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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 11, 2005  |  0 comments

Think Tank Photo has introduced a backpack specifically configured to hold
large telephoto lenses, multiple SLR bodies and a laptop computer, and still
fit within a standard airline overhead storage compartment. The new Airport
Addicted pack is designed so that airport security staff can quickly inspect
all equipment in the bag without having to dig through multiple compartments.
It includes a removable 15-inch laptop, a seam-sealed removable rain cover,
and comfortable shoulder straps that tuck away for storage.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 07, 2006  |  0 comments

Sony's (alpha) DSLR-A100 system features a  10.2-megapixel APS CCD image
sensor andwill be introduced with 19 high-quality Sony lenses. All will be compatible
with most of the former Konica-Minolta Maxxum mount lenses. The system will
include a wide range of accessories as well. Sony has developed a new Dynamic
Range Optimizer image analysis technology that is said by the company to provide
exceptional picture quality and natural color reproduction, along with a new
Bionz image processing engine. This new engine supports a continuous burst mode
for fast-action shooting and performs intelligent power management.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 14, 2008  |  0 comments

Wacom Technology Corp. has announced two new members to the Cintiq family --
the Cintiq 12WX and Cintiq 20WSX. The Cintiq 12WX combines all the advantages
and power of direct pen-on-screen input with a new low-profile, lightweight and
flexible design. The new Cintiq 12WX is aimed at professional creators of digital
content looking to improve and streamline their workflow. Storyboarding for 2D
or 3D animations, compositing for post production, designing graphics, as well
as retouching photos are just a few of the many creative applications where the
Cintiq 12WX will excel.



Also joining Wacom's Cintiq lineup is the Cintiq 20WSX, the world's
first wide-format desktop pen display. Combining the the same design elements
and ergonomic enhancements as the Cintiq 21UX, Wacom's latest wide-format
pen display is ideal for those who prefer to work with a 16:10 aspect ratio and
may not require the increased resolution of the 21UX.
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Shutterbug Staff  |  May 08, 2008  |  0 comments

Mamiya has announced a new addition to their professional line of medium format
film/digital cameras -- the Mamiya 645AFDIII.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 24, 2006  |  0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced it has acquired the technology
assets of Pixmantec ApS, makers of digital imaging software that provides advanced
workflow management and processing capabilities for digital camera raw files.
The acquisition strengthens Adobe's leadership position in raw processing.



Pixmantec is a privately held company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark and
currently ships the RawShooter line of digital photography software products.
Adobe plans to integrate Pixmantec raw processing technologies into Lightroom
and wherever customers will be working with raw files.



In preparation for this integration, the Pixmantec RawShooter Premium product
is being discontinued, though the free RawShooter Essentials product will continue
to be available until the Lightroom public beta program is completed. Existing
Pixmantec customers will continue to be supported by Adobe and will be provided
with an upgrade path to the Adobe digital imaging product family.



www.adobe.com...

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 17, 2006  |  0 comments

Adobe Systems has announced an update to the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop
CS2, extending raw file support to 17 additional digital camera models. The
free download expands on the raw file support integrated in Photoshop CS2 for
digital cameras from leading manufacturers. Camera Raw functionality in Photoshop
CS2 now supports more than 113 camera models and enables photographers to easily
manipulate raw files without sacrificing image quality. Photographers using
the Camera Raw plug-in can quickly and easily import and manipulate raw data,
saving time while increasing their creative control.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 02, 2006  |  0 comments

Running November 1- 7, you can have the chance to help select the winners of the
Canon National Park Photo Contest. Of the nearly 10,000 images submitted by amateur
photographers, a panel of esteemed judges have selected 10 photographs each from
the categories of wildlife and landscape as finalists. Now Canon is looking to
the photo community to help us choose the winners.
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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 26, 2005  |  0 comments

Corel Corporation has kicked off the "Summer of Painter" with two announcements
regarding Corel Painter IX. The Corel Painter IX 9.1 update is now available as
a free download for all Painter IX customers. The update provides customers with
new features and enhancements including:



Dual Monitor Support for Windows Customers running Windows 2000 and Windows XP
can now also experience the same level of dual monitor support enjoyed by Mac
OS X customers. Palettes, toolbars, and the toolbox can now be moved outside the
application window and dialog boxes appear on the same monitor as the active canvas.




New Art Pen Brushes Following the introduction of the Corel Painter IX Art Pen
Brush Pack this spring, Corel has introduced five additional brushes to take advantage
of the powerful realism and control of the Wacom 6D Art Pen. Customers who download
the 9.1 update will receive 10 brushes in total, which include the five brushes
previously introduced in the Art Pen Brush Pack.



