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March 2000


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Friday, March 31, 2000

Nikon to bundle Altamira Genuine Fractals with Coolpix 990!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 31, 2000 - 15:36 EST)

A press release from Altamira Group Inc. announces that its Genuine Fractals 2.0 LE program will be bundled with the Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera. Genuine Fractals, which we reviewed just recently, is already bundled in the limited edition (LE) version with the Super Coolscan 2000 (LS2000) and Nikon Coolscan III (LS30) film scanners... Users of the Coolpix 990 are eligible to purchase the full version of Genuine Fractals at a discounted price, although the actual price is not mentioned in the release.
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Agfa sued over e-photo trademark!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 31, 2000 - 14:40 EST)

A Reuters news item on Yahoo! News reports that software entrepreneur Philippe Kahn has sued Agfa-Gevaert Group over its trademarking of the term e-photo through one of his companies, LightSurf Inc. Kahn, who was once head of Borland International, contends that "e-" monikers have become part of common speech, and therefore cannot (and should not) be subject to trademarks. His cause is also strengthened by the fact that he has prior rights to the term e-photo and the domain dating back to 1995, as he bought the URL from somebody who's usage predated Agfa's usage. Agfa had sued LightSurf a few weeks ago, feeling that its usage infringed on Agfa's trademark.
Source: Yahoo! News

John Cowley posts new Fuji S1 Pro sample pics!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 31, 2000 - 12:43 EST)

Our friend John Cowley over at the website has posted two new sample pictures from Fuji's upcoming S1 Pro digital camera today... Both pictures were taken last weekend at the SWPA photographic trade show in Austin, Texas with a demonstrator camera. One shot was taken inside at Fuji's booth, the other outdoors - both pictures being shot at ISO800...
Source: John Cowley's

PhotoPoint ranked "most visited" photo-sharing site!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 31, 2000 - 12:36 EST)

A press release from online photo-sharing website announces that it has been ranked the "most-visited photo-sharing Web site in existence", according to Media Metrix Inc. figures. PhotoPoint received 1,453,000 unique visitors in February, a 41% increase since December, and now hosts some 8 million photos with more than 60,000 new photos added each day. The Media Metrix data ranks PhotoPoint ahead of well-known websites such as,,, and PhotoPoint is currently running a competition offering $1 million for the best photo it receives by April 2nd...
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Toshiba to ship CMOS sensor for cellphones!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 31, 2000 - 12:17 EST)

A press release from Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. announces its development of a CMOS with incorporated analog/digital converter designed for use in cellular phones. Also announced at the same time was a digital signal processor, TC90A70F, which in cooperation with the CMOS sensor would allow a simple digital camera to be built into a cellular phone or similar device. The CMOS chip is available in two versions, one being color (TCM5033T) and the other black and white (TCM5030T). It features a resolution of 330,000 pixels (640 x 480) in 10-bit color, with a signal to noise ratio of 57dB. Samples of the both the color and black and white sensors will be available April 1, priced at $33 and $28 each, and sample chip sets including the color image sensor and the DSP are priced at $43 each. Commercial quantities will be available in June 2000 with production capacity of 100,000 units per month.
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Thursday, March 30, 2000

PhotoHighway previews chat schedule!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 17:59 EST)

A press release from previews its plans for upcoming chats on the site. PhotoHighway offers frequent online chats with industry experts and well-known photographers, with the following chats being scheduled through the start of May:
"'PhotoShop(TM) in Black & White'
Tuesday, March 28, 2000, 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT
Description: It's more than just selecting Greyscale! Find out how to use PhotoShop to produce magnificent monochromes, the digital with George Schaub. Win a free copy of George's book, 'The Digital Darkroom: Black-and-White Techniques Using PhotoShop.'
Who should attend: PhotoShop users and anyone who prints in a traditional Black & White darkroom.

'Shooting Great Travel Pictures'
Wednesday, April 5, 2000, 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT
Description: Travel photographer Jeff Wignall will be answering your questions on how to take great travel pictures.
Who should attend: Beginners to Intermediate photographers, anyone who travels with a camera and wants to improve their results.

'Dirck Halstead on Photographing the President'
Wednesday, April 12, 2000, 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT
Description: A special hour with Dirck Halstead, Time Magazine's official White House photographer, as he takes a break from the campaign trail to chat with us.
Who should attend: Open to all skill levels

'Picture-Taking Strategies to Give You Better Photos'
Wednesday, April 19, 2000, 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT
Description: Photo Editor Teri Lupo explains how to apply some basic picture-taking strategies when you take photos that will give you better results.
Who should attend: Beginner to Intermediate photographers

'Digital Cameras: What You Need to Know Before Buying One'
Wednesday, April 26, 2000, Time 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT
Description: Nancy Carr, Kodak VP of Digital and Applied Imaging will be answering your questions about purchasing a digital camera.
Who should attend: Beginners, anyone who is planning on buying a digital camera

'Making Changes to Your Digital Pictures'
Wednesday, May 3, 2000, Time: 8:00pm ET/ 5:00pm PT
Description: Is your image too large? Need to get the red-eye out? Want to know how to crop your photos? Get answers from Drew McManus, Adobe's Group Product Manager for Consumer Imaging. Drew will talk about Adobe PhotoDeluxe(TM), Adobe PhotoShop(TM), and other available image editing solutions.
Who should attend: Beginners to intermediate photographers, anyone wanting to manipulate their digital images."

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo announces photo-sharing service!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 17:50 EST)

Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. has announced its own entry into the online photo sharing/photo finishing market, Yahoo! Photos. The new service offers prints provided by Shutterfly, itself in the online photofinishing business, and to introduce the service the two companies intend to offer up to 15 free 4" x 6" prints to all first-time users, including free first-class shipping. The offers expires 4/30/00, and all 15 prints must be used on the first order... Yahoo! Photos offers the following features, as listed in the press release:

 - Create Albums: Yahoo Photos allows people to quickly
create an array of photo albums with up to 15 megabytes
of free storage space. It's possible to view thumbnail
-size shots of the entire album at once, or browse full
-size photos individually.
- Add Photos: Yahoo! Photos allows people to add multiple
photos at a time whether they use a digital camera, a
scanner or have film processed to a photo-CD or directly
to the Internet. They can add photos from other places
on the Web, photos sent from friends, or photos taken
themselves. With Yahoo! Photos, consumers can preview
and resize images of their shots prior to uploading them
- so the user is in complete control.
- Order Prints: Yahoo! Photos makes it easy to create
beautiful 35 mm quality digital prints. The album's
creator can select which photos they want printed,
select from a variety of print sizes, and then choose
where they want to send their photos. The album's
creator can even invite friends to order their favorite
digital prints from the creator's album. Yahoo! Photos
recommends which size photo will make the best digital
print. Prints are provided by Shutterfly and are
shipped to U.S. addresses.
- Share Memories: Album creators can invite friends and
family to browse online photo albums and can give album
access to whomever they choose.
- Send Photos: With the click of a mouse, people can
quickly and easily send friends e-mail with links to
favorite online photos.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

ClubPhoto announces service for event photographers!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 17:29 EST)

A press release from online photofinishing website Club Photo announces its new Event Photo Site, aimed at professional photographers. Photographers can now place their photos online for viewing by customers, as well as their friends and family, in a password protected album. The album contains proof images, which themselves are protected with "Proof" watermarks, allowing customers to see and select their photos for printing. The order for prints is then taken through the website... Andrew Wei, President and CEO of Club Photo noted:
"We created the Event Photography solution to provide professional photographers with an easy way to increase sales and to enable customers to easily share their event and favorite moments with family and friends. Most people never see the pictures from the event they attended. Now friends, family and guests can view and order their favorite pictures online from anywhere in the world, at any time, with just a few clicks of the mouse."

Source: Yahoo! Finance

Canon hits No. 1 in scanner sales!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 17:15 EST)

A press release from scanner manufacturer Canon Computer Systems Inc. announces that its CanoScan FB 620U flatbed scanner was ranked in first place in the retail color flatbed scanner category for February 2000, according to research firm PC Data. The 620U held 24% of color flatbed scanner sales in February, ahead of competing models from Hewlett-Packard, UMAX, and Visioneer... The CanoScan FB 620U, first announced on April 13 1999, is a consumer model with USB connectivity, 600 x 600dpi optical resolution, 36-bit internal and 24-bit external color depth, and a software package including Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0 and ScanSoft TextBridge Plus OCR software. Originally planned to ship in April '99 at a price of $129, the unit reached the market instead in September '99 with a $30 mail-in rebate bringing the final price down to $99...
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Mike ill, Dave bogged, News slow...
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 11:06 EST)

Just a quick note to our readers: News Editor Mike Tomkins is under the weather today (as he was yesterday), and Dave continues laboring mightily to dig out from the review backlog. As a result, news updates yesterday and today were/will be rather sparse. Hopefully Mike will be back in the saddle again soon, and/or Dave will be able to break free some hours for posting a few items. Thanks for your understanding!

Photoshop resampling vs Genuine Fractals...
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 30, 2000 - 11:05 EST)

Our recent review of Genuine Fractals by professional photographer David Halpern elicited some controversy, in that David used an unusual technique for resampling images in Photoshop: Rather than simply resizing the images in a single step using bicubic interpolation, he used multiple smaller size increases (1% or 5% at a time) to achieve the final result. David's past experience has been that this produces a better final image than the single-step resize, but several readers questioned the practice, and whether or not it in fact produced the best result Photoshop was capable of. David has just recently returned from a trip out of the country, and has promised us some images showing the results of single-step resampling as well as the multi-step technique, so everyone can compare the differences for themselves. (This touches on a whole area of how best to resample images to larger sizes, which will in turn be a function of the origin and prior handling of the images themselves. We'd like to do a more expanded article on this, but doubt we'll have time amongst all the other work currently underway.) I apologize though, for the editorial lapse on my part for not asking David for "conventionally" resampled Photoshop images, as in hindsight the questions were inevitable. Stay tuned for more info as we get David's updated material!
Source: IR Review of Genuine Fractals software

Wednesday, March 29, 2000

DPReview posts Fuji FinePix 4700 review!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 29, 2000 - 2:11 EST)

The folks over at the Digital Photography Review website have now posted their review of Fuji's FinePix 4700 digital camera - here's what Phil had to say about the first consumer camera to use Fuji's SuperCCD:
"The 4700Z was certainly an interesting camera, a design of two opposites.. Great design, build quality and ergonimics. It's great to see digicam manufacturers thinking about how we actually use the cameras rather than just bolting a button here or there, and there's some really nice touches on the 4700Z that make you think. Unfortunately this wasn't matched by the pixel level image quality demanded by the more mature end of the digicam market. Up close images were fuzzy, had odd pixel effects and chromatic abberations towards the corners of the frame. If you're shooting for the web or for email then image quality will be just fine, otherwise you may wish to consider a 3 megapixel digicam."

Source: Digital Photography Review's Fuji FinePix 4700 review

Tuesday, March 28, 2000

PhotoWorks and CelebrateExpress ally!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 28, 2000 - 18:18 EST)

A press release from both PhotoWorks Inc. and announces that the two are allying. Under the agreement, customers will receive a PhotoWorks Starter Pack, which contains a free roll of film and a gift certificate for free processing on one roll of film upon placing a order of $10 or more, as well as a link to view their photos online and free archiving of their pictures for their lifetime as a customer of will include a PhotoWorks advertising insert in 300,000 party packages delivered nationwide and PhotoWorks will feature a order discount offer on its Web site and in its quarterly newsletter circulation of one million. Additionally, both partners will advertise the promotion to thousands of its respective customers via e-mail.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

InfoTrends looks at Photo Kiosk market!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 28, 2000 - 12:56 EST)

A press release from InfoTrends Research Group announces its latest report, "2000 Photo Kiosk Forecast", looks at the growth of self-service photo kiosks in North America. Kiosk shipments are predicted to grow 15% annually, reaching a North American installed base of over 100,000 units by 2004 - and most customers are already satisfied repeat customers... The problem thus far is apparently that awareness of the kiosks is low - but when features of the kiosks are explained to users, most say they'd expect to use them within the next 12 months. Kristy Holch, Principal of Infotrends Research Group, noted:
"A new range of features is being developed for next-generation photo kiosks, which will make them even more attractive. Future kiosks will be able to handle input from digital cameras, connect to the Internet for access to online photo communities and centralized printing services, and connect to on-site minilabs for more versatile, high volume output. These capabilities will strengthen the overall digital imaging infrastructure that has been emerging though digital minilabs, online photofinishing, and online photo communities."

