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Digital Foci's Picture Porter. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Digital Foci: portable multimedia album
(Friday, September 23, 2005 - 15:53 EDT)

A press release from Digital Foci Inc. today announces a new portable storage device that doubles as an image / movie viewer and audio player.

The Digital Foci Picture Porter ("Foci" being the plural of "focus", and pronounced "foe-sigh") is available in both 20GB and 40GB versions, and is fairly loaded with connectivity options. The front of the device sports a 130,572 pixel 2.0" color LCD display, on which images and movies can be viewed. Both sides of the device feature card slots, which together can accomodate CompactFlash I & II including MicroDrive, as well as SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital Card, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo (including PRO cards for both types), and xD-Picture Card. miniSD cards are also supported via an optional adapter.

The Picture Porter also offers both high-speed USB 2.0 and NTSC/PAL switcheable video output connectivity, with a bundled remote unit that lets you control the device from across the room. File formats supported include JPEG, TIFF, BMP and RAW files from a selection of Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Fujifilm, Olympus, Minolta and Pentax cameras, as well as MPEG1, MPEG4 and DivX 5.x videos, and MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV audio files.

The device is available immediately priced at $399 for a 20GB version, or $469 for a 40GB version, with each being available in "frosted white" or "graphite" body colors. Power is supplied by a bundled Lithium Ion rechargeable battery, and spares can be purchased for $34.95. The product bundle also includes an AC adapter, earphones, carrying case, as well as both Ulead's Photo Explorer 8.5 SE and Video ToolBox 2 programs.


Digital Foci Picture Porter
Digital Foci's Picture Porter. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Model no. PTP-180
Memory card supported CompactFlash I & II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card, SD Card, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, xD-Picture Card
Hard drive 1.8" hard drive
LCD screen 2" color TFT LCD screen with backlight
Resolution 558 x 234 pixels
Computer interface USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1)
Transfer rate Up to 480 Mbps
Image format support JPEG, TIFF, BMP, RAW*
Video format support MPEG1 (352x240 @30fps; bitrate:1.5Mbps)
MPEG4 (720x480@25fps / 640x480@30fps; bitrate: 4Mbps)
MJPEG (320x240@30fps)
DivX 5.x(720x480@25fps / 640x480@30fps, bitrate: 4Mbps)
Music format support

MP3 (16 to 384 Kbps)
WMA 7, 8, 9 (32 to 192 Kbps)
AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)

Bundled software Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE (Image editing software)
Ulead Video Toolbox 2 (Video editing software)
External power AC 100-240V, DC 5V/2.5A power adapter
Battery power Built-in 3.7V 1800mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery
Battery life 3.5 hours of continuous video playback
7.5 hours of continuous audio playback
OS compatibility Windows XP Home/Pro, ME, 2000, 98/SE
Macintosh OS 8.6 and later
Linux OS kernel versions 2.4.x and later
File system support Standard FAT 12/16/32
Dimensions 5.2" (L) x 2.8" (W) x 1.2" (H)
Weight 8.6 oz. (with hard drive and battery)
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Digital Foci's Picture Porter. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Digital Foci's Picture Porter. Courtesy of Digital Foci, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
* RAW Image Formats Supported :

Canon: 1Ds Mark-II, 1Ds, 1D-II, 1D, 20D, 10D, 300D (Digital Rebel, Kiss Digital), D30, Power Shot G1/G2/G3/G5

Nikon: D100, D70, D1X, D1H, D1

Kodak: DSC Pro SLR/c, DSC Pro SLR/n, DSC Pro 14n

Fujifilm: S2 Pro

Olympus: E-1

Minolta: A1, A2, DYNAX D7

Pentax: istDS

Original Source Press Release:


Picture Porter Digital Photo Album Securely Saves Photos on the Road on 20GB & 40GB Portable Hard Drives without Heavy Laptop

Keep on Snapping Photos - Never Run Out of Memory Card Space Again
Los Angeles, California, September 23, 2005 – Digital Foci, Inc. (www.digitalfoci.com) introduced today Picture Porter portable digital photo album with hard drive and card reader that lets you instantly and securely save and view digital photos and video on a hard drive wherever you go, so you can keep snapping away and not worry about running out of memory card space.

