Proposal

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Introduction

Proposal ID 2015-032
Submitted January 16, 2015
Owner mrector
Department Art, School of
Category Collaborative
Funding Status Fully Funded
Metric Score None

Contacts

Primary
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Mark Rector
  • Director of IT
  • mrector@uw.edu
  • 206-616-6742
  • 353440
Budget
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Risa Lewellyn
  • Administrator, School of Art
  • risam@uw.edu
  • 206-685-2552
  • 353440
Dean
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Ron Kline
  • Director of Computing, Arts & Sciences
  • arkline@uw.edu
  • 206-543-6366
  • 353765

Descriptions

Abstract

Category 5 - Collaborative and Portable

This proposal seeks to fully refit the School of Art Computer Center (SOACC) small to medium-format inkjet printing systems. We have eight Epson Stylus Pro 4880 inkjet printers that are either at, or approaching, end of serviceable life status. These systems provide a tremendous resource for professional quality printed works and are used by students from all over campus. The current printers are from 2008 and 2009 and most have surpassed the manufacturer established print quota's and are requiring expensive repairs, essentially equal to the price of new printers. Their replacement is essential to the continued quality product students have come to rely on for their work.

We are also seeking to upgrade the print infrastructure associated with our set of three large format Epson plotters similar to what we were able to do last year for our smaller format systems. These upgrades will increase print quality and color accuracy, as well as speed of processing and throughput by replacing 5-yr old Apple minis with new models, and upgrading RIP software to the completely rewritten 64-bit version. This upgrade would see all of our printers using the same hardware and software which will help maintain a uniform experience for students and minimize support and maintenance needs.

Finally, we are looking to add a set of 10 entry-level DSLR cameras to our computer lab equipment checkout center. We have been loaning equipment to students for over a decade and this resource has proven to be very convenient and valuable to students and provides a degree of spontaneity not possible with the central resources provided at Classroom Support Services. We provide a wide variety of digital still and video items for checkout, projectors, and digital tablets, as well as a growing number of audio recording tools.

Category Justification

This proposal falls within Category 5 - Collaborative and Portable.
Items in this proposal meet all requirements outlined in the proposal guidelines.

Background

The School of Art (SOA) has benefited significantly from the award of Student Technology Fee grants for equipment and software housed in the Art Building’s several computing labs including the School of Art Computing Center (SOACC - the subject of this proposal), 3d Design Lab, and Photography Studio’s, as well as our satellite facilities at Sandpoint and the CMA.

Last year the STF committee awarded the SOA with funds to install four new MacPro computers in the SOACC. These computers have been deployed and were gratefully received by students using the lab for the higher performance they provide. Staff have noticed an increase in lab usage over previous Fall quarters, and our printing systems continued to be heavily used and in demand.

The SOACC has maintained a bank of Epson 4000 series large-format inkjet print systems since 2003. This type of printing resource is unique, and is unavailable elsewhere on campus and is one of the most sought after features of our main lab. Students from all over campus use this facility for the output of professional level, high quality, archival work.

As stated in past proposals, students using SOA computing labs have open access to hardware that is largely unavailable in other campus labs. This proposal is not student initiated but, as in past proposals, is derived from working and talking with students and faculty using the facilities and from discussions with SOA workstudy staff that deal with many students’ issues each day.

The print-related equipment requested in this proposal will dramatically upgrade our current printing infrastructure in conjunction with new RIP computers awarded last year. This will provide new technology and capabilities to continue to satisfy the demand for students who rely on our facilities.

Benefits to Students and the University

Our students and many others from programs across campus have benefited tremendously from equipment and software funded by the STF. Students creating work within our SOACC, or on their own computers, rely on capable, well-functioning equipment and software here that they cannot individually afford - it is crucial that they continue to have access to these tools to prepare for their careers upon exiting the University.

The SOACC is an extremely important space within the School of Art where students can output a wide variety of 2D pieces on an array of printers and plotters not found elsewhere on campus, or indeed off campus. It is a vital part of the School and is a valued and sought-after resource.