Source: Yahoo! Finance

InfoTrends advertises ImageScape 2000!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 28, 2000 - 12:44 EST)

A press release from InfoTrends Research Group serves as a reminder for its upcoming ImageScape 2000 event, scheduled to take place 6 April, between 7AM and 11AM at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Los Angeles alongside the Spring Internet World show. Philippe Kahn, Chairman of LightSurf Technologies, Inc and founder of Borland International and Starfish Software will give a keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion with:

 - Bruce Davis, CEO of Digimarc
- Faulkner Hunt, Senior Director of Community Development
at [email protected]
- John Stedman, Vice President and General Manager of
Imaging Products at Hewlett Packard
- Jeff Peters, President of IPIX
- Dennis Hamann, General Manager, Picture CD as well as
Marketing Director and Vice President, Consumer Imaging
at Kodak
- Anthony DeCristofaro, President and CEO of MGI Software
Members of the press wanting to reserve a seat at the event or submit questions to the panelists should contact Lisa Christopher at FutureWorks Inc. at 408-428-0895 ext. 106 or via e-mail at [email protected] The first 200 attendees to arrive at the event will receive a heavyweight, customized shirt...
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Monday, March 27, 2000

HP announces first Mac-specific DeskJet!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 27, 2000 - 19:49 EST)

Hewlett-Packard Co. has today announced its first Mac-specific DeskJet printer. The new HP DeskJet 935C features the same internals as the DeskJet 932C, but in what HP describes as "a grayish-white casing with silver accents to serve as a complementary peripheral for Apple's popular line of iMac, G3 and G4 computers". The 935C features PhotoREt III, five picoliter droplet size, up to 29 droplets per dot, 2400 x 1200dpi resolution, and speeds of up to 9 pages per minute (ppm) in black, and 7.5 ppm in color. The HP DeskJet 935C printer should ship in early spring in the US and Canada; pricing is not disclosed.
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Kablink announces new photo-sharing website!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 27, 2000 - 19:20 EST)

A press release today from Kablink Corp. announces its new photo-sharing website. Kablink features:

 - Capture and automatically upload digital photos to
a password-protected website, with a "click-free"
digital camera-to-web upload
- Create customized e-postcards and albums using colorful,
professionally designed templates
- Communicate with family, friends, customers, and clients
as easily as sending e-mail ... but with the added
personalization and impact of images.
The site is now online at and its digital camera-to-web upload is currently supported on PCs running Windows®98, running the latest versions of both Netscape® Communicator and Internet Explorer®, as well as Apple Macintosh systems running MacOS® 9.0 with Netscape Communicator 4.7 and Internet Explorer 4.5.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Polaroid betting on wireless printers!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 27, 2000 - 18:30 EST)

An interesting (if brief) news item from the New York Times today notes that Polaroid is focusing its strategies on wireless printers. Apparently, company execs have said they "expect that in a few years, people will be snapping pictures with cell phones and hand-held electronic organisers and printing the images out on Polaroid's wireless printers"... The article notes that Polaroid was the only company in the digital camera business that made a profit from it last year.
Source: Reuters / Yahoo! BizWire

Kodak DC80 features Raptor chipset!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 27, 2000 - 18:14 EST)

A press release from Sierra Imaging today announces that its Raptor embedded imaging chipset and ImageExpert software were selected by Kodak as the basis of its DC80 digital camera, available only in Japan. The Raptor chipset allows for a camera with instantaneous start-up, shot-shot cycle times of less than 2 seconds, user-selectable PAL/NTSC video out, and an average of 400 photos per set of four AA alkaline batteries...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Image Power selected to supply JPEG2000 reference code!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 27, 2000 - 15:38 EST)

A press release today from Image Power Inc. announces that it has been selected by the ISO committee to supply the C reference code for the new JPEG2000 standard. The decision was taken at a meeting of the ISO Working Group in the Coding of Still Pictures, held in Tokyo, Japan. Image Power is now porting the reference code to both desktop and embedded platforms, with versions of the code to be available for Windows, Linux, WindowsCE, Palm Pilot, VHDL, Verilog and more... JPEG2000 should offer compression levels of 80-350:1,
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Quatech releases USB SmartMedia/PC Card reader!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 27, 2000 - 3:22 EST)

Quatech PCD-U USB SmartMedia and PC Card reader - click for a bigger picture!
Click for a bigger picture!

A press release from Quatech Inc. announces the release of its PCD-U flash card reader. The PCD-U features both a SmartMedia slot and a full-sized Type-II PCMCIA card slot, as well as USB connectivity. The unit is available directly through Quatech's website from April 1 thorough May 30, 2000 at a 20% discount ($79), or retails normally at a list price of $99...
Source: Quatech PCD-U Announcement

Seemail offers cross-platform multimedia email!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 27, 2000 - 0:39 EST)

We received an email from the folks over at Seemail Inc. with a press release which we missed a bit over a week ago when it first hit the wires... They've announced their new Seemail messaging software, which lets users "create and send still-picture-with-voice messages as a single file attachment using their present e-mail program, [that use] standard file formats [so that] no proprietary viewers are needed for recipients to open and view them." Seemail's messages can be received and viewed on both PC and Macintosh, and don't have to be created on the same platform in which they're viewed. Seemail e-messaging software is available in a demo version online at, and can be purchased for $29.95. Sample Seemail greetings can be viewed and downloaded for sending to friends at the same site. The product is available for both PC (Win 95, 98 and 2000) and MAC (OS 8.1 and higher).
Source: Yahoo! BizWire
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Saturday, March 25, 2000

District Photo to provide online photofinishing!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 25, 2000 - 20:14 EST)

A press release we missed a couple of days ago from mail-order photofinisher District Photo announces that it is creating a new online photofinishing website based on technology from Telepix Imaging Inc. The press release notes that District Photo is the largest mail-order photofinisher in the world; the company already provides print fulfilment to online photofinishers including and
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Epson printers to be used at Academy Awards!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 25, 2000 - 20:09 EST)

We reported on March 16 on Kodak's upcoming involvement with the Academy Awards ceremony, scheduled for tomorrow night, and Kodak won't be the only one there it seems! Epson America Inc. has announced that its printers are being used to print the photo badges for this year's events. Everyone with access credentials will have their photo taken on-site, and a badge will be printed for them on one of 16 Epson Stylus Color 740 inkjet printers...
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Xerox Senior VP joins board of Altamira!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 25, 2000 - 17:18 EST)

A press release from Altamira Group Inc. announces the appointment of Anshoo S. Gupta to its board of directors. Gupta is a Senior Vice President with Xerox, as well as President of Xerox's Production Systems Group. Altamira CEO Dennis Aubrey noted:
"We are fortunate to have Anshoo on our board. His three decades at Xerox, combined with his profound understanding of the needs of his customers, makes him unique in appreciating the opportunities and challenges of our business"
Altamira is the company behind Genuine Fractals - which we posted our review of yesterday! Hop on over and check the full review out; as Dave noted yesterday, we were flat-out amazed at just how clean and sharp large blow-ups of digicam files can be with Genuine Fractal's fractal-based technology!
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Kodak to push low-cost digicams, show two new models!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 25, 2000 - 16:49 EST)

A Reuters news item notes that Eastman Kodak Co. is seeking to increase sales of its lower priced digital cameras... Kodak spokesman Joe Runde is quoted as saying: "We are moving increasingly aggressively at the lower-end of the price range with cameras that deliver 4X6 and 5X7 prints and easy-to-use cameras." Runde denies that the company has changed its strategies, feeling that it is merely continuing its push into the digital area - contradicting a report from the Wall Street Journal that Kodak was shifting its digital strategy to concentrate on low-end digicams, as well as rethiking its pricing structure on online services. The news item also reveals that Kodak is planning to launch two new cameras soon, but does not reveal specifics such as whether the new models will be high or low-end models...
Source: Yahoo! Finance

Concord planning new digicams!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 25, 2000 - 14:47 EST)

Florida-based camera manufacturer Concord Camera, which sells 35mm and APS cameras under the Keystone brand-name as well as OEM manufacturing for companies such as Kodak, is planning its first digital cameras, according to a news item on Yahoo! Finance. The company is expected to release an 'Internet-enabled' camera later this year, as well as a digital camera targetted at young people with a retail price below $100. Specific details of the new cameras are not yet available...
Source: Yahoo! Finance

SanDisk Senior VP of Sales & Marketing retires!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 25, 2000 - 14:34 EST)

A press release from SanDisk Corp. has announced the retirement of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Leon Malmed. Malmed's retirement will take effect from March 31, 2000; he joined the company in 1992 and has a history of over 30 years in the storage industry with such names as Maxtor Corp., Quantum Corp. and Syquest Technology Inc. SanDisk CEO Eli Harari had the following to say on the news:
"Leon has been a key figure in making SanDisk a successful company. He joined the company in our early stage and directed our efforts in establishing key industry storage standards such as CompactFlash and the MultiMediaCard. Leon was largely responsible for generating worldwide demand for our products and demonstrated the leadership skills and efficient management style that propelled SanDisk to its present status as the world's largest supplier of flash data storage products. We shall miss Leon's experience, tenacity and good sense of humor. Leon built a terrific marketing and sales organization which is now managed by Nelson Chan, our senior vice president of worldwide marketing."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Sharp, Sony cooperating on high capacity media!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 25, 2000 - 14:27 EST)

A news item from press agency reveals that Sharp Corp. and Sony Corp. are cooperating on a new magneto-optical disk format aimed at digital still and video cameras, and handheld/laptop/desktop computers. With a storage capacity of over 2 gigabytes on a 50.8mm disc, the new format could pose a strong threat to the rival 'iD' magneto optical format developed by Sanyo, Olympus and Hitachi which we told you about back on July 27 last year. iD is also based on a 50mm disk, which is packaged in a 59.5 x 56.5 x 4.8mm cartridge similar to a floppy disk, but its combination of a blue laser and magnetic expansion reproduction technology offers only 730MB per disc by comparison. The Reuters item on Sharp/Sony's new format, which as yet has not been named publically, reveals that Sharp plans to have its first mobile product using the device on the market by the end of this year. Sony, meanwhile, has no product plans for the technology.
Source: Reuters / Yahoo! BizWire

Friday, March 24, 2000

Never take notes again!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 24, 2000 - 21:38 EST)

Software review: Whiteboard Photo! Every now and then, an application comes along that's so well-suited to a need you wonder why nobody thought of it before. Whiteboard Photo by Pixid is one of those! We confess that when we first looked at it, we had a bit of a "cute, but so what" reaction. Boy, were we wrong! For anyone who takes notes of meetings or classes (students or teachers), this is an absolute "must have." So what's it do? Simple: Just point your digicam at any whiteboard, or black or green chalkboard, snap a picture (seemingly no matter how wretched), and Whiteboard Photo will clean it up, correct any distortion, and turn it into a beautifully rendered digital version, ready to print, email, file, whatever. It's even amazingly adept at finding the edges of the white/blackboard on its own, so you can easily just hand it an entire batch of pictures and it'll clean them up automatically! In business, this would pay for its modest cost in about one meeting. For students or teachers, it's just about a life-saver! Check out the review: If you have anything to do with note-taking in meetings or classes, we're pretty sure you'll end up buying a copy - Hats off to Pixid!
Source: IR Review of Pixid's Whiteboard Photo

Full review of Olympus D-360L posted!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 24, 2000 - 21:35 EST)

Full review of Olympus D-360L posted! The low end of the digicam market keeps getting better and better. The new Olympus D-360L is one example of this: It has only a fixed focal-length lens (digital zoom only), but it's a full autofocus design, has great color, 1.3 megapixel resolution, and a host of features like exposure compensation adjustment, multiple white balance settings, optional spot metering, uncompressed TIFF file format, and even variable ISO (light sensitivity) all the way up to ISO 500! A nice little package for only $299 list (street prices likely lower). Check out our full review for all the details!
Source: Imaging Resource D-360L Review

Bigger Prints, Fewer Pixels!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 24, 2000 - 21:33 EST)

Software review: Genuine Fractals! We all "know" that a 2 megapixel digicam makes files that can produce good-looking prints up to about 8x10 inches. Right? Wrong! How about a couple of feet on a side? Pro photographer David Halpern looked at the incredible Genuine Fractals Print Pro program from Altamira Software, and shares what he found. We confess to being flat-out amazed at just how clean and sharp large blow-ups of digicam files can be, using Genuine Fractal's fractal-based technology. Pixels in any normal sense of the word just disappear, and you'd swear the program is making things up in terms of the detail it produces in the images! David reviewed the "Print Pro" version, which works in CMYK color space for people interested in four-color separations for offset printing. The same results are achievable in ordinary RGB color though, for only about $139 in the non-Pro version of the product. If you'd like to make really big prints from your digicam files, you should definitely check this application out! Read the review for all the details!
Source: IR review of Genuine Fractals Print Pro

Er... Oops! - Nikon Comments thread works now!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 24, 2000 - 16:16 EST)

Apologies to all who tried to post a comment regarding the "Nikon Mike" visit in our discussion forum! I'd used the administrator function to make the comments thread have a red/boldfaced title, something visitors aren't allowed to tinker with. Turns out a bug in the forum system then kept anyone from posting to that thread, nattering at them about illegal characters in the question title. The fancy red heading is removed, anyone can now post to that message thread, comments are once again solicited! (Thanks to Francie Bacon & Gerry Parrott for calling this to our attention!)
Source: IR Discussion Forum

Thursday, March 23, 2000

"Nikon Mike" bares all, wows the crowd!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 23, 2000 - 23:55 EST)

Well, maybe a *little* hyperbole there (he didn't completely spill the corporate beans), but "Nikon Mike" Rubin the Coolpix product manager answered more than 50 different questions on our message forum over the last few days! Lots of great info on the Coolpix line, lenses, general questions, etc. It looks like this was a smash success, but we'd like your feedback on it as well: Hop on over to the discussion forum, and post a response on the "Nikon: How'd you like it?" message thread. If this was popular, we can arrange similar visits by folks from other companies. (My own assessment is that it beats the "chat" approach all hollow.)
Source: Imaging Resource Discussion Forum

Where's Dave?
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 23, 2000 - 23:33 EST)

Dave here: Just a note to any of you out there waiting on email responses from me. - I've been in a major "head down" mode, working on reviews, relationships, and some back-end stuff. As a result, I've been a bit slow on answering email, something I generally try strenuously to avoid. (The slowness, not the email!) I'll hopefully get caught up on email again by early next week, but have a few more reviews to go. The Olympus D-360L should be up tomorrow, the Sony Mavica FD91 hopefully by Monday. Soon after that, the Nikon D1, which was a major part of why I've been so buried lately: There's a LOT to write about on that camera! - I also spent a lot of personal time with the D1's resolution tests, planning a very rigorous set of resolution tests for the pro digicams we expect to be reviewing in the months to come. Next after that the Canon S-20, followed by the Oly C3030. Meanwhile, look for a couple of software reviews very soon as well: An excellent review of Genuine Fractals Print Pro by David Halpern (absolutely amazing program!), and a really nifty little program called Whiteboard Photo, reviewed by Stephanie Boozer and myself. (Snap even an incredibly bad digicam shot of a whiteboard (or blackboard), and this little gem of a program turns it into a beautiful, undistorted meeting handout. VERY slick!)

