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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 27, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has introduced new versions of KODAK PROSHOTS Studio Software
Suite v6.3, KODAK PROSHOTS Basics Software v2.0 and KODAK PROSHOTS Online Services
v7.0 that, via labs, will provide photographers with a broader range of templates
for their print ordering process. Photographers will also have improved tools
for previewing and selling their images to customers in-person or over the Internet.




The KODAK PROSHOTS System, a powerful set of image-management, design and ordering
tools, serves professional wedding, social and portrait photographers whether
they work with film or digital cameras. PROSHOTS System Participating Labs use
hybrid and complete digital lab workflows to offer a broad range of products and
services to photographers through the PROSHOTS System. The KODAK PROSHOTS System
is the industry's most-used service of its kind, with more than 40 labs,
11 album and frame companies and two studio management software companies integrating
it seamlessly with existing lab products.



PROSHOTS Studio Software Suite v6.3

Available as a free download to photographers with a current version of PROSHOTS
Studio Software Suite, or US$249 for new users, version 6.3 includes enhanced
proof book options with a variety of selectable background colors and definable
cover pages. Additional improvements include enriched digital product ordering
and presentation features:

· Lab templates now can be organized into categories, e.g., "Weddings,"
"Sports," etc., for easier navigation.

· More sophisticated lab products, e.g., templates with images displayed
on an angle or customizable text, can now be displayed and cropped as "what
you see is what you get" for better previewing and ordering.

· Enhanced slide-show options to play music through a PC, and a slide show
that can now easily be saved to be burned later to CD or DVD.



The album and frame interface definitions are streamlined, further enhancing Kodak's
full-featured software product for both photographers and labs.



PROSHOTS Basics Software v2

PROSHOTS Basics Software now includes additional features to simplify the image-ordering
process. As with the PROSHOTS Studio Software Suite, PROSHOTS Basics Software
now allows the organization of lab templates into categories, and enhanced proof
book options are now available. The features are all available in the intuitive,
easy-to-use interface for which PROSHOTS Basics Software is known.

In addition, key selling features have been added to PROSHOTS Basics Software.
With version 2, users can for the first time:

· Preview and order a broad range of lab digital products in a "what
you see is what you get" manner.

· Access the capabilities of PROSHOTS Online Services to create product
and price lists, post images and take orders over the Internet.

· Use a new built-in slide show capability for reviewing images with customers.



For PROSHOTS System Participating Labs, PROSHOTS Basics Software expands the potential
printing volume by providing a solution for the estimated one-third of professional
photographers who are MACINTOSH OS users.

PROSHOTS Basics software is free, runs on both MACINTOSH OS X and WINDOWS 2000
or XP platforms, and is available as a download at www.kodak.com/proshots/basicsinfo.




KODAK PROSHOTS Online Services v7

The award-winning PROSHOTS Online Services have been redesigned to enhance the
image viewing and ordering experience for the increasing number of consumers using
the Internet. Redesign features include:

· A modern, sophisticated look and feel with a cleaner shopping cart and
checkout process.

· Improved slide show with faster refresh and improved navigation and speed
controls.

· Increased image-zoom capability to better view image details.



Access to PROSHOTS Online Services is integrated within PROSHOTS Studio and PROSHOTS
Basics Software so photographers only need one piece of software for lab print
ordering, in-studio presentations and online selling. A new rewards program provides
benefits to photographers the more they make use of PROSHOTS Online Services.


The PROSHOTS System software updates will be available in March. For more information
on the KODAK PROSHOTS System and membership benefits for photographers ¾
including Web site and other training resources ¾ please visit www.kodak.com/proshots/membershipinfo.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Microtek has announced that it is developing the ArtixScan M1, a combined flatbed
and film scanner for 35mm, 6cm, and 4x5-inch film formats that also offers additional
functionality to scan reflective art or prints as large as 8.5 by 14 inches.
Equipped with Microtek's patented Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology (E.D.I.T.),
4800-dpi optical resolution, 16-bit digital output per channel, auto focus,
and new film holders with tension technology, the Microtek ArtixScan M1 is said
to offer extraordinary value to photographers, photo enthusiasts, and graphic
designers in need of high-quality scans.

