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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 11, 2007 0 comments

Denny Manufacturing Company, Incorporated is proud to announce the launch of
their new website www.dennymfg.com. The company's website has been completely
redesigned to allow customers to browse their wide variety of photography backdrops,
props and accessories like never before. In addition to an expanded online store,
the website introduces several all-new sections filled with useful and informative
content.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 10, 2007 0 comments

Lexar
Media, Inc. Has announced its new ExpressCard SSD with auto-backup software.
Roughly half the size of current PC Card solutions, the Lexar ExpressCard SSD
is a high-capacity removable solid state drive (SSD) that delivers high-performance,
lower-cost storage expansion to notebook computers. The Lexar ExpressCard SSD
comes bundled with auto-backup software, an innovative solution for protecting
laptop computer files and data that allows for automatic regular (daily, weekly,
or monthly) backup without user intervention after the initial setup. During
this setup, the user will be able to set the folder and specific file types
to be included or excluded from the backup process. In addition, this automatic
backup software can also support multiple computers by recognizing the computer
name and the appropriate backup setting for each computer.



The Lexar ExpressCard SSD is also ideal for use with Windows Vista as it is
enhanced for use with ReadyBoost, a Vista feature that improves your system
performance without having to add DRAM to your computer. The ExpressCard SSD
serves as an additional memory cache, which is a reserve section of memory that
the computer can access faster than if it were accessing data from the hard
disk drive. Additionally, the ExpressCard SSD interface supports a direct connection
to the chipset, allowing users to enjoy all of its extensive backup and ReadyBoost
capabilities without having to unplug the card after every use; users simply
keep their ExpressCard SSD in the slot as external storage.



The Lexar ExpressCard SSD is shipping in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities.



www.lexar.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 09, 2007 0 comments

Polycolor, a professional photo lab in Essen, Germany has developed a unique
CRT based digital enlarger, the Variochromat. This machine is capable of exposing
onto all photographic materials, including traditional fiber-based paper for
black and white prints.



The Variochromat is based on a high resolution cathode ray tube (CRT) which
has a resolution of over 30 mega pixels with an 8-bit grayscale. The Variochromat
software is said to provide optimal tonal reproduction of grayscale digital
images, creating a profile for each size and material. Before actual production
starts, a stepwedge is processed and measured to guarantee consistent reproduction
of tonal values.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 08, 2007 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has released Macintosh Universal updates for all their
Photoshop plug-ins: Snap Art, BlowUp, Exposure, Eye Candy 5: Textures, Eye Candy
5: Nature, Eye Candy 5: Impact, Xenofex 2, Image Doctor, and Splat!. These updates
are compatible with the upcoming Photoshop CS3 release from Adobe Systems, Inc.
Alien Skin's Universal plug-ins provide a significant performance increase
on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 07, 2007 0 comments

Jobo AG announces today the immediate availability of a firmware update to
its award-winning GIGA Vu PRO evolution digital image storage and viewing device.
This firmware 2.0.4 update includes the new JD Loupe, Incremental Back-up and
increased RAW Format compatibility and is available for free download at http://www.jobo.com/jobo_service/digital/index.html.
In addition, all GIGA Vu PRO evolution units shipped from now on will feature
this latest firmware.



The new JD Loupe (the brain child of National Geographic photographer and loyal
GIGA Vu PRO evolution user Jay Dickman) provides users of this mobile image
storage device with a button in the unit's zoom menu that causes a magnified
rectangular loupe to appear on the LCD screen so photographers can closely examine
important details of their pictures.



In addition there is a new easy-to-use one-touch-software-update called Incremental
Back-up (the brain child of wildlife photographer and loyal GIGA Vu PRO evolution
user Andy Rouse). This update allows users who transfer the data stored on their
GIGA Vu PRO evolution via Incremental Back-up to an external storage device
such as the Jobo GIGA one, to automatically synchronize the data on both devices
with just one touch. The new data will be added to the external device without
deleting any already existing data on the device.



