2. Canon Inc. (www.canonusa.com) introduced three inkjet photo printers, the Pixma iP90, iP1600, and iP4200 (pictured, left). All are Mac and Windows compatible, and capable of borderless printing up to 8.5x11 inches. The iP90 weighs in at four pounds, and is designed for optimal performance while on the road. IrDA compatibility and an optional Bluetooth interface enable you to print wirelessly from a PC, PDA, or mobile phone, and an optional Canon car adapter and rechargeable battery kit provide power on the go. The Pixma iP1600 employs Canon's Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) system, using an innovative print head with 1,472 nozzles and ink droplets as small as two picoliters. It features high-intensity ChromaLife 100-color inks for vivid, long-lasting photos and is capable of printing 4x6-inch, lab-quality, borderless photos in about 70 seconds. The iP4200 is a high-performance printer that offers a resolution of 9600x2400 dpi, also features FINE, and uses a high-performance 1,856-nozzle print head with droplets as small as one picoliter. The printer houses the ContrastPLUS five-color ink system with four dye-based inks and pigment-based black ink. It can produce lab-quality, 4x6-inch borderless prints in about 51 seconds, and features a USB 2.0 high-speed interface for rapid data transfers.
3. Delkin Devices, Inc. (www.delkin.com) introduced a line of innovative eFilm Pop-Up Shades. These hard-impact plastic LCD screen covers double as glare guards and protect a digital camera's LCD screen in the closed position, and pop-up to provide easier viewing of the display in bright sunlight. The shades are currently available for 11 of the most popular Digital SLR and point and shoot cameras, and the company is working toward introducing more than 100 models over the next eight weeks. Offering individual designs, as opposed to "one size fits all," allows the product to easily snap on and off of your camera, and function in an ideal way. The company has also added the eFilm Archival Gold DVD-R to its eFilm Archival Gold media line. The disc's reflective, gold layer prevent it from quickly deteriorating due to oxidation caused by environmental factors such as UV light, heat, and humidity, making it one of the most reliable storage media available. According to a longevity test conducted in accordance with ISO 18927-2002 guidelines, the DVD's will safely store images for more than 100 years.
4. Alien Skin (www.alienskin.com) unveiled Eye Candy 5 Impact. The original seven filters of this 10 plug-in filter set for Adobe Photoshop and other compatible programs have been enhanced, and three all-new filters have been added. These include: Backlight, which projects dramatic light beam and spotlight effects; Brushed Metal, which simulates textured metal surfaces such as brushed aluminum and polished brass; and Extrude, which gives 2-D objects a classic 3-D look, adding thickness and perspective. The filters are Mac and Windows compatible, and are equipped with full 16-bit and CMYK support, and the ability to create new layers.
5. Mitsubishi Digital (www.mitsubishi-imaging.com) launched the CP-9550DW, a high volume printer that features five different output sizes (3.5x5, 4x6, 5x7, 6x8, and 6x9) and edge to edge printing. The printer uses 16-bit internal processing, dual head technology, and an adaptive thermal head management engine with a 346 dpi thermal head to improve print quality, resolution, and service life. A new feed mechanism in conjunction with a simplified paper path enables faster print delivery, while two 32MB memory frames allow images to be stored in memory while printing. Mitsubishi is also offering a 24-hour Express Replacement Assistance Program for its digital printers.
6. Linksys (www.linksys.com) introduced its Wireless-G Travel Router with SpeedBooster, a portable wireless network with a built-in access point that lets you connect SpeedBooster-enhanced, regular Wireless-G, and Wireless-B devices to the network. An Ethernet port enables connection to a wired PC while the Router function allows you to share that connection with other PC's. The Travel Router comes complete with a built-in power supply, an antenna, and a travel case. It is capable of encoding all wireless transmissions with WEP or extra-strength WPA Personal encryption, serving as a DHCP Sever, and protecting against Internet attacks using an SPI firewall.
7. Bluelounge (www.cableyoyo.com), a brand new multidisciplinary design studio, announced the release of its first product, Cableyoyo. This ultra-thin plastic case effectively conceals six feet of electronic cord using a "flat-wound" cable spool that prevents the wires from becoming twisted or tangled. Although users will have to wind the cords manually, the case's flat-winding design enables it to prevent twisting even while cables are unwound. Cableyoyo features a pocket-size, travel-friendly design and an inconspicuous adhesive clip that allows it to be permanently or temporarily mounted to walls, furniture, or computer peripherals. Multiple Cableyoyo's can be stacked for additional space-savings, and the product is available in white, black, and metallic silver.
8. Disc Makers (www.discmakers.com) released the MicroUltra, a powerful, single-drive automated DVD duplicator optimized to work exclusively with the company's Disc Makers Ultra media. Equipped with the latest Plextor 16x DVD+R/48x CD-R drive and a hefty 75-disc input bin, the copier is able to duplicate CD's and DVD's for multiple hours without supervision. Additionally, its compact footprint allows it to fit comfortably on any desktop and the unit is backed by Disc Makers' two-year robotics warranty and a lifetime of free technical support. The Micro Ultra is also the first automated DVD duplicator to be offered on the market for less than $1,000.
9. Archos (www.archos.com) announced the AV 700 mobile Digital Video Recorder (DVR), a portable video recorder with scheduling features and a 7-inch screen. The DVR is the only portable video player to enable direct video recording onto a 100-gigabyte hard drive, which makes up to 4001 hours of video or 2501 movies available for viewing anytime, anywhere. The AV 700 serves as an ideal way to get content from a TV, DVD Player, VCR, cable box or satellite receiver onto digital devices without using a computer.
10. Total Training Inc. (www.totaltraining.com/cs2) is presenting Total Training for Adobe GoLive CS2 and Total Training Masters Collections: Advanced Adobe Photoshop CS2, two members of the Creative Suite 2 DVD-ROM based training series. On the Total Training for Adobe GoLive CS2 DVD, GoLive-expert Lynn Grillo gets users up to speed on the newest version of the Adobe CS2 software with lessons on advanced page building skills, image maps, Smart Objects, and how to build forms and tables. Deke McClelland is the authority for the "Master Series" DVD, in which he shares tips and techniques that are specifically targeted toward the Power Photoshop CS2 user.
11. Mission 3-D (www.Photo3-D.com) introduced its Photo3-D 303 Kit for Macintosh computers with a running system of OSX or above. The kit includes a digital camera attachment, OSX software, and 3-D glasses, which is everything needed to easily take, see, and share 3-D photographs. The kit enables anyone with any kind of digital camera (with a tripod socket on the bottom) and a home computer to create 3-D photographs. Printing of the images is also possible, and the effect is seen when you view the images through the 3-D glasses.
12. Corel Corporation (www.corel.com/painter) kicked off its "Summer of Painter" to build upon the success that Corel Painter IX has enjoyed since its introduction last fall. To start the season off, the company has made a free 9.1 update available for download on its website. The update will provide an amalgam of new features and enhancements, including dual monitor support for Windows, new Art Pen brushes, enhanced Dab type support for "rotation" expression, Targa channel support, and enhanced support for Mac OS X Tiger. In addition, for a limited time, the Corel Painter IX upgrade policy has been broadened to include graphics and imaging software packages from Adobe, Macromedia, ACD Systems, Corel, Microsoft, and Apple.