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Friday, April 29, 2005

Digicam market to peak by 2007?
15:24 EDT - A report from research company IDC says that the digital camera market will peak next year with shipments of some 94 million units - and then begin shrinking.

According to CNet, the report further predicts that by 2009, shipments will have fallen some 13% from 2006 levels, to just 82 million units. At the same time, average digicam prices will continue... (More)

Flash! First test photos from the Nikon D70S!
14:16 EDT - Our full-production test sample of the D70S just arrived, I grabbed a few pics with it...

Knowing how intense the interest would be (and how fleeting sunshine is here this time of year), I hustled out yesterday to snap a few pics with our eval sample of the new Nikon D70S. We also shot some... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Online Interactive Digital Photography Course Offers Enrollees Opportunity To Improve Skills
00:54 EDT - Enrollment is now open for the next session of Digiphoto 101, an online interactive digital photography course that begins May 16, 2005 and is taught by Arthur H. Bleich, professional photographer and feature editor of Digital Camera Magazine Lighting, color, texture, composition, and other subjects are covered to give both beginning and intermediate students a solid grounding in photodigital techniques... (More)

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Panasonic's logo. Click here to visit the Panasonic website! PRESS RELEASE: Matsushita Reports March 2005 Annual Results
22:36 EDT - - Digital AV products, Home Appliances Contribute to Earnings Gains - Osaka, Japan, April 28, 2005 -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Matsushita [NYSE symbol: MC]) today reported its annual financial results for the year ended March 31, 2005 (fiscal 2005). Consolidated Results1 Consolidated group sales for fiscal 2005 increased 16%, to 8,713.6 billion yen (U.S.$81.44 billion), from... (More)

Sony reports Q4 figures
20:40 EDT - Amongst a number of companies reporting their financial information in the last couple of days is consumer electronics giant Sony Corp.

According to the Photo Marketing Newsline International, Sony ended the year through March 31st 2005 with a ¥163,838 million net income, on net sales of ¥6,565,010 million. This represented an... (More)

Fujifilm announces FY2005 results
16:56 EDT - Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. has released its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31st 2005.

According to the Fujifilm website, the company had revenues totalling ¥2,527,374 million - 1.5% less than the previous fiscal year. Operating income for the quarter at ¥164,442 million was 11.1%... (More)

Canon announces Q1 2005 results
16:25 EDT - Japanese imaging company Canon Inc. has released its consolidated results for the first quarter of 2005 through March 31st.

According to the Canon website, the company had net sales of some ¥843.4 billion - 5.7% higher than the same period last year, and 2.2% above projections. Operating profit for the quarter at ¥143.3... (More)

Olympus' Camedia C-7070 Wide Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus C7070 Review updated to full production status
01:20 EDT - We liked what we saw when we first got our hands on a prototype of the Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom back in March, and our initial positive impressions have now been confirmed after having run a production model through our full battery of tests.

We found the C-7070's wide-angle zoom lens offered good sharpness in the corners (although higher-than-average barrel distortion at the wide angle end of its range), and the cameras color and noise characteristics... (More)

Peter iNova's DSLR: Canon Digital Rebel EOS 300D eBook. Courtesy of Peter iNova, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. iNova releases Digital Rebel eBook
01:18 EDT - Peter iNova, the man behind a range of high-quality eBooks that help you get the most from your digital camera, has been in touch to let us know that he's released a new eBook in cooperation with Uwe Steinmueller of the Digital Outback Photo website.

The "DSLR: Canon Digital Rebel EOS 300D" eBook is a whopping 487 pages long and includes 1200 images, illustrations, animations and graphics. The eBook also contains hundreds of of Photoshop actions in... (More)

Konica Minolta's logo. Courtesy of Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta's Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II Film Scanner Receives Top 2005 Honor
01:03 EDT - Mahwah, NJ (April 27, 2005) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. announces that the new Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II film scanner has won the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Award for “Best Film Scanner” in Europe for the year 2005. “This award is especially significant because it recognizes Konica Minolta’s commitment to producing the highest... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: LaserSoft Imaging Offering a Professional Proofing Solution based on RGB
00:54 EDT - Kiel, Germany April 18, 2005: SilverFast PhotoProof produces color accurate contract proofs according to industry standards (ISO 12647-2), based on the ECI color spaces without using a RIP and the need for detailed color management knowledge on the user's side. As an additional feature, the FOGRA- media wedge can be embedded. SilverFast PhotoProof is an optional feature of SilverFast DC Pro Studio... (More)

HP Photosmart M517 appears
00:51 EDT - Hewlett Packard has quietly introduced a new digital camera model on its US website that slightly updates its existing Photosmart M417 model.

