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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has revealed details of the next version of its flagship application
DxO Optics Pro software which improves the image quality of Digital Single-Lens
Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO Optics will be available on
Macintosh and Windows platforms in September 2006, It includes four main areas
of exciting new functionality:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2006 0 comments

ACD
Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA) has announced the release of ACDSee Photo
Editor -- a photo editing application that offers quick fixes, such as
lighting and red-eye correction, and creating fun projects like scrapbook pages,
CD covers, invitations, and more.



Some of the major features in the programs that make photo editing easy for
users include:

How-tos: Guided walk-throughs of projects that teach you how to be creative
with photos step-by-step. Users can easily create CD covers, albums, and other
great creative projects from the very first time they open the application.

Vignette Tool: Creates portrait-style photos in one simple action - streamlining
and facilitating a process for new users that would normally require more advanced
techniques.



Adjustment/Filter Variations: Simplifies the creative process
by displaying up to eight different previews of your original photo, right on
screen, each preview showing a different variation of the effect, adjustment,
or filter you're applying.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2006 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies has announced that it has finalized an agreement
with Fotokemika-Nova, of Samobor, Croatia, officially naming Freestyle the exclusive
United States distributor of Efke-brand films and Varycon-brand photographic papers.
Efke B&W films (a formulation previously branded as 'ADOX'), and Varycon B&W
papers, have filled a custom niche position with the creative fine-art photographic
community in the US market for many years.



Freestyle is excited to have the opportunity to make the Fotokemika product-lines
more widely available in the US. "Many in the industry have proclaimed the
demise of film and the darkroom - propaganda with which Freestyle and our manufacturing
partners - and our customers - strongly disagree. We are committed to continue
taking a proactive position in ensuring the future availability of as many traditional
photographic products as possible. We believe that this partnership further solidifies
that commitment," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President and Chief
Operating Officer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera has announced the NV3, one of three new camera models in their
new NV series of digital still cameras. The NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still
camera that features Samsung's exclusive Digimax Converter software to play
movies and MP3 files. Samsung's new NV Series of digital still cameras all
have bodies in brushed black, stainless steel and a trademark Samsung blue ring
located around the lens.



At the heart of the NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still camera measuring 3.7"
x 2.2" x 0.7" with a 2.5-inch, high resolution LCD display. The NV3
integrates a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114 mm in 35 mm format) capability
with Samsung's exclusive SHD lens technology. The NV3 is equipped with Samsung's
state-of-the-art Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology to combat hand shake.
The ASR function provides enhanced image clarity by electronically compensating
for excess hand shake and improving color in environments lacking sufficient lighting
where the use of the flash is not desirable. The unique technology uses proprietary
algorithms to interpret sharpness and color information to deliver an image that
looks like it has been taken with the flash. As the flash is disabled, side effects,
such as red eye, are prevented.



For entertainment on-the-go, users simply use the included Digimax Converter software
to easily convert their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content
on the large, 2.5-inch color display. The user-friendly software can convert MPEG,
AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the NV3. For music on-the-go, the software
can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative
software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop
and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. Users can listen to their
entertainment using the included ear buds or on the dual stereo speakers discreetly
located on the camera, and even listen to their music while taking photos.



In addition to playing video, the NV3 can also make movies using MPEG-4, the high-compression,
high-quality video format. The NV3 can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps, for smoother
video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens. For steady videos,
the NV3 includes a movie stabilizer function that automatically detects and corrects
minor lateral and vertical camera movement. For additional control the continuous
video recording function allows the user to pause and resume video recording at
any time, while the built-in movie editing function allows users to edit video
in-camera. The NV3 features several special effects functions for creative control
in-camera, such as Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame, Negative and Composite
Shot. Color effects include B/W, sepia, blue, green and red.



The NV3 features 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape,
Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text Recognition.
Text Recognition, a feature unique to Samsung digital still cameras, allows users
to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from
the image taken using the bundled "Digimax Reader" text recognition
software.



The NV3 features 16 MB of internal memory and comes bundled with ear buds and
a powerful lithium ion battery.



