Minds on Signs

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The Vegas Strip just got a digital dose of Hollywood, thanks to Panasonic and the new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The casino, formerly known as the Aladdin, boasts an outdoor, curved, 57-ft.-high LED screen, plus two more curved LED screens and a ribbon display that’s approximately 600 ft. long. At the center of the casino, 32, 65-in. plasma displays are arranged in a “video wall;” 15 more screens adorn the front lobby. Robert Earl, owner of Planet Hollywood, wants the digital signage to meld with the casino’s visual theme, not just deliver content.

The screens use Panasonic’s Network Media stage content-management software.


Philadelphia, PA – SA International announces the new SpotON diffusion algorithm available in the latest release of the Flexi 8.6 and PhotoPRINT 6.1 software for Windows.

Striving to continue to improve Raster Image Processing, SAi has developed this new stochastic screening-based algorithm. SpotON – the enhanced equal dot distribution – avoids banding and artifacts, which are often troublesome especially in lighter areas of prints. The new SpotON diffusion increases the accuracy of the ink placement and variable dots without sacrificing processing speed.

The unsurpassed gradient smoothness resulting from the new SpotON is available as a free upgrade to all users currently using Flexi 8.5 or PhotoPRINT 6.0 for Windows. Users should contact one of SAi’s value-add resellers to request the free upgrade.

In addition the new releases of Flexi 8.6 and PhotoPRINT 6.1 include several added improvements such as the new Ink Split interface, improved Linearization and over 80 new device drivers. This newest release with the SpotON and other numerous improvements is available as a free upgrade to current Windows users. Registered users with earlier software versions qualify for special upgrade pricing.

What is all boils down to is BETTER PRINT QUALITY!

Still designing on an old CRT?

Well although we would all like to be designing/gaming/browsing on one of these. The $13,000 price tag might hold a few of us back.

But I think it’s all time we evaluate the monitors were using. LCD’s have become very affordable. Now not all affordable monitors produce a quality image. Cheap LCD’s often have issues such as input lag, horrid viewing angles, bad bleeding.

Be sure to read up on a monitor before making any purchases. I highly recommend this 24″ Benq G2400WD LCD as ‘best bang for the buck’. It has 0 input lag (great for movies, games) and good viewing angles. Can buy it here for $380! 24″ for $380! That’s insane. Yes, you might find a cheaper monitor @ sam’s club, or costco, but how does it stack up? I will bet $ it doesn’t. Till next time…..

I’m not a huge mac fan by any means. But with the recent release of the new MacBook I’m definitely blinded by the light (maybe its the glare off the glass screen). The specs have been bumped up, and were no longer stuck in a plastic case! They have also upgraded the video for the standard MacBook.

This is one nice notebook. Photoshop will run faster on this then most of our desktops I’m sure. Prices are starting around $1,299. Check out the apple website for more information.

Time for a new mobile design station for your sign business? Possibly! We all need a good business excuse for new toys sometimes 😉

The article I’m about to post is from Lafayette City, LA. But keep in mind this does happen everywhere. Just a friendly reminder of what can happen when you don’t have permits, or go against the grain!

Lafayette City Officials are
targeting those businesses who have illegal signs. Those being targeted
are the small advertising signs that are being put in the ground.

Inspectors go around the city to look for signs that are up not following the proper regulations.

If they notice a problems with a sign, orange stickers are put on them.
Once the orange stickers are on the signs for a certain amount of time,
the signs are pulled.

City officials say business owners could face penalties if they have illegal signs.

If a business ignores the city’s request to comply with the
requirements of the zoning ordinance, the could be prosecuted in city

Prohibited Signs

  • 1. Signs Elected or Erected without a sign permit
  • 2. Off-premise advertising signs except as allowed for integrated business centers.
  • 3. Signs extending into or placed within the public right of way or an easement or affixed to any public property
  • 4. Mobile Billboards or portable trailer signs
  • 5. Signs with lasers or lights that blink, flash, revolve, or, strobe, including animation or video
  • 6. Signs that contain mirror like surfaces
  • 7. Signs that smoke, emit vapor, particles, sound, or, odor
  • 8. Wind or fan blown signs
  • 9. Snipe signs
  • 10. Temporary product specific signs
  • 11. On site signs placed off site signs
  • 12. Off premises advertising signs in the unincorporated areas of Lafayette Parish

We’ve seen some pretty extreme cases of excessive faith in GPS, but this may well be the first instance of the ill-advised practice nearly exactly repeating itself. As you may recall, earlier this year
a Bedford Hills, New York man trusted his GPS so much that he
apparently thought it was perfectly reasonable to follow the directions
directly onto a set of train tracks. That didn’t exactly work
out so well, for his car or the oncoming train. Now, as The Journal
News reports, another man followed his GPS onto the very same set of
tracks last night and, while he did get out in time to make a surely
embarrasing 911 call, that apparently wasn’t enough to prevent a
commuter train from slamming into the car a few minutes later, causing
an hour and a half delay but, thankfully, no injuries. Maybe it’s time
for some signs?

Adaptive Micro Systems Inc, a manufacturer of LED display products, installed one of it’s 14′ x 48′ MEDIAMaster digital billboards September 12, just outside of Madison, WI in 22 minutes.

Simply amazing if you ask me. Especially considering how nice these things look to your typical billboard.