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PMA 2002 Report

February 27, 2002 - Last Day


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Complete list of all announced products



Feb 27th Announcements, jump to:

Digital ICE™ in Kodak's HR 500/HR Universal Film Scanners
Digital ICE™ in UMAX's PowerLook 270 Plus Film Scanner
Egg Solution's 360° Imaging Technologies
Jasc Now Offers After Shot for Digital Camera Users
PhotoVisor Multimedia Software Version 1.5



We'll pick up some of the news or products that we missed along the way
and post them on this page.



02-27-2002

Egg Solution To Showcase Innovative 360° Imaging Technologies At DigitalFocus 2002 At Orlando

Egg Photo 360 Egg Solution, a global innovator of 360° lens solutions and software for digital photo, video, multimedia, and internet applications, will participate at DigitalFocus 2002 to be held Saturday, February 23, 2002, at the Walt Disney World Swan in Orlando, Florida. DigitalFocus is "The exclusive media showcase for digital imaging, digital video, and digital display," according to the Photo Marketing Association (PMA), sponsor of this premiere annual international event.

"The optical electronics industry's future in digital imaging is now anchored by hi-tech Egg Solution photo and video products. Our products are of the highest quality, affordable, and easy-to-use. Product excellence and customer satisfaction in a competitive market environment will make the ultimate difference in digital imaging technologies," said Asher Gianchandani, President & Chief Executive Officer of Egg Solution, Inc.

"Egg Solution is a worldwide innovator of 360° solution optical technologies and software which create compelling content for the Internet, CD-ROMs, and DVDs. The Egg Solution line of products brings pictures, events, and scenes to life for a truly compelling 360° virtual experience of maximum benefit to government agencies, business entities, and individual consumers," added Sony Ifergan, President & Chief Executive Officer of Egg Solution Optronics, S.A.

The Egg Photo 360° is the only Egg Solution product currently on the market. Future products in the design and development stages include Egg 360° Photo (Business Pack and Professional Pack), Egg 360° Video (Video Conferencing, Web Cam, and Medical Video), Egg 360° Security Video, and the Egg 360° Video.

Egg 360° Photo "Pack First", captures a full-perspective 360° image (without stitching), and produces high resolution photos quickly using drag-and-drop functionality to develop unlimited photos and virtual tours. Applications are great for industries such as real estate, tourism and travel, sports and entertainment, and advertising and e-commerce, among others.

The Egg 360° Security Surveillance Video creates and video images for integrated security surveillance and safety. The product is ideally suited for a myriad of safety measures and security functions, such as law enforcement, protective services, property management, and transportation hubs, among other.

The Egg 360° Video, which transforms movies into a multimedia experience, is a unique immersion technology that allows the user to move inside a movie. Applications are increasingly used in cinema, entertainment, sports, tourism, broadcast journalism, real estate, security, and videoconferencing, among others.

The Egg Solution was founded in 1997 by three entrepreneurial and technology-savvy brothers (Asher Gianchandani, Sony Ifergan, and Serge Gianchandani). Egg Solution Optronics, S.A., is based in Paris, France, and Egg Solution, Inc. is located in New York City, United States of America. Egg Solution has a world-class engineering, design, and manufacturing team, as well as a global sales and marketing staff dedicated to a new generation of industry driven digital products for the ever-evolving 360° visual technology market.




02-27-2002

The Maker of Jasc Paint Shop Pro Now Offers Jasc After Shot - A New Solution Designed Specifically for Digital Camera Users

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (February 25, 2002) - Jasc Software, Inc., home of the popular photo and Web graphics editor Jasc Paint Shop Pro , today announced the release of Jasc After Shot , the easy way to organize, fix, and share photos from digital cameras. After Shot, formerly titled Image Expert 2000, was recently acquired by Jasc Software from Sierra Imaging, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Conexant, Inc. This acquisition allows Jasc to expand its image-editing offerings and to provide digital camera users with a solution designed specifically for the way they work.

"As digital cameras continue to gain in popularity, digital camera owners are looking for tools to help them complete specific photo tasks quickly, such as importing photos from a camera and re-naming and resizing files. Image Expert makes these mundane tasks easy and fun," said Kris Tufto, president and CEO of Jasc Software. "After Shot is really an extension of our continuing commitment to digital photographers, and allows us to make digital imaging even more accessible to beginners. Like our flagship product Paint Shop Pro, After Shot offers users a solution that's powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable - it's the essential toolkit that makes all your photo tasks fast and easy."

