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NEWS
PRIMEDIA OUTDOOR GOES WICKED WITH TANG BITE
Douglas Green Bellingham (DGB) selected strategically positioned Primedia Outdoor PrimeLite billboards and bus shelters to promote the launch of the wicked new alcoholic beverage, Tang Bite.
GRAPHICBRAIN.COM LAUNCHES GOOGLE-BASED SEARCH ENGINES
GraphicBrain.com has launched four new search engines for the printing and publishing industry. With Google under the hood, GraphicBrain.com has chosen for familiar, powerful technology for its search engines.
TOURIST TOWN MAY BECOME PLASTIC BAG-FREE
The tiny tourist township of Kaikoura at the top of the South Island could become the first plastic bag-free district in New Zealand after a grant of more than NZD 23,000 to produce thousands of reusable bags for shoppers.
SIGN AFRICA SHOW JOHANNESBURG
The doors to the Johannesburg Sign Africa Show at the Sandton Convention Centre, opened at 10am on Wednesday the 5 September. With many of the exhibitors having worked into the early hours of the morning to get their stands finished in time, there were more than a few tired faces and weary stand minders. When the first few hundred visitors began arriving however, the halls were soon alive with the busy chatter of sales, the hum of large impressive printers and the sharp smell of ink.
RED HAND SIGN SUPPLIES
Red Hand Sign Supplies were at the Sign Africa Show with an impressive stand displaying their range of Vista System International products. As the exclusive South African distributor of Vista System supplies, the team from Red Hand were pleased with the large positive response they experienced at the show. Visitors were able to see the pioneering products of Modular Curved Frame Technology and were able to get a detailed idea of the extensive Vista System product range.
IDENTISEA PROMOTES COMPANY LAUNCH AT SIGN AFRICA
With an extensive portfolio of modular signage systems available in Africa, Identisea is well positioned to assist you with all your signage projects. Their team of professionals ensures that your business is equipped with effective sales tools and their extensive international network affords Identisea the ability to keep up with international trends and foresee consumer demand. Representing brands such as Optima, Mirtec and Océan, Identisea will be launching in January 2008, not just as a supplier but as a partner.
THE FIRST INCA PRINTER IN SOUTH AFRICA FROM N.S.D.S
N.S.D.S offers viewers a look at the first Inca printer to be brought into South Afirca. The strict specifications involved with these high quality printers makes it difficult to import them, N.S.D.S however have an on-sight engineering expert as well as a colour management specialist, creating the perfect balance of expertise required to use the new, impressive machine.
SOLD AT SIGN AFRICA!
The NUR Expedio™ 3.2 printer is a 3.2m wide-format inkjet production printer that offers high quality and high productivity on the same platform with the flexibility of printing on both flexible and rigid materials. With a high maximum speed and resolution of up to 800*635 dpi, the printer is well suited for the high volume needs of wide-format and super wide-format digital print service providers.
HOTPRICE.CO.ZA
The Ultimate On-line Shop Window launches HotPrice 2.0
On Wednesday the 5th of September, HotPrice 2.0 will be launching at the SignAfrica Show at the Sandton Convention Centre. After 7 months in beta phase, the free price comparison engine will be launching live in full force with millions of products from hundreds of online and offline retailers. HotPrice V.2 also has exclusive rights on the MSN website as the only price comparison website. This will provide the second most visited site in South Africa with a unique way in which to compare prices online.
GOOI.CO.ZA
One Product, One Price, One Day – Just Gooi It!
Gooi.co.za will be having their pre-launch presentation on the 5th of September at the SignAfrica Show at the Sandton Convention Centre. Gooi.co.za is a one product, one price, and one day website. Every day at exactly 12am a new product will appear on the website, and consumers have either 24 hours to purchase that product that will never be repeated at that price ever again or until the product is sold out. This could happen in a measly 2 hours, or it might not sell out at all. Consumers will never know just exactly how many products are available, so the whole concept of the website is based on impulse buying.
HP BROADENS PRESENCE IN WIDE-FORMAT PRINTING WITH ACQUISITION OF MACDERMID COLORSPAN INC
HP announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire MacDermid ColorSpan Inc., a manufacturer of wide-format digital inkjet printers, from MacDermid Printing Solutions LLC, a subsidiary of privately held MacDermid Incorporated, which is based in Denver.
Based in Minnetonka, Minn., MacDermid ColorSpan is a leading supplier of UV-curable inkjet printers for display graphics and a key supplier to sign shop franchises, quick printers and other small to midsize sign-making and screen-printing businesses.
EPSON AND EFI STRENGTHEN ALLIANCE
Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") and EFI, the world leader in color digital print servers, superwide format printers and inks and print management solutions, launched a new solution for proofing and large-format production. The new Epson Stylus Pro 4880, 7880, 9880, and 11880 printers are supported by the new version of EFI Colorproof™ XF.
FESPA DIGITAL 2008 BOOKINGS ALREADY MATCH TOTAL FOR 2006 EVENT
Digital exhibitors commit to larger stands, showcasing wider product portfolios. Suppliers of digital equipment and consumables are substantially increasing their stand space reservations at FESPA Digital 2008 (Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland, April 1st - 3rd 2008) compared with the 2006 exhibition, with some even doubling their stand bookings.
GANDINNOVATIONS NOW IN SOUTH AFRICA!
Gandinnovations is pleased to inform its customers in South Africa that it has concluded a lease for an office at The Leogem Commercial Park in Midrand.The new Gandinnovations office is intended to bring to South African Jeti printer customers the high level of service and support which the company is renowned for.
SGIA '07 WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST SHOW FLOOR EVER!
With nearly 570 exhibitors and every booth space sold, SGIA '07 (Orlando, Florida; October 24-27, 2007) is maxing out its capacity at the Orange County Convention Center (243,650 net square footage), and that means attendees will have a mammoth Expo floor to explore the latest hardware and software technologies for the specialty imaging industry.
PRINTIT! ‘PRINTIT! 3’ ATTRACTS GROWING NUMBERS OF STUDENT PARTICIPANTS
The third year of the PrintIT! educational campaign designed to attract young people to the world of printing and graphic arts, has kicked off with a 30% increase in the number of student entries over year two, with registrations still rolling in. Over 511 schools have signed up so far, totalling more than 21,000 students, and the closing date for entries is still a number of weeks away.
MID SIGN LAUNCHES DIGITAL REVOLUTION IN MPUMALANGA
Mid Signs in Middelburg, Mpumalanga launched the first true ultra-high resolution flatbed printer and digital cutter, the Mimaki JF6031, in Africa this week. At an evening attended by many of their clients, GSW, SANSA, Crystalite and some VIP guests Mid Signs treated everyone to a magnificent demonstration of this new technology.
PROJECTS

