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Condé released the DyeTrans GX7000 inkjet sublimation printer. This new lightweight printer features 8.5x11/8.5x14-inch media output and a built-in ink delivery system. The GX5050N's four-color printing utilizes next-generation Sawgrass sublimation gel ink cartridges (CMYK), providing an initial ink cost savings over six-color and eight-color cartridge printers. This desktop printer can print an 8.5x11-inch page in 12 seconds. For maximum user convenience and productivity, the GX5050N provides up to three paper sources: a standard 250-sheet paper tray, an optional 500-sheet paper feed unit, and an optional 100-sheet multi-bypass tray. DyeTrans ICC Profiles for SubliJet-R Gel Sublimation Ink are provided to achieve professional color management from both PC and Macintosh platforms.

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Drytac released the VersaCoater XL 60. Featuring a new roll-to-roll option, the VersaCoater can perform liquid lamination at 300 square feet per minute at fewer than four cents a square foot. The roll-to-roll option was first introduced at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo.

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ClearBags introduced a new line of photo packaging products called Crystal Clear Photo Mounts. Crystal Clear Photo Mounts are a fun and easy way to mount photos in albums or certificates of authenticity to the back of artwork. Simply insert a photograph, peel away the two adhesive strips on the back of the photo mount, and place in an album. Being acid- and lignin-free makes them ideal for photo storage and archival. Available in 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, and business-card sizes.

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InteliCoat Technologies released two new film products to its Magic brand product line: Novara CF and Palermo SPF. Magic Novara CF, a quick-drying 5.4-mil polyester clear film designed for pigmented inks, has a gloss surface and the highest-transmission black density in its class, making it a perfect solution for film positives in silkscreen applications or for proofing overlay and graphic applications. Its slight level of opacity eliminates the need for edge stripes with optical sensing printers. Novara CF is designed for enhanced print performance on HP Designjet series of printers; Epson 7800 and 9800 wide-format printers with K3 inks; and Canon iPF8000 printers.

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Fredrix Print Canvas unveiled the 777 Vivid, reformulated with a new ink-receptive coating. The easily top-coated surface and smooth texture are suited for fine-art reproductions and giclées. As with all Fredrix water-resistant canvases, the 777 Vivid is designed for pigmented inks and water-based top coats with sizes available ranging from 17-inches up to 60-inch widths.

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Panasonic announced the DMC-FS25 as its newest addition to the LUMIX FS-Series of digital cameras. The 12.1-megapixel DMC-FS25 features a 5x optical zoom and a 29mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens, as well as a 3-inch intelligent LCD. The Lumix FS models, a stylish sister-line of the Lumix FX-Series, combine easy operation with a sleek look, enabling both beginner and advanced users to take beautiful digital photos with a camera that slips in a pocket.

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Express Imaging Systems (EIS), LLC, announced a hard-bound, HD silver-halide photobook manufacturing option with customizable covers: the HD Mini Photo Book. The HD Mini Photo Book is a "mini" 4x5-inch-format photobook with a binding that lays flat for full-bleed pages. The pages are 450-ppi silver-halide HD prints bound into a book block and manually cased into a durable hard cover, customizable with cover photo, color choices, and embossed text. These photobooks are the unique end product of the HD Mini Photo Book System, including MyBook software, a Europa printer, the Express Minibook Maker, custom hard covers, and the Masterpress Stamping Machine.

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Olympus has launched the E-620, a new DSLR that incorporates a variety of art filters and multiple exposure capabilities with built-in image stabilization into a compact body. The easy-to-use filters will offer photographers the ability to alter digital images right in the camera. The art filters that are featured in the camera include: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, and Pin Hole. The Olympus E-620 offers 12.3 megapixels, a 2.7-inch LCD, face detection, perfect shot preview, and multi-aspect ratio shooting. The camera also incorporates a built-in dust-reduction system. The E-620 will be available in May as a body alone or in a kit with a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko digital zoom lens.

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WnSoft released the PicturesToExe Deluxe 5.6. The new software customizes slides and adds sophisticated animation and transition effects, including 3D effects and smooth Pan/Zoom effects to online slideshows. A comment and an audio file can be added to each slide. The program features a timeline integrated into the main window to synchronize slides with a soundtrack. The software also enables a user to password-protect a slideshow or assign an expiration date.

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Fujifilm announced the latest addition to the F-Series lineup, the FinePix F200EXR digital camera. With new Super CCD EXR sensor technology, the FinePix F200EXR offers advanced technologies, including: Dynamic Range Bracketing, Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection 3.0, and ISO settings of up to 12800. Fujifilm also announced the launch of the 10-megapixel A150 digital camera. Designed specifically for the digital camera buyer and consumer seeking an affordable, user-friendly upgrade to their current digital camera, the A150 features Face Detection technology, a 3x optical zoom lens, and large 3-inch LCD.

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Nikon Inc. announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G prime lens, which has a 50mm fixed focal length (FX-format equivalent of 52mm), and fast-aperture DX-format lens. When mounted on a DX-format camera body, it enables photographers to document their world with a lens that produces a picture angle similar to the field of vision as seen through the human eye. Users will appreciate the extreme low-light performance and the expanded ability to dramatically separate the subject and background with the new 35mm DX lens' wide f/1.8 aperture. The 35mm DX lens construction consists of eight elements in three groups, with an aspherical element to reduce size and weight, while contributing to the enhanced balance when mounted on a smaller DX-format DSLR. A rounded diaphragm opening combined with the nine-blade aperture contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a more natural appearance of out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon's exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

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