Wednesday, March 22, 2000

FlashPoint appoints new CFO, COO!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 22, 2000 - 14:29 EST)

A press release from FlashPoint Technology Inc., the company responsible for the Digita operating system used in some digital cameras, announces the arrival of Steven Bragonier as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Bragonier was previously with Siros Technologies, where he served as CFO and VP of Operations, and has also served as Group Controller for Silicon Graphics' Silicon Desktop Group and as Director of Silicon Graphics Worldwide Field Information Technology. Before this, he spent several years at Hewlett-Packard. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on finance and accounting, as well as a a BA in economics from Stanford University...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

iREZ tethered video camera receives design award!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 22, 2000 - 13:20 EST)

A press release from Scottsdale, AZ-based iREZ, a division of PAR Technologies, announces that its KritterUSB tethered digital video camera has won a design award from City AZ magazine. The KritterUSB, described as having a "spider-like shape and size ... in a selection of hot new Apple inspired translucent colors", received the Electronics Design award on March 14 at an award ceremony held at The Scottsdale Center for the Arts.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

National Semiconductor announces new analog front end!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 22, 2000 - 13:08 EST)

National Semiconductor Corp. has announced a new analog front end solution in a press release distributed yesterday. The LM98501 is a single chip which, according to National, "provides an excellent signal-to-noise ratio at lower power and with higher sampling and conversion rates [and] further improves image quality by using National's multiple-gain pixel-rate white balancing and multiple pixel-rate offset elimination built into the chip." Here's a little more of what National describes as being special about it's new chip:
"National's technique performs the white balance function on the analog image signal before converting each pixel to a digital signal. Other current digital imaging systems perform the white balance after conversion, when the SNR of the pixels has been fixed. Any subsequent gain thus amplifies both the signal and the noise level of the pixel, which degrades image quality. National's unique offset calibration provides a similar benefit by setting the black reference voltage level at the output of the analog-to-digital converter (ADC). This is more accurate than the conventional method which adjust the reference only at the input to the ADC, making no provision for variations in the offset voltage due to temperature and other factors.

The LM98501 provides a maximum sampling rate of 27 MHz (27 million samples per second) at 10-bit resolution, which is the standard for consumer cameras. It also features low power consumption of 160 mW at 2.7 volts and maximum sampling rate. Lower power usage helps extend battery life."
The LM98501 analog front end solution is available immediately in a 48-pin quad flat pack and is priced at $4.50 each in quantities of 1,000. It also will be available in a leadless (LLP) package to be announced later this year...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Viking readies IntelliFlash USB memory card reader!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 22, 2000 - 11:56 EST)

A press release from flash manufacturer Viking Components Inc. announces that it is soon to ship its IntelliFlash USB flash memory reader/writer. The IntelliFlash unit, scheduled to ship in April, works for SmartMedia, CompactFlash and PCMCIA Type I or II ATA cards, and features USB connectivity with bi-directional transfer speeds of up to 1.5 MB per second. No mention is made of pricing in the press release...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Phase One bundles Altamira PrintPro!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 22, 2000 - 11:51 EST)

A press release from Altamira Group Inc. announces that Phase One is now bundling its Altamira PrintPro scaling software with the LightPhase digital camera back. PrintPro is bundled with two LightPhase "anniversary" solutions, one for using the LightPhase on location and the second for using the LightPhase in a studio. Phase One's LightPhase digital camera back is available for Hasselblad , Mamiya RZ and Mamiya 645 AF cameras, and has a resolution of 2,032 x 3,056 pixels in either 18 MB RGB files at 8 bits per color channel or 48 MB CMYK files at 16 bits per color channel...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

EZPrints announces panoramic and 11 x 14 prints!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 22, 2000 - 0:05 EST)

A press release from online photofinisher EZ Prints today announces that it now has the capability to make panoramic prints in sizes of up to 12" x 60" as well as large format prints at 11 x 14". The new formats are printed on EZ Prints' Sienna Melica photographic lab equipment. Pricing is not mentioned in the release; with the new formats, EZ Prints now offers 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14" and Panoramic (12" x 12" up to 12" x 60"), as well as photo greeting cards and photo novelty items such as mouse pads and coffee mugs.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Tuesday, March 21, 2000

Fuji and Analog Devices develop signal processor!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 21, 2000 - 23:14 EST)

A press release from Analog Devices Inc. today announces that it has developed a new CCD signal processor in cooperation with Fujifilm, which utilizes ADI's proprietary PxGA AFE technology. The processor is used in both Fuji's new FinePix 4700Z and S1 Pro digital cameras, and in the words of ADI's press release "integrates critical high-performance analog functions onto a single chip, greatly increasing system performance and efficiency. By controlling color balance as close to the CCD as possible, PxGA significantly reduces the effect of possible noise being added in subsequent analog and digital processing steps. PxGA equalizes the signal level for each color channel (primary RGB or complementary CMYK) at the full read-out rate of the CCD, so that each pixel value is accurately placed at the optimum value required for sampling by the ADC. The result is crisp, accurate colors without requiring complex digital processing. This allows system designers freedom to concentrate on more value-added system issues, rather than first correcting the weaknesses inherent in CCDs."
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Online photofinishing soars towards US$4.4billion annually!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 21, 2000 - 16:11 EST)

A new report from InfoTrends Research Group predicts rapid growth for the online photofinishing marketplace, with an expected 13.9 billion digital images to be created in 2000 from digital cameras, scanners and digitization services. Of these, InfoTrends expects 5.4 billion prints to be made... By 2005, revenues should have grown by some 92% compound annually, and the total number of prints should have climbed to some 8.5 billion annually just for US consumers, with annual revenues of over $2.5 billion, and some $4.4 billion worldwide! InfoTrends' report 'Photofinishing in the Digital Age' which covers the US, Europe and Japan through 2005 is available immediately in hard copy or electronic formats.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

HP Cartogra to offer ACDSee!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 21, 2000 - 14:21 EST)

A press release from ACD Systems International Inc. today announces that it will be providing its ACDSee application to Hewlett Packard's Cartogra photo sharing website. ACDSee, which is available in 7 languages, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and will be available in Italian this spring, allows for viewing and browsing of digital images, as well as audio support and uploading images to HP Cartogra. HP Internet Imaging Operation General Manager Dan Gilbert said:
"We are pleased to work with ACD in furthering the online photo-sharing experience for HP consumers. ACDSee(TM) technology complements the HP Cartogra solution, allowing users to easily and quickly store, organize and retrieve images."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Digicams near top in auction sales!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 21, 2000 - 11:48 EST)

A new report from WorthGuide Corp., which surveys Internet auction sites for details of completed auctions, notes that digital cameras were a popular item in January and February. Digicams rated as the sixth largest seller with $4,060,794 in sales of 14,877 cameras, ranking behind baseball cards, Rolex watches, Pokemon cards, Beanies and portable computers. The average price of a digital camera sold on Internet auction sites in January and February was $273... The survey does not reveal which sites are monitored, which models of cameras were sold, and whether the sales are confirmed in any way (to rule out, for example, the fraudulent auctions pointed out by our friends at Steve's Digicams a couple of months ago). Still very interesting figures, though!
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Monday, March 20, 2000

Developers Unite Behind FlashPoint's Digita to Bridge Digital Imaging into Business Workflow!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 20, 2000 - 19:20 EST)

"Digitella, Image Software, PictureWorks and Techlogix Provide Customized In-camera Software to Enhance In-the-field Productivity for Vertical Markets
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 20, 2000-- FlashPoint Technology Inc. is driving intelligent digital photography into the workflow of today's business processes through its groundbreaking open operating environment, Digita(TM).

Several solutions integrators have created specialized automation software extension based on Digita, to streamline the productivity within key vertical-photography markets. Digitella Inc., Image Software, PictureWorks Inc. and Techlogix Inc. have all designed comprehensive solutions for Digita-enabled digital cameras that provide in-camera software applications to increase productivity and enable new capabilities in the field and in the office. Digita cameras include the HP C500, Minolta Dimage EX 1500 Zoom and EX 1500 Wide, Kodak DC290, DC265, DC260 and DC220,

``Digita is the catalyst for merging digital imaging into everyday business processes,'' said Stephen D. Saylor, executive vice president of FlashPoint Technology. ``This allows business or professional users to treat the photograph as information along with audio, text, and other relevant data. Our development partners' comprehensive productivity packages position digital cameras as essential tools for enhancing and streamlining day-to-day business.''

Today, the integration of photography into business is dependent on film processing and office-centric computing. Law enforcement agents, construction workers, real estate agents, insurance adjusters and other mobile professionals are faced with the tedious tasks of capturing images on film, and then processing each image with corresponding paperwork or reports when they return to the office. Because Digita-enabled digital cameras are intelligent information appliances, developers are customizing Digita-based cameras to perform tasks that enable projects to be initiated and completed in the field, alleviating the reliance on the PC and other centralized services.

Robert Schuetzle, president of Digitella Inc. said, ``FlashPoint's innovative Digita operating environment enables the integration of digital imaging into the workflow. Digita's open and inviting architecture provided us with an opportunity to address real field productivity issues. Digita and Script Generator have allowed our customers to adopt digital imaging as the source and platform for data/image collection, editing, distribution and organization, which is allowing them to dramatically increase overall accuracy and proficiency.''

Digitella's Intellipix(TM) targets insurance, real estate and legal professionals and provides intuitive solutions that deliver digital asset management capabilities.
Image Software focuses on taking advantage of the application programming of Digita to create a line of dedicated professional products, which transform the personality of a generic Digita camera to match the unique requirements of specific enterprise imaging clients.
PictureWorks demonstrates Digita enhanced solutions that automatically create animations slide shows, super-wide angle photos, and 360-degree panoramas. PictureWorks ``no-click'' solution also automatically downloads and names the photos to customer specifications.
Techlogix's Jazba(TM) targets both business users and consumers and provides a guided capture solution that enables users to populate graphic templates, layouts, Web pages and catalogs directly from the camera.
Stu Roberson, VP Marketing of PictureWorks, said, ``PictureWorks views the Digita OS and enabled cameras as excellent solutions for markets such as online auctions and real estate. PictureWorks has demonstrated Digita enabled software that automates the creation of photo animations, slide shows, and 360-degree panoramic virtual tours. The Digita OS allows us to create vertical market solutions that focus on ease-of-use for our customers. Creating compelling images beyond a still image is a tremendous value but only if it is simple. With Digita enabled digital cameras, our customers can focus on differentiating themselves, not on the technology that creates the differentiation.''"
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Outpost.Com and Wolf Camera Establish E-Commerce Partnership!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 20, 2000 - 19:19 EST)

"Exciting New Online Shopping Initiative Expands's 'Click-And-Mortar' Presence to Over 1,000 Land-Based Retail Stores
KENT, Conn. and ATLANTA, March 20 /PRNewswire/ --, whose parent company is Cyberian Outpost (Nasdaq: COOL - news), a leading global internet- only retailer of high-end consumer products, and Wolf Camera, the nation's premier photography store with nearly 700 retail locations in more than 30 states, today announced plans for the formation of an exclusive ``click-and- mortar'' e-Commerce partnership. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This major online shopping initiative is based on the companies' shared commitment to providing outstanding customer service. The partnership combines Wolf Camera's reputation as one of the largest and fastest-growing photographic retailers, renowned for embracing the industry's newest products and services, with's acclaimed web expertise and its large and growing customer base.

The alliance calls for to develop, maintain and manage the new web store, provide access to its existing customer base of over 600,000 customers and more than 4 million visitors per month to its website, offer its unmatched in the industry free next day delivery policy and its unparalleled customer service, including a 24-hour live customer service center.

Wolf Camera, with over 25 years in the industry, will provide its retail photography products and digital fulfillment services and acclaimed industry expertise, its own very substantial customer base, as well as sales and marketing support, including in-store co-promotion programs designed to promote the Wolf Camera site and In addition, Wolf Camera will develop in-store kiosks, which will offer other products.

``We have long recognized the tremendous opportunities that the Internet offers retailers like ourselves to enhance and grow our business,'' said Chuck Wolf, President and Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Wolf Camera, Inc. ``We view this 'click and mortar' partnership with as a natural extension of our highly successful brick and mortar retail business. We realize that it is important to our future to have a meaningful Internet presence and, after careful consideration, concluded that the fastest and smartest way to put that competitive advantage in place was to partner with the best in the business --,'' Mr. Wolf continued.

``This is a very important alliance for both Wolf Camera and,'' said Bob Bowman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ``It represents our continuing expansion into other high-end verticals that complement our outstanding demographic profiles and our high levels of customer service and it is yet another recognition that is the ideal partner for the implementation of a successful e-commerce strategy,'' Mr. Bowman concluded.

Today's announcement follows's other recently established partnerships, which collectively expand the click and mortar presence of to over 1,000 land-based retail stores."
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

PhotoChannel Networks Inc. to Raise Up to $15 Million Through Special Warrant Offering
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 20, 2000 - 19:17 EST)

"VANCOUVER, B.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 20, 2000--PhotoChannel Networks Inc. (ME:PNI. - news; OTCBB:PHCHF - news), an e-commerce company developing an online photography community at where both digital camera and conventional film photographers will be able to access PhotoChannel's online photo print service, announces that the Company has signed a letter of intent with Taurus Capital Markets Ltd. whereby Taurus Capital will act as the Company's exclusive agent on a best-efforts basis to complete a Special Warrants Private Placement for proceeds of $10,000,000 with an option to increase the offering (in consultation with the Company) to $15,000,000. The offering is subject to, among other things, receipt of all necessary approvals from shareholders and regulators and satisfactory completion of due diligence by the Agent. The proceeds of the Offering will be used principally to fund the launch of the Company's online photo print service for digital camera and conventional film photographers featuring photographic quality prints on Fuji Crystal Archive silver-halide photographic paper produced with Fuji Frontier Series 370 Digital Minilabs - the state of the art in digital minilab equipment.

The offering is expected to close on or about April 24, 2000 or such other date as may be agreed to by the Company and the Agent. Each Special Warrant Unit will allow the holder to acquire securities of the Company consisting of one Common Share priced at $1.00 plus one-half of a Common Share Purchase Warrant. One full Common Share Purchase Warrant will entitle the holder to purchase a Common Share at a price of $1.30 for a period of 12 months from the date of issuance of a final receipt for a Prospectus.

At this time, PhotoChannel expects to file a prospectus to qualify the distribution of the Common Shares in the Provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and .. In the event that receipt for the final prospectus qualifying the issuance of Common Shares to be issued upon exercise of the Special Warrants is not issued by the applicable securities regulatory authorities within 100 days of the closing date, each Special Warrant will thereafter entitle the holder thereof to receive for no additional consideration, upon exercise or deemed exercise of the Special Warrant, 1.1 Common Shares of PhotoChannel and each Warrant shall entitle the holder to purchase 0.55 Common Shares. As partial compensation for acting as agent in connection with the financing, Taurus Capital will receive a compensation option exercisable for a number of Special Warrant Units equal to 10% of the number of Special Warrant Units sold in the offering.