The HP Photosmart M517 is nearly identical to its predecessor, featuring the same imager, lens, viewfinder, flash, and storage media. The differences are in the camera body (redesigned slightly to accomodate... (More)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Olympus' Stylus 500 digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus Stylus 500 review posted
16:48 EDT - As the latest in that company's "Stylus" line of compact digital cameras, the 5-megapixel, 3x-zoom Olympus Stylus 500 Digital is to my mind the best Stylus Digital model to date.

Its body design is trim and compact, with much better-feeling controls than those found on earlier models. It offers the same water resistance that makes the rest of the Stylus line so practical for go-anywhere... (More)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: PowerEx Strengthens its Battery Line with a New Ultra High Capacity Battery.
22:27 EDT - April 15, 2005 – La Verne, CA, Maha Energy Corp., maker of PowerEx brand batteries and chargers, is pleased to announce an Ultra High Capacity rated addition to its NiMH battery product line:   Description Capacity Voltage MSRP MH-4AA250BH 4 AA NiMH 2500mAh with battery holder 2500mAh 1.2v $14.95 The PowerEx High Capacity 2500mAh AA batteries provide reliable life cycles. Built... (More)

Canon's PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon PowerShot SD500 review posted
20:49 EDT - Canon's ELPH line of digital cameras have consistently offered good image quality, user-friendly design, and excellent build quality, and the new Canon PowerShot SD500 is no exception.

While it's not actually that much smaller than the previous CompactFlash-based SD500 model, it feels a lot smaller, thanks no doubt to its sleekly sculpted, curving body design. When it comes to picture... (More)

Hitachi announces entry-level ultracompact
20:30 EDT - Hitachi Japan has announced a new digital camera which replaces its existing HDC-301SLIM model.

The Hitachi i.mega HDC-302SLIM is an entry-level fixed focus, fixed focal length camera with a 3.1 megapixel CMOS imager, interpolated to a rather overoptimistic 8.0 megapixels. (You could almost certainly... (More)

Ricoh Japan announces Caplio GX8
18:22 EDT - A press release today from Ricoh Japan has announced its new Caplio GX8 digital camera.

The new camera is very closely based on the existing Caplio GX model, with only two significant changes. One is the image sensor, which has been upgraded from a 5.1 to an 8.2 megapixel CCD. The other... (More)

Samsung's logo. Click here to visit the Samsung website! Samsung previews 15x zoom and ultra-slim digicams (UPDATED)
13:26 EDT - An article from the Chinese website reports on a new digital camera from Tianjin Samsung Opto-Electronics Co. Ltd. shown at the 2005 Shanghai Imaging Expo.

The Samsung Digimax Pro 815 is grabbing quite a bit of attention, thanks to its Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan lens, which features a whopping 7.2 - 108mm 15x optical zoom. The widest focal length of 28mm... (More)

Friday, April 22, 2005

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website! Nikon responds to RAW file queries
16:53 EDT - Regular readers will know that we reported a couple of days ago on comments from Thomas Knoll, one of the original authors of Adobe Photoshop, relating to Nikon's .NEF RAW file format.

Knoll noted that Nikon has apparently decided to encrypt a portion of the data stored in the RAW files produced by the Nikon D2X and D2Hs digital SLRs. Further information can be found in our original... (More)

Canon USA unveils S2 IS
08:00 EDT - Canon USA has now revealed its plans for the PowerShot S2 IS model.

Announced overnight by Canon Japan and Europe, the new model is described in a Canon USA press release this morning which fills in the last remaining detail. The camera will be coming to the US market... (More)

Canon Japan announces S2 IS digicam
05:04 EDT - Canon Japan has today announced a new digital camera model based on its popular PowerShot S1 IS long-zoom digicam.

The Canon PowerShot S2 IS looks quite similar to the older model stylistically, but features an all-new body design which is about a half-inch thicker and an ounce heavier. The size and weight increases... (More)

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Kodak's EasyShare Z740 digital camera on the EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Kodak EasyShare Z740 review posted
13:48 EDT - Kodak's EasyShare digital cameras have consistently proven to be among the easiest to use of any I've tested, and the Kodak Z740 is no exception.

Its fully automatic exposure control performs surprisingly well in a wide variety of conditions, and the range of manual exposure controls extend the camera's capabilities nicely for more advanced users.... (More)

Pentax updates Optio X firmware
10:23 EDT - Pentax USA has announced the release of a new version of firmware for the Optio X digital camera.

