Fujifilm, IBM Team Up on New Kiosk
Valhalla, NY --As digital photography continues to proliferate and companies wage a battle over the digital imaging dollar, Fujifilm and IBM have teamed up to bring digital prints closer to consumers anytime, anywhere - whether they are shopping, traveling, etc. The two companies have joined forces to bring to the market an ultra-compact digital photo kiosk. It is designed to extend the reach for digital photo kiosks beyond traditional retailers to include a broad spectrum of new venues - from consumer electronic, office supply and grocery stores to airports, cruise ships, train stations and hotels. The latest PMA research indicates that kiosks are now the fastest growing method for printing of digital files and represent the largest share of digital prints made away from home. As digital camera users increasingly turn towards retail photofinishing over home printing, retailers will benefit from this low cost and scalable solution that allows them to profit from this $15 billion industry.
"As digital photography continues to soar, there is tremendous opportunity for new retailers to enter the market and profit from the massive revenue potential of "the print," said Gael Lundeen, Vice President and General Manager, Photofinishing and Web Services Division, Fujifilm Imaging Group. "Fujifilm envisions an era in which digital photo kiosks are as ubiquitous as the ATM and we're working with industry leaders like IBM to ensure that our retail partners benefit from this trend."
The Fujifilm GetPix Print Station is an ultra-compact self-service digital photo kiosk. Based on both retailer feedback and consumer research, Fujifilm designed the GetPix Print Station in conjunction with IBM and based it on a modular design that represents a breakthrough in flexibility and scalability. With its low cost (list begins at $15,800) and small footprint (18 x 31 inch), the kiosk is customizable to meet the unique needs of each retailer. The kiosk can operate as a free-standing kiosk, via two separate thermal dye-sublimation photo quality printer options, or can be connected to a Fujifilm Frontier digital minilab.
Kodak Completes Acquisition of Creo
Vancouver, BC, Canada --Creo Inc. announced the completion of the acquisition of Creo by Eastman Kodak Company , a transaction valued at approximately US$988 million.
Shareholders of Creo will receive US$16.50 per common share of Creo. Creo common stock will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange and from the NASDAQ Stock Market after the close of market today. All assets and operations of Creo are now part of Kodak's Graphic Communications Group (GCG).
Amos Michelson, chief executive officer of Creo stated, "Over the last decade, Creo has helped transform the graphic arts industry by driving the widespread adoption of digital workflow and computer to plate imaging. Creo customers, employees, and suppliers should be assured that business will continue as usual under the new organization. The Kodak GCG organization is well positioned to build on the tremendous Creo legacy of great people, great products, and great customers."
ExpressDigital Presents Digital Everyday Tour Featuring Clay Blackmore
Englewood, CO -- ExpressDigital, the leading provider of digital workflow software, internet storefronts, and lab solutions, has announced the Digital Everyday Tour featuring Clay Blackmore. Each tour stop includes a free seminar on the first day and an affordable in-depth workshop on the second day. The tour stops for 2005 are as follows: Toronto-July 19 & 20, Chicago-July 26 & 27, Dallas-August 2 & 3 , Los Angeles-August 23 & 24 and New York-August 30 & 31.
Attendance to the Digital Everyday Seminar held on the first day is free. The seminar will feature Blackmore presenting his successful workflow using ExpressDigital software and will be offered twice during the day beginning at 10 am and 2 pm .
For only $99, attendees can also attend the Digital Everyday Workshop presented on the second day. The Digital Everyday Workshop is an in-depth, full day session where Blackmore will teach his proven Digital Everyday tips, tricks, and techniques.
"ExpressDigital is delighted to have Blackmore as the featured speaker of the tour. He is one of the most enthusiastic professional photographers in the country today and a true innovator in the world of wedding photography and portraiture. Blackmore's artistic talent is enhanced with a successful workflow using technology resources including ExpressDigital software. He lectures all over the world, sharing with others his insights and knowledge of digital photography. Learning how to be digital everyday is an important part of being a successful photographer," said Graham McFarland, president and CEO of ExpressDigital. "Clay is a world-class photographer who understands what it means to be digital everyday and successfully uses our software and services to manage his own digital workflow." For more info, go to www.expressdigital.com
Canon Unveils imagePROGRAF W6400 and W8400 Large Format Printers
Lake Success, NY --Canon U.S.A. , Inc. announced the new imagePROGRAF W6400 and W8400 pigment ink large format printers. Engineered to satisfy the most demanding print applications, the recent additions to Canon's large format portfolio bundle exceptional printing speeds and enhanced image quality with a brand new suite of workflow software. The new W6400 and W8400 printer systems address an expanded spectrum of large format output environments and requirements, including corporate, print for pay and photo retail operations as well as photography and the fine art markets.
The imagePROGRAF W8400 (44") and imagePROGRAF W6400 (24") offer a truly competitive and valuable solution for creating, processing and printing in large format, made possible by precision engine enhancements combined with an industry-unique array of out-of-the-box software solutions. With a four-picoliter inkjet droplet size plus an enhanced ink formulation, including a new matte black ink, the imagePROGRAF W6400 and W8400 offer a winning combination of high-speed and uncompromising image quality at an affordable price.
"With their new hardware specifications and the inclusion of the bundled software, these new devices are positioned to significantly raise the output and workflow expectations of what a large format printer system can deliver," said Amit Bagchi, director of Graphic Arts Systems Division for Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Canon reengineered our printers to precisely meet both the creative and production needs of our total wide format audience base. We added improvements to maintain speed, increase color intensity, heighten resolution and provide a truly intuitive large format printing solution."