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The Skinny on QR Codes

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Why they're suddenly everywhere, and how they can turn static content into interactive media.

You’re starting to see them everywhere. They look like jigsaw puzzles, sometimes in color, but most often in black-and-white. You see them in magazine advertisements, on posters and billboards, on business cards, and just about everywhere else. They are quick response (or QR) codes, sometimes called QRCs.

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UltraVision 60/40 UV Window Film from Ultraflex

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Features a 40% open area for optimal two-way viewing.

Ultraflex Systems has introduced a new UV-printable window film, UltraVision 60/40 UV. Based on the company’s existing UltraVision window film, the new 60/40 UV version has been enhanced to accommodate the UV ink process.

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New High-Tack Solvent Media from Oracal

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Designed for long-term, solvent inkjet printable graphic applications

Oracal USA has introduced OraJet Series 3951HT High-Tack cast PVC digital media. Designed for “hard-to-stick,” rough or textured, low-energy plastics or substrates found in kayaks, ATVs, and portable toilets, the 2-mil 3951HT is perfect for long-term, solvent inkjet printable graphic applications requiring a gray, permanent adhesive, the company reports.

Available in a gloss finish, 54-in. width, and lengths of 25 and 50 yards. Recommended for use with OraGuard Series 290, 290F or 293 laminating films.

ORACAL

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Beauty Box Photo Skin Retouching Software from Digital Anarchy

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Photoshop plug-in smooths skin and removes blemishes in photographs.

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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Elvis Has ‘Wrapped’ the Building

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National Print Group partners with MGM Resorts for "Viva Elvis" promotion.

When MGM Resorts International was looking to make a king-sized splash to promote the new “Viva Elvis” Cirque du Soleil show at its recently opened MGM City Center on the Las Vegas Strip, the hotelier turned to local print provider, the National Print Group (NPG) for assistance. The result of the partnership—a 19,200-square-foot building wrap—looms large on the front of the 28-story Harmon Hotel.

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A Solid Rock Foundation

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Durst’s new research facility for inkjet technology.

Inaugurated on July 23 in Lienz, Austria, this rock-crystal inspired building is home to Durst’s new research facility for inkjet technology. Housing physics and chemistry labs as well as the Durst Phototechnik Lienz development department, the structure comprises more than 8600 square feet of scientific laboratories and nearly 13,000 square feet of offices.

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www.durstus.com

 

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Preserving History

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Canon's Tsuzuri Project demonstrates how capture and output technology can be used to preserve cultural heritage.

Part of the recent Canon Expo 2010 in New York was this Tsuzuri Project exhibit, a demonstration of how capture and output technology is being used to preserve Japan's cultural heritage by reproducing national treasures. Canon EOS digital SLR cameras are used to capture high-res digital images of folding screens, screen paintings, and other cultural artifacts, which are output in their original size with Canon's imageProGraf wide-format printers, in conjunction with Canon color-management systems. Gold leaf, surface coating, and other finishes are applied where necessary.

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ISA, IRgA Co-Locate Shows in 2011

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Both events will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 27-30.

The International Sign Association (ISA) will co-locate its 2011 Sign Expo event with the International Reprographic Association (IRgA) annual tradeshow next year at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The 2011 co-location will provide an expanded platform for ISA and IRgA attendees and exhibitors to network, attend expert-led educational sessions, and visit an even more robust tradeshow floor all in one location and at a reduced cost, the ISA announced in its press release.

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Roland University Now Roland Academy

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Global training efforts now united under a single name.

Roland University has been renamed Roland Academy, a move designed to reinforce Roland DGA’s strong affiliation with other Roland training and education centers worldwide, the company reports.

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Wide-Format Forecast: A Sneak Peek

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Taking stock of 2010, and preparing your business for 2011 and beyond.

Here's a sneak peek at our upcoming Industry Roundtable, which will appear in our October issue. Each year, we gather together some of the top consultants in the market to comment on current industry trends and forecast where the market might be in the next 12 months. Our roundtable experts this year include: Marco Boer, consulting partner, I.T.

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