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on scanners, Digital Photography

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All ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> Reports on Digital Photography

All ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> Reports on Inkjet Printing, Inkjet Media, Ink, RIPs etc.

List ong>ofong> ong>theong> Reports Currently Available

Fine Art & Photo Category

Signs Category

Miscellaneous Category

Survival Category

Raster Image Processor song>ofong>tware (ong>theong> brains ong>ofong> your printer)

Reports on Media (material for wide format printers)

Informative reports on scanners ong>ofong> ong>allong> sizes ong>andong> shapes

Oong>theong>r Subjects, Desktop Publishing

Trade Show Reports (on large format printers ong>andong> related items)

• Year 2002

• Year 2001

• Year 2000

Coming Soon

Topics ong>FLAARong> Does Not Cover

How to Get your Hong>andong>s on ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> Reports

Education is a two-way Process

Abstract

We have reports for seasoned pros; we have oong>theong>r reports for newbies. But unless you indicate your

situation, we don’t know which to send you.

Due to ong>theong> increased readership (over 20,000 readers a month) ong>andong> ong>theong> increased level ong>ofong>

e-mails (fortunately not ong>allong> 20,000 readers), we can no longer send any reports in response to

a mere “please send reports.” If you don’t explain what you need to print, we don’t know which

reports to send you.

Over ong>theong> course ong>ofong> ong>theong> next few months ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> system ong>ofong> acquiring ong>theong> reports is being

modifi ed. As modifi cations take effect ong>theong> new situation will be posted on a new site, www.wideformat-printers.NET.

All ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> Reports on Digital Photography

All reports on digital photography are now part ong>ofong> ong>theong> various training programs in digital photography

as input for wide format inkjet printing. The entire set ong>ofong> approximately 30 reports will shortly be

available as a bundle. You can eiong>theong>r take ong>theong> course ong>andong> get ong>allong> ong>theong> reports free (as your textbook)

or you can just buy ong>theong> reports without ong>theong> course. All this will happen from ong>theong> new ong>FLAARong> web site:

a prototype ong>ofong> this is www.wide-format-printers.NET

You can sign up for ong>theong> digital photography course already (which means you get ong>allong> ong>theong> ong>FLAARong>

digital camera reports) on www.digital-photography.org. In ong>theong> meantime, you can obtain a

syllabus free:

• Digital photography as input for wide format inkjet printer output (intermediate to advanced)

• Introductory digital photography (in Spanish)

• Intermediate digital photography (in English) for museum personnel, art historians, architects,

archaeologists or anyone who needs to take capable digital photos.

• Digital panoramic photography on location in ong>theong> Lake Atitlan ong>andong> Antigua areas ong>ofong> Guatemala.

Introductory through advanced, instruction in English, German, or Spanish.


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Within a week we will have a new “List ong>ofong> ong>allong> ong>FLAARong> Reports on Digital Photography.” This

list will be a free auto-download.

All ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> Reports on Inkjet Printing, Inkjet Media, Ink, RIPs etc.

Most ong>ofong> our readers have asked how ong>theong>y can obtain ong>theong> entire set ong>ofong> up to 50 ong>FLAARong> Reports

on wide format inkjet printing. That is why ong>theong> .NET web site is being opened up. As soon as

this site is fi nished you will be able to order reports by ong>theong>me (ong>allong> reports on RIPs, or, ong>allong> reports

on inkjet media, ong>andong> so on).

Fine Art & Photo Category

If you want only a 24” entry-level printer, please ask for The

ong>FLAARong> Report on 24” wide format printers. Budget ong>andong> entry

level printers for Photo-Realistic ong>andong> Fine Art Giclee. Reviews

Epson 7000, Epson 7500 ong>andong> ong>allong> oong>theong>r 24” printers. Also covers

ong>theong> 11x17 inch ong>andong> 13x19 inch Epson 5500. Brief mention ong>ofong> ong>theong>

7600 ong>andong> 9600.

If you want only a letter sized desktop sized printer, you have come

to ong>theong> wrong place. Sorry, we do not cover desktop inkjet printers at

ong>allong>. If you need help with desktop printers, go to www.laser-printerreviews.org.

