How Graphics Can Transform a Trade Show Display

Moore & Co Trade show graphics 2The possibilities are endless when it comes to printing, as demonstrated at the 2016 NeoCon show in Chicago. When MooreCo, Inc. was placed in a 10×20 booth, they turned to Miller IDS to transform that space through graphics. We were delighted to print Rex’s great design creating the illusion of a more open space, complete with a sunny landscape and even a playground to simulate a working classroom environment.

“Miller IDS really gave the booth so much more atmosphere and depth – 5 out of 5 stars for me! From the get-go, you worked with us to steer us towards the most ideal material/substrate. Even before we really knew what we wanted.You showed up conveniently here at our office to show us the samples, you stayed within our desired budget, your execution of the prints were spot-on, and the rolling cases you threw in for easy transport were the cherry on top. Plus you guys totally nailed the color we were after! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Seriously. Thank you so much!”

Rex Murrah, Graphic Designer MooreCo, Inc. 

Our Sign is Back

sign arrivalWe are SO excited about the arrival of our iconic and much-loved sign at our 7th Street location today!

As the sign had been serving our downtown location for years, it needed a bit of sprucing up! We used the move east as an opportunity to freshen it up before bringing it over. So many of our customers have been asking about it; we were pleased to know everyone else loved it as much as we do and we’re so happy it’s back!

sign upIt’s busy both inside and outside today, but we are always glad to see you, so stop by soon to say check out the sign, get a cup of coffee or just say hi!





AGC Partners with HP to Save Members Money

AGC_Construction_Flyer_FINAL_hires_600wHP DesignJet T830 MFP or HP DesignJet T730 Printer deliver the speed, accuracy and mobility construction companies need. They’re designed to quickly produce high-quality, precise output, and are packed with the latest technologies to streamline workflow, enhance sharing and keep your entire project team up to speed.

For a limited time, AGC members can save up to $900 on these devices. Here’s how:

  • Purchase a qualifying HP DesignJet T830 MFP or HP DesignJet T730 Printer by August 31, 2016
  • Submit an online claim form and proof of purchase by September 30, 2016
  • Receive a cash back rebate

Download the spec sheet (right) for details or Contact Us today to request more information.

Rent is skyrocketing in the North Loop Neighborhood

burnetmarketplaceFrom Austin Business Journal

It’s no secret that rents are rising along with Austin’s economic prosperity. A report from highlights where those rents are rising the fastest.

Median rent citywide in June was up 3.6 percent compared to the same month in 2015, at $1,200 per month for a one-bedroom unit. The jump was driven by increases in places such as the Zilker, North Burnet, Hancock, North Loop and West Campus neighborhoods.

The North Loop in particular stood out: median rent last month was $1,410, up a whopping 13 percent from June 2015. Go here to explore the data on your own, which was compiled by comparing listings on the company’s website.

North Austin has seen a lot of commercial and residential activity in recent years as a relatively affordable alternative to downtown for those living and working in the city center. The Burnet Road corridor, where rent increased 4.3 percent year over year in June, is one of the hottest development zones in the city.

Downtown remains the priciest neighborhood for renters, with a median monthly cost of $2,130 for a one-bedroom unit. Another horde of Luxury apartments continue to deliver in the urban core, especially in East Austin.

Bluebeam Delivers PDF Editing, Markup and Collaboration in First Mac-Compatible Version

Bluebeam Launches Revu Mac

Pasadena, CA (April 12, 2016) – Bluebeam®, Inc., leading developer of PDF-based annotation and collaboration solutions for document-intensive technical industries, announces the release of their first Mac-compatible solution, Bluebeam Revu® Mac. Revu Mac delivers foundational PDF editing, markup and collaboration capabilities enabling architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals to streamline key functions and work processes across Windows and Mac operating systems. Bluebeam’s Studio Platform also now extends to Mac, allowing project teams to work together on the same documents in real time.

Revu Mac highlights include:

  • Studio Projects: Upload an unlimited number of PDFs and any other file types to the cloud and share Projects with project partners for simplified document management.
  • Studio Sessions: Invite attendees from anywhere to view, chat and markup the same PDFs together in real time, regardless of Internet access. All Session activity is tracked in a Record that links back to the PDF.
  • Markup Tools: Annotate PDFs with Revu Mac’s comprehensive collection of markup tools, including text, callouts, pen, lines, shapes, Cloud+, stamps, images and more.
  • Measurement Tools: Calculate length, perimeter, area and volume within drawings using Revu Mac’s measurement tools. The dynamic Markups list automatically calculates and tracks all related measurements to aid with estimations.
  • Overlay Pages: Compare two or more PDFs, even if they are skewed or different sizes. Overlay Pages allows you to pick points for comparison and assign different colors to each page so you can visually see the differences between each document.
  • Document Navigation: With tabbed document navigation, easily switch between tabs, or view them in their own floating window. Revu’s MultiView™ technology allows you to split your screen up to sixteen times and sync tabs to pan and zoom in unison. Create hyperlinks that jump to any page in the document, snapshot view or URL.
  • Document Editing: Easily edit PDF content by adding, deleting or rotating pages, combining multiple PDFs, or flattening your markups to make them a permanent part of the PDF. Users can even reduce the file size of documents to make them more suitable for email and sharing.

