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  04/10/2018 - Epson Signature Worthy & Legacy Media - 25 Percent Discount
  03/09/2018 - Epson Partners with CIT Direct Capital
  03/06/2018 - Highly Rated Business Notebooks
  01/01/2018 - Epson SureColor P5000 Achieves Imaging Excellence
  11/09/2017 - Artists at Work
  11/05/2017 - Winterize Your Epson Printer
  11/02/2017 - Update Your Epson Wide-Format Printer Firmware
  10/05/2017 - Pittsburgh Gives - Artist Image Resource
  07/25/2017 - The Less You Pay for a Printer, the More You Pay for Ink.
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Epson Signature Worthy & Legacy Media - 25 Percent Discount
04/10/2018

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From now until May 31, 2018, tastarsupply is offering an additional 25 percent off our regular low prices on all Epson Signature Worthy and Legacy media - including Luster, Cold Press, Exhibition Canvas, Legacy Baryta, Legacy Etching, Legacy Fibre Rag, Legacy Platine and others - save up to 57 percent off list price!



For a listing of eligible Epson Signature Worthy and Legacy media, click this link. Our website prices reflect this rebate, it is limited to stock on hand and it is valid through May 31, 2018.

Download Epson's Professional Imaging Media Line Guide for a comprehensive listing of Epson media - a 44 page booklet that provides descriptions, comparisons, specifications, print permanence information - everything that you need to know about Epson media.


Epson Partners with CIT Direct Capital
03/09/2018

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Epson America, a global leader in printing technology, and CIT Direct Capital, the national digital small business lending unit of CIT Group, announced a partnership to offer financing for commercial and digital print customers. This partnership will allow CIT Direct Capital to provide Epson customers a primary source of financing through a single point of contact. This will simplify Epson’s financing process by streamlining communication between equipment manufacturers, dealers and funding sources, creating a more straightforward customer experience.

“Epson strives to provide our customers with every avenue to success and provide support on all aspects of the purchase, from selecting the equipment, purchasing, maintenance, and warranty,” said Mark Mathews, vice president, Epson America, Inc. “Partnering with CIT Direct Capital provides the ability for Epson to offer a variety of acquisition methods to our customers, ensuring they can select the method that best fits their financial and business needs.”

No money down: purchase your equipment today without impacting your cash flow.
$99 payments for 6 months: out-of-pocket cost = $594 in first 6 months*.
Flexible terms (12-72 months): find the monthly payment that works for your business.

(*First payment of $99 due in 30 days, followed by 5 additional $99 monthly payments. First full payment occurs in the seventh month and will include document fees. Total out-of-pocket cost of $594 in first 6 months. Offer available through June 30, 2018.)

Click this link to go to your CIT Direct Capital online application. Or, call us for more information.


Highly Rated Business Notebooks
03/06/2018

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These notebooks are designed for business and are listed in the top 10 of NotebookCheck's website.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 / Full HD
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U / 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz) / 3 MB Cache, benchmark 4,661
• Memory: 8GB LPDDR3 soldered
• Storage: 256 GB SSD - (M.2) PCIe - TCG Opal Encryption 2
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: USB 3.1 Gen 1/USB 3.0; USB 3.1 Gen 1/USB 3.0 Always On; 2 x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort/Power Delivery 2.0; HDMI; Lenovo Ethernet extension connector; Dock; Headphone/microphone; microSDXC UHS-II
• Weight: 2.49 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

Lenovo ThinkPad T470 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 / Full HD
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U / 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz) / 3 MB Cache, benchmark 4,661
• Memory: 8GB DDR4, max. 32GB
• Storage: 256 GB SSD - (M.2) PCIe - TCG Opal Encryption 2
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB 3.1 Gen 1/USB 3.0 Always On; USB-C 3.1 Gen 2/Thunderbolt 3/DisplayPort/Power Delivery 2.0; HDMI; LAN; Dock; Headphone/microphone; SD Card, SDXC UHS Card
• Weight: 3.64 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

HP 840 G4 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" 1920 x 1080
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7200U / 2.5 GHz, benchmark 4,694
• Memory: 8GB, max. 32GB
• Hard drive: 256GB M-2 SSD
• DVD drive: None
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: USB 3.1 Gen 1 charging port; USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB-C; DisplayPort; VGA; LAN; Dock; Headphone/microphone combo jack; 3 x card reader
• Weight: 3.3 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

HP 840 G4 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 14" 1920x1080
• CPU: Intel i7 7600U, benchmark 5,874
• Memory: 8GB, max. 32GB
• Hard drive: 256GB SSD
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 630
• Ports: USB 3.1, USB C, SD Slot, Ethernet, Audio, DP, VGA, Dock
• Weight: 3.75 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review

Dell Latitude 7380 - Specifications Summary:

