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Oce LightJet 500XL Successfully Meets Print Challenge of Giant Gigapixel Digital Photo

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, Feb. 19 -- Oce, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, today announced that the Oce LightJet 500XL large format photo laser printer was used to print one of the highest resolution, most detailed, stitched digital images ever created. No other photo laser printer has been able to print the file, which was offered to select large format digital photo printer manufacturers by photographer Max Lyons of Washington, D.C. The print was on display in the Oce booth at the recent Photo Marketing Association (PMA) annual convention in Las Vegas, NV. According to Lyons, the image of Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon National Park consists of 196 separate photographs taken with a 6 megapixel digital camera and then stitched together into one seamless composite. The final image is 40,784 by 26,800 pixels in size and contains 1.09 billion pixels, which is slightly more than a gigapixel. Excluding the military and scientific sectors, it is believed to be the first ever gigapixel-sized photographic digital image. For more information on the image, visit http://www.tawbaware.com/maxlyons/gigapixel.htm . The final print size is just under 12 feet by 8 feet. It was imaged at a 1:1 ratio (pixel-for-pixel) with no interpolation from a 3GB RGB TIFF file using Onyx Graphics' PosterShop 6.0 Color Production Software to drive the Oce LightJet 500XL printer. Processing and transfer time using a Dell XEON 1.8GHz computer running Windows XP Pro took 45 minutes and print time at 300 dpi took 26 minutes for the entire image, which was printed in two sections onto Kodak Ultra Endura F Surface paper. About the Oce LightJet 500XL Large Format Photo Laser Printer The Oce LightJet 500XL printer is the first photo laser printer to go superwide -- up to 76 inches -- making it the ideal output device where high quality, high throughput, and low consumables costs are required. The Oce LightJet 500XL is a continuous-tone device, producing displays with an apparent resolution of 4,000 dpi. It is also fast -- a typical full-sized print is imaged in under 8 minutes (at 200 addressable dpi). Oce LightJet 500XL prints are ideal for oversized applications where seaming is not desired, such as backlit graphics, tradeshow displays, point-of-purchase posters and fine art photography.