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Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2008 0 comments

Mamiya Digital Imaging has announced the next model of their digital back - called the Mamiya ZDb 22 megapixel Digital Back. The R&D team at Mamiya has developed the new ZDb Digital Back with several useful enhancements.

To allow longer shooting sessions, the ZDb will have a buffer with up to twice the memory of the original ZD Digital Back. This means that you can continuously shoot up to 22 frames of full resolution RAW files before the buffer is full. The new back is now compatible with SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards that can store up to 32 gigabytes of images. The Mamiya ZDb Digital Back can also use SD, SDHC, CF I and CF II cards.

When used with the new Mamiya 645AFDIII, the ZDb Back will display the camera's 35 custom function controls on the LCD panel. This will make custom camera settings fast and user-friendly. In addition, a beta version of the new Mamiya Remote Capture software will soon be downloadable from our homepage, www.mamiya.com. This software makes shooting tethered with the Mamiya ZDb Back faster and easier.

Boasting a 22 mega pixel Dalsa CCD sensor at an affordable price, the ZDb Digital Back allows the Mamiya 645AFDII, Mamiya 645AFDIII, RZ67Pro-IID and RB67Pro-SD to take razor-sharp digital images - transforming professional quality film cameras into high-end digital systems.

Pricing and delivery will be announced in the fall of 2008.

www.mamiya.com

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Press Release Posted: Dec 11, 2009 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc announced FocalPoint 2, an Adobe Photoshop plug-in for simulating depth-of-field and selective focus.

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Ron Leach Posted: Nov 29, 2005 0 comments

Photography is full of `scapes: landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes
are all very popular subjects. But the next time you grab your camera and head
out for a day of shooting, why not take try to capture what's on "the
other side" and shoot some windowscapes for a change? There are a couple
of different approaches to take. You can use a window as a compositional device
to frame your subject, or you can concentrate of photographing objects you find
inside or behind a window.

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polarizing filter eliminated the distracting reflections in this
scene shot through a window on a bright, sunny day.

Photography by Ron Leach

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 19, 2007 0 comments

Microsoft Corp. has formally announced HD Photo, a new file format for end-to-end
digital photography that offers higher image quality, greater preservation of
data, and advanced features for today's digital-imaging applications.



This new, next-generation digital image format is said to offer the best solution
for digital image editing and storage and unlocks the potential for digital
photography on devices, applications and services. Microsoft also announced
that it intends to standardize the technology and will be submitting HD Photo
to an appropriate standards organization shortly.



HD Photo offers compression with up to twice the efficiency of JPEG, with fewer
damaging artifacts, resulting in higher-quality images that are one-half the
file size. In addition, HD Photo offers increased image fidelity, preserving
the entire original image content and enabling higher-quality exposure and color
adjustments in the image. This new format offers the ability to decode only
the information needed for any resolution or region, or the option to manipulate
the image as compressed data.



In addition, HD Photo offers both lossless and lossy image compression, and
can retain the full dynamic range and color gamut data from a camera's
sensor. Also, because making adjustments to common color balance and exposure
settings won't discard or truncate data as other common bitmap formats
typically do, it's easier to "undo" those changes at a later
time. As a result, significantly smaller files can be created while still retaining
optimum picture quality.



Microsoft also announced the beta release of a set of HD Photo plug-ins for
Adobe Photoshop software, developed with the help of Adobe Systems Inc. These
plug-ins enable users to both read and write HD Photo files from within Adobe
Photoshop software, and include support for high dynamic range pixel formats.
The plug-ins support both the CS3 and CS2 versions of Adobe Photoshop software,
and will be available for Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X
(Universal Binary). A beta version of the Windows plug-in is available today
for download at the Microsoft Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads.
Microsoft expects to release finished plug-ins, which will be free of charge,
in approximately 60 days.



The HD Photo Device Porting Kit is also available for download at the Microsoft
Download Center, allowing manufacturers to add HD Photo support in devices and
to other platforms.



