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PhotoFab Ultra from DaVinci Technologies

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Compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and latex inks.

DaVinci Technologies has debuted PhotoFab Ultra, an 8-mil matte, white, 100-percent polyester fabric with a removable adhesive. Compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and latex inks, PhotoFab Ultra is intended to be used as a decal or graphic on most interior flat, smooth, clean surfaces. Because of its water-resistant coating, the company reports, it can also be used for three-season outdoor promotional applications including: vehicles, bus shelters, sandwich boards, doors, and windows. Available in three widths: 30, 54, and 60 in.

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Graphics One Launches GO Rio Pro 54 Dye-Sub Printer

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Specifically designed and optimized for the dye-sublimation market.

Graphics One has launched the GO Rio Pro 54, a 54-inch dye-sublimation transfer printer. Specifically designed and optimized for the dye-sublimation market, the water-based, 4-color Rio Pro 54 features: Intelligent Interweaving printing technology to eliminate banding; top speeds of 400 sq ft/hr; high-definition print resolutions of up to 1440 dpi; an integrated media takeup system; and a Wasatch SoftRIP for Rio.

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Sweet Waves, Dude

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Photographer Sean Davey prints his own work utilizing an Epson Stylus Pro 9900.

A professional photographer specializing in surfing and water photography, Sean Davey spends his Hawaiian winters photographing world-renowned surfers, while focusing on turtles, dolphins, and fish during the summer months. Davey made the leap from successful freelance magazine photographer – landing 120 covers during his career – to an artist who prints and markets his own work.

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Traxx Truck-Frame System Debuts

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Allows for banners to be easily replaced and re-used.

The Traxx truck-frame system is a quick-change, anodized-aluminum (T6) truck-side billboard system that’s designed to be installed on box trucks or trailers, allowing for banners to be easily replaced and re-used. Traxx, the company reports, is ideal for frequently rotating marketing campaigns like seasonal products, semi-annual sales, and events.

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New Upgrade Package for HP Scitex XP2300 Printer

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Scitex XP2300 now offers new billboard print modes for printing directly on inexpensive banner materials.

HP has introduced a new upgrade package for the HP Scitex XP2300 printer. The Scitex XP2300 now offers new billboard print modes for printing directly on inexpensive banner materials, which could previously be used only with solvent technologies. With these print modes, designed for HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Inks, customers can achieve a glossy or matte finish using one ink and reduce the time spent switching inks between print jobs, HP reports.

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Corel’s CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 Limited Edition

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The graphics collection combines four creative and design tools.

CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 Limited Edition is now available. The graphics collection combines four creative and design tools:
• CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5, including Corel PhotoPaint, the image-editing application for retouching and enhancing photos;
• Corel Painter 11;
• A Wacom Intuos 4 small pen tablet, with pen-tip sensor technology and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity; and
• More than $200 of high-quality Fotolia stock images of the buyer’s choice.

Price: $649 ($349 for upgrade).

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Technology Embracers: Tukaiz Personalizes Chicago

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New online application allows for image personalization.

Embracing technology isn’t only about purchasing the latest high-tech gadgets or most expensive machine on a tradeshow floor. It’s also about strategically incorporating all facets of innovation into your business and finding unique ways to use technology to help your business stand out in the wide-format crowd.

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Barbieri Launches Portable Spectrophotometer

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The Spectropad measures a variety of media.

Barbieri has announced the Spectropad, a portable spectrophotometer for professional digital printing. Built to measure a variety of media used in professional digital printing, including wide-format output, the battery-powered Spectropad features: a large measurement aperture (6mm) to accurately measure a range of media (banner, textiles, PVC, vinyl, more); Barbieri’s “qb technology” based on D50 illumination; an integrated touch display for immediate feedback on measurement results; Wi-Fi data transmission; and more. It can also be used directly on the printer.

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Platinum Equity Acquires Quark Software

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Quark Software provides publishing software for professional designers, small and mid-sized businesses, and large organizations.

Platinum Equity has announced its acquisition of Quark, a provider of publishing software for professional designers and enterprise organizations. Platinum Equity has already initiated a process focused on transitioning Quark to new ownership, says Brian Wall, partner at Platinum who led the team pursuing the acquisition.

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A New Path to Client Success

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In New York, Graphic Systems Group is aggressively pursuing the “de-coupling” trend.

As a co-founder and now president of Graphic Systems Group LLC (GSG, gsgnyc.com) in New York City, Ken Madsen has watched his company evolve from high-end photo re-toucher catering to the big advertising agencies to a full-service production house specializing in everything from Web design, product packaging, and outdoor displays, to graphics for retail spaces, and sets and props for national television shows. In the process, he’s watched innovation and technology not only change the way his company does business, but also redefine just who the company does business for.

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