Leaf and Mamiya have announced the latest 22 Megapixel D-SLR, the Leaf Mamiya
ProDigital II. Comprised of the New Mamiya 645AFDII camera and the Leaf Aptus
back, the new ProDigital II offers medium format quality with the convenience
of a small format system.
Delsey has cut out the bulk and crafted its line of GOPIX bags and cases around
the evolving technology and the user, providing carrying solutions that make
it easier to get up and go without being weighed down by a larger than necessary
bag. The new GOPIX 50 is suitable for compact digital cameras, video cameras
or even a CD player. The GOPIX 50 has enough storage for six CDs and features
external zippered side pockets and an opening for an earphone connection. The
bag is very light, weighing approximately .60 pounds and, like the entire GOPIX
line, features a compact design with measurements of 4" (L) x 2 3/4"
(W) x 6" (H).
The new GOPIX 77 is ideal for a digital still, a 35mm SLR with multiple lenses
or a video camera. All exterior zippers are designed with a reverse closure
system creating an external and internal water-resistant cover. The GOPIX 77
also features exterior zippered side pockets, an internal zippered mesh pouch
and a zippered back pocket. The GOPIX 77 has external dimensions of 6 1/2 "(L)
x 5" (W) x 10" (H) and internal dimensions of 6 1/4" (L) x
4 3/4" (W) x 8 1/4"(H). With a comfortable padded hand grip and shoulder
strap, the GOPIX 77 is great for the photographer on the go, weighing approximately
Corel Corporation has announced the release of Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel
Photo Album 6, two major new products from Corel's digital imaging portfolio
and the first versions of the software to be introduced since Corel's acquisition
of Jasc in October 2004.
With a revamped user interface featuring a new, integrated Learning Center and
Browser palette, Paint Shop Pro X is designed to accelerate learning and increase
productivity. Tools are organized by task within the Learning Center palette,
enabling users of all skill levels to produce professional-looking results with
no previous photo editing experience required.
Below is an overview of the new and noteworthy features included in Corel Paint
Shop Pro X:
The Paint Shop Pro X Learning Center: The new Learning Center
organizes tools logically by task, providing users with a step-by-step guide and
quick access to the instructions and tools needed to complete the most common
photo editing projects.
Browser Palette: The Browser palette is now integrated into the
Paint Shop Pro X workspace to make it even easier for users to access, view, organize,
and work with their images.
Smart Photo Fix: The new Smart Photo Fix analyzes a photo and
suggests settings to auto-correct color, brightness, sharpness, and saturation
-- all in one step. Smart Photo Fix gives users new levels of control by
allowing them to combine the simplicity of automatic corrections with the precision
and control of manual adjustments.
Makeover Tools: Paint Shop Pro X introduces a powerful new collection
of extreme Makeover Tools to help users quickly and easily retouch the subjects
in their photos. The Makeover Tools include the Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush and
Object Remover: The new Object Remover lets users seamlessly
eliminate unwanted elements from photos, intelligently filling in the resulting
gaps with appropriate background detail.
Special Effects for Black & White Photos: With the new Special
Effects filters in Paint Shop Pro X, users can now easily convert images to simulated
black and white infrared or apply color filters while converting to black and
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition: Included for the
first time with Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo Album 6 provides efficient organization,
sharing and photo backup options, along with hundreds of new drag-and-drop creative
Advanced Features: Paint Shop Pro X now includes support for
16-bit/channel adjustments, ICC-based color management, the ability to import
and export CMYK images using ICC profiles, along with enhanced monitor calibration
that allows LCD screens to be correctly calibrated.
Camera Raw support: Paint Shop Pro X now supports over forty
Camera Raw file formats. Users can open, enhance, process, and convert images
taken in the Camera Raw format.
Batch Processing: Users can easily process batches of images
with Paint Shop Pro X. The Batch Process command lets them use scripts to apply
fixes to batches of images, and users can also convert batches of images to a
different file format.
Perspective Correction Tool: With the Perspective Correction
tool, users can fix buildings, landmarks, or objects in their photos that appear
to be in the wrong perspective or that were taken from an angle other than directly
Straighten Tool: The Straighten tool lets users quickly align
crooked photos and automatically crop the edges using any line in the photo.
Pricing and Availability
Available for a suggested retail price of $129 US, Corel Paint Shop Pro X includes
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition, Pixmantec® RawShooter™
essentials, two hours of free lynda.com video instruction and a printed user manual.
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Deluxe Edition is available for a suggested retail
price of $49 US. It includes PhotoRecovery software ($29 value), Xtras Scrapbook
Templates, Volumes I and II ($40 value), Pixmantec RawShooter essentials, and
a printed user guide. Corel also offers academic pricing to qualified institutions
and students. For more information or to learn more about Corel's K-12 and
Higher Education site license programs please visit www.corel.com/education.
Commercial and government customers can learn more about Corel's volume
licensing options at www.corel.com/licensing.
Eastman Kodak Company has announced that its innovative EASYSHARE-ONE zoom
digital camera would be available for purchase this October. The company has
also developed a new, interactive tour of the EASYSHARE-ONE camera, available
In addition to providing 360-degree views of the camera, the MACROMEDIA FLASH
micro-site highlights the multiple ways in which people can easily share, take,
edit, organize, and print their pictures, all wirelessly.
is working with the world's leading wireless companies to make sharing
pictures across town, across the country, or across the globe as easy and convenient
as possible. All EASYSHARE-ONE camera purchasers receive a complementary, camera-specific
trial service in conjunction with major hotspot providers. In addition to service
from T-Mobile USA, with more than 6,000 T-Mobile HotSpots across the United
States, EASYSHARE-ONE camera owners will also be able to enjoy public connections
in other key areas. Kodak plans to announce further market-specific service
providers, as well as retailers that will sell the EASYSHARE-ONE camera, in
the coming weeks.
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." · It allows users to have E-mail and
online picture sharing without a computer, using a direct, wireless connection
to the KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery service. By connecting to the Gallery through
a compatible home or public network, people can upload pictures and videos for
near instantaneous electronic sharing with friends around the world.
Photo sharing and printing options are becoming more interesting every day.
HP has announced that customers of its Snapfish online photo service can now
order prints online and have them ready for pickup in as little as one hour
at their local Walgreens. The in-store service applies to sizes 4x6 through
8x10 inches. The service is first rolling out for Walgreens locations in Boston,
New York and San Francisco. By late September HP anticipates that the service
will expand to over 4000 Walgreens locations.
Olympus has introduced two new SP-series digital cameras, the 7.0-megapixel
SP-310 and the 8.0-megapixel SP-350. Both cameras offer the option of either
manual settings for creative control or 30 selectable shooting modes, along
with optional add-on accessory lenses, an optional underwater housing, and a
large, easy-to-view 2.5-inch premium size LCD.
To better meet event photographers' on-demand printing needs, KODAK PROFESSIONAL
will be introducing an upgrade kit and media to enable 5x7- inch borderless
prints on the new KODAK 6850 Photo Printer. The KODAK Photo Printer 6850 5R
Borderless Upgrade Kit includes two plastic flanges for the media roll endcaps,
a metal guide for 5-inch paper and a CD with drivers and easy instructions for
self installation. The 5- inch borderless upgrade kit is to be used with the
new KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTATHERM 6850 5R Print Kit which provides enough media
and donor to make 375 5x7 inch (13x18 cm) prints. Available worldwide in September,
2005, the KODAK Photo Printer 6850 5R Borderless Upgrade Kit and the KODAK PROFESSIONAL
EKTATHERM 6850 5R Print Kit will retail for US$35 (MSRP) and US$280 (MSRP),
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