5 , 2000
The Best of Seybold
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Epson Stylus Pro 9500
This thing wasn't introduced at the Seybold show. Nevertheless, it was the best
printer on the show floor. This thing can print on any media up to 44" wide
and 1/4" thick. It uses an ink that isn't an ink, but rather a very finely
milled solid that can be fed through Epson's inkjet print heads, resulting in
the kind of stunning quality we've come to expect of Epson without any restrictions
on paper. Simply gorgeous.
Without a doubt, the Wacom PL500 LCD graphics tablet was the coolest piece of
hardware at the show. This 24-bit, 15" (1,024 x 768), pressure-sensitive
tablet will make you the envy of all graphics professionals. I've actually had
dreams about this tablet. Imagine drawing on your screen in full color with a
pen that can even detect the angle at which you're drawing. Sweet bejeezus! If
any of you out there had any decency whatsoever, you'd buy me one of these things!
You might have
noticed that we stopped at seven awards and that some obvious categories were
omitted. Why? Well, few companies had anything new to offer at this year's show,
and even fewer had products that really stood out as essential tools for creative
So were there
other great examples of Macerphernalia at the Seybold show? Sure. Cameras, scanners,
die cuttersthe whole gamut of offerings you'd expect at a Mac-oriented trade
show. But the seven products we've named Best of Show this year stand out far
above the rest. These companies should be congratulated for the excellent work
they've done in the last year.
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