With this new update, the GIGA Vu PRO evolution now features RAW compatibility
with even more camera models from manufacturers including Canon, Casio, Contax,
Fuji, Hasselblad, Kodak, Konica Minolta, Leica (the GIGA Vu PRO evolution can
decode the Leica M8 RAW), Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, Sigma,
and Sony. And Jobo continues to test more camera models for compatibility on
a regular basis at the request of their customers. A full list of currently
compatible camera models is available on the Jobo AG Web site (www.jobo.com).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 04, 2007 0 comments

Visatec is now offering two affordable lighting kits in a car bag package.
The complete sets are fit into one convenient bag measuring about 21 x 9.4 x
10 inches. The kits hold two Solo 400 B or two Solo 800 B units plus two umbrella
reflectors, one white umbrella, one silver umbrella and 16.4 ft sync cable.
In each set the flash power can be variable over a three stop range.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is adding interactive features to the popular
`Icons of Photography' microsite on www.kingston.com. New components
allow visitors to pose questions directly to some of the world's most
respected photographers and also provide an opportunity for submitted photographs
to be critiqued by members of the `Icons' program.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 30, 2007 0 comments

Serif (Europe) Ltd has announced that their U.S. customers will soon be able to
order PhotoStamps, Stamps.com's popular form of personalized U.S. postage,
through Serif's digital media manager, AlbumPlus X2, when it launches on
April 30, 2007.



The integration allows customers to easily upload images selected in AlbumPlus
X2 directly to the PhotoStamps website and place an online order. PhotoStamps
can be used as regular postage to send letters, postcards or packages, and is
currently available for the most common mail rates in denominations ranging from
$0.24 to $4.05. Each sheet includes 20 individual PhotoStamps that can be personalized
with pictures of a customer's children, pets, vacations, celebrations, and
more.



www.serif.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 27, 2007 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has released the Eye Candy Effects Collection, a bundle of
the award-winning Eye Candy, Xenofex, and Snap Art plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop
and other image editors. The Eye Candy Effects Collection includes 54 special
effects filters with over 1000 one-click settings. The Eye Candy Effects Collection
includes full versions of five Alien Skin plug-in titles: Eye Candy 5: Impact,
Eye Candy 5: Nature, Eye Candy 5: Textures, Xenofex 2, and Snap Art. These filters
allow digital artists and graphic designers to create chrome, fire, smoke, lightning,
clouds, comics and dozens of other effects with a single click.



Extensive example images, product reviews, and free, 30 day demos for each title
are available at the Alien Skin Website, www.alienskin.com.



Alien Skin will release Universal versions of all their plug-ins soon. All customers
who purchase the Eye Candy Effects Collection will receive free updates when they
become available.



Pricing and Availability: Purchased separately, these plug-ins are valued at $575.
The Eye Candy Effects Collection sells for an estimated street price of $399.
Online delivery is available at the Alien Skin website: http://www.alienskin.com.
The Eye Candy Effects Collection is also available worldwide through stores, catalogs
and resellers.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2007 0 comments

BenVista announces today the release of a major update for PhotoZoom Pro 2. The
new version 2.2 for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms is now available. PhotoZoom
Pro 2, BenVista's digital image resizing software, was initially released in August
2006. BenVista continued to work on further improvements and additional features,
which have now been added in today's release.



The S-Spline XL resizing technique, which (together with the original ?S-Spline
technique) is unique to the PhotoZoom software range, has been improved and now
gives even better results. PhotoZoom Pro 2 comes both as a standalone application
and as an export plugin for Adobe(R) Photoshop. The plugin version is now compatible
with Photoshop CS3. While the standalone version already was a Universal application
for the Mac, the plugin now too is Universal (when used in CS3).



Other improvements are speed boosts, preference settings for a more convenient
workflow, and a fully rewritten, up-to-date manual.



The latest version of PhotoZoom Pro 2, for both Windows and Mac OS X, can be downloaded
directly from www.benvista.com.
PhotoZoom Pro 2.2 comes as a free update for registered PhotoZoom Pro 2 users.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor today announced the release of iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 color correction
software. iCorrect EditLab ProApp offers serious photographers a simplified approach
to color correction and color editing for large volume workflows. When asked,
most professional photographers and photo enthusiasts say that one of the most
time consuming parts of their digital workflow is getting the color right. With
its highly-acclaimed technology, smartly arranged tools, and workflow enhancing
features, iCorrect EditLab ProApp will save hours and minimize the frustration
of making color adjustments so photographers can spend less time in front of the
computer and more time behind the camera.



