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Posted: Oct 17, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has begun shipping its innovative, highly anticipated
EASYSHARE-ONE zoom digital camera to retailers. Initial customer availability
is expected within the coming days, dependent on individual retailer and store
stocking schedules. Kodak is working with the world's leading wireless
hotspot companies to make sharing pictures across town, across the country,
or across the globe as easy and convenient as possible. When visiting a hotspot,
EASYSHARE-ONE camera users can effortlessly send pictures with personal messages
via e-mail, upload pictures to the EASYSHARE Gallery, and view and share existing
Gallery albums -- all without a computer.



EASYSHARE-ONE camera purchasers receive a complimentary, camera-specific trial
service in conjunction with major hotspot providers. Current preferred service
providers include T-Mobile USA, with more than 6,000 T-Mobile HotSpot locations
across the United States; T-Mobile International, with over 5,000 hotspot locations
in Germany (in conjunction with T-Com) and more than 800 hotspot locations in
the United Kingdom; and Telstra, with over 850 Telstra Wireless Hotspot locations
in Australia.



Kodak is also working with other providers to expand broadband hotspot coverage
in Europe and Asia, enhancing the thousands of public freespots available in
venues such as airports, parks, business centers, and municipalities. Kodak
designed the EASYSHARE-ONE model (US$599 MSRP, including the KODAK WI-FI Card)
specifically for sharing, moving the camera experience from "point-and-shoot"
to "point-and-share."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 14, 2005 0 comments

X-Rite Photo Marketing announces a special upgrade for photographers that purchase
a MonacoOPTIXXR between October 1 and December 31, 2005. A free upgrade to MonacoOPTIX
Pro will be sent directly from X-Rite Photo Marketing, a $169 value.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2005 0 comments

Avvenu, Inc., has announced that its new remote access and photo sharing service
supports Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0 and the newly announced Photoshop
Elements 4.0, Adobe's (Nasdaq:ADBE) powerful, easy-to-use photo editing, sharing
and organization tools for consumers. This integrated support lets Photoshop
Album Starter Edition and Photoshop Elements users share images directly from
their collections, as well as remotely access these images from any web-enabled
computer, laptop, PDA or mobile phone. Avvenu eliminates the inconvenience of
uploading photos to a web-based photo service and large email attachments, making
it extremely fast for sharing digital photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 12, 2005 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced updates to several of their popular Adobe Photoshop-compatible
plug-ins. These updates address Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger compatibility as well as a
few, minor bugs. Updated products include the following:



· Eye Candy 5: Nature, both Macintosh and Windows versions

· Eye Candy 5: Textures, both Macintosh and Windows versions

· Eye Candy 4000, Macintosh version only

· Xenofex 2, Macintosh version only

· Image Doctor, Macintosh version only

· Splat!, Macintosh version only



These updates are available to registered users as free, downloadable patches
on the Alien Skin website:

http://www.alienskin.com/support/patches/index.html



Users with problems updating their software or questions regarding the updates
are encouraged to contact Alien Skin for technical support.



· Toll-free phone: 1-888-921-SKIN

· Non-U.S. customers: 1-919-832-4124

· Email: support@alienskin.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 11, 2005 0 comments

Tenba has introduced a new photographer's vest that marries up-to-the-minute
utility with classic photojournalist styling. The new Metro Vest features nearly
2-dozen pockets, compartments, organizing spaces and accessory attachment points
to keep gear at-hand and quickly accessible. Designed for comfort and mobility
even when fully loaded, the vest is made of 100% cotton with a soft, garment-washed
finish and mesh panels at the chest and back for cooling ventilation.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2005 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) has introduced its first USB smart drive using
U3 technology, a powerful new platform that enables users to store and manage
their "personal workspace" -- including files, programs, passwords
and settings -- on a tiny device the size of a pack of gum.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2005 0 comments

One year after the announcement of the IMAGELINK print system -- a specification
designed to simplify at-home picture printing -- new cameras and printers
supporting the standard are being released. Joining a host of KODAK EASYSHARE
cameras and printer docks already released this year, Olympus has announced the
Camedia C315 zoom digital camera, the D555 zoom digital camera and ILP-100 printer
dock which are all IMAGELINK compatible.