The Pentax USA website refers users to the company's Japanese website, where the firmware can actually be downloaded. Changes in Optio X firmware version 1.01 include: Improved auto focus performance.... (More)

EOS 20D: firmware for wireless transmitter
10:16 EDT - Canon USA has released a new version of firmware for its EOS 20D digital SLR that adds support for the WFT-E1 wireless file transmitter.

The EOS 20D firmware version 2.0.0 is available for download from Canon USA's website, and is applicable for cameras with firmware versions up to 1.1.0 installed. The WFT-E1 wireless file transmitter... (More)

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Epson's L-500V digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Review posted for Epson L500V
21:27 EDT - Epson's PhotoPC 3000 and 3100 models were favorites of mine several years ago, but the company for whatever reason exited the digital camera market until just recently.

Their return is marked by a very nice little "pocket camera," the 5-megapixel, 3x zoom Epson L-500V. The L-500V's large 2.5-inch LCD monitor is clear and bright, even under bright lighting and is easily... (More)

Nikon Wireless Lighting System video posted
20:20 EDT - From the "it's about time" file, I'm pleased to *finally* post a video from PMA, showing how we used Nikon's Wireless Lighting System to shoot studio-quality product photos right from the show floor.

I suspect that Nikon's engineers had something a lot more creative in mind when they developed their Wireless Lighting System, but it proved to be a real godsend for our on-site product photography at... (More)

Nikon's D2Hs digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon encrypts RAW file data
02:16 EDT - A news item posted on Sunday by reports on comments from Thomas Knoll, one of the original authors of Adobe Photoshop, relating to the RAW file format used in Nikon's D2X and D2Hs digital SLRs.

Thomas Knoll is currently the chief engineer for Adobe Camera Raw, the company's RAW file conversion software. The PhotoshopNews item references a forum thread started by Mr. Knoll in Adobe's official... (More)

Nikon's D70s digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon updates D70 digital SLR
02:00 EDT - In today's second announcement that readers will have been expecting since last month's leak on a Nikon website, the company's US arm has unveiled the D70s digital SLR.

Based on the popular D70 model, the D70s retains the same 6.1 megapixel DX-format CCD image sensor as the previous camera, but with a number of changes. The autofocus system has been upgraded, with a... (More)

Nikon's D50 digital SLR. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Nikon announces D50 digital SLR
02:00 EDT - Nikon USA has today announced its D50 digital SLR, a model readers will have been expecting since it was leaked on a Nikon website at the end of last month.

The Nikon D50 is aimed at consumers, and features a 6.1 megapixel DX-format CCD image sensor, compact body, and 2.0" LCD display. Speed looks to be good according to manufacturer specs, with a 0.2... (More)

Nikon: two new DX lenses
02:00 EDT - Nikon USA has today announced two new DX lenses for its Nikkor lens lineup.

Both lenses are currently scheduled for availability this June. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED is the 35mm equivalent of a 27-82.5mm lens when used on a DX format camera, and will cost $179.95.... (More)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Konica Minolta's DiMAGE Z20 digital camera. Courtesy of Konica Minolta, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Review posted for Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z20
17:03 EDT - I've been a big fan of Minolta's (now Konica Minolta's) "Z" line of long-zoom digicams since the original Z1.

They've consistently offered excellent image quality and exceptional value in the long-zoom arena. Last year's Z10 didn't quite measure up to some of the prior models, but this year's Z20 happily came... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare Z740 digital camera on the EasyShare Printer Dock Series 3. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Introduces First Printer Dock and Digital Cameras Compatible with IMAGELINK Print System
12:02 EDT - LONDON, April 19 - Adding to its award-winning line of EASYSHARE printer docks, Eastman Kodak Company recently announced the first model to support the IMAGELINK print system, making possible one-touch printing from multiple brands of digital cameras. The new KODAK EASYSHARE Printer Dock Series 3 is now available worldwide, packaged with new KODAK EASYSHARE Z740 and Z700 zoom digital cameras (which... (More)

Kodak's EasyShare Picture Viewer. Courtesy of Eastman Kodak Co., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. PRESS RELEASE: Showcase and Share Digital Pictures On the Go with Kodak Easyshare Picture Viewer
11:59 EDT - LONDON, 18 April - Eastman Kodak Company is making digital picture sharing more convenient, personal and portable by introducing its new EASYSHARE Picture Viewer, a pocket-sized "digital photo album" that fits in the palm of your hand. Whether showing off recent vacation pictures, priceless memories or snapshots from life's everyday moments, the Picture Viewer (£99.99 RRP; available beginning in May... (More)