The Special Warrants have not and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

``The timing of this financing coincides with the delivery dates for our first Fuji Frontier Series 370 Digital Minilabs.'' says Geoffrey G. Briant, Chairman and CEO of PhotoChannel Networks Inc. ``This financing gives us the required working capital to complete and launch our innovative online photo print service to be offered through our online photo community at prices competitive with conventional film processing services. It also enables us to grow our management team to include some of the most prominent members of the photography and Internet industries today. We are currently recruiting highly respected members of the digital photography industry - individuals with tremendous track records of success.''

The offering is subject to the receipt of final regulatory approval of the Montreal Exchange."
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

ScanSoft provides paper-to-web scanning!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 20, 2000 - 18:28 EST)

A press release from ScanSoft Inc. today announces its new Paper Converter for Microsoft FrontPage 2000, a program which ScanSoft describes as "an innovative new software product that quickly converts scanned paper documents and images - including formatted text, tables and photos -- into editable HTML". ScanSoft Director of Product Marketing John Hoye had the following to say on the announcement:
"Paper Converter is the ultimate efficiency solution for workers in small businesses and corporate workgroups, now the fastest growing segment of Web content creators. Web publishing has never been so easy. Rather than spending valuable time going through multiple steps to reconstruct the look, feel and content of an original document, paper containing text and graphic images can be easily scanned and displayed on a Web site in seconds."
Paper Converter apparently can handle multiple pages, complex content including graphics, text, images and tables, and dynamically creates a table of contents for easy reference and navigation from page to page within the document. Microsoft and ScanSoft will offer special introductory promotions and joint marketing activities to support the program's launch. ScanSoft will include a 45-day trial version of FrontPage 2000 with initial shipments of Paper Converter, whilst Microsoft will include a "Try and Buy" version of Paper Converter with trial versions of FrontPage 2000... Paper Converter is immediately available on CD or for download directly from ScanSoft, at an estimated street price of $49.95.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

DCRP posts Casio QV-3000EX review!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 20, 2000 - 14:12 EST)

Our friends over at the Digital Camera Resource Page have now posted their review of Casio's 3.3 megapixel QV-3000EX. Here's what Jeff had to say on this new camera:
"Overall, I recommend the QV-3000EX highly! While it's only the second three megapixel camera we've tested, it's right up there with the PowerShot S20. The camera is full-featured, and everyone loves the Microdrive! Mac users may want to consider something else if the lack of panorama software really bothers you -- perhaps Casio will offer it one of these days."
Check the full review out by clicking on the link below...
Source: Digital Camera Resource Page QV-3000EX Review

Saturday, March 18, 2000

MGI to add management, new name, Nasdaq listing!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 18, 2000 - 15:11 EST)

Following on the heels of Toronto-based MGI Software Corp.'s announcement Thursday that it had secured a worldwide license with Sony to bundle MGI programs with all its digital cameras, as well as another license with NEC, an article on Yahoo! Finance speculates on the company's next move. Reuters' Susan Taylor notes that MGI has been meeting with bankers to prepare for a listing on the US Nasdaq stock exchange, and speculates that the company may also change its name in the next 30 to 60 days, as well as bringing an ex-Coca Cola Chief Marketing Officer onto its Board of Directors as chief strategist. The company also has to fill the position of Chief Financial Officer, vacant since Ken Killin resigned January 6, which will need to be done before the Nasdaq listing according to Groome Capital analyst Alpha-Amar Ba...
Source: Reuters / Yahoo! Finance

Friday, March 17, 2000

Win a Largan digicam and more!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 17, 2000 - 16:38 EST)

A press release from online retailer announces its 'COOL (College Obsession On-Line) HOOPS' sweepstakes, with Acer laptop computers, Largan digital cameras, Lexmark printers and more up for grabs. Here's Outpost's explanation of how the COOL HOOPS sweepstakes works:
"Visitors to the website can enter the sweepstakes and pick the team they believe will make the finals of the tournament. Entrants must also indicate whether or not they are an alumnus/student of the school they select. One unique winner will be selected from two separate pools -- 1) those that correctly choose the teams who make it to the Final Four and 2) those who choose teams that don't make the finals. Each of these winners will receive a prize package of two tickets to the games, an Acer laptop computer, a Largan digital camera and other great products.

People can enter every day from now until March 26th to increase their chances of winning.

There are second and third prize packages for each of the final drawing pools and every day will give away a Lexmark deluxe printer package."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

IDC sees inkjet volumes grow 21% in '99!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 17, 2000 - 16:02 EST)

A news item from CNet News today looks at a new report from International Data Corp. (IDC) on inkjet printers. The IDC report finds that in 1999, inkjet sales volumes rose by some 21% over the previous year, to some 19.3 million units. The top selling brand continues to be Hewlett Packard for 1999, followed by Canon. Third-placed Lexmark actually would occupy second place, if its printers rebadged as Compaq units were included, whilst Epson falls to fourth place.
Source: CNet News / Yahoo BizWire!

SPECIAL! "Ask Nikon" in the IR Discussion Forum!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 17, 2000 - 1:53 EST)

By special arrangement, the Imaging Resource is pleased to bring you a special "guest appearance" in our forums by Mike Rubin, product manager for the hugely successful Nikon Coolpix product line!

Have a question about the Coolpix cameras (especially the new 990?). How about digital imaging in general? - Anything is "fair game"! (Well, anything polite that is.) Leave your question on the forum just like always, only preface it with the word "NIKON", so Mike can easily pick out the questions directed to him. (Eg, "NIKON - How does matrix exposure work, and why do I need it?") Mike will check in periodically over the next week, and promises to answer any and all questions by 9pm Thursday the 23rd. Don't be bashful, ask away!

We're trying this as an alternative to the often-frustrating "chat" approach to communicating with manufacturers: Scheduled chat sessions usually end up with about 5% of the questions actually being answered, and the other 95% of the people feeling frustrated or ignored. The problem is there's just no way to have one person dialog in real time with even a few dozen others, let alone the hundreds or thousands the web makes possible. We're trying this "scheduled forum appearance" as an alternative, letting everyone ask questions, hopefully all of which can get answered. It'll be an interesting experiment, let us know what you think of the idea and experience as we go along!
Source: Imaging Resource Discussion Forum

Time to dispel those megapixel myths! ;)
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 17, 2000 - 0:42 EST)

We received an email from IR reader Kevin Borden a couple of days ago with news that he's created a website aimed at dispelling some of the myths that surround digital cameras, called "Megapixel Myths". We had a look, and Kevin's done a great job of explaining things in language that's easy to understand, without losing the necessary detail. Hop on over, and have a look - you might just learn a thing or two!
Source: The Megapixel Myths website
Thanks to Kevin Borden for this item!

Thursday, March 16, 2000

Photo Mechanic Pro 2.0 released!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 18:08 EST)

Our friend Rob Galbraith has posted news on his excellent Rob Galbraith Online website of the release of a new version of Mac image browser Photo Mechanic Pro. According to Rob, the new version "features super-fast thumbnail display, single and batch image captioning, a great preview mode with full D1 EXIF information and strong integration with Photoshop, [as well as supporting] Kodak/Canon pro digital cameras, making it an easy choice for news organizations with a mix of cameras". Upgrades from any previous version are $100, a JPEG-only Lite version will be $150, and the full program is $295 with volume discounts available. For the full story, hop on over to Rob Galbraith Online and read Rob's March 15, 2000 news...
Source: Rob Galbraith Online
Thanks to Rob Galbraith Online for this item! announces new VP!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 17:56 EST)

A press release from photo-sharing website announces the appointment of a new Vice President, Daniel DeVoe. DeVoe, who most recently was Manager of Business Development for the Business Development Division of Canon U.S.A., and has over 20 years of photographic and imaging industry experience, was today named as vice President, Marketing and Product Development, reporting to the CEO. DeVoe will "be responsible for the company's overall strategic and tactical marketing efforts, with a special emphasis on product design and implementation."
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

NetChip and MicroTek demonstrate first USB2.0 scanner!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 14:34 EST)

A press release from NetChip Technology Inc. announces that it has jointly demonstrated the world's first USB2.0 flatbed scanner, in cooperation with manufacturer Microtek International. The announcement answers rather well a press release last October from the 1394 Trade Association (responsible for the competing FireWire standard), in which Association Chairman James Snider noted:
"Improvements to a specification which needs them are certainly welcomed. But a draft specification represent only the first step. It takes up to two years from initial silicon to complete hardware debug. Then, it takes another 10 to 12 months, at the minimum, for software development and debug. With the original USB specification, this process required four years. I can not imagine that ramping from 12 Megabits to 120 Megabits is going happen any sooner. Faster speeds will take even longer."
How long do NetChip think it will be until USB2.0 breaks this speed? Apparently not quite so long - they're planning on having volume shipments of their full line of USB2.0 chips, capable of 480 megabits per second by Q4 2000, and the first chips for beta testing as early as Q2 2000! The Microtek scanner demonstration at Intel's Tokyo Developer Forum included USB 2.0 device technology from NetChip Technology and a USB 2.0 host controller emulator from Intel, using NEC's prototype transceiver.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Win digicams free in Accompany Anti-Sweepstakes!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 13:30 EST)

A press release from new IR advertiser - who've caused quite a stir on our Deals page recently with their low pricing - indicates that they've decided to go one better, it seems. They're currently running what they term as an "Anti-Sweepstakes" over on Yahoo!, with the theory being this - in a normal sweepstakes, the more people who enter, the lower each person's chances of winning. Accompany, following in the style of their pricing, where the more people who buy an item the lower the price gets, have decided to reverse this rule by saying that in their sweepstakes, the more people who enter, the more prizes they'll give away (up to a maximum of 155 digital cameras). The prize digital cameras are Olympus D-360L models, which are 1.3 megapixel cameras based on the popular D-340R (full features below).

 - Olympus D-360L digital camera
- Based on the Olympus D-340R
- 1.3 megapixel CCD (up to 1280 x 960 pixel image size);
1280 x 960 TIFF, Low compression or Standard
compression JPEG; 640 x 480 Low compression or Standard
compression JPEG
- 5-element all glass coated aspheric 5.5mm F2.8 lens
(equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera); 2x digital zoom
- Built-in 1.8 inch LCD display
- SmartMedia storage (compatible with up to 64MB cards)
- 6-mode flash with Auto, Auto-S (red eye reduction),
Off, Fill-in, Slow syncro, and Slow syncro with
red-eye reduction modes
- Serial (PC/Mac compatible) and Video out connectivity
- ISO Automatic, 100, 200 and 400 ratings
- 2 frames per second burst mode for up to 10 images
- Auto white balance with 4 preset manual settings
- Digital ESP matrix metering and spot metering with
+/- 2EV exposure compensation in 1/2EV steps
- Playback mode features 1 or 9 thumbnail viewing
- Direct printing to the Olympus P-330 Photo Printer
- DCF file number memory and photos reset options and
DPOF printer compliant
- 8MB SmartMedia card, 4 AA Alkaline batteries, strap,
serial cable for PC, coupon for free Mac cable, video
connection cable, instruction manuals, and Olympus
Camedia Utility Software bundled with camera
We've already figured out the numbers for you, and currently the odds of winning are better than 1 in 500... Should the number of entrants pass 10,000, the odds will be somewhere between about 1 in 220 and 1 in 440... over 20,000 entrants, and this becomes somewhere between 1 in 200, and 1 in 300. The odds get to their best once there's 30,000 entries though, at which time you'll have about a 1 in 190 chance of winning yourself a digital camera - and that's pretty good odds, considering most similar sweepstakes only offer a few prizes to tens of thousands of entrants! So what are you waiting for - hop on over to the Yahoo! page and get your entry in to win - then start telling all your friends!
Note: Whilst Accompany is an advertiser at the Imaging Resource, we have no connection with this particular sweepstakes, which is being run by Accompany and Yahoo - we just know good odds when we see them... ;)
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Sony restructures as boundaries blur!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 12:50 EST)

A press release from electronics giant Sony Corp.'s US wing, Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL) today announces that it is restructuring to match what it sees as a blurring of boundaries between audio, video and information technologies. SEL's announcement sees its Consumer Products Marketing Group and Personal Network Solutions Company (PNSC) being integrated into a new Consumer Electronics Group (CEG). Fujio Nishida, former head of CPMG, will become President of CEG, whilst Dick Komiyama, former head of PNSC, will serve as Deputy President.

CEG itself will in turn consist of four new divisions, the first of which retains the old PNSC name and will be responsible for both the VAIO PC and digital imaging businesses. PNSC will be based in San Diego, and Mark Viken, who previously headed up the SEL digital imaging business, will assume the role of PNSC President.

The second division will be the snappily named Personal Network Company Engineering and Manufacturing, also to be located in San Diego. This division will consist of the Information Technology Development manufacturing team for VAIO PCs, along with SEL's Advanced Telecommunications Development team for wireless device applications. The President will be Tom Brown, formerly SEL's Corporate Controller.

The third division will be the Home Network Products Company, which will include SEL's consumer television, digital media and other home A/V businesses, and will be headed up by its new President, Vic Pacor, formerly head of SEL's TV and digital media businesses.

Finally, the fourth division will be the Personal Mobile Products Company, responsible for SEL's personal audio, mobile electronics, home telephone and accessories businesses. This company will be headed by Ron Boire as President, who has been in charge of SEL's personal audio division.

The entire new structure will take effect from April 1st, and SEL President and COO Teruaki Aoki notes that:
"This new structure will help Sony adapt even faster to our ever-changing technology landscape. CEG provides a single market-oriented focus that will help put the digital devices and interactive services of the future in our customers' hands even faster than before. [The] concentration of sales and marketing with engineering and manufacturing in San Diego creates a supply-chain model that is structured for speed. Our PC and digital imaging businesses now have a single base of operations from where they can create and distribute products better and faster."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

IXLA expands distribution!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 12:32 EST)

Software company IXLA Ltd. has today announced that it has expanded its worldwide distribution to include Spain and Latin America, through an alliance with Silicon Valley-based Evinter International. Sam Darsie, Worldwide COO of IXLA Ltd., had the following to say on the news:
"Having Evinter International represent us in Spain and Latin America commits IXLA to continuing its worldwide expansion of products and services. Evinter International has a fluent understanding of the changes and challenges that are evolving in the retail IT marketplace in Spain and Latin America - we are very fortunate to have such an experienced and reputable firm representing IXLA products in these countries."
IXLA's line of digital camera-related software is available in English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, German and Spanish, and is currently distributed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, Japan Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Kodak prepares digital presence for Academy Awards!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 12:26 EST)

A press release from Eastman Kodak Co. today announces that its digital cameras will play several roles at the 72nd annual Academy Awards, scheduled for March 26. Kodak digital cameras will be used to provide pictures of the stars live, as they arrive and walk down the "Red Carpet" to the entrance of the Auditorium. The pictures will be posted to Kodak's Academy Awards mini-site, where they'll be visible both during and after the show. Kodak's digital cameras will also be used to photograph the winning stars as they first hold up their new Oscars - and they'll then receive an 8 x 10" print of the moment backstage.

