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PRESS RELEASE: ExpressDigital Darkroom Supports More Industry Leading Hardware

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and AUSTIN, Texas -- Sept. 16 -- ExpressDigital, the number one provider of workflow solutions for professional photographers worldwide, today released Darkroom v8.9 with native hardware support for industry-leading printers and cameras from Evolis, Fuji, Sony, ZBE and Nikon.

"ExpressDigital is excited to work with our manufacturing partners in the industry to bring new equipment to professional photographers around the world," said Graham McFarland, founder and CEO of ExpressDigital. "Providing a complete, integrated workflow from camera to software to printing solutions is what drives our photographers success in this competitive industry. We are delighted to provide the newest and greatest equipment integration to help them access technology that will merge seamlessly into their own chosen workflow."

These features and more are available in the new Darkroom v8.9. For complete details please visit http://www.expressdigital.com/products/epsdarkroom.shtm.

Sony UPDR200

Spring boarding off its successful predecessor, the UPDR150, the UPDR200 offers 30 percent greater paper capacities at 700 4x6 prints and 800 5x7 prints. The printer is the very picture of ease coming designed with easy front loading docks for both paper and ribbon replacement. Designed for the high volume busy event photographer, this printer provides 3.5x5 prints in as little as 7.8 seconds and 6x8 prints in only 14.5 seconds. The UPDR200 offers the following print sizes: 3.5x5, 4x6, 5x7 and 6x8.

ZBE Chromira ProLab

For the first time in history, ZBE and ExpressDigital Darkroom and Labtricity have partnered to provide full printer integration for the leading high-speed, large format minilab, the Chromira ProLab. The Chromira ProLab comes standard with XY-cutting, back printing and print sorting of mixed format orders up to 11x14. With its high volume 241 IPM imaging speed, this mini lab can print from 3.5x5 to 30"x164 ft. The unit was designed for the space conscious in mind, featuring a compact form measuring just 65x60x66 inches.

Fuji ASK-2000 and ASK 4000

Both the Fuji ASK-2000 and ASK-4000 are Fuji's new thermal photo printers available in the professional space. These high-speed printers incorporate new highly sensitive paper, ink ribbon and a redesigned print mechanism to achieve an increase in print speed to previous generations of Fuji printers.

Both printers are exceptionally fast. The ASK-2000 is compatible with the following print sizes: 3.5x5 5x7 4x6 6x8 and 6x9. It can produce a 4x6 print in 8 seconds. The ASK-4000 is compatible with the following print sizes: 8x10 and 8x12. It can produce an 8x10 in 40 seconds. Both printers were designed to meet the needs of the high volume on-site event photographer

Nikon D60

Announced in January 2008, the Nikon D60 is the newest consumer-level dSLR to be integrated into the Darkroom software. Weighting just 465 grams, this camera is the smallest dSLR available under the Nikon brand. At 10.2-megapixel and the ability to shoot continuously, up to 3 frames per second, the camera gives professional photographers great power with a smaller price tag. The camera comes equipped with a powerful anti-dust system which incorporates a self-cleaning sensor coupled with an airflow system designed to push dust away. This camera also adds active D-Lighting, a stop motion recording more and Expeed branding.

Evolis DUALYS 3 and Pebble 4

The Evolis DUALYS 3 is a leading printing solution for photographers and businesses that need state-of-the-art ID card printing solutions. The DUALYS 3 provides advanced dual-sided printing in both full color and monochrome. The printer is fast, taking only 4 seconds to print a single sided monochrome card up to 28 seconds per card to provide a dual-sided color card. With built in technology to encode all types of cards on the market, the DUALYS 3 works with magnetic striping, contact smart cards and contactless smart cards

The Evolis Pebble 4 provides a simple printing solution for those photographers that need a basic single sided printing solution in the ID card market. The printer is blazingly fast; it can print a monochrome single-sided card in 3.6 seconds and even a full colored card in just 24 seconds. Photographers are not sacrificing technology when choosing the Pebble 4. This printer also can encode to magnetic striping, contact and contactless smart cards. .

These printers offer Darkroom photographers enhanced technology to increase productivity and expand into new photography markets with more choices in their ID card printing endeavors.

Pricing and Availability

ExpressDigital Darkroom v8.9 is immediately available for purchase. The retail prices are as follows: Darkroom Core Edition -- $495, Darkroom Professional Edition -- $1395, Darkroom Assembly Edition (Plus 6 hours phone training) -- $2995, Darkroom Assembly Edition (Plus 2 days on-site training) -- $4395. Upgrade pricing is also available. Darkroom is offered for sale in the UK at Photomart as well as other authorized dealers and labs in the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, Australia and South Africa. Software is also available for sale at http://www.expressdigital.com. For a list of authorized dealers and to link to our online store, visit http://www.expressdigital.com/purchase.

(First posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 20:28 EDT)

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