The Samsung NV3 has an MSRP of $349.99 and will be available in Fall of 2006.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

Fidelity Electronics Digital Picture Frames use high resolution LCD TFT screens
that display pictures in vibrant colors. These 5.6 inch and 8 inch frames enable
the user to conveniently view all digital pictures from one location directly
from a digital memory card - without a computer, camera or Internet connection.
The number of images that can be displayed is only limited by the memory card
capacity. Slideshow display and zoom in and out modes are also availble. Fidelity's
Digital Picture Frames require no installation, and come with an easy to follow
printed Quick Start Guide as well as a comprehensive CD-ROM manual. These frames
also come with a one year parts and labor warranty.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F is a 5.6" Digital Picture Frame supporting up
to a 10 megapixel picture. Compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, it has a USB
port and uses CF/MS/SD/MMC memory card formats. Easy-to-use on board menu controls
allows the user to manage photo display at a simple touch. The frame also features
a TV/Video Output function which allows digital pictures to be viewed directly
on any TV. Available in a clear acrylic design, the DPF-5600F carries a suggested
retail price of $199.



The DPF-8000F is an 8" Digital Picture Frame supporting up to 12 megapixels.
This frame displays pictures, as well as music and video on a high resolution
LCD TFT screen. It uses CF/MD/MS/SD/MMC/SM/XD memory card formats. Utilizing MPEG1/MPEG2/MPEG4
video files, JPEG photo formats, and MP3 music files, the DPF-8000F has built
in stereo speakers and a multi-function music and video mode. The user can manage
displayed media with easy wireless remote or onboard controls. This model, available
in black, has a suggested retail price of $249.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F and 8000F Digital Picture Frames will be available
at retailers in North America during summer, 2006.



www.fidelityelectronics.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2006 0 comments

Professional and avid photographers looking to travel to Cologne, Germany will
notice some changes when they prepare for their trip to photokina 2006, Sept.
26 -- Oct. 1, 2006 in Cologne, Germany. Photokina veterans should quickly
forget about the previous hall number system. As a result of an altered fairground
all hall numbers have changed. Halls are no longer defined by consumer or professional
interest. The newly renovated and renumbered fairground has now the shape of
a shopping mall. Connected by one Main Corridor "Messeboulevard"
navigation is now easier than in the past. Forgot to see someone in Hall 6?
Don't worry, cut through the main corridor and you will be there in no
time. Traffic into the halls will be fed from four entrance points at the South,
East, North and West of the fairground.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 24, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced it has acquired the technology
assets of Pixmantec ApS, makers of digital imaging software that provides advanced
workflow management and processing capabilities for digital camera raw files.
The acquisition strengthens Adobe's leadership position in raw processing.



Pixmantec is a privately held company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark and
currently ships the RawShooter line of digital photography software products.
Adobe plans to integrate Pixmantec raw processing technologies into Lightroom
and wherever customers will be working with raw files.



In preparation for this integration, the Pixmantec RawShooter Premium product
is being discontinued, though the free RawShooter Essentials product will continue
to be available until the Lightroom public beta program is completed. Existing
Pixmantec customers will continue to be supported by Adobe and will be provided
with an upgrade path to the Adobe digital imaging product family.



www.adobe.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 21, 2006 0 comments

Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE: MC) has announced the availability
of its first digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera with an interchangeable
lens, the DMC-L1. The camera will be available beginning early September for
a suggested retail price of $1,999. The camera comes equipped with a LEICA D
VARIO-ELMARIT lens featuring the industry's first optical image stabilization
system -- MEGA O.I.S -- designed specifically for the Leica lens.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced the Kodak Easyshare P712 zoom digital camera.
The camera features a 12X (36 -- 432 mm equiv.), image-stabilized, f2.8
-- f/3.7, Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens that delivers exquisite detail
and sharpness. Optical image stabilization provides a two-stop advantage over
non-image stabilized systems for better capturing subjects in low light for
both stills and video. It also minimizes handheld camera shake at longer focal
lengths. TV-quality, 30 frames-per-second VGA video with sound (MPEG4) is available
as are on-camera video editing functions, including split, cut, merge and trim,
plus the ability to create single-frame or multi-frame "storyboard"
still pictures.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 19, 2006 0 comments

