Samsung Introduces Multi Functional Printer for Quality Images and Durability, at an Affordable Price

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of laser printer engines, announces the expansion of its mono-laser multifunctional printer lineup.
The Samsung SCX-4826FN printer is a versatile, four-in-one product that combines print, copy, scan and fax features in a compact footprint. This multi-purpose device can facilitate increased productivity and is ideal for office workgroup environments. The SCX-4826FN model is available now with a base unit MSRP of $428.99, and can be purchased through Samsung’s authorized channel partners.

Small Footprint and Network-Ready

The SCX-4826FN printer is designed for users working in small and home offices seeking a high- performance multi-functional printer that will drive office efficiencies and workgroup productivity and scale as business needs grow. With small dimensions of only 17.5″ x 16.2″ x 15.6″, the Samsung SCX-4826FN easily fits into many office spaces. The printer is designed with an LED display that is easy-to-use and intuitive for simple and fast user access to a variety of functions.

SCX-4826FN

Samsung SCX-4826FN printer

A comprehensive and economical printing solution, the Samsung SCX-4826FN multi functional printer provides a 5-in-1 solution for copying, scanning, printing, faxing and PC faxing.

    * 50,000 pages a month at speeds up to 30 pages per minute (ppm)
    * 128MB of memory (expandable to 384MB)
    * Optional 250-sheet cassette
    * Easy-to-change toner
    * Smart Panel monitors toner level
    * Design for jam-free operation
    * Printouts are crisp, sharp and smudge-free
    * Built-in double sided printing for better efficiencies
    * Network-ready connectivity for workgroup printing
    * Scan and print directly to and from a USB Flash Drive

Samsung supports customer satisfaction with multiple service and warranty options. There is also a toll-free technical support line at 1-800-SAMSUNG, choose option 3 for printers. For additional information on Samsung’s full line of professional series, laser printers and MFPs call 1-866 SAM4BIZ or visit www.samsung.com/printer.

About Samsung Electronics America Information Technology Division

Samsung’s Information Technology Division (ITD) is one of the fastest growing IT companies in the U.S., and is committed to serving the IT needs of consumers ranging from the home user to the Fortune 500 elite, and supports the valued channel partners who serve our customers. Offering innovative solutions and award-winning designs, Samsung ITD presents a complete line of award-winning color- and mono-laser printing solutions, desktop monitors, notebook computers, digital signage solutions and projectors. Based in Ridgefield Park, N.J., ITD is a division of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd. (SEC). For more information, please visit www.samsung.com or call 1-800-SAMSUNG.

About Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2007 consolidated sales of US$105 billion. Employing approximately 150,000 people in 134 offices in 62 countries, the company consists of two main business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Epson wins seven iF 2009 design awards

Epson has been awarded seven prestigious iF design awards for products that include home and office photo printers, a large format printer, and a short throw projector, from a total of 2,808 products submitted from 39 different countries for the 2009 awards judging in Hannover, Germany.
The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 large format printer, Epson EMP-400W short throw projector, Epson Stylus Office T40W printer, Epson Stylus Office TX600FW multifunction printer, Epson Stylus Photo TX700W multifunction printer, the Epson Stylus Photo TX800FW multifunction printer, and the Epson TM-S1000 high-accuracy cheque and coupon scanner, have all been recognised in this year’s awards which highlight Epson’s continued investment in product design and innovation.
 
Epson products won four iF awards in the 2008 competition.
 
The International Forum Design (iF) evaluates products against a number of criteria including design quality, workmanship, innovativeness, environmental compatibility, ergonomics, choice of material, universal design appeal and functionality. As an independent institution it has been rewarding design in industry, as well as providing a window on the latest design developments and trends, for more than 50 years.

Michael Pleasants, Director of Marketing Communication for Epson Australia, said while Epson products have always been renowned for their technical excellence, reliability and high quality performance, it is pleasing to again be recognised internationally for industrial and commercial design excellence.
 
“We are delighted that the iF jury has recognised Epson’s commitment to bringing stylish, highly innovative and easy to use products to the market,” Mr Pleasants said.

Epson’s 2009 award winning products are:

The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 is a revolutionary high quality 64 inch large format printer that features an eight colour solvent type ink set developed by Epson. The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 enables operators to switch easily between a range of different coated and non-coated substrates such as vinyl, making it an ideal, flexible production solution for outdoor and indoor commercial applications.
 
