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Day One: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

The Big Picture has assembled five of the marketplace’s most informed analysts and consultants and asked them to help you evaluate the wide-format industry. Each day over the next two weeks, we’ll post a new, critical question from The Big Picture with invaluable answers from our panel – all designed to help you ensure that your company charts its best course for a prosperous year ahead.

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Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course

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Beginning October 5th -- 14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

Which technologies are on the upswing – and which are on the downswing? What markets and applications look to be hot next year? How much of a role will sustainability, JDF, and social media play in your company? Which profit centers should you invest in?

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2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook Released

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Comprehensive specs on 200+ rollfed and flatbed printers, plus third-party RIPs.

The new 2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook is now available from the publishers of The Big Picture.

This latest edition provides comprehensive specifications on:
* 130+ rollfed printers
* 70 flatbed & hybrid printers
* 40+ third-party RIPs for wide format

The 2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook can be accessed via the embedded link.
 

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New Options for Durst Rho 1000

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Smart Speed and Spot Gloss options now avaliable.

Durst has announced two new options for its Rho 1000 printer. Its Smart Speed Option accelerates the printing speed by more than 20% when using the unit’s Quality printing speeds. And it adds a Spot Gloss Option, which enables the Rho 1000 to print both gloss and matte areas within one image. The two options are also available on other Durst machines as well.

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New Stone Guard Films from Oracal

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Two new paint protection products released.

Oracal USA has announced two new paint protection products: OraGuard Series 270 and Series 280 Stone Guard Laminating Films. Both are designed for paint protection on flat to moderately curved surfaces for more rugged protection from bugs, stones, and other road debris, Oracal reports; both are transparent gloss only.

Series 270 is a 6-mil, 5-year PVC laminate film for paint protection of automotive fenders, rear bumpers, and deck or side skirts and other outdoor applications; it’s available in 50-in. widths.

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Markzware Upgrades Q2ID Adobe Plugin

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Q2ID is a Quark document converter.

Markzware has announced an upgrade to Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), its Adobe Plugin. The latest version runs under InDesign CS5.5 to convert Quark up through QuarkXPress 9 files. Q2ID is also available with Quark 9 support for InDesign CS4 and InDesign CS5.5 and is available on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Q2ID converts Quark documents and instantly re-creates them to an InDesign CS4, CS5 and now CS5.5.

MARKZWARE
www.markzware.com

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Avenger Assembled!

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Big Mountain Imaging creates Captain America graphics for Toys R Us Times Square store’s windows.

As part of the rollout of this summer’s Captain America blockbuster – or, in this case, the rollout of the toy tie-ins – Toys R Us wanted to cover its Times Square store’s windows in Manhattan with a giant graphic advertising the movie. For the job, the toy retailer turned to out-of-home marketing expert Clear Channel Spectacolor, which, in turn, engaged Big Mountain Imaging to do the print work.

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Roland PVC-Free Adhesive-Backed Solvent Glossy Paper

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The company has expanded its Eco-Sol Max certified media line.

Roland DGA has expanded its Eco-Sol Max certified media line to include Solvent Glossy Paper with Adhesive (ESM-SGPA). Tested and profiled for the company’s eco-solvent printers and printer/cutters, the new media is designed as an alternative to vinyl for decals and mounting. It’s available for use with Roland’s VersaStudio BN-20, as well as its VersaCamm, VersaArt, and SolJet models.

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A Dozen from Ground Zero

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Photographer Roberto Rabanne prints "September 11 2001 New York City" box-set portfolio.

Photographer Roberto Rabanne (www.robertorabanne.com) was on his way to a fashion shoot in mid-town Manhattan on September 11, 2001, camera in hand, when planes struck the World Trade Center. He was not only there to capture the horrible events of that day, but also would spend weeks documenting the aftermath, choking down the particles that engulfed the surrounding area.

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Making a Splash

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A&I Photographic and Digital Services utilizes an HP Scitex FB500 printer to output Yasmina Rossi's photography.

Model-turned-photographer Yasmina Rossi (www.yasminarossi.com) is known for her evocative underwater images and self portraits. Her latest exhibition, Eau Dela - Beyond Surfaces, was held in the exhibition space of the Bastion de France, a 16th-century fortress in the Corsican town of Porto-Vechhio.

The historic site was fitting, says A&I Photographic and Digital Services, which produced Rossi’s prints: The exhibit marked the first gallery show of fine-art photography printed exclusively on the HP Scitex FB500 printer.

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