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Staffing During the Recession

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"Interestingly, it has never been easier to staff our company with star employees than during this recession period."

During the great recession of 2008, our company reduced its staff from a high of 50 to 25, a painful experience for everyone involved. Fast forward to late 2011, however: We’ve expanded our markets and products, and company sales are now extremely strong, ensuring full production into the second quarter of 2012. It’s a significant milestone for us to report that we’re again in hiring mode.

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Alien Skin Software Ships Blow Up 3

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Featuring Lightroom integration that supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop.

Alien Skin Software has made available Blow Up 3, the new version of its photo-enlargement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. New features include:
• Improved image-quality, designed to make edges sharper without introducing artifacts;
• Lightroom integration that supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop;
• A simpler interface that allows the user to set paper/media size and crop region (presets for standard paper sizes are included); and

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HP Expands Latex Printing Portfolio: Designjet L26500 and L28500

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Also introduces HP Latex University and HP Ecosolutions Trained Printing Company Program.

At the HP Latex Leadership Summit held in Barcelona, Spain, this fall, HP introduced two Designjet printers capable of handling a broad range of indoor and outdoor signage applications: the 61-in. HP Designjet L26500 printer and the 104-in. HP Designjet L28500 printer.

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Designtex Acquires Portland Color

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"This puts us in a leadership position for this business segment and gives us immediate entry to the retail, museum and exhibit industry segments…”

The Designtex Group Inc., a Steelcase company, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Portland, Maine-based Slide Works, Inc., which conducts business as Portland Color. The purchase includes Portland Color's lease of its 26,000 square-foot printing facility based in Portland.

Portland Color will become Designtex's Surface Imaging division and Portland Color employees will become Designtex employees, including Andrew Graham, founder of Portland Color. Graham will serve as Designtex's digital surfacing imaging innovation officer.

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New York's MoMA Announces its Website Covering the Technology of Image Making

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Museums' Printed Picture site addresses digital processes as well as traditional image-creation technologies.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has announced The Printed Picture, a website focusing on the history of the printing of pictures, from prehistoric cave markings to digital printing technologies.

The website was created utilizing the content from Richard Benson’s book by the same name, as well as videos drawn from Benson’s private lectures conducted in the exhibition galleries at MoMA. Benson is a renowned printer, accomplished photographer, and former dean of the Yale University School of Art.

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A Trio of Scitex Printers from HP

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Scitex FB7600, Scitex XP5500, and Scitex XP2500 introduced.

HP has unveiled additions to its Scitex portfolio, adding three new printers: the Scitex FB7600, the Scitex XP5500, and the Scitex XP2500.

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New UV LED Curing Association Formed

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Industry companies combine to support rapid growth in UV LED applications.

Three industry suppliers – Phoseon Technology, Integration Technology Limited, and Lumen Dynamics – have partnered to form the UV LED Curing Association.

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Collection Tactics

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We have to manage our business with much more diligence than ever before.

As I observe the continual, unnerving changes in our modern business environment and try to make sense of it all, one thought constantly comes to mind: We have to manage our business with much more diligence than ever before. As scary as the idea might be, we are all potentially only one poor decision away from going out of business.

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Bronco Epic Unveiling

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Britten Banners works with artist Revere La Noue to create a massive mascot building wrap for Western Michigan University.

The Job: Artist Revere La Noue has dedicated the last three years to producing fine-art prints depicting the rich history and tradition of some of the nation’s most prominent collegiate mascots. In conjunction with the Grand Rapids, Michigan ArtPrize competition – which invites artists worldwide to submit their work to be displayed throughout the downtown area – Western Michigan University (WMU) invited La Noue to use its Graduate Development building as his canvas. La Noue chose to portray WMU’s mascot, the Bronco in large-scale.

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Eizo’s New ColorEdge CG275W Monitor

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Self-calibrating display for prepress, digital photography, graphic design, video editing, post production, and other graphics professionals

Eizo Nanao Technologies  announced the ColorEdge CG275W, a 27-inch LCD monitor for prepress, digital photography, graphic design, video editing, post production, and other graphics professionals.

The CG275W features an IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panel with a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 (16:9 aspect ratio), and reproduces 97% of the Adobe RGB color space. Maximum brightness is 270 cd/m², and it features a contrast ratio of 850:1 and viewing angles are 178°. A built-in calibration sensor for self-calibration is included.

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