Especially valuable for vacations, trade shows, special events, parties, and for pro photographers who take and show a large number of photos, Picture Porter saves photos on its compact portable hard drive, so you don’t have to bring heavy laptops on the road. Picture Porter takes the worry out of losing precious photos stored on easily damaged memory cards. Its built-in memory card slots let you copy and archive photos directly from any digital camera card, without the need of cumbersome cabling. With Picture Porters’ compact 20GB and 40GB hard drive versions, you’ll virtually never run out of memory card space on the road again.

Portable Digital Photo Album
With its high-capacity hard drive, you can now carry your collection of digital photos and video with you all the time right in your pocket and view them anywhere you go on Picture Porter’s bright 2" color LCD screen. With Picture Porter, you can rotate, zoom, pan your pictures, view EXIF information, and play picture slideshows for friends. You can even connect Picture Porter to a TV and share your photos and music with family and friends on a big screen in the comfort of your living room.

Works with All Media Formats
Picture Porter works with all media card formats, including CF I/II, MD, SM, MMC, SD Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, and xD-Picture Card so you can copy and save your precious pictures directly from any digital camera memory card. You can also make yourself copies of photos taken from friend’s and family member’s digital cameras by quickly inserting their cards into Picture Porter for instant archival of special picture moments.

MP3 Player & Data Bridge
Picture Porter is also perfect as a portable MP3 and video player -- keep your entire content collection in one place for easy access. Bi-directional data transfer lets you copy files directly from any memory card to the Picture Porter hard drive and vice versa. In addition, you can easily transfer files to and from your computer and between computers with different operating systems through its high-speed USB 2 connection.

Picture Porter Features:

  1. Photo and video player
  2. MP3 music player
  3. Archives files
  4. Color LCD screen for viewing pictures and videos
  5. Bi-directional data transfer that allows direct transfer to and from memory cards
  6. Output to TV
  7. Directly reads & writes from memory cards
  8. Memory card format support of CF I/II, MD, SM, MMC, SD Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, and xD-Picture Card
  9. Image format support of JPEG, Tiff, BMP, RAW
  10. Music format support of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
  11. Video format support of MPEG1, MPEG4, and DivX 5.x
  12. Includes Ulead Video Toolbox 2 to edit video clips, create slideshows and convert video files
  13. Transfers files between multiple computers running different operating systems

Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems, Picture Porter is compact and light-weight weighing only 8.6 oz (with hard drive and battery included) with dimensions of 5.2" (L) x 2.8" (W) x 1.2" (H). It comes in 2 stylish colors: frosted white and graphite and 2 storage capacities: 20GB and 40GB. Picture Porter comes complete with Ulead management software (normally a $70 value), USB cable, video/audio cable, earphones, AC adapter, Lithium-Ion battery for 3.5 hours of video and 7.5 hours of music, remote control, carrying case, and user’s guide. It is available immediately at Digital Foci’s online store at www.digitalfoci.com starting at $399.

For more information, see the site: www.digitalfoci.com.

About Digital Foci
Digital Foci helps consumers manage and enjoy their digital content collection easily. The company enhances people’s lives by allowing them to seamlessly move digital photos, video, and music from one place to another. With Digital Foci products, consumers are able to enjoy any of their digital content on any device without ever worrying about format compatibility. Digital Foci products include digital picture frames, photo displays, storage devices, and card readers for transfer, storage, and management optimized for any setting where you choose to enjoy your digital content.

Digital Foci (pronounced "foe-sigh") is the plural form of the word "focus" and symbolizes the many distinct points where light and sound converge and diverge. It is at these digital focus points, or foci, where you view and share your digital pictures, watch your digital video, listen to your digital music, and access your digital files.

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