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Creating a Modular Masterpiece

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Netherlands-based ixxi uses Agfa Synaps media.

The ixxi modular image system includes 8 x 8-inch cards, as well as a connecting system comprising plastic X’s and I’s. Ixxi based in The Netherlands outputs a section of the overall image onto each card made of 300-gram Agfa Synaps media, and ships the system to the customer complete with a manual and hanging materials. The customer then assembles and installs the image (the cards are numbered) using the ixxi system. Each image comprises between 12 and 64 cards, depending on desired final graphic size (custom sizes up to 500 cards are possible).

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Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro 4

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New features including stackable filters, visual presets, history browser, new filters, and more.

Nik Software has introduced Color Efex Pro 4, the company’s latest version of its digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements.

 

Key new features include:

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Bradner Central Company Announces Acquisition of conVerd LLC

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Bradner and conVerd will expand production of their portfolio of green products.

Bradner Central Company, an Elk Grove Village, Illinois-based wholesale distributor of printing and office papers, has announced the acquisition of conVerd LLC, a paper distributor and converter of environmentally sustainable products specifically engineered for the wide-format digital printing market.

All of conVerd’s current distribution deals will remain the same and it will continue with the brand name conVerd.

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Out With the Old: Ampco Graphix

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Previously installed banners at Vancouver's Centre for Digital Media become 392 handbags.

The Client Centre for Digital Media

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The Benefits of Customer Profiling

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Catering to specific clients.

Not all buyers are the same. Our own shop’s clients vary greatly. So greatly, in fact, that it’s worth taking a look to see just where these differences come into play – in order to see how they should be sold to, what they should be sold, what they should be charged, and how their expectations should be handled.

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New Ultraflex SuperPrint Economy Banner

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Designed for short- and long-term applications.

Ultraflex has launched SuperPrint Economy, a frontlit banner material for UV, latex, and solvent printing. Its lightweight 8-oz structure is fire-retardant and designed for indoor and short-term outdoor applications as well as P-O-P posters, exhibition graphics, and short-term banners.

Available in matte and gloss finishes. Standard widths are: 38, 54, 63, and 126 in.; it’s also available in various widths on cores specific for the HP Turbojet. And for billboard applications, Ultraflex offers Billboard 420, a 192 in. x 420-ft version of SuperPrint Economy.

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Creating a Training Edge

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Coloredge New York • Los Angeles offers training program for future print providers.

Training and education are critical to the successful print provider (see this month’s feature article, which begins on p. 22). For Coloredge New York • Los Angeles (coloredge.com), training can begin as soon as someone is hired. In March 2010 the company, part of Merisel Inc., developed its Visual Communications Management Training (VCMT) Program, and it has become a way to ensure Coloredge continues to garner some of the best and brightest.

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Very Superstitious

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Problems with letting superstitions into the workplace.

When we think of superstitious behavior, we tend to imagine actions like avoiding the 13th floor of a hotel, refusing to walk under a ladder, or stressing for seven years over the mirror you carelessly broke. We are business people. We live in a fact-based world. We make business decisions and formulate business practices based on real-life experience, reason, and knowledge. For the most part, I would say we do, in fact, base our business operations on reality and truth, void of superstition.

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Image Specialists Debuts Magnacartridge.com

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Online source for wide-format inks and media.

Image Specialists Inc. has created a new online store for sign and banner makers: Magnacartridge.com. The site offers an array of OEM and compatible ink cartridges for printers as well as a wide range of film, canvas, presentation and photo-grade papers, and outdoor media.

“Our customers and business users have been asking us to expand our product offerings beyond ink, and so we’ve opened this online storefront,” says Joe Costello, vice president of Image Specialists.

MAGNACARTRIDGE

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Van Son Holland Launches New Line of Wide Format InkJet Inks

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Available in cartridge and bulk format.

Van Son Holland Ink Corporation has announced that it is launching its new line of Premium Wide Format Inkjet inks for Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, and Roland printers. The company will introduce the new ink line at the upcoming Graph Expo exhibition in Chicago.

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