The primary aspect of this proposal seeks to upgrade our eight, four to five-year old Epson 4880 workgroup class professional inkjet printers. We process thousands of prints each year on this bank of archival quality inkjet printers. We received funding last year for new computers and software to run the RIP's (Raster Image Processor) connected to each of our printers, as at the time, we felt we could get another year of good operable service from the existing printers.

This fall we have begun to see increasing malfunctions with our printers, and some have required a reset of the carriage return motor counters - essentially these signal the end of the projected lifespan of certain internal parts which can cost as much as a new printer to repair. For example, we recently replaced the print head and pump assembly on one of our large plotters which cost over $2300. The Epson 4900 printers we are hoping to acquire through this proposal will allow us to continue to provide this hugely popular resource for another 4 to 5 years without serious interruption of service.

Another benefit of the new printers is that the print heads cover a one-inch path and output will take about 1/3 the time of our current printers. This will greatly help students using the lab, especially when we have a class of 20 to 40 students needing output in a hurry.

For the past calendar year we recorded the following printer output totals:

SOACC_B&W (laser) - 21908 prints - letter and tabloid sizes
SOACC_COLOR (laser) - 12253 prints - letter and tabloid sizes
SOACC_4000_LTR_PREMMATTE - 3810 - letter page size
SOACC_4880_LTRLuster1 - 2411 - letter page size
SOACC_4880_LTRLuster2 - 2312 - letter page size
SOACC_4800_13x19Luster - 1368 - 13x19in page size
SOACC_4800_13x19PremMatte - 1593 - 13x19in page size
SOACC_4000_13x19PresMatte - 1411 - 13x19in page size
SOACC_4800_RollSemiMatte - 372 - 16in x 24in or greater page size
SOACC_4880_ROLL_PREMMATTE - 837 - 17in x24in or greater page size

These totals have been consistent each year these printers have been in use. Note that we have two roll-fed printers listed with lower totals - these are printing 16 to 17 in wide at 24in or longer output. Print times for professional inkjet systems like these are significant in comparison to laser printers, hence the much lower output totals. Additionally, laser printers are used heavily for simple text document production and for design and layout testing prior to sending through the Epson printers for final projects.

The second major component of this proposal seeks to upgrade our plotter infrastructure similar to the upgrade completed on the backend systems of our smaller workgroup printers this past summer. The old RIP software will not run on the current Mac OS nor current hardware, which limits the throughput and processing speed of our current five to six-year old computers. The new computers and software will allow full 64-bit multi-threaded processing, greatly increasing RIP times for large, up to one GB or greater, files we often process. We feel there is still sufficient workable life in our existing plotters and this RIP upgrade would maximize plotter capabilities.

Finally, we are hoping to add a set of new entry-level DSLR cameras to our checkout center to provide direct access to cameras for impromptu photo shoots, use in our Digital Portfolio Studio, and other uses. These will greatly enhance our camera offerings where we are now limited to a set of 10 Canon Powershot G10 cameras purchased in May 2009. We have recorded over 2,800 3-day equipment loans over the past four years. It is important to be able to provide higher quality and capable cameras to enable our students to work with current technology and photographic tools more consistent to what they would be working with in a professional environment.

Departmental Endorsements

Dear STF Committee,

The School of Art + Art History + Design maintains an excellent Computer Center that provides critical resources to our 500+ majors, 50 graduate students, and countless other students who have come to know the unique attributes of SOACC. Because idea visualization is the primary means of communication within our school, high quality image production is essential. SOACC was designed with such image development and production in mind with sophisticated hardware and software made available for student use. This proposal will address the need to upgrade much of our printing capacity so that we can maintain the professional standards that our students are accustomed to and deserve. From a quality perspective, as well as the cost effectiveness of purchasing new equipment instead of constantly trouble shooting and paying for repairs, this upgrade to our printing infrastructure would be most beneficial.

Our proposal also lists the need for a new generation of DSLR cameras. Our robust Photomedia program alone teaches hundreds of students every quarter, and there is always great demand for these cameras as they still provide capabilities that cannot be duplicated by smart phone technology.

