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Avery Dennison
Fromm Works
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BF Inkjet
Motion Systems

Avery Denniso Launches New Labeling Line
Avery Dennison's Graphics & Reflective Products Division launched a new marketing initiative to highlight the advantages of the Fasson Crack'n Peel brand product line. Crack'n Peel products cut like paper and are used in a variety of applications, such as specialty premium, prototype, and short-run labels; kid's stickers; and backstage concert passes. The line includes premium white facestocks, premium colors, block-outs that offer 100% opacity, and specialty sheets (including a satin cloth).
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Crescent launches Fragrant Fotoscents Line
The Crescent Cardboard Company announced their new line up of fragrant photo frames and greeting cards called FotoScents. FotoScents are scented, easel-back photo frames, holding 4x6-inch or wallet-size photos horizontally or vertically. The signature designs provide consumers with a stylish way to showcase their photos in themes such as baby, sports, love, floral, and holiday styles. FotoScents patent-pending fragrance delivery systems provides a pleasant aroma in a variety of scents, including evergreen, peppermint, lavender, holiday spice, and fresh linen.
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Ballstars Lend a Personal Touch to Gift Giving
BallStars' new Photo Transfer Ball System allows users to take an authentic regulation-size basketball and decorate it with photos, type, or other graphics to create an award, memento, or thank-you gift. The basketballs come in two sizes: in addition to the regulation-size ball, there is also a mini version that measures 6 inches in diameter. The company offers a variety of display cases that can be mounted with a personalized metal plate, as well as other display accessories. The balls, which are exclusively available from BallStars, are specially treated with a proprietary coating to accept a color laser printer transfer.
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Wacom Expands Cintiq Portfolio
Wacom Technology Corp. announced the introduction of two new members to the Cintiq family-the Cintiq 12WX and Cintiq 20WSX. The Cintiq 12WX is flexible and lightweight, featuring direct pen-on-screen input with a new low-profile design. The Cintiq 12WX is suitable in a variety of computer environments, especially where users wish to work across multiple monitors. It is an ideal companion monitor for a primary display, alongside other displays in a multi-monitor environment or even by itself, perfect for storyboarding for 2D or 3D animations, compositing for post-production, designing graphics, and retouching photos.
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Pentax adds New Binocular Models to line
Pentax Imaging Company added three new binocular models to its line of sport optics products. The new series of Pentax DCF SW roof-prism binoculars includes two models, the 8x25 and 10x25 units; both fold up to be ultra-compact, and both are waterproof. The Pentax 9x28 DCF LV high-end roof-prism binoculars feature a maneuverable, lightweight, waterproof, and impact-resistant design with an advanced optical system that offers a bright and clear field of view.
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Sakar Granted License for Speed Racer
Sakar International, Inc., has been awarded a license by Warner Bros.' consumer products to design and develop a full range of consumer electronics based on next summer's live action film, Speed Racer. Sakar will debut its Speed Racer collection to the trade at the International Toy Fair in February. The collection will include digital still and video cameras, alarm clock radios, walkie-talkies, flashlights, MP3 players, text messengers, and more. The product launch will coincide with the May 9 movie release date.
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InteliCoat Introduces New Inkjet Sublimation Paper
InteliCoat Technologies is showcasing its Magic DS100 Hybrid at PMA 2008-a lightweight inkjet dye-sublimation paper used for sublimation transfers. The 100-gram specialty paper prints a wide gamut of vibrant colors, while enhancing the release of ink during the sublimation process. Magic DS100 transfers onto a variety of sublimation surfaces, from flat and soft fabrics to rigid substrates such as tiles and snowboards. The DS100 product is offered in addition to InteliCoat's Magic DS130 (130-gram dye-sublimation paper).
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Minox Introduces Spotting Scope
Minox unveiled its new MD 50 W Spotting Scope. At about 8-1/2 inches long and weighing just 21.69 ounces, it delivers 16x to 30x magnification with bright, high-resolution images. The MD 50 W can be handheld at the 16x magnification; however, for optimum performance, a tripod is recommended. The angled shape of the scope offers a more relaxed viewing stance, and with its swivel tripod connection, the scope can be pivoted while on the tripod. The spotting scope comes with a nylon carrying case and pocket tripod.
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Unique new Quik Pod Handheld Camera System
Fromm Works Inc. unveiled its Quik Pod DSLR handheld camera system. Attach a camera or camcorder to the quick-release camera mount and extend the sectional rods to touch the ground for support. The Quik Pod DSLR is unlike tripods or monopods in that the foot that touches the ground is also a grip handle. This innovation provides a better center of gravity to avoid camera shake and provides a handle for extended reach when shooting over crowds or self-portraits. The Quik Pod has a proprietary built-in wide-angle mirror for self-portraits and is designed for DSLRs and camcorders up to 2 lbs. in weight.
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Seal & Xanita Introduce EcoFriendly Substrates
The Seal brand and Xanita have signed an exclusive agreement that will allow Seal to market and distribute X-Board, Mondi Xtreme, and Mondi Indoor board products to the digital sign and display marketplace in North America. According to Seal, these new rigid substrates are strong, lightweight, printable, easily cut and shaped, and 100% ecofriendly (recyclable, biodegradable, nontoxic, and acid-free).