In addition to 2,000 Kodak Max Flash one-time use cameras and PhotoNet Online coupons being distributed to the fans outside the auditorium, select Oscar nominees and all presenters will receive a special Solar Blast edition of Kodak's DC215 zoom digital camera.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Telenetics announces TeleWatch Internet Camera!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 12:16 EST)

Telenetics Corp. has today announced its new TeleWatch Internet Camera. Much the same as other similar devices, the TeleWatch contains an embedded TCP/IP stack and web server, allowing it to be monitored over a network or the Internet. The press release doesn't provide much information as to the specifications of the unit, noting only that it is a color model which features a resolution "similar to that of a laser disk or DVD", and that it operates in temperatures of -30 to 60 degrees Celsius (-22 to 140 degrees F) and weighs less than 14 ounces. Similar cameras either contain a modem and can be connected to a telephone line to dial into a network, or contain an Ethernet port allowing them to be connected directly to the network.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

KB Gear, Polaroid lead entry level market!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 12:07 EST)

A press release from KB Gear Interactive today announces that it is currently the second largest entry-level digital camera manufacturer in terms of market share in 1999. The Minneapolis-based company had a 35% market share in 1999, just behind Polaroid's 38% share. According to IDC reports, 1999 saw 900,000 entry level digital cameras shipped, 500,000 of them in the final quarter. KB Gear's share of this would be some 315,000 cameras, with Polaroid shipping some 342,000 cameras and other vendors shipping the remaining 27% (243,000) of the entry-level cameras.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

MGI Software secures Sony worldwide license!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 12:00 EST)

Toronto-based MGI Software Corp. has today announced that it has secured a worldwide licensing agreement with Sony Corp. for both MGI PhotoSuite and VideoWave on Cyber-shot cameras. The two programs will be included with Sony's upcoming DSC-S30, -S50 and -S70 Cybershot digital cameras, in addition to MGI PhotoSuite already being bundled with European and Asian models of Sony's Mavica cameras. VideoWave will provide for editing of MPEG videos recorded on the new cameras, whilst PhotoSuite will provide still image editing capabilities. Anthony DeCristofaro, President and CEO of MGI Software, said:
"We have always maintained the vision that still pictures will eventually lead to moving pictures. We are now bearing the fruits of our strategy. The Cyber-shot digital still cameras include a video burst mode, which captures up to 60 seconds of MPEG video. This makes the combined licensing of PhotoSuite and VideoWave significant - PhotoSuite will let Sony users play with still images, while VideoWave will let them edit their MPEG movies."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

PhotoWorks announces 85 million photos hosted!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 11:47 EST)

Photofinisher PhotoWorks (formerly Seattle FilmWorks) has today announced that it is now hosting 85 million photos on its servers. The number appears to be climbing quickly, with press releases last November announcing 60 million photos, and just last month noting 85 million... This is probably due to the fact that PhotoWorks offers free scanning and lifetime archiving of photos with all regular film processing orders. Gary Christophersen, PhotoWorks President and CEO, had the following to say on the announcement:
"PhotoWorks was one of the first companies to offer photos online. In a little less than a year after its launch, our online consumer photo archive is now past the 85 million image mark, which we believe is far ahead of our nearest competitor. The continued growth of the archive demonstrates our popularity among film and digital camera users. To ensure our continued leadership, we're offering customers more ways to share their photos online, with free processing and printing services for first-time customers. By growing the core of the archive, our customers are also building their personal equity in PhotoWorks as their online image processing company of choice. We expect that the monetary value of the archive will be realized from both film processing services for our film-based customers as well as the expanded use and variety of photo print products offered to all of our customers, including digital camera users seeking the highest quality and most economical print output."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Simple Technology files for IPO!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 16, 2000 - 11:29 EST)

A press release today announces that flash media manufacturer Simple Technology has filed for its Initial Public Offering of shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All shares to be sold will be offered by Simple Technology; Robertson Stephens will serve as lead underwriter for the offering, with Banc of America Securities LLC and Needham & Company, Inc. acting as co-managing underwriters.

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Wednesday, March 15, 2000

State Street Direct first to ship 3.34 megapixel digicam!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 15, 2000 - 18:40 EST)

We received an email this afternoon from IR advertiser State Street Direct, with great news for anybody looking forward to getting their hands on a 3 megapixel digicam:
"State Street Direct is the first to ship a 3.34 Megapixel digital camera. While supplies last, State Street Direct now has available the Hot, New Canon Powershot S20 Kit which includes the DK-110 NiMH Charger, AC Adapter and NiMH Battery. We only have 30 units available (as of March 15th) from our first shipment."
Want to be first on the block with a shiny new PowerShot S20? Click here to hop on over to State Street Direct and get your order in!

Steve's Digicams posts PV-SD4090 review!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 15, 2000 - 16:44 EST)

Our friends over at Steve's Digicams have just completed a review of Panasonic's PV-SD4090 digital camera, the first real competitor for Sony's Mavica line of cameras with floppy disk storage. The PV-SD4090 keeps the portability of the floppy disk format, but adds capacity by choosing to use Imation's 120MB SuperDisk drive which can use not only 1.44MB floppies, but 120MB ones too! Here's what Steve had to say about the camera:
"All things considered this is a good camera but for its somewhat dated one megapixel image resolution I think that it has been priced too high at $995 MSRP. I expect to see this camera dramatically reduced in price as it up against the likes of Sony who will undoubtedly be doing some price slashing when their new multimegapixel Mavica models arrive shortly. The overall image quality is good but not great, pictures often lacked color saturation (depth) that is common to other cameras in this resolution class."

Source: Steve's Digicams Panasonic PV-SD4090 Review

FIR reports on image protection!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 15, 2000 - 13:42 EST)

Future Image Inc. has announced in a press release a new report "Protecting Visual Assets on the Internet: Turning Pictures into Profits", available immediately. The report looks at solutions for protecting digital images on the Internet, with solutions from over 100 vendors examined, as well as providing background material on copyright, the security infrastructure, and copy protection initiatives in other areas of intellectual property. The report features five component sections: The Security Infrastructure; Protecting IP - Audio, Video, Documents & CD-ROMs; Encryption; Watermarking; and a List of Vendors and Contacts, and is available either as separate component sections (priced at $49 to $189), or as one report (price not disclosed in the press release).

The sections are as follows (quoted from the press release):

"Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet: The Security Infrastructure"
An overview of the copyright/security landscape. Explains the current state of electronic security and how various intellectual property protection schemes operate within that framework. Reviews key concepts, technologies, terminology, and vendors in that space.

"Protecting Intellectual Property: A List of Vendors & Contacts"
A list of more than 150 vendors, academic institutions, standards organizations, corporations, and individuals involved in the field of intellectual property protection. Listed are the names, addresses, phone numbers, and Web sites of those who provide solutions for protecting intellectual property, including analog video, CD-ROM, digital video, digital audio, electronic publishing, and digital imaging.

"Protecting Intellectual Property: Audio, Video, CD-ROMs & Documents"
Provides a general picture of the intellectual property protection landscape to set the context in which the visual asset protection schemes operate. A survey of copy protection initiatives for analog video, digital video, CD-ROMs, digital documents, and digital audio, examining vendors, options, and technologies in those areas.

"Protecting Visual Assets on the Internet: Encryption"
Covers encryption as a means of copy protection on the Web, with an in depth examination of two promising solutions and vendors in this category. The encryption approach provides robust copy protection on the Web, as well as laying the foundation for seamless e-commerce, especially for images as merchandise.

"Protecting Visual Assets on the Internet: Watermarking"
Watermarking can be a very effective tool for authenticating digital images, tracking down assets, gathering market data, enriching content with persistent metadata, and providing a link between image asset owners, customers, and content. This report reviews the technology and over two dozen solutions and vendors, with detailed profiles of leading vendor Digimarc and its leading customer, Corbis.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Tuesday, March 14, 2000

A hearty welcome to!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 22:04 EST)

Our email inbox overflowed about a week back with word of incredible deals on the Nikon Coolpix 950 and Olympus C2020 digicams, from a company called The prices seemed too good to be true, but we subsequently received a number of follow-up emails from satisfied buyers. We were thus happy to accept as our latest advertiser when they approached us a couple of days ago. Their campaign just started today, so we thought we'd include a brief explanation of how their business works: It's an interesting use of the internet for consumer purchasing. The basic concept is to aggregate orders from individuals into *large* quantity purchases of various products. Their site lists products that they have current "buying cycles" active for, and visitors can sign up to purchase the products. The neat trick is that the more people sign up to buy a given product, the lower the price gets, until it hits some minimum. (The minimums generally constituting absurdly great deals, from what we've seen.) Their server tracks where each buying cycle is, and even lets you conditionally sign up for a specific price break, assuming the quantity hits that level. As you can see from the ads they're running here, they currently have a cycle running for the Kodak DC290 digcam. As I write this, the price is at $679.95, with 36 orders placed, and will drop to $659.95 when they hit 201 orders. (At which point, all 201 people will get the new, lower price.) 6 people have signed up to buy the camera if it hits the $659.95 price, while 5 more have signed up if/as/when it gets to $649.95, the minimum.

Assuming that Accompany continues to execute as well as they have in the early going, this looks like an interesting way to get consumers closer to the manufacturers than ever before. On the other hand, we feel compelled to point out that this isn't the way to go if you have any doubt about which camera you want: Our guess is that the typical return policy (set by the participating manufacturer or distributor for each product) won't be nearly as liberal as in the typical retail sales channel. Likewise, Accompany isn't the place to go if you need significant advice or support from a knowledgeable sales rep. Still, if you really know which camera you want and can stand to wait a few days for a buying cycle to complete, this could be a great way to get a fantastic deal!
Source: digital camera page

FlashPath announces Windows 2000 beta!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 18:16 EST)

A press release from SmartDisk Corp., the company behind the FlashPath floppy disk adapters that let certain flash media be read in a floppy disk drive, has today announced a beta program for Windows 2000. A beta version of the FlashPath for SmartMedia Windows 2000 driver can now be downloaded from SmartDisk's Web site, with general availability planned for the end of March 2000. Future releases including Windows 2000 driver support for Sony's Memory Stick and SanDisk's MultiMediaCard are planned.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Study shows moms share baby pics online!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 18:11 EST)

A survey of 1,035 "online" mothers with children up to three years old by market research company Greenfield Online Inc. has found that almost a quarter of them had made web sites devoted to displaying photos of their children, whilst 59% had shared family photos via email in the past 90 days. 60% of the mothers were at least "somewhat likely" to buy a digital camera this year, and 18% already owned a digicam. Of those who owned digicams already, the most popular brands were: Kodak (14%), Sony (14%), Olympus (8%), Panasonic (5%), and Canon (5%). One fifth of film camera users had, during the past 90 days, requested their film be scanned to floppy disk and 12% had requested their photos be scanned and placed online when tbeing developed. The survey was conducted between January 28 and February 1, 2000...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

HP ships PhotoSmart C500 digicam!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 16:44 EST)

A press release from Hewlett Packard Co. announces that it is now shipping its PhotoSmart C500 digital camera, first announced on August 31st last year. The C500 runs on FlashPoint's Digita Operating System, which many of our readers will be familiar with. Digita is an operating system designed specifically for digital imaging appliances such as digital cameras and printers, and is well known for its ability to be controlled by user-programmable scripts.

HP's C500 is the first digital camera to provide not only access to Digita Script capabilities, but also to provide application-level scripting of the camera, essentially meaning that it will be possible to completely redesign the interface of the camera from scratch, building the camera's interface to match its planned use. FlashPoint sees the most exciting aspect of this being the possibilities it opens up for third-parties to create essentially entirely new forms of digital photography, an example of this being MetaCreations' impressive MetaFlash technology which allows users to essentially take 3-dimensional texture mapped wire-frame photographs of objects with their MetaFlash-enabled Digita camera and PC.

Here's the specs for the C500:

 - HP PhotoSmart C500 digital camera
- 2 megapixel CCD
- 3x optical / 2x digital zoom lens
- 2" LCD display
- Serial and USB connectivity
- CompactFlash storage (16MB card bundled)
- Based on FlashPoint's Digita OS, allows
programming both through DigitaScript and at the
application level
- Wireless printing using HP JetSend IR technology
- TWAIN complaint driver
- Uses three AA NiMH batteries, comes with charger
- 5.2" x 3.05" x 2.1", weighs 0.821 pounds
- Bundled with HP Photo Imaging Software
The C500, with the exception of Japan, is now shipping worldwide - in the US it has an estimated street price of $699, some $100 lower than originally estimated last August. A related press release from FlashPoint, the company behind Digita, recaps its involvement in the camera.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

ClubPhoto announces free e-Card service!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 16:10 EST)

A press release from online photo sharing website Club Photo announces a new service from the site, allowing users to send personalised e-Cards to friends and relatives. e-Cards can be created from pictures in Club Photo albums or on the user's PC, along with professionally designed cards... To celebrate the new service, Club Photo is holding a drawing for an Acer FotoPrisa color printer and Acer 620UT scanner to one lucky winner who tries the service between now and March 17!
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Epson drops price on PhotoPC 650!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 15:33 EST)

Epson America Inc. has announced a price-cut on its PhotoPC 650 digital camera. The PhotoPC 650 features a resolution of 1152 x 864 (just a hair under 1 megapixel), 1.09 megapixel CCD, USB (see the note below) and serial image transfer, 1.8 inch LCD display, status LCD, CompactFlash storage and a bundled 8MB CompactFlash card. The lens is an all-glass, autofocus, aspherical-type and features a lens-cover and 37-mm lens thread for accessory filters; the press release does not provide any further specifics. The Epson PhotoPC 650 was announced July 12 last year, and shipped in mid-August at a price of US$349; this price has now been dropped to $299. Customers who also purchase an Epson Stylus Color printer at the same time will receive a US$50 rebate. A US$30 rebate is offered to customers who purchase an Epson scanner at the same time as their PhotoPC 650. One note about the USB capability of this camera, though - USB connectivity is actually not a function of the camera itself, but of the JumpShot CompactFlash card bundled with it - so if you need more than 8MB of storage, and need USB connectivity, you're going to have to buy a JumpShot card...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Imation Matchprint available for BJC-8500!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 15:12 EST)

A press release from Imation Corp. announces that its Matchprint Inkjet System will be available as an upgrade for the Canon BJC-8500 printer in June. The Matchprint Inkjet System consists of Imation Matchprint Color RIP Software and Imation Matchprint Inkjet Commercial or Design Base media, and will be available from Canon Authorised Resellers, in much the same way as the equivalent version on the HP DesignJet ColorPro GA printer. Features include:

 - Ability to define user custom colors
- Ability to automatically proof files with up to 16
different color separations (CMYK plus twelve
additional colors)
- International Color Consortium (ICC)-compliant
and compatible with standard ICC profiles
- Ability to fine-tune output to Imation pre-defined
and optimized print and proof simulation targets.

