Ocean (www.oceanoutdoor.com) has opened its sixth annual competition seeking the best creative work in digital out-of-home advertising, including full motion, subtle motion, and interactivity. Open until August 28, the competition will award media space to first, second, and third place winners across two categories: creative techniques and interactive.
The Mosaica Group (www.printmosaica.com) will host a technology showcase at its Sussex, Wisconsin, headquarters August 5-7. The first two days of the exhibition will feature demonstrations on vehicle wrapping (Avery Dennison); Mimaki’s JFX200 and JV300 printers; Epson’s SureColor printer series; and more.
3M Graphics has added eight new offerings to its Wrap Film Series 1080 vehicle wrap media. The new colors are: Satin Smoldering Red, Satin Apple Green, Satin Battleship Gray, Satin Dark Gray, Gloss Boat Blue, Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Ember Black, and Matte Riviera Blue. The pressure-sensitive adhesive films do not require an overlaminate, according to the company, and are available in 60-in. widths.
DaVinci Technologies and Presto Tape have announced a partnership for the distribution of Presto Tape’s selection of removable and repositionable print media. To be made available across the US from its Enfield, Connecticut, and Pomona, California, warehouses, DaVinci’s offerings will include the 17-mil CanvasTac and 7-mil polyester PrestoTex, now in iridescent colors.
Xara has announced version 11 of its Photo and Graphics Designer software, featuring an enhanced Brush Tool that stretches vector or bitmap images along a freehand-drawn line. Textured brush effects include paint, chalk, and watercolor; or, users can create their own brush designs. Version 11 can also sync files with cloud-based storage programs such as Dropbox and Google Drive. The Shape Painter tool has been expanded with new shape editing tools and web- and PDF-safe blend modes such as Overlay, Hard Light, Soft Light, Luminosity, and Color.
EFI has introduced a new generation of its Fiery digital front end (DFE) platform with Fiery FS200 Pro. The new platform will feature CMYK+ tools for more precise color matching up to 8 colors, as well as connectivity with other JDF-based devices and EFI’s MIS/ERP and web-to-print products. It will also offer Fiery HyperRIP, which processes up to 55% faster than other DFEs, according to the company. HyperRIP includes a multiple-job mode for up to four simultaneous projects, as well as a Rush RIP mode that opens up a fifth RIP for last-minute projects.
HP has introduced the Latex 110 printer, designed for PSPs entering the wide-format market. The 54-in., 6-color printer is designed for low-volume production of applications such as vinyl, stickers, posters, canvas, and P-O-P signage, and prints up to 517 sq ft/hr with a max. resolution of 1200 dpi. Also features automatic maintenance, front loading, and access to HP’s online tutorials, color management library, WallArt software, and more.
The 2015 OOH Media Plan Awards, which celebrate “efficient and effective out-of-home media plans that maximize the synergies between media and creative strategies within an available budget,” according to the OAAA website (www.oaaa.org), are now accepting entries. Submissions, including statements regarding the background, objective, and strategy of the campaign, must be uploaded by Wednesday, July 15.
Sawgrass Technologies has added a 24-in. dye-sublimation printer to its Virtuoso line, reportedly the first machine of its size manufactured specifically for the dye-sublimation process. Keep reading on our sister site.