LexJet Named a Digital Output Readers’ Choice Top 50

Once again, LexJet products have been named to Digital Output magazine’s 23rd Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards, as featured in the November issue. These awards recognize products that attract high reader interest throughout the year.

“We continue to work with some of the most influential vendors in the space, and our readers respond by inquiring about their products year after year,” says Tom Tetreault, editor-in-chief/publisher, Digital Output.

Three LexJet products made the list, including:

“This recognition from Digital Output readers confirms that we’re bringing innovative products to market that our customers want and need,” says Dean Lambert, LexJet Vice President. “We’re extremely grateful that these readers continue to count on LexJet to produce excellent work for their customers.”

Other Top 50 products, available at LexJet, include:

LexJet Hosting On-Site Demos for Super-Fast Canvas Wrap Production Machine

Canvas wrap production machineAs noted last week, along with a demo video at the LexJet Blog, LexJet has been selected to demonstrate and distribute the fastFrame 1000 from Swiss manufacturer Imaging Solutions AG. The automated canvas wrap machine, which produces up to 80 finished canvas wraps per hour, was one of the most talked-about products at drupa 2012, held in Dusseldorf, Germany, June 4-15.

LexJet will hold demonstrations of the fastFrame at its demo facility in Sarasota in July. To schedule an appointment to see the fastFrame in action, in person, at LexJet’s demo facility, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

“When we saw the fastFrame at drupa we were simply amazed at its production capacity. My first thought when I saw it was how much time and money it would save our customers who do high production runs of canvas gallery and museum wraps,” says Dean Lambert, LexJet vice president.

The fastFrame is a fully automated canvas stretching machine that can mount canvas onto 12″ x 8″ to 41″ x 41″ stretcher bars, finishing up to 80 canvas wraps per hour. Priced at around $153,000, it is designed for high production environments that require accuracy and quality in the finished product with the push of a button.

Automated canvas wrap machineImaging Solutions also manufactures the easyFrame, a semi-automated version priced at around $82,000 that can produce up to 45 finished canvas wraps per hour. The easyFrame is expected to arrive at LexJet’s demo center later this summer.

“LexJet was the perfect fit for the U.S. demonstration and distribution of the fastFrame. It just made sense to work with a company that has been an innovator in the inkjet printing industry, including fine art and canvas, since the industry’s inception,” says Armando Casanova of Imaging Solutions. “Plus, LexJet’s customer service is second to none, which was one of the most important elements we were looking for in a U.S. partner.”

With both the fastFrame and easyFrame you can use pre-assembled canvas stretcher frames, or you can make them yourselves. Imaging Solutions also offers a semi-automatic frame assembling machine called the fastMount.

For more information, and to schedule a demonstration in July, contact a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538.

Have Fun, Build Business with Simply Postcards App

iPhone iPad iPod Touch app postcardsLet’s face it. People still love to get mail and enjoy their hand-delivered paper products. The death of print has been greatly exaggerated. What we often see instead is a complementary merging of digital and print.

Case in point is Simply Postcards, a division of Simply Canvas and Simply Color Lab, which recently introduced a new app that allows you to create your own postcard digitally and have it printed and sent to the person or business of your choice. The app can be used with an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or at the Simply Postcards website. The Droid app is scheduled to be available next week for Droiders, or whatever you call someone who uses a Droid.

“The app is easy and fun, and everyone I know who uses it loves it,” says Dean Lambert, LexJet vice president, who has been overwhelming the U.S. Postal Service with postcards to friends and family.

Lest you think that Simply Postcards is only a means to send birthday cards and such to loved ones, it’s actually an excellent tool for business. Check out a few of the 1,001 ways in which pro photographers are using the app to stay in touch and follow up with their clients at www.simplypostcards.net/1001-uses.html.

“We’re starting to see small businesses use it as a means to easily tap customized direct mail through the app,” says Dan Ptak, project manager for Simply Postcards. “The site includes a nice business function for importing contacts, bulk pricing from 80 cents to a dollar apiece, and a function that allows you to schedule a postcard for a later date so that it arrives on an anniversary, a birthday, as an order reminder or on holidays.”

Simply Postcards recently added Simply Borders to the app’s repertoire. Borders that you can add to the postcard include Featured (Seasonal and appropriately timed themes, including Valentine’s Day… Hurry up for that!), Occasions (Happy birthday, thank you), Travel (Wish you were here, vintage airmail), and Miscellaneous (Vintage photo album look, filmstrip), or create your own using their template http://www.simplypostcards.net/simplyborders/custom.html.

To see it in action, check out Simply Postcards’ YouTube video at www.youtube.com/user/SimplyPostcards

Every user receives their first postcard free after signing up, and just for our readers, Simply Postcards is also supplying three more free with the promo code: lexjet

Paging Mr. Lambert, Paging Mr. Lambert

Great shot, huh? Without Gwen's stellar service, great memories from this summer's trip to Torch Lake would not have been captured. Read on to find out what Gwen did and what it means to all of us.

On Wednesday, July 30, the Lambert Clan was getting ready to head to Pop and Mimi’s for a summer vacation in beautiful Alden, Mich. (Torch Lake). The Lambert clan consists of Will (our 8-year-old son), Carter (our 6-year-old daughter), Charlie (our 4-year-old son), me and Isa (my wife of 15 years and the glue that holds us all together).

We had a plane to catch the next morning, and needless to say I had nothing to do with getting everyone packed, organized and ready for the long day’s journey ahead. My sole responsibility was packing the car for the one-hour trip to Tampa International Airport and helping everyone get dressed in the morning, excluding Isa of course.

Four full suitcases (check), four carry-on bags (check), three kids (check)… Ready to roll! In eight hours we’d be at Pop & Mimi’s for the next ten days for some well deserved R&R.

Everything was going smoothly so far. We boarded the first leg of our flight on Delta Airlines to Detroit where we would switch planes to make the final leg of our journey to Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich.

The kids were great on the first leg, but I knew that things were going too smoothly at this point; something had to give. The flight to Detroit was delightful (maybe not so delightful for the gentleman trying to sleep in the seat in front of Charlie as he put the tray table up and down more than 100 times), but the kids were happy and well behaved, which made the parents even happier.

When we arrived in Detroit, I was in charge of the carry-on bags and helping to herd the kids to the next gate. Again, everything was going as planned – no crying or arguing, just a whole lot of cooperation and anticipation.

As we arrived at the next gate, we did a quick check to make sure we had everything… We did and now we had about two hours to kill before the final leg. Isa took the kids to the restroom and the food court while I guarded our possessions and enjoyed a brief 30 minutes of daddy quiet time. Once everyone returned we set up camp and enjoyed our lunch. One more leg to go!