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Monday, March 13, 2000

Full review of Nikon Coolpix 990 posted!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 13, 2000 - 23:27 EST)

Full Nikon Coolpix 990 review & sample images posted! We've *finally* finished our full review of the Nikon Coolpix 990, and what a camera/review it is! We were pretty well blown away by the obvious increase in resolution between the 990 and it's predecessor the 950. Some have attributed the increase in apparent resolution more to extra in-camera sharpening on the 990, but we beg to differ: Leaving aside the numerous 3 megapixel cameras we're only just now testing, the Coolpix 990 clearly showed the highest resolution of any camera we've tested to date. Other attributes were excellent as well, and the camera sports numerous enhancements that make it a clear advance over the already-excellent '950. Overall, a most impressive unit: Check out the review for all the details!

More on the way soon! (No, really!...) I (Dave here) apologize for the slow pace of reviews lately: There are a lot backed up on my desk, waiting for final edits before layout and posting. I took sick with a horrendous cold this last week that I'm only just now starting to come out of. As a result, I'm up to my eyeballs in 80%-finished reviews, of a number of cameras. These delays also pushed a whole batch of work up against the external deadline imposed by a major office/studio remodel, that's just begun, and will likely last for the next 4 weeks. The bottom line was that we had to jam in a mass of test-shooting somewhat out-of-sequence, in order to get all the images captured before the studio was torn apart (started happening this morning). Now that that spurt of unplanned schedule-scrambling work is out of the way, I should be able to begin finishing the backed-up reviews much more rapidly. "On deck" are reviews of the Olympus D-360L, Sony Mavica FD-91 and FD-88, and Canon Powershot S-20. Following (reasonably) closely will be reviews of the Nikon D1 (wowsers!), Olympus C-3030, a couple of the new Sonys, "and many more" as the saying goes. Also stacked up waiting for rapid dispatch are a whole pile of software reviews that writers David Halpern, Bret McKee, and chief writer-gal Stephanie Boozer are beating on me to get to. LOTS of cool stuff, check back frequently over the next few weeks, as there should be a lot of material hitting in fairly rapid succession!

Source: Full IR review of Coolpix 990

Saturday, March 11, 2000

All-new pictures of HPs upcoming digicams!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 11, 2000 - 21:34 EST)

Hewlett Packard C-618 and C-912 Digital Cameras - click for a bigger picture!
Click for a bigger picture!

We received an email from our friend Alexander Ismail over at the PC Photo Review website a couple of days ago with some great new pictures of Hewlett Packard's upcoming C-618 and C-912 digital cameras, which we first exclusively showed you live from the PMA show in February. These interesting cameras feature Pentax lenses, and are also to be sold by Pentax under its own brand... You can find specifications for these cameras (in as much as has been announced) in Day Two of the PMA Report. Whilst we're mentioning PC Photo Review, if you're looking for first-hand opinions on a digital camera from its users, Alex's site is a really great resource - if you've not seen it before, be sure and check it out! Not only can you find plenty of reviews of that new digicam you've been considering, but if you submit a good review of your current digicam(s?), you could win a digital camera for your efforts!

Without any further ado, here's the pictures Alex sent us:

Hewlett Packard C-618, Front and Back
Hewlett Packard C-618 Front View - click for a bigger picture!
Hewlett Packard C-618 Back View - click for a bigger picture!
Click for bigger pictures!

Hewlett Packard C-912, Front and Back
Hewlett Packard C-912 Front View - click for a bigger picture!
Hewlett Packard C-912 Back View - click for a bigger picture!
Click for bigger pictures!

Source: PC Photo Review
Thanks to PC Photo Review for this item!

Kodak sells Blue Plus CCD to other manufacturers!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 11, 2000 - 20:20 EST)

A press release from Eastman Kodak Co. announces that the company is now marketing and selling its Blue Plus Color CCD image sensors to manufacturers of digital cameras and other imaging devices. Kodak describes its decision to sell these CCDs as being designed to "help drive market acceptance for digital cameras, particularly 'prosumer' cameras", and hence "grow the overall picture business and create a broader presence for Kodak imaging technologies in that industry". Kodak's Blue Plus CCDs incorporate indium tin oxide technology, and offer enhanced photo-responsivity with very low dark signal, offering very high ISO ratings of up to 1600. The sensors feature (quoted from Kodak's release):

 - High Dynamic Range: very high charge capacity,
excellent photoresponse linearity and very low dark
signal, providing true 12-bit performance
- High Resolution: from 2 to 6 million pixels in a
variety of optical formats
- Reference Evaluation Boards: designed and manufactured
to enable a successful start-up and evaluation for the
experienced or novice CCD user
- Color Fidelity: RGB (red /green/blue) color filter
array patterns optimized with proprietary materials to
render exceptional color reproduction
- Anti-blooming Protection: a Kodak-patented lateral
overflow drain design providing superior photo
-responsive linearity
- True Two-Phase Technology: Kodak-patented two-phase
clocking to simplify circuit design and reduce the
number of analog board to meet a variety of customer
- Pixel Size: available with 13, 9, and 6.8(mu)m square
- Frame Rate: very high charge-transfer efficiency and
custom design options for three-stage output amplifiers
and multiple outputs enable high frame rate operation
Pricing and availability information is available on request from [email protected]; the Blue Plus sensors have won Laser Focus World Magazine's 1999 Commercial Achievement Award (Kodak Blue Plus Technology), the R&D 100 Award (KAF-4200 image sensor), and the Lasers & Optronics Technology Award (KAF 16800 image sensor).

Note from Dave: This is *really* big news for the digicam industry IMHO, at least the higher end of it. Kodak's sensors are second to none, using frame-transfer technology and sophisticated Indium-Tin Oxide technology for significantly greater low-light and blue-channel sensitivity than the competition. Wider availability of these sensors can only mean good things for photographers, although the technology will initially only be suited to the high-end, due to cost. An important potential side benefit of the higher sales volumes resulting from this decision could be much lower prices, as Kodak ramps production. Wouldn't it be nice to have a *true* ISO 1600 sensor in a $1500 prosumer digicam? :-)
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Kingston adds 64MB SmartMedia!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 11, 2000 - 20:18 EST)

Memory and peripherals manufacturer Kingston Technology Co. Inc. has announced in a press release that it has now added 64MB SSFDC (Solid State Floppy Disk Card, another name for SmartMedia) to its line of flash memory products. The new 64MB SmartMedia card, Kingston part number SSFDC/64V, has an MSRP of $209. The price includes a 2-year warranty and free technical support...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Corel to release PhotoPaint 9 for Linux free!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 11, 2000 - 20:17 EST)

A press release from Corel Corp. yesterday announced its intention to release its PhotoPaint image editor on the Linux platform free of charge, in a manner similar to its WordPerfect word processor. Corel PhotoPaint 9 for Linux will be a free download available in early summer, and will offer compatibility with most popular graphics file formats, ability to publish to the web or to PDF (Portable Document Format) files, comprehensive online documentation and Corel's "Interactive Tools" and "Live Effects". A retail version of CorelDraw 9 Graphics Suite for Linux, including Corel PhotoPaint 9, will ship in late summer 2000 with pricing similar to the Windows version.

CNet News, reporting on the announcement, speculates that whilst Corel has a lead over Linux competitors such as Sun Microsystems and Applix, the company does have a competitor in the open-source "Gimp", which is distributed in several versions of Linux, and also has competition from Adobe on the way as it translates some of its software to the Linux system...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Friday, March 10, 2000

Epson announces price cuts!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 10, 2000 - 12:25 EST)

Three press releases (1,2,3) from printer manufacturer Epson America Inc. announce price cuts on its Epson Stylus Color 660, 740, 740i, 760 and 860 inkjet printers. Here's the details:

 - Stylus Color 660, 1440 x 720 dpi, USB; $129 plus $50
mail-in rebate, final price $79.
- Stylus Color 740 / 740i, 1440 x 720 dpi, USB, parallel
and Mac serial connectivity, 740i has iMac-esque
styling, $149 and $179 respectively plus $50 mail-in
rebate, final prices $99 and $129 respectively
- Stylus Color 760, USB and parallel connectivity, 1440
dpi resolution, 7 pages per minute (ppm) in black and
white or 6 ppm in color, $159 plus $30 mail-in rebate,
final price of $129
- Stylus Color 860, USB and parallel connectivity, 1440
dpi resolution, 9.5 ppm in black and white or 7 ppm
in color, $199 plus $50 mail-in rebate, final price
of $149
All prices quoted in the press releases are "estimated street prices"...

Win a 2 megapixel digital camera!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 10, 2000 - 11:04 EST)

We received an email from the folks over at Future Image yesterday, with news that they're currently offering a 2 megapixel digital camera as the prize for one lucky respondent to a survey on their site. The survey, which can be found here, relates to sharing photos and ordering prints on the web... Hop on over to the Future Image site, and answer the survey - you could be the lucky winner, you never know!
Source: Future Image

Thursday, March 9, 2000

PhotoLoft reports "strong growth"!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 9, 2000 - 16:07 EST)

A press release from online photofinisher reports continued strong growth month on month since the surge it experienced at the end of last year... No figures are given in the press release, which also reports steady growth in the business to business market, with agreements with Canon USA (HyperPhotoNetwork) and Pakon now implemented, and "an average of three [new] co-brands and one private label per week". CEO Jack Marshall had the following to say:
"Consumers opting to have their photos scanned to are taking the first step into the digital world. Our B2B product makes it easy for anyone to fully appreciate the benefits of digital imaging and Internet photo-sharing. The next step for most consumers is probably to digital cameras, and's B2C products are custom made to accommodate that transition as well."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

SnapFish appoints new VP!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 9, 2000 - 15:56 EST)

A press release from online photo-finishing company today announces the appointment of a new Vice President of Legal and General Counsel, Alisa J. Baker. Baker was a founding partner of California law firm General Counsel Associates LLP, where she specialized in representing Silicon Valley technology companies. She also has a background as an artist and photographer, having studied photographic printmaking with John Sexton. She will provide legal and business expertise to the company and its board of directors...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

SmartDisk officially announces FlashPath for Mavica!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 9, 2000 - 13:01 EST)

IR readers will most likely already be aware of the upcoming SmartDisk FlashPath MemoryStick/Floppy Disk Adapter, which we first told you about back at the PMA Show in February... The device isn't the first FlashPath adapter for MemoryStick media, which in fact shipped in November last year, and costs $99.95. What's different with this one? Well, the upcoming Mavica cameras announced at PMA will be able to communicate with the FlashPath adapter, meaning that it can be used in the camera to let it use MemoryStick media. This is apparently a function of both the camera and the adpater though, so older Mavicas cannot be upgraded to this functionality, and nor can the older FlashPath adapter... The Memory Stick/Floppy Disk Adapter will be offered as an accessory exclusively through Sony and its distribution channels in the second quarter of this year...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Mobile Insights announces sixth annual Mobility awards!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 14:02 EST)

Mobile Insights Inc. has today announced the winners and runners-up in its sixth annual Mobility awards, held this week at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert. Of interest in the field of digital imaging were the following:

 - Runner-Up, Notebook Computing:
Sony VAIO PCG-C1X PictureBook
- Runner-Up, Mobile Complements, PC Card:
Iomega Clik! PC Card drive
- Runner-Up, Mobile Complements, CF Card:
IBM MicroDrive
- Winner, Mobile Complements, Mobile Storage:
Iomega Clik! PC Card drive
- Runner-Up, Mobile Complements, Mobile Storage:
Imation SuperDisk
- Winner, Mobile Complements, Solid State Storage:
SanDisk CompactFlash
- Runner-Up, Mobile Complements, Solid State Storage:
SanDisk SD Memory Card

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Digital Photography takes to the high seas!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 13:46 EST)

Two press releases that came across our desk this morning look at digital imaging on the high seas - specifically, the market for digital photos on cruise ships. On board photographers have a problem in that over half of the photos they take are thrown away, in many cases because the passenger didn't purchase their photos and perhaps weren't even aware of them.

ImageID Ltd. intends to change this, in a rather unusual way. Their CruiseCam setup is based on a combination of a digital camera, and a bar-code system. When passengers board the ship, they're given a sticker with their own personal bar-code, which they wear throughout their voyage. Photographers then take photos with the digital camera, retaking them if necessary and eliminating some waste at this stage. The press release doesn't mention if the system requires the bar-code to be scanned with a hand-held scanner of some sort, or simply visible in the photo, but in some manner the bar-code is saved along with the image. When the photographer returns to the computer, the images are placed in a database sorted by barcode. Passengers can then visit PhotoKiosks in the ship where their bar-code is scanned by a built-in camera, and every photo of the particular passenger is brought up for ordering of photos. Photos can also be ordered on the in-cabin entertainment system... After the voyage, photos are placed on a website and prints or specialty items can be ordered by using a PIN number to access your photos. The system sounds very clever, but we have to wonder how many passengers will actually want to wear a bar-code at all times? If ImageID can solve this however, there's great potential - the company believes that by making photos easier to access, more photos will be purchased and less thrown away...