PRIMALL MEDIA AND ABSA TAKE ON THE TP1
Primedia Unlimited subsidiary, Primall Media took to six busy shopping malls throughout South Africa to promote ABSA’s new TP1 credit card.
Malls like Eastgate, Fourways, Menlyn, Tygervalley, Pavillion and the Trade Route Mall were chosen for their constant high traffic and adorned with eye catching banners, billboards and escalator branding to entice consumers to apply for, and use the credit card.

METROPOLITAN TAKES OVER THE CITY WITH WIDEOPEN
Creating major brand presence in and around Johannesburg's city centre, Metropolitan has signed a complete 'City Package' with Primedia Unlimited subsidiary Wideopen Platform. The package entitles Metropolitan access to multiple branding platforms in the shape of seven Mega Signs, three painted logos, eight signs in Gandhi Square and 44 bus shelters with laminates placed in plexi-glass frames.

MULTIPLE GALAXYPRO™ DISPLAYS INSTALLED FOR KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX
Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., announces the installation of three 20-millimeter GalaxyPro™ LED video messaging displays at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, near Orlando, Fla. Each LED display measures approximately 1.5m (5ft) to 9.7m (32ft) and inform the Visitor Complex’s visitors about the latest NASA news and visitor complex activities. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is home to the new Shuttle Launch Experience attraction, a number of space museums, two IMAX theatres, and bus tours allowing visitors a behind-the-scenes look at this working space center.
DAKTRONICS PROPIXEL® TECHNOLOGY LIGHTS UP THE GRAND LISBOA HOTEL
Casinos in Macau SAR, China, are known for dazzling lights and extravagant structures, and Daktronics Inc of Brookings, SD is in the middle of the action. Daktronics has taken lighting to the extremes by designing, manufacturing, and installing a ProPixel® intelligent lighting system for The Grand Lisboa Hotel that combines typical outdoor lighting effects with the ability to create and display custom text messages, graphics, animations, and video images.
LIGHTHOUSE SHINES ACROSS SZCZECIN HARBOUR FOR TALL SHIPS
Hong Kong – - Throughout July and early August, the Baltic sea was home to one of the most spectacular annual maritime events, the Tall Ships Race. Starting at the Danish port of Århus, the ships sailed to Kotka in Finland, then the Swedish capital Stockholm, before finishing the season at Szczecin in Poland, where two large Lighthouse LED screens were in place to greet the ships and their crews.
PERSPEX® PUTS I MAKE UP IN THE PINK!
Ladies in Pretoria, who want to experience a new concept in beauty salons, can now enjoy beautiful surroundings whilst they are pampered, thanks to a stunning new installation using Perspex® Frost. I Make Up is a new concept in beauty studios which offers ladies the opportunity to relax in soft, stylish and feminine surroundings, whilst enjoying beauty treatments.
NEW PRODUCTS
FLOATING FURNITURE FROM HOVERIT
Perspex® from Lucite® acrylic sheet has been used by authorised Perspex® fabricators, and Perspex Distribution customer Inplas Fabrications to create a unique new concept in furniture design - The Lounger recliner chair.

