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HP Adds New Varnish Ink for HP Scitex, New Canvas Options

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Plus: Upgrades, certifications, and workflow solutions, and the US debut of the Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press.

An HP FB225 Scitex Varnish Ink is a new ink option introduced for the HP Scitex FB7500/7600 Enhanced Color Pack. The new ink allows users to add spot or full varnish, create embossed text and images, and expand the color gamut, HP reports. Additionally, the integrated varnish ink helps protect against rubbing, scratches, and water damage, and more.

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Fujifilm Debuts Uvistar Pro-8 with White

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Grand-format Pro-8W hybrid printer is available in 3.5- and 5-meter versions.

Fujifilm North America has introduced the Uvistar Pro-8W, adding white ink to the grand-format hybrid UV printer that was first brought to market in mid-2012.

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Industry Supports Philippine Typhoon-Relief Efforts

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Canon, Epson, Fujifilm report on their disaster aid.

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda) – one of the most powerful storms ever recorded – struck the central Philippines, causing massive damage and loss of life. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.

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Design Leaders’ Confidence Index Drops

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But AIGA members believe the design economy will stay strong.

The AIGA association for professional designers reports that its AIGA Design Leaders Confidence Index dropped slightly in Q3 2013 to settle at 95.94, down from the previous quarter’s 100.02. This economic confidence measure of the design industry had been steady at about 100 for a full year.

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Student Printing Competition Winners Announced by ASDPT

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Tom Frecska Student Printing Awards honor superior imaging work by graphic-arts students.

The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) has announced the winners of its Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition. The annual competition honors excellent student work in the specialty imaging field within a variety of categories. Entrants represent secondary (high school and vocational) and post-secondary (technical school, college or university) students. The Student Printing Competition is named in honor of Tom Frecska, the late editor of Screen Printing magazine and one of the strongest supporters of the screen print industry.

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Epson Supports Philippine Typhoon-Relief Efforts

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“…Sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the areas damaged by the disaster.”

Epson Precision (Philippines) Inc., Epson Philippines Corporation, and Seiko Epson Corporation have announced a donation of Php 2 million (approx. US$46,000) to assist the disaster-relief efforts in the Phillipines. The money was donated through Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a local non-profit organization.

In a press release, the company stated: “Epson wishes to extend its sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the areas damaged by the disaster.”

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Specialty Media Sourcelist 2013

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More than 130 sources of fabrics, wallcoverings, fine-art media, magnetics, transfer papers, and other specialty media.

When it comes to competition, confidence can be key. In order to be confident, of course, it always helps to look better than the rest, and typically having the latest and greatest supplies on hand is one way to do that. Your shop can be confident in competition and help your client’s graphics look their best through a non-traditional approach to output.
Utilizing specialty media is one such approach. By recommending and specifying the client’s graphics be output onto, say, fabric or canvas, you’re allowing their project to stand apart from the competition.

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Ford and 3M: New Commercial Graphics Tool

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Plus: Manila mandates landscapes and gardens for outdoor signs and structures, and more wide-format stories from around the globe.

1. Detroit │ Ford’s new Commercial Graphics tool, in partnership with 3M, allows owners to design a custom vinyl wrap for the Transit Connect, Transit van, E-Series, and F-Series Super Duty. The redesign to Ford’s commercial graphics site (www.fordcommercialgraphics.com) lets users upload personal images or choose from a library of five million Getty Images stock photos. Once the design is finalized, a certified Ford dealer or specially trained installation company applies the wrap.

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A Northern Rendez-vous

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K6 Media produces 1700 square feet of graphics for Rendez-vous Canada.

When they wanted to add some extra sizzle to Rendez-vous Canada 2013, a four-day international tourism marketplace held at the Ottawa Convention Centre, the Pr1me meeting and event-management agency turned to K6 Media www.(k6media.ca). For Pr1me client Brewster Travel Canada, K6 would produce 1700 square feet of graphics – including a wall mural and graphics for surrounding windows – all designed to catch the attention of delegates walking between the Convention Centre and the adjacent Westin Hotel.

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In on the Ground Floor

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InView Graphics and The Bloom Agency create floor graphics for Forsyth Technical Community College.

In developing a creative advertising campaign to bolster the enrollment for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, The Bloom Agency made sure that a series of engaging floor graphics at nearby Hanes Mall would be part of the mix.

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