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The main show in the Ireland print calendar is about to take place. Here's what you can expect from Sign and Digital Ireland 2009.
It's all about opportunity and how to make the most of what you've got. That's the focus of Sign and Digital Ireland/Print Ireland 2009 which takes place in Dublin from 23 - 24 September. In the two years since the last show (then known as Sign Ireland, Digital Ireland and Print Ireland) there have been many developments - technology has come a long way and the shape of the market has changed, and for those of you based in Ireland, this event will provide the best local opportunity to see the impact of that. Following rather swiftly on the heels of its bigger brother, Sign and Digital UK in April (and the more European-wide Fespa Digital in Amsterdam in May), the Ireland show is unlikely to throw up any really major launches, but you will get the chance to see many of those introduced earlier in the year and to see various live demo's etc. Plus you have that allimportant chance to network and seek out new business opportunities. Alan Caddick, marketing manager for the event, stresses the 'opportunities' theme, saying: "Visitors will be able to find ideas to create new revenue streams, learn how to tap into new markets and hear from the experts on how to get more from equipment.

Seminar programme
At the time of going to press the following seminars had been confirmed for each day but more were expected to be finalised before the show doors open. In the Adobe theatre: 10.30am Introducing Adobe Bridge CS4. Work smarter and faster than ever before with Adobe Bridge, a powerful media manager for organising, locating and viewing all your creative assets. 11.15am Explore new paths with Adobe Illustrator CS4. Powerful new creative tools; multiple artboards, Live Trace, Blob Brush, Share my Screen, live gradient transparency, Kuler and more. Noon Leopard - Tame the beast. A look at Time Machine, Mail, Spaces, Dashboard etc. 12.30pm Aperture 2.0. Aperture 2.0 delivers over 100 new features, including faster performance and better Mac integration. 1.30pm Creative Suite. Covering the key issues; choice of colour space, profiling of input and output devices etc. Essential for production staff and creatives wanting to understand more about colour management. 2.15pm Adobe InDesign CS4. Demonstrating InDesign's new features and providing best practice guidance for professional print. 3.15pm Acrobat 9.0 Professional. Looking at native Flash support, enhanced PDF pre-flighting, new PDFx standards and PDF Portfolios. 3.45pm Photoshop CS4. Covering a variety of topics to inspire designers, printers and photographers - includes a Q&A workshop. 4.30pm Going interactive. It has never been easier to publish rich interactive content and this seminar looks at InDesign, Flash, Acrobat Professional. An 'Ask the Expert' session concludes each day of presentations where attendees can gain information and insight about the packages. In the Sign and Digital Ireland/Print Ireland theatre Matthew Peacock from Vision in Print (VIP) will be presenting 'Why Lean' which looks at ways at saving and reducing waste through getting more value from existing processes and equipment.

Demo trial
A 'Demo Trail' will run each day, taking visitors to key live product demonstrations within the show. At the time of going to press companies included were Yes, Fibre LED and DWS bothers were expected to join the list.

Where and when?
When: 23 - 24 September 2009
Where: Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin
Times: 23 September 10am - 9pm
24th September 10 am - 5pm
Cost: Free. Pre-register at www.signanddigitalireland.com
NB: No-one under 16 will be admitted


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