Integral to the quality and durability of print output is the new Epson UltraChrome GS, an 8-colour solvent type ink set (C,M,Y,K,LC,LM,+ O,G) available in efficient 950 ml cartridges. It has an exceptionally wide colour palette which provides enhanced support for commonly used spot colours, making the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 ideal for branded applications. Importantly for the environment and operators, Epson UltraChrome GS ink doesn’t spread harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and is the first major solvent type ink set to be launched without the need for a hazard symbol.

The Epson EMP-400W is an ultra-short throw, compact and light-weight projector ideal for classrooms and corporate presentations, especially within small meeting areas. The projector is able to deliver a clear and sharp focussed 60 inch picture at just 65cm from the projection surface, eliminating shadow effects that can be caused by presenters standing between the projection unit and the screen.

Incorporating Epson’s innovative 3LCD technology, the Epson EMP-400W provides brighter images, more accurate colour reproduction and finer grey scaling. As such, the Epson EMP-400W is ideal for use within the office or educational environment and provides an ideal presentation display tool.

The Epson Stylus Office T40W is a compact, WiFi equipped, high-speed desktop inkjet printer which delivers impressive print speeds without compromising on quality. Offering the convenience of fast colour prints in a smartly presented design, the Epson Stylus Office T40W is the ideal choice for desktop printing in small offices and offers outstanding productivity thanks to a print speed of up to 38 pages per minute. Utilising Epson DURABrite Ultra individual inks the Epson Stylus Office T40W offers a high yield and low running costs. Valuable flexibility in the small office is provided where the built-in wireless networking and Ethernet connectivity makes sharing amongst multiple users quick and simple.

The Epson Stylus Office TX600FW is the perfect WiFi and fax equipped multi-function printer for the small office. Using Epson’s Micro Piezo print head technology in a new high-speed print engine, it offers impressive printing speeds. Integrated Wi-Fi enables wireless printing and scanning for all the family. With individual Epson DURABrite Ultra Ink cartridges the Epson Stylus Office TX600FW provides high-quality documents and lab-quality photos that are water, smudge and fade resistant. The Epson Stylus TX600FW comes with a 2.5″ LCD screen which can be used to view and print photos, send faxes and make quick copies, among other PC-free functions.

The Epson Stylus Photo TX700W combines exceptional functionality with Epson’s renowned quality to produce the perfect home printer for budding photographers or experienced D-SLR users. Featuring an iconic design with clean lines and gloss black finish the Epson Stylus Photo TX700W will integrate seamlessly into any living environment. Featuring individual Claria Photographic Ink and built-in Wi-Fi, users can produce superb borderless (up to A4), better than lab-quality photos from anywhere in the home.

The Epson Stylus Photo TX800FW is a 4-in-1 printer, fax, copier and scanner with integrated Wi-Fi, offering the best of both worlds for the office and photo printing. Its Italian styled good looks conceal advanced functionality which is accessed and controlled via an impressive 7.8 inch touch panel interface. Ideal for numerous office applications, users can also expect photographic prints that will exceed lab print quality using Epson’s individual Claria Photographic Ink. Designed to seamlessly integrate into any living space or work environment, the Epson Stylus Photo TX800FW comes with a black gloss finish, giving it a modern look. Its carefully considered contours hide an automatic document feeder while the twin paper trays are fully integrated adding to its overall sleek design that blends with the aesthetic of your home or office.

The Epson TM-S1000 is a highly reliable, high-accuracy cheque and coupon scanner and is part of Epson’s extensive Point of Sale and back office peripheral range. Utilising unique MICR algorithms and binary image processing, the device is one of the most accurate on the market in terms of MICR. Its compact design, accuracy and ease of maintenance and operation makes the TM-S1000 ideal for use in small retail offices, SOHO businesses for remote deposit capture (RDC) and by bank tellers for back office capture (BOC). The TM-S1000 enables retailers to scan, capture and deposit cheques directly to their bank account from their corporate premises, making interaction between banks and depositing customers more efficient.
 
About Epson Australia
 
Epson offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.  Epson is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures].  Epson’s products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.  Epson Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
 
About the Epson Group
 
Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compact
ness and energy efficiency.
 
Epson is a network of 88,92
5 employees in 109 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located.  Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1,347 billion yen in fiscal 2007.

