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New Films from Avery Graphics

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The company has also announced its new blog, Roll Play.

Avery Graphics has announced its MPI 3300 digital promotional films. The line of six calendered films is digitally printable and ideal for short-term, promotional graphic applications. The films are available in a combination of gloss and matte finishes and clear or gray permanent adhesives for P-O-P, tradeshows, outdoor signage, wall murals, and promotional advertising environments. Compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks, the 3-mil film is available in roll sizes of 24-, 30-, 50-, 54-, and 60-in.

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Mimaki's JV34-260 Printer

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A 104-inch printer for solvent or water-based sublimation inks.

The 104-in. JV34-260 printer has been debuted by Mimaki. Capable of being outfitted with either solvent or water-based sublimation inks (ink type must be chosen at install), the 4-color JV34-260 features two newly developed printheads in a staggered arrangement, producing a top speed of 323 sq ft/hr in High Speed mode (226 sq meters/hr in Standard); maximum resolution is 1440 dpi.

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Classic Graphics: Continuous Re-Invention

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“In wide-format, the technology moves incredibly fast, so we’ve got to make pretty good bets, because a good decision 36 months ago is obsolete now.”

If he had stopped to think about it, David Pitts might have said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” when his colleague approached him with the idea of opening their own print shop. It was the winter of 1983 and Pitts was working alongside fellow press operator Bill Gardner on the night shift at Belk Printing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ronald Reagan was president and the US was just beginning to creep out of a recession. Inflation was up, unemployment was high, and the looming economic boom that was to become the 1980s wasn’t yet a blip on the national radar.

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The Substitute Sasquatch

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In the state of Washington, The Wide Format Company helps replace the Renton History Museum's stolen banner.

For museums, exhibit banners are a key part of getting the word out about their frequently changing exhibits and other events. In Renton, Washington, however, the Renton History Museum found out that a well-done banner can attract the wrong kind of attention as well.

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ISA Sign Design Competition Seeks Entries for 2012 Competition

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The deadline for entries is February 3.

The annual ISA Sign Design Competition is returning online and is open to any ISA member company for sign projects completed in 2011.

This year, the competition includes two new categories: Electronic Message Centers and Banner Signs and Vinyl Graphics. The two new categories join six others, including historic reproduction/restoration, wayfinding, freestanding and building signs. In addition, an overall winner will be named.

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Question Four - 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

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Question Three - 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 and a half, 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

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Question Two - 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 and a half, 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 Panelist

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Social Media: A Virtual Storefront

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

The old adage “you need to spend money to make money” has stood the test of time throughout the history of marketing. Price has always acted as the gatekeeper of exposure – if you didn’t have the big bucks to throw at advertising, the chances of your business succeeding were often slim to none.

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Imagine! Print Solutions to Acquire DigiGraphics

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"Our strategy is to develop a complementary set of companies to solve our customers' design, print, and distribution requirements.”

Imagine! Print Solutions, the Minneapolis-based large-format and commercial-printing company, has entered into a letter of intent to acquire DigiGraphics, Inc. also based in Minneapolis. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of January 2012.

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