HD Photo is natively supported in Windows Vista by a Windows Imaging Component
(WIC) codec, and can be similarly supported in Windows XP and Windows Server
2003 through a free WIC download. HD Photo is also included in Microsoft .NET
Framework 3.0. With support on popular platforms such as Windows XP, Windows
Vista and Mac OS X, HD Photo will allow consumers to easily view, edit and share
images without conversion or special applications. The format also allows for
flexible metadata handling and supports industry-standard metadata formats.



www.microsoft.com

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Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2009 0 comments

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE) has introduced Corel Painter 11, the newest edition of the world’s leading painting and illustration software. With more than 40 new and enhanced features, Painter 11 provides the most inventive drawing and painting tools available, making it the ultimate art studio for those ready to expand their definition of creativity.

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Press Release Posted: May 12, 2010 0 comments

Imagenomic announced the release of its award-winning Portraiture 2 Plug-in for Aperture 3, Apple's latest version of its digital photography workflow application. This new Portraiture 2 edition provides native 64-bit operation within Apple's Snow Leopard operating system, and represents one of the first purpose-built, third-party image processing plug-ins to be optimized and released for Apple's latest 64-bit systems and software applications.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 24, 2005 0 comments

Danish and U.S. digital imaging software specialists Pixmantec and Imagenomic,
have announced that they will be jointly marketing their respective software products,
RawShooter essentials 2005 and Noiseware. Working together, these two highly sophisticated
and complementary "tool sets" extend RAW conversion and noise removal
to an elevated level of workflow performance and convenience The companies will
initially cross-promote RawShooter essentials 2005 and Noiseware as a precursor
to joint marketing and distribution. Pixmantec and Imagenomic also intend to explore
the potential to forge closer cooperation through joint product and technology
development.



www.pixmantec.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2007 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company has announced two new lightweight, affordable compact
digital camera models -- the Pentax Optio M40 and the Pentax Optio E40.

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Press Release Posted: Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced the addition of five new PIXMA printers with a new Full High Definition (HD) Movie Print feature. In addition to this new and exciting technology, these new models will feature improvements to Auto Photo Fix II to further enhance those near perfect memorable moments while Easy-PhotoPrint EX software now allows users to search and use images from Flickr.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 07, 2005 0 comments

The new C-7070 Wide Zoom from Olympus features a wide-angle lens on a magnesium body and a 7.1-megapixel CCD. With its 4x optical zoom wide-angle lens (equivalent
to 27 to 110mm, f2.8 -- f.8.0), the C-7070 Wide Zoom enables photographers
to capture more of their field of view. For nature photographers, the C-7070
features a Super Macro mode that enables shooting from 1.18 inches. The camera's
1.8-inch Semi-Transmissive swivel LCD makes it easy to take pictures at any
angle -- above the head, from the side, or with the camera placed on the
ground. The LCD can even be swiveled 180° for taking self-portraits. And
while conventional LCD screens appear dim against bright light, the Semi-Transmissive
LCD technology is said to provide excellent high-contrast visibility in any
light condition. The camera body is constructed of magnesium alloy with a rubberized.
The camera is also compact, measuring 4.9" (W) x 3.3" (H) x 3.9"
(D) and weighs 15.3 ounces.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2007 0 comments

Pelican Products' Memory Card Cases come in four different configurations.
The case is designed to protect all known flash memory card sizes and can accommodate
as many as 32 cards at a time.

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Press Release Posted: Jan 14, 2011 0 comments

ARCA-SWISS has expanded its R-line of precision medium format cameras with the ARCA- SWISS Rm2d, a smaller, lighter version. The Rm2d is the camera for high resolution hand held photography, both digital as well as analog. This new camera’s features - its functionality and its extraordinary compactness and light weight - make it ideal for architectural and travel photography as well as photojournalism. It has the same clear design that won the Rm3d an acclaimed international design award. The positioning and design of the hand grips allow you to go swiftly from portrait to landscape format.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2004 0 comments

Mamiya has announced its integrated medium format digital SLR camera. The Mamiya
ZD has a built-in 22 Mega pixel 36mm x 48mm Dalsa CCD imaging sensor is nearly
3 times the size of a full size 35mm D-SLR sensor. The 14 bit A/D (Analogue to
Digital) converter records information as 12-bit per color channel for exceptional
true to life color accuracy. Data transfer from the Dalsa CCD sensor is processed
in real-time with Mamiya's exclusively designed Application Specific Integrated
Circuit (ASIC).

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