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February 21st, 2011

In this week's newsletter Editor's note, Pick of the news, Features, Talk Print!, On the calendar, Video of the week, Get in touch

Editor's note [spacer line]

[Morwenna Kearns, managing editor]

Welcome to our second weekly newsletter, and many thanks to all of you who sent feedback after last week's Valentine's Day launch – there was definitely love in the air.

One of the big stories from our industry has been that of Sanyo's decision to remove its sign from Piccadilly Circus, its home for nearly three decades and the subject of probably thousands of tourists' photographs. It will be replaced by an LED screen, which has led me to wonder how static and digital signage will co-exist in the future, and if our landmarks will be changed forever with moving graphics. As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts.

Also this week, Sophie Matthews-Paul will be reporting exclusively for Output from FESPA Americas, where she'll be hosting the Wide Format Print Shop Live! event. Read her reports on the site and follow her on Twitter to keep up with the news.

Morwenna Kearns, managing editor

Pick of the news [spacer line]

Sanyo bids farewell to famous Piccadilly Circus site
Sign-making Digital signage A site at the famous Piccadilly Circus area of London has become available following Sanyo's decision not to renew the contract for its sign. Read more >>>

Digiadvans out with the stars at Brit Awards
Digital signage Digiadvans has completed a project at Tuesday's Brit Awards which saw a number of its vehicles promote the awards beforehand and appear at the O2 Arena during the event. Read more >>>

Mimaki adds clear ink to range for 'creativity and value'
Wide-format Print Mimaki has announced a new clear ink has been added to its LED UV hard inksets, which the company says will add 'creativity and value' by producing glossy and matt finish effects. Read more >>>

Cost of implementing digital signage 'never been lower', says survey
Digital signage A new survey from WireSpring has found the cost of digital signage has fallen by 14 percent. The research examined a number of costs such as the price of player software, hardware and installation. Read more >>>

'Most innovative product since the Post-it' released by Antalis McNaughton
Sign-making Antalis McNaughton has released a printable static cling film, Stafix, which can be repeatedly applied to a number of surfaces. It has already been used as stickers positioned in public areas in a campaign for Santander. Read more >>>

Digital screens put Ford C-Max 'in the hands of the consumer' with interactive technology
Digital signage JCDecaux screens are being used for an advertising campaign for Ford's C-Max car, which uses people's natural movements to interact with the displays. Read more >>>

Schmitz goes to the pictures with film festival project
Wide-format Print Belgium-based Schmitz Digital Printing has completed a project for the country's famous Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, including a 50m-long banner. Read more >>>

Surbiton gets new sign-maker with Signarama
Sign-making Sign-making franchise Signarama has announced its latest branch opened recently in Surbiton, and has been 'delighted' by the initial response to the new site. Read more >>>

Pierhouse aims to boost shelf-edge sales with QR code creation application
Wide-format Print In-store signage management software company Pierhouse has launched a new application which can create 'thousands of QR codes in minutes' for shelf edges. Read more >>>

Spandex to showcase 'end-to-end solutions' at Sign and Digital
Sign-making Spandex is among the latest companies to give details on their plans for Sign and Digital UK in April, where it will demonstrate its end-to-end solutions for sign-making. Read more >>>

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Features [spacer line]


The soft touch

On a roll: trends in flexible substrates

James Matthews-Paul looks at the latest releases in the flexible materials market.

Wide-format Print

Second-hand machines

More than just a pretty face: UV-curable ink-jet in industrial and specialist areas

UV-curable ink-jet can be used a long way beyond ordinary substrates, as Sophie Matthews-Paul examines.

Digital signage

Exterior digital signage

At your service: SaaS to the rescue for digital signage?

Camilla Corr considers whether software as a service could be a boon for small businesses.

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This week, we're asking:

When is the ideal time to invest in new kit?

Regular Talk Print! bloggers Laurel Brunner and Sophie Matthews-Paul give their own ideas to answer our Question of the Week. But what have your experiences been? Have you found some times are better than others for investing in a new gizmo? Or is any additional equipment, at any time, a good buy?

Also on our Talk Print! zone, sponsored by HP, Sophie revisits the issue of ISO standards and what they're all about, while Laurel looks at how new wide-format print market sectors have been created from the public's do-it-yourself mentality and demand for getting what it wants. There's also news about how HP kit has been used to create some amazing graphics and advice on accurate costing from HP Scitex's Udi Nachmany.

We welcome news and views from all users in the wide-format print arena, so get in touch to be involved!

On the calendar [spacer line]

Digital Signage Expo: February 22nd - 25th 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Four days of DOOH, covering all relevant industries such as retail, government, transport, hospitality and healthcare. The 2011 exhibition also includes a reformatted educational programme.

FESPA Americas 2011: February 24th - 26th 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA

FESPA promises a 'remarkable showcase' of wide-format digital and screen printing for the USA, Central and South America at this, its inaugural American exhibition. Features are set to include Wide Format Print Shop Live!, Global Business Forum, Screen Masters Workshop and Digital Textile Conference. Co-located with two other shows (see below).

Graphics of the Americas: February 24th - 26th 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA

Co-located with FESPA Americas and ISS, Graphics of the Americas expo and conference aims to bring together 'innovations in graphic communications'. To that end, the schedule includes more than 80 speakers and a very long list of exhibitors from the printing industry.

ISS: February 24th - 26th 2011, Orlando, Florida, USA

Also coinciding with FESPA and Graphics of the Americas is the Orlando leg of the Imprinted Sportswear Shows (ISS). The event is all about decorated apparel, which fits neatly with one of FESPA's main themes.

EuroShop 2011: February 26th - March 2nd, Düsseldorf, Germany

Signage of all kinds is expected on the agenda at the EuroShop retail trade fair, especially at the International EuroShop POP Conference 2011 on March 1st.

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Video of the week [spacer line]

Using LEDs to make some noise

In 2009, showed the extent to which products from the digital display sectors can be used in the world of art and culture to thrilling effect. The project, which was part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, saw the collective bring technology and drama together across the skyline of the Irish capital by installing 100,000 low-energy LED components from MegaLED in Dublin's second tallest building, Liberty Hall. This video by Eoghan Kidney highlights one part of the deployment.


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