Promote Your Photography And Video Work With Video On A Card

Printings In Motion is the force behind Spreengs, greeting cards with a built-in screen that you can download a video to by using USB from any computer.

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While Spreengs is their retail operation, Printings In Motion have their own website and deal with companies to produce customised products, such as interactive brochures and more.

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I can think of any number of uses for these, from an unusual portfolio mailout giveaway to something to offer to your clients if you are a wedding photographer/videographer, for instance.

New EPSON Expression Home XP-400 Small-in-One Delivers Superior Performance and Tablet, Smartphone Printing with EPSON Connect

LONG BEACH, Calif., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Epson America, Inc. today announced the EPSON Expression® Home XP-400 Small-in-One™ printer, featuring all-in-one performance in a sleek compact footprint. Delivering an intuitive and abundant feature-set, the sub-$100 wireless Small-in-One offers a 2.5″ color LCD with touch panel, built-in memory card slots for easy PC-free photo printing and instant-dry DURABrite® Ultra ink. In addition, the Expression XP-400 is equipped with EPSON Connect™, Apple® AirPrint™ and Google Cloud Print™ for convenient wireless printing on-the-go from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.(1)

“The Expression XP-400 is unique because it delivers powerful performance in a simple, space-saving design that complements any space,” said Stacey Tieu, product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. “It delivers high quality printing perfect for everyday projects and provides the convenience of printing from anywhere, whether from tablets or smartphones using EPSON Connect mobile printing technology.”

The new Expression XP-400 offers busy households and students superior performance with exceptional features at an affordable price. Its built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ n allows multiple users to print at faster speeds and broader ranges.(2) The Expression XP-400 also offers convenient scanning and copying, advanced image enhancement tools, and all-pigment DURABrite Ultra ink for crisp documents and lab-quality photos.

EPSON Connect Mobile Printing
Epson offers several ways to print from tablets and smartphones with EPSON Connect. Users can conveniently print documents, photos, e-mail, and web pages from their home or office, even across the globe with the new Expression XP-400, and a smartphone, tablet or computer.

  • Email Print – Remotely send documents and photos directly to an EPSON printer’s unique e-mail address to easily print from a smartphone or other mobile device
  • EPSON iPrint – Print web pages, Microsoft Office documents, photos, and PDFs over a wireless network with this free app; also scan and save files on a mobile device, send it as an e-mail or upload it to a cloud service such as Box.net, Dropbox, Evernote® or Google Docs™
  • Apple AirPrint – Print emails, photos, web pages, and documents from an iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch®; no software, drivers or cables to connect
  • Google Cloud Print – Print from an Android smartphone or tablet with a Gmail or Google Docs account and other supported apps; also print from Chromebooks and the Google Chrome browser

Additional Expression XP-400 Features:

  • High-quality scanning up to 2400 dpi
  • One-touch, standalone color and black and white copying
  • Corrects over- and under-exposed digital photos automatically
  • Removes red eye with one click
  • Restores old, faded, discolored photos back to their original brilliance
  • Standalone BorderFree® photo printing in popular sizes and layouts, including 2-up, 4-up or 8-up on a page
  • DURABrite Ultra pigment ink produces smudge, fade and water resistance output
  • Individual ink cartridges to replace only the color needed
  • Standard and high-capacity (XL) black and color ink cartridges accommodate various printing needs Saves up to 50 percent paper supply with manual, two-sided printing(3)
  • Eco-friendly features, including ENERGY STAR® qualified, RoHS compliant and designed to be recycled(4)

Pricing and Availability
The EPSON Expression Home XP-400 ($99.99*) will be available in June through major computer, office and electronic superstores, a variety of retail stores nationwide and Epson’s retail site, www.epsonstore.com. For more information, please visit www.epson.com.

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices. Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and industry. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 75,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. To learn more about Epson, please visit http://global.epson.com.

You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica and http://twitter.com/EpsonEducation) and YouTube (http://youtube.com/EpsonTV).