"The IMAGELINK print system is one of the world's most important digital
photography advancements for consumers and we at Olympus are very pleased to be
among the first to introduce products compatible with this system," said
Mr. Bang Il Seok, director, Marketing Division Manager of Olympus Imaging Corp.




Millions of consumer digital cameras from Eastman Kodak Company, Konica Minolta
Photo Imaging, Inc., Nikon Corporation, Olympus Corporation, Pentax Corporation,
Ricoh Co., Ltd. and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. will provide effortless, one-touch
picture printing from snapshot printers that incorporate the IMAGELINK print system,
including new KODAK EASYSHARE printer docks.



A consumer Web site dedicated to the IMAGELINK print system went live earlier
this year. The site -- www.imagelinkprintsystem.com
-- includes links to compatible digital camera and printer information, an
animated presentation to help people visualize the camera-printer connection,
frequently asked questions and news related to the specification.

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 05, 2005 0 comments

Willard (Bill) Clark, a photo industry icon and the former executive director
of Photoimaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association (PMDA), died on Sept.
24. He was 77 years old. Cause of death was cancer.



Mr. Clark was associated with the photo industry for more than 40 years primarily
in consumer and trade journalism, both as a writer and photographer, and more
recently with PMDA. He worked with the senior executives of virtually every firm
in the photo industry, serving as confidant and advisor to many and earning the
respect of all.



Mr. Clark came to New York as a photographer for United Press after working for
a small Ohio newspaper as a reporter and photographer. His equipment in those
days was a 4x5 Speed Graphic, standard issue for a news journalist at that time
but now seen only in photo museums and period movies. In 1954 he became associate
editor of U.S. Camera magazine and then founding editor of Camera 35 magazine.
"I was a staff of one," he once said. He subsequently was appointed
editor.



After a variety of other magazine publishing positions, Mr. Clark came back to
the photo industry in 1981 as editor and associate publisher of Photo Weekly Magazine,
which evolved into Photo Business Magazine. His final publishing stint was a short
one as editor of PTN.



Mr. Clark retired from his position as PMDA executive director earlier this year.



At the time of his retirement, some industry associates paid tribute to him. Stacie
Errera, chief marketing officer for Tamron USA, Inc., and current president of
PMDA, said, "Bill always acted as a professional and was liked by everyone.
Everything Bill did was in the best interest of the organization."



Dan Unger, Agfa's director of marketing and PMDA board member, said of Bill:
"He was an easy-going guy who did everything right."



Mr. Clark is succeeded by two sons, Paul, Ashland, OR, and Bruce, Hopewell, NJ,
both attorneys, and two granddaughters, Fiona, 3 ½ and Emmeline, 1. He
was pre-deceased by his wife, Olga.



Editor's Note: The notes on Bill's life were kindly
provided by Jerry Lansky. I knew Bill for almost twenty years and he was always
a class act, with a kind word and encouragement for all. His "How are you
doin', man!" greeting will always echo in my ears. Those fortunate
enough to have known and worked with him understand that he was a great contributor
to photography and the photo industry and a genuinely good soul. I will miss him
greatly.

--George Schaub ...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 04, 2005 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), has announced its LockTight CompactFlash security
system. It is described as an essential solution for digital photographers who
want to protect their stored digital images and information. Photographers working
in highly sensitive and vulnerable areas who require added security can leverage
the LockTight system for card level security to limit unauthorized access to
data and material stored on the card.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2005 0 comments