Kodak, meanwhile, has signed a deal with shipboard photographic concessionaire Image Photo Services Inc. to jointly develop a digital imaging system for use aboard cruise ships. Kodak is already Image's supplier of choice, and now intends to "develop a new prototype software application for Image that is tailored specifically for the demands and opportunities presented by an on-board picture concession". Image operates concessions on 28 cruise ships, and sees advantages of digital including fast turnaround and the ability to electronically enhance and manipulate photographic images...

IPIX acquires PictureWorks Technology Inc.!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 12:53 EST)

Oak Ridge, TN-based IPIX (which we've just noticed has changed its name from Interactive Pictures Corporation to Internet Pictures Corporation) has today announced its acquisition of photo-sharing company PictureWorks Technology Inc. The deal, a stock-for-stock transaction valued at approximately $175 million, will see IPIX acquire all of the outstanding shares of PictureWorks stock in exchange for IPIX common stock. IPIX will issue 5,367,670 shares of IPIX Common Stock to the PictureWorks stockholders. The merger will be effected on a tax-free basis to IPIX stockholders and will be accounted for as a purchase. The acquisition is expected to close during March 2000. IPIX described the merger as creating "the first 'Imaging Infranet'", and IPIX CEO and Chairman Jim Phillips said:
"By combining with PictureWorks, we will create the leading provider of visual content solutions for e-commerce applications on the Internet. PictureWorks' industry-leading technology and proven track record, together with iPIX's innovative technology and global visual content infrastructure, will create a winning and complementary imaging solution. This merger will solidify iPIX's position as the leader in imaging for the Internet and will provide our B2B and B2C customers with the most comprehensive, end-to-end content acquisition and delivery solution in the market today."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

FlashPoint receives five new patents!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 12:33 EST)

A press release today from FlashPoint Technology Inc., the company behind the Digita OS used in some digital cameras, announces that it has received five new patents, two in the USA and three in Taiwan. Details of the Taiwanese patents are sketchy, the press release only noting that they "involve methods for creating an automated slideshow, the addition of sound to images, and a method of displaying display images". The US patents are:

 - U.S. Patent No. 6,020,920
"Method and System for Speculative Decompression of
Compressed Image Data in an Image Capture Unit"
Issued on Feb. 1, 2000.

- U.S. Design Patent D0418,826
"Image for Display Screen of a Digital Camera"
Issued Jan. 11, 2000.

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

PictureVision sees sites soar!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 8, 2000 - 10:32 EST)

A press release this morning from PictureVision Inc., the Kodak subsidiary behind online photofinishing sites including Kodak PhotoNet online, America Online's "You've Got Pictures" and Sony's ImageStation, announces that its sites were cumulatively ranked as the highest trafficked Internet photography sites among consumers in January. The ranking, by Nielsen/NetRatings, found that the PictureVision sites had more than 725,000 unique visitors in January, generating over 18 million individual page views, almost double the number of its closest rival. David MacWhorter, Acting CEO of PictureVision, had the following to say:
"We believe that these numbers validate our approach to online photo finishing. We provide a total approach to Web photo finishing solutions. Whether it's dropping off your film at a retailer, uploading your digital images from a scanner or digital camera and having those images made into prints by professional labs, we offer a complete portfolio of services that is proving more compelling in our industry."

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Tuesday, March 7, 2000

Alexis Gerard to give talk on!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 19:32 EST)

We received a press release in our mailbox this afternoon from the folks over at - no sign of it on the wires yet, so here's the release in full:

" to host interactive live chat featuring Alexis Gerard: Imaging Industry Expert provides analysis of recent PMA 2000 announcements

MONTEREY – March 7, 2000 –, the premier online photography community, will be hosting Alexis Gerard, founder and President of Future Image Inc. in a live online forum Thursday, March 9th at 8:00 EST/5:00 PST. What are the latest emerging business opportunities in the photo industry? What significance do new product introductions at the recent PMA 2000 show have for the photo and digital imaging world? Join Alexis Gerard for a look into the present and future of imaging business and technology.

Alexis Gerard is founder and President of Future Image Inc., a research and information firm specializing in digital photo-imaging. He is the Executive Editor and Publisher of the Future Image Report. He has authored research studies on topics ranging from Photo CD to digital cameras, and is a sought-after speaker.
Who should attend: photo and imaging industry professionals, managers and entrepreneurs.

About, Inc. is the leading Internet photography community that provides a complete source of personalized content, education, member interaction, and products and services that assist people in their transition from film to digital photography. Selected by PC Magazine as one of the top 100 Internet sites for 1999, is a gathering place where people can share photos, chat about their experiences, learn and discuss the latest photography products and equipment, as well as review the latest photography tips and techniques. contains a number of member interest areas including PhotoTimes, Buyer’s Guide, Exhibits, Marketplace, and Communities. Launched in June 1999, is based in Monterey, California and is a wholly owned subsidiary of digital imaging software leader IXLA Limited ( headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. Company information is available at or by calling (831) 658-0900."
Thanks to for this item!

Steve's Digicams reviews Casio QV-3000EX!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 18:10 EST)

The fine folks over at Steve's Digicams have just posted their review of the Casio QV-3000EX digital camera. Here's what Steve had to say about what looks set to be the first 3 megapixel camera on the market:
"The Casio QV-3000EX is an excellent camera, the ergonomics and graphical menu system make it a joy to use. Fast camera operations, good battery life and excellent image quality plus manual controls and CF Type II memory slot make this camera a real winner. Bundle it with a 340MB Microdrive and you have a digi-shutterbug's dream machine -- just be sure to buy several sets of NiMH batteries and a good charger as it's the only thing that Casio left out of the box."
The review is still being completed, most notably the sample pictures have not yet gone up, but it is still a great read with plenty of pictures of this very interesting camera... Check it out!
Source: Steve's Digicams Casio QV-3000EX review

SnapFish offers free single-use cameras!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 16:39 EST)

In a bid to attract customers to its online photofinishing service, has announced in a press release that it is giving away single-use 35mm cameras to the first 15,000 people who sign up for its service. SnapFish bills itself as the only photo service that offers free photo developing, printing, scanning and online sharing, but there are a few catches to this. The free prints are only available to film users - digital camera users pay for their prints, meaning if you're on digital then other services such as Ofoto and more are worth comparing. If you're still using film, though, SnapFish is to the best of our knowledge the only company offering a free set of 4x6 prints for each roll processed - but note that you do have to pay a shipping/handling fee (which we couldn't find specified on the SnapFish site), and also you are required to view your photos online at least once within 30 days of processing, or you'll be charged a $2.99 "film development fee".
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Digimarc and TWAIN announce new Mac version!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 16:22 EST)

A press release from watermarking company Digimarc and the TWAIN Working Group today announces a new Mac version of the industry standard TWAIN interface for transferring images between PCs and digital cameras / scanners. The Macintosh TWAIN Data Source Manager Version 1.7 can be downloaded free of charge from the TWAIN Working Group website, and is PowerPC native with support for Mac OS 8.0 and above. The new version is fully compatible with previous TWAIN specifications and existing data sources, and provides the same functionality as the Windows equivalent that ships with Microsoft's Windows platform.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Kodak PictureCD sales climb!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 16:13 EST)

A press release from Eastman Kodak Co. today announces that its sales of Kodak PictureCDs have climbed to more than 760,000 units during the first two months of this year. That figure is more than 30% of the total PictureCD sales for last year, the company notes. Total sales since introduction of PictureCD in February 1999 are more than 2.7 million units; during the first two months of 2000 Kodak's consumer digital services accounted for 4.5 percent of rolls processed through Kodak's wholesale photofinishing subsidiary Qualex. A total of 65 million pictures were scanned by Kodak for Picture CD, Picture Disk, PhotoNet Online and "You've Got Pictures" from December 1999 through February 2000.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Fuji modifies position on SuperCCD resolution?
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 1:20 EST)

Two interesting articles we've seen on the and websites over the last couple of days suggest that Fuji is reacting to the debate over its decision to label its SuperCCD cameras with a megapixel rating based on final image file size, rather than sensor resolution. The standard with digital cameras up until now has been to base the figure on the CCD resolution, even though each receptor on the CCD can only "see" one color - meaning the rest of the data has to be interpolated. Fuji reasoned that, because of the differing layout of a SuperCCD, the pure sensor resolution was lower than what the camera was effectively capable of when compared with a conventional CCD-based camera, and hence chose to label their SuperCCD designs with the figure based on final image size. This provoked much outcry in the newsgroups, with some folks agreeing with Fuji, whilst others disagreed just as vocally... We've taken a "wait and see" stance ourselves, curious to find out just how SuperCCD compares when it reaches our eager hands for testing - but it appears that Fuji has been listening, if you note the news items we mentioned... reports that Fuji has completely removed the wording noting the megapixel rating from both the FinePix 4700 and S1 Pro cameras it showed at CeBIT a few days ago. meanwhile reports that Fuji has officially announced the sensor resolutions on its Japanese website, the FinePix 4700 being 2.4 megapixel, and the S1 Pro being 3.4 megapixel. Further to this, Fuji has released information in Japan regarding the FinePix 4700's effective sensor resolution (2.16 megapixel), horizontal/vertical resolution (equivalent to a 4.32 megapixel conventional CCD) and overal resolution as compared to a conventional CCD (3.5 megapixel).

Whilst similar information has not been released for the S1 Pro, it seems logical to assume the ratios are similar. The information suggests that Fuji initially chose to use the highest rating (which applies only to horizontal and vertical resolution) for their cameras - but at the same time, it is interesting to see a figure which Fuji feels relates to a conventional CCD. 3.5 megapixels for the FinePix 4700 compares more favorably to the current crop of 3 megapixel cameras than the 2.4 megapixel CCD would suggest, and bear in mind that thanks to the larger capture area per pixel, Fuji feels that the camera should have better sensitivity and noise qualities than a conventional CCD. One thing's for sure - we're looking forward to testing these cameras and judging this for ourselves, even more than ever!

Olympus provides form for C-2500L upgrade!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 0:45 EST)

We received a note over the weekend from IR reader Angel Foxworthy, with news that Olympus America has now placed a form for users wanting to upgrade their C-2500L digital cameras on its website. Olympus first told us about the upgrade back at the PMA Show, and since then we've been flooded with requests for information as to how to get the upgrade! You can now find a form (in Adobe Acrobat format) on Olympus' product page for the C-2500L; fill it in, and follow the directions, and you'll get new firmware that adds a slow sync flash mode, a medium sharpening mode, and makes AE lock work for both focus and exposure in center-weighted metering mode...
Source: Olympus America C-2500L Product Page
Thanks to Angel Foxworthy for this item!

DCRP reviews Canon PowerShot S20!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, March 7, 2000 - 0:36 EST)

We received a note from our friend Jeff Keller over at the Digital Camera Resource Page today - he's just posted his review of Canon's 3.3 megapixel PowerShot S20, and here's what he had to say:
"The PowerShot S20 is a great camera, one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone seeking a small, point-and-shoot camera. It's fast, well-designed, and really easy to use. That said, someone who desires manual controls (myself included) will probably look elsewhere."
Head on over to the Digital Camera Resource Page (via the link below) for the full review with pictures and details of the camera, and sample photos...
Source: Digital Camera Resource Page PowerShot S20 review

Monday, March 6, 2000

Lexmark announces Windows2000 compatibility!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 6, 2000 - 17:48 EST)

A press release from printer manufacturer Lexmark Intl. Inc. today announces the compatibility of its products with Microsoft's recently released Windows 2000 operating system. The Lexington, KY-based company advised that its entire line of Optra printers, OptraImage multi-function devices, printer peripherals, printer software and print drivers are compatible with both the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server operating systems, either using the drivers provided on the Windows 2000 disk or for more recent product by downloading drivers from the Lexmark website.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

DPReview notes Sanyo DMA-100!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 6, 2000 - 15:25 EST)

A news item on the Digital Photography Review website points out Sanyo's DMA-100, an interesting device which promises digital photography without the need for a PC. The DMA-100 Digital Album, which we reported on last August (we're sure we covered it before that, but can't find an earlier item!) is a set-top box which can transfer images from its built-in SmartMedia and CompactFlash (Type I and II) slots to its built-in CD-RW drive, allowing it to be used to archive pictures without the need for a PC. The unit comes with a remote control with which to operate it, and runs on a hybrid RISC/JAVA operating system. Rudimentary photo editing features are also included... Phil Askey quite rightly points out that set-top boxes are an area that needs more exploration if digital is to succeed - the average camera user probably doesn't have (or want) a powerful PC system, and hence a method of dealing with storing, editing and printing images without a PC is key to digital's success. Sanyo's set-top is nice, and we've seen a few other solutions - Digital Intelligence's PictureIQ will soon be on Sega's Dreamcast console and the company is also cooperating with iomega, while Request Inc. offers a set-top box that transfers images to Zip disks. Fuji has its HA-700 Finepix Platform, which stores images on 200MB HiFD floppy disks, and we're sure there's more of these devices on the market and in the works... Perhaps most interesting was the report from InfoTrends we read in July of last year, which predicted that by 2002, the market for digital imaging set-tops could reach US$330 million.
Source: Digital Photography Review

Datacolor forms Color Vision Inc.!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 6, 2000 - 14:54 EST)

A press release from New Jersey-based Datacolor International, a manufacturer of color management equipment and technologies, today announces that it has acquired San Diego company Color Vision LLC, as well as the rights to Lucid Inc.'s mc7 spectrocolorimeter. As a result of the acquisitions, Datacolor has formed a new company, Color Vision Inc., which will continue to market Color Vision software bundled with Lucid's spectrocolorimeter. The company will move to Rochester, NY, and hire additional employees, with the aim of becoming "the standard for color calibration in the fast-growing digital graphic arts industry"...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

ScanSoft introduces Pagis Pro Millennium!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 6, 2000 - 14:47 EST)

A press release from ScanSoft Inc. this morning announces the latest in its Pagis Pro series, the Pagis Pro Millennium Scanning Suite (MSS). MSS includes Pagis Pro media management, Textbridge Pro Millennium OCR, Kai's PhotoSoap 2 image editing, Pagis Forms Fill-In, and Pagis Copier. It now supports HP JetSend for wirelessly transferring images with devices such as scanners, printers, digital cameras and Windows CE hand-held PCs, and also features Windows2000 compatibility and "Live Updates" capability for automatically detecting and applying upgrades. Pagis Pro Millennium Scanning Suite will ship later this month at a cost of $99.99. Existing Pagis Pro 3.0 customers can purchase the upgrade for $14.95, whilst other existing Pagis customers can purchase the upgrade for $49.00.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Ofoto giving away Nikon Coolpix 800s!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 6, 2000 - 11:00 EST)

Online photo-finishing website Ofoto has today announced a new promotion in which the company intends to give away a Nikon Coolpix 800 digital camera every day... The sweepstakes, running throughout the month of March, promises one winner each day will receive a Nikon Coolpix 800 digital camera, either by signing up for the service or clicking on the sweepstakes entry button after signing in. An advertising campaign on big-name sites like Yahoo,, ZDNet and CNet (not to mention our good selves!) will support the sweepstakes, which is expected to draw over 80 million impressions. Click here to jump over to the sweepstakes page...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire
Thanks to David Kamanski for this item!

