I need a distraction. Is there a long yet fascinating history of Mousegraphics?

Mousegraphics is a local family-owned business started in 1989 when digital color printing was just beginning. As the digital color division of Arizona Blueprint, taking our name from the radical new-at-the-time computer mouse, we used a Canon CLC-1 color copier and the original Fiery print controller. We soon added an Iris 3047, the first "photo quality" large format printer, while others were trying (and being disappointed by) the early ENCAD NovaJet inkjet printers designed for the CAD industry. We continued with evolutionary improvements in the CLC small format printers and large format inkjet technology until 1996 when we added the revolutionary Durst Lambda 130.
A massive room filling box, the Lambda uses red, green, and blue lasers to write a continuous tone color image directly to true RA-4 photographic films and papers. Sold through Kodak at the time, we took delivery of the fifth Lambda 130 in the United States. However we were pushed back to be the ninth one installed as Kodak scheduled traditional photo labs ahead us, even though we had the digital experience to easily incorporate a new output device while the photo labs had to move to an entirely new workflow. Perhaps an early clue that Kodak was not going to do well in the transition to digital? Another hint may have been that although Kodak sold the Lambda 130 their own papers and films didn't work well in it, so we and most others used Agfa materials.
Soon after we installed the Lamba we also entered into the then new area of ICC color managed work flows. From the earliest attempts at searching out specialty software for applying output profiles to postscript files (not always successful) and to hit Pantone colors as closely as possible (again, not always working as advertised), to testing many RIPS as they began to incorporate color management, to the relatively successful state of RIPS with integrated color management today, we have been at the forefront of ICC work flows. And the more successful we are at it the less you are aware of it - you just get predictable repeatable color from every media on every printer.
Evolutionary changes continued as aqueous inkjet printers improved dramatically with similar improvements occurring in the solvent and eco-solvent printers used for banners and adhesive vinyls, and we have continually upgraded to stay at the leading edge of these technologies. The next revolutionary change came in 2004 when we installed a UV cured inkjet printer that printed directly to rigid substrates.
Eliminating the need to first print on roll media then mount the prints to rigid boards, this allowed us to offer more cost-effective signs and posters when fine-art image quality is not needed. The UV cured inks are weather resistant so when printed on to suitable boards these prints can be used outdoors without adding an over laminate, again saving time and money. Combined with our other printer technologies this puts us where we are today - with a full spectrum of printers and materials so that we can provide the best products for your needs.

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