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Sustainability: The Future for Print Shops?

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Why more and more print shops are making the move to green in 2016.

Wherever you are in the world, you are most likely keeping an eye on the weather. Is it going to be windy today, or is the meteorologist forecasting heavy rain? Maybe it’s finally time to break out that scarf you’ve had in storage all summer. Or, maybe it’s a scorcher, and you need an extra layer of sunblock. These days, it’s typically the latter.

If you’ve been paying attention to annual weather reports the last few years, you probably have noticed an alarming trend: Things are getting hotter. Much hotter.

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Guy Gecht to Receive Prestigious Industry Influencer Award

Printing Industries of New England - PINE will be hosting its 10th annual Industry Awards Gala on April 5th at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA. The evening is a celebration of print and graphic communications and will be highlighted by the presentation of the prestigious PINE Industry Influencer Award to Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI.

PolyOne Releases InVisio Color Inspiration 2018

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Four new palettes draw upon political, economic, and social tensions.

PolyOne has announced InVisio Color Inspiration 2018, four new color collections developed for brand owners and designers. Color Inspiration 2018 features the following color stories, according to PolyOne:

• Public Privacy takes inspiration from the age of social media, featuring a saturated blue, glowing red, transparent chartreuse, and foggy gray.

• Polarized is designed to represent contrast and complexity, with a multifaceted black and a shifting purple-blue hue.

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Esko’s ArtiosCAD Display Store

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Online platform offers design templates and more.

Esko has launched the ArtiosCAD Display Store for display and packaging designs. The online platform at ArtiosCAD.net offers more than 325 display design templates. Each design is resizable and includes an animated film that can be presented to customers. Esko reports each design has been pre-tested.

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HP Users ‘Imagine’ at Dscoop Phoenix

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Keynoters represent Blue Angels and Oakland A’s.

Registration has opened for Dscoop, HP’s annual user conference. This year’s conference, built on the theme “Imagine,” will be held March 1-4, 2017, in Phoenix. The event will feature keynote speakers Billy Beane, executive VP of baseball operations for the Oakland A’s and subject of the hit film “Moneyball,” and John Foley, former lead solo pilot of the US Navy Blue Angels.

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Why Your Print Shop Needs a Drone

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It's time to showcase your shop's offerings from new heights.

When we look at equipment purchases for our wide-format print businesses, we typically think of printing, finishing, and installation equipment. Thrown into the mix are computers and related electronics, systems for phones, electrical and compressed air, and so on. Many shops also have a decent or professional-grade digital camera to record images of jobs they are proud of. These images populate company brochures, PowerPoint presentations, thumb drives, websites, and offices.

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Battling a Rainstorm for Festival Graphics

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Cookie Printers' hot pink prints steal the show.

Anyone who’s produced graphics for a live event will tell you that logistics can be a nightmare: You’re dealing with sponsors who send last-minute artwork, working around other event vendors during installation, and printing at all hours of the night because being late is simply not an option. But the team at Cookie Printers (Warsaw, Poland) faced a challenge that was exceedingly more frustrating: a heavy downpour, just a few days before the outdoor movie festival Dwa Brzegi.

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Onyx Reveals Software Version 12.1

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Expanded device support and more.

Onyx Graphics has released the Onyx 12.1 software product line, including Thrive workflow software, ProductionHouse, PosterShop, and RIPCenter. New features include:

• Increased speeds reportedly three times faster than Onyx 12 for halftone processing and data transfer
• Integrated G7 correction, verification, and iterations
• Automation tools, such as enhanced tiling
• Expanded device support, including QR codes in Zünd Cut Center and color devices from Konica Minolta and X-Rite
 

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'Digital Textile Printing: The Future Is Now’

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Top takeaways from AATCC and SGIA’s educational conference.

A sold-out crowd of 130 manufacturers, end users, and researchers gathered for the first “Digital Textile Printing: The Future Is Now” educational conference hosted by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and SGIA in Durham, North Carolina, December 6-7.

Big Picture’s Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Palmer was there; here are some of her top takeaways from the event:

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Mutoh Announces 2017 Wrap Education

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In conjunction with Avery Dennison.

Mutoh has announced the 2017 schedule for its wrap training program, put on in partnership with Avery Dennison. Classes will be hosted by Justin Pate (The Wrap Institute) and John Duever (Vinyl Images). Courses include:

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