The ongoing support from the STF has been a critical source of funding that has allowed us to provide opportunities, equipment, and training at the SOACC as befits a research 1 university. Thank you for your consideration for this year's proposal.

Sincerely,

Jamie Walker
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art
University of Washington
Box 353440
Seattle, WA 98195

jwalk@uw.edu
206 685-2442
_____________

I fully support the proposal to replace the small printers in the SOACC and to upgrade the hardware and software associated with the plotters. The SOACC is heavily used by all Design majors and upgrading the equipment will increase output and speed up the time to print. Many of our students have large and complicated files that take a while to print. This can cause delays for all students, often resulting in the lab staying open longer than needed or, worse, making students late for class. Upgrading the printers in SOACC will benefit everyone.

—Annabelle Gould, Associate Professor in VCD and Chair, Division of Design
_____________

As the former Director of the School, I wholeheartedly endorse STF proposals that focus on the Computer Center as a main priority for the School to provide an environment for the creation of innovative projects of the highest caliber.

Today's students require different skill sets and approach research and learning in different ways.

We are grateful for the funding the UW Student Technology Fund has awarded us in the past and would very much appreciate continued support for upgrading equipment that are high in demand.

With an increased interest in learning and using technology, students quickly adapt their approach in how to apply it to the vast array of projects in a multitude of ways.

Therefore this current request will provide equipment necessary for documenting, visualizing, manipulating, and printing of accurate + complex color imaging in 2d much faster which will allow us to address the growing demand. The School of Art Computer Center (SOACC) has benefitted greatly with the continued support from Student Technology Fund grants in providing both undergraduate + graduate students from numerous colleges around campus a facility in which they have access to necessary technology for research and coursework.

We need to provide students the necessary tools for their education in order to keep them competitive and enhance their overall learning experience. It is our responsibility to provide the most current technology available.

C H R I S T O P H E R - O Z U B K O
Professor, Visual Communication Design
Box 3 5 3 4 4 0
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195-3440
U S A

Installation Timeline

Items in this budget can be purchased following proposal award - installation would occur preferably when disruption to lab usage is minimal during summer 2015 prior to the start of fall quarter.

Resources Provided by Department

All computing resources at the School of Art are managed by Mark Rector. Staffing for the SOACC is provided by up to 10 workstudy students for about 75hrs of open access per week. Support is also provided by a Program Assistant staff member who provides secondary assistance for computing resources in the School. Mark Rector also manages the computing facilities at Sandpoint and the CMA, with additional day to day help by student volunteers.

The School of Art, Art History, and Design provides resources to cover all equipment repair and/or replacement. We also obtain miscellaneous items for students to use through our equipment checkout system.

The School also purchased a large-format plotter (Epson Stylus 9890 44in wide) in 2011 to complement our other systems.

The SOA continues to provide licensing for the JAMF Casper Suite of tools for computer management and Faronics DeepFreeze for maintenance of well-functioning computers for our student labs.

Access Restrictions (if any)

Computing labs at the School of Art are primarily intended for students pursuing Art, Art History, and Design degrees. The School of Art currently has about 800 undergraduate majors, and although we typically designate our STF grants with departmental priority, we have never denied any student access and continue to have students use the labs from many other disciplines including Zoology, Business, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Geography.

Access is maintained by staff with regular hours usually from 9am to 10pm Mon – Thurs, and 10am to 6pm on Fridays and weekends throughout the primary school year. We often increase our hours of operation to enable later hours and more weekend access during times of heaviest use around the end of each quarter and during finals week. We also maintain open hours during the summer quarter.

All of our facilities are accessible to mobile wireless users who often bring their laptops and other devices to our computing labs.

Student Endorsements

An upgrade of all the printers and plotters would greatly aid the design students. The current equipment is out of date and break often from the high demand of student use. This puts student projects in jeopardy from being turned in late or from the low quality of prints.Upgrading this equipment will allow students more time to work on their projects and ensure better quality printing.

