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The beginner iPad

11. February 2010 13:38 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print news, shopping, printer cartridge, ipad, apple  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

















Ready for your iPad? The majority of us do not yet have access to the iPad until late March, and once it is in stores it may take you a while to save up the $500+ for this new device. Solution? Print an iPad and start drooling!

Jess Silverstone, the lead artist for Revolutionary Concepts put together a printable Apple iPad for your viewing pleasure.

The directions are simple: Make sure you have some good color cartridges for printing, select borderless printing if your printer offers the advanced function, then click here to print the iPad front and feed the page back in to print the Apple back.

Print Great Photos from Your iPhone

10. February 2010 13:49 by Danielle Bernhard in print photos, canon, hp, wireless printing, iphone, epson printer, apple  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
I don’t know about you, but since getting my iPhone, and really ever since Smart phones became so “smart”, my laptop does not get the every day usage it used to see from me. I do still have to log in for a few tasks, such as printing photos.

There are some useful and creative iPhone apps that allow you to even print photos from the iPhone. There are some great, free apps that you can install to print to a Wi-Fi network enabled printer.

Looking for more fun with photos? PS Mobile redeems the lack of editing in the iPhone Camera with Photoshop style editing. Another free app, PS Mobile allows you to crop, brighten, add borders and even upload and host on Photoshop.com.

What Mobile phone apps have you found to make taking or printing photos easier?

Is print news going the way of Facebook?

9. February 2010 12:57 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print news, facebook  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)





















As illustrated in the graph above, newspaper ad sales (a.k.a. revenue) have dropped at an accelerating rate since April, 2006. The Newspaper Association of America reported that print ad sales fell by a historic 29.7% to $5.9 billion in the first period of 2009.

What will the future of newspapers look like in 2010? With the wide use of the internet, we can find news we are most interested in, and even print our own Sunday coupons.

While on Social networking sites like Facebook you probably read updates shared by friends in the same town or with the same interests, as well straight from news sources such as Associated Press, Wall Street Journal or your hometown news channel. Many are now getting news immediately and at demand with no charge.

Facebook also allows users to share news they are reading with friends, and start a discussion. Users are increasingly heading to Facebook to get their news and entertainment in one place. Facebook has an extensive user base, and many social networking users claim news as a primary reason for Facebook and Twitter use. As seen in the graph above, Experian Hitwise conducted a study finding 3.52% of the upstream visits to News and Media websites came directly from Facebook last week. Compared to 1.39% from Google News and a decline in printed newspapers, Facebook looks to be the most popular news source.

Facebook has a huge lead in that everybody is already there, and they're spending more and more time there checking their live feed, playing games, sharing photos and posting status updates. If news is right in your live feed, you are going to see news articles there frequently without having to search for it. Have you subscribed to your favorite news source yet?

Announcement: Clickinks Valentines Photo Contest

4. February 2010 08:42 by Danielle Bernhard in valentines, clickinks, photo contest, photography, apple  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)








Visit Clickinks.com Facebook page

Click on Photos, and then add your favorite Valentines, romantic, loving photo to our Fan Photos.

Get all your friends to “like” your photo!

If you have the most liked Valentines photo, you will win an Apple iPod Touch!

Fan Photos at Christmas awarded 4 talented Clickinks contest winners with Cameras and Ink money!

Visit http://bit.ly/PhotoCntst for additional details on this Valentines Photo Contest.

The Contest ends February 28, 2010 - so don’t wait!

Will The Apple iPad Save Print?

29. January 2010 12:10 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, print industry, iphone, ipad, apple  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
It’s impossible that you haven’t heard the news. Even the birds were singing about the announcement of the Apple iPad yesterday – while blog hubs like Technorati have strained under the weight of gossip.

Yet of all the excited parties, people in print publishing have perhaps the most reason for a speculation-fest. Why? Because few other industries are screaming quite so loudly for the savior that the iPad has the potential to become.

iPad to the Rescue?

Earlier eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle have only hurt existing book revenues. According to a January 12th post by Daniel Fitzgerald at ProPrint.com, Christmas 2009 marked the first year Amazon sold fewer paper books than electronic books.

What’s more, newspapers have been floundering for months to revive their basement-level print income – or make charging for content online viable. Rubert Murdoch recently poured scorn on Google for enabling users to bypass pay walls, for example.