MEADOWS SHOWCASE NEW DESIGNMERGE PRO SOFTWARE FOR ADOBE AND QUARK AT GRAPH EXPO
Meadows Publishing Solutions (MPS) demonstrated the new DesignMerge® Pro for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress® 7.0 Universal Binary at the Graph Expo 2007 show in Chicago, held from the 9th to the 12th September, and will be shipping the full product within a few weeks. With this introduction, DesignMerge becomes the only cross-platform (PC and Macintosh) VDP plug-in module to support both Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress users.

AN INDUSTRY LEADING PRINTING SYSTEM INTRODUCED TO SA’S FAST-GROWING GRAPHIC ARTS MARKET AT SIGN AFRICA
The Océ Arizona 250 GT saw its South African debut at the Sign Africa show at Sandton Convention Centre in September 2007. The Océ Arizona 250 GT offers near-photographic quality in a highly productive, flatbed and roll-to-roll UV curable inkjet printer.

ALCAN COMPOSITES INTRODUCE FOREX SMART AT SIGN AFRICA
FOREX®smart is the new lightweight plastic foam board with a core of expanded polystyrene and surfaces of solid polystyrene. The advantages of using this unique board are the good weathering properties; excellent printability with a super white smooth printing finish; and an excellent digital printability. Additional features include lightweight, rigid and hard surfaces as well as moisture resistance.The board can be used flat or vertically and is available in two sizes, 2440mm and 3050mmm, both with a thickness of 10mm and a width of 1220mm. FOREX®smart is 100% recyclable.
Contact Maizey +27 (0) 86 1100 420, marketing@maizey.co.za or visit www.maizey.co.za

