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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2006 0 comments

X-Rite, Incorporated (Nasdaq: XRIT) has introduced MonacoQCcolor version 1.5.
This update provides significant improvements to the performance of X-Rite's
software suite for verifying and analyzing color proofs in both local and remote
proofing environments.



Among other enhancements, the new version 1.5 incorporates a custom
label designer that allows users to customize the verification label
content for extended reporting capability. The redesigned server and
database structure improve stability and speed of data transmission over
the MonacoQCcolor network.



MonacoQCcolor software allows printers to define target printing
conditions, set the tolerances they wish to operate within, and quickly
measure print results for pass/fail analysis. The software has
applications across the imaging marketplace, in printing, graphic
design, fine art reproduction, and professional photography.



Available in both desktop and network versions, MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is
ideal for internal proof validation by printers who need to maintain a
high level of color consistency, as well as for remote proofing by
customers who need to ensure that their proofs meet specifications
before forwarding them to their printing vendor.



The desktop edition provides an easy to use pass/fail client and
includes industry-standard target and tolerance values for SWOP and
GRACoL printing. Users can buy X-Rite's ColorShop X software separately
to build custom workflow references.



Enhancements incorporated within MonacoQCcolor 1.5 include:

New label designer. In response to user requests, MonacoQCcolor 1.5
includes a built-in label designer to customize proof verification
stickers. Users can customize label size, as well as choose what target
attributes, graphics and text to include.



Upgraded server and database structure. The entire server and database
structures have been redesigned to deliver greater connection stability
and faster data retrieval.



Improved interface. The application interface has a cleaner look, yet remains
functionally similar to its predecessor. Consequently, users of MonacoQCcolor
1.4 will experience an easy transition to 1.5.



New administration tools. The administration tools have been segregated
from the server so users can now administer user privileges either on
the server or from a remote location without the need for additional
software. Built-in migration tools allow version 1.4 users to transfer
data easily into 1.5.



New sample database. For desktop edition users, the system comes with
updated GRACoL and SWOP references, as well as FOGRA target references,
to provide more industry standards to verify workflow against right out
of the box. Network users may load these sample targets into their
databases using the administration tools.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is also included within the Pulse QC Ensemble from
X-Rite, which bundles software with the Pulse Spectrophotometer --
X-Rite`s latest technology for measuring output. The Pulse QC Ensemble
provides all the necessary tools to ensure color consistency from job to
job.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is a free upgrade for current users. For more information visit:
http://www.xrite.com.

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Darryl C. Nicholas Posted: Jul 12, 2006 Published: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

I'm sure you all know how to do cloning with the Rubber Stamp tool in Photoshop. The tool picks up color from one place and lays it down in another place. It's a great tool for a lot of restoration repair jobs. However, when you have a restoration repair job that involves repairing areas of the picture that has a lot of straight lines, the Rubber Stamp tool...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2006 0 comments

PocketWizard
has introduced their new Plus II Transceiver. The Plus II offers all the popular
features of the PLUS Transmitter/Receiver system at an affordable price. Current
PocketWizard owners will also appreciate that it's compatible with all PocketWizard
radios past and present; it is also part of the PocketWizard Wireless Freedom
system.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2006 0 comments

For a limited time only, Cerious Software is offering competitive upgrades
from ACDsee, ACDsee Pro, CompuPIC, Cumulus, ImageAXS and Portfolio. For single-user
licenses, you can purchase ThumbsPlus Pro for $59.95or ThumbsPlus Standard for
$29.95. For single-user licenses, they don't even require proof, saying that
would be too much trouble for you and too much work for them. Order here: https://phlipper.cerious.com/compupg7.shtml

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2006 0 comments

PhotoFiddle.com allows visitors to upload pictures on their computers and transform
the image into a watercolor, pop art, collage, oil painting, and many other
artistic treatments. The image can then be ordered for home delivery as a stretched
piece of artwork on museum-quality canvas. The artwork is even delivered with
a pair of white gloves included so as to not damage the delicacy of the final
work. There are various framing options and sizes available, making photographs
that have been "PhotoFiddled" a unique gift.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2006 0 comments

Will
Crockett, founder of ShootSmarter.com, ShootSmarter University and producer of
educational DVDs, has just released a 3rd level in a series of Digital Portrait
Lighting DVDs entitled Digital Portrait Lighting 3.



This 62-minute DVD features author, speaker, hands-on instructor and photographer
Christopher Grey. His friendly and easy-to-follow teaching style along with his
passion for photography are just what's needed to provide the "nuts-n-bolts"
necessary for photographers to jump-start their digital studio.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

dotPhoto has announced www.dotPhoto.com, a comprehensive multimedia and photo-sharing
site, which is said to automatically build communities for consumer photographers
by providing a forum where they share life's stories through their images.
The new dotPhoto.com has a redesigned `unified interface' that makes
it easy to access its features, such as My dotPhoto, My Albums, My Shows, My
Projects, and My Web Site. Other options include community photo sharing with
Top Picks, and merchandising opportunities with unique, theme-based products.
There are also in-depth, easy-to-use editing tools work on both Macs and PCs.

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

"I'm going to memorize your name and throw my head away."
--Oscar Levant

I've always been a big fan of a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that's descriptive of what or whom a website is about. That's why my latest homepage is called JoeFaraceTravels.com. Clive Talbutt (http://www.phototeknik.com"...

S. "Fritz" Takeda Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

Tokyo, Japan--Ginza is Tokyo's Fifth Avenue. Cartier, Chaumet, Dior, Hermes, Tiffany, Harry Winston, and all the other flamboyant luxury stores are there. Department stores are there as well, but unlike their counterparts in the Western world, they are quality shops with many chauffeur-driven limousines in the parking lot. One of the most fashionable department stores...

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July
2006

On the
Cover


This month's issue is packed full of pro "desktop darkroom"
tips and gear to help you make the most of your digital darkroom. Be sure to
read our in-depth Test...

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