MetaCommunications has released Workgroups 2011, the latest edition of its project workflow and productivity management suite. The new software includes includes more than 100 new and enhanced features including major new additions to its project management, production automation and developer capabilities.
Workgroups 2011 comprises four core modules, including:
Fineline Papers has added Photo Chrome Luster paper, a 10.5-ml (270 gsm) luster high-gloss pearlescent photo paper with minimal optical brighteners. Photo Chrome is designed for high-quality fine-art and photographic reproduction print applications with inkjet technology. Rolls in 17-, 24-, and 44-in. widths; cut-sheet sizes include: 8.5 x 11, 11 x 17, 13 x 19, and 17 x 22 in.
Océ has made availabile several new specialty vinyls for display graphics. Designed for indoor and outdoor signs, banners, posters, and other graphics, the new media can be used in various solvent inkjet printers as well as UV-curable printers, the company reports. The media include:
Frontlit Scrim Vinyl (SCRMGO10, SCRMMO10): A 10-oz material engineered with blockout layer it’s designed to offer superb dot control. Available in glossy and matte finishes. Widths from 38 to 84 in.
The Phaser XES series of 6-color (CMYKcm) rollfed printers from SID Signs is available in 98- (XES 250) and 126-in. (XES 320) widths.
LAgraphico partnered with direct marketing agency Wunderman (wunderman.com) and Southwest Airlines to produce an immersive experience that promotes the rebranding of the airline’s Rapid Rewards frequent-flyer program.
Automotive dealer Lexus of Dublin collaborated with visual-communications firm Chute Gerdeman Retail One (CGR1, chutegerdeman.com) in Columbus, Ohio, to launch a revamped showroom highlighting the features and benefits of the hybrid Lexus HS250h. “A major design challenge was how to best illustrate the intricate interplay of gas and electric systems within the car’s engine,” says CGR1’s Allison Short. The solution: a series of acrylic panels placed in front of the HS250h, with gas components shown in blue and electric shown in green – creating an X-ray effect.
Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd, the Israeli-based developer and provider of inkjet inks, has announced that subsidiary Bordeaux Digital Inc. has opened its first R&D and manufacturing facility in the US (exact city and state not yet identified).
Pittsburgh-based digital printing, document management, and architectural graphics firm Printscape Imaging & Graphics, has announced that it has acquired Visual Impact Graphics, a sign maker and vehicle graphics company formerly located in Robinson, Pennsylvania.
Gerber Scientific Products will exit its flatbed-printer business to focus on its range of thermal printing products, the company reports. Gerber will stop manufacturing its UV flatbed printers, including the Gerber Cat UV and Solara ion. It will, however, continue to provide its flatbed-printer customers with access to service, support, parts, and ink for a minimum of five years from the date of this announcement.
Pregis Hexacomb has introduced a slimmer version of its Falconboard Print graphic display boards. The new 3/16-in.-thick board uses 25% less material than previous versions.