Windows 7 Support is Ending

Windows 7 Support is Ending

How This Decision Reaches into the Wide Format World

Microsoft officially announced that it will end Windows 7 support on January 14th, 2020. The operating system millions of users and businesses still rely on is about to reach its expiration date, or ‘end of life’. Much like old milk in the fridge, keeping it around can create problems. In Windows terms, this involves stability issues, compatibility issues, and dangerous exploits leaving your systems (and all connected devices) vulnerable to attack.

So how does this affect wide format printing and scanning? Let us explain. Even though you need to upgrade to Windows 10, many of your older devices just aren’t supported on the new operating system. This includes printers, scanners, and more. Businesses are being faced with the choice of upgrading to a safe and secure version of Windows, but having to buy new equipment… or keeping everything ‘as is’ and hoping it all holds together while increasing the risk of ransomware attacks every day.

If you have an older Canon printer or scanner, such as the CiC40 series scanners or M40 MFP series systems, you’re already confirmed by Canon to be in this boat. Additional models and brands are also likely affected. The time to make the leap to Windows10 is now. With that, you might want to check on  your software and hardware compatibility.

This is also a good time to assess your company’s needs. Take a look at your company growth plan. Where do you stand?  Do you want a comparable machine that has the same functionality, or is there an opportunity to increase your printing capabilities?  Are maintenance and down-time problems you have been having?  This is an opportunity to look for greater efficiency in your equipment. 

Need help making a decision? Contact the experts. Here at Minuteman Press, we are an authorized retailer for Epson & Canon printers, scanners and MFP (multi-function printer) systems, as well as WideTek scanners. Beyond that, we integrated New England Blueprint into our company. New England Blueprint has been specializing in engineering technologies since 1919. When it comes to large format printing and scanning, we’ve got you covered!

submitted by Brian Preston, our Wide Format Specialist

2019 is Looking Bright

Pantone announced Living Coral 16-1546 as their color of the year for 2019.  This bright, cheerful color reminds us of summer days and the bold colors found in nature.

According to Pantone,

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Pantone is the leading color expert in the printing and graphic design industry.  Each year, they select a color-of-the-year that reflects the trends they see in our culture and in current design trends.

How will you use color in your work in 2019?  Let’s go brightly into the new year!

Promotional Products from Bic / Norwood

Promotional Products from Bic / Norwood

Michael met with Bic / Norwood in Massachusetts today to learn more about their promotional product line.  This is the same Bic brand that makes pens, and Norwood is their brand of well-made promotional products.   They offer 4,500 items!

Did you know that BIC has an internal legal department to make sure that all of their items are safe for the consumers?  You can feel good about putting your company logo on Bic items.  We do!

Michael was impressed by the BIC MyCharge portable power bank.  Perfect for the times that your digital gear can’t make it through the day.  On a job site?  In all-day meetings?  Make sure that your phone can keep up!

We can also customize genuine Leatherman Tools with laser engraving.  They can be ordered in quantities as low as 1.  Leatherman Tools are nice gifts for personal or business use.

Want to feel good about giving back?  BIC Graphic is supporting the Wounded Warrior Project this year.  BIC will donate $2.00 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every qualifying purchase.  There are more than 200 items that qualify!  They guaranteed a minimum donation of $100,000 for the year 2015.

If you have any questions about promotional products, please contact us any time.

New Year…New Product…Make a New Impression

New Year…New Product…Make a New Impression

We are so excited by this new product from Mohawk!  While you may not share our general exuberance for printing, we think these items will catch your attention!

We are now offering the new Mohawk Dimensional products.  Customized boxes and tent cards are nothing new, so why are we excited about these?  These items are pre-perforated, pre-scored, and print from a template that we customize with a design for you.  In a nutshell, these are a fast and affordable way to make a statement!

Mohawk provides these products as flat sheets of paper and we print on them the same way we do brochures or postcards.  After they’re printed, they easily pop into shape.  Because these are off-the-shelf products, you can order a small quantity and have them in a day or two.

Options include cube box, gift box, table tent card, pocket folder, golf ball sleeve, wine bottle box, greeting card and door hanger.