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Are we going to see the end of 3rd party ink cartridge suppliers?

Wide Format Online reported earlier in the year that Epson had issued patent law suits against over twenty 3rd party ink producers across the globe. Today we can report that on October 19, 2007 the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") issued a Final Determination upholding, with slight modifications, the Initial Determination issued by the ITC Administrative Law Judge on March 30, 2007 that found all 11 patents belonging to Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson") to be valid and all ink cartridges at issue to infringe one or more of the patents. The modifications to the Initial Determination do not significantly change the outcome, and under the Final Determination, all of Epson's 11 patents were found valid and all accused cartridges still infringe one or more of the patents.

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Harman Technologies of the UK acquires Kentmere Photographic Photographic

Leading UK based manufacturer of photography products and inkjet papers, Harman Technology Limited, has extended its business portfolio with the acquisition of Kentmere Photographic. The move will see Kentmere joining Harman’s two other highly successful brands – Ilford Photo and Harman Photo.

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HP furthers collaboration with photo industry luminaries

HP today announced collaborations with photographic legend Albert Watson and leading photographic institution Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), marking the company’s continued advancement in professional photo printing and demonstrating its commitment to the photo community.

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Leaf unveils new corporate branding and web site

Leaf has announced a new brand identity that dynamically expresses its role as a fully integrated digital camera system vendor. Leaf's new brand identity encompasses all visual elements, from a new logo and avatar, to a stunning web site that showcases Leaf products and the work of professional photographers who use these solutions.

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New Canon Polished Rag and HR Coated Bond Paper

Canon have announced two new substrates, The new Canon Polished Rag, which they say is ideal for digital artists and fine art photography and High Resolution Coated Bond Paper.

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Onyx Graphics adds support for new Epson Stylus Pro printers

Onyx Graphics has announced it has added support for the recently-introduced Epson Stylus Pro 7880, 9880 and 11880 wide format printers. These new printers use Epson UltraChrome K3 inks and can achieve extremely high quality with resolutions up to 2880 x 1440 dpi.

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Corel Announces Paint Shop Pro Photo X2

Richard Dodd, well known local Corel representative has been traveling the country recently, giving excellent demonstrations on Corel's new Paint Shop Pro X2.

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Ilford to launch new Omnijet wide format film and specialty media

Ilford announces today its planned attendance at SGIA 2007, where the company will showcase its new and improved film and specialty wide format media in the Omnijet product line.

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Apple to ship Mac OS X Leopard on 26 October

Apple today announced that Mac OS X Leopard will go on sale Friday, 26 October at 6:00 p.m. at Apple Authorised Resellers, and that Apple’s online store is now accepting pre-orders. Leopard is packed with more than 300 new features and introduces a brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock; a redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application; Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; and Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac.

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Canon posts free Online Paper Profiles

Canon USA has announced the availability of custom online profiles for its imagePROGRAF iPF6100 and imagePROGRAF iPF5000 printers. To help new iPF6100 and iPF5000 users take their prints to the next level of colour management, Canon has posted free enhanced paper profiles for both Mac and PC users covering the company’s most popular fine art and photographic media. The profiles are free and available on the Professional Printer section of Canon’s Digital Learning Center located at,

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Inkjet technology playing it's part in Stem Cell research

We have already revealed that inkjet technology could be a new way of delivering drugs to humans by replacing hyperdermic needles. Now it has been revealed that the technology is being developed to create implantable human organs.

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Useful portable DVD±RW drive with LightScribe

LaCie has announced the shipping of its new Portable DVD±RW Drive with LightScribe. The drive was designed exclusively for LaCie by award-winning designer, Sam Hecht, and was created with a focus on pure design. Measuring in at less than one inch tall, and one pound in weight the FireWire or USB 2.0 bus-powered LaCie Portable DVD±RW Drive offers true mobility for Mac, Windows or Linux operating systems.

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Exhibition Fibre Inkjet Paper, a new paper from Epson

Epson has announced a new inkjet paper, Exhibition Fibre, a photo paper  they say has a 2.6 D-max and closely resembles the old silver halide paper.

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Epson adds two new photo printers

Epson has released the Epson Stylus Photo RX610 all-in-one and Epson Stylus Photo R290 single function printer, both designed, they say, for fast printing of documents and photos without compromising on quality.

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Zink means no more ink needed for your printer

Zink stands for Zero Ink. They are a company based in the US and have demonstrated what could be the future of printers with no ink.

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Inkjet goes into the 'afterlife'

The process of mixing a loved one's ashes with inkjet ink and then printing an image with the mixture can give relatives an unusual gift of remembrance.

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Correction of Digital Reproduction article

Every magazine publisher will know the anguish that one feels when a real 'Blooper' actually gets published. Digital Reproduction's latest issue contained a good example where the wrong headline was acredited to an article. To help broadcast a correction as quickly as possible, they have asked us here at Wide Format Online to formally apologise to both HP and Epson for the incorrect headline featured on page 10 of issue 9. It should have appeared as Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and not HP StylusPro 11880.

The article, together with corrected headline can be accessed here,
click here to view corrected article.

New Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe has announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software. Available for Windows, Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity for consumers to find, view and easily infuse creativity and personality into their photos. This landmark release helps consumers at all experience levels achieve outstanding results and provides interactive options for sharing unique creations via print and Web.

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Newcomer Daniel wins Epson Victorian Photographer of the Year

Daniel Murphy has won the 2007 Epson Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year Award for his outstanding images titled, Ayutthaya, Thailand; Blue Mosque, Istanbul; Headless Mirror Man and Robotman.

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Kodak attempting to 'disrupt the market' with cheaper ink cartridges: analyst

A story published on the Canadian new service CBC has commented on how Kodak has announced a shift in its inkjet printing strategy for the small desktop printer market, lowering the price of inkjet cartridges while bumping up the price of printers — a move expected to 'disrupt the market,' according to one analyst.

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Epson continues to support professional photographers nationally

Epson has announced that it will continue to support the Australian Institute of Photography (AIPP) and sponsor each State (WA, SA QLD, ACT, NSW, VIC and TAS) for the Epson Professional Photographer of the Year Awards for another three years.

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