Specifications are subject to change without notice. EPSON, DURABrite and Expression are registered trademarks, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, and EPSON Connect and EPSON iPrint are trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. BorderFree is a registered trademark, and Small-in-One is a trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks

(1) Visit www.epson.com/connect for a list of all supported printers and all-in-ones

(2) Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n certified, level of performance subject to the range of the router being used.

(3) Some applications and/or functions may not be supported by Mac®.

(4) See our website for convenient and reasonable recycling options at www.epson.com/recycle.

Fancy a Desktop 3D High Resolution Printer?

Printer With an Expanded Choice of Seven Different 3D Printing Materials
High Temperature Materials

Objet Ltd , the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has today launched the new Objet30 Pro – the most versatile professional in-house desktop 3D printer available on the market. Unveiled at RAPID, the new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material.

The Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries such as consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies.

The Objet30 Pro takes its place as the new top-of-the-line addition to Objet’s existing desktop 3D printer line which starts at $19,900*. With a small footprint, professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, the Objet30 Pro produces high quality prototypes with a choice of 7 different materials and functional properties, offering designers and engineers a world of possibilities:

  • Objet clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear) for simulating PMMA/glass;
  • Objet High temperature material for heat-resistant static functional testing;
  • Objet polypropylene-like material (Objet DurusWhite) for simulating snap-fit parts; and
  • Four rigid, opaque materials for standard plastic simulation (Objet Vero Family in black, white, gray, and blue).

“Having the correct tools and resources to advance our product development is critical for our organization,” saidGregory Janice, Engineering Manager at Princeton Tec. “The Objet30 Pro’s ability to print parts made with a clear transparent material on a desktop 3D printer combined with its ease of use and versatility made the Objet30 Pro a sound investment for our team.”

Collcap Packaging Ltd., an Objet customer creating innovative cosmetic, perfumery and personal care packaging, has also been testing the new Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer. Adam Smith, Technical Manager at Collcap, comments, “We knew a desktop machine would meet our capacity requirements quite happily, but for the packaging work we do, we really wanted the range of materials that has previously only been available with bigger machines. The clear transparent material for instance is ideal for prototyping our bespoke fragrance bottles and other glass or clear plastic products, whilst the range of colored rigid materials work perfectly for simulating plastic bottles, caps and fittings. The excellent surface finish and detail provided by the Objet30 Pro are also crucial so that our eye-catching designs look and feel as they’re supposed to when we present them to our customers for approval.”

“The Objet30 Pro is the next evolution in desktop 3D printers developed specifically for professional users”, saidDavid Reis, CEO of Objet. “This desktop 3D printer provides outstanding print quality with a choice of seven materials that until now could only be found in much larger, high-end 3D printers. The Objet30 Pro is the perfect combination of professional, versatile in-house 3D printing at an attractive price point,” concluded Reis.

Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer – Additional Information for Media

  • The ultimate prototyping solution for designers and engineers
  • Ideal for consumer goodsconsumer electronics, medical devices and design consultancies
  • Combines the accuracy and versatility of a high-end Rapid Prototyping machine with a small footprint
  • 7 different materials; the world’s only desktop 3D printer with clear transparent, high temperature, four rigid opaque and polypropylene-like materials.
  • Reliable, robust and easy to use
  • Based on Objet’s advanced inkjet 3D printing technology, the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer offers an office-friendly design, with quiet operation and REACH-compliant material cartridges for convenient replacement.
  • The Objet30 Pro desktop system features a spacious build tray size of 300 x 200 x 150mm – suitable for printing various-sized and shaped models or multiple models on the same build tray at the same time.
  • The expanded material capabilities of the Objet30 Pro are available as an upgrade for existing Objet30 or Objet Alaris30 desktop 3D printer customers.

*Price for US. International pricing may vary. Price excludes VAT, taxes, duties, options, shipping and installation.

