DxO Labs (www.dxo.com) unveiled the next version of its flagship application, DxO Optics Pro software, which improves image quality for DSLR and advanced digicam users. Thanks to a new DxO Color Engine, DxO Optics Pro v4 provides photographers with a complete color adjustment toolbox and offers comprehensive image geometry control, expanding functionality to include horizon adjustment, keystoning correction, and volume anamorphosis correction. Compared with previous versions, v4 is also up to 500 percent faster.
Efotolab.com (www.efotolab.com) is now offering an online photo lab service and a complete e-commerce solution that enables photographers to quickly upload their event images and make them immediately available for sale. The consumer-friendly e-commerce site features a simple-to-use and robust image upload tool, and immediate access to a professional photo lab, which develops the prints and mails out the orders. Additionally, it makes it easy for photographers to offer guests at a wedding or other special event the opportunity to see and purchase images from the event.
TAP (www.tap-usa.com) introduced the Superior Mount Album, which boasts high-end construction and high-impact style. Designed with a bonded leather cover and library-style binding, the album features rigid pages to which full-view, edge-to-edge prints are adhered directly without mats or overlays. The album is available with 10 or 15 pages and in eight sizes, ranging from wallets to 10x10. Covers are offered in black and can be customized with foil stamping.
Lexar (www.lexar.com) has increased the performance of its popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 133X. The new card is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 20MB per second and is currently available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format. Like all of Lexar’s Professional flash cards, it also includes the full version of Lexar Image Rescue 2.0, the company’s award-winning image recovery software, and Paint Shop Pro 9, the image editing and management software program from Corel.
Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced a hardware-based encryption reader/writer called Cipher UDD for securing data on flash media. It comes with a choice of USB 2.0 or eSATA connection. The Cipher UDD encrypts/decrypts data on the fly via a hardware key. There is no special software to install or password to remember. Once encrypted, the flash media appears as a blank media when it’s accessed by other flash reader/writers, cameras, or any other flash equipment, thus preventing unauthorized access to any confidential or sensitive data.
Kata (www.bogenimaging.com) launched the Ergo-Tech collection of bags, packs, and cases. Boasting sci-fi-looking, state-of-the-art designs, Kata’s new carrying gear is constructed of flexible Elasto-Guard material that adjusts to the changing shapes of the carrier’s body and the variable equipment within. Like the company’s Global Digital Collection, the Ergo-Tech collection features the same vibrant, scratch- and static-resistant “yelloop” internal fabric. Each bag features designated safe-guard zones, where extra internal modular padding is added to protect gear. More than 17 models are available to accommodate a wide range of electronics.