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Our History

The idea behind CtrlPrint was hatched at an advertising agency in Stockholm in the late 1990s. The work of producing a designed annual report for a newly listed customer was far more demanding than anyone had anticipated. Neither the customer nor the agency had previously produced a formatted annual report, and they didn’t understand the difference between that type of publication and more common marketing communication.

Lots of big and small changes and demands for quick proofing and new PDF versions sucked the power of the agency’s staff and although the final product was successful and the customer was satisfied, it was not a successful project as a whole.

Creating the first collaboration platform

One part of the agency focused on web development, and they started to think about how web technology could build a solution that addressed the challenges of the current way of working. InDesign was released in 1999, and ever since then the surrounding developments have been based on the tool and its text editor InCopy.

In 2001, the company CtrlPrint was formally created. In those days it was a small company with only 4 employees and 20 clients.

Going global

Since its inception, CtrlPrint has stood on one leg in Sweden and one in the UK. We have had an office in the UK since 2005 but in 2010 we started our UK limited company. After that it took a few years before the next office opened in Helsinki, Finland in 2019 and then in 2023 we opened the doors to our Sydney office. Opening an office in a brand new market and then going into a pandemic has required some patience and belief in our offering.

Today we have more than 1,000 clients worldwide. Maybe our next office will open in a market near you?

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