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About Objet

Objet Ltd., is a leading provider of high quality, cost effective inkjet-based 3D printing systems and materials. A global company, Objet has offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India.

Objet’s 3D printing systems and 3D printing materials are ideal for any company involved in the manufacture or design of physical products using 3D software or other 3D content. Companies using Objet’s solutions can be typically found in sectors such as consumer goods & electronics, aerospace & defense, automotive, education, dental, medical and medical devices, architecture, industrial machinery, footwear, sporting goods, toys and service bureaus.

Founded in 1998, the company has thousands of customers worldwide including a substantial share of the relevant Fortune 100 and Fortune 500. Its award-winning technology (13 awards in 8 years) is based upon over 110 patents and patent pending inventions.

Objet’s advanced 3D printing systems and range of about 70 materials enable professionals to build prototypes that accurately simulate the true look, feel and function of an end-product, even complex, assembled goods. The Objet Connex™ line of multi-material 3D printers features the world’s only technology to simultaneously jet 2 materials. With this, users can print many different materials into a single part and print various mixed parts on the same build tray. Users can also create advanced composite materials, or Digital Materials™ featuring unique mechanical and thermal properties. Objet’s range of about 70 3D printing materials simulate properties ranging from rigid to rubber-liketransparent to opaque and standard to ABS-grade engineering plastics, with a large number of in-between shore grades and shades.

Objet’s 3D printers are available in a range of form-factors, from cost-effective desktop 3D printers ideal for entry-level professionals all the way to industrial-scale multi-material machines for front-line designers and top manufacturers. Objet’s 3D printers feature the industry’s highest-resolution 3D printing quality, based on 16-micron (0.0006 in.) super-thin layering, wide material versatility, office friendliness and ease of operation.

For more information, visit us at http://www.objet.com, and for more about 3D printing industry-related news, business issues and trends, read the Objet blog.

© 2012 Objet, Objet24, Objet30, Objet Studio, Quadra, QuadraTempo, FullCure, SHR, Eden, Eden250, Eden260, Eden260V, Eden330, Eden350, Eden350V, Eden500V, Job Manager, CADMatrix, Connex, Connex260, Connex350, Connex500, Alaris, Alaris30, PolyLog, TangoBlack, TangoGray, TangoPlus, TangoBlackPlus, VeroBlue, VeroBlack, VeroClear, VeroDent, VeroGray, VeroWhite, VeroWhitePlus, Durus, Digital Materials, PolyJet, PolyJet Matrix, ABS-like and ObjetGreen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Objet Ltd. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

DIMi Magazine Gets a Writeup

Eileen Fritsch has posted a nice article about the production of Digital ImageMaker international as a magazine over on the Great Output blog.

Great Output is an excellent blog on printing and related topics to do with imaging and art. Definitely worth a read.

 

The Epson R3000 Printer Review

Epson have a lot of the headspace of printers for photographers, and so any new photo printer from them gets noticed. Here we review the R3000, an A3+ nine-colour printer.

The R3000 prints up to 13″x19″ on sheet or 13″ x 129″ (that’s 3.2m long) on roll media, making it great for panorama photographers. It uses nine inks, Photo Black or Matte Black, Light Black, Light Light Black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan and Light Vivid Magenta. It has USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections.

Ok, so what is it like to use? Print quality is stunning. I used a range of papers, matt, semi-gloss and high gloss and the resulting images were simply amazing. It is also pretty fast, even when printing over Wi-Fi. Ink cartridges are large, so you certainly don’t change them often when printing smaller images and even with the big ones ink changes are nicely rare. Since they are all individual colours you only change the ones you need.

Wi-Fi setup was easy and it maintained the connection well. USB and Ethernet are likewise easy. You need to set the printer up with space behind it, either for a roll or because the top sheet holder angles back. That said, it is not a large printer and finds its place quite nicely in a smaller space. I tend to use a small trolley for such printers, so they are really easy to access.