The stylish and affordable Epson Stylusâ

Epson has released the stylish Epson Stylus T20 – an affordable and economical entry-level A4 all-purpose inkjet single function printer that produces high quality photo and document printing for home users at up to 26 black and white A4 pages per minute and up to 14 colour A4 pages per minute.
Following these key points is a detailed media release about the stylish, affordable and economical Epson Stylus(TM) T20 single function printer that produces high quality photo and document printing for home users.
 
Epson DURABrite(TM) Ultra resin coated pigment ink is water and smudge resistant, with up to 120 years lightfastness*, ideal for text, graphics and photos with sharper black text and glossier photos.
 
Fast print speeds of up to 26 pages per minute black and white and up to 14 colour A4 pages per minute, speedy home and student use.
 
Economical individual four colour ink cartridge system – only replace the colour your use with cartridges starting from $8.99 RRP including GST.
 
Included USB cable for immediate out-of-the box use and convenience.
 
Epson’s MicroPiezo print head technology features nozzles that can each produce and precisely place three sizes of ink droplets, increasing speeds and reproducing exceptional quality photos with up to 5760 optimised dpi print
 
Epson PhotoEnhance incorporated in the driver, produces the optimum print every time by automatically correcting elements such as contrasts and skin tones.
 
Epson T20 inkjet printer

Release follows:
 
The Epson Stylus T20 features Epson’s DURABrite(TM) Ultra ink producing glossy photos and sharp text printing with high quality results on a range of papers. DURABrite Ultra ink is resistant to smudging, fading and water and has up to 120 years lightfastness* on selected Epson papers.
 
The Epson Stylus T20 is capable of printing at up to 5760 optimised dpi, generating both images and text with great detail and accuracy.  Epson’s MicroPiezo print head technology produces variable sized ink droplets as small as 4 picolitres for more precise image reproduction and colour gradation.
 
The T20 provides users with extra value for money by giving the choice of individual colour standard or Economy ink cartridges, starting from $8.99 RRP including GST. By replacing only the ink cartridge that has been used, Epson provides consumers with an economical printing solution.
 
Standard as part of the driver in the T20 is Epson PhotoEnhance which produces the optimum print every time by automatically adjusting the colour balance to allow for the different requirements of landscapes or people, and to correct problems with images that have been backlit, over-exposed or suffer from poor colour capture. It also includes advanced face detection which automatically distinguishes people from scenery and corrects the colour balance to ensure beautiful, natural skin tones.
 
The T20 comes ready to print with an included USB cable for immediate out-of box use making for a more convenient printing experience.
 
Consumers get more quality, value and choice with Epson’s range of home and office single and multifunction printers.  Genuine Epson inks and paper ensure the best quality prints of text, graphics, web pages and photos.  Individual ink cartridges and the option of standard or low cost cartridges on selected models means more economic use and greater value for money. And Epson’s wide range of printers allows consumers to choose the printer that best suits their needs.
 
The Epson Stylus T20 is $59 RRP including GST, and is available for purchase at consumer electronics retailers, computer superstores, mass merchants and office superstores.
 
* Go to www.epson.com.au for further details on print longevity
 
Epson Customer Hotline: 1300 131 928
 
About Epson Australia
 
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.  Epson is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures].  Epson’s products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.  Epson Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
 
About the Epson Group
 
Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.
 
Epson is a network of 88,925 employees in 109 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located.  Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1,347 billion yen in fiscal 2007.

Sony Initiatives with its eBook Reader

Window-dwelling “Reader” to Help Contribute eBooks to Schools
Press Release

To help combat a general decline in reading in the U.S., particularly among young people, Sony is spearheading a so-called “Reader Revolution” to spark the imaginations of young readers and engage the public in digital reading.

In conjunction with National Book Month, the company will unleash thousands of “Reader Revolutionaries” throughout October and beyond at various retail outlets and at special events around the country to help people experience reading on Sony’s Reader Digital Book firsthand.

Starting today, Sony is beginning an extended “read-in” with two-time world record-holder Dave Farrow who will serve as a designated reader in a Manhattan storefront, reading digital books on the Reader around the clock for 30 days. For each page he reads, Sony will provide an eBook library of 100 classic titles to a school or learning institution. The goal is to give 15 million eBook titles by the end of the program. The first 100 schools to start downloading their selected classic titles will also receive and education pack of five Reader Digital Books.

Arts, education and technology are of particular interest to Sony and the company is pleased to support many organizations and events related to these topics on local, national and international levels.

