Creative Memories is back. It feels like Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.
To review, we have had two bankruptcies, one new company, and a liquidation. As we left, Flowerdale had acquired the name, patents, and some production equipment.
Today Flowerdale announced their plans for the future. It’s both good news and bad.
I’ll go with the good news first. The good news is that Flowerdale is bringing back four bookcloth coversets and white, spargo, and natural refill pages. In addition, Advisors (their new name for Consultants) can earn lots of money, with sales commissions up to 40% and upline commissions up to 8%. The Flowerdale career plan is definitely simpler than previous plans, and that is a good thing.
Now the bad news. Ahni and Zoe are still with us, and there is no sign that the sky-high Creative Memories prices will come down any time soon.
October 14 is World Standards Day. Celebrate!
Seriously, international standards ensure high quality products by bringing together experts from various organizations to develop standards for high-quality products. ISO Standard are important for standardizing products and test methods in all industries.
For more about ISO standards and photo-safety, see Annual Testing Ensures Photo Safety, Photo Safety, the ISO, and Change, Product Quality and ISO Participation, ISO Image Permanence Standards, and ISO Standards for Photo Books.
It’s obvious. We all know what a photocopier is. We may not understand the technology behind photocopiers but we know what one is. Yet, the definition of a photocopier led to a heated exchange in a deposition in Ohio, which is hilariously reproduced in the YouTube video Verbatim: What is a photocopier? For more on this story see the New York Times or the original transcript.
SanDisk has just launched the 512 GB World’s Biggest SD card. Now in a single stroke of a corrupt, non-volatile memory bit, consumers can lose 10,000 or more photos.
SanDisk also announced a memory recovery service to help customers recover images from corrupt memory cards. “It only makes sense,” said SanDisk CEO Getmore Prophet. “We want to hook customers on our memory cards and then make even more money when they lose their photos. It’s a beautiful business model.”
SanDisk would also like for consumers to upgrade to newer cameras so that they will use more megapixels and to lose more memory cards so the will have to buy replacements.
Have any old calendars laying around? Gather up your calendars and any others you can get your hands on and head over to the Ansel Adams Gallery for a lesson on how to make money. Apparently, the gallery has been dismantling old calendars, matting the pages, and then selling them as photographic prints. That’s right. They are recycling old calendars as photographic prints. The gallery claims there is nothing wrong with this practice, but it smells wrong to me, and I don’t think Ansel Adams would approve of it.
For the complete story see Print Scam? There is More Than Meets the Eye at the Ansel Adams Gallery.
In case you need more obsolete technology, a new Kickstarter project by FILM Ferrania aims to restart the old 3M film production equipment in Ferrania, Italy. FILM Ferrania’s initial film production will be slide film, so if you are looking for color prints, you are out of luck.
I would like to see FILM Ferrania’s financial projections, because I do not understand how the market justifies another entry into the production of photographic film. FILM Ferrania has received support from the Italian government, so perhaps the Italian government sees something I don’t, or maybe they just have too much money laying around.
If a particular material or product meets the requirements of this ISO standard there is no assurance that subsequent lots will have the same physical qualities or contain ingredients of the same chemical inertness. All materials or products shall therefore require annual evaluation and testing according to this International Standard, unless the specific lot of materials or products was previously tested. All materials shall also be retested according to this International Standard if the formulation or any component supplier changes. ISO 18902:2013 Imaging materials — Processed imaging materials — Albums, framing and storage materials
One test at the time of product introduction does not ensure quality. While it is better than no tests, the fact is that manufacturers, vendors, and suppliers are continually changing their materials, formulations, and manufacturing processes. Only a process that continually monitors product performance can truly ensure product quality. Yet, given the large number of products, raw materials, and production lots that most manufacturers deal with, continuous testing rapidly becomes impractical.
As a compromise between never retesting a product and continually retesting products, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) settled on an annual retest requirement in ISO 18902. This requirement requires products for photographic storage, including scrapbooking materials, to be retested annually or when known changes to the production process take place. This requirement helps ensure that products will remain photo-safe over time.
Unfortunately, many manufacturers still ignore this requirement, run a test once, and ten years later are still using this test result to claim photo safety, even though much may have changed during that ten year time period.
The next time you see a product claim, like photo-safe, acid-free, fade-resistant, or archival, ask when the test was carried out. If the test is more than a year or two old, the manufacturer’s words are probably not not worth much.