After Shot helps digital camera users:

  • Easily access camera media. Users can automatically copy over photos from a PC card reader, drag and drop from Windows Explorer, and take advantage of direct support for many digital camera types.

  • Quickly process groups of photos. It's easy to rename files; rotate, color correct, and resize images; and save to another file format, all in batch mode.

  • Automatically stitch photos to create panoramas. Drag and drop setup allows users to easily make a set of individual photos into a panorama, instantly.

  • Print photos in standard sizes using time-saving preset templates. Choose from 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, combo packs, international paper sizes, and many more.

  • Organize and manage photos simply and easily. With an easy-to-use checklist system, photo hobbyists can attach keywords to images, search for images, flag photos for editing or printing later, and move images from folder to folder.

  • Fix photos fast. Correction tools include Quick Fix, a one-click, automatic color correction option; an automatic red-eye removal tool; and a Crop to preset feature, which allows users to instantly crop photos to preset sizes.

  • Take advantage of cool tools. Create a slideshow of favorite photos, and email it to friends and family. Or turn an album of photos into your desktop screen saver. You can even choose from numerous templates to publish photos on the Web.

  • Share photos online. Image Expert supports Kodak PhotoNet and Shutterfly online photo services, making it easy to post photos for viewing by friends and family, and to order prints.
Availability

A physical boxed version of Jasc After Shot is available at a suggested list price of $49 from Jasc Software. An ESD version is available for $39 from Jasc Software. An evaluation version of After Shot may be downloaded from Jasc Software's Web site at www.jasc.com. Free, unlimited technical support is available to registered users directly from Jasc Software.




02-27-2002

SimVentions, Inc. announces release of PhotoVisor Multimedia Software Version 1.5

ORLANDO, FL - February 23, 2002 - SimVentions Incorporated, a software company focused on interactive solutions and products, announces the release of PhotoVisor™ Version 1.5. PhotoVisor™ is a multimedia software application designed for Windows that allows users of digital cameras, scanners, and photo CDs to attach text & voice to their photos and arrange them to music. Arrangements can be saved to a single file called a PhotoVisor Album (PVA) that can be easily shared with friends and family.

Included in the Version 1.5 release of PhotoVisor™ is: Improved support for all MS-Windows operating systems; Improved help; Addition of in-window drop-down and pop-up menus; Enhanced wizard; Automatic resizing of pictures for easier sharing over the internet; Ability to extract single pictures from a PVA for saving; and, the ability to select a single picture from a full PVA for e-mailing - to include all attached captions and sound.

According to Steve Goss, Vice-President of Software Development at SimVentions, "These latest additions to PhotoVisor™ make it easier than ever to use. With automatic resizing of pictures to reduce the overall PVA size, you can more easily send PVAs via the Internet. With the ability to select and e-mail a single picture from a complete PVA, you can quickly and easily share small, yet powerful, personalized memories."

Suggested retail pricing for PhotoVisor (sold standalone) is $29.99 and is available online at www.photovisor.com or www.simventions.com/photovisor. The PhotoVisor Player, which allows the playing of PVA compositions and other multimedia formats, is available for free at the PhotoVisor and SimVentions web sites.




02-27-2002

Digital ICE™ Technology from Applied Science Fiction™ Now Available In Kodak's HR 500 and HR Universal Film Scanners

Orlando, FL (February 23, 2002) - Applied Science Fiction, Inc. (ASF™), the creator of the award-winning Digital ICE and Digital ICE3™ technologies, the leader of automatic photo restoration applications and the inventor of the cutting-edge digital dry film processing system, Digital PIC™, announced today at PMA 2002 the availability of Digital ICE in the Kodak Professional HR 500 and HR Universal high-speed film scanners.

"The presence of our Digital ICE technology in Kodak's HR 500 and HR Universal scanners reflects the continued value-add that this technology brings to discriminating scanner users," said Dan Sullivan, ASF's president and CEO. "These Kodak Professional scanners will surely benefit from the image quality provided by Digital ICE implementation."

"Our new HR 500 Plus and HR Universal film scanners are highly capable, highly productive, highly regarded scanning devices," said Don Pillittere, Worldwide Manager, Lab Equipment Products, Kodak Professional. "With the higher number of useful scans per hour that Digital ICE produces, opportunities arise for labs to take on additional business to increase their productivity and their profitability."

