NPOA Link Center

Below are links and resources provided by NPOA members.

Our first set of links is dedicated to providing useful information for those interested in the wide format and sign industry. Click the following to go directly to that page:

The second list of links was prepared by NPOA member Scott Cappel of Sorento Mesa Printing in San Diego, and deals primarily with useful links involving software used frequently in our industry.

The third set of links was provided by NPOA member David Doost. Doost's links provide sources of what he terms, "really nice high quality images, and not the junk you sometimes see from free sites." According to Doost, "Most of the sites require no credit and no attribution, but a few do require giving credit to the photographer, but they are still free!"

The fourth group of links was also provided by David Doost. Doost's selection offers up five different links that he swears by in keeping his systems free of malware and viruses. He also notes the best thing about these links is that they are all free. He does note that because they are free you will probably have to, "go in and update once a month or so." 

Scott's Links

We appreciate the efforts made by Scott Cappel in providing these links, and we encourage other NPOA members to submit links of their own. Feel free, when submitting a suggested link, to provide 1-3 sentences describing the site to which the link directs users to and why you consider this site valuable:

Orbus -
Trade-only wide format and presentation graphics supplier.
Orbus has an extensive line of products to support trade show and outdoor advertising.

VDP Software (Fusion Pro)
PTI offers a number of software products to support variable data and cross media services.

Softuse -
Print Management Software
Printer's Plan, a well-known and popular Windows based print management software product. One year money back guarantee.

For those wishing to learn more about the USPS Every Door Direct Mail service, this is a good place to start.

Western States Envelope -
Speciality Envelope Source
Western States offers hard to find envelopes in various colors, materials and sizes.

Enfocus -
PDF Productivity Software (Pitstop)
Pitstop is an essential Acrobat plug-in for modifying and preparing PDF files for print output.

Accuzip -
Postal Software
Popular postal software for preparing data for postage discounts and paperwork for pre-sort mail entry.

Lynda -
Sortware Training
Extensive online source for education and training for essential software products for the printing industry. Over 2000+ titles. Subscription based.

Laminating & Binding Supplies
Complete source for wide format finishing and document bindery supplies and equipment.

Carbonite -
Cloud based backup service.
Backup strategy should be based on multiple tier redundancy.
Carbonite offers cloud backup as one tier for complete workstation or server backup or restoration. Subscription based.

Canvas Magazine -
Trade Magazine dedicated to the printing salesperson and Marketing Service Provider.
Available online and a free print version.

David Ashkenaz, Consultant -
Independent Printsmith Consultant
David is recognized by many as the go-to guy for Printsmith implementation, configuration, and customization. He regularly travels around the country for on-site consultation.

DigiFolders -
Specialty die-cut Presentation Folder components
Digifolders customer pocket folders allow you to print short run presentation folders on your digital color press.

Stocklayouts -
Configurable Design Layouts.
Stock Layouts offers per-item purchase or subscription model for download of pre-configured graphics layouts in many different industry verticals. (Healthcare, Finance, Technology, Education etc.)
Layouts available in multiple software versions (InDesign, QuarkXpress, Ilustrator, Powerpoint etc.) and include custom stock photos.
Typical items include Newsletters, Trifold brochures, Postcards, Flyer/Sell Sheets and Corporate Identity.

Great Reach Communications -
Content Source for Marketing
Easy to Customize Print & Email Marketing Solutions for Offset & Digital Print Providers
Written for use in blogs, email, newsletter or any other specific marketing used to position your company as a resource.
Restricted by zip code for area exclusivity.

Lancer Label -
Trade Label Source
Lancer Label offers an extensive line of label products on various materials for resale.

Larry Hunt Publications -
Information resource for negotiating digital equipment acquisitions
Based on reader feedback of deals done or offered, this is the industry standard for knowing what are the latest deals.

Microboards Technologies -
Professional Level CD/DVD duplication and printing equipment
Microboards offers a full line of automated CD publishers, DVD duplicators,
CD/DVD copiers, USB flash duplicators, and CD printers.

Magnets 4 Media -
Magnet printing for the trade.
Magnets 4 media is the media division of the leading manufacturer of magnetic marketing materials.

David's Links

Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur photos, people wearing cheesy headsets, or photos that are out of budget for the project you’re working on. Below is an ongoing list (so bookmark it) of the best stock photo sites I’ve come across.

Useful links for dealing with malware and viruses.
Malwarebytes Anti Malware -
Spybot Search & Destroy -