Microtek USA is shipping the ScanMaker i800, a high-resolution scanner that
is said to combine professional features, versatility, power and convenience
at a great price. At $399, the unit can handle multiple film sizes including
24 frames of 35mm filmstrips , 12 mounted 35mm slides, two 4" x 5"
transparencies, and medium format up to 6 x 17 cm panoramic. With a maximum
film scanning area of 8" x 12" the i800 accepts large format film
and contact sheets as well. The scanner, which features 4800 x 9600 dpi optical
resolution and a 4.0 Dmax, allows users to create poster-size images from photos
and film. The ScanMaker i800 also features a large 8.5" x 14" reflective
scanning area to accommodate legal-size documents and batch scanning of photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2005 0 comments

Wacom's new Graphire4 pen tablets are said to provide the tools needed
to have fun editing photos and exploring digital creativity. These new pen tablets
include a patented, cordless, battery-free pen and mouse, a tablet and five
valuable software applications. Using the natural control of the pen and the
included software, it's easy to enhance photos and to create artwork for
scrapbooks, craft projects and slide shows. It's also easy to communicate
more personally by using the pen to digitally jot notes, annotate documents
and sketch quick diagrams. Graphire4 pen tablets are available immediately in
a choice of three colors (Silver, White and Metallic Blue) and two sizes (4x5
and 6x8) which are priced at $99 and $199.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 19, 2005 0 comments

Epson America Inc. has announced the the Epson PowerLite 76c. Featuring up to
2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness with XGA native resolution (1,024 x 768) in a
5.7-pound design, the PowerLite 76c is slated to sell for $1,099 (estimated street
price.) Driven by Epson's 3LCD technology, a three-chip engine design that
projects continuous color and vibrant images, the PowerLite 76c is said to display
a wide color gamut with excellent brightness and edge-to-edge consistency. In
addition, the PowerLite 76c comes with a new Instant OffTM feature for immediate
shutdown of the projector. Epson has also equipped the PowerLite 76c with new
lamp technology, E-TORL (Epson Twin Optimized Reflection Lamp), to deliver what
is said to be a superior level of brightness in a compact form factor. E-TORL
efficiently gathers and projects light to reduce light leakage and diffraction.



To get presentations up and running quickly and smoothly, the PowerLite 76c takes
only four seconds between pressing the power button and projection of the start-up
screen. And, with Epson's exclusive Instant Off feature, no cool down time
is necessary. Users can simply press the power button and unplug the power cable
immediately at the end of their presentation.



For added control, the PowerLite 76c features a "Source Search" button
which automatically identifies and displays the connected inputs and changes instantly
between sources. A 1.2x optical zoom lens enables users to easily adjust the display
size to project large images from relatively short throw distances, resulting
in a wide range of set-up possibilities. The unit's 30-degree keystone correction
ensures a high-quality display, even in less-than-ideal environments. Depending
on the presenting environment, the PowerLite 76c allows users to choose a 1,500
ANSI lumens "Low Brightness" mode to increase lamp life.



The included remote control enables PowerPoint and Keynote presentation slides
to be advanced and manipulated without using a PC. The projector also offers several
useful features for ceiling-mount projection, including top-side access for easy
lamp replacement, front-side access for air-filter replacement, easy switch to
ceiling-mount mode (inverted picture) via the remote control, and direct power-on
that is activated automatically when a room's power source is switched on.




The Epson PowerLite 76c will be available through authorized pro audio/visual,
national distribution, catalog, and direct PC dealers in October 2005. Epson's
PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three
elite technical support services -- two-year Epson PrivateLine™ availability,
two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the
PrivateLine, projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone
line (typically in about one minute) by using a phone card that is included with
the product.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2005 0 comments

As America struggles to cope with the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane
Katrina, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has taken unprecedented steps
to assist photographers in the affected areas. Yesterday the PPA Board of Directors
guaranteed up to $200,000 for the recently established PPA Disaster Relief Fund,
as the Association continues its fundraising efforts.



"With more than 250 PPA members in the stricken areas of Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana, PPA knows firsthand of the destruction caused by this hurricane,"
said Ann Monteith, PPA President. "We all watched in shock and sadness as
the scope of the damage unfolded, and we felt compelled to find a way to directly
help PPA members affected by this disaster as soon as possible. We will continue
fundraising in hopes that we can surpass the $200,000 mark."



