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New Stone Guard Films from Oracal

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Two new paint protection products released.

Oracal USA has announced two new paint protection products: OraGuard Series 270 and Series 280 Stone Guard Laminating Films. Both are designed for paint protection on flat to moderately curved surfaces for more rugged protection from bugs, stones, and other road debris, Oracal reports; both are transparent gloss only.

Series 270 is a 6-mil, 5-year PVC laminate film for paint protection of automotive fenders, rear bumpers, and deck or side skirts and other outdoor applications; it’s available in 50-in. widths.

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Markzware Upgrades Q2ID Adobe Plugin

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Q2ID is a Quark document converter.

Markzware has announced an upgrade to Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), its Adobe Plugin. The latest version runs under InDesign CS5.5 to convert Quark up through QuarkXPress 9 files. Q2ID is also available with Quark 9 support for InDesign CS4 and InDesign CS5.5 and is available on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Q2ID converts Quark documents and instantly re-creates them to an InDesign CS4, CS5 and now CS5.5.

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Avenger Assembled!

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Big Mountain Imaging creates Captain America graphics for Toys R Us Times Square store’s windows.

As part of the rollout of this summer’s Captain America blockbuster – or, in this case, the rollout of the toy tie-ins – Toys R Us wanted to cover its Times Square store’s windows in Manhattan with a giant graphic advertising the movie. For the job, the toy retailer turned to out-of-home marketing expert Clear Channel Spectacolor, which, in turn, engaged Big Mountain Imaging to do the print work.

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Roland PVC-Free Adhesive-Backed Solvent Glossy Paper

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The company has expanded its Eco-Sol Max certified media line.

Roland DGA has expanded its Eco-Sol Max certified media line to include Solvent Glossy Paper with Adhesive (ESM-SGPA). Tested and profiled for the company’s eco-solvent printers and printer/cutters, the new media is designed as an alternative to vinyl for decals and mounting. It’s available for use with Roland’s VersaStudio BN-20, as well as its VersaCamm, VersaArt, and SolJet models.

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A Dozen from Ground Zero

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Photographer Roberto Rabanne prints "September 11 2001 New York City" box-set portfolio.

Photographer Roberto Rabanne (www.robertorabanne.com) was on his way to a fashion shoot in mid-town Manhattan on September 11, 2011, camera in hand, when planes struck the World Trade Center. He was not only there to capture the horrible events of that day, but also would spend weeks documenting the aftermath, choking down the particles that engulfed the surrounding area.

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Making a Splash

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A&I Photographic and Digital Services utilizes an HP Scitex FB500 printer to output Yasmina Rossi's photography.

Model-turned-photographer Yasmina Rossi (www.yasminarossi.com) is known for her evocative underwater images and self portraits. Her latest exhibition, Eau Dela - Beyond Surfaces, was held in the exhibition space of the Bastion de France, a 16th-century fortress in the Corsican town of Porto-Vechhio.

The historic site was fitting, says A&I Photographic and Digital Services, which produced Rossi’s prints: The exhibit marked the first gallery show of fine-art photography printed exclusively on the HP Scitex FB500 printer.

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Retaining Your Top Employees

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How to construct a positive work environment to ensure employee retention.

Earlier this year, The Big Picture referenced a Career Builder and USA Today study that asked this question to employees: “As the economy improves, how likely are you to start looking for another job?” More than 30 percent of the participants indicated that they were likely to explore other opportunities.

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An Industry Convergence: SGIA Expo 2011

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New Orleans plays host to the industry’s latest innovative ideas, education, and market developments.

With its assortment of educational seminars, array of strategic networking opportunities, and expanded roster of sales-free Expert Zones on the show floor, SGIA Expo is marketing its 2011 event as “a convergence of innovative ideas, education, and market development.”

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Vision International and Color Graphics Join Forces

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The newly branded Vision Graphics will remain based in Salt Lake City.

Vision International has joined forces with Color Graphics, a visual-merchandising graphics print shop, and re-branded itself as Vision Graphics. Vision is moving its operations to the Color Graphics facility in Salt Lake City, and all of the former Color Graphics employees are now Vision employees.

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SGP Releases Educational Video Series on Sustainability in Print

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Ten-part series highlights key elements of the SGP-certification process.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has produced a 10-part educational video series about the benefits of sustainability in print facilities. The series addresses the importance of environmental and sustainability management systems, pathways to reduce waste, and the benefits of sustainability to the printer and the customer base. The videos have been produced in partnership with HP, and will be posted on SGP's website.

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