Dalim Software (www.dalim.com) has announced that its newly released workflow and proofing products, ES 4.5, Twist 7.5, and Dialogue Engine 5, were created using only hydroelectricity, which helps to conserve natural resources and avoids harmful emissions.
In an alliance with ECi Software Solutions, Canon has announced that it will now offer Dealer Gateway, a cloud-based software for users of ECi’s e-automate system. The software will allow Canon dealers to update their management systems as soon as new product information becomes available.
E-automate users can also place orders to Canon directly using ECi’s PO Processor software.
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We asked digital signage guru Randy Dearborn, MGM Resort’s VP of multimedia and guest technology, who oversees 52,000 digital signs at his company’s properties, to share best practices for working with this medium:
1. No white backgrounds: It looks great in print, but LEDs won’t stay at the same color temperature required for that “perfect white” for long.
Going to the movies is a treat for everyone, no matter the age, with big-screen entertainment, snacks, soft drinks, and previews to entice us to come back for more. But the time you spend standing in the ticketing line to purchase the weekend box office hit, waiting for your popcorn to be lathered in butter, and walking the hallway to find your theater is a selling point for the cinema complex.
Inca Digital has announced the launch of the Inca Onset R40LT wide-format, flatbed, UV printer, which is designed for companies considering a mid-range digital flatbed machine.
The 63-in. Onset R40LT offers a choice of 4 to 8 colors, is capable of print speeds up to 265 sq m/hr, and can print on substrates up to 2 in. thick – equivalent to 40 full-bed sheets/hr – in manual mode (0.7 in. thick using automation).
Staffing firm Semper International (www.semperllc.com) has released its fourth quarterly survey on the state of the graphic arts and printing industry for 2014. Responses from more than 300 printing companies – clients and prospects of Semper – indicate a general feeling of optimism across the industry, including a report of sales growth from nearly 60 percent of companies.
Gear up for 2015’s ISA International Sign Expo, where you can discover a world beyond printed signage as educational sessions highlight customer-experience design and the digitization of everyday life.
To keep up with trends and technologies that will irrevocably alter the sign business, attend ISA International Sign Expo 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The expo runs Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11. Educational programs begin Wednesday, April 8, with Dynamic Digital Signage Day and continue Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10.
Mactac has added ColorGard adhesive to its line of PermaColor LUV intermediate laminates, designed for cold roll lamination without requiring the use of heat, drying, or coating. The blended laminate is intended to protect indoor and outdoor prints from abrasion, moisture, UV light, and other wear and tear. Available in 38-, 51-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (KMBS, www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us) recently announced at its National Dealer Meeting that the company would be expanding its partnership with EFI (www.efi.com). The two companies have a longstanding history together developing EFI Fiery products for Konica Minolta production systems; the new, non-exclusive agreement will also include the distribution of EFI’s wide-format LED and UV inkjet printers in North America.
The 65-inch EFI H1625 LED hybrid printer will be the first product available in KMBS sales channels this May.
If you want to differentiate your offerings from the next shop, think texture, texture, texture. Vinyl will always look like vinyl, and most designers understand the basics of what vinyl can accomplish.
To get rid of vinyl’s telltale sheen, consider media, such as fabrics, that have some surface texture to them, but on which you can still print crisp, readable images at high resolution.