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ACDSee Duplicate Finder Becomes Standalone Product

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Assists in locating hard-to-find duplicate files.

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.

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USDA Offers Grants and Loans for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

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Now accepting applications to provide assistance to rural print shops and other small businesses to complete green projects.

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.

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LexJet's Infinium Print Media with Built-in Laminate, Adhesive

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Also introduces FaceMount Perforated Window Grip.

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.

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FDC Graphic Films Adds to Banner Line

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New 7505 and 7506 blockout banner series.

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.

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Ubiquitous UV

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A tidal wave of UV tech has made its mark on the market.

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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New Book to Address Critical Business Concerns for Print Providers

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Authored by Ferrari Color’s Marty McGhie, book available in March.

Looking for the best collection of business and management advice for your print operation?

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).

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Finding the Right Communication Tools

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Tackling ever-changing communication technologies to better your business.

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.

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Extreme Home’s Graphic Flair

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World Class Graphics produces wall coverings and more for ABC television program.

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.

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Heavy Metal

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Image Wizards outputs fine-art prints onto aluminum.

Travel photographer Ken Kaminesky began working with Image Wizards to produce brushed aluminum prints of his artwork a little over a year ago. “The aluminum prints are a very unique way to present these images and really must be seen to get an idea of the effect,” says Kaminesky.

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Aurora’s New Act II SP and Twill SP Textiles

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The company has also been named a member of the HP Registered Latex Developer Program.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has added Act II SP and Twill SP to its Northern Lights Printable Textiles collection. Specially pre-treated to yield excellent color pop and line definition while maintaining the fabric’s soft hand, both fabrics are compatible with latex and UV-cure print technologies as well as solvents. Prints produced with latex inks will rival dye sublimation, the company reports. Both styles are excellent choices for retail soft signage, indoor and short term outdoor banners, window graphics, exhibits, and other applications.

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