PPA's relief fund was established last week through PPA Charities, a 501(c)(3)
organization. The original intent was to disburse the money collected to disaster
relief agencies. PPA's Board of Directors, in response to requests from
PPA members, voted this week to shift the focus of the relief fund so that it
will now be used to provide direct aid to PPA member photographers. The fund will
distribute $1,000 to each PPA member studio directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.



"PPA's members have a long history of pulling together to help each
other in times of crisis," said PPA CEO, David Trust. "PPA's
Disaster Relief Fund is another example of our members' commitment to one
another and their spirit of generosity and compassion."



In addition to directly assisting its members, PPA is contributing $10,000 ($5,000
each) to its two state Affiliates in the hard-hit areas, Professional Photographers
of Louisiana and Professional Photographers of Mississippi-Alabama. These Affiliates
will use the contributions to directly assist their members.



To request a studio grant, PPA members in the disaster areas should call PPA at
1-800-786-6277 and ask to speak with a Disaster Relief assistant. They will be
asked to provide information and details including name, studio name and address,
temporary location information, brief description of damage/loss, where the grant
money can be sent or wired, and how they can currently be reached.



How Others Can Help

PPA is challenging its other members, along with vendors and suppliers in the
industry, to join forces with PPA by contributing to the relief fund. Contributions
can be made by sending a check payable to PPA Charities to Disaster Relief, c/o
Professional Photographers of America, 229 Peachtree Street, Suite 2200, Atlanta,
GA, 30303. Please note "Disaster Relief" on the check.


PPA also needs your help getting the word out about the Disaster Relief Fund.
If you know of anyone who has been directly affected by the hurricane, please
do whatever you can to get information to them about the relief fund so they can
receive assistance right away. Please also encourage photographers with useful
information to share it on the Hurricane Katrina Forum on OurPPA.com.



PPA Charities is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that allows
imaging professionals to combine their individual efforts to make an impact on
the lives of children and families everywhere. It also allows PPA to become a
force for positive change in our society and to make a difference in the lives
of others. For more information about PPA Charities, visit charities.ppa.com.



Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world's largest and most
influential photographic and imaging trade organization, exists to assist its
more than 14,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal
goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making
of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder
of history. For more information about PPA, visit www.ppa.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 15, 2005 0 comments

In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, members of the
professional photography trade have established a relief effort to help industry
colleagues get back on their feet. The P.H.O.T.O. Foundation (Photographic Industry
Helping Others To Overcome) aims to rally industry support in the form of financial
contributions, loaned equipment, extended billing and payment arrangements,
and in-kind services to help photographers rebuild their businesses. Donations
may be mailed to: P.H.O.TO. Foundation, PO Box 611, Deerfield, IL 60015.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments

MAGIX has announced the new MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4. By automatically
fixing photos and adding exciting 3D transitions, fades, effects and sounds,
the software turns simple photo collections into multimedia slideshows. Slideshows
can then be easily burned onto CD or DVD and viewed on any TV or computer screen.
MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 will be available in stores for $39.99 starting
September 15th and online at www.magix.com starting September 8th.



MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 lets you quickly and easily transform holiday
memories, family, party, and Internet photos into 3D slideshows in just three
easy steps: Import photos; edit them with transitions, zooms, music, and text;
and burn onto DVD or CD



The slideshows can also be uploaded to the free MAGIX Online Photo Album site
at www.magix.com directly from the software, where photos can be viewed in fullscreen
mode with music. Photo products can also be ordered directly from the site as
well as from the software on premium paper, calendars, t-shirts, and mugs, etc.
The site also has an Online Content Library to enrich your slideshow with stock
photos. Photos on CD & DVD 4 also burns DVD player-compatible JPEG discs
for fast playback optimized for TV viewing.



MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 will be available in stores for $39.99 starting
September 15th and online at www.magix.com
starting September 8th. See www.magix.com
for more info.
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