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March 1998


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Tuesday, March 31, 1998

March 31
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 31, 1998 - 0:00 EST)

Lexar media is offering "starter kits" for SmartMedia and CompactFlash users. The kits contain the memory, a book, and software suite.

Monday, March 30, 1998

March 30
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 30, 1998 - 0:00 EST)

Olympus officially announced the availability of their FlashPath floppy-disk adapter for SmartMedia. Street price is expected to be about $99.
Another source for Digicam memory: Techworks announced it will begin taking orders for PC Card, CompactFlash and SmartMedia memory. (It will be interesting to see if the entry of more vendors into the flash-memory market will drive down prices...)
Agfa announced a new low-cost 30-bit desktop scanner. At less than $200 for 30 bits, this is a new level of quality/price.



AOL Alert: Several readers connecting via AOL have complained of poor image quality when using the AOL web browser. This is caused by a setting called "compress images" in the browser that causes it to completely mangle images in the interest of faster transmission. You should turn this setting OFF before viewing any of the comparison images on this site.

  • FLASH: Thanks to reader Lynn Mannan, here's an explanation of how to make the correct settings adjustments (at least in AOL 4.0 for PCs):
    • I opened the "My AOL" preferences screen in the toolbar across the top. Then I clicked on WWW icon and selected the "web graphics" tab where I unchecked the "compressed graphics" choice and clicked on the Apply button at the bottom. Now the scanner test pictures are gorgeous. The pictures take a long time to load. But they are worth waiting for. Thank you, Lynn!