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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 😉

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.

Looking to start up a website? If so check out Shawn gave me a link while he was fishing for some templates. We both can’t believe the quality work they are giving away for FREE!!!

Roland DG today introduced the new VersaArt RS series of four-colour CMYK wide-format inkjet printers. Featuring the latest in Roland eco-solvent inkjet technology, the VersaArt series offers image quality, productivity and performance beyond that of any other printer line in it’s class.

Read more about this printer on the roland website