Tae McCash
Visual Communication Design, 2015

As a Visual Communication Design major, I rely on the resources in the School of Art Computer Center on a near-daily basis. Having a reliable source for high-quality, color-accurate prints is a vital part of being able to rapidly prototype, communicate, and display design ideas, and while there are other print resources on campus, nothing comes close to satisfying the specific, demanding needs of a design major. The diverse variety of projects and applications demand an astonishing amount of different paper sizes and types, as well as powerful printers that ensure that on-screen colors match the final printed products.

Comparable services at off-campus print shops are prohibitively expensive for a college student to utilize, so SOACC is an incredibly valuable resource. However, in recent years, the printing capacity of SOACC has become inadequate. Slow, outdated printers and supporting hardware result in unreasonably long print times that create massive bottlenecks, limiting the amount of students that can take advantage of SOACC's capabilities. Having just completed a publication design class, several of my projects took as long as two hours to print. Many of my fellow students had to turn to off-campus print shops because there just weren't enough hours in the day to allow everyone time to print. Some students spent as much as $100 for a single copy of their printed publications.

Upgrading printer hardware and software would be an indescribably valuable resource to students like myself. With adequate technological support, we can spend our time learning and designing instead of worrying about printing problems.

Ryan Dunn
Visual Communication Design, 2014

The SOACC is a fantastic resource for Art and Design students to create high quality prints. Because so many people use it, we must often wait a long time to use the printers. As a result, students often utilize outside printers when we have assignments to print because they don't believe they will be able to print in SOACC in a reasonable time.

SOACC is a high quality resource but it is currently under utilized to the detriment of students because it is too slow. I highly recommend upgrading the hardware and software in the plotters so more people can have access to SOACC.

Rishi Agarwal
Design, 2016

Students of the design department rely on the printers offered by the School of Art for many visual projects. Prototyping and test prints are required in the creative process and while the current printers provide high quality prints, the slow speed makes it difficult for students to work efficiently. Many end up printing elsewhere, losing valuable time and money. An upgraded printing systems would be valuable for all students in the program.

Roy Kim
Interaction Design, 2015

As a student studying design in the School of Art, I would really appreciate an update for the printers and plotters in the SOACC. Because many departments use the SOACC and often have projects due around the same time there is usually a long wait. The upgrade for the plotters would be a great- time spent waiting for prints could be used to change and improve our designs.

Jennifer Cheng
Interaction Design, 2015

As a Design student, I use the SOACC for printing at least three times a week. It's frustrating that the printers are slow because I have a small time frame in between classes to print and there are times I'm late to class because of how slow the printers print my work. I would definitely appreciate an upgrade to printing software and hardware and so would my peers.

Clara Lam
Visual Communication Design, 2015

Because of the nature of our classwork and schedules, we design students end up needing to print pretty much at the same time. With our current printers, the queue can last for hours, and it is pretty common for students to miss deadlines because they're waiting on print jobs. Faster printers with faster RIPs would be a huge boon for students, making all print related portions of our work smoother and faster. We need this! Additionally, adding more DSLRs to the equipment checkout fleet will mean that more students will have access to high end, professional photo and video equipment (Canon DSLRs are often used to film movies and tv shows). Currently we have 2. For the entire School of Art. There are nearly 60 students in each of the 3 classes of the Design Program, not to mention the other disciplines. We need these too!

--
Sam Cook
BDes Candidate | 2014
Interaction Design
University of Washington
www.sam-cook.com

As a junior in the School of Design, I have spent many hours in the SOACC, attempting to utilize the printers. Due to the outdated printers, this is typically a slow, unsuccessful process - wasting time and money. Updating this equipment would greatly benefit the students, allowing for a faster, more enjoyable process, as well as the staff, who wouldn’t have to spend as much time troubleshooting the printers or managing the lines of students waiting.