Laser printers, however, are not appropriate for fi ne art

printing in color, however you can get some nice effects with a reong>allong>y

good 1200 dpi B+W laser printer for photographs

Which wide format inkjet printers are capable ong>ofong> producing fi ne art

giclee prints? This report covers only 36” ong>andong> wider. Comparative

discussions, comparing Iris, Ixia, Mimaki, Epson, Mutoh, I-Jet,

ColorSpan, Rolong>andong>, HP ong>andong> explains why Encad is not quite in

this league.

Which Large format printers, are optimal for Photo-Realistic quality?

Museum Quality inkjet printing on canvas, photo glossy ong>andong> oong>theong>r

diverse inkjet media. For photo studios, individual photographers,

or any sign shop that wants ong>theong> best trade show graphics (better

than mere signs). Compares ong>andong> contrasts piezo vs. ong>theong>rmal;

discusses ColorSpan, HP, Encad, Epson, Rolong>andong>, Mutoh, ong>andong>

oong>theong>rs, comprehensive pros ong>andong> cons ong>ofong> each model.


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Experience with ong>theong> Colorspan Espirit ong>andong> with ColorSpan

DisplayMaker XII. If you want to do photo-realistic prints ong>andong>/or

fi ne art giclee prints, ong>theong>n you fi rst need “Photo-Realistic Printers”

or “Fine Art Giclee Printers”.

Hewlett-Packard 5000 ong>andong> HP 5000ps, frequently asked questions

(prior to asking for this you need to read eiong>theong>r signs-posters,

photo-realistic, or fi ne art giclee printers).

Comments on ong>theong> Kodak 5260 wide format inkjet printer. So many

people read ong>theong> ong>allong>uring ads in trade magazines about “speed

without compromise” that naturong>allong>y lots ong>ofong> curious people wanted to

fi nd out ong>theong> truth. We searched ong>theong> Internet ong>andong> nowhere have been

able to fi nd a reliable outside independent report on this phantom

printer. So we did research in Europe, across Asia, ong>andong> in ong>theong>

USA, as well as interviewed people at tradeshows to fi nd out why

this printer failed to appear in public last year. We went to three

tradeshows to see what ong>theong> printer ong>andong> its output reong>allong>y looked like.

Well, not exactly what ong>theong> ads promised. Just recently we tracked

down original ads on ong>theong> CrystalJet printer ong>andong> were reong>allong>y surprised

to note ong>theong> claims made for ong>theong> CrystalJet years ago are uncannily

similar to ong>theong> claims made for ong>theong> Kodak 5260 since last August.

Which wide format printer is a good choice when you need exhibitquality

photo-realistic prints for an art museum? This report is

completely different than ong>theong> introductory report on fi ne art giclee

printers (which is a comparative review ong>ofong> ong>allong> printers). In distinction

ong>theong> present report shows an actual art exhibit ong>ofong> wide format

inkjet prints ong>andong> explains what printer accomplished this, why we

selected that printer over oong>theong>rs, ong>andong> what ong>theong> museum goers

thought ong>ofong> ong>theong> prints.


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B+W Quadtone Photo Printing with Inkjet Printers. We get so

many requests for this that we are initiating evaluations ong>ofong> various

solutions. It will be anoong>theong>r six months before are research is

fi nished, but you are welcome to ask for ong>theong> preliminary version.

Just keep in mind that this report is still in a raong>theong>r unfi nished

state. B+W prints from ong>theong> most popular low-cost inkjet printers

turn green, so you might want to avoid ong>theong>m ong>andong> ong>theong>ir problems

with metamerism.

Iris Model 3047Gprint: a penetrating report kindly sent by an

experienced user. This printer costs about $58,000, so please don’t

ask for this report unless you are ready for a serious printer

“Signs, Posters, Banners Which Large Format Printers can best do

Indoor Signage, Trade Show Graphics, etc. A comparative review ong>ofong>

Graphtec, Encad, HP, Rolong>andong>, ColorSpan, Epson ong>andong> oong>theong>rs.

Signs Category

Solvent ink printers for outdoor signs ong>andong> billboards 44” lite

solvent ink printers through grong>andong> format width full strength solvent

ink printers. Grong>andong> format printers, billboard printers ong>andong> oong>theong>r

appropriate printers (ong>theong>se printers cost about $30,000 up to

$450,000). Plus, how you can use a normal $15,000 inkjet printer

also to do outdoor jobs, albeit with lamination (2 year outdoor

warranty)

Signs, Posters, Banners Which Large Format Printers can best do

Indoor Signage, Trade Show Graphics, etc. A comparative review ong>ofong>

Graphtec, Encad, HP, Rolong>andong>, ColorSpan, Epson ong>andong> oong>theong>rs.


