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PRESS RELEASE: KODAK NEXPRESS Solution Adds Photo Authoring Software and Image Enhancement System to Boost Productivity and Quality
New tools add e-commerce capabilities and enhancement of digital photos.
LAS VEGAS, Mar. 8 - With Kodak's photographic heritage, it's no surprise that the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses continue to add imaging enhancements that increase print provider productivity and quality for photo applications. An advanced showing of the new image enhancement capabilities will be made at Kodak's booth (#E150) during the PMA 07 International Convention and Trade Show, March 8-11, in Las Vegas.
"The KODAK NEXPRESS Image Enhancement System delivers the high level of printed photo quality you would expect from Kodak," said Michael Howard, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Printing Solutions, Kodak's Graphic Communications Group (GCG). "Through an agreement with DigiLabs, Kodak is offering NEXPRESS press users DigiLabs' software for desktop photo authoring, which provides photo service providers an e-commerce infrastructure and upload services that allow the production of personalized photo books, cards and calendars. This makes a wide range of solutions available to retailers, photo labs, and commercial printers to offer to consumers and professional photographers."
The NEXPRESS Image Enhancement System extracts images from print ready PDF files using preconfigured settings and automatically corrects scene balance, tone scale, noise, smoothing, JPEG deblocking, color profiling and red eye. And it does it without slowing down the press.
"The Image Enhancement System delivers more pleasing photographs, with richer details and more vibrant colors, and the NEXPRESS press dependably reproduces them," said Nader Anvari, Director, New Market Development, Digital Printing Solutions, Kodak's GCG.
The DigiLabs desktop photo authoring software enables print providers to profit from a variety of photo applications. Customers can quickly and easily upload orders over the Internet for a variety of photo products such as calendars, photo books and cards.
"With the new photo authoring software application, upload service and e-commerce, we're making it much easier for photo labs, retailers and commercial printers to offer photo services," Anvari said.
The KODAK NEXPRESS 2100 Plus and KODAK NEXPRESS 2500 Digital Production Color Presses meet a variety of needs, from entry level to very high volume environments. Customers are able to upgrade presses as they grow their businesses with options to select desired paper capacity, increase processing capability, and add a productive booklet maker. The booklet maker for KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Presses is available inline or offline for collating, stitching, folding, trimming, and creating standard or square back booklets of up to 100. The GATF InterTech Award-winning KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solution is a powerful press option that delivers color gamut expansion, creative watermarking and protective coating. The fifth imaging unit solution also enables high impact glossing in conjunction with the KODAK NEXGLOSSER Glossing Unit.
To meet the demanding needs of photo services, KODAK NEXPRESS presses can also be tailored with a Photo Bundle that includes hardware components, advisory services, color profiles and inks.
KODAK products are backed by KODAK Service and Support. Named Best Support Organization at the 2006 International Business Awards, KODAK Service and Support includes more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. These professionals are fully qualified to help customers control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.
About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the world's foremost imaging innovator. With sales of $13.3 billion in 2006, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak's system of digital and traditional products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using KODAK solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; Creative Professionals rely on KODAK technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images; and leading Healthcare organizations rely on Kodak's innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.
For more information about Kodak's Graphic Communications Group, visit www.graphics.kodak.com. For downloading photos from Kodak's image library, visit: www.kodak.com/go/gcg_image.
(Kodak, NexPress and NexGlosser are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)
(First posted on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 15:39 EST)