Welcome to our tenacious Thirtieth Issue of Signal - the e-mail publication for signage, design, and media news. We will be bringing you news from all around SA and the world, biweekly.
SHOWS & HAPPENINGS

SIGN AFRICA WRAPS UP MOST SUCCESSFUL SIGN SHOW TO DATE
Practical Publishing is calling this year’s Sign Africa and Africa In-Store exhibition the most successful since the trade show’s inception in 2005. Held from 10 to 12 September, 2008, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the event received a record number of visitors, with a total of 4,309 individuals representing countries from across Africa and abroad, including the USA, UK, China, Italy and Israel.

THE FUTURE BELONGS TO LED’S FROM OSRAM
LED modules from OSRAM have revolutionised the world of illuminated signage and OSRAM has been one of the highlights at the recent Sign Africa Exhibition at the Sandton Convention Centre.

3P FABRICS ATTRACTED GREAT ATTENTION AT SIGN AFRICA 2008 IN JOHANNESBURG
Falcon, 3P InkJet Textiles' sales partner in South Africa, designed its booth with different kinds of colourful advertising signage to demonstrate the field of possible applications. 95% of all stand prints were on 3P fabrics - more than 80sqm of textile prints in total.

AN ATTRACTIVE SELECTION FOR PROFESSIONALS AT VISCOM-SIGN ESPAÑA 2008
Over three days, Viscom-Sign España 2008 will bring the equipment industry for digital printing and other visual communication markets together in Madrid.

FESPA INVITES ENTRIES FOR 3RD DIGITAL PRINT AWARDS AT FESPADPA.COM
FESPA’s Digital Print Awards 2009, supported by HP, is now open for entries at www.fespadpa.com. Now in its third year, the FESPA Digital Print Awards recognises outstanding examples of innovation in digital wide-format printing across a broad spectrum of real-life applications. The competition is open to all printers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, regardless of their choice of printer or substrate. 

NEW PRODUCTS

ADOBE INTRODUCES CREATIVE SUITE 4 PRODUCT FAMILY
Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, a milestone release of the industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow.

TALI LAUNCHES EFEX ECONO PULL-UP BANNER
Tali launched a new Pull up Banner at Sign Africa called the Efex Econo pull up banner. This is a brand new model of pull up banner in South Africa – exclusive to Tali Digital’s Efex portable display range.

MUSTANG DISPLAY SYSTEM’S NEW LED POSTER HOLDER RANGE
Mustang Systems is pleased to introduce the new LED poster holder to it’s extensive range of products, which include wall fixing components, cable and rod components, low tension lighting, totem and beech wooden frame, amongst others. The LED poster holders are in A4 and A3 format, both landscape and portrait. It is sold as a complete kit ready to be installed.

ADOBE PARTNER RESPONSIVE SOLUTIONS RELEASES NEW VERSION OF DYNAMIC LAYOUT+
Responsive Solutions, Inc. has announced the release of a new version of DYNAMIC LAYOUT+. The new version, based on Adobe® InDesign® Server and written in Adobe® Flex™, enables service providers to offer a flexible and responsive web-based interface for the design and customization of a wide range of printed products.

ENFOCUS BRINGS WORRY-FREE CREATION OF PRESS-READY PDFS TO DESIGN PROFESSIONALS
Enfocus continues to enhance Instant PDF, bringing unprecedented simplicity and standards compliance to the desktops of designers and the print production workflow alike. In addition to supporting all the latest standards and design applications, including PDF/X-4 and Adobe® Acrobat® 9, Instant PDF 08 adds more colour management options, improved preflighting, and integration with Enfocus PowerSwitch.

EX-UP AND EX-DOME FROM EXPAND A SIGN
Living up to their reputation as innovators of portable instant advertising, Expand a Sign is proud to announce the launch of the Ex-Up rigid A-Frame and the Ex-Dome gazebo.

SHOW OFF PRESENTS A SYSTEM OF OPPORTUNITIES
SYSTEM3sixty is a point of purchase display and merchandising system with versatile, flexible and durable components which suite the needs of an ever changing retail market. SYSTEM3sixty is a system of possibilities with creative opportunities in design and construction.

NEW SPIRITFLEX LIGHTBOX
Spirit Displays will be launching the new SpiritFlex Lightbox at Sign Africa 2008. The lightbox comes in sizes from 1m x 1.5m to 3m x 6m and is also available as components. The Cover Plate comes standard in a natural 25 micron anodise finish, or powder coated to your colour on request.

