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Olympus Intros Digital Photo Technologies

Lineup includes printing kiosks, updated editing software By Dave Nagel
Olympus has introduced some new technologies for the digital photography market. These include new retail printing kiosks, a passport/ID system and a new suite of photo software.

The new software, Camedia Master Pro 4.0, is a suite of tools for photo manipulation and printing, as well as accessing, browsing, backing up and sharing images. Camedia Master Pro is compatible with most standard storage devices and drives, allowing downloading of images to the computer.╩The images instantly appear on the screen as thumbnails, which can then be enlarged, while retaining the other thumbnails on the side of the screen.╩Images can be downloaded from Olympus digital cameras, media readers, drives and other external devices.

Images can be placed in a catalog and sorted by album type or by date.╩Camedia Master Pro can record and attach 60-second sound (WAV) files to any image for slideshows and commentary.╩QuickTime movies can also be previewed on the screen. The software also includes advanced stitching features, such as sphere, perspective, 2D Matrix and 360 VR. Also included are basic image editing tools, such as red-eye correction, contrast and special effects.

The software also allows users to design, lay out and print up to nine images on one sheet of any type of printer paper by dragging and dropping onto the included templates.╩Index or contact sheets of up to 144 images can also be printed.

The standard version, Camedia 4.0, will be included in all new Olympus cameras as part of the base kit starting in late spring or available for purchase at $19.95.╩All Camedia Master 4.0 users will be able to upgrade to Camedia Master Pro for $19.95, and it will be available for purchase for $39.95. It's compatible with Macintosh and Windows, including Mac OS X.

Olympus also announced its new retail printing kiosk, which it calls "TruePrint." The TruePrint kiosks are designed for retail outlets, specialty stores and the like as places for consumers to bring in their media cards and print out their digital photos. Consumers can make prints from SmartMedia, CompactFlash (I, II, and Micro Drive), Memory Sticks, floppy disks and photo CDs. The kiosks print wallet-sized to 8" x 10" photos and can also record photos onto a CD via the built-in CD-RW drive. The kiosks will range from $11,499 to $16,999, depending on price and configuration.

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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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