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Samsung adds new S-Series digicam models
Samsung announced the addition of two entry-level digital cameras: the 7.2-megapixel S760 and the 8.1-megapixel S860. The two new models extend the range of Samsung's S-Series. Both models feature a 3x optical zoom, Samsung SHD lens, and Digital Image Stabilization (DIS). Users can also take advantage of features such as face detection and a Self-Portrait mode. The S760 and S860 also boast a special effects "E" button, which gives users instant access to a host of creative controls, including options for resizing and rotating images; adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation levels; fixing red-eye; and manipulating color, including saving captured images as B&W, Sepia, Red, Blue, Green, and Negative.
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Tilano Fresco Debuts Personalized Items
Tilano Fresco, manufacturer of a diverse line of decorative and personalized home-décor products, announced the launch of several products designed to celebrate children. The new product line includes a selection of picture frames, marble magnets, and chalkboard paints. The new product line showcases the Baby Keepsake Kit, including a frame that can be used as a message board, a milestone recorder, or a birth announcement.
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Advanced Media Announces Ridata 266X CF Card
Advanced Media, Inc., announced the availability of its ultra-fast 266X Series of 2GB–16GB capacity CompactFlash cards. The cards offer low power consumption and are designed to be compatible with most devices and operating systems. Apart from faster speeds, Ridata Supreme cards are very durable and can withstand operating in humid or extreme temperatures ranging from below freezing to high heat.
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New BF Inkjet B&W Photo Canvas
BF Inkjet Media announced its Grand Photographer Series PC-12.2 Ultra High D-Max canvas. PC-12.2 Ultra High D-Max inkjet canvas was created specifically for use in professional-quality B&W photographic applications requiring a canvas substrate. B&W images made with these canvases clearly articulate the deep blacks, multiple gray scales, and tonal richness found in traditional silver-halide-based photographic images. While focused on B&W applications, this canvas also produces stunning color imagery with razor-sharp resolution, remarkable color depth and density, clear chromacity, and excellent soft-tone color transition. The media's water resistance, soft matte finish, and rapid dry time-coupled with superior cutting, stretching, and mounting characteristics-will make this canvas the clear choice for professional photographers desiring an ultra-premium canvas.
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Argraph Offering Marumi Macro Lenses
The Argraph Corporation introduced Marumi Digital High Grade (DHG) Achromat Macro Lenses, ideal for macro photography. If your customers' lenses don't have a macro mode, Achromat will provide it. For those that already have a macro mode, Achromat will increase and enhance it, allowing for even greater magnification. The Marumi (DHG) Achromat Macro lens is mounted in specially designed rings that feature a low reflection and satinlike finish. The lenses are available in two grades: 330(+3) and 200(+5).
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Tamron Launches New Macro Lens
Tamron released the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro, a lightweight, compact, and ultra-high-power zoom lens designed exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors with a built-in motor for Nikon. The AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro is a high-power zoom lens boasting a zoom ratio of 13.9X. The lens has an advanced optical design aimed at optimum power distribution to achieve compactness and high power.
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Motion Systems Debuts Icon Line
Motion Systems unveiled its new 2008 Icon collection of computer, audio, camera, and video accessories at the 2008 CES. Recognizing the demand for fashionable choices in portable cases for women, Icon's updated classics combine elegance and function to appeal to women. Designed to be stylish and protective, the cases include removable accessory pouches, decorative hardware, and contrasting interior and exterior colors.
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HP Introduces Photosmart Pro B8850
HP unveiled the HP Photosmart Pro B8850 photo printer, enabling photographers to easily produce archival photos on a wide variety of photo papers and fine-art media in an array of sizes, at home or in the studio. Print on a variety of photo and art media up to 0.7mm thick, including specialty photo paper, fine-art paper, or canvas in a range of sizes (from 3.5x5-inches up to 13x19-inches) with or without borders and panoramas up to 44-inches.
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Durst Showcases Theta 76HS
Durst Image Technology U.S., LLC, will exhibit the Durst Theta 76HS high-speed large-format minilab at PMA 2008. The Theta 76 is available in four configurations, emphasizing variety in color output; speed and productivity; true black-and-white output; and efficient, economical printing. The Durst Theta 76 30-inch multi-format lab system, featuring an in-line processor and Durst's proprietary fiber-optic LED technology, is best described as a "large-format minilab" that creates prints from 3.5x5 inches up to 30 inches by 13 feet long.
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Lexar expands Kodak-Branded Memory Line
Lexar announced the expansion of its new lineup of Kodak-branded flash memory products, which will include higher-capacity SDHC cards, new mobile microSD and microSDHC memory cards, and new Kodak USB flash drives. This new group of products is the first since Lexar and Eastman Kodak extended their original product agreement in 2007.
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Corsair's New 32GB USB Flash Drives
Corsair expanded its Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor USB family lines with new 32GB capacity offerings. Corsair 32GB drives provide the storage capacity necessary to hold over 16 full-length, high-definition movies. The full line of Corsair drives debuted at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month.
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