It took French adventurer Jean-Louis Etienne just over 121 hours to make the first balloon crossing of the Arctic Ocean in Generali Life Insurance company’s “Arctic Observer,” a 25-meter-tall balloon envelope created by Cameron Balloons of Bristol, UK.
Foster Keencut has introduced its Evolution manual precision cutter, designed for wide-format print providers and sign makers. Available in five sizes (64- to 144-in.), the Evolution can cut materials up to ½-in. thick. It features a heavy-duty cutter bar, an attachable fabric cutting wheel, adjustable leveler, and a lift-hold mechanism operable from both sides. The Evolution mounts to an existing table, or can be matched to the company’s Proteus Work Bench (optional).
GMG has introduced version 5.2 of its GMG ColorProof. Version 5.2 incorporates the integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.5 and improvements to the SpotColor Editor (including the ability to export a report showing spot colors, listing the spot-color name, CMYK values, and target/current values). Version 5.2 is also compatible with the new GMG ProofControl Inline module, which allows for fully automated proofing and verification of contone proofs on Epson Stylus Pro printers with an integrated measuring device (initially the 4900, 7900, 9900, 7890, and 9890 models).
Screen USA has introduced two new options for its Truepress Jet2500UV printer: a multi-layer option and a corrugated option. The new multiple-layer function allows the Jet2500UV to print up to seven image layers without feeding the media a second time. This further improves the Truepress Jet2500UV’s versatility and increases its ability to print double-sided window stickers and day-and-night backlit displays, along with various special effects, such as embossed graphics, the company reports.
Canon USA has announced two new high-speed color production format printers: the imageProGraf iPF825 and iPF815. Designed for the AEC, CAD, GIS, reprographics, and other technical-document markets, both models feature five colors (CMYK + matte black) and are capable of printing two D/A1-sized (23.4 x 33.1 in.) images in less than one minute.
When we founded our company in early 1994, we were simply a print provider. The prints we provided were digital, large-format inkjet. In those days, just printing in high resolution (300 dpi) and large format (up to 36-inches wide) was a big deal. It allowed us to more than double our sales annually for four consecutive years. There are still and may always be many large-format digital printing companies that are first and foremost print providers. Some continue to be very successful at it.
Digital Juice has released Juice Drops Collection One: clearIntent, the first in a series of new layered Photoshop graphics collections. The clearIntent collection, comprising more than 400 original customizable images in a text template format, features royalty-free layered backgrounds and illustrations that are customizable. Each background is a finished complete graphic, delivered with all the original layers intact for easy customization for any type of design use — from billboards and packaging applications to Web pages, motion graphics, and print advertising.
LexJet has updated its Sunset Photo Paper line, including the Sunset Photo eSatin, Sunset Photo Gloss, and Sunset Photo Semi-Matte papers. All of the papers are now thicker, heavier, and optimized for the latest inkjet printer technology from Canon, Epson, and HP, the company reports. Sunset Photo eSatin (featuring a satin finish similar to E-surface papers used in traditional darkroom printing) and Sunset Photo Gloss (high-gloss for maximum impact) now weigh in at 300g and are 11.5-mils thick; Sunset Semi-Matte (smoother finish than eSatin) is 270g and 10.5-mils thick.
Kapco Graphic Products has debuted three new media for solvent printers: PSA Satin White Vinyl with high-tack permanent adhesive; Blockout two-sided scrim banner; and Mesh Banner with PVC liner.
The Satin White Vinyl, 3.75-mil, is suitable for indoor and outdoor signage printed with OEM and mild-solvent inks. It features an aggressive permanent adhesive for bonding to hard-to-stick, low-energy, plastic, and textured surfaces in cold temperature environments. Available in a 54-in. roll x 150 ft.
InteliCoat Technologies has introduced Magic DMBL5, a 6.5-mil, satin, instant-dry film that’s ideal for indoor and outdoor backlit applications. Water-resistant, DMBL5 features a satin print surface that allows for maximum ink density, vivid color, and high image resolution, the company reports. Magic DMBL5 is designed for water-based pigment ink systems compatible with pigmented inks. Available in 24-, 36-, 42-, 50, and 60-in. widths.