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Question Seven - Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

To see how social media works for those of us in the wide-format industry, we talked to 10 print shops who, through trial and error, have found a way to make their mark in the world of online marketing.

Each day over the next week, The Big Picture will post a new, critical question centered around the use of social media in the world of wide-format with invaluable answers from our panel.

Our Social-Media Panelists
Ryan Broderson, Director of marketing and customer relations, SuperGraphics, www.supergraphics.com

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SGIA's Sustainability Recognition Program Accepting Applications for 2012

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Award honors businesses based on sustainability policies and programs.

SGIA's Sustainability Recognition Program, which recognizes specialty imagers who are developing a sustainable business ethic to meet customer demand, is now accepting applications for 2012. SGIA members are encouraged to apply now before the February 24 deadline.

All program applicants are eligible for the award, which is determined based on the submission of the facility's sustainability policy and program information.

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Question Six - Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

To see how social media works for those of us in the wide-format industry, we talked to 10 print shops who, through trial and error, have found a way to make their mark in the world of online marketing.

Each day over the next week, The Big Picture will post a new, critical question centered around the use of social media in the world of wide-format with invaluable answers from our panel.

Our Social-Media Panelists
Ryan Broderson, Director of marketing and customer relations, SuperGraphics, www.supergraphics.com

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New ColorPainter H2 Printers from Seiko

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Also now shipping its IX low-odor and HAPs-free inks for the ColorPainter W series printers.

Seiko Instruments USA has announced its ColorPainter H2 series of mild-solvent inkjet printers. Available in two sizes, the 104-in. H2-104s and the 74-in. H2-74s, the new printers offer two inkset choices: CMYK x 2, or 8-color (CMYKcm + gray and light gray); the gray inks allow for real gradation, light shadows, and metallic texture, Seiko reports. Top speed is 1075 sq ft/hr for 4-color configuration (538 sq ft/hr for 8-color); the H2 printers offer a maximum resolution of 900 dpi.

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EFI Acquires Cretaprint: Expands Inkjet Focus to Ceramic Tile Printing.

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"We have been tracking the swift transformation from analog to digital technology in tile imaging for quite some time.”

EFI has announced that it has acquired Cretaprint S.L., a developer of inkjet printers for ceramic tile printing. The privately held Cretaprint is based in Castellón, Spain; it will remain an independent business unit of EFI.

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New Caldera RIP Version 9

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InkPerformer ink-saving module provides users with the power to monitor and optimize their ink consumption.

Caldera has announced the new version of its production-oriented RIP software dedicated to wide- and super-wide print and print-cut. Caldera Version 9 features:

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Photizo Group Acquires Lyra Research

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Each organization will keep brands intact.

Photizo Group – the research and consulting firm based in the Lexington, Kentucky area – has acquired Lyra Research. Both firms focus on the print and imaging markets. The new organization will continue to operate from existing offices with headquarters in Midway, Kentucky.

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Question Five - Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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Ten print shops weigh-in on utilizing social media to market their businesses.

To see how social media works for those of us in the wide-format industry, we talked to 10 print shops who, through trial and error, have found a way to make their mark in the world of online marketing.

Each day over the next week, The Big Picture will post a new, critical question centered around the use of social media in the world of wide-format with invaluable answers from our panel.

Our Social-Media Panelists
Ryan Broderson, Director of marketing and customer relations, SuperGraphics, www.supergraphics.com

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Oracal’s New Media and Laminates

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Orajet Series 3571RA wrapping cast film with RapidAir technology added to Oracal offerings.

Oracal has announced the Orajet Series 3571RA, wrapping cast film with RapidAir technology. The 2.25-mil film features a low initial-tack, repositionable adhesive and an air-release system for conformability onto difficult curves. Available in 30-, 54-, 60-in. rolls, and a glossy finish, the white film is recommended for use with solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and Latex inks.

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Screen Adds Features to Truepress Jet2500UV

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Features include multi-layer printing and automatic generation of see-through graphics.

Screen USA showcased two new features now available on its Truepress Jet2500UV printer: multi-layer printing and automatic generation of see-through graphics.

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