A joint venture between Rolleiflex and Horseman has announced one of the widest
angle cameras on the market, the Horseman SW-D Pro, which also accepts digital
camera backs. The Horseman's new design allows users to shoot with a 24mm lens
unit with any digital back equipped with a Hasselblad V mount.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 18, 2006 0 comments

Sabio Storage has announced that its Sabio CM-4 Network Attached Storage system
is being marketed by Backdrop Outlet. The Sabio CM-4 is said to provides high-capacity
recoverable data storage in an easy-to-use and cost-effective package. It is
simple and intuitive, so it's ideal for professional and amateur photographers
who need recoverable data storage, but don't have an IT department to
manage it.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2006 0 comments

X-Rite, Incorporated (Nasdaq: XRIT) has introduced MonacoQCcolor version 1.5.
This update provides significant improvements to the performance of X-Rite's
software suite for verifying and analyzing color proofs in both local and remote
proofing environments.



Among other enhancements, the new version 1.5 incorporates a custom
label designer that allows users to customize the verification label
content for extended reporting capability. The redesigned server and
database structure improve stability and speed of data transmission over
the MonacoQCcolor network.



MonacoQCcolor software allows printers to define target printing
conditions, set the tolerances they wish to operate within, and quickly
measure print results for pass/fail analysis. The software has
applications across the imaging marketplace, in printing, graphic
design, fine art reproduction, and professional photography.



Available in both desktop and network versions, MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is
ideal for internal proof validation by printers who need to maintain a
high level of color consistency, as well as for remote proofing by
customers who need to ensure that their proofs meet specifications
before forwarding them to their printing vendor.



The desktop edition provides an easy to use pass/fail client and
includes industry-standard target and tolerance values for SWOP and
GRACoL printing. Users can buy X-Rite's ColorShop X software separately
to build custom workflow references.



Enhancements incorporated within MonacoQCcolor 1.5 include:

New label designer. In response to user requests, MonacoQCcolor 1.5
includes a built-in label designer to customize proof verification
stickers. Users can customize label size, as well as choose what target
attributes, graphics and text to include.



Upgraded server and database structure. The entire server and database
structures have been redesigned to deliver greater connection stability
and faster data retrieval.



Improved interface. The application interface has a cleaner look, yet remains
functionally similar to its predecessor. Consequently, users of MonacoQCcolor
1.4 will experience an easy transition to 1.5.



New administration tools. The administration tools have been segregated
from the server so users can now administer user privileges either on
the server or from a remote location without the need for additional
software. Built-in migration tools allow version 1.4 users to transfer
data easily into 1.5.



New sample database. For desktop edition users, the system comes with
updated GRACoL and SWOP references, as well as FOGRA target references,
to provide more industry standards to verify workflow against right out
of the box. Network users may load these sample targets into their
databases using the administration tools.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is also included within the Pulse QC Ensemble from
X-Rite, which bundles software with the Pulse Spectrophotometer --
X-Rite`s latest technology for measuring output. The Pulse QC Ensemble
provides all the necessary tools to ensure color consistency from job to
job.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is a free upgrade for current users. For more information visit:
http://www.xrite.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2006 0 comments

PocketWizard
has introduced their new Plus II Transceiver. The Plus II offers all the popular
features of the PLUS Transmitter/Receiver system at an affordable price. Current
PocketWizard owners will also appreciate that it's compatible with all PocketWizard
radios past and present; it is also part of the PocketWizard Wireless Freedom
system.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2006 0 comments

For a limited time only, Cerious Software is offering competitive upgrades
from ACDsee, ACDsee Pro, CompuPIC, Cumulus, ImageAXS and Portfolio. For single-user
licenses, you can purchase ThumbsPlus Pro for $59.95or ThumbsPlus Standard for
$29.95. For single-user licenses, they don't even require proof, saying that
would be too much trouble for you and too much work for them. Order here: https://phlipper.cerious.com/compupg7.shtml

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2006 0 comments

PhotoFiddle.com allows visitors to upload pictures on their computers and transform
the image into a watercolor, pop art, collage, oil painting, and many other
artistic treatments. The image can then be ordered for home delivery as a stretched
piece of artwork on museum-quality canvas. The artwork is even delivered with
a pair of white gloves included so as to not damage the delicacy of the final
work. There are various framing options and sizes available, making photographs
that have been "PhotoFiddled" a unique gift.

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