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Discovering the ‘Next Generation of Print’

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Explore the full spectrum of the graphic arts at Graph Expo 2010

Graph Expo is known in the print community as the place to be when it comes to press, pre-press, and post-press technologies and imaging products, and this year’s event will be no different. Running October 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the 2010 expo is slated to feature 500-plus exhibitors in more than 300,000 square feet of space, and the show’s organizers, Graphic Art Show Company (GASC), are expecting attendees from throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

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Graphics One GO Kalendar Dual 66 Calendar System

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Offers speeds of more than 43-in./minute.

Graphics One has launched the GO Kalendar Dual 66, a 66-in. dual heat transfer calendar system.
Offering a dual capability to transfer high-definition, high-quality output imaging for both dye sublimation and direct-to-fabric fixation, the Kalendar Dual 66 features a maximum transfer imaging size of 66-in., a maximum paper size of 66-in., and the ability to accurately and evenly transfer high-quality dye sub images, Graphics One reports. Its 40-second exposure time provides transfer speeds of more than 43-in./minute.

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Creating a Convertible Colorama

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New exhibition celebrates iconic Kodak panoramas.

From 1950 until 1990, Kodak Coloramas were familiar to millions of commuters in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The panoramic 18 x 60-foot Coloramas presented an idealized view of life in 20th-century America while also promoting photography.

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New Gerber CAT UV Flatbed

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Built on Solara platform, features higher resolution output.

Gerber has introduced its Gerber CAT UV flatbed, a new printer built on its Solara ion platform but featuring a different ink dot placement matrix and, hence, higher-resolution printing, the company reports.

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Océ Introduces Arizona 550 XT Extra-Large UV Flatbed

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Can print on a variety of oversized rigid substrates up to 98.4 x 120 inches and 2-inches thick.

Océ has announced the new Océ Arizona 550 XT UV flatbed printer with an extra-large flatbed table for oversized rigid media or objects.

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Pantone Beta Tests Color Manager Software

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End users invited to test new product.

Pantone reports that it is inviting end users to participate in a public beta test of its Color Manager software. Once the beta test is complete, testers will automatically receive the final version of the software.
Color Manager is a desktop application for the Macintosh operating system designed to provide the assurance and confidence to use the latest Pantone colors accurately.

Key features of Color Manager include:
• Automatically updates all Pantone Color Libraries.
• Uses Pantone Plus Color Bridge values.

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Stock Imagery: Winds of Change

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Image providers are helping users create more effective messages.

Change is one thing that’s certain in life. No one may be more aware of this than those companies producing and providing stock images. Constantly tracking the current trends—what’s hot as well as what’s not—is critical for these companies in order for them to provide exactly the images that graphic designers, clients, and print providers need to convey a creative message.

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Fanning the Vehicle-Wrap Flames

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Six projects to help you re-ignite your passion for vehicle graphics.

It’s all too easy to get bogged down with the details of running a successful print shop. Head to the office each morning, work with your nose to the grindstone, initiate departmental meetings, issue the payroll report, etc. And so on each week.

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Color Matching: What Users Want

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A new Pantone Plus Series system from Pantone.

When Pantone, in 2007, came out with its new improved Goe system, which was a start-from-scratch, rethink-the-whole-approach and reformulate-the-colors approach to color matching, the company had an excellent idea: better control, more colors, closer matching, and many other features designers should have liked.

But they didn’t. As good as the Goe system is, and as big an improvement it is over the old Pantone Matching System, users saw no need to change. It was not a resounding success even though it is an excellent color-matching system.

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Managing Employee Benefits

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Making the best of your benefits.

One of the most challenging aspects of your business is managing your employee benefits. The cost of employee benefits seems to grow every year as a percentage of overall expenses and for any business trying to contain costs, employee-benefit expenses can be overwhelming.

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