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SAi Updates EnRoute

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New import filters, added nesting options, new textures.

SA International has made available SAi EnRoute 5.1. The update includes more than two dozen new productivity-enhancing features and improvements, including new import filters (including support for Caldera digital registration and contour cut as well as improved Onyx XML import); additional nesting options for the Automatic Toolpath Processing option; and new Parametric Textures. Version 5.1 is a free download to EnRoute 5 users.

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Matan’s New Superwide Barak 8QW

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White ink plus an inline finishing system are feature highlights on new superwide UV printer.

Matan Digital Printers (matanprinters.com) has launched the Barak 8QW, its newest superwide hybrid UV printer.

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Epson Showcases New SureColor F2000 Series Printers

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Direct-to-garment printer available in Standard and White editions.

Epson America has entered the direct-to-garment (DTG) printing market with the introduction of two new, purpose-built, direct-to-garment inkjet printers: the SureColor F2000 Standard Edition and the SureColor F2000 White Edition, both with the ability to print directly onto fabrics ranging from 100-percent cotton to 50/50 blends, including t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, tote bags, and more.

The F2000 Series printers feature:

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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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