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Wide Format Thermal Transfer printers. Using wax ong>andong> resin

ribbons to print continuous tone. You cannot get continuous

tone with an inkjet printer; only from ong>theong>rmal transfer or laser

light imagers

“Direct Digital Printing on Fabrics with Wide Format Inkjets (paper

backed textiles). Covers printing on cotton, silk, polyester ong>andong>

oong>theong>r fabrics.

Laminating Equipment for Large Format Inkjet Printing, a brief

list.

Arizona, a solvent-ink printer for outdoor signage. A report kindly

sent to ong>FLAARong> by an experienced end-user (a brong>andong> ong>ofong> printer)

“Comprehensive List ong>ofong> All Large Format Printers, Makes ong>andong>

Models”


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Inkjet Printing on Thick ong>andong>/or Rigid materials (up to 3 inches thick)

for Photo Realistic ong>andong> Fine Art Giclee.

HP Design Jet 1050 C 1055CM (to be issued shortly)

Assembling an HP DesignJet 5000ps. ong>FLAARong> now has two ong>ofong>

ong>theong>se printers, one at Bowling Green State University ong>theong> oong>theong>r

recently instong>allong>ed at Francisco Marroquin University. We wrote a

brief report describing what it is like to set up this printer in your

ong>ofong>fi ce or home if you have no one to help you. Shows ong>theong> true

meaning ong>ofong> “ease ong>ofong> use.

First Impressions ong>ofong> ColorSpan Mach 12: Instong>allong>ation ong>ofong> this

72” 12-color Printer at ong>FLAARong> facilities at Bowling Green State

University. ong>FLAARong> editors go to ong>allong> ong>theong> major tradeshows to check

out every printer make ong>andong> model. Last year ong>theong> Mach 12 was not

quite ready (had bong>andong>ing issues). Now ong>theong> Mach 12 is improved

so we had one instong>allong>ed this summer. We are interested in ong>theong>

8-color mode ong>andong> full 12-color mode. This is ong>theong> only printer in ong>theong>

world that we know ong>ofong> with a complete 12-color set. The results are

breathtaking. This review will be updated every two months as we

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Miscellaneous Category

“Inkjet Printers as Proong>ofong>ers.” Includes suggestion on which is ong>theong>

best RIP for color management ong>andong> for ICC color prong>ofong>i les.

“Wide Format Printers for CAD, GIS, maps, aerial photographs ong>andong>

3D computer generated drawings.” The author ong>ofong> this report studied

architecture at Harvard, has two broong>theong>rs who are architects, plus

his faong>theong>r founded HOK Architects (Hellmuth is ong>theong> H ong>ofong> Hellmuth,

Obata + Kassabaum architectural fi rm, now ong>theong> largest architectural

company in ong>theong> world).

“Dye sublimation, which large format printers can accomplish it?

Heat transfer onto T-shirts, oong>theong>r textiles, ceramic tiles ong>andong> even

metal.” Please note: we review only, ong>andong> exclusively, 24” ong>andong>

above. Do not ask us about desktop printers; we do not answer

questions about desktop models.

Printing Wong>allong>paper with Inkjet Printers.

Everything your wide format inkjet printer can do. Source ong>ofong> Prong>ofong>i t

(If you intend to use your inkjet printer commerciong>allong>y); Source ong>ofong>

enjoyment (If you intend to use your printer for home, hobby or a

second part-time business)


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Who ong>andong> what is ong>FLAARong>?. A comprehensive discussion ong>ofong> ong>theong>

origins ong>ofong> ong>FLAARong> ong>andong> what brought this research institute to

become ong>theong> #1 source worldwide for public education on wide

format digital imaging.

What topics do ong>FLAARong> reports not cover?. Even with about 50

reports, ong>theong>re are lots ong>ofong> subjects we do not cover whatsoever

(such as letter sized desktop inkjet printers). Please do not write

us asking about repairs, where to get song>ofong>tware upgrades. Our

four staff members who answer e-mail dedicate ong>theong>mselves to

sending our reports on scanners, ong>theong> digital photography courses,

tabloid sized laser printers, ong>andong> especiong>allong>y on wide format inkjet

printers, primarily 24” ong>andong> wider (but also ong>theong> Epson 5500 for

13 x 19 inch inkjet).

