Datacolor has released its SpyderGallery iPad app available for free download via the Apple App Store. Designed to help photographers manage color output on the iPad, the app calibrates the display and ensures that colors are consistent throughout the workflow process. Owners of Datacolor’s Spyder3 display-calibration solutions can create a custom color profile on their iPad using the app.
X-Rite has announced the availability of i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display, two hardware and software solutions for color calibration and profiling of displays, laptops, and projectors. Both devices feature a high-end optical system with custom-designed filters as well as a colorimeter design combining three functions: ambient light measurement, display profiling, and projector profiling.
A lot of energy and resources are spent on developing the best methods to sell, produce, and install vehicle graphics – which makes sense, being that wraps are fun for us and money makers for our clients. But after the glamorous run with a vehicle graphic comes to an end, the not-so-fun part arrives: the removal. Taking a decal off of anything has never been described as fun, but it is a necessary evil. If done correctly, however, those pain-in-the-neck removals can turn out to not be so bad after all.
Fisher Textiles has revived its Crazy 8 Billiard Cloth by adding a new and improved coating back for dye-sublimation and UV printing. Designed for custom-printed pool tables, Crazy 8 features an anti-friction coating for consistent “English” and a 40-gram laminated backing to help control ball speed; it’s also stain resistant. Offered in 65-in. widths. Also available is unbacked Crazy Cloth, for poker and other gaming tables; also 65-in. wide.
American Ink Jet Corporation has announced the availability of its “Eco-Jet” Mild Solvent inks for use in Roland printers. The Eco-Jet inks are a 6-color inkset and can be purchased in plug-and-play, prefilled, 440-ml cartridges. Cartridges can be installed individually as OEM ink cartridges run empty, and users switching from OEM inks do not need to flush out their ink lines, the company reports; new color profiles are not required.
For use in Roland VersaCamm, Pro II V, Pro II EX, Soljet, Soljet Pro III, and Pro II series printers.
Branded as a one-stop shop for all things print, Graph Expo will hit the Windy City this year September 11-14 at McCormick Place. The 2011 event is slated to beat out its already impressive 2010 numbers, the show’s organizers report, with an expected attendance of 20,000 plus and more than 400 exhibiting companies on the 300,000 square foot show floor.
As we manage our companies, most of us spend a lot of time striving for perfection in different areas of our businesses. We might be fine-tuning production processes, improving our workflow, or perhaps building a more effective sales and marketing structure. But we often neglect the actual physical appearance of our work environment.
Some would argue that being too rigid may not be the best personality trait when it comes to running a business. Such inflexibility can cause you all kinds of problems, whether with your customers or with your own staff.
Substrate-wise, however, rigid is practically a must-have when it comes to having media on hand. Couple your favorite rigid media with the right printer and cutter/router, and your business can take on some jobs sure to impress your customers while also turning an equally impressive profit.
“The folks at Rowell’s Sewer and Drain truly do have a sense of humor,” says NH Wraps’ Russ Aubertin and Jamie Connell of their clients. For this porta-potty concept graphic, Rowell’s owner took center stage in the image that its staff provided. NH Wraps added the client’s logo prior to output via its Roland VersaCamm VS-640 with EcoSol inks onto 3M Controltac IJ180 film, then finished with Scotchcal 8518 gloss overlam.
The Client Base Camp Cullowhee
The Player Western Carolina University Print Shop
Tools & Supplies Mimaki JV3-160, General Formulations Concept 234 Graphi-Tex Wall
Film, Mimaki inks
The Job When the office of Western Carolina University’s Base Camp Cullowhee, an outdoor hiking and rafting program, moved from the Student University Center to a less traveled area of campus, it needed a way to somehow remain on students’ radar screens.