Monday, April 18, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: SmartDisk Introduces FlashTrax(r) XT -- Today's Digital Lifestyle Portable Multimedia Player/Recorder
17:59 EDT - Fort Myers, FL, 4/18/2005 - SmartDisk Corporation today introduced FlashTrax XT, a handheld portable device for storing, playing and sharing digital images, video and music. FlashTrax XT is being demonstrated in Booth SL5828 at the National Association of Broadcasters and RTNDA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 18-21. FlashTrax XT, a palm-sized, portable multimedia player and video recorder,... (More)

Adobe to acquire Macromedia
14:14 EDT - A press release today from Adobe Systems Inc. announces its intention to acquire Macromedia Inc. in a $3.4 billion stock transaction.

Probably best known for its Flash animation technology which nowadays seems to appear on the majority of websites, Macromedia was launched in 1991 from the merger of three software companies - Macromind... (More)

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! PRESS RELEASE: "Cash In With Canon" Rebate Program Returns With An Array Of Rebates
12:49 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 15, 2005 - Baseball season, picnics, family gatherings and other outdoor activities are in full swing. Canon U.S.A. helps make it easy and affordable to capture and share memories of important activities and events with a digital camera system through "Cash In With Canon" Rebate Program from April 15 - July 15, 2005. Canon is offering mail-in rebates from $10 to $500 on select... (More)

microtek.jpg Scanner Review: Microtek ScanMaker i900
11:49 EDT - Finding a flatbed scanner that can handle flats and film can be like looking for a camcorder that takes great stills, last year's tax returns or the Fountain of Youth.

But the Microtek ScanMaker i900's dual bed design, 4.2 DMax, 3200-dpi resolution and included IT8 targets encouraged us take it seriously. Read our report to see how well it did. (More)

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Casio's EXILIM ZOOM EX-Z50 digital camera. Copyright © 2005, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Casio Exilim EX-Z50 Zoom review posted
16:21 EDT - With its tiny size, generous range of preset exposure modes, and 5.0-megapixel CCD, the Casio Exilim EX-Z50 Zoom is an excellent option for anyone constantly on the go.

The 23 preset shooting modes make it easy for novices to capture good-looking images in just about any situation, while the ability to capture high-resolution images and adjust attributes such as saturation... (More)

Friday, April 15, 2005

Polaroid x530 recalled!
11:04 EDT - We just received an email from an anonymous reader telling us that the Polaroid x530 digital camera has been recalled in the United Kingdom.

Although sold under the Polaroid brand, the x530 is actually manufactured by Hong Kong-based World Wide Licenses Ltd (WWL). During Polaroid's bankruptcy proceedings in 2002, the company gave WWL an exclusive... (More)

RawShooter Essentials updated to v1.1.2
08:19 EDT - Copenhagen, Denmark-based Pixmantec ApS has released an update to its 'RawShooter essentials' software for Windows PCs.

Available as a free download from the company's website, 'RawShooter essentials' now offers support for RAW files from the Nikon Coolpix 8400 and Canon PowerShot G2, as well as preliminary support for... (More) HP retails iPod Photo
07:57 EDT - A press release from Hewlett Packard Co. today announces that the company is now offering Apple's iPod Photo under its own brand from the website, and certain US retailers.

The move isn't particularly surprising, given that HP already sells the original iPod - but it does mean that the new photo-capable version will see improved distribution in the USA. HP is offering two... (More)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Nikon's D2X digital camera. Courtesy of Nikon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. FULL Nikon D2x review posted
10:33 EDT - It turned out that the review sample of the D2x we had from Nikon was actually a full production sample, so we're pleased to be able to bring you a full review of this amazing camera much more quickly than we'd expected.

With a gap of nearly three years since the introduction of the D1X, we had begun to wonder about Nikon's fate in the high-end SLR world, and the high-speed D2H's struggles with image quality, particularly... (More)

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Polaroid x530: Samples, previews (UPDATED)
00:03 EDT - The Japanese Impress DC Watch website has today posted sample photos from the Polaroid x530 digital camera.