Survival Category

“Survival guide. How to understong>andong> misleading advertising claims,

hype, plus bait ong>andong> switch when you are going through ong>theong> process

ong>ofong> deciding which wide format inkjet printers to purchase. Nicholas

Hellmuth’s tips to protect yourself when you buy a wide format

inkjet printer. This pithy Survival Report cuts to ong>theong> heart ong>ofong> ong>theong>

matter ong>andong> exposes some ong>ofong> ong>theong> basic bait ong>andong> switch tactics ong>andong>

oong>theong>r favored ploys ong>ofong> over-eager sales people.

Is it advisable to buy a Used large format printers? (in most cases

it’s not a good investment, but ong>theong>re are a few used printers that still

have a long life ahead ong>ofong> ong>theong>m). So it helps to know which models

are good ong>andong> which to avoid.


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“What you need to know about piezo ong>andong> ong>theong>rmal prinong>theong>ads for

wide format inkjet printers, pros ong>andong> cons, facts vs fi ctions. Is

piezo inkjet best or can you expect more with ong>theong>rmal prinong>theong>ads?

” This pithy report defl ates exaggerated claims ong>andong> hype on both

sides, discusses ong>theong> advantages ong>andong> notable disadvantages ong>ofong>

both prinong>theong>ad designs. This report exposes lots ong>ofong> misinformation.

You will be happy to learn, however, that piezo prinong>theong>ads do many

things with outstong>andong>ing quality, ong>andong> that ong>theong>rmal prinong>theong>ads can

also match, or exceed that quality. When it comes to choosing

what printer to select, knowing about ong>theong> prinong>theong>ad system is only

one factor, albeit very crucial.

If you are a university, college, or museum, we have a special report to cover your needs. After ong>allong>,

ong>FLAARong> is located on a university campus ong>andong> associated with ong>theong> two museums on that campus,

so we know what academics need.

If you need additional information, please feel free to send us ong>allong> your questions at info@fl aar.org .

However be sure that you have fi lled out ong>theong> Inquiry Request Form at least once. Once you fi ll out

this form this registers you to get into ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> system.

RIP’s Category

Raster Image Processor song>ofong>tware (ong>theong> brains ong>ofong> your printer)

Help ong>andong> tips; relative to RIP’s for Large Format Printers: What

in ong>theong> world is a RIP? Why in ong>theong> world would I need one?. This

report also includes General Information for people new to Large

Format Inkjet Printers. This version is longer ong>andong> is for newcomers

who may have no idea what a RIP is, or does, or why ong>theong>y need

one. Covers a variety ong>ofong> oong>theong>r topics that are useful for a beginner

to know about

List ong>ofong> ong>theong> Main Brong>andong>s ong>ofong> RIP (Raster Image Processor) RIP

Song>ofong>tware including Adobe PostScript to provide additional options

for operating your large format printer. This version is for people

who already have ong>theong>ir printer, or already have one printer ong>andong> are

getting ready to buy anoong>theong>r printer.


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Suggested Stong>andong>ards for evaluation ong>ofong> RIPs for wide format inkjet

printers. A new report; itemizes ong>theong> sort ong>ofong> features you should look

for before you pay out $3,000 for a RIP.

Color Management where to fi nd training, books ong>andong> help on color

management.

Media Category

(material for wide format printers)

All ong>theong> various kinds ong>ofong> Inks ong>andong> colorants used in large format

digital printers plus frequently asked questions about inkjet inks. A

discourse on ong>theong> reality ong>ofong> inks for large format printers. This report

only makes sense when you are just about to buy your printer, or

already has made your decision.

Suggested Objective Stong>andong>ards for evaluation ong>ofong> inkjet media for

wide format printers


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Complimentary media for HP, 48 kinds ong>ofong> certified media to

work. This report lists ong>theong> media which is certifi ed by HP for ong>theong>ir

DesignJet 2000cp, 2500, 2800, 3000, 3500, ong>andong> 3800. If you

have an HP DesignJet 5000, that uses different media ong>andong> this

report is not what you need. You need any ong>ofong> our oong>theong>r generic

media reports.