Haley Knox
Interaction Design, 2015

New inkjet printers in the SOACC lab would be greatly appreciated. Even under ideal circumstances, printing can be a frustratingly long end to an already lengthy design process. The current printers have withstood a lot of wear-and-tear, but lately a few of the printers have had issues with paper jambs to the point that nothing prints at all. In addition, there are days where everyone needs to print ASAP, and faster printers would really help with the traffic jambs.

As students, we are dependent upon the technology provided by the Student Technology Fee to complete our work, especially in the fields of art and architecture. There are some facilities in which smaller changes would have great impacts, and SOACC is one of them.

Emily Darling
MArch student, CBE

This proposed to upgrade the printers and cameras would be a necessary step forward for the SoACC and of tremendous benefit to the art and design students. As a senior in the design program I know first hand that the SoACC printers are currently a slow point to project productivity and their vital nature requires that students within all classes and grades use them regularly. The current printers are indeed on the last legs. An upgrade would help all of us in the art and design departments work more productively and print more frequently as well making sure don't lose any printers in the future. In addition to printing several of our projects now require us (students) to generate our own photo or video content and getting access to a camera can often be tricky and time consuming. Having a stock of cameras available in the SoACC would be an extremely valuable resource that would only increase in importance.

Hart Boyd
Visual Communication Design

For design students, the SoACC is the most important resource on campus, much more important than the library. Before major deadlines, printing at the SoACC is very stressful because the printers get so backed up, mysteriously stop working on a regular basis, and can take up to 24 hours to print a job. If the prints were free, it would be understandable how unreliable it is, but because students pay prices comparable to local print shops, we expect reliable print service at the SoACC We have all had to run to Kinko’s at some point to print because the SoACC was too backed up or a machine was jammed. It would be really nice to have some new equipment and software for quality and reliable printing.

Julia Manchik

Items

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
1

Epson Stylus Pro 4900

$2,330.00 8 $18,640.00
Description

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 ultrachrome HDF ink wide format (up to 17in) workgroup class professional printer.

http://jvhtech.com -- local provider of Epson Professional Imaging products (Kirkland)

Justification

This high-end inkjet printer is best in class and is also the only available and dependable printer on the market that we have found. We have used this line of printer since 2003 and have processed thousands of professional quality prints from letter-sized paper to as large as 17in wide by 36in length banners.

These printers house 11 inks for an extremely wide color gamut with resolution to 2880 x 1440 dpi. They accept sheet and roll media and have proven to be very robust in handling the amount of printing that is conducted in the SOACC. This printer can produce a 2880 dpi 16 x 20in photo in just over 6 minutes. We provide a variety of types and sizes of paper so that students can print artwork or designs on whatever media they prefer.

We have an X-Rite color profiling system that works in conjunction with these printers and the Colorburst Overdrive RIP software that we use to process student work ensuring that we can provide the most color-accurate and precise output available.

Tax and Shipping

$3,309.23 1 $3,309.23
Description

Justification

Tax and shipping costs for proposal items.

3

DSLR Camera

$749.00 10 $7,490.00
Description

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lenses
https://ar.admin.washington.edu/Buyer/Main/aw?awh=r&awssk=IH1q&awrdt=1 (best price through B&H Photo via Ariba system)

Justification

New version of the reliable Canon Rebel line of DSLR cameras - Rebel EOS T5i. 18mp CMOS sensor provides sharp image detail even in low-light conditions. The camera also provides full 1080p HD video recording and comes with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens.

This purchase also includes a camera bag and 16gb SDHC memory card.

We have been using Canon products in our checkout center for many years and find them to be very reliable and hold up well to the demands placed on them by numerous student users.

2

Apple Mac Mini

$1,368.00 3 $4,104.00
Description

Apple quad core i7 3.0ghz, 816gb ram, 1TB HD
https://ecommerce.apple.com/asb2b/ipccto/dispatchSetValuesOnCaller/(layout=7_62_63_64_65_66_67_68_69_3&opKey=3&uiarea=3&cCharName=Z0R8_B_PROC)/.do (Apple Computer sole provider)

Justification

Apple mini's are a great value for this application as they are space and energy efficient and provide ample processing power for this type of task. The large internal hard-drive is necessary for spooling and holding a large number of print files. This version of the mini has the highest available processor to provide greater value for the intended life-span of the computer.

