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3M Graphics Adds New Wrap Film Colors

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Also: Flexible substrate for use with LEDs.

3M Commercial Graphics has added 18 new colors to its Wrap Film Series 1080 line. New colors include Fiery Orange, Fierce Fuchsia, Raspberry Fizz, Satin Canyon Copper, and Sheer Luck. 3M’s Wrap Film series includes 75 different colors; available in 60-in. widths.

3M has also introduced Envision Flexible Substrate FS-1 designed for use with LEDs. The media is compatible with solvent, UV, or latex inks, and can be paired with 3M Scotchcal gloss overlaminate 3658G or matte overlaminate 3660M.

3M COMMERCIAL GRAPHICS
www.3mgraphics.com
 

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CGS Partners with Ricoh Americas Corporation

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Announcement made at Graph Expo 14 in Chicago.

Ricoh Americas Corporation, specializing in office imaging equipment, production print products, document management systems, and IT services, is now the newest addition to the CGS family. At Graph Expo 14, Ricoh formally became CGS’ latest business partner.

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State of the Industry

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Experts tackle your top questions about the world of wide-format – and its future.

Each year, Big Picture gathers industry pundits and experts to share thoughts and ideas about the past, present, and future of large-format printing. This year, we sat down with SGIA’s Dan Marx, longtime writer and consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul, Lori Anderson of ISA, and Mark Hanley of IT Strategies to talk about changes, challenges, and budding competition in the industry.

BP: What’s your quick assessment of the state of wide-format for the coming year? Bullish, bearish, or somewhere in between?

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Colorful Calling: Apple iPhone

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One of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s top out-of-home projects.

“Apple iPhone,” an Apple campaign won the silver award in the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s business and technology category. It was executed by Apple's creative agency.

The OAAA’s 42 OBIE award winners represent a mix of client types, from the city of Denver to Hostess, but in nearly every category, there are DOOH options popping up everywhere. And, increasingly, these ads are part of a multi-platform campaign.

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Global Graphics Launches Harlequin Partner Network

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Program gives PSPs access to more workflow tools.

Global Graphics has launched its first partner program, the Harlequin Partner Network, to maximize the value of the Harlequin RIP while creating a framework for third-party vendors to develop and integrate their products more efficiently, according to the company.

Initial members include Pageflex, Color-Logic, Ultimate TechnoGraphics, Hamillroad Software, Bodoni Systems, Dynagram, and Alwan. Global Graphics expects the network to expand to include vendors of products used in newsprint and publishing, direct mail, packaging, and wide-format graphics:

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Meadows Publishing Solutions Announces Software Releases for Adobe Creative Cloud

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DesignMerge Pro and AutoPrice now available.

Meadows Publishing Solutions has added DesignMerge Pro and AutoPrice for Adobe Creative Cloud 2014, supporting both Apple and Windows platforms.

DesignMerge Pro outputs variable data printing formats from any Adobe InDesign document. The product is compatible with systems offered by all major digital print manufacturers, including Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, and Konica Minolta, according to the company.
 

AutoPrice is designed for linking text and graphics in any type of database to Adobe InDesign documents.

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Paradigm Imaging Launches Flex MFP System

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The system incorporates the new SC Xpress scanner, and more.

Paradigm Imaging Group has introduced its Flex MFP System, including the new SC Xpress scanner from Paradigm.

Its features include:
• Colortrac SC Flex Xpress MFP Systems with SingleSensor technology;
• Adjustable-height stand;
• ScanOnce for scanning and copying workflow;
• Firefly: Colortrac's high-speed USB3 interface;
• Clearview dual LED illumination;
• And Winsync: Windows driver technology

Available in 25, 36, and 42 in.

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EFI Creates New Products for Ceramic Tile Printing

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New printing systems introduced at Ceramics Show Tecnargilla.

EFI has added a line of printing systems for ceramic tile printing, including electronics, an engineered ink system, EFI ceramic ink sets, automatic printhead cleaning technology, a color management system, and more.

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Use Even Less; High-Efficiency Toilets

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One of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s top out-of-home projects.

“Use Even Less; High-Efficiency Toilets,” a Denver Water campaign, won gold and silver award in the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s business and technology category. It was executed by creative agency Sukle Advertising and Design.

The OAAA’s 42 OBIE award winners represent a mix of client types, from the city of Denver to Hostess, but in nearly every category, there are DOOH options popping up everywhere. And, increasingly, these ads are part of a multi-platform campaign.

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EFI Hosts First DirectSmile User Conference

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Cross-Media customers shared ideas and insight on their businesses, software.

Approximately 100 EFI DirectSmile cross-media customers attended EFI’s first DirectSmile user conference August 27-28 in Berlin. Print providers, advertising agencies, and marketing service providers from 15 countries on three continents met to share ideas, find inspiration, and get insights for the development of their cross-media business, according to the company, as well as share feedback on the current and future development of the DirectSmile software.

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