PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Launches Kiosk Software Upgrade and New Compact Photo Kiosk to Help Consumers Do More With Their Digital Pictures
Upgrade includes special Auto Collage feature, new compact kiosk offers retailers an easy "category in a box".
Las Vegas, NV, March 7 -- Eastman Kodak Company today announced KODAK Picture Kiosk Software Version 1.5 that offers consumers more creative print projects while improving overall system performance. For retailers with G3 and G4 kiosks, the software upgrade creates revenue streams beyond the 4x6-inch print by providing greater functionality with the creation of picture collages. Kodak also announced the new KODAK Picture Kiosk GS Compact, a solution that provides retailers without a photo printing category an easy to use, plug and play solution that can be up and running in minutes.
"Kodak continues to provide its retail partners with innovative, yet easy to apply print options and category solutions that take advantage of the booming digital printing market," said Nicki Zongrone, General Manager, Worldwide Kiosk Systems and Services, and Vice President, Consumer Digital Imaging Group, Eastman Kodak Company. "The new software upgrade announced today will improve kiosk performance and profitability, while delivering more fun and easy to use solutions for consumers who are looking to do more with their digital pictures. The new KODAK Picture Kiosk GS Compact provides retailers a compact category solution that delivers retailer profit out of the box in only minutes".
New KODAK Picture Kiosk Software Version 1.5
The new software contains a new Auto Collage feature that enhances the consumer experience and drives incremental sales of prints and enlargements - all delivered easily and printed in seconds for the consumer.
With new Auto Collage, the consumer begins by choosing up to 25 pictures stored on any digital storage media, including memory cards, CD/DVD or USB thumb drives. The collage is customizable with easy-to-use formatting functions, including:
Shuffle -- which automatically changes the placement and size of the pictures selected. Consumers can shuffle multiple times until the desired effect is achieved.
Resize -- selected pictures can be made bigger or smaller relative to others on the page.
Background Color and Style -- consumers can choose from a set of color backgrounds to complement the pictures, or select one of their pictures as a translucent background for a truly unique effect.
Text -- using the touch screen keypad, a special message or title can be added to the page.
The new software will be available as a free upgrade to participating retailers in June.
New KODAK GS Compact Picture Maker Announced
Retailers looking for an entry-level solution to self-service picture printing will find the new KODAK GS Compact Picture Maker is perfect for low traffic situations. Its compact countertop design is extremely space efficient and well-suited for smaller shops with demand for 30-70 prints per day. Installation is a snap, and retailers can immediately offer 4x6, 5x7 and 6x8-inch print sizes, all from the same media pack without ribbon or paper changes. Best of all, the GS Compact produces the same Kodak lab-quality prints as full-sized kiosks. The new kiosk will be available worldwide beginning in September, and will be priced around $2,500.00 U.S.
About KODAK Picture Kiosks
As the world's leading supplier in self-serve picture kiosks, Kodak has more than 85,000 units installed at retail locations around the globe. The award-winning self-service KODAK Picture Kiosks produce lab-quality pictures in seconds from just about any digital camera memory card, including: SECUREDIGITAL™ (SD) cards, MultiMedia Card (MMC), COMPACTFLASH®, SMARTMEDIA, MEMORY STICK, MEMORY STICK Pro and xD-PICTURE cards. Most also take input from USB thumb-drives and Bluetooth™ imaging-enabled cell phones.
The consumer-friendly touch screen lets consumers preview, select and print the exact digital images they want and zoom, crop, adjust brightness and reduce red eye to create exceptional quality borderless 4x6-inch pictures in seconds. The kiosks also allow consumers to save their digital images and create "digital negatives" on a KODAK Picture CD.
Coming soon to KODAK Picture Kiosks, the new KODAK Picture Movie DVD will make it one-touch simple to create multimedia picture shows with music in minutes.
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.
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