For HP Indigo owners, the Dscoop conferences held around the world are one part trade show, one part networking event and another part revival meeting for the faithful. This year, the Dscoop Edge conference in Orlando, Fla., from March 24 to March 27 at the Gaylord Palms resort was distinguished by not what was there, but what wasn’t: Significant photo-related sessions. Despite nearly three days of educational programming over the course of the conference, not one session was dedicated to photo products, to photo marketing to photo finishing. This is a far cry from just a few years ago when Dscoop had an entire educational track dedicated to photo products, stocked with the leading names in the business: Cewe, Digipix, Shutterfly, Mediaclip and more.
There were plenty of photo companies in attendance, however, and there was a selection of vendors at the show who offered photo specific products. Among the highlights:
- APS Imaging Solutions Inc. showed its range of photobook finishing equipment, include the new Photostory Migliorquadro canvas stretching machine (see photos below).
- Artsy Couture showed Indigo Wall decor, a canvas-style product that can be printed on an Indigo and assembled by hand in 60 seconds. (You read about this product first here at the Dead Pixels Society.)
- Imaging Solutions featured the fastBook Professional book block system for the professional market.
- Printbox unveiled its new editor for personalized photo products, with five new features: Autocreation, Drag & drop creation mode, Photo panel for comfortable review, layouts per page and spread, and dark interface built for the professional use
- Taopix featured its latest Taopix Creator design and product management software, as well as Taopix.ai, its new story-telling engine built upon technology from photobook.ai. (Disclosure: photobook.ai is a sponsor of the Dead Pixels Society.)