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Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies

Photo Printer 640GALA

Driver Software

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

Page one of the print driver has options for selecting the paper type (see above), setting the orientation, printing 2-inch ID photos, number of copies, enabling the Preview function and optionally adding a visible watermark (Magic coating) over the picture.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

Page two lets you calibrate the printer, set a specific skin tone (Yellow, White or Black), enable Windows color management or disable color preferences altogether.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

Page three displays the printer's firmware version, serial number and release date. It also has a hyperlink for visiting HiTi's web site for newer firmware or printer drivers.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

This is the Preview screen, if you check the "Run Preview" box on the first page of the driver then this screen comes up before each picture is printed. From here you see "visually" exactly how your picture is going to look when printed. You can alter the brightness, contrast or sharpness as well as change the scaling and then re-center the picture.

Most digital cameras create images with a 4:3 aspect ratio so when printing them at 4x6" you have to crop some of the picture to fill the print area. The Preview option gives you more control of the cropping process. If your camera has a 3:2 image setting you can make perfect 4x6" prints with no cropping.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

Clicking on the "Mirabella" button from the Prevew screen will bring up this quick selection window. You are shown 9 variations of your picture, each has a slightly different color or contrast - just pick the one that looks best and that's how your print will come out. It doesn't get any easier than this.

Application Programs

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

PhotoDesiree   delivers professional quality results with an easy to use User Interface. It allows you to create personalized calendars, poster and greeting cards. With creative color toning buttons; options for adjusting saturation, contrast, sharpness, brightness, hues. PhotoDesiree gives you studio quality results right at home.

Using PhotoDesiree is as simple as: (1) Select desired image file, (2) layout the image, adjust colors, drag to Print Queue and print.

Full TWAIN support for cameras, scanners or whatever. DPOF direct printing support. Templates for the HiTi 4x6" photo, 4x2x4 sticker and 4x4 sticker media. You can easily view, organize, print and save your image collections as albums for quick recall and future printing.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

This is the 4x2x4 sticker paper. Simply drag-and-drop the desired photos into each of the three template areas. All of these small photos peel off and have a self-adhesive backing to let you stick them wherever you want. Kids love them for school notebooks and such. They're also perfect for ID badges too.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

Image Enhancer   lets you adjust the image's color, brightness, contrast, sharpness and gamma.   You can scale the image up or down as desired and even color tone the entire image with the preset buttons. And as you can see from this frame, it's easy to add one of the pre-defined photo borders.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

Here's the drop-down list of predefined image sizes that can be applied to print multiple pictures or specific size pictures, like 2-inch ID photos for passports and etc.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

It's easy to add a calendar or text anywhere in the image desired. Shown here is the text entry window with all of its size, font and color options.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

The Gala Desiree program lets you design and make your own e-frame templates that can be loaded into the 640GALA printer from a flash memory card. This allows you to use these custom templates out in the field at an event - without need of a computer.

See the HiTi web site for user-submitted e-frame templates. Have you designed a nifty template yourself and want to share it? Go here and upload it for others to use.

HiTi Photo Printer 640GALA

Here's an actual 4x6" borderless print using the "e-frame" template feature. Those two end tabs are easily removed, just bend them twice and they seperate cleanly. Even though this is a good scan it still doesn't do it full justice, the pictures are just as colorful as the best film print you ever had made. The paper is thick, it feels like a real "photo" with a professional glossy surface.

Steve's Conclusion

Join the thousands of satisfied owners of HiTi printers. Stop fighting with an inkjet printer that never seems to get the colors right or hassling with prints that won't last more than thirty seconds if they get wet. It no longer costs a fortune for a dye sub printer and this one doesn't even take up as much desk space as a small inkjet. Photo quality prints come out in less than two minutes. They're dry to the touch and you never have to mess with ink cartridges, wipe up spills or try to get ink off of your fingers.

For most new digicam users the biggest drawback to getting photo prints is having to use their computer. The camera takes great pictures, they look great on the camera's color LCD but for some reason they never seem to print that way. Inkjet printers have to be calibrated to the ink and paper being used and this is only half of the battle. Your monitor has to be properly calibrated or those pictures that you "adjusted" just got adjusted completely wrong. Eliminate the computer and you eliminate 95% of the color balancing problems. With the 640GALA you just take the memory card out of your camera and stick it directly in the printer, hit the print button and out comes a beautiful and properly colored photo print - one after another.

Don't just take my word for it - ask any of hundreds if not thousands of satisfied HiTi printer users over on my public discussion forums. Click here for the Dye Sub Printer forum -- you'll find lots of topics relating to HiTi printers.

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