My one gripe with this printer is that, though it has nine inks, it only has eight sets of print heads, so the matt black and normal black share the same heads, necessitating ink flushing when you change media. For some photographers this will not be an issue, as you will load up your preferred paper type and just use that. But in our case we had three people sharing it using the Wi-Fi connection and this became a pain. As I said, for most photographers and even studios this is not going to be an issue. For those who like to change their paper type from print to print, though, this is a real hassle and will increase the running cost over time. More importantly it wastes a lot of time that should not happen on a printer of this level.

Over the fairly extended time we had it in the studio here we put a lot of paper and ink through it and it worked flawlessly, with no paper miss feeds, something I have had problems with Epsons with in the past (only with larger sheets).

Providing you do not need to change paper types frequently, I can happily recommend the Epson R3000 as a great printer.

 

The Dilemmas of Digital Image Making

I must admit to being deeply conflicted as a digital image maker. I love the image making. But, and this is a big but, I really hate the physical stuff necessary to present my work, like printing and framing. Truly and profoundly hate it.

Photographers and digital artists come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, for sure. Some like the chemical darkroom, some like the alternative processes, some adore the perfect lab print and others love a perfect digital print they have done themselves. Others love to experiment with digital printing on all sorts of surfaces, doing transfers and such and others treat their print as only a starting point for a long development journey.

A recent conversation with a friend also showed that there is another type of image maker, the type who enjoys the making of the image, whether it is the capture with a camera or the rendering on the computer, but who do not really like the steps involved in presenting our work physically. I had thought it might just be me, but obviously not. And this got me thinking.

My wife is a painter and the great thing for her is that the process of making her art also makes the artefact that gets exhibited and sold. Now I know that is not quite true of all painters: watercolourists need to matt and frame their paintings, as do printmakers. But acrylic and oil painters can, if they want to, just exhibit and sell the painted, stretched canvas.

In discussing this with my friend Tony we both came to the conclusion that, in so many ways, the old Polaroid film that gave use both a nice print and a negative for later work, was perfect for us. Well of course it wasn’t perfect, with the negative and positive having different ISO settings. But the idea of a shooting process that automatically produces the resulting artefact to exhibit is not a bad one.

Sadly, it isn’t there with photography these days. We can shoot with digital or film, but either way this is only the start of a long process. And no matter what you do it is a lengthy process from there to a finished, exhibitable image.

Now the printer manufacturers claim it is a one stop job to print, but we all know that is not true. Aside from the processing to get your image ready to print, there is also the stuff to do just to get a good print, from calibrating your monitor to adjusting profiles and more.

It strikes me that my feeling about it cannot be that rare. We see masses of people uploading huge numbers of images to places like Flickr and Facebook (F is for Foto, after all). But those numbers are not also appearing in people producing hangable images. So something is stopping them, either the cost, time, expertise or just the interest in going to all that hassle.

So what is to be done? Well, for many people the solution is not to print, but to simply upload to some site.  For others it will involve only occasional printing. And of course many photographers and digital artists actually enjoy all that mucking around with printers, matt cutters, glass cutters and framing. It would be nice of the printer manufacturers and others found ways to make the whole process from printing to a hangable image much simpler.

Of course, it is also a waiting game. Eventually large electronic flat panel displays will be cheap enough to allow, those who want it, to avoid the whole issue of printing and then framing and go straight to the electronic display. I know I am one who can’t wait.

 

 

The Ebook Ebook – Book Review

The Ebook Ebook

By Michael Booth

ISBN: 9788461440054


An eBook about eBooks seems an oxymoron, but isn’t, at least in this case. For this is an eBook about the whys and wherefores of producing eBooks, and given the rate at which things are changing in this field an eBook makes more sense as it is much easier to update. In fact eBooks like this should really have a version number, like software.

Anyway, to the eBook. Mike is a great bloke (guy, for those who don’t read Australian) and very knowledgeable, and both come across well in this book. In a field where I though I  knew a fair bit, I learned things from this book.