“Revu is about uniting teams through a common language of technology,” says Bluebeam President and CEO, Richard Lee. “By producing our first PDF solution for Mac, we are hoping to create a seamless user experience. Project teams can work how they’re used to, on their preferred hardware, while still collaborating on the same platform on the same documents. We’re excited to see how teams continue to leverage Revu and Studio to break down the barriers of what is possible with project communication.”

Revu Mac is available in English directly from Bluebeam and through a global network of Bluebeam Authorized Resellers on April 12, 2016. Localized versions of Revu Mac will launch before the end of the year. For more information, visit

About Bluebeam, Inc.

Bluebeam’s innovative desktop, mobile and cloud solutions push the limits of digital collaboration to enable professionals, who work in the most document-intensive industries, to do what they do, better. Bluebeam’s award-winning PDF solutions are used by the world’s top architectural, engineering and construction firms, oil and gas companies, manufacturers, government agencies and municipalities to reduce paper usage by more than 85% and to increase productivity by over 60%. The Bluebeam Account Services team and global reseller network have been solving customer challenges in over 100 countries for more than a decade. Visit for more on why Bluebeam is changing the status quo and setting a new standard. Bluebeam, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Our own Natalie Sideserf featured at the 10th Annual Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland

Natalie_profile-photoWe’re so proud of our creative, entrepreneurial employee and “Cake Queen”, Natalie Sideserf! Formerly a sculptor, Natalie launched her own cake business, Sideserf Cake Studio with great success and is considered to be one of the most talented young cake artists in the country at the forefront of realistic cake decorating.

Most recently, she was featured in a Huffington Post article podcast “A Fork on the Road” at the 10th Annual Food Show in Cleveland.  She was joined by celebrity guests Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Loren Hill, the $110k winner of the 2015 World Food Championship and discussed her all-cake LeBron James head sculpture.

She also exhibited using Miller IDS trade show signage!  To listen to the podcast, click here>>.  To read the article, click here>>. Congrats Natalie!

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About Sideserf Cake Studio

Owner of Sideserf Cake Studio, Natalie Sideserf gains global attention with her hyper-realistic sculpted cakes. Several have earned millions of views and acclaim from national and global news outlets. A sculpted cake she made resembling Willie Nelson reached the number one submission on the front page of Reddit and paved the way for features on American Idol, The Chew, and a number of Food Network programs.

Sideserf Cake Studio provides specialty cakes for local Austin events including SXSW and Moontower Comedy Festival. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Ohio State University, where she learned to treat every cake as a custom ordered work of art.

Proud to Support Lights of Love 5K and Ronald McDonald House Charities

Miller IDS is proud to support the Lights of Love 5K run, an annual fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC provides housing, support and resources for the families of ill and injured children. We also appreciate their kind words:

“We are so grateful to Miller IDS for supporting our families who rely on our “home-away-from-home” while their children heal in the hospital. Their generosity touches every family that walks through our door.

We are especially grateful for their support of our 8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run. Their professionalism and timeliness has enhanced our ability to have a successful event.”

LightsofLove_RMH— Emily Franke, Development Coordinator



Brandon Lack Exhibiting in East Austin Studio Tour

"Tiny Bubbles" by Brandon Lack
“Tiny Bubbles” by Brandon Lack

Excited to see our Miller ISD September Featured Artist, Brandon Lack, exhibiting in this weekend’s East Austin Studio Tour at 1319 Rosewood! @eaststudiotour

We are proud support the tour and encourage you all to pick up a catalog of artists and a map to all exhibit spaces at any Austin public library – see you on the tour!

Event Horizon: The Impact of Industry Events on Austin

As we rev up for the fall festival season, here’s how the industry impacts Austin all year long.

36_ALIST_EventHorizon-6d6694b3According to the latest figures from the Austin Center for Events (ACE), there were 818 festivals or special events hosted throughout the city in 2013. While many residents may resent the throngs of eager attendees, the financial boon for the local economy cannot be denied.

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, Circuit of The Americas—home to Formula 1 and the X Games—had an economic impact totaling $897 million. South by Southwest added $315 million to the economy, with nearly 14,000 hotel reservations booked. That’s almost double the financial impact that the event had in 2011. (The SX economic impact report traditionally comes out in September, and traditionally, the amount goes up each year.)

Music events have shown the most growth: Between 2005 and 2010, the impact went from $582 million to $856 million. And now the most-attended music event in the city, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, has a combined weekend attendance of 450,000 with an impact coming in at almost $200 million.


Keeping the festival machine churning is the staff at ACE. “There are just no free weekends anymore,” says William Manno, special events program manager. Currently, he and his staff are hard at work drafting a Special Events Ordinance that pulls together various parts of the city code and redefines event parameters. The ordinance is helping to meet the goal of a resolution passed by the city council in 2012, directing the city manager to establish a team that would help implement a streamlined permitting process, whereas before the resolution, event organizers had to put out multiple applications to different departments for approval.

The ordinance also introduces a tiered system for applications based on factors such as the duration of an event and attendance. (As for a festival’s theme, the agency remains unbiased. “We don’t necessarily judge,” says Manno.) Ultimately, the changes will help the city with event planning and scheduling while making the process for organizers more efficient. Manno expects to have the ordinance on the city council’s agenda by the end of this month.