POP RIGHT OPEN
The Pop Right Open on the Right Stuff stand at Sign Africa is a patented portable single-panel banner with double-sided print area. The structure is comprised of one collapsible unit with no component assembly required and is erected in seconds. It can be used both indoors and outdoors as an excellent marketing tool.

SPORTS DUGOUT
The Dugout is a classy shelter for seating team managers and players during a football match. Made from high-quality aluminium and polycarbon sheeting, the Dugout can be branded on the sides and back and is the professional choice in sports marketing and accessories. Please note that extra components can be added at an additional cost.

LAUNCH OF THE GREENSCREEN
Ergosystem, a market leader in environmentally sustainable furniture systems and designers of products that support and encourage recyclability, has launched their ‘Greenscreen.’

SOFTWARE HINT
DIGITAL SIGNAGE

NEW SONY ZIRIS CANVAS AT SIGN AFRICA ‘08
At Sign Africa 2008, Sep 10 – 12, Brand Portal Digital Signage Solutions showcased an impressive visual display with Sony’s new Ziris Canvas. A first for Africa, it was only the second time in the world that the versatile new software had been shown to the public, prior to its official global launch.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE THAT LOOKS BACK AT YOU
Facial recognition technology for digital signage is fueling the future of targeted advertising. With a scanning device installed into each screen, streams of data are sent back to a central computer. Each unit can detect which passing faces are actually looking at the ads on the screen.  

SONY VSP-NS7 DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLAYER
In recent years, the growing popularity of digital signage has led to an even stronger demand for attractive multimedia content to be created easily and distributed quickly. To fulfill this demand, Sony has introduced a new digital signage system that combines the VSP-NS7 Digital Signage Player and a public display.

CTA TEST DRIVES DIGITAL AD SCREEN ON SIDE OF BUS
The message almost spilling off a 50-inch digital screen on the side of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus demonstrated how far transit advertising has come since the era of hand-painted ad benches at bus stops.  

OUT OF HOME

PRIMALL MEDIA AWARDED EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO GREENSTONE MALL
Primall Media, an Unlimited subsidiary specialising in dominating advertising space for clients in the shopping centre domain, has been awarded exclusive advertising rights to Greenstone Shopping Centre.

COMUTANET SELLS A DREAM TO MILLIONS OF COMMUTERS
In August, ComutaNet mobilised four of their 11 commuter media platforms to advertise a house and furniture give-away to millions of South Africans living in abject poverty. Elite Properties and Ellerines were approached by ComutaNet in June to become partners in a corporate social investment initiative.  

COMUTANET AND ENGEN PROMOTE ROAD AND PARAFFIN SAFETY
ComutaNet has joined forces with petroleum giant Engen to promote road and paraffin safety amongst commuters residing in South Africa’s informal settlements.

PROJECTS

TRIBUTE TO OLYMPIA: THE ZIGONG TOWER APPEARS IN A NEW LIGHT
With its vibrant colours the Zigong Tower bathes the historic Chinese city with its Dragon’s Native Place in a new light. To coincide with the 2008 Olympic Games the tower was given a complete make-over, with technical equipment supplied by TridonicAtco. The Austrian company was awarded the contract not least for its extensive experience and the impressive reliability of its products.

FALCON SUCCESSFULLY PROCEED WITH LOUVRE PROJECT
Falcon Shopfitters in Johannesburg recently produced 450 louvres for installation at a Sun International Casino on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, using Xanita’s X-Board Plus.

NSI PRODUCE BULKHEAD FOR STIHL
National Shopfitting Interiors (NSI) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, recently produced a bulkhead from Xanita’s X-Board Kraft for the Stihl power tool store in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal.

PRISMEX® LEADS THE WAY AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT
William Smith has been a leading name in the UK sign business for decades – in fact last year they celebrated their 175th anniversary in the industry – and are renowned for their high quality sign and graphic solutions.

SOME MOERSE FUNNY STUFF!

FROG DESIGN'S ELECTRONIC FACEMASK RE-SKINS REALITY
frog Design's concept facemask would let you escape reality by augmenting or replacing what you see, smell, and hear with sensory inputs of your own choosing.

TRAIN DESIGN PROPOSES PRIVATE SEATING PODS
Australian designer Hamit Kanuni Kuralkan has designed a train for people who don't want to have anything to do with other passengers.

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...

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