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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2006 0 comments

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., has released two free updates to Portfolio
8 -- the Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals.
These updates include two file format support filters, which add support for Microsoft
Office allowing users to catalog, find and view files from Microsoft Word and
Excel on the Windows platform. Additionally, Extensis has added support for 22
new camera RAW formats on both Mac and Windows versions of Portfolio. Registered
owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrades immediately through
the Extensis website at

The Portfolio RAW Filter 3 update adds support for many current cameras, bringing
the total number of supported professional digital cameras to more than 80. For
a complete list of supported file types please visit:

The Portfolio RAW Filter is powered by technology from Bibble Labs, one of the
leading developers of RAW image processing software.

The RAW Filter and MS Office updates for Portfolio are immediately available via
download from the Extensis website and are free of charge for registered Portfolio
8 users. Portfolio 8 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for
full product.

French- and German-language versions of the Portfolio update are also available
now for download from the Extensis website. The Japanese-language version of the
Portfolio update is available from

For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced that world-class portrait
and fashion photographer Barbara Bordnick is the new featured photographer on
Kingston's Icons of Photography beginning today. "Icons of Photography"
is an online forum consisting of several of the world's most respected
photographers who share some of their unique tips and techniques with photo
enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. Each month Kingston spotlights a new
Icon who provides interesting advice and anecdotes for taking better pictures
and shares how they successfully navigate through the exciting world of digital
imaging, storage, and workflow.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2006 0 comments

New gold CD-Rs and DVDs that are said to extend the storage life of data, music
and images for many decades are being introduced by KMP Media, LLC of Rochester,
NY. Operating under trademark license from Eastman Kodak Company, KMP Media
is marketing them as the KODAK Preservation CD-R and the KODAK Preservation
DVD (-R).


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2006 0 comments

Phase One is hosting the "See The Difference" road show seminar series
tailored for professional photographers in the US between March and October 2006.
Attendees will experience Phase One's medium format digital backs and learn
how to streamline their workflow using Capture One RAW Workflow. Those wishing
to attend "See The Difference" can find more information about the
show and its sponsors and register online at:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2006 0 comments

Phase One has updated Capture One RAW Workflow to support more cameras, more
RAW file formats and Intel-based Macs. Capture One 3.7.4 is a Universal Mac
application designed to run natively on both Intel and PowerPC-based Mac computers.
Initial tests by the company show that the capture rate has increased by up
to 40 per cent when version 3.7.4 is run on an Intel-based Mac. Processing RAW
files with Capture One 3.7.4 is now 15 per cent faster on both Intel-based and
PowerPC based Macs. Windows users will also enjoy enhanced capture rate and
RAW processing speed with Capture One 3.7.4. Initial tests show performance
gains of up to 200 per cent in capture rate made possible by an improved high-speed
capture option in the Capture One software. Tests also show a 10 per cent increase
in the processing speed of RAW files.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2006 0 comments

Based on early commitments by North American exhibitors, photokina 2006 holds
a lot of promise for photo and imaging companies from the United States and Canada.
photokina will take place from Sept. 26 -- Oct. 1, 2006 in Cologne, Germany.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 10, 2006 0 comments

X-Rite Inc. has introduced the the OPTIX XR2 display calibration and profiling
solution. Combining a state-of-the-art colorimeter with enriched software, the
OPTIX XR2 is said to deliver an unparalleled color management solution for displays;
including LCD, CRT and newly developed wide gamut technologies. Easy to use, the
OPTIX XR2 is X-Rite's most recent upgrade of MonacoOPTIX XR, which joined
X-Rite's product line after X-Rite acquired Monaco in 2003. This latest
iteration completes the integration of the product into the X-Rite family of color
measurement solutions.

The first and most fundamental step to ensure consistent and accurate color is
a properly calibrated monitor. The OPTIX XR2 allows users to adjust color at the
touch of a button. Plus, a new help system puts easy to find answers at the user's

OPTIX XR2 also has the ability to automatically recognize and take control of
your color display, with Automatic Display Control (ADC). Using one touch, ADC
will optimize your display's color temperature, contrast and brightness
settings to ensure you build the highest quality ICC profile and obtain the best
color results from your monitor.

In addition, an ambient diffuser attaches to the bottom of the OPTIX XR2 hardware,
allowing for more exact characterization of the user's environment, thus
improving the accuracy of profiles.

Designed to advance with users as they upgrade their display types, the OPTIX
XR2 builds the highest quality profile for today's as well as tomorrow's
advanced display technologies. Additionally, it recognizes when an upgrade is
necessary and prompts users to download the correct information required to properly
profile their monitor.

The OPTIX XR2 will be available to the market in late May, as will the OPTIX XR2PRO,
a network version for multi-workstation environments.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2006 0 comments

Combining a leading medium-format single reflex camera and a 22-megapixel high-performance
digital back is the idea behind the "Super Bundle" now available in
the U.S. from Digital Marketing Services.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2006 0 comments

Having logged more airline miles recently than I'd care to admit, with
cameras and lenses and laptop to boot, I welcome any products that can make
the trip, and transition between connections easier. The "post-9/11 world",
as it sadly has come to be known, has not made it easier on photographers to
get where they need to go with the gear they must trudge along with them. With
that in mind, we recently had a close look at the Airport Security Roller/Backpack
from ThinkTank Photo, which combines carry-on capability with security and gear
--protecting features.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 05, 2006 0 comments

are many options for traveling photographers these days, including on-the-go
download devices, portable CD and DVD burners and of course the venerable laptop
computer. But a new breed of storage devices, USB Flash Drives, is also making
a big for the store and show photographer who doesn't want to lug along
anything more than a drive the size of a pack of gum. Memorex has come up with
a twist on all this with their TravelDrive ID USB Flash Drive. This is the first
USB flash drive with a built-in, customizable LCD screen.

The clever iLCD screen not only shows the remaining memory but also lets you
display a descriptive name for the drive or its contents. This sure helps me
sort out the bunch of Flash Drives I have rattling around my backpack, and now
I can assign one to teaching, one to word docs and one to storing images for
show, all activities I might engage in over the course of a week.

What Memorex calls the "advanced Surface Stabilized Cholesterin (SSC)
LCD" can display up to 11 characters, so you can ID it even when it's
not plugged into a computer's USB port. TravelDrive ID conforms to the
USB 2.0 standard and comes in 512MB, 1GB and 2GB of portable storage. It's
also Mac or PC compatible. The Memorex TravelDrive ID has a suggested retail
price of $79.99 for 512MB of capacity, $119.99 for 1GB of capacity, and $199.99
for 2GB of capacity. It just shows you that there can be something new under
the sun in something as "generic" as USB drives.