“Young people are spending great deal of time interacting with digital content online and on portable devices,” said Mike Fasulo, Sony Electronics’ Chief Marketing Officer. “With the latest technology, we now have the opportunity to offer books in a digital form that will capture their imaginations with literature just as we’ve done with movies, music, and games.”

According to a 2007 National Endowment of the Arts study1, Americans are spending less time reading.  Nearly half of all Americans ages 18 to 24 read no books for pleasure and reportedly their reading comprehension skills are eroding.

These declines have serious civic, social, cultural and economic implications. Employers now rank reading and writing as critical deficiencies in new hires. They indicate that one in five U.S. workers read at a lower skill level than their job requires and remedial writing courses are estimated to cost employers more than $3.3 billion.

Who is that Man in the Window?

Reading drives the interest of the storefront window dweller, who overcame the obstacles of Attention Deficit Disorder and dyslexia to become known for his reading prowess. Farrow, a speed reader and a two-time world record-holder in memory is one of the foremost experts in the field of memorization. He is also a frequent expert speaker on the topics of learning disabilities and memory enhancing techniques. He once memorized 59 decks of playing cards and recalled them, one card at a time, for more than eight hours to secure his memory title.

Consumers are invited to join the cause by viewing Farrow’s progress online and taking the Reader virtual tour at www.sony.com/reader. They can also visit the store window in person at Datavision on Fifth Avenue at 39th Street in New York City, adjacent to the New York Public Library.

People can also help the cause by receiving an in-person demonstration of the Reader at the store or volunteering to give Farrow a well-deserved break. Prospective relief readers can sign up onsite and step into the window for an assigned time slot. Various celebrities, authors, local dignitaries and other notables will step in and relieve Farrow throughout the month.

About the Reader Digital Book

The Reader Digital Book by Sony is a portable electronic reading device. Its  high-resolution, high contrast electronic paper display technology provides a reading experience very much akin to ink-on-paper, which many may find superior to reading on displays typical of computers and personal digital assistants.  The result is crisp text and graphics that are highly readable, even in bright sunlight.

Roughly the size of a paperback novel, but thinner than most (about .5 inches thin), the device can store hundreds of books and other documents using a combination of internal flash memory and optional Memory Stick® or Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards.  In addition to electronic books, the Reader can also store and display personal documents in Adobe PDF format, RTF, text and JPEG photos. From the Sony eBook store, readers can choose from more than xx electronic book titles. Because the Reader supports multiple eBook formats, including Adobe eBook and EPUB, there are hundreds of thousands of free and purchasable books available from multiple eBook stores, web sites and public libraries.
 

Epson launches three stylish and affordable multifunction printers to complete its new range

Three new multifunction printers, the TX100, TX200 and the TX400.
Following these summary points is a detailed release about Epson’s launch of three stylishly designed, affordable and economical multifunction printers to complete its new range of sleek multifunction printers for the photo enthusiast and home office.
 
·        The Epson Stylus TX400 is a premium all-purpose multifunction printer for the home with photo features.
 
·        The Epson Stylus TX200 is a mid-range all-purpose multifunction printer with photo features for the value-conscious home user.
 
·        The Epson Stylus TX100 is an entry level all purpose multifunction printer with speedy print, copy and scan capabilities at an affordable price.
 
 
Release follows:
 
Epson is launching three multifunction printers to complete its new range of sleek multifunction printers for the photo enthusiast and small office markets.
 
The Epson Stylus TX400 is a premium all-purpose multifunction printer with photo features that prints up to 34 A4 pages per minute, copies at up to 30 pages per minute, and produces a borderless 4×6 inch photo on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper in as little as 26 seconds.
 
With a 2.5 inch colour LCD screen, multi-format card reader and PictBridge connectivity, the TX400 can be used PC free and is fast, cost-efficient and easy to use for a host of typical small office tasks.  Its A4 flatbed scanner has an optical resolution of up to 2400 dpi.
 
The Epson Stylus TX200 is an all-purpose multifunction printer with photo features for the value-conscious home user, providing fast and efficient copying, scanning and printing at an affordable price.  Print speed is up to a rapid 34 pages per minute for black and white and colour on plain paper, and as quick as 26 secs for a 4×6 inch borderless photo printed on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper.  The scanner on the TX200 has an optical resolution of up to 2400 dpi, and a copy speed up to 30 copies per minute in both black and white and colour.
 