Preliminary List ong>ofong> Media Sources. A helpful list ong>ofong> ong>theong> better

sources ong>ofong> inkjet media.

Suggested Media ong>andong> Inks for Large Format Signs, Posters ong>andong>

Banners. If you have a sign shop, copy shop, or in-house print

shop, this report is essential.

Media ong>andong> Inks for Fine Art ong>andong> Photo Realistic Quality. Large

format Printing on Canvas, Watercolor paper, Photo Glossy

ong>andong> Matte.

All ong>theong> different kinds ong>ofong> Material, photo paper, fabric, silk, canvas,

vinyl, backlit material, watercolor ong>andong> artist’s paper, even metal, that

you can easily print onto using a wide format inkjet printer.


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Scanners Category

(These reports are free)

Which Scanner is best to digitalize your negatives ong>andong> transparencies

when you need Photo-realistic perfection ong>andong> Fine Art Giclee

quality? Plus, Part II: How to digitalize works ong>ofong> Art that are too

large for fl atbed scanner? (scanner vs digital camera on a repro

stong>andong>) Comparison between drum scanners vs fl atbed scanners. If

your budget covers only a megapixel point-ong>andong>-shoot camera, this

report is not for your. If you want a cheap scanner for home use;

this report is not for you eiong>theong>r.

Scanner for Pre-press ong>andong> scanning images for using on a large

format printer. Which scanner is best to hong>andong>le your negatives

ong>andong> transparencies? How to digitalize objects that are too large

for flatbed-scanner? (scanner vs digital camera) You need to

be sure to tell us what you will be scanning: 35mm, medium

format, large format; ong>andong> wheong>theong>r you scan 3D objects ong>ofong> just

slides ong>andong> photos.

Scanning 35mm Slides ong>andong> Negatives.

Upcoming, in preparation to satisfy popular demong>andong>: “Wide format sheet-fed scanners for maps

ong>andong> large drawings.” List ong>ofong> what companies ong>ofong>fer wide format scanners for GIS, architects,

engineers, planners, artists, ong>andong> anyone who needs to digitize a large roll or sheet ong>ofong> paper. If

you have to digitize a large rigid object, such as an oil painting or oong>theong>r work ong>ofong> art, or a large

decorative textile or rug, we will graduong>allong>y add a second on how to do that (with certain class

ong>ofong> digital scan back system).


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Desktop Category

(These reports are free)

Monochrome Laser printers which can produce photo-realistic

quality (that can print 1200 dpi, photo quality, at up to 13 x 19

inches ong>andong> can print 800 dpi up to 35 inches long (13 x 35). You

can get exhibit quality from a B+W laser printer if your original

images are relatively good.

Tips to assist you how to decide which make ong>andong> model ong>ofong> color

laser printer to buy. We do not cover normal ong>ofong>fi ce laser printers;

ong>FLAARong> reports discuss only ong>theong> better laser printers (circa $4000).

Don’t worry, ong>theong> report itself is free.

Trade Show Category

• Year 2002

PMA trade show 2002, Photo Marketing Association. Digital

cameras, wide format inkjet printers ong>andong> scanners

International Sign Association Trade show, Orlong>andong>o, Florida

(April 2002)


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Which Digital Shows are worthwhile visiting to learn about scanners

ong>andong> large format printers. Togeong>theong>r with discussion ong>ofong> which

Training Conferences ong>andong> Seminars are best for learning about

Digital Imaging ong>andong> Wide Format Printers. This is a review ong>ofong> ong>theong>

trade shows ong>theong>mselves; which are worth visiting to learn more

about scanners ong>andong> wide format printers.

• Year 2001

Graphics ong>ofong> ong>theong> Americas Trade Show ong>andong> Photo Marketing

Association Trade Show, Large format printers shown at ong>theong>se

trade shows. (Feb 2001)

CeBIT Trade Show Hanover, Germany (March 2001) Large Format

Printers, Inks, Media, ong>andong> RIPs

ISA Trade Show, Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2001) Large Format

Printers, Inks, Media ong>andong> RIP’s

Big Picture Trade Show, wide format printers inspected at ong>theong>

show ong>andong> conference. Covers virtuong>allong>y ong>allong> major RIPs ong>andong> printers.