Actually manufactured by Hong Kong-based World Wide Licenses Ltd. and sold under the Polaroid brandname as part of an agreement formed during Polaroid's bankruptcy in 2002, the x530 is significant because... (More)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: Layers Magazine And CDW Announce Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium Giveaway
11:35 EDT - Tampa, FL - April 7, 2005 Layers Magazine (the how-to magazine for everything Adobe) and CDW announced today that they are giving away a full copy of the new Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium (retail value $1199 and includes the CS2 versions of Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator® InDesign® GoLive® Acrobat® 7.0, Adobe Bridges and Version Cue). There are no strings attached. For your chance... (More)

Kyocera's logo. Click here to visit the Kyocera website! Contax no more: Kyocera terminates famous brand
11:30 EDT - A terse press release today from Kyocera Corp. in Japan, translated on the Kyocera Global website, announces that the company is terminating its Contax brandname.

Shipment of Contax cameras, lenses and accessories will cease in September 2005 in most markets, with the Contax 645 system available in a few markets until December 2005. From that time, Kyocera will... (More)

Monday, April 11, 2005

Nikon updates Picture Project
08:50 EDT - Nikon USA has updated its Picture Project software for Macintosh and Windows computers to version 1.5.1, according to the company's support website.

The company doesn't actually list what's new in the software, simply stating: There are many features, improvements and fixes in version 1.5.1. All users of Picture Project are encouraged to upgrade to... (More)

Friday, April 8, 2005

Nikon UK confirms upcoming DSLRs
12:16 EDT - A press release from Nikon UK today confirms that the company will soon unveil two new single-lens reflex digital cameras.

According to the release, there will be a successor to the D70 SLR, and another SLR aimed at people looking to upgrade from a compact digital camera. Both models will apparently be launched towards the... (More)

Olympus' D-590 Zoom digital camera. Courtesy of Olympus, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Olympus D-590 Zoom review posted
02:17 EDT - The D-590 Zoom is the next generation of Olympus' user-friendly "D" series digital cameras.

With its available Scene shooting modes, 4.0-megapixel CCD, and 3x optical zoom lens, the Olympus D-590 Zoom is flexible, convenient, and easy to use. The point-and-shoot style will put novices at ease,... (More)

Wacom's logo. Click here to visit the Wacom website! PRESS RELEASE: Wacom 6D Art Pen Provides Digital Artists A Natural Media Look And Feel
02:13 EDT - Adobe Creative Suite 2 Adds to the Mix by Giving Artists and Designers Exciting Creative Controls Vancouver, WA, April 5, 2005 - Wacom® Technology Corporation, with the support of Adobe has successfully developed a 6D Art Pen that gives artists and designers six dimensions of pen control in Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 and Adobe® Illustrator® CS2, newly announced as part of the Adobe... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Hamrick Software Adds OCR to VueScan
02:01 EDT - VueScan 8.2 adds integrated Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capability that enables users to scan and process text as well as scan graphics within one application. Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) April 6, 2005 - Hamrick Software, the developer of the world's most popular scanning software for consumers and professionals, has released VueScan 8.2.03, its award-winning program that enables users to more easily... (More)

Thursday, April 7, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: iView MediaPro and Phase One Capture One PRO Bundled to Streamline Digital Photographers' RAW Workflow
20:26 EDT - London and Copenhagen - April 7, 2005 - Digital asset management pioneer iView Multimedia Ltd.™ (iView) and Phase One, world leaders in "Direct Digital Imaging," today announced a bundling offer to help professional photographers streamline their RAW workflows. The pairing of these two professional-grade applications will empower photographers to work the way they want to. iView MediaPro is... (More)

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

March 2005 POTD winners (finally) announced!
21:48 EDT - A succession of "fire drills" here over the last week delayed our announcing the Photo of the Day winners for March, but the wait was well worth it: We've got three more *great* photos as winners this time around!

I always open these POTD winner news items by complaining about how hard it is to make the final choices. Repeating the complaint doesn't make it any less valid though, and this month was another case... (More)

Konica Minolta's logo. Courtesy of Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. Appoints New President And CEO
11:07 EDT - Mr. Tomohisa Saito replaces former President and CEO Mr. Henry Okamura Mahwah, NJ (April 6, 2005) - Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. (KMPI) announces today the appointment of Mr. Tomohisa Saito to President and CEO, replacing Mr. Henry Okamura who has accepted a position as President and CEO with Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe. "Mr. Saito's understanding of the photo imaging segment... (More)

Hitachi plans for 20GB Microdrive
10:26 EDT - A press release from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announces that it has demonstrated what it says is the industry's highest hard-disk data density at 230 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in2).