Like the TX400, the TX200 has built-in card slots that will read most popular storage card types, and a Hi-Speed USB port compatible with USB 2.0.
 
The Epson Stylus TX100 is an entry level all purpose multifunction printer with speedy print, copy and scan capabilities at an affordable price.  Print speed for A4 black text is up to 26 pages per minute and for A4 colour text up to 14 pages per minute, and copying speed is as fast as three seconds per page.
 
The TX400, TX200 and TX100 use Epson’s DURABrite(TM) Ultra resin coated pigment ink in four economical individual ink cartridges to lower ink costs and produce reliable photos and documents that last up to 120 years* on selected Epson paper.  Epson DURABrite ink is resistant to water and smudging, produces sharp detail in text and images on a wide variety of papers.
 
A USB cable is included with each model for immediate out-of-box use and convenience for customers.
 
The Epson Stylus TX400 is $149 RRP inc GST, the Epson Stylus TX200 is $99 RRP inc GST, and the Epson Stylus TX100 is $79 RRP inc GST.  These new printers will be available at consumer electronics retailers, computer superstores, mass merchants and office superstores in September and October.
 
* Go to www.epson.com.au for detailed specifications of paper types and print longevity.
 
About Epson Australia
 
Epson offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.  Epson is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures].  Epson’s products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.  Epson Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
 
About the Epson Group
 
Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.
 
Epson is a network of 88,925 employees in 109 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located.  Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1,347 billion yen in fiscal 2007.
 

HP Z3200 New Large Format Printer

New HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer Delivers Gallery-Quality Prints to Creative Professionals
Technical specifications
Up to 2400 x 1200 optimized dots per inch (dpi)
Twelve-ink printing with HP Vivera pigment inks, including HP 70 130-ml Ink Cartridges (available in matte black, photo black, gray, light gray, magenta, light magenta, light cyan, blue, green and yellow), the HP 73 130-ml Chromatic Red Ink Cartridge and the HP 70 130-ml Gloss Enhancer Ink(8)

Print speeds:
Up to 12.4 minutes per page for an A1/D color image on glossy paper in best print mode; up to 2 minutes per page for an A1/D color image on coated paper in draft mode.

Dimensions: 
HP Designjet Z3200 24-inch model: 49.7 x 27.2 x 41.2 inches (1262 x 690 x 1047 millimeters [mm])
HP Designjet Z3200 44-inch model: 69.7 x 27.2 x 41.2 inches (1770 x 690 x 1047 mm)

Standard connectivity includes one 10/100 BaseT Ethernet, one USB 2.0 high-speed certified port, one EIO Jetdirect accessory slot

Supported supplies 
The HP Designjet Z3200 supports more than 50 Original HP large-format printing materials designed together with HP Vivera pigment inks, from photographic and digital fine art papers to coated and display-graphic printing materials – including the new HP Baryte Satin Art Paper, HP Everyday Pigment Ink Photo Papers, HP Premium Matte Photo Paper and HP Premium Semi-gloss Proofing Paper (FOGRA certified). A complete list of compatible HP large format printing materials is available at www.hp.com/go/designjet/supplies 

Pricing and availability
The estimated U.S. street price for the HP Designjet Z3200 24-inch model is $3,395 and for the 44-inch model is $5,595. Both models are expected to be available October 2008.

Press Release

HP today announced the new HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, expanding HP’s professional printing portfolio for creative professionals and print service providers (PSPs) by delivering long-lasting gallery-quality prints in black and white and color.

Ideal for photographers, photo and fine art PSPs, graphic designers and commercial printers, the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer achieves print permanence of more than 200 years on a range of HP creative and specialty printing materials.(1) 
“HP is committed to developing technologies that expand the capabilities of fine art printing to better meet customer needs in an evolving market,” said Santi Morera, vice president and general manager, Large-Format Printing Solutions, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “The HP Designjet Z3200 allows creative professionals to accurately translate their work from image capture to print, providing unsurpassed print quality and consistency.”

The HP Designjet Z3200 delivers gallery-quality, black-and-white and color photographs, art enlargements, large-format designs and high-accuracy proofs that stand out and survive the test of time. The Z3200’s12-ink printing system, using HP Vivera pigment inks, features new HP 73 Chromatic Red ink, which enables up to 95 percent PANTONE® coverage.(2)

HP Z3200 printer

Leveraging HP DreamColor technologies and an embedded spectrophotometer,(3) users can achieve accurate color matching and profiling and easily generate custom ICC profiles in-house to deliver print-to-print and printer-to-printer repeatability across a range of media. An enhanced HP Color Center allows users to manage their paper presets; it simplifies workflows so users can easily access, create and share paper presets; and it enables productive operation and great ink efficiency with automatic servicing routines and optical drop detection to optimize the printer’s performance.

The HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer supports more than 50 Original HP large-format printing materials, from photographic and digital fine art papers to coated and display- graphic materials including the new HP Baryte Satin Art Paper.

The HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer will be demonstrated publicly for the first time in HP’s booth in Hall 4.1 at Photokina 2008 and will be available for purchase next month. 

More information about the HP Designjet Z3200 is available at
www.hp.com/go/GSBfall08.

About HP
HP, the world’s largest technology company, provides printing and personal computing products and IT services, software and solutions that simplify the technology experience for consumers and businesses. HP completed its acquisition of EDS on Aug. 26, 2008.
More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.
(1)
 Image permanence estimates by HP Image Permanence Lab based on testing on a range of HP photo, fine art and specialty papers. Confirmation tests in progress at Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. Details are available at www.hp.com/go/supplies/printpermanence.
(2)
 Ninety-five percent coverage of PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® and PANTONE® GOE systems, based on HP internal testing (PANTONE® approval pending). Final results are available at www.hp.com/go/Z3200/PANTONE.
(3)
 Embedded in this HP Designjet Photo Printer is an I1 spectrophotometer from Xrite. Close collaboration between HP and Xrite ensures a reliable solution that has been thoroughly tested to meet customer demands for ease, quality and dependability. 
 
PANTONE® and other Pantone, Inc. trademarks are the property of Pantone, Inc.
 
This news advisory contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2008 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
 
 
© 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

 

Print In More Sizes

It is easy to become stuck on one or two sizes of print. Break out of the rut and try something different. Photographs and art work can look very different depending on the size.

There is no right size to print every image at. We tend to fall into habits with regard to everything, including our printing. Sure, we can work out what size print a given camera can produce at 300dpi. But this is really on the starting point. A print resolution of 300dpi (or 360dpi for Epsons) works well when you are up close and personal to the print. But with larger prints we don’t hold them in our hands up close, we look at them hanging on the wall, typically, and also from some distance so we can take in the whole image in one go. So you can lower the resolution you print at and thus print the image larger. Think of this as the packing density, how close the camera pixels are packed together on the page.

The other thing that affects what resolution you need to print at is the type of paper. High gloss, photo papers demand the highest resolution to produce a print that will look great up close. Matt papers can sometimes take a lower resolution and still look great. Non-digital art papers, especially the heavily textured watercolor papers can look great at even lower resolutions. For example, I have printed an image at as low as 25dpi (image resolution, not printer dot resolution) on a non-digital watercolor paper and the result has looked great. I have even used very low actual printer resolutions, such as 300dpi. This has partly been a result of the texture of the paper making the lower resolution image look more detailed and also because when you print on non-digital papers, the ink bleeds into the paper, spreading the dots out till they blend together, creating the illusion of a higher resolution than actually used. Particularly suitable to this approach are the non-digital watercolor textured papers and the Japanese, Korean and Nepalese handmade papers, often called Washi,  and especially those with inclusions, such as bark or flowers.

Some images work well when small and intimate. Many don’t. My observation is that probably a majority of people print their images smaller than is ideal for the image. This is perfectly natural because of issues of having suitable equipment and the cost of the gear and the consumables as you go up in size, but is still something to be worked on. You could argue that images have a natural size at which they work best that is determined by a combination of factors. The amount of detail in the piece and how important it is plays a part. As does the style of the work: is it intimate or bold and brassy? The desired impact on the viewer and what it is you are trying to say play a major part. When discussions of what size should I print my work comes up I am always reminded of a time soon after I had returned from a trip to Poland where I had done a lot of shooting at Auschwitz. I had been printing my images fairly large, approximately 24″ x 36″. There was an exhibition at a local photography gallery by a photographer who had also shot Auschwitz. His work was printed very small, in fact no larger than 8″ x 10″ and mostly noticeably smaller. With such small work the automatic response was to move in close. You were then confronted with the subject matter that had not been obvious from a distance. This drawing you in worked well with these very detailed, medium and large format images. My approach had been to play with the graphic elements, the shapes and textures, and I found this worked better for me large. Who was right? Frankly I don’t know and I suspect we both were because although our subject was the same, our photography was very different. I preferred my approach though I could see what the other photographer had done.

