Sawgrass serves sublimation seminars

Jimmy Lamb, Sawgrass

Jimmy Lamb, Sawgrass

Jimmy Lamb, manager of education for Sawgrass Technologies.

“Live seminars and online live webinars are some of the best educational tools for learning how to start and grow sublimation, digital decoration, or digital garment printing business the right way,” says on-demand printing technologies provider Sawgrass Technologies.

The company is offering seminars at trade shows and authorized Sawgrass’ dealer open houses. Topics include startups, marketing, promotions, pricing, applications, business management, graphics, and more. Live and recorded webinar will also be offered.

Sublimation printing produces “a wide variety of high-margin items,” the company says, such as plaques, awards, photo-gifts, promotional products, poly-performance apparel, and signs.

Images on windows: LexJet cling media is removable

LexJet removable cling media
LexJet removable cling media

LexJet removable cling media

LexJet says its customers “have been asking for a see-through window film that they can apply to the inside of the window,” and with its FaceMount Perforated Window Grip, “installers have the additional bonus of a repositionable adhesive that makes application a breeze.”

The company says it offers a 60/40 perforated film (60 percent printable area, 40 percent open area pattern) that “makes inside window applications even easier.” The film has a low-tack grip adhesive that’s repositionable and easy to remove with little to no residue after it’s removed. Print to the window grip adhesive, which has an ink-receptive coating, and apply the graphic to the inside of the window with the adhesive and image facing out, LexJet  says.

Once the film is applied it will stick to the glass for up to a year. The 60/40 perforation pattern provides image quality and clarity when viewed from the outside and is see-through from the inside looking out.

GE digital cameras earn five awards in Japan’s VGP Grand Prix

General Imaging, Gardena, Calif., received five awards in the 2011 VGP Digital Camera Grand Prix, a consumer products guide book published in Japan. Five cameras were honored for their performance, features and value including: the GE Power Pro Series PJ1, GE Power Series E1450W, GE Active Series DV1, GE Smart Series A1456W, and C1433. Major home electronics retailers, photographers and audiovisual critics comprised the prestigious panel of VGP judges. The panel selected the five award winning GE Digital Cameras from among more than 450 camera entries and 80 companies.

Picasa 3.9 adds editing tools, filters, Google+ tag sharing

Picasa Facial Recognition
Picasa Facial Recognition

Picasa facial recognition and tagging

Google Inc. updated its Picasa image-editing app to allow direct sharing via Google+ and offers a richer selection of editing tools. Check out the Picasa 3.9 guide for more details about the changes.

Google+ users can use Picasa 3.9 to share directly to the circles created in Google+. With the release of Picasa 3.9, you can now upload and share your name tags on Google+. Picasa also adds photo editing effects from Picnik, as well as side-by-side editing, to compare two different photos side by side or compare the original and edited versions versions of the same photo simultaneously as you apply edits in Picasa.

Smilebox delivers direct to doorstep

Smilebox sample

Smilebox sample

Photo gift maker Smilebox says its new Doorstep Direct program lets U.S. customers have print products delivered to their doorstep in one to ten business days.

Smilebox is also expanding its catalog of more than 1,000 designs with more than 50 new holiday designs. “Each design combines music and motion to share photos and videos in a unique and memorable way,” the company says.

Smilebox offers invitations, greetings, photo cards, slideshows, scrapbooks, photo albums, recipe books and calendars, shared via email, Facebook, DVD, photo frame, or print. Also, a Build-a-Book feature gives customers the ability to mix and match their scrapbooks and photo albums and then order professionally bound soft- and hard-cover books, the company says.


HP offers up webOS to Open Source

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HP’s loss is open source’s gain: the PC and printer maker will provide the webOS software platform — for which it paid $1.2 billion last year — to the open source community.

HP says it “plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS,” but the move “unleashes the creativity of the open source community to advance a new generation of applications and devices.”

HP had used the operating system, developed by Palm, in its since-canceled tablets and phones.

webOS offers “a number of benefits to the entire ecosystem of web applications,” the company adds. “For developers, applications can be easily built using standard web technologies. In addition, its single integrated stack offers multiplatform portability. For device manufacturers, it provides a single web-centric platform to run across multiple devices. As a result, the end user benefits from a fast, immersive user experience.”

HP will make the underlying code of webOS available under an open source license. “Developers, partners, HP engineers and other hardware manufacturers can deliver ongoing enhancements and new versions into the marketplace,” HP concludes.

More information is here.


Snapseed, Instagram are iOS apps of the year

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"Drama" is one of the filters available from Snapseed for iPad from Nik Software

Apple Inc., Cupertino, Calif., named two photo-related apps as “Apps of the Year” in the company’s App Store Rewind 2011. Nik Software, San Diego, Calif., gained top honors in the iPad category for its first mobile app, Snapseed. For iPhones, the winning app was Instagram, from Burbn Inc.