Specifications
(065-C2W0) - 3.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7
(065-C2NH) - 16GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB
(065-C2NM) - 1TB Fusion Drive
(065-C348) - Intel Iris Graphics
(065-C0J2) - User's Guide (English)
Mini-DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

Apple Mac Mini Warranty

$200.00 3 $600.00
Description

5-yr warranty for Apple Mac Mini

Justification

Provides for a five-year life-span of the computer and maximizes it's value and longevity. The new computers should be capable of running operating system upgrades for the life of the warranty.

Overdrive RIP for 44in wide plotter

$1,200.00 3 $3,600.00
Description

Colorburst Overdrive RIP - 64-bit Raster Image Processor for MacOSX for printing to Epson large format plotters.
http://www.overdriverip.com/buy.php

Justification

Upgraded and enhanced RIP server software for Epson Stylus Pro Plotters. Required software for printer RIP's running the latest Mac OS X 10.9/10.10 operating system that would be installed on the Apple mini computers that are also part of this request.
Colorburst Overdrive is a PostScript RIP that uses new advances in color management and printing technology to deliver high-end color, accurate proofing and Pantone matching for any inkjet printer. Support for any paper is immediately available due to the universal nature of Overdrive's color management.

Overdrive 2 has been completely rewritten as a 64-bit Cocoa application for Mac OS X 10.9 and later. Overdrive now takes full advantage of the multi-core processors in today's machines, so processing is significantly faster. A new visual interface lets you preview the selected file, and the Job List now contains scalable thumbnails. Proofing accuracy and text quality are improved with version 2. Overdrive Layout is included with every license of Overdrive.

We have been using this RIP software for many years and it has proven to perform very well under the daily demands of our print center.

4

Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse

$10.00 40 $400.00
Description

Microsoft Basic Optical mouse - w/scroll wheel and 3-button function.

Justification

Replacement mice for original Apple optical units that have poorly designed scroll wheels rendering most of our lab computers with non-operable scrolling function. With the type of software our students are using the scroll wheel function is extremely important.

The Microsoft mouse is cheap, but reliable and performs very well in comparison to the Apple mouse.

Total requested: $38,143.23

Total funded: $38,143.23

Group Funded Item Change in Unit price Change in Quantity Change in Subtotal
1

Tax and Shipping

$167.37 0 $167.37
Description

Justification

Tax and shipping costs for proposal items.

3

DSLR Camera

$174.34 0 $1,743.40
Description

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lenses
https://ar.admin.washington.edu/Buyer/Main/aw?awh=r&awssk=IH1q&awrdt=1 (best price through B&H Photo via Ariba system)

Justification

New version of the reliable Canon Rebel line of DSLR cameras - Rebel EOS T5i. 18mp CMOS sensor provides sharp image detail even in low-light conditions. The camera also provides full 1080p HD video recording and comes with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens.

This purchase also includes a camera bag and 16gb SDHC memory card.

We have been using Canon products in our checkout center for many years and find them to be very reliable and hold up well to the demands placed on them by numerous student users.

Supplemental request: $1,910.77

Deicision: Funded

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
1

Epson Stylus Pro 4900

$2,330.00 8 $18,640.00
Description

Epson Stylus Pro 4900 ultrachrome HDF ink wide format (up to 17in) workgroup class professional printer.

http://jvhtech.com -- local provider of Epson Professional Imaging products (Kirkland)

Justification

This high-end inkjet printer is best in class and is also the only available and dependable printer on the market that we have found. We have used this line of printer since 2003 and have processed thousands of professional quality prints from letter-sized paper to as large as 17in wide by 36in length banners.

These printers house 11 inks for an extremely wide color gamut with resolution to 2880 x 1440 dpi. They accept sheet and roll media and have proven to be very robust in handling the amount of printing that is conducted in the SOACC. This printer can produce a 2880 dpi 16 x 20in photo in just over 6 minutes. We provide a variety of types and sizes of paper so that students can print artwork or designs on whatever media they prefer.