(March 2001)


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Large Format printers at DPI trade show (April 2001)

Print 01 Tradeshow Digital Imaging Products. (Sep 2001)

• Year 2000

DRUPA printer trade show in Duesseldorf, Germany (fi rst presentation

ong>ofong> Epson 7500 ong>andong> Epson 9500). ong>FLAARong> editor took notes

over 9 days on every large format printer that he could find.

(May 2000)

DRUPA. The two printers awarded as ong>theong> Best ong>ofong> Show.

(May 2000)

SEYBOLD digital graphics trade show, San Francisco (first

presentation ong>ofong> ong>theong> HP 500ps, HP 800ps, HP 5000ps, Rolong>andong> Hi-Fi

8 color V8 plus comparative reviews ong>ofong> ong>theong> Ixia replacement for Iris

giclee printer ong>andong> much more. (Aug 2000)


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Seybold Review. Which Wide Format Inkjet Printers Produce

Exhibit-quality Photo-realistic output?

Photokina Trade Show (Cologne, Germany) Large Format Printers,

Rips, Scanners ong>andong> related subjects. ong>FLAARong> reports cover ong>allong>

kinds ong>ofong> tidbits on large format printers, RIPs, scanners ong>andong>

more. (Sep 2000)

SGIA ong>andong> PHOTOEAST Trade Show Discussion on Large Format

Printers (New York , November 2000). Total ong>ofong> four days ong>ofong> trade

shows; ong>FLAARong> attended both.

Coming Soon

“Mystery Printer,” when we identify a printer ong>theong>n people judges it on ong>theong> basis ong>ofong> preconceived

notions on brong>andong> recognition. Therefore we showcase some printers ong>andong> deliberately don’t

identify ong>theong>m, so that you can learn to look at ong>theong> quality ong>ofong> ong>theong> output ong>andong> speed, without caring

about ong>theong> brong>andong> name. This report identifi es ong>theong> mystery printer on FineArtGicleePrinter.org ong>andong>

discusses alternatives as well.

“Bus Wrap ong>andong> Vehicle Graphics, a brief overview.” Suggests that printers you can consider, both

solvent ink as well as normal inkjet printers.

Lenticular prints: large format printers, song>ofong>tware, ong>andong> lenses. What ong>andong> where to buy.

Painting on top ong>ofong> an already printed inkjet surface.

Using an Inkjet Printer to prepare Masters for Screen Printing.

India: if you are located in India we have a special report for you.

Backlit Film: problems some printers have producing backlit, work-around, ong>andong> suggestions for oong>theong>r

printers, which don’t have ong>theong> problems to begin with.

History ong>ofong> Rollout Photography.


ong>FLAARong> ong>REPORTSong>

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You can write ong>FLAARong> in German, Spanish, French, Italian, ong>andong> Portuguese. The reports ong>theong>mselves

are ong>allong> in English but we can read your inquiry form even if you fi ll it out in several languages. Of

ong>theong>se German, French, ong>andong> Spanish are ong>theong> easiest for us to read fl uently. The entire ong>FLAARong> staff

is ong>allong> bi-lingual: two in German, one in French, ong>andong> ong>allong> in Spanish, plus naturong>allong>y English. Italian ong>andong>

Portuguese we can read simply because those languages are so close to Spanish.

Topics ong>FLAARong> Does Not Cover

Topics ong>FLAARong> does not cover. Please do yourself a favor,

ong>andong> be kind to ong>allong> ong>ofong> us who work at answering your questions,

namely read this report if you are unsure wheong>theong>r ong>FLAARong> can

help you. As ong>theong> number ong>ofong> requests rises we can only answer

ong>theong> questions that pertain to our sphere ong>ofong> infl uence. This

means we are unable to answer countless oong>theong>r questions.

So before you get your hopes up, please download this list

ong>andong> save both ong>ofong> us lost time ong>andong> energy. There are about 10

areas ong>ofong> printing that we absolutely do not cover whatsoever.

Nor are we able to suggest who can cover ong>theong>se topics. So

please check out this “list ong>ofong> ong>allong> ong>theong> topics that ong>FLAARong> is

unable to assist you on….”

These reports are ong>allong> free (up to limit ong>ofong> three).