Digital ICE

Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE technology automatically removes surface defects such as dust and scratches from a scanned image. The award-winning Digital ICE differentiates itself from software-only solutions because it does not soften, blur or otherwise alter any underlying details or composition of the original image. Instead, ASF's patented Digital ICE technology works from within the scanner during the scanning process to provide the user with a clear, authentic base image. The user does not need to learn or install any additional software to operate Digital ICE.

ASF's Digital ICE technology is also available in scanners manufactured by Nikon, Minolta, Durst, and Benq (formerly Acer). Digital ICE has also rapidly become the de facto standard in digital minilabs (DMLs), and can be found in several models from Noritsu and Gretag.




02-27-2002

Digital ICE™ Technology from Applied Science Fiction™ Now Available In UMAX's PowerLook 270 Plus Film Scanner

Orlando, FL (February 23, 2002) - Applied Science Fiction, Inc. (ASF™), the creator of the award-winning Digital ICE and Digital ICE3™ technologies, the leader of automatic photo restoration applications and the inventor of the cutting-edge digital dry film processing system, Digital PIC™, announced today at PMA 2002 it has entered into an agreement with UMAX Technologies, Inc., to integrate ASF's Digital ICE technology into the new UMAX PowerLook 270 Plus film scanner.

"We are delighted that UMAX has chosen to incorporate our Digital ICE technology into its PowerLook 270 Plus scanner," said Dan Sullivan, ASF's president and CEO. "By adding innovative and highly differentiated applications to their scanner line, UMAX continues to enhance their portfolio of digital imaging products. In addition, more of today's film scanner users will be able to access our acclaimed technology."

"We perceive the value of Digital ICE to be high and to provide a critical component to our strongly positioned PowerLook 270 Plus scanner" said Ernst Thürnau, Product Manager UMAX Systems GmbH. "We anticipate that a significant opportunity will materialize from our relationship with ASF."

Digital ICE

Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE technology automatically removes surface defects such as dust and scratches from a scanned image. The award-winning Digital ICE differentiates itself from software-only solutions because it does not soften, blur or otherwise alter any underlying details or composition of the original image. Instead, ASF's patented Digital ICE technology works from within the scanner during the scanning process to provide the user with a clear, authentic base image. The user does not need to learn or install any additional software to operate Digital ICE.

ASF's Digital ICE technology is also available in scanners manufactured by Nikon, Minolta, Durst, Kodak, and Benq (formerly Acer). Digital ICE has also rapidly become the de facto standard in digital minilabs, and can be found in several models from Noritsu and Gretag.




02-27-2002

New Kodak EasyShare DX4900 Digital Camera Named Best in Class at Photo Industry's Largest Annual Show

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2002-- Kodak EasyShare Continues to Raise the Industry Bar; Proving Digital Technology and Quality Prints can be Simple

Eastman Kodak Company announced that the new Kodak EasyShare DX4900 Zoom Digital Camera was named best point-and-shoot digital camera in its price range at the 2002 Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Annual International Convention & Trade Show, the largest annual industry event.

This new 4.0 Megapixel (MP) digital camera will be available in stores in March at a suggested retail price of $399.

The DX4900 is part of the award-winning Kodak EasyShare system, the recognized industry standard for ease-of-use that allows consumers to transfer, print and e-mail pictures with one-touch simplicity. The award was bestowed on the DX4900, which competed against cameras from leading manufacturers priced from $300 to $499, by the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) following the 6th Annual DIMA Digital Camera Shoot-Out, in which show attendees choose the winners by voting on unidentified camera entrants based on color accuracy and image and print quality.

"The recognition of the EasyShare DX4900 in this prestigious, independent test reinforces the EasyShare system as the industry standard for great prints and ease-of-use," said Willy Shih, president of Kodak's Digital & Applied Imaging division. "The system combines the best in image science and technology to offer consumers the easiest way to get high-quality prints in virtually any size, while still providing flexibility for consumers to be creative with their photography."




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One of the Kodak EasyShare Robots



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The Fuji Girl was posing with visitors all day



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Trying out those BIG Canon telephotos



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Pentax's DigiBino and Optio cameras



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Fuji S2 Pro (under glass), the only one at the show



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It's the official mascot of the Orlando PMA show




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