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The Ins and Outs of Inventory Management

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Controlling inventory costs can create significant cash savings for your business.

Implementing an effective inventory-management system can be an overwhelming task. And some managers are afraid that, as they begin controlling inventory, they might run out of stock more often and end up failing to meet customer deadlines while waiting for new inventory to arrive. Plus, setting up a system requires some investment in software and related hardware, and these costs can seem prohibitive.

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Beauty Box Photo Skin Retouching Software

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Peforms fast, automatic skin retouching and smoothing.

Digital Anarchy’s new Beauty Box Photo skin retouching software is a plug-in designed to provide an automatic and easy way of smoothing skin and removing blemishes in photographs. The plug-in performs fast, automatic skin retouching and smoothing, automatically identifying skin tones and creating an intelligent mask that limits the smoothing effect to skin areas while keeping facial details razor sharp. This process requires minimal input from the user and in many cases is fully automatic, the company says.

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Celebrating Young Lions

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Anro Print and Digital Solutions helps honor up-and-coming designers.

The Client Cannes Young Lions Exhibition, BBDO ad agency
The Player: Anro Print and Digital Solutions (anro.com)
Tools & Supplies: HP Scitex FB6100 UV Printer, Caldera GrandRIP+, HP FB200 UV inks, various media
The Job: Atlanta-based design agency BBDO along with HP commissioned Anro in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to produce wide-format graphics for the Cannes Young Lions Team USA kickoff party and special exhibition held in New York this past May.

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Three New Fabrics from Fisher Textiles

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Grand-format fabric line for dye sublimation and UV printing.

Fisher Textiles has announced three new fabrics for its Grand Format fabric line for dye sublimation and UV printing.

GF 8725 Crepe (FR) is a flame-retardant, 4.9 oz, wrinkle-resistant 100-percent polyester fabric with a canvas-like texture. It’s ideal for backdrops, P-O-P displays, and tradeshow exhibits, the company reports, and passes NFPA 701. Available in 125-in. widths.

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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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