a. QUANTUM INSTRUMENTS (www.qtm.com) now offers the Turbo 2x2 battery, a portable power pack that attaches to a belt or hangs from the shoulder and has more than enough capacity for a day-long shoot on one charge. The Turbo batteries get their energy from Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) technology, which provides concentrated power, quick flash recycling, and long life.
b. LYSON's (www.lyson.com) Cave Paint inks now include cartridges for Epson's Stylus Pro 10000 and Stylus Pro 10600 wide-format printers, which are designed to provide vibrant colors for dramatic, durable, eye-catching prints. The inks are ideal for photographic and fine art prints, outdoor signs and banners, backlit and window exhibits, pre-press proofing, and more.
c. EIZO (www.eizo.com) added three new models: the 19" FlexScan L788, 19" FlexScan l768, and 17" FlexScan L568, to its SlimEdge line of LCD monitors. All models feature a thin bezel around the perimeter of the screen and have tilt and swivel angles of 41° and 70°, respectively, with a height adjustment range of 100mm. They offer 250 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a 1280x1024 native resolution. Color controls include adjustment of gain, hue, and saturation.
d. ALIENSKIN SOFTWARE (www.alienskin.com) released EyeCandy5 Textures, a plug-in collection of 10 texture generators, which produces a variety of photo-realistic textures, such as snake and lizard skin, fur, brick, stone, and wood. The plug-in creates a limitless variety of photo-realistic surfaces, because every filter has a seamless tile option so tiling is quick and easy. EyeCandy works with 16-bit images and does not compromise expanded color depth. A demo version is available on AlienSkin's website.
e. PHOTO CONTROL CORPORATION (www.photo-control.com) announces the new "Power of Light" series of light shaping Softboxes by Norman. Developed by photographer Tony Corbell, the "Power of Light" system combines the popular Norman line of Softboxes with a variety of light shaping masks, which allow the photographer to change and control the shape of the light source.
f. