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EFI Warns Not to Upgrade to Windows 10

From an EFI email blast (read more at this link):

"Fiery servers running Windows® 7 or Windows 8.1 will not support the Windows 10 upgrade directly on the server. Please do not install Windows 10 directly on your Fiery server.

If the Fiery server is upgraded to Windows 10, it will not operate and the system will have to be rebuilt from original software disks or backup images.

Microsoft announced that a Windows 10 upgrade can be performed through Windows Updates starting July 29th. A "Get Windows 10" notification may pop up on your Fiery server asking you to upgrade to Windows 10. Please dismiss the notification."

We've actually been hearing a few good things about Windows 10, but we would provide the same advice. If Windows 10 will break a Fiery server, it could very easily break other software that is being used. Our advice is to not be an early adopter - let the problems and their resolutions be discovered and resolved before upgrading.

Hahnemühle's Comparable Ilford Papers

Hahnemühle has two sheets that are similar to popular Ilford papers:

Photo Silk Baryta 310 gsm (at this link on Hahnemuhle's website) compares well with Ilford Gold Fiber Silk. Photo Silk Baryta 310, features the look and feel of a traditional baryta photo paper.

Photo Pearl 310 gsm (at this link on Hahnemuhle's website) is close to Ilford Smooth Pearl with a slightly different white point. It's very close and anyone who has used the Ilford will have no problem using the Hahnemuhle Photo Pearl 310.

Until September 30, you can take advantage of our Private Sale on these sheets and rolls and save 10% - Click this link for complete details!

Best Color Printer Values

Printer manufacturers generally follow the rule that says that the less that you pay for a printer, the more that you pay for consumables. Because of introductory rebates, HP has broken this rule and is offering OfficeJet Enterprise printers at tremendous prices that are very frugal with supplies. Our calculations show that these printers cost 1.4 cents per black copy and 5.1 cents per color copy (you can see detailed costs per copy in our website listing for these printers).

HP OfficeJet Enterprise X555dn ($509.00)
HP OfficeJet Enterprise X555xh ($789.00)

If you want a traditional color laser printer that more closely fits the price vs. cost model, the lowest cost per copy is the

Ricoh SP C440dn ($1099.00)

(as low as 899.00 with a qualified trade-in and supplies purchase) - at .7 cents per black copy and 3.8 cents per color copy.

Cleaning Products that Help Wide Format Printers Run Well

We've added a few Ink2image cleaning products that will help to keep your Epson wide format printer in great shape. Ink2image's Lyson Dead Head Cleaning Fluid is designed to flush out inks and dissolve dried ink deposits. You can check out our selection of these cleaning products at this link.

Detours for Local Customers

We've added alternate route maps that will help our local customers traveling from the Liberty Tubes avoid congestion caused by the Rt. 51 and Rt. 88 construction. To view the alternate routes, click this link.

Epson Photo Paper Sale!

Stock up and save on Epson photo papers in sheets and rolls - including Exhibition Fiber, Luster, Glossy, Semimatte, and Metallic! Buy three packages of qualifying Epson Photo Paper and get reimbursed by Epson for the cost of the least expensive package (excluding tax).

For a complete listing of eligible items, please Click this link. Up to 9 claims can be made per customer address! Offer ends on July 31, 2015.

Epson Pano Awards

The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography. Advances in digital photography and editing software has resulted in a surge in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well.

There is a prize pool of $50,000.00, and the entry fee per image is $20.00 (or less for students, etc.). Click this link for more information!

Check Out Our New Ink and Toner Finders

If you are looking for ink or toner for your printer, check out our new Ink and Toner finders. You can use them to easily find inks or toners that work with your printer. We currently list printers that we have sold or that we recommend to customers. If you have suggestions for other printers, please let us know.

Save 25 Percent on ColorBurst RIP Software

Save 25 percent off list price on all Colorburst RIP SKU's - both the ColorBurst OverDrive RIP (Mac OS and Windows) and the ColorBurst Pro RIP (Windows only). Get PostScript RIP support for EPS, PS and PDF files, Pantone Color Matching, nesting, cropping, step and repeat and a host of other features at the best price ever.

To take advantage of this offer, enter coupon code cb25 in the Gift Redemption Code box as you checkout. For a complete listing of eligible items for this offer, please click this link.

Apple updates the Mac mini

It looks like Apple has once again done what is best for Apple, and has left their customers with less value and choice than ever.

The October, 2014 Mac mini is an updated version of the previous mini (updated in October, 2012). It includes the latest generation Intel Haswell processors, the latest on-board Intel HD 5000 or Iris Graphics, Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. The October, 2012 models included previous generation Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 and i7 CPUs, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Thuderbolt (1), USB 2.0 and FireWire. And, the 2014 Mac mini's start at $499.00 vs. $599.00 for the 2012's.

It sounds like a great deal - you get all of the latest technology rolled into a very small package - really nice updates to Thunderbolt 2 and much better graphics. But, you are being forced into the Apple non-repairable, throw-away model - the 2014 mini's memory isn't user upgradeable, making the $499.00 base model price very deceiving. 1. the base model comes with 4GB of memory that can't be upgraded, barely enough to boot a new computer, 2. it has a low power and very slow Core i5 processor (CPU Benchmark of 3651 vs. 3804 for the 2012 base model), and 3. it comes with a slow 500GB mechanical hard drive. And, if you aren't satisfied with it's performance in a year or so, you can throw it away, because it can't be upgraded.

On the high-end, the 2014 mini is even less of a bargain. A 2014 Dual-Core i7 (CPU Benchmark of 5068) model with 16GB of memory and a 1TB fusion drive clocks in at $1399.00 (the top-of-the line model with 1TB PCIe storage and AppleCare is $2298.00!). A 2012 Quad-Core i7 (CPU Benchmark of 8328) model with a 500GB SSD drive, a 1TB storage drive and 16GB of memory (with user installed upgrades) would cost around $1250.00. I'm sure that users would love to have Intel Iris Graphics and Thunderbolt 2. But, why force them to get the improvements by charging more money for a machine that is 40 percent slower in processing horsepower?

Finally, if you are looking at the 2014 Mac mini, include AppleCare in your purchase. Since the machines aren't upgradeable, if you need a new high-end motherboard, you will need to buy the model that corresponds to your mini - i.e., you'll need to buy a high-end one with a Core-i7 processor and 16GB of soldered memory. (Funny, adding that extra $99.00 AppleCare cost brings the base model price within $1.00 of the 2012 base model - which we felt didn't need AppleCare.)

Graph Expo Show Specials on Epson 7900 and 9900 Printers

Purchase an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and you will receive a $750.00 instant rebate plus a Graph Expo Show Special rebate of $500.00 - for a total rebate of $1250.00. Purchase an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and you will receive a $1000.00 instant rebate plus a Graph Expo Show Special rebate of $750.00 - for a total rebate of $1750.00.

Offers expire on October 31, 2014.

Boycotting the Football Industrial Complex

Boycotting the Football Industrial Complex.

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