A Movable Printing Feast
If you ever have the need
to make snapshot-sized prints on the road, or want a tough but practical
printer that speeds through the printing process with image enhancements
to boot, you might want to consider the Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies
"Transphotable" printer. That somewhat odd name gives you
a hint of how this dye sub printer is configured. It's actually
a HiTi 630PS printer (reviewed in these pages a few months back in our
February 2003 issue and available by going to the Shutterbug website
and typing HiTi 630PS into the Search box) with body armor and circuitry
that allows you to get power from the cigarette lighter socket in your
car. Being a dye sub printer it works with four passes--three for
the color and one for the UV coating--but even with that it's
much faster than going the ink jet through the computer route.
The real treat in this setup is the direct printing capability, even though you can use the Transphotable as a computer connected printer as well. There are two slots for CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards and to use a SecureDigital card you have to use an optional CompactFlash adapter. You can only print from JPEG images, as the unit will not handle TIFF or raw files. We used our 4-megapixel Canon PowerShot G4 with JPEGs and were able to get prints and index cards to print with ease.
The Handheld Controller
In all, the HiTi Transphotable,
at about $399 including handheld viewer, is a versatile and quality setup
for those who want to make 4x6 and index prints on the road. It's
a PC-only setup. Included in the package is the controller, car power
kit, USB cable and CD (needed if you use the printer connected to your
PC), a sample paper and ribbon kit (sold separately in 50 sheet packs
of ribbon and paper), and a nice carry bag for the printer and accessories.