Hence if a group of people ever deserved to break out the karaoke and sing Bonnie Tyler (“I need a hero…”) it’s the hardworking people in print publishing.

What’s more, Apple is now called the savior of the music industry thanks to iTunes (perhaps prematurely given how widespread piracy remains.) So why couldn’t the iPad and its partner application iBookstore achieve the same results?

By partnering with Apple, both publishing houses and newspapers can release their content through iBookstore – and bring their industries back from the brink.

Already The New York Times has confirmed an iPad app to make articles readable on the Apple device. And according to an internal source at the newspaper, Steve Jobs “believes in old media companies and wants them to do well. He believes democracy is hinged on a free press and that depends on there being a professional press."

All of which makes the iPad a great prospect both for publishers.

Doubts About the iPad

Yet if Apple is to be print’s savior it must overcome some obstacles first.

For example, according to General Manager of Griffin Press Ben Jolly, several publishers aren’t ready to exploit the revenues the iPad may bring - not least because publishers have to submit apps themselves to make their websites viewable.
Second is the fact that reading on the iPad is an untested experience. If the device isn’t a commercial success, it won’t give publishers any benefit regardless of how they price their content.

Last is the certainty that a successful iPad will continue to erode the paper book market.

The iPad certainly has the potential to give a new lease of life to print newspapers. The Apple brand alone (compared with the Amazon Kindle) has the potential to spark an e-reading explosion. But right now too many questions remain to know whether Apple will raise publishing from the ashes, or (without meaning to) hasten its decline.

Packaged Printer Ink may be held to Labeling Standards

25. January 2010 13:16 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, Weights and Measures, print news, lexmark  //  Tags:   //   Comments (2)
There has been much discussion lately regarding the cost of ink. As manufacturers lower their price on printers, they in turn raise the prices on cartridges that allow you to continue printing. If only you could compare how much ink is contained in a cartridge prior to purchase.

The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) 95th Interim Meeting is being held January 24 - 27, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The NCWM is an organization of weights and measures officials of the states, counties and cities of the United States, federal agencies and private sector representatives. These meetings bring together government officials and representatives of business, industry, trade associations, and consumer organizations on subjects related to the field of weights and measures technology, administration and enforcement. NIST participates to promote uniformity among the states in laws, regulations, methods, and testing equipment that comprise the regulatory control of commercial weighing and measuring devices and other trade and commerce issues.

One of the significant agenda items that will be considered is the Method of Sale of Commodities Regulation, including Packaged Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges. The NCWM Laws and Regulations Committee (L&R Committee) will discuss a proposed method of ink sales that would clarify the labeling requirements for packaged inkjet and toner cartridges to ensure that consumers are informed about the net quantity of contents of these products so that value comparisons can be made.

One recent consumer advocate study estimated that consumers could save billions of dollars a year if they were armed with full information about how much it would cost to operate various printers. The American Consumer Institute, in a study in late 2008, said that consumers were being lured into a bad deal by buying the lower cost printers and then overpaying an estimated $6 billion per year for Original Manufacturers ink cartridges. The push for more exact information, including a "liquid measure" has finally gotten enough attention to urge this meeting between NCWM regulators and manufacturers over how the cartridges are to be labelled.

An attorney for Lexmark argues that ink use varies due to print quality chosen, and that the cost of the ink is only a small part of the cartridge, a sophisticated micro-machine, and its related cost and therefore disclosing ink volumes would actually be misleading to consumers. NCWM is told to expect a fight from such manufacturers accustomed to being exempt from labelling laws.

Many ink and toner manufacturers and retailers, such as Clickinks.com, do self regulate, providing customers with an average page yield like shown below. If you are purchasing a new printer it is highly recommended that you do some research to find page yield per cartridge on your own, at least until all manufacturers are required to follow suit, labelling printer ink and toner cartridges with such measurements.

Man Proposes With Light Writing

22. January 2010 13:52 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, photography, print news, canon, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)









Most couples save the photo album for after the wedding. But when North Carolina resident Derick Childress stumbled upon a novel way to propose to girlfriend Emily, his Canon 7D digital camera saw some major use. To generate his light-writing proposal, Derick employed 2 friends and took more than 800 exposures over 3 nights.