WIDE FORMAT PRINTERS FROM CANON
Canon were at Sign Africa promoting, amongst other top quality products, two of their wide-format printers. The iPF700 and iPF9000 form part of their wide range of office solutions.
NEW LINEAR STAND FROM RIGHT STUFF
For dynamic product design that is perfect for point-of-purchase displays, the new Linear Stand from Right Stuff offers a unique, diverse and affordable option. Completely portable, the stand folds up neatly and fits into a bag. With A4 adjustable brochure or product holders, the stand is available as single or double sided and is a new generation of products from the global leaders in the field of portable indoor and outdoor event advertising products.
Contact: Alistair Abell Tel: (+27 31) 303 6359
Email: alistair@ritestuf.co.za Web: www.ritestuf.co.za
DAKTRONICS INTRODUCES NEW MODULAR LED VIDEO TECHNOLOGY
Daktronics Inc. (Nasdaq-DAKT) of Brookings, S.D., announced the release of the new ProTour® PT-4, modular LED (light emitting diode) video system. The product features four millimeter line spacing for excellent picture detail, 22-bit image processing for exceptional video quality, a design without the need for fans for ultra-quite operation, and a high-bright, high-efficiency LED layout for superior contrast.
CANON INTRODUCES NEW IMAGEPROGRAF S-SERIES LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS AT GRAPH EXPO 2007.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., showcased its brand of printing solutions as part of the Company’s “Value Behind the Paper” exhibit during this year’s GRAPH EXPO 2007 in Chicago. At the Canon booth the Company demonstrated the new imagePROGRAF S-series large format printers for production printing applications along with new large format printers for CAD applications. Also on display were Canon’s revolutionary imagePRESS C7000VP digital press, which began shipping in July of this year.
MARCHEM INTRODUCES THE SPORTSMAN™ E FROM M&R
The Sportsman™ E from M&R was on display from Marchem at the Sign Africa show, it has the same simplicity of operation and performance-proven dependability as the original Sportsman, but with a larger print area and many standard high-end features. It’s available in 6, 8, 10, and 12-color models with a maximum image area of 51 x 51 cm (20" x 20"). All models feature servo-driven indexers, electric printheads, and multiple print-stroke capability.
RADIUS POINT OF PURCHASE DISPLAYS FROM SIGNAL SIGN SYSTEMS
"The Radius family from Signal Advanced Sign Systems offers a wide range of point of purchase display frames. These signs can be internally illuminated and are perfect for poster displays and double sided suspended or pylon signs. The Radius range includes: The standard curved frame, Radius Light; the Radius Snap Light with snap sides that allow for easy changing of the insert even by a novice; as well as the Radius Snap Slim, an alternative to the classic flat poster frame, it has a shallow curve and can be illuminated using LED technology. Standard sizes are from 30cm wide to 1m for the Radius and 30-70cm Radius snap frames.
www.signal-sign.com, sales-uk@signal-sign.com
+(972) 3 90 88 620
X-RITE LAUNCHES I1ISIS POWER BUNDLE
X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, has introduced the i1iSis Power Bundle, which includes complete hardware and software for users in prepress, digital printing and wide-format printing. This powerful combination connects the full range of X-Rite’s professional color management solutions together for the first time.
SIGNKO EQUIPMENT LAUNCHED A NEW RANGE AT SIGN AFRICA
Signko equipment have introduced there new range of laser cutting/engraving machines at the Sign Africa show this month and received a good response with a lot of interest. Signko Equipment has forged a partnership with Sunic Photoelectricity CO., Ltd to import and distribute the Argus brand Laser Cutting and Engraving machines to the South African market.
GANDINNOVATIONS DEBUTS JETI 3324 AQUAJET
Already renowned for its production of high performance printers Gandinnovations pushes the envelope even further with the introduction of its first 3 metre wide Dye Sub printer using specially in-house formulated, water base dye sublimation inks that allows printing direct to any polyester base fabric and achieve vibrant colours that pop out. Special built in infrared heaters allow the colors to pop out with no need for any extra equipment for curing. Now you can print fabric direct and have a finished product with vibrant colors come off the Jeti 3324 Aquajet with no need for any extra process.
TIPS AND TRICKS

SELECTING THE RIGTH MATERIAL: CAST AND CALENDERED VINYL
You may ask the question why do pressure sensitive film manufacturers have so many different types of films? Why is there such a huge range of different vinyls, let alone polyesters, reflective and other specialty films? Well the simple reason is, that no one type of film will do it all!

SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!
ELECTRONIC BUBBLEWRAP TOY
"Japanese toymaker Bandai's Mugen Puchi-Puchi is a handheld electronic gizmo that makes the sound of popping bubblewrap when you press on the plastic bubbles. From Mainichi Daily News:

Puchipuch...Once in every 100 squeezes of an air bubble, instead of emitting a "popping" sound, the noise will be replaced by the sound of a fart or a woman moaning in ecstasy. To avoid any embarrassing situations, Sunday Mainichi notes that Mugen Puchi Puchi's are made to automatically turn off the sound on the train, so people can squeeze their air bubbles in peace knowing that they're not going to produce any unseemly noises.
EXOSKELETON FOR LEGS
Posted by David Pescovitz, September 20, 2007 9:32 PM | # | Gadgets | Discuss (4) MIT researchers are demonstrating a new robotic exoskeleton leg system that takes the weight off your back when carrying a heavy pack. In recent experiments, they've demonstrated that the contraption can take 80 percent of the load of an 80 pound backpack. The current prototype apparently screws with your natural walking gait, but they're hoping to tweak the design to enable a normal stride. The research was led by professor Hugh Herr, a double amputee whose pioneering research in the Media Lab's Biomechatronics Group is focused on new prosthetic devices.
REVIVED: 1967 CZECH COMMUNIST-ERA "INTERACTIVE CINEMA"
"A system launched by the Czechs at the Montreal Expo 1967, touted as the world's first attempt at 'interactive cinema', was recently revived in the Prague theatre where it was first tested. Intriguingly, the Hollywood studios came close to licensing the "Kinoautomat" technology.

FUNNY SIGNS
They lurk everywhere - just waiting to catch us unsuspecting. On street corners, on the sides of buildings, on cars and even in the middle of veld - watch out, they will leave you laughing helplessly...