So how to you change your printing size or even judge what size works best? There are several approaches. The easiest is to make sure you can move well back from your computer screen so you can vary the viewing distance. Fill the screen with the image and then vary your viewing distance from close to far away and see how the image responds. Zoom right into the image and judge how dependent it is for success on the detail it contains. For those who can, a data project is a wonderful tool. It lets you explore the really large sizes before you have to print. Just remember the projected image will be much lower resolution than your print will be. Think about the psychology of your image and how you want to use it. Should the viewer have an intimate and thus close engagement with the image or will a huge, in your face sort of impact work better? You will generally find the same size will work well for most, if not all, images within a body of work. This certainly makes for a more cohesive look in an exhibition, though some variety can also work in your favor. It depends on what suits the work.

Overcoming equipment and cost issues can be a creative exercise in itself. What about tiling your prints together to make a larger one, taping them together even or mounting them as separate pieces that hung together form a whole? Do a trade with a friend with a larger printer so you do something for them that they need in exchange for some larger prints. If you want to, there are ways around most limitations.

Epson Enters New Markets as Inkjet Comes of Age

drupa 2008 to see launch of new commercial, production-oriented solutions alongside leading traditional large format printers
Press Release

At
drupa 2008, Epson, together with its industry partners, will showcase
new technologies that will enable it to move into new, vertical sectors
whilst maintaining its leading position in the traditional large format
printer market.

On stand
A01 in hall 5, a range of new Epson solutions will show how a
combination of quality, flexibility, reliability and productivity can
deliver high-quality inkjet digital print solutions that address the
challenges of the printing industry.

Epson’s
award-winning development of UltraChrome ink and its knowledge and
expertise in its core Micro Piezo print head technology have brought
inkjet to such a high standard of quality and reliability that it can
now be used for a variety of commercial production-oriented printing
applications including print-for-pay (PfP), label printing,
print-on-demand, exhibition graphics, signage and photo and fine-art
reproduction.

Solutions
for all these sectors will be shown on the stand at drupa where there
will be demonstrations of high-quality output combined with fast
turnaround that is required by these demanding markets.

“drupa
2008 is already being talked about as the show that will see inkjet
become mainstream. Visitors to the Epson stand will see for themselves
how Micro Piezo inkjet technology has developed to such a high standard
that we are now able to broaden its use into commercial,
production-oriented applications,” says Duncan Ferguson, Director of Pro-Graphics and New Business Development at Epson Europe.

New product – Epson Stylus Pro GS 6000

Epson
is launching the Stylus Pro GS6000, a 64″ large format printer with an
8-colour ink set, offering the widest colour gamut to date in a printer
designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. The new ink set
allows production of high-impact, high-quality and durable prints
enabling printers, copy-shops and sign shops to extend their business
into higher quality demanding applications such as airport and
exhibition graphics, as well as art-reproduction.

Integral
to the quality and durability of print output is the new Epson
UltraChrome GS, an 8-colour eco-solvent type ink set (C,M,Y,K,LC,LM,+
O,G) with an exceptionally wide colour palette. This ink set also
addresses commonly used spot colours and is available in efficient
950ml cartridges. Importantly for operators, Epson UltraChrome GS ink
is the first major eco-solvent type ink set to be launched without the
need for a hazard symbol. This makes the Stylus Pro GS6000
user-friendly. Additional ventilation isn’t required and Epson focused
on significantly reducing the need for time-consuming daily operator
maintenance thus increasing available production time.

The
Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 has a resolution of up to 1440×1440 dpi and a
3.7 picolitre droplet. Production speeds are up to 25m2/hour using
Epson’s Variable-sized Ink Droplet and MicroWeave half-toning
Technologies delivering fast-drying, scratch-resistant prints.

News update on vertical market solutions

Epson
will also be demonstrating the next generation of the Epson label
printer concept which was first launched at LabelExpo 2007. In addition
there will be demonstrations of Epson’s new Micro Piezo print head
technology, including a new product with a Micro Piezo TFP (Thin-Film
Piezo) print head.

Furthermore
Epson will showcase innovative applications it has developed with its
partners based on Epson’s market leading inkjet technology, such as
remote proofing, textile printing and inkjet CtP.