Enhanced Dab Type Support for 'Rotation' Expression In addition to adding new
brushes to take advantage of the Wacom 6D Art Pen, Corel Painter IX 9.1 offers
rotation expression with the following Dab types: Circular, Captured Dab, Artists'
Oils, Camel Hair, Flat, Liquid Ink Camel Hair, Liquid Ink Flat, Watercolor Camel
Hair, Watercolor Flat, Palette Knife, Liquid Ink Palette Knife, and Watercolor
Palette Knife.



Enhanced Support for Mac OS X Tiger Corel Painter IX 9.1 now provides even better
overall performance when running on Tiger. This enhancement complements the Corel
Painter IX Spotlight plugin introduced earlier this spring that enables customers
to take full advantage of Tiger's advanced searching capabilities with their Painter
files.



To download the Corel Painter IX 9.1 update and to access a full list of included
enhancements, please visit www.corel.com/painterix/91update.



Corel has also introduced the Corel Painter Open Upgrade Program for customers
in North America and the United Kingdom. Until August 31, 2005, the Corel Painter
IX upgrade policy has been broadened to include any graphics or imaging software
package from the following companies: Adobe, Macromedia, ACD Systems, Corel (including
Corel Painter Classic, Painter Essentials, and any previous version of Painter),
Microsoft, and Apple. For a limited time, Corel Painter IX is available through
Corel and participating resellers at the upgrade suggested retail price of $229
a savings of $200 off the full suggested retail price of $429. Resellers may sell
for less. For more details, please visit www.corel.com/painter/openupgrade.
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Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 08, 2007  |  0 comments

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) is pleased to announce
the plans to significantly expand the Olympus E-System, its lineup of interchangeable-lens
digital SLRs compliant with the Four Thirds System standard. Two new cameras
are being announced today -- the E-410, an ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight
go-anywhere camera, and the E-510, a versatile, high-performance camera with
advanced functions including new Mechanical Image sensor shift image stabilization
A third, the successor to the revolutionary E-1 designed for professional use
and destined to take over as flagship of the Olympus lineup, will make its debut
this year.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 12, 2005  |  0 comments

UMAX Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of SilverFast HDR and SilverFast
HDR Studio for its full line of UMAX scanners. SilverFast HDR enables users to
process images at 48-bit full dynamic range.



The four upgrade and purchase options are:



1. SilverFast Ai upgrade to SilverFast HDR: This offer is only good for existing
SilverFast Ai UMAX users and is available for $199.00.

2. SilverFast SE upgrade to SilverFast HDR: This offer is only good for existing
SilverFast SE UMAX users and is available for $250.00.

3. SilverFast HDR full version new purchase: Retail is $299.00.

4. SilverFast HDR Studio full version new purchase: Retail is $499.00 and comes
with IT8 color calibration and pocket target



Prior to SilverFast HDR, many of today's scanners did not allow the ability to
write the full dynamic range into TIFF-data, making the reduction to 24-bit RGB
obsolete. Scanners with only 30- or 36-bit capability save up to their maximum
output, but today's leading scanning software, such as PhotoShop, saves
images down to a 24-bit file, discarding the extra information supplied from the
scanner. SilverFast HDR and HDR Studio software gives users the ability to save
and edit 'raw' files in full 48-bit resolution. 48-bit editing opens up a whole
new workflow, enabling images to be scanned and archived into digital format,
and then accessed later without any loss of quality.



SilverFast HDR and HDR Studio allow for raw data processing enables color corrections
in 48-bit. In this extremely large color space no significant shade is lost during
image corrections. When all corrections are done the image can be saved into 48-bit
again and further corrections can be done later.Instead of driving the scanner
directly, SilverFast HDR enables the user to read these raw files and process
the data as if they had access to the original image on the scanner. SilverFast
Scan Type (Image Type in HDR) offers 48-bit Color and 16-bit Grayscale. While
48-bit HDR color scans into an uncorrected 48-bit raw data file (only gamma correction
and ICC-matching can be applied), 48-bit Color or 16-bit Grayscale allows users
to save all corrections into the raw data file (48- or 16-bit Tiff file). It is
also possible to scan directly into Photoshop using the image corrected in high
bit mode.



SilverFast also offers a full set of tools including the ability to define output
size, Auto-Adjust, Histogram, Gradation curves, Selective Color Correction, Unsharp
Masking, Color Separation, and CMYK-Preview.



SilverFast accelerates the processing of large files in real-time, even greater
than 500MB, without delay. Files that have been scanned with SilverFast Ai and
subsequently opened in HDR will have the HiRePP functionality (High Resolution
Picture Performance). SilverFast HDR Studio is an enhanced version of SilverFast
HDR and adds even more power by including Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization,
SilverFast PhotoProof, a cloning tool, unsharp mask Plus, automatic image import
with renaming functions, conversion of RAW data and JPEG 2000 support.



Additionally, free copies of Taz Tally's Official Guide to SilverFast Ai
6.0 will be included with any upgrade or purchase from UMAX.com for the first
30 days from today.



http://www.umax.com.
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