The Ebook Ebook is a well written, intelligent and deep coverage of what an eBook is, why you might want to publish one and how to go about doing it. I did disagree slightly with the organisation of a few places, but this is caused by Mike’s conversational style causing him to get ahead of himself in a couple of places. Organisation in a book is highly personal and it obviously works for Mike. It does not distract from the book in any way.

Organised in eleven chapters, the book covers:

  • What an ebook is
  • The advantages it offers for writers, publishers and readers
  • Preparation of an ebook
  • Editing
  • History of the ebook
  • Formats and DRM
  • Marketing of ebooks
  • Business
  • E-readers
  • Future

The content is up to date, accurate and intelligently presented. I do disagree with Mike about the suitability of the iPad for book reading. Perhaps because I am not one for sitting in the sun anyway (think pasty, overweight nerd 🙂 I find the iPad perfect for all sorts of reading and now choose to take all my magazines and books for the iPad when available for it. It does help to turn the screen brightness down sometimes for comfort.

I can happily recommend this book as an effective and pretty damn well complete eBook on the production of eBooks. I do hope Mike does a 2.0 version as things continue to change, though his supporting websites do a great job of extending the book. Very highly recommended.


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HP Supports Platinum Printing and Other Alternative Processes

In an interesting and timely development, HP has released a paper preset for their Z3200 large format printer line to make the production of digital negatives for alternative chemical photographic processed, like platinum and palladium printing easier.

This is timely indeed, because of a rise in interest in what is called alternative printing processes and I highly commend HP to taking this step. Photographers need all the options they can get and anything that makes this easier is a wonderful development.

Apart from the preset, HP has produced an excellent PDF of the process. Let me quote from it about how their preset works: “The process described here was performed with the goal of creating feasible negatives for monochrome and color alternative process such as platinum/palladium, carbon, cyanotype, gum, carbro, multicolor carbon, and tri-color gum” and then “From a technical point of view, what is inside this preset is a green ink separation that has been linearized in terms of ultraviolet light opacity. The advantage of having this linearization is that when printing a linear ramp of green ink values with this paper preset, the result will be a negative with a near-linear response in any alternative process based on UV light. In certain cases, some calibration may provide additional improvements. However, the tools needed to perform this calibration are part of the standard printer software and hardware.”

This further quote from the same PDF makes the process clear to those used to alternative process printing:

“In this solution, the green ink acts as a color filter for ultraviolet light. The densest part of the negative contains a maximum quantity of ink. This maximum ink must be able to block UV light in such a way that the paper will be left blank after exposing it trough this maximum ink combination. In order to reach a maximum level of opacity, which will be different for every process, black ink is combined with the green one.

When a RGB image is sent to the printer, the Green channel in the image will be used to form the final negative and the Red channel will be used to control opacity using Black ink. Think of the Red channel as a kind of red filter that will control the maximum opacity of the negative.

To find out how much black ink is needed in your process, a form of calibration process needs to be performed first:

  • First, the correct exposure time for your process using your film must be determined. This exposure time is also called the standard printing time. This time is calculated by making a test strip using a piece of the negative film substrate. Every strip must contain a portion of film substrate and a portion of paper not covered by the film. The exposure time where the achieved black under the film is the same that you have on the paper will be your standard printing time.
  • Then a calibration strip must be printed using your standard printing time to know which quantity of black in combination with green will yield a clean white on the paper.”

Most of the alternative processes rely on UV exposure, either from the sun or from an artificial light source, to actually produce the chemical changes in the paper coating that you apply. Since HP know the exact UV characteristics of their inks they are the right people to achieve this and do so accurately.

For more information about this I can recommend the following sources:

A big well done to HP, especially given that their process supports the use of non-HP media, such as the Premier Imaging Products film and the often used Pictorico OHP one. It seems like it should work with other clear films too.

I’ll be incorporating this into the workshop I run on digital negatives.