Their website, derickandemily.com, hosts a Making Of video – but (perhaps thanks to links from Neatorama) it’s currently down.

Valentines Day is upon us, what romantic inspiration do you have?

Printer Brands Pledge Millions to Haiti Relief

21. January 2010 09:54 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, Hewlett Packard, print news, canon, hp, facebook, haiti relief  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
Many U.S. companies have pledged Six-figure sums to aid Haiti relief in the last week. According to a frequently updated list by the Chamber of Commerce, among the larger contributors are: Microsoft, which has donated $1.25 million, and Pepsi, which is pledging $1 million.


Other contributors include Crocs, which is donating thousands of pairs of shoes, and Nestle, which has donated $1m in bottled water.

Leading printer brands are also adding to Haiti relief. According to a 15 January press release by Hewlett Packard, the household name has contributed $500,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

HP will also match $250,000 in contributions from its employees, coming to a possible $750,000.

The Canon Group has also pledged $220,000 to aid victims of the earthquake, which struck Haiti last week.

Speaking in the Canon Press Release, President and Chief Executive Officer at Canon USA Joe Adachi said: "A tragedy of this magnitude requires support from the global community and it is our hope that our contribution, along with all of the aid coming in from around the world, will help the people of Haiti begin the rebuilding and healing process."

According to the 17 January report at USAToday.com, US donations are set to exceed the $2b pledged after the Asian tsunami two years ago.

Notable pledges outside the corporate world include: $1m contributed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Doctors Without Borders, and $500,000 contributed by The New York Yankees.

Sal Fabens of United Way Worldwide says that cash is the most useful pledge, because donations of food etc. may not be able to reach the disaster-struck areas.

If you’d like to pledge Haiti relief, you’ll find information at the Haiti Earthquake Recovery Facebook page.

You can remove the ink from your clothes

19. January 2010 10:40 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, printer help, ink cartridge, removing ink, inks, ink experts, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
What to use to remove printer ink from your clothes.

We have all been there, whether you were trying to refill your printers ink cartridge or you simply left a pen in your pocket, you will need to get that ink out of your clothing.

The first step is to dab (not rub) the spilled ink with a towel, applying water and continuing until you see that ink is no longer removed by the towel.

Next leave it alone for a couple minutes (yes the waiting is the hardest part).

You may want to occupy your time watching a video, so you won’t think about it!




Once you have allowed a sufficient waiting period for the stain to air dry, dab the stain with rubbing alcohol, finger nail polish remover or even spray with hair spray, depending on what you may have on hand.


Use two new, clean paper towels, set the stained area on a towel and then dab the backside of the stain, pushing the ink onto the bottom towel. As the towel underneath begins to soak up the ink, move to a clean dry section. Continue until you see that ink is no longer removed by the towel.

At the end of the day, you should use a laundry pre-treatment soap, assuring that any remaining ink is removed in the wash.

Wash in the washing machine, using the warmest water level that the fabric can tolerate. If the stain does not come clean after washing, dab diluted bleach onto a towel and gently brush the stain clean. This should clean all ink out of your clothing.

The Step By Step Guide to Cleaning Your Printer

18. January 2010 14:08 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, ink cartridge, ink experts, printer cleaning, diy, printer problems  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
Cleaning your inkjet printer can prove beneficial. To prolong the life of your printer and produce the best printed results, you should clean your printer on a regular basis. Printer and cartridge cleaning is useful for solving print quality issues and extending the life of your printer. In particular, if you are seeing lines or smudges on your print outs, you will need to clean the ink nozzles.

If you have the printer instructions, check for specific instructions. Many times you can also download the manual online.

If you do not have manufacturer directions, you can follow these simple directions.

1.) Turn off the printer and let it cool if necessary
2.) Remove paper
3.) Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with a small amount of water
4.) Wipe the outside of the printer
5.) Dust the printer’s rollers or use a computer vacuum if available
5.) Look on your printer or in the printer software for the Head Cleaning option and initiate cleaning.

If your ink cartridges have been sitting in the printer without use:

1.) Soak your cartridge print head in shallow, warm water
2.) Remove after approximately 5 seconds
3.) Dry thoroughly with a paper towel
4.) Repeat if necessary until ink flows onto the paper towel.