- The Stylus Pro 4900, a 17-inch printer incorporating the 11-ink UltraChrome HDR ink set found in the Stylus Pro 7900 (Printerville review);
- The Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890, updated versions of their 24- and 44-inch printers, respectively, which incorporate the 8-color UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta inksets, and are priced at $3,000 and $5,000; and
- The Stylus Pro 7900CTP, a 24-inch, computer-to-plate, version of the Stylus Pro 7900 that produces aluminum lithographic printing press plates that can “produce up to 20,000 impressions each with image quality that’s superior to polyester solutions available today.”
Moab by Legion is now shipping Somerset Photo Satin 300, a cotton-based, traditional fine art paper produced by St Cuthberts Mill in the UK. The paper, which is free of optical brighteners, has a very smooth finish and a neutral white color. While the term ‘Satin’ might lead you to believe that it has a glossy- or luster-style shine, there is almost no reflectivity in the sample images we’ve looked at, and the blacks were exceptionally deep, while still holding significant shadow detail. It is optimized for pigment inks.
Somerset Photo Satin is designed for use by photographers interested in selling their work, and is priced accordingly: it’s a little under $3 per letter-size sheet, and $6.50 for a 13"x19" sheet. It is also available in 17", 24", 44" and 60" rolls.
We’re currently getting ready for the annual PMA convention, which will be held next Thursday through Saturday in Las Vegas. While we were working on lining up meetings with the media companies, we discovered that Crane & Co., the venerable stationers based in Dalton, Mass., had sold their Museo line of digital fine art media to a new company, Intelicoat:
On December 17, 2007 Crane & Co. announced the sale of their digital fine art paper business, including the Museo brand of products, to Intelicoat Technologies. Intelicoat is the leading coater and converter of inkjet media including papers, films, canvas, and other fabrics. Crane will continue to supply the base paper and existing technologies.