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SAN FRANCISCO (04/19/2000) - Print It Pretty: Hewlett-Packard Co.

(800/552-8500, www.hp.com) has given graphics professionals more printers to choose from with its release of the HP Color LaserJet 8550 printer series. The new printer line includes the 8550GN, aimed at the graphics market. The 8550GN features 11-by-17-inch full-bleed printing, automatic Pantone color calibration, a 300MHz processor, and 128MB of RAM. Prices for the new printers start at $4,500, with the 8550GN retailing for around $8,500.

Bigger Is Better: Continuing a quest for ever larger and ever flatter display screens, NEC (800/ 632-4636, www.nectech.com) has produced a 42-inch plasma display. The PlasmaSync 42MP1 is designed for conference-room presentations, videoconferencing, and training programs. It's compatible with conventional video, HD video, computers, and DVI digital inputs and sells for $9,995.

The Note to End All Notes: Weary researchers should be happy to hear that ISI ResearchSoft (800/554-3049, www.isiresearchsoft.com) has upgraded its bibliographic software. EndNote 4.0 features a new user interface and more levels of customization. It also features autocompletion of new entries and automatic inclusion of entries in terms lists. The program retails for $299, though ISI ResearchSoft has special upgrade prices and student rates.

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