EXCLAIM (www.exclaim.com) announced the 'Stock Shooter Program,' a partnership with the Photolibrary Group, which offers photographers advanced search engines, metadata, and tagging systems, to search and store over three million images. Members of the dotPhotoPro.com service can submit their photos to the Photolibrary Group, a worldwide stock agency, and boost revenue with professional, rights-managed, or royalty-free image marketing.
EPSON (www.epson.com) produced photo identification badges for everyone involved in the 79th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)—better knows as the Academy Awards or Oscars—using the Epson Stylus RC88+ printer. For the eighth year in a row, officials with the Academy Awards production have turned to Epson for their printing needs. Thousands of high-quality, durable, photo ID badges were created by the RC88+, and worn by everyone involved in the Academy production process. The printer was selected for this application mainly because of its unique Epson Durabrite Ultra inks that are water, smudge, and fade resistant.
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PELICAN PRODUCTS, INC. (www.pelican.com) has hired Sylvia Sepulveda and Jim Rooney as sales managers to complement its expanding sales team. Bringing 30 years' combined experience with protector cases in diverse industries such as military, commercial, industrial, and OEM, the pair will coordinate efforts with Pelican's existing sales executives to drive new business opportunities already targeted by Pelican. Sepulveda will operate from her West Coast office; Rooney will be based on the East Coast.
Photographer Monte Zucker, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died March 15. He was 75. He had been suffering from Cancer. Zucker was a popular teacher and author, giving various courses and workshops around the world.
A Celebration of Zucker's Life is being planned for April 22 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Washington, D.C. area. As of press time, no decision had been made as to a location. For those interested in attending, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADOBE SYSTEMS (www.adobe.com) announced that it is offering two editions of Adobe Photoshop CS3. In addition to Photoshop CS3 software for designers and professional photographers, Adobe will also deliver Photoshop CS3 Extended, a completely new edition of Photoshop including everything in Photoshop CS3, plus a new set of capabilities for integration of 3-D and motion graphics, image measurement and analysis.
EXPRESSDIGITAL (www.expressdigital.com) announced an enhanced version of its flagship product, ExpressDigital Darkroom. The new version, Darkroom 8.8, includes connected pro services, enhanced template making elements, and new retouch tools.
HOODMAN (www.HoodmanUSA.com) released the RAW FireWire, a UDMA reader compatible with UDMA CompactFlash cards and standard CompactFlash cards. The readers include all connectors to support FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 systems.
HP (www.hp.com) unveiled its HP DreamColor Technologies , a solution in which all devices involved in the capture, design, editing, and printing processes use sensor-based, closed-loop control systems for definitive color reproduction.
IMAGE TRENDS (www.ImageTrendsInc.com) announced two products: DustKleen, an automatic dust-removal program with manual touch-up controls for scanned images from film and prints; and SensorKleen, a semi-automatic SmartBrush that removes artifacts created by dust and debris on the DSLR sensor cover. Initially these products will be Windows-based, stand-alone applications (no other image editing program is required). Mac versions will follow.
OURWEDDINGWEBSITES (www.ourweddingwebsites.com) has created a fully dynamic opportunity for environmentally conscious couples to design formal, paperless wedding communications to guests to reduce paper consumption. The website, OurWeddingWebsites.com, is a full-service, online wedding communications company, which allows the bride and groom to easily share wedding details, photo albums, webcasts, and more.
SEEFILE SOFTWARE LLC (www.seefile.com) introduced the third generation of its Web-based creative collaboration tool, which allows instant Web sharing, annotation, and online sales. SeeFile permits large JPEG, RAW and other media files, to be saved to a local hard disk; the software automatically creates the thumbnails and watermarks previews, and displays them in an HTTP Web interface. The files can then be remotely accessed from anywhere on the Internet via standard browsers like Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
SHARPICS, INC. (www.sharpics.com) unveiled its Sharpics' D-Flector, a patent-pending portable photo studio that quickly unfolds into a table-top background stand to support product photography needs. The D-Flector is available in two sizes: 20"x32" and 30"x40". The enhanced version contains seamless backgrounds in reflective silver, matte, white, and black.
STUDIO PLUS (www.StudioPlusSoftware.com) announced the release of Version 2007, which enables studios to create their own custom multi-image composites and digital templates for multi-image wall portraits, album pages, holiday and sports cards, and memory mates. The software eliminates the need to jump between software packages to create digital composites.