How to Get your Hong>andong>s on ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> Reports

ong>FLAARong> is preparing to edit ong>allong> ong>theong> series ong>ofong> reports into a book ong>andong> for this we need to know people’s

questions, queries, likes ong>andong> dislikes. As part ong>ofong> our general education program we also need to

know about trends so that we can suggest to ong>theong> manufacturers what options ong>andong> features ong>theong>y

should include in ong>theong>ir next-generation printers.

For example, many people wish that HP would facilitate dye sublimation inks ong>andong> also would like

HP to add pigmented inks to its 24” low cost printers. Thus when you ask for specifi c features,

when you detail precisely what options you like (ong>andong> equong>allong>y important what options you don’t

need at ong>allong>) we forward ong>theong>se to ong>theong> manufacturers so that ong>theong>y can be more realistic when

ong>theong>y design new models.

It is also ong>ofong> interest to know what people’s perceptions are. For example, many people have

astonishing concepts ong>ofong> piezo printers vs. ong>theong>rmal printers…(mostly incorrect ong>andong> based on hype

by ong>theong> companies) yet oong>theong>r people could not care less about piezo vs. ong>theong>rmal…ong>theong>y just want a

printer to function). We also get comments on problems in accomplishing adequate test-prints by

sales reps. All this information assists us in gently reminding ong>theong> equipment sales companies that

people need less hype ong>andong> more reality.

If you are doing research for homework, or if you are already in ong>theong> digital imaging or printing industry

ong>andong> just curious about what we say in ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> reports, you too are welcome. Just indicate

your true status so we can assist you in ong>theong> most appropriate manner. It’s sort ong>ofong> like fi lling out

ong>theong> marketing card to get a free subscription to a trade magazine. The difference is that ong>FLAARong>

reports look at ong>theong> equipment from ong>theong> perspective ong>ofong> an end user who wants serious help. A trade

magazine is an industry-to-industry service. In distinction ong>FLAARong> does not publish ong>ofong>fi cial company

PR releases; we also refuse to use claims provided by ong>theong> companies. You won’t see any slick

PR photos in our evaluations eiong>theong>r.

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We can’t save you from a past mistake. If you already bought ong>theong> wrong printer, sorry, we can’t make

it work for you. But if you want to junk it, or turn it back in for a well deserved refund ong>andong> start from

scratch with a better printer, ong>theong>n yes, tell us what your problems were ong>andong> what you look for in a

new ong>andong> better printer (we still can’t fi x your old printer, however).

Education is a two-way Process

As you can see from ong>theong> various reports, ong>FLAARong> works hard to provide you with a kind ong>ofong>

assistance that we both know is not available anywhere else, not even on ong>theong> Internet ong>andong> not

from any trade magazine.

In oong>theong>r to gaong>theong>r data for you our editors have attended Photokina, DRUPA, CeBIT (ong>allong> in

Germany), Sign-India (Mumbai), Seybold, Comdex, B.I.G. (Big in Graphics), BIG PictureShow,

PMA, PhotoExpo East ong>andong> countless oong>theong>rs. However ong>ofong>ten ong>theong> best information on how a printer,

RIP, ink, media, or song>ofong>tware functions comes from you, ong>theong> end-user. Thus we welcome end-user

descriptions ong>ofong> ong>theong>ir trial ong>andong> error, as well as your success stories. We add pertinent aspects ong>ofong>

your observations into our reports.

Since ong>FLAARong> has evaluation studies at two universities,

ong>theong> overong>allong> ong>FLAARong> education program ong>allong>ows students to

learn about end-user needs. The students also attend ong>theong>

tradeshows, conferences, ong>andong> seminars. However in many

cases your Inquiry Form is more insightful than ong>theong> tradeshow,

because we prefer to hear from ong>theong> end-user. Thus ong>theong> Inquiry

Forms are a veritable textbook for our students. They study

your observations, learn from your experience, ong>andong> in turn

ong>theong>y write ong>theong> next month’s ong>FLAARong> reports to be sure we

cover topics that are ong>ofong> interest to you. We do statistical

analysis ong>ofong> end-user requests so we can recognize which

products need to be evaluated in next month’s ong>FLAARong> Reports. We update as many ong>ofong> ong>theong> Reports

each month as possible.

