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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 21, 2005 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced Adobe Photoshop Elements
4.0, dubbed a significant upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing
software. Photoshop Elements 4.0 delivers an impressive array of new ways for
consumers to easily edit photos, show them off in creative and entertaining
ways and always have them at their fingertips. Available for Windows, Photoshop
Elements 4.0 is the software that consumers choose for quick, one-click fixes,
in addition to more sophisticated editing techniques when they need advanced
creative control.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 20, 2005 0 comments

Canopus has announced Momento, the latest addition to its line of creative
software tools. Momento turns digital photos into an animated slideshow with
motion effects, artwork, transitions, titles, music and voice-over. Slideshows
can be e-mailed, posted on a website or burned directly to DVD. Momento can
import all major photo and audio formats straight from a memory card, and with
its unique 'SmartStyle' approach, all the user has to do is select a theme and
Momento will automatically add motion effects, music and transitions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 19, 2005 0 comments

Manfrotto will be a sponsor of the 2005 All Roads Photographers Program. In connection
with National Geographic's All Roads Film Project, this program recognizes and
supports talented photographic storytellers from around the world who are documenting
their changing cultures and communities through photography.



The 2005 All Roads Photographers Program is a key component of the All Roads Festival,
which is designed to recognize, support, and spotlight the next generation of
photographers and storytellers who have been documenting their changing culture
and community. Manfrotto is proud to be a sponsor of this National Geographic
initiative.



The Festival provides a forum for indigenous and under-represented minority-culture
filmmakers and photographers to showcase their work to a global audience and share
their unique culture and experiences through exhibitions, panel discussions, and
workshops.



The All Roads Festival, an event comprised of cutting-edge film, videos, live
music, art, and a photographic exhibition, will feature work from the program's
2005 awardees. Featured artists will include: Marcela Taboada, Sudharak Olwe,
Neo Ntsoma, and Andre Cypriano. Awardees will receive, among other prizes, photographic
equipment from Manfrotto.


The 2005 Festival will be held in Hollywood, CA, September 22-25, 2005 and in
Washington D.C. September 29-October 2, 2005.



Manfrotto products are distributed exclusively by Bogen Imaging in the United
States. For information, contact Bogen Imaging at info@bogenimaging.com
or 565 East Crescent Avenue, Ramsey, NJ 07446-0506.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2005 0 comments

Olympus has introducesd the new EVOLT E-500, a full-featured sub-$1000 digital
SLR camera. Designed to be used by all photographers of any skill level, the
E-500's compact and durable body is packed with Olympus innovations like the
exclusive Dust Reduction System for spot-free photos, 8 million pixels of detail
for bright and colorful images, a TruePic TURBO Image Processor for fast response
time, and an oversized, easy-to-view 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2005 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR) JumpDrive Lightning combines powerful read
and write speeds and massive (2GB) storage capacities to provide portable data
storage and transfer capabilities. With a distinctive stainless steel casing,
JumpDrive Lightning is capable of a read/write speed rating of 120x (18MB/sec)
minimum sustained write speed capability and 160x (24 MB/sec) minimum sustained
read speed capability.

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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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