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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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Stock Imagery: Winds of Change

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Image providers are helping users create more effective messages.

Change is one thing that’s certain in life. No one may be more aware of this than those companies producing and providing stock images. Constantly tracking the current trends—what’s hot as well as what’s not—is critical for these companies in order for them to provide exactly the images that graphic designers, clients, and print providers need to convey a creative message.

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Fanning the Vehicle-Wrap Flames

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Six projects to help you re-ignite your passion for vehicle graphics.

It’s all too easy to get bogged down with the details of running a successful print shop. Head to the office each morning, work with your nose to the grindstone, initiate departmental meetings, issue the payroll report, etc. And so on each week.

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Color Matching: What Users Want

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A new Pantone Plus Series system from Pantone.

When Pantone, in 2007, came out with its new improved Goe system, which was a start-from-scratch, rethink-the-whole-approach and reformulate-the-colors approach to color matching, the company had an excellent idea: better control, more colors, closer matching, and many other features designers should have liked.

But they didn’t. As good as the Goe system is, and as big an improvement it is over the old Pantone Matching System, users saw no need to change. It was not a resounding success even though it is an excellent color-matching system.

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Managing Employee Benefits

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Making the best of your benefits.

One of the most challenging aspects of your business is managing your employee benefits. The cost of employee benefits seems to grow every year as a percentage of overall expenses and for any business trying to contain costs, employee-benefit expenses can be overwhelming.

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Can't Afford that Wrap? Finance It

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Olympic Financial partners with Fellers to finance wraps.

Businesses wanting to wrap their fleet or individual vehicles but find themselves short on funds now have a specialized financing option: financevehiclewraps.com.

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The Hotel of Many Colors

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Sleeping in color in Belgium.

Pantone, whose color-matching system is a staple among graphic designers and print providers the world over, expanded its brand identity with the recent opening of The Pantone Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. Situated on Avenue Louise in the heart of the city’s trendy fashion and retail district, each guest suite in the 59-room inn is designed around one of seven different Pantone color palettes—from “Vibrant and Intense” (Pantone 137C) to “Fresh and Eager” (Pantone 353C).

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PACA 15th International Conference

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Stock-image conference takes place in New York City, October 15-17, 2010.

The 15th Annual International Conference of PACA-- the Picture Archive Council of America – will take place in New York City in mid-October. The weekend event will offer informative sessions, international networking opportunities, and solutions to the issues that affect stock-photography industry. Some of the highlights include:

• PacaSearch Update: Recently introduced, PACA’s own mega meta-search with more than 70 member agencies participating to date and more than 70 million images available for worldwide clients to find from one unique site.

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Agfa Graphics Acquires Pitman Company

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“We’re going to be the strongest power in the US graphic-arts market.”

Agfa Graphics has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of the Harold M. Pitman Company, the US supplier of prepress, industrial inkjet, pressroom, and packaging-printing products and systems.

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