• Display: 13.3" 1920 x 1080
• CPU: Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) 7300U / 2.6 GHz (3.5 GHz) / 3 MB Cache, benchmark 5,112
• Memory: 8GB DDR4, max. 16GB, 1 slot (full)
• Storage: 256 GB SSD - (M.2) SATA
• DVD drive: none
• Graphics processor: Intel HD Graphics 620
• Ports: USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB 3.1 Gen 1 with PowerShare; HDMI; LAN; Headphone/microphone; 1 x microSD
• Weight: 2.58 lbs.
• OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
• Warranty: 3 years

NotebookCheck review


Epson SureColor P5000 Achieves Imaging Excellence
01/01/2018

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17-inch Desktop Photo Printer Awarded Accolades from Top Industry Associations and Publications

Epson continues to set the bar for professional imaging excellence with its award winning 17-inch Epson SureColor® P5000. Since going on sale in January of this year, the SureColor P5000 is designed to deliver enhanced performance, reliability and professional image quality for desktop photography, fine art, graphic design, and proofing applications. Over the past year, the SureColor P5000 has received a range of accolades from top photography associations and outlets, underscoring its impact on today’s photography and graphic design workflows. Highlights include:

TIPA Award: Best Photo Printer – Widely recognized as the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide

Professional Photographer Magazine: Hot Ones 2017 Product – Official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, recognizes the printer as one of the 2017 Hot Products for photographers

Rangefinder Magazine: Editors’ Choice 2017 Buyer’s Guide – Award-winning monthly magazine, and the official publication of Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), highlights the printer as a gear of the year for 2017

Digital Photo Pro Magazine: Editors’ Choice Best Photo Printer – A trusted source for the latest news on photography, the outlet recognized the printer in its annual Gear of the Year roundup and awarded it Editor’s Choice for best photo printer.

Now through March 31, 2018, save up to $450.00 on an Epson SureColor P5000 printer. Click this link for eligible printers or download the Epson rebate form for this offer.


Artists at Work
11/09/2017

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Off-the-Wall Graphics stands out when it comes to expert knowledge and reliable, excellent performance in custom silkscreen printing, embroidery and color separations. Located in Greensburg, PA, the company is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Steve and Anita Kozinko. Steve is the screen print manager and the color separation and screen creation artist. Unique in his ability to separate jobs into the best color combinations for the screen printing process, he rarely uses standard CMYK colors traditionally used for offset printing. With their precise Epson SureColor T3270 printer, Steve generates screens up to 80 lines per inch that are printed using water-based, discharge or standard inks and - voila! His output equals works of art.



The equally talented Anita supervises the embroidery department. A prominent bead artist, her works have been exhibited nationally and regionally. She was named a finalist in the 2017 BeadDreams annual competition for her entry of Mandalas - a bead embroidered adult coloring book, and she received the Craft Award for her “Ancient Lights” at this year's Westmoreland Art Nationals Exhibition.



Along with their production team they continually provide exceptional service to businesses, non-profit organizations and schools. We've been pleased to serve Off-the-Wall Graphics for 20 of its 30 plus years in business.


Winterize Your Epson Printer
11/05/2017

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Every year about this time, we have Epson wide-format printer users mentioning clogged heads.

The primary cause is a lack of humidity in the air — because winter heating systems dry the air to a point below optimum operating humidity. The specification for operating humidity for Epson SureColor and Stylus Pro printers is between 40 to 50 percent. In an environment with forced air heat, the humidity level can easily drop below 20 percent. A simple solution is to add a small portable humidifier in the room with your Epson printer. It will help to keep your printer running smoothly and it will provide a healthier environment, too.

Click here to see the humidifiers and related items that we offer (the Swiffer is in the list because the printers don't like dust, either).


Update Your Epson Wide-Format Printer Firmware
11/02/2017

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Epson has announced important firmware updates for the Webconfig feature in certain Professional Imaging Printer products. This update addresses a vulnerability that may compromise the security of the printer’s web browser. The CVE-ID for this vulnerability is CVE-2017-6443 and you can learn more about it on the CVE website.

Printers affected:
Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson SureColor F2000, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 7900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 9900, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 7890, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 9890, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4880, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 4450, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 11880, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro GS6000, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 3800, all models, all previous firmware versions
Epson Stylus Pro 3880, all models, all previous firmware versions

You can also download the Epson data sheet describing this issue.


Pittsburgh Gives - Artist Image Resource
10/05/2017

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Five words come to mind to describe Artists Image Resource (AIR), located on the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Educate. Inspire. Stimulate. Experience. Create. Whether one is an established artist, a novice printer, or a person hungry to whet their creative appetite, AIR is the go-to facility locally, regionally and nationally for printmaking and is equipped to produce relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing and digital printing projects. Its mantra ~ Production – Education – Community ~ is evident throughout the artist operated, non profit print and imaging organization. Buzzing activity of resident artists, students and community visitors is constant and print artworks can be viewed in progress or hanging on walls throughout its space. Go on a studio tour, sign up for a workshop or take an in depth, refresher tutorial and experience first hand what this extraordinary laboratory offers.



Executive and Artistic Director, Robert Beckman, enthusiastically talks about resident artist Ricardo Ruiz’s work in progress, describing one step of the process.




Can't transport your students or community group to AIR. . . they’ll come to you! Mobile printing units allow participants to learn all aspects of the photographic silkscreen process.




Ben Page is AIR's in-house printer extraordinaire. Here, he explains the intaglio process.




Examples of printmaker works decorate the walls of AIR adding interest, color and voice.


The Less You Pay for a Printer, the More You Pay for Ink.
07/25/2017

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A review of Epson inkjet photo printers is a great example of this.

Epson Expression Photo XP-960 11 x 17 All-in-One Printer - $219.99 - ink cost per ml - $2.49

Epson Artisan 1430 13 inch wide printer - $349.99 - ink cost per ml - $2.10

Epson SureColor P400 13 inch wide printer - $479.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $1.39

Epson SureColor P600 13 inch wide printer - $599.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $1.24

Epson SureColor P800 17 inch wide printer - $899.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $0.69

Epson SureColor P5000 17 inch wide printer - $1,495.00 (after rebate) - ink cost per ml - $0.43

Epson SureColor P6000 24 inch wide printer - $2,195.00 - ink cost per ml - $0.34 (700 ml cartridges)

Epson SureColor P10000 44 inch wide printer - $5,245.00 - ink cost per ml - $0.28


Epson T-Series Printers Join Epson's Brighter Futures Program
07/15/2017

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Special education discounts are available to K - 12 and higher education institutions for purchases of Epson's SureColor T-Series T3270 (24 inches wide), T5270 (36 inch), and T7270 (44 inch) printers.

The Epson T-Series printers are incredibly versatile and cover a wide variety of printing needs including posters (to promote football games, for example), maps, engineering drawings, banners, and even clear film for screen printing, at top of the line speeds. And, by utilizing Epson’s Brighter Futures program specifically designed for education, you can get significant savings off the regular price for any of the SureColor T-series models:



To visit our Epson T-Series overview page, please click this link (note: prices shown on the overview page are standard T-Series prices and don't include Epson's Brighter Futures discounts).

Please call us for additional information on Epson's Brighter Futures Program!


Ed Massery – Pittsburgh Architectural Photographer
06/27/2017

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From its rich past to a modern, bright future, architectural design is abundant, noteworthy and flourishing in Pittsburgh. To successfully showcase design aesthetics, both external and internal, of the many buildings and structures throughout the city is a formidable feat. Working as an architectural photographer for over 27 years, Pittsburgher Ed Massery has taken on the challenge with passion, skill and mastery.


Benedum Trees building roof, photograph by Ed Massery, 2017.



The Gateway Station is the jewel in Pittsburgh Transit Authority's light rail system. It was photographed by Ed Massery, 2012.

 

Visit Ed Massery's website, view his portfolio, and appreciate his distinct representation of architecture in Pittsburgh and beyond.


Omni William Penn Hotel lobby, photograph by Ed Massery, 2003.


Windows 10 Pro Desktop PCs for Business
06/26/2017

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We've identified a few PCs that have Windows 10 Pro installed and provide the best performance for your dollar. And, they all have 3 year manufacturer's warranties.

If you want a Solid State Drive rather than a mechanical hard drive and a 7th generation Intel processor, then check out this HP ProDesk 600 G3 Micro Tower - it includes an Intel Core i5-7500, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 7,822, 8GB of memory and a 256GB drive. It's currently priced at $779.00.

Or, step up to a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor with a HP ProDesk 600 G3 SFF PC - it includes an Intel Core i7-7700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 10,959, 8GB of memory and a 256GB drive. It's currently priced at $859.00.

The equivalent Dell with a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor would be a Dell Optiplex 5050 SFF PC - it includes an Intel Core i7-7700, with a CPU Benchmark rating of 10,959, 8GB of memory and a 256GB drive. It's currently priced at $859.00.

Get one of the first AMD Ryzen desktops - a SFF Lenovo ThinkCentre M715s that is running a Ryzen 7 1700 processor and a reasonably fast NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 video controller with 2GB of memory. The new AMD Ryzen provides a CPU benchmark rating of 13,813 at an unheard of low price. The Lenovo M715s currently priced at $999.00 (and it's a special order product that will take a couple of weeks to ship).

If you want a tower PC, with lots of room for internal expansion, the HP EliteDesk 800 G3 Tower - is a great choice - it comes with a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 4 memory slots that will support up to 64GB of memory, free drive bays and M2 slots, and 4 PCIe slots. It's currently priced at $1,029.00.

Get a workstation class PC, the Lenovo ThinkStation P320 Tower - it comes with a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700K processor (CPU Benchmark 12,174), 16GB of memory and 4 memory slots that will support up to 64GB of memory, free drive bays and M2 slots, and 4 PCIe slots. It's currently priced at $1,219.00.

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