The DPP-FP90 can be connected to a Windows (2000, XP or Vista) PC and used like any other photo printer with most any photo or graphic application. The printer does not support the Macintosh.
It can also be used three ways without a computer:
Prints are made in about 45 seconds and are sealed with the Protective SuperCoat 2 laminate, resulting in the durability required to withstand UV fading, spills, moisture and fingerprints. The Sony dye sublimation method can print 256 shades for each of three dye colors - cyan, magenta and yellow. That adds up to 16.7 million distinct colors for each pixel, creating spectacularly vivid prints with smooth color gradations that look like a print from a photo lab.
Connect a PictBridge compatible camera to the Sony Picture Station printer and make prints using the built-in LCD screen to preview pictures saving the time it would take to turn on a computer, download images from a digital camera, and transfer files to a printer.
Picture Station printers allow you to enlarge, reduce or rotate images, shift images to improve composition,
add special filter effects (cross-filter highlights, partial color, sepia, monochrome, paint and fisheye lens effect),
and superimpose messages or greetings on photo prints. All built into the printer's firmware.
Sony DPP-FP90 Features:
The only "setup" required is to load the dry ink ribbon into the printer,
fill the paper tray and plug the printer into the wall outlet. The ribbon
cartridges are marked so you can swap them in and out when using different
size media. There are no messy ink cartridges to deal with - ever !
Install the Windows printer driver from the included CD and you're printing.
Compatible with Windows versions 2000, XP and Vista, the FP90 features two USB 2 ports. One for connection
to the PC, and a second USB port for connecting to any PictBridge-compatible camera.
As you can see in the image above this printer has a simple control interface. Starting from the upper left you see the
Zoom buttons (magnifying glass icons) with the Zoom out serving double duty as the Index button. Below you see the
Menu and Cancel command buttons. In the center you see the Enter/OK button surrounded by the Arrow Pad. On the
upper right you can see the Auto Touch-Up button and the Print Command button.
Printing from Memory Cards
The memory card slots are located along the top/front edge of the printer. You can directly read Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, CompactFlash Type I or II or Microdrives and Secure Digital. Other types of cards can be used if there's a CF card adapter available for them -- I know of CF adapters for xD-Picture Card and SmartMedia cards.
DPOF PrintingIf your memory card has images already tagged with standard DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) information -- just press the Auto Print button, the rest is automatic. Most digital cameras have a DPOF option that lets you select and tag images on the camera's LCD screen before removing the memory card.
On Screen Preview
When you insert a memory card into the FP90 you will initially see a 16-thumbnail preview mode like
this. Use the 4-way controller to move around the images or go to the next page of
thumbnails. You can quickly select and tag the photos you want to print and set the
quantity of each to be printed.
Here's you can see the Sony Cyber-Shot T-100 plugged into the
FP90's PictBridge USB port. Many new digital cameras are PictBridge compatible which means you can print
your photos directly, no computer needed. Just use a USB cable to connect your camera to the printer's
PictBridge port. You will use the menus on the camera itself to control the printer.
You use the camera's color LCD to select the
image you want and them - it's
as simple as select the photo and press the OK button -- approx. 45 seconds later
your print is done!
Sony Print Packs
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