Eastman Kodak has announced it is phasing out its dedicated capture devices business – including digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames – in the first half of 2012. The company’s Consumer Business segment will continue to comprise: consumer/desktop inkjet printers and supplies; retail-based photo kiosks and digital dry lab systems (including online and retail-based photo printing); Kodak Gallery (kodakgallery.com), camera accessories, and more.
Nik Software has announced Snapseed, designed exclusively for the Mac OS. A photo-enhancement and sharing software app, Snapseed features a suite of imaging filters and tools that allow users to transform and improve photographic images. Key features include:
• Tune Image: Quickly correct photos shot in difficult lighting situations, create depth and vibrancy.
• Auto Correct: Automatically analyzes photos and adjusts color and exposure.
ACD Systems International has released ACDSee Duplicate Finder as a standalone product for Mac users; it’s currently a feature integrated into ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 photo-editing and management software.
If your business is located in a rural area and your firm has an energy-related project you’ve been wanting to pursue, you might consider looking into funding from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
In January, the USDA announced that it is now seeking applications to provide assistance to rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects. For 2012, USDA has more than $25 million available to fund REAP activities, which will support grants and guaranteed loan programs.
LexJet has introduced Infinium, a print media with a laminate and adhesive built into a single comformable material – in essence, says the company, “a fully transportable graphic.” Compatible with low-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV-curable printers, Infinium can be applied to virtually any surface, including irregular surfaces and curves.
FDC Graphic Films has expanded its digital print media line with the introduction of 7505 series 13-oz super smooth blockout banner and 7506 series 15-oz super smooth blockout banner. Both products are two-side printable PVC and feature a blockout layer that obstructs light and a matte finish. Their smooth face provides a print surface suitable for eco-solvent, solvent, and latex printing. Both media feature tear-, curl-, and fire-resistance, and both pass the NFPA 701 fire-resistant certification test, FDC reports. Available in 54-in. widths.
Today, UV could well stand for “ubiquitous – very.” Printing with UV technologies has become that prevalent in the wide-format marketplace. Consider: Overall, more than 45 percent of all wide-format printers currently on the market utilize UV inks, according to our findings – that’s a significant number, and one that has continued to grow each year. Of 70 flatbed/hybrid printers we reported on in our 2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook, only two do not utilize UV inks. And of the 130 rollfed printers reported on in the Sourcebook, nearly 20 percent utilize UV inks.
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In March, Business + Management for Digital Print Providers + Sign Shops, the new book by Marty McGhie, will be released by ST Books, a division of ST Media Group International (parent company to The Big Picture).
I can remember when the only way to communicate in business was by snail mail or phone. That is, until the next innovation in communication hit our business: the fax machine. We launched our company in 1994 and, back then, the litmus test for whether you were dealing with a real business was whether or not they had a dedicated fax line.
ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has made a name for itself over the years by rebuilding and refurnishing dilapidated homes for deserving families in need. Thanks to the quick turnaround times offered by inkjet technologies, many of the new houses have incorporated wide-format prints to add some colorful flair.