The company says that by using perpendicular recording technology, it has doubled data density over the more traditional longitudinal recording technology. It further predicts that over the next five to... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Easypano Releases the Most Powerful Stitching Solution: Panoweaver 4
10:12 EDT - SHANGHAI, China, April 5 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Easypano, Inc., the premier virtual reality solution provider announces today that its new product, Panoweaver 4 is available on the market. Panoweaver is a professional tool that can stitch digital images and creates 360-by-360 panoramas, in an easy way. These panorama photos are used to record scenes, buildings, objects in a more comprehensive way.... (More)

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: PixelGenius Launches
21:43 EDT - Chicago, IL - April, 1st, 2005 - Pixel Genius LLC announces the launch of PixelGenius, the makers of the PhotoKit(tm) series of Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) productivity Plug-ins, announces the launch of a new web site called - a blog site dedicated to all things Photoshop. See: PhotoshopNews, billed as the latest news and info about the top... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Users Get New Magazine
10:02 EDT - Layers - The "How-To" Magazine for Everything Adobe Tampa, FL - April 5, 2005 -Today, KW Media Group, publishers of Mac Design Magazine, relaunched the magazine as Layers® - The "How-To" Magazine for Everything Adobe. See Each issue is dedicated to giving readers the latest step-by-step tutorials, tips, and tricks for all of Adobe's design, video, and photography... (More)

Monday, April 4, 2005

PRESS RELEASE: Apple Store SoHo Features Scott Kelby With Latest Photoshop CS2 Training
18:53 EDT - Tampa, FL - April 4, 2005 - Just one day after Adobe's Photoshop CS2 announcement, best-selling technology book author and National Association of Photoshop Professionals President (NAPP), Scott Kelby is teaching how to apply the exciting new features of Photoshop CS2 at the Apple Store SoHo located at 103 Prince Street, New York (on the Northeast corner of Prince Street and Greene Street) on Tues.,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Learning Center Now Online
18:49 EDT - Tampa, FL - April 4, 2005 - Today, immediately following Adobe's announcement of Photoshop® CS2, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) launched the Photoshop CS2 Learning Center-the most comprehensive look at Adobe® Photoshopİ CS2 available anywhere ( This extensive learning center, including free online videos, articles,... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: DxO Optics Pro Adds Support For Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D
10:00 EDT - Paris, France, April 4, 2005 - DxO Optics Pro, the award winning image enhancement software application from DxO Labs, now supports the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D digital SLR camera and an initial selection of compatible lenses. Support for the Maxxum 7D / Dynax 7D is available immediately for both Macintosh and Windows as part of DxO Optics Pro "standard" edition. DxO Optics Pro automatically... (More)

cs2_boxshot.jpg Adobe Announces Creative Suite 2
00:03 EDT - Join us for a sneak peek at Photoshop 9, just one of the main apps in the new Creative Suite. We're particularly impressed with the new Bridge (which replaces the File Browser) and Camera Raw's ability to edit multiple images simultaneously (with a live preview).

As Photoshop celebrates its fifteenth year, Adobe has announced Version 9 of the venerable image editor, along with a revamped Creative Suite. The CS2 product lineup also includes Acrobat 7.0, Bridge (replacing... (More)

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website! PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Pushes the Boundaries of Digital Photography and Imaging with Debut of Photoshop CS2
00:02 EDT - SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 4, 2005 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, a major upgrade to the professional industry standard for digital image editing and creation. Available as a stand-alone software application or as a key component of Adobe Creative Suite® 2, also announced today (see separate press release), Photoshop CS2 software brings... (More)

Saturday, April 2, 2005

The 'Four Thirds System' logo. Courtesy of Olympus Optical Co. (Europa) GmbH and Eastman Kodak Company. Panasonic plans FourThirds DSLR
04:48 EST - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., whose products are sold under the Panasonic brand name amongst others, has held a press conference in Japan at which it announced it is working on creating single-lens reflex digital cameras based on the Four Thirds standard.

According to articles from MSNBC and Nikkei Electronics Asia, Matsushita will cooperate with Four Thirds partner Olympus Corp. to develop technologies and components for Four Thirds products. The two companies... (More)

Friday, April 1, 2005

Qimage's logo. Click here to visit the DDI Software website! Qimage update released
18:54 EST - Mike Chaney, author of popular Windows imaging utility Qimage, just emailed us to let us know he's released a new version (v2005.200) with several new features.

If you're not already familiar with Qimage, we'd have to rate it as one of the most consistently useful (and frequently improved) shareware imaging programs we've come across. We use it regularly ourselves,... (More)

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