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OPUSalbums.com is a leading supplier of print-your-own photo albums, creative and digital photographic papers. It also supports a wide range of photo album, editing and supportive software and backs its offerings with a resource of guidance, tips and ideas, second to none. Based in Rochester England and Rochester NY, USA we are able to support professional, amateur and hobbyist photographers worldwide.

About Incartek

 

 

download_2_16Incartek provides a full range of quality paper and ink supplies at excellent prices for professional and serious amateur photographers and the users of wide format printers.  Working with first-rate companies such as  Ninestar (G&G) and Innova Art we offer consumables to produce photographs, designs, giclée prints, wall displays, signage, gallery wraps – even vehicle graphics

The roots of Incartek go back to 1990, when we introduced one of the first inkjet refill kits to Europe. Cartridges were simple in design and few in number, but even then consumers were being ripped off by the printer manufacturer.

The business evolved and the group of companies were involved in toner cartridge collection, compatible and recycled inkjet cartridges, inkjet paper and the components for toner cartridge recycling..

Ink Cartridge Technologies Ltd was incorporated to take over three patents in the design of inkjet cartridges.

 The company is owned and managed by Daniel Roberts, a veteran of the industry, having been involved in computers since 1963 when he was at university studying economics and statistics. Before becoming involved in printer supplies, he was Director of Planning for Memorex International, where he understood the need to provide compatible alternatives to the leaders (then IBM) as well as anybody. This experience lays behind Incartek today.

 

 

 

Why lose your Most Valued Memories?

Old Picture Chaos
Old Picture Chaos

By Daniel Roberts,
 Incartek

As we progress in years we have more cherished memories – memories that we have captured on our camera. We like to go back over them, remembering the events, the places and the people.

But that presupposes we can view these pictures. Where are they now? Are those photos unreadable?

Pre-digital
  1. In traditional photo albums – good – no problem at all.
  2. In shoe boxes – OK – not quite as viewer friendly
  3. Canisters of 35mm transparencies – hmmm –you cannot buy a lamp for that old projector
  4. Boxes of slides – hmmm – big job scanning these in – and the quality often isn’t great either
Digital
  1. On a computer – with terabytes of space, and a backup drive that never fails
  2. On CD’s – I personally have a pile which I cannot read any more (can anybody help?
  3. On an on-line service – Livedrive lost all the photos I uploaded. More about that in another blog post.

Oh and will Flikr, Dropbox etc. be around in 30 or 40 years’ time?

Incartek albums
Thankfully I have all my best photos in traditional photo albums – several hundred of them! Last winter I spent several evenings scanning them into my computer. A lot more to go. I will probably have to pay somebody to do the rest. And the quality is not as good.

And I am carrying on printing 4×6” (10x15cm) photos – and putting them into traditional albums. In 60 years these photos should still be around. I won’t be! That is what I recommend.

PS – Microsoft told me a few years ago that they could not guarantee that .jpg files and CD’s could be read in 2020 – just 6 year’s time!

 

 

Printing Fine Art for Pleasure or Profit

Fine art printing is a good source of income – and pleasure.

Innova_photo_Art_Paper_5Professional photographers need more income,  amateurs can make a little too!

There are professional photographic printers and printing bureaux using wide format inkjet printers.  Some are Incartek’s customers as we supply some of the finest digital art papers available (from Innova Art).

However you may feel you cannot justify the investment in wide format printing.  But there is a lot you can do yourself.  This is especially true if you wish to give fast turnaround service and your customers want pictures of size up to A3 (or A3 Plus).

  1. Get yourself a good printer.  The Epson R2400 has been around for years,  But it is still listed by Epson, selling for $1299 – much more than it was in the UK.  This must be a  testimonial to its popularity.  You can buy one for £100 or less on eBay.
  1. Use first class ink. Of course we recommend Ninestar G&G.  Check out the website http://www.incartek.com/incartek-your-ink-toner/cartridges-for-wide-format-epson-printers.html
  1. Use the right paper– and paper is probably the most important element in the whole question.  – The Photo Art and Fine Art ranges from Innova are best.
  1. Use the ICC profiles appropriate to your printer, ink and paper.  Profiles for paper sold by OPUSalbums are available – see http://www.innovaart.com/icc-profiles-1/

 

 

 

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!)

Why let your Cherished Memories Rot?

By Daniel Roberts,
Incartek

Our lives are full of memories.  In photography we have found a technique for recording them so that we can go back over them ten, twenty, forty years later. In retirement, when one may have more time to reminisce and less strength to go on adventure, what better pastime can there be than going back over our photos and thinking,  “That was when …” – “I’d forgotten about him – I wonder what’s he doing now..”, or “Wasn’t she an amazing lady”.


 

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That presupposes one thing. – That those photos are readily available and capable of being read.

Old Picture chaosGo back 40years. Chances are that you have some regular photo albums, a few shoe boxes full of photos, canisters of transparencies (for that projector which you cannot get a lamp for) and a few hundred little plastic boxes full of the transparencies that they came back from Kodak in. More? what about those unreadable super-8 films and a pile of VHS video tapes (still OK but for how long?). May I suggest that there is only one of the above media that you are going to look at regularly – the photo album. Why? – because it is visible and accessible.  The shoeboxes of prints probably come next – a poor second.

Is history repeating itself?  The number of photos taken has risen exponentially. Indeed we spend some of our most cherished moments viewing that unforgettable moment through a viewfinder or LCD.  Then what?  View the thumbnails – select the good ones, edit them – and what next?

  • Leave them on the computer.  Sort of visible for a time – but awaiting a hard disk failure.
  • Transfer them to CD/DVD – invisible (therefore as inaccessible as the old trannies) – and who knows when your computer will no longer be able to read a CD. (In my loft I have a box full of 5¼” floppy disks full of valuable information).
  • Put them on your iPad – fine till you get that message ‘storage full’.
  • Two album weddingUpload them to Flikr or another on-line service.  These services come and go with monotonous regularity. Do you really think they will be round in 40 years time? Those memories – not only inaccessible – but LOST!*

So – what’s the answer?  Back to the old photo album. And using your computer it’s so much easier.

  • Take your photos, select the best and assemble into a story.
  • Edit the photos if necessary – and lay them out into pages – and add text.
  • Print them at home on your own inkjet printer (quicker and more flexible than an outside photo book service).

You have a neat, accessible permanent book, which you can label and file to look at whenever you like. Quick – easy and effective.

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* Even Microsoft told us that they could not guarantee that .jpg files and CD’s could be read in 2020 – 12 year’s time!

 

 

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