At the heart of iCorrect EditLab ProApp is the new ProcessQ, a completely redesigned
image queue that allows photographers to easily view, sort, and manage their color
corrections for more efficient, time-saving workflows. After images are added
to ProcessQ, the entire collection is displayed as thumbnails at the bottom of
the main panel. With ProcessQ, users can step through and correct and save any
number of images - either one at a time or as an entire group. Adjustments can
even be synchronized across multiple images almost instantly for rapid fire batch
processing.



For photographers looking for an easier way to make the color right, iCorrect
EditLab Pro offers an intuitive, straight-forward tool set. iCorrect EditLab ProApp
consists of four separate tools logically arranged from left to right providing
a wizard-like approach to accurate color. The tools are designed in such a way
that as photographers progress from left to right, adjustments made with one tool
will not, and in fact, cannot be affected by any of the tools to its right. This
alleviates the common frustration of correcting for one thing while throwing off
another. With iCorrect EditLab ProApp, one pass through the tools and that's
it. Plus, each tool has an optional SmartColor feature which analyzes the image
and adjusts the settings to their initial recommended settings.



For digital photo purists who want to take full advantage of all the benefits
of RAW capture, iCorrect EditLab ProApp is said to be the perfect complement to
any RAW conversion software. It simplifies enhanced color adjustments with intuitive,
easy-to-use tools that eliminate the frustration of fine tuning images for final
presentation. After converting RAW image files with a favorite converter, photographers
can add that extra punch more quickly and easily with iCorrect EditLab ProApp's
unique wizard-like tool set.



For photographers looking to add creative artistic effects, iCorrect EditLab ProApp's
advanced technology makes black-and-white conversions and sepia tones easier than
ever before. iCorrect EditLab ProApp's unique approach allows users to control
how the colors map to gray scale as well as selectively retain certain colors
of the original image for stunning results.



Pricing and Availability

iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 may be purchased at PictoColor's on-line store
at www.pictocolor.com for an introductory price of $99.95 as a software download.
iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 will later sell for $149.95. An upgrade is available
to current users of any of PictoColor's iCorrect products for an introductory
price of $79.95 as a software download. Upgrades will later sell for $99.95. A
free downloadable demo version is available at www.pictocolor.com. Recommended
system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor or Microsoft®
Windows® XP SP2, Window®Vista, Intel Pentium 4 Processor, and 768 MB RAM
and a 1024x768 resolution screen. iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 is a Universal Binary
application that will run natively on PowerPC and new Intel-based Macintosh systems.



www.pictocolor.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 24, 2007 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced Adobe Photoshop CS3 and
Photoshop CS3. Extended, two new editions of the professional industry standard
for digital imaging. Photoshop CS3 software is a major upgrade, offering new innovations
in editing power and productivity for designers and photographers. The addition
of an entirely new version of Photoshop, Photoshop CS3 Extended, means creative
professionals can now discover new dimensions in digital imaging, harnessing everything
in Photoshop CS3 plus groundbreaking tools for 3-D, motion graphics, image measurement
and analysis. Photoshop CS3 Extended expands the boundaries of digital imaging,
simplifying the workflows for professionals in architecture, engineering, medicine,
and science.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2007 0 comments

LiveBooks, Inc. has announced it will begin providing two new website packages
created specifically for the needs of wedding photographers. These new packages
-- liveBooks Wedding Platinum and liveBooks Wedding Gold -- will enable wedding
photographers to transform their websites into compelling multi-media presentations
that capture the imagination and hearts of potential clients.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 19, 2007 0 comments

Interfit Studio Lighting has announced the the Super Cool-Lite 5 System. These
units offer a convenient yet economical method of modern studio lighting, suitable
for use with conventional still, digital or video cameras. They provide a soft,
uniform diffused light. Ideal for portraits in a confined area or product photography,
and can be combined with a light pod or pop up light tent. The company offers
a twin head kit which features twin softboxes and 2 high contrast reflectors
in the kit. The Super Cool-Lite uses daylight balanced lamps for excellent results
as shared with the Prolite and Cool lite 3 ranges.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2007 0 comments

Constructed of high-tech carbon fiber, the RS16K Carbon can handle even the
heaviest digital or film SLR or video camera without any problems. Like all
Monostat monopods, the RS16K Carbon has the unique Rotation Stabilizer foot
ensuring steady shots with even heavy super-telephoto lenses. The monopod's
vibration absorbing carbon fiber construction combined with the foot's
"Swivel Toe Stabilizer" even permits photographers to make rock-steady
shots at up to a 60-degree angle from the horizontal.

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