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Innova Digital Polycotton Canvas

The new Innova digital canvas range provides a selection of exciting Innova_Canavas_Papaer_1and unique products which will transform the output of your images onto canvas and cut down on finishing time. The smooth woven surface of this polycotton canvas has been coated with a microporous gloss coating which is similar to the gloss coating we use on our FibaPrint range of papers. Therefore Innova achieves an extremely high good gloss, matte and semi-matte coatings which enhance colour gamut, and d-max in the dark areas of a print, whilst the smooth weave keeps detail needed in photographic images. The Microporous coating results in a very flexible canvas which is excellent for stretching and framing. It is easy to stretch and there is no cracking on the corners.

Innova digital canvas products are offered in roll format only. Paper feeding of cut sheet canvas products is not reliable enough. The use of cut sheet paper is therefore not recommended. Wider formats (36″-914mm and 44″-1136mm) are available on request.

Products offered comprise:

380gsm Polycotton Ultra Gloss Photo Canvas

A high white polycotton canvas with a glossy woven smooth photo surface making it ideal for photographic reproduction. The high gloss coating achieves an extremely high level of gloss which enhances colour gamut and d-max in the dark areas of a print whilst the smooth weave keeps the detail needed in photographic images.
(SKU: IFA-36)
350gsm Polycotton Matte Photo Canvas

380gsm Polycotton Matte Digital Fine Art Canvas

Innova’s new fine art canvas matte is a high white canvas with a smooth woven surface which make it ideal for the reproduction of Photographic images and artwork where high detail is required, whilst still retaining the qualities of a true canvas. It is a very flexible canvas because of it polycotton content, and ideal and easy to stretch. The canvas is water resistant
Innova Polycotton Matte Digital Fine Art Canvas 17in(432mm) x 15m 380gsm roll (SKU: IFA37)
Innova Canvas Textile Effect paper

Innova Canvas Textile Effect paper is a natural white paper with a structured canvas weave effect which gives the appearance of a true cotton canvas but with the flexibility of a paper. It is an acid free, single side coated media. Here are examples but full range of boxed and roll papers are available – see the Incartek
Innova Canvas Textile Effect Paper 315gsm A3- Single side – Box 50 Sheets (SKU: IFA-08-A3-50)

We have been Vindicated!

Vint Cerf picAccording to the BBC, Vint Cerf, a “father of the internet”, and a VP of Google, says is worried that all the images and documents we have been saving on computers will eventually be lost as hardware, software, systems and on-line services become obsolete.

Currently a Google vice-president, he is concerned lest documents and  pictures that we’ve got been saving on computers might eventually be lost.

Currently a Google vice-president, he believes this might occur as hardware and software systembecome obsolete.

He is worried that generations to come might have very little or no record of the twenty first Century as we will have digitised everything and nothing will remain in hard copy.  We would  enter a “digital Dark Age”.



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Mr Cerf said this at a major science conference in San Jose, adding ,”You and I are experiencing things like this. Old formats of documents that we’ve created or presentations may not be readable by the latest version of the software because backwards compatibility is not always guaranteed.

“And so what can happen over time is that even if we accumulate vast archives of digital content, we may not actually know what it is.”

Our Answer
This vindicates us as to what we have been saying since 2007,  Then we wrote to Microsoft asking them to guarantee that we would be able to read JPG files in 2020 – then 13, now 5, years out.  We have a request out to Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Google on similar lines now.  It will be interesting to read their responses.
Meanwhile if we need to be sure that a document is readable – PRINT IT (Using the right paper and ink!)

Do you have a Fuji (Frontier) DX100 Printer

We are currently researching the market for supplies, being a supplier of paper (Olmec/Innova) and Ink (G&G-Ninestar) to the wide format and professional user.

We are currently testing some Olmec paper and if successful we will look at doing an archival Innova Fibaprint paper (gloss and semi-matte).

If you would like to try a short roll DX100 paper DX100 please let me know.

Photokina 2010

I’m back from Cologne – What I thought of Photokina 2010

OPUSalbums visit to PhotokinaAs you will be aware Photokina is the biggest photographic show in Europe – held every two years in Cologne.  Like many German shows it was big – ten halls – and finding ones way round was a nightmare.  Direction and location signs were poor.  I was there for three days last week.  I guess I have been going there regularly for ten years.


What was at Photokina?

Things have changed.  The message ten years ago was “Everything is going digital”.  Now one would wonder whether film had ever existed.  As one pointed out there are many young photographers who have never used film.  One big exhibit outside of a main hall was for Lumography – Analogue for the post digital age.  But I never figured what this was all about.

The players have changed.  The first Photokina I went to Kodak had a complete hall:  now they had a modest stand one third the size of Samsung’s next door.  Canon and Panasonic shared a hall; Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, HP, Epson all had a big presence.  Apple was a notable absentee.

Nobody was saying ‘you must see this!’  Of course I am not turned on by the latest and best DSLR or even compact.  What is clear is that the smaller things are getting better – larger lenses with a good zoom range.  Who needs ever to change a lens (We don’t – the wide angle and telephoto zooms lie unused!).  On cameras the talk was mirror-less – which will compact things more.

Two halls – 4.1 and 6 were for my area – photo editing and other software, paper, binding, photo books, frames, minilabs, mounts down to ceramics.  In 3 days I didn’t  see everything!

I always like the Fuji stand:  I don’t use one of their products but they show what the in trends are in a vivid way.  The clear messages were 3D and Photobooks.


3D was Everywhere – 3D Photography, 3D Displays and 3D Printing

The sceptics would say “3D has been around since we were kids and earlier – all the time you need glasses it will never catch on.  Remember the old 3D green/red glasses – and Viewmaster.”   Time will show; you still really need glasses.  3D monitors were very much on show.  Fuji were pushing a 3D compact camera, Sony a 3D video camera.

What about 3D printing  There were some good ideas at the do it yourself level here.  Watch this space.


Photo Books – A Booming Business

I think the message has sunk in.  Unless a picture is printed and accessible in an easy way it is lost.  That is why, whilst the number of 6×4 type prints is decreasing, the photo book business is exploding!  Of course, I admit any are produced at service centres and minilabs.  But there is scope for you to do your own. started this way and will continue to offer covers, paper software and binding systems for casual users, professional and even production users.

Our partners were there too.  PXLSoft was pushing its Enterprise software suite (Dg Foto Art Organizer, Krafter, Express) heavily – ideal for anybody wanting to offer a photobook service.  We are now equipped to handle this product as well as Dg Foto Art Essentia and Gold.  Unibind was sowing new higher end binding systems with crimping devices.  For the consumer end there was the ‘talking photobook’ (not yet on the market along with themed versions of the 6×4 My book (Pics Book Jr).  We also found some more cover sets for the Pics Book Jr range.


An endorsement from a World Leading Market Research Organisation!

Incidentally this featured in a presentation given by the leading market research company GfK.  The left hand page shows an exponential growth in the production of photobooks.  Look carefully at the graphic.  It’s been lifted directly from our website (You can even see OPUS).  I’m not sure whether you call that a breech of copyright from one of the world’s most prestigious market research companies.  At least it is an endorsement – thank you GfK