Although ong>FLAARong> has been around for 30 years (doing prong>ofong>essional photography in museums

worldwide) ong>theong> wide format web sites are less than two years old! Thus ong>theong>re are still many aspects

ong>ofong> large format printing that even we too need some backup help on. Therefore if your questions

can best be answered by a specialist in signs, media, RIPs, photo-printers, fi ne art giclee printers,

we will forward your inquiries to appropriate people whom we have met at trade shows. At each

trade show we interview ong>theong> managers ong>ofong> ong>theong> various companies who are respected for ong>theong>ir

printers, large format media, inks, RIPs, oong>theong>r hardware or song>ofong>tware accessories. ong>FLAARong> will still

always send you ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> reports.

This is because our ong>ofong>fi ces are in Europe ong>andong> Latin America, ong>andong> its tough for you to telephone

us, or for us to telephone you with a follow-up. Don’t worry; ong>FLAARong> is as American as apple pie

ong>andong> we are moving our facility from ong>theong> community college where we were six years in Florida

to technical college at a large state university in Ohio. Once settled ong>theong>re we hope to be able to

follow-up personong>allong>y, but until such time, we have asked our colleagues to assist us in helping you.

Since practicong>allong>y everyone has questions on RIP that need follow-up, we have selected companies

who know printers, RIPs, ong>andong> color management. They will contact you ong>andong> will be glad to answer

your questions by phone, fax, or e-mail.

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Reports ong>theong>mselves ong>andong> this list prepared by Nicholas Hellmuth, ong>FLAARong>, sent to you by ong>theong> staff

ong>ofong> ong>theong> Digital Imaging Technology Center, Francisco Marroquín University. If you need additional

information, please send your questions to info@fl aar.org . Just be sure your questions are

accompanied by at least an approximation ong>ofong> ong>theong> fi elds requested in ong>theong> Inquiry Form so that we

know precisely which ong>ofong> ong>theong> over 30+ reports are best for your needs. We are not able to answer

rong>andong>om e-mails unless you have registered via a full inquiry-request form. All our web pages

have ong>theong>se forms. It may take you 5 minutes to fi ll out a form, but ong>theong>n you get ong>theong> benefi ts ong>ofong>

our years ong>ofong> research in digital imaging.

Auto-downloads are automatic ong>andong> instant. You click ong>theong> button ong>andong> you get ong>theong> PDF.

To get any ong>ofong> ong>theong> roughly seven ong>FLAARong> Freebies, you just fi ll out a request form; by return e-mail we

send you ong>theong> link to where you can auto-download ong>theong> reports in PDF format.

The rest ong>ofong> ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> reports also need you to send in a request form. Our staff analyzes which

reports are most pertinent ong>andong> we send you up to three which most suit your needs. If your request

is accompanied by abundant information about ong>theong> kind ong>ofong> printer you are looking for, if you are lucky

you can probably talk ong>theong> staff into sending a bonus report (also free).

If after getting ong>theong> fi rst three you decide you want anoong>theong>r dozen, that’s why we are opening

up www.wide-format-printers.NET, so you can see ong>theong> contents, abstract, ong>andong> details on each

ong>andong> every ong>ofong> ong>theong> 50 reports. Our readers have said ong>theong>y would prefer to pay for ong>theong> whole batch

than just to get three free, so we are working at establishing a way to buy as many as you

want by credit card.

But an easier way to get as many as you want is to contract ong>FLAARong> as a consultant. You can eiong>theong>r

come to us at Bowling Green State University (south ong>ofong> Toledo, Ohio), or we can come to your

place anywhere in ong>theong> world (we have gone to Osaka, Japan, to Mexico City, ong>andong> ong>ofong> course many

locations across ong>theong> USA as consultants).

These reports answer ong>theong> questions contained in ong>theong> most recent 11,000 e-mails that we have

received. As each new e-mail arrives, if it’s questions are not covered in one or more reports

ong>theong>n our editors do ong>theong> research necessary to update ong>theong> information in ong>theong> pertinent report to

cover such questions.

The most popular dozen titles are updated at least every three months. Most oong>theong>r reports we

do our best to update ong>theong>m at least once a year. In general, ong>theong> ong>FLAARong> Reports in PDF format

tend to be updated more ong>ofong>ten than ong>theong> web pages, though we are constantly working on ong>theong>

multitude ong>ofong> web sites too.

Nicholas

N. Hellmuth, ong>FLAARong>

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