Epson launches UltraChrome High Dynamic Range 10 colour ink in 2 new printers

Epson today announced the launch of two advanced ten colour large format printers with optional integrated spectrophotometer that will change the way print professionals use large format printers
Press Release

The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 (24 inch) and Stylus Pro 9900 (44 inch) are Epson’s first ten colour printers equipped with a revolutionary new pigment ink technology – Epson UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink. This ink set incorporates orange and green to considerably expand the colour gamut and increase digital printing opportunities within the package and remote proofing market segments.

Epson’s UltraChrome HDR ink is a high density resin coated pigment ink formulation with three level black ink technology – photo black, light black and light light black – plus cyan, light cyan, vivid magenta, vivid light magenta, yellow, orange, and green. Matte black is also included on-board and can be auto-switched with photo black.

This generation of UltraChrome HDR ink delivers reduced graininess in skin tone areas, smoother tonal gradation from shadows to highlights, excellent short term colour stability and outstanding long term lightfastness, highly accurate colour control with neutral black and white, and high gloss levels on water resistant prints.

Reduced costs are realised through the introduction of two high capacity ink cartridges (350 and 700ml) which contribute to a lower cost per millilitre of ink.  These new high capacity ink cartridges also reduce the need to frequently replace cartridges which promotes greater unattended printing.

The Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 have Epson’s MicroPiezo TFPT (Thin Film Piezo) print head with 360 nozzles per inch for each of the ten active ink cartridges.  Epson’s Ink Repelling Coating for the print head and Automatic Ink Detection (AID) system combine to eliminate down time by minimising and detecting nozzle clogging before it becomes problematic, and to eliminate paper waste used during the cleaning process.

Epson’s AID technology uses a sensor near the print head that counts the electrical charges on the ink droplets as they are fired.  A lower than expected electrical charge means insufficient ink was fired, so the print head cleaning process starts automatically.

In comparison with current 8 colour 24 inch and 44 inch printers, print speed is dramatically increased, with the Stylus Pro 7900 completing an A1 (720x720dpi) sellable quality print on Epson’s Premium Glossy Photo Paper in an amazing 5 minutes.

Epson’s optional integrated spectrophotometer with mounting device uses the latest X-rite technology to provide automatic colour measurement data to the printer, allowing user profiling and linearisation, enabling professional colour management while at the same time reducing labour costs.

The spectrophotometer works with both Epson colour management software and third party RIPs.  For customers using the Epson printer driver, the Epson software performs the complete process from print to measure, automatically, and can calibrate all resolutions at the same time.

Epson’s new 16 bit Macintosh printer drivers combine many years of colour expertise with the superior colour range and tonal gradations of the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 and UltraChrome HDR ink.  With 16 bit processing more information is preserved as 16 bit traces the original image data with higher frequency than 8 bit processing. As a result, 16 bit images can now be faithfully reproduced from Adobe Photoshop CS3, delivering smoother gradations and greater image detail.

The Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 use Epson’s latest colour Look Up Table technology, an advanced algorithm that optimises colour consistency under different light conditions and further reduces image grain giving much smoother colour gradations.

These new high end printers in the Epson large format range will compliment Epson’s Stylus Pro 450 and Stylus Pro 880 series, and are perfect for anyone who requires consistently high quality colour prints including pre-press and printing companies, reprographic companies, quick printers, professional photographers, photo labs, fine artists, museums and galleries, and graphic design studios.

Specifications of the Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900:

Professional media handling up to 24 inch wide (Stylus Pro 7900)
Professional media handling up to 44 inch wide (Stylus Pro 9900)
Epson’s UltraChrome HDR pigment ink technology
11 individual high capacity ink cartridges (available in 350 or 700 ml capacity)
Automatic switching of photo and matte black inks
Optional integrated spectrophotometer
Epson Micro Piezo TFP print head with VSDT
Automatic Ink Detection Technology
Epson’s advanced image processing technology
Faster print speeds – up to 36% reduction in print time
Maximum 2880×1440 dpi print resolution at 3.5 pl droplets
USB2.0 and ethernet connections standard
The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 will be available from selected authorised Epson professional graphics dealers in late spring at prices to be announced.

About Epson Australia

Epson offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market.  Epson is the market leader worldwide in sales of data projectors [DTC Consulting Limited figures].  Epson’s products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency.  Epson Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.

About the Epson Group

Epson is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.

Epson is a network of 88,925 employees in 109 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located.  Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales of 1,347 billion yen in fiscal 2007.