Sunday, March 5, 2000

QImage Pro 7.5 released!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, March 5, 2000 - 14:12 EST)

Mike Chaney has just released the next version of his popular (and oft-updated) QImage Pro image viewing/printing application. QImage Pro 7.5 adds the ability to read .NEF CCD RAW files from the Nikon D1 digital camera, and alter gamma and contrast before the files are converted from the D1's native 12 bit color to 8 bit. You can also correct fringes, interpolate, filter and more - and Mike reckons that "you may NEVER go back to using the JPEG fine mode on the D1!" Hop on over to Mike's website, and download the demo now!
Source: QImage Pro website
Thanks to Steve's Digicams for this item!

Sony shows two tiny new digicams!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Sunday, March 5, 2000 - 13:53 EST)

The Global Digital Video Club website has posted pictures of two new (and extremely small) digital camera designs from Sony, according to a report from our friends over at Steve's Digicams... Sony's new Digital Camera and Digital Still Camera designs are not much larger than the MemoryStick they're based on, and are described by GDVC as being "a lens on a stick", a description we found both amusing and accurate. There's no hint as to when we might see these cameras on the market, but the idea of a digicam with LCD display and swivel lens, in a package not much larger than a cigarette lighter, sounds great! Ultimate portability would really put an end to leaving the camera at home because you don't want to carry it, and missing that picture...
Source: Global Digital Video Club
Thanks to Steve's Digicams for this item!

Friday, March 3, 2000

Agfa announces CL18 digital camera!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 3, 2000 - 19:06 EST)

The folks over at the Digital Camera Resource Page have posted news of Agfa's new CL18 digital camera, announced at the CeBIT show in Hannover last week. The camera, available either in grey or iMac-esque translucent orange and blue, appears to be (as we'd speculated back on February 14) an upgraded ePhoto Smile, with the same 2MB of non-removeable memory and 640 x 480 resolution (presumably still interpolated from an unknown figure), but the addition of USB connectivity and the ability to double as a webcam. The camera features Corel Photohouse and Corel Print Office 2000 in its bundle, and will be available in the US this summer for $149, and in Europe from the end of May. A photo of the gray model can be found at the Digital Camera Resource Page, and our friends at have a photo of the iMac-esque versions.

IEEE1394.3 printer standard balloting on the way!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 3, 2000 - 16:44 EST)

A press release from the 1394 Trade Association announces that it is preparing a ballot of its members to make a new standard, IEEE1394.3, for printing and imaging devices. The proposed standard will minimize impact on the host computer whilst maximizing performance; a draft is available on the Printer Working Group website.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Sony introduces four new camcorders, one megapixel!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 3, 2000 - 13:49 EST)

Sony Electronics Inc. has announced in two press releases (1,2) four new digital camcorders, one of which features megapixel resolution for still images. The new models include the DCR-TRV6, DCR-TRV11, DCR-TRV20 and DCR-VX2000, with the latter three models all featuring still image capability with MemoryStick storage, and the DCR-TRV20 adding a megapixel CCD. The information in Sony's press releases is not very in-depth, but here's what we know about the new models currently:

Sony DCR-TRV20 Digital Camcorder

 - DCR-TRV6, DCR-TRV11 and DCR-TRV20 digital camcorders
- 1/4" Megapixel CCD on -TRV20 records 520 lines of
horizontal resolution and captures still images at
1152 x 864 pixels. Features Advanced HAD technology
to improve signal/noise ratio and reduce noise in
low-light situations
- Carl Zeiss optics
- Color viewfinder
- 3.5 inch SwivelScreen color LCD display on -TRV20
- Mini-DV format
- Super LaserLink connection allows wireless connectivity
from up to 26 feet away (60% further than previous
- i.LINK DV interface
- Analog audio/video inputs
- Super NightShot infrared system with automatic slow
shutter control for filming in near-dark conditions
- Super SteadyShot image stabilization system
- Digital Still capability with MemoryStick media storage
on the -TRV11 and -TRV20 (4MB bundled)
- Progressive shutter system on -TRV11 and -TRV20
- All three cameras will ship in April. Pricing set at
$1,100 (DCR-TRV6), $1,300 (DCR-TRV11) and $1,700
Sony DCR-VX2000 Digital Camcorder
 - DCR-VX2000 digital camcorder
- Three CCD design with 530 lines of horizontal
resolution. Each 380,000 pixel CCD records one color,
meaning no color information is interpolated. Super
HAD technology offers singal to noise ratio double that
of the DCR-VX1000
- 58mm aspherical lens with two position neutral density
filter with 12x optical and 48x digital zoom
- 200,000 pixel 2.5 inch plasma LCD display
- 180,000 pixel color viewfinder
- Still photography at 640 x 480 with MemoryStick storage
- Successor to the DCR-VX1000
- Auto or manual control of exposure, shutter and depth
of field.
- Pre-programmed Still, Flash Motion, Luminance Key,
Trail and Old Movie effects
- Slim, solar, monotone, sepia, negative art and
solarization modes
- PCM digital audio with 12 or 16 bit modes
- Built-in color bar generator
- 16:9 wide screen recording
- Drop frame time code and built-in 20 segment assemble
- Intelligent accessory shoe
- Super Optical SteadShot image stabilisation
- i.LINK interface
- 8 hours of operation on NP-F960 InfoLithium battery
- Bundled with USB MemoryStick adapter
- Available in May for $3000

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

SanDisk announces new appointment!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 3, 2000 - 12:42 EST)

A press release from SanDisk Corp. announces the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration. Frank A. Calderoni, who will assume both positions, spent 20 years at IBM most recently as controller of IBM's storage systems division. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Pace University, and formerly sat on the board of directors of Storage Products Thailand, Inc., and Hailiang Storage Products Co., Ltd. He takes over from Cindy Burgdorf, who announced last year that she wanted to retire to spend more time with her husband and three young daughters.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

InfoTrends previews ImageScape 2000!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 3, 2000 - 12:35 EST)

A press release from InfoTrends Research Group Inc. previews its ImageScape 2000 event, scheduled to take place 6 April, between 7AM and 11AM at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Los Angeles alongside the Spring Internet World show in Los Angeles. Philippe Kahn, Chairman of LightSurf Technologies, Inc and founder of Borland International and Starfish Software will give a keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion between:

 - Bruce Davis, CEO of Digimarc
- Faulkner Hunt, Senior Director of Community Development
at [email protected]
- John Stedman, Vice President and General Manager of
Imaging Products at Hewlett Packard
- Jeff Peters, President of IPIX
- Dennis Hamann, General Manager, Picture CD as well as
Marketing Director and Vice President, Consumer Imaging
at Kodak
- Anthony DeCristofaro, President and CEO of MGI Software
Following the discussion, attendees will be able to meet with tabletop exhibitors including:

 - ACD Systems
- Acer Peripherals
- Alchemedia
- AltaVista MultiMedia Search Centers
- AOL "You've Got Pictures"
- Applied Science Fiction
- Corbis
- Corel
- Digimarc
- [email protected]
- EZ Prints
- FotoWire
- HP Digital Media Solutions
- HP ScanJet
- Imation
- Intel
- JASC Software
- Kablink
- Kensington Technology Group
- Kodak
- LightSurf Technologies
- LizardTech
- MGI Software
- NUWAVE Technologies
- Ofoto
- Opholio
- PhotoPoint
- PictureIQ
- PictureWorks Technology
- Q-Research
- Shutterfly
- SpotLife
- Xippix
- Zing
Members of the press wanting to reserve a seat at the event or submit questions to the panelists should contact Lisa Christopher at FutureWorks Inc. at 408-428-0895 ext. 106 or via e-mail at [email protected] The first 200 attendees to arrive at the event will receive a heavyweight, customized shirt...
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Texas Instruments announces industry fastest AFE!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, March 3, 2000 - 11:13 EST)

A press release from Texas Instruments Inc. announces that it has developed a new analog front-end for high-res digital cameras and camcorders which it claims features the industry's fastest conversion rate. The new TAFE1040 converts up to 42 million samples per second of picture data with 10-bit resolution per sample from the camera's CCD, which would allow for example a camcorder with a 1 megapixel CCD to process approximately 60 frames per second in real time. The unit is a 3-volt type, and consumes 180 milliwatts in use. Other features include correlated double sampling, programmable gain, automatic or programmable black levels and offset calibrations, and a serial interface for register configuration. The TAFE1040 is available now, and is packaged in a 48-pin thin quad flatpack; planned pricing is $3.95 in quantities of 10,000.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Thursday, March 2, 2000

Sedona offers low-cost photofinishing solution!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 19:41 EST)

A press release from Sedona Digital Print Service announces that it is now offering a low-cost solution for retail outlets wanting to get their feet wet in digital photofinishing. Few details are given, but it appears that Sedona are offering only the software side of the deal, the hardware (presumably a standard desktop PC and photo printer) being provided by the user. The software, priced at $500, is targetted at retail outlets rather than consumers, and promises "True Photographic prints for digital camera images or most any computer image file ... for less than $500 ... [when most] solutions being offered to participate in this market cost greater than $5,000 for a less than photographic quality print service station".
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Dicom announces video course on dental digital photography!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 15:36 EST)

A press release from Dicom Imaging Systems Inc. today announces that it has completed, and is now distributing, a tutorial video on dental digital photography. The 8-minute tutorial video, which is being included on CD-ROM with complimentary copies of imagEXPLORER, outlines the correct method, technique and sequence for digitally photographing a dental patient, as well as the proper dental configuration and set up of an Olympus C-2500L digital camera.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

MGI ships PhotoSuite III in Caere bundle!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 15:01 EST)

Following on from our previous story covering the release of Caere Corp.'s OmniPage Pro 10 Scan Suite Plus, MGI Software Corp. yesterday distributed a press release noting that its PhotoSuite III SE image editor has been bundled by Caere in the new package. PhotoSuite III was announced on 19 August 1999, and ships at a street price of $49 by itself. It adds the following features over the previous version:

 - Panorama Stitching
- PhotoTapestry (create mosaics made up of thousands
of thumbnail images from one main image)
- More photo-quality templates (now over 1200)
- New special effects (unspecified)
- new Master Album for organising all your albums

Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Caere Corp. announces Omnipage Pro 10!
By Michael Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 14:56 EST)

A press release from Caere Corp. yesterday announced the latest version of its OmniPage Pro Scan Suite Plus package for users of scanners and digital cameras. OmniPage Pro 10 Scan Suite Plus includes OmniPage Pro 10 optical character recognition, PageKeeper Pro 3.0 document management, OmniPage Web Personal Edition OCR web page builder, PhotoSuite III SE image editor, NetObject Fusion 4.0 web site authoring, and 3M Post-It Software Notes. The press release does not note if the OCR package can accept digital camera images as a source, in much the same manner as the Xerox/Philips package covered by Dave a few days ago ("Turn your camera into a scanner?", Thursday, February 24, 2000 - 11:47 EST). OmniPage Pro 10 Scan Suite Plus is expected to be available in mid-March at a price of $599.95. If you already have an OCR program, you can upgrade to OmniPage Pro 10 for $99.95.
Source: Yahoo! BizWire

Latest on-line
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 13:28 EST)

The good folks at the bilingual (both French and English versions online) have just posted their March 2000 issue. This round, they have reviews of the Epson PhotoPC 650, all-weather Fuji DS-260HD, a pre-production Nikon 990, and Olympus C-2020. The megapixel reviews give good, concise coverage of the cameras, albeit not to the level of detail we include. They're very readable though, and give a good overview of the cameras covered. Check it out!

Coolpix 950 for $510?!
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 13:12 EST)

This probably belongs on the "Deals" page (where I'll also post it), but I put it here too, given the very short time-frame of the offer...

Several people have written in about a sounds-too-good-to-be-true offer on a Nikon Coolpix 950 from the company Apparently these folks pool individual orders for products, to get huge discounts from the manufacturers. As more people commit to purchasing a given product, the price continues to drop, until it hits some minimum level. In the current case (see link below), Accompany is pooling orders for Nikon Cookpix 950s. They've already hit their maximum discount level of ~$635, but there's also apparently a 20% discount coupon available, using the coupon code "GOFOTO". That'd make the final price a bit under $510! (!!) We don't know anything about these folks, and my old pappy used to tell me "If it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't." Still, having heard from several people about this, and with a reputable site like deal-mac reporting on it as well, maybe it's OK. (If any of you have experience with Accompany, share your experience via the "talkback" link below.) People need to *hurry* for this offer though, as the "cycle" closes Saturday at ~noon Eastern time, and in fact may close early if their maximum allocation of cameras is exceeded! (Thanks to readers Daniel Kim, Dana Schwartz, and our own William Bailey for turning up this one!)
Source: "Cycle" page for Coolpix 950

Wednesday, March 1, 2000

Updated ImageAXS from Caere
By David Etchells, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, March 1, 2000 - 11:03 EST)

ImageAXS was one of the very first image-oriented databases, and has had a long and varied history since then, with lots of awards along the way. Last Fall, the ImageAXS product line was acquired Caere (OCR software leader). Now, Caere is announcing a new lineup for ImageAXS, including version 4.1 for both Mac and Windows, in both "regular" and "professional" versions, and a CD authoring kit, making it easy to convert your image collections into sharable albums on a CD, complete with a read-only version of ImageAXS onboard. ImageAXS 4.1, ImageAXS Professional 4.1, and ImageAXS CD Authoring Kit are priced at $49.95, $199.95 and $499.95, respectively. A free full-featured 30-day trial of ImageAXS 4.1 and ImageAXS Professional 4.1 can be downloaded off Caere's Web site at
Source: Caere press release



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!