We have an X-Rite color profiling system that works in conjunction with these printers and the Colorburst Overdrive RIP software that we use to process student work ensuring that we can provide the most color-accurate and precise output available.

Tax and Shipping

$3,476.60 1 $3,476.60
Description

Justification

Tax and shipping costs for proposal items.

3

DSLR Camera

$923.34 10 $9,233.40
Description

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lenses
https://ar.admin.washington.edu/Buyer/Main/aw?awh=r&awssk=IH1q&awrdt=1 (best price through B&H Photo via Ariba system)

Justification

New version of the reliable Canon Rebel line of DSLR cameras - Rebel EOS T5i. 18mp CMOS sensor provides sharp image detail even in low-light conditions. The camera also provides full 1080p HD video recording and comes with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens.

This purchase also includes a camera bag and 16gb SDHC memory card.

We have been using Canon products in our checkout center for many years and find them to be very reliable and hold up well to the demands placed on them by numerous student users.

2

Apple Mac Mini

$1,368.00 3 $4,104.00
Description

Apple quad core i7 3.0ghz, 816gb ram, 1TB HD
https://ecommerce.apple.com/asb2b/ipccto/dispatchSetValuesOnCaller/(layout=7_62_63_64_65_66_67_68_69_3&opKey=3&uiarea=3&cCharName=Z0R8_B_PROC)/.do (Apple Computer sole provider)

Justification

Apple mini's are a great value for this application as they are space and energy efficient and provide ample processing power for this type of task. The large internal hard-drive is necessary for spooling and holding a large number of print files. This version of the mini has the highest available processor to provide greater value for the intended life-span of the computer.

Specifications
(065-C2W0) - 3.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7
(065-C2NH) - 16GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM - 2x8GB
(065-C2NM) - 1TB Fusion Drive
(065-C348) - Intel Iris Graphics
(065-C0J2) - User's Guide (English)
Mini-DisplayPort to DVI Adapter

Apple Mac Mini Warranty

$200.00 3 $600.00
Description

5-yr warranty for Apple Mac Mini

Justification

Provides for a five-year life-span of the computer and maximizes it's value and longevity. The new computers should be capable of running operating system upgrades for the life of the warranty.

Overdrive RIP for 44in wide plotter

$1,200.00 3 $3,600.00
Description

Colorburst Overdrive RIP - 64-bit Raster Image Processor for MacOSX for printing to Epson large format plotters.
http://www.overdriverip.com/buy.php

Justification

Upgraded and enhanced RIP server software for Epson Stylus Pro Plotters. Required software for printer RIP's running the latest Mac OS X 10.9/10.10 operating system that would be installed on the Apple mini computers that are also part of this request.
Colorburst Overdrive is a PostScript RIP that uses new advances in color management and printing technology to deliver high-end color, accurate proofing and Pantone matching for any inkjet printer. Support for any paper is immediately available due to the universal nature of Overdrive's color management.

Overdrive 2 has been completely rewritten as a 64-bit Cocoa application for Mac OS X 10.9 and later. Overdrive now takes full advantage of the multi-core processors in today's machines, so processing is significantly faster. A new visual interface lets you preview the selected file, and the Job List now contains scalable thumbnails. Proofing accuracy and text quality are improved with version 2. Overdrive Layout is included with every license of Overdrive.

We have been using this RIP software for many years and it has proven to perform very well under the daily demands of our print center.

4

Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse

$10.00 40 $400.00
Description

Microsoft Basic Optical mouse - w/scroll wheel and 3-button function.

Justification

Replacement mice for original Apple optical units that have poorly designed scroll wheels rendering most of our lab computers with non-operable scrolling function. With the type of software our students are using the scroll wheel function is extremely important.

The Microsoft mouse is cheap, but reliable and performs very well in comparison to the Apple mouse.

Overall total funded: $40,054.00

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