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Dealing with Storms and Droughts

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How to deal with an inconsistent job flow without increasing your number of employees.

Some lucky print providers have a smooth workflow. A manageable amount of work comes in the door and it’s predictable and profitable because the flow is constant and consistent.

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Power Trip

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SkinzWraps helps "Power Rangers" celebrate its 20th anniversary.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Power Rangers,” the kids’ action TV series, the heroes of the show bombarded New York City for a multi-stop tour of its sights and events, including The Empire State Building, Lombardi’s Pizza, and the Javits Center for the 2013 American International Toy Fair.

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Domtar to Acquire Xerox’s US and Canadian Paper Business

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Includes coated and uncoated papers plus specialty print media including wide-format papers.

Domtar Corporation, the North American paper manufacturer and distributor, has signed an agreement to acquire Xerox's paper and print media products business in the United States and Canada. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013.

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Corel’s 2013 CorelDraw International Design Contest

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Competition deadline is June 30; winners will share more than $100,000 in prizes.

Corel has announced its 2013 CorelDraw International Design Contest. The competition allows designers and other users around the world to submit work they created using CorelDraw and Corel Photo-Paint X6 in six categories. Deadline is June 30, 2013.

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Onyx Adds Support for Windows 8

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Onyx has also added support for the Roland Soljet Pro4 XR-640 large-format printer/cutter.

Onyx Graphics has announced that the latest versions of its print workflow and RIP software packages now include support for the Windows 8 operating system. The support is available in version 1.2.5 of Onyx Thrive print workflow software and version X10.2.5 of Onyx ProductionHouse, Onyx PosterShop, and Onyx RIPCenter RIP software packages.

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Bulk-Ink System for Epson’s GS6000 from Bordeaux, InkonDemand

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The bulk-ink solution is branded InkonDemand.com; it will be sold via Bordeaux’s distribution channels.

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk has partnered with InkonDemand.com to launch a bulk-ink solution for the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer. The solution uses Bordeaux Mix & Match Eco Solvent ink and includes an automated chip emulator system that can replace original Epson chips, Bordeaux reports..

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Mutoh America Unveils ValueCut Cutting Plotters

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The three VC models are designed for long-run cut jobs and precision accuracy.

Mutoh America has announced its new line of ValueCut cutting plotters. The ValueCut roster comprises three models: ValueCut 600 (30.3-in. media width, 24-in. cut width); ValueCut 1300 (62.7-in. media width, 52-in. cut width); and ValueCut 1800 (74.8-in. media width, 72-in. cut width).

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Sign Museum Auction Begins March 16

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Items up for bid include printers, media, software, services, and much more.

The American Sign Museum’s annual Online Auction, offering products, services, and equipment, begins March 16. The 2013 edition of the auction will close April 6 at 6 p.m. EST; attendees of the ISA Expo in Las Vegas will be able to enter last-minute bids at the museum’s exhibit booth (#3321).

Items up for bid include:
• Business, estimating, and design software;
• Printers and cutters/plotters;
• Adhesives and tapes;
• Vinyl and print media;
• Banners and banner components;

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Adobe Discontinues Boxed Copies of Creative Suite

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Electronic downloads will continue to be available.

Adobe reports that it will no longer be offering boxed copies of its Creative Suite product. As noted on its website, at the Adobe Creative Suite FAQ page, Adobe indicates:

“As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite products will continue to be available – as they are today– from both Adobe.com as well as reseller and retail partners.”

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Sparks Fly at Dscoop8

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Event draws 2000 digital print professionals; Dscoop University and Dscoop Print Directory launched.

More than 2000 digital print professionals gathered at “Dscoop8: Spark,” the 2013 annual gathering of Dscoop, the Digital Solutions Cooperative (dscoop.org), which comprises graphic-arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP equipment – including Scitex as well as Indigo – and related solutions.

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