether they are printing a simple map or a book of their favorite blogs”, said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “By acquiring Tabblo’s technology and making it available to companies that host popular websites, HP will be firmly on the path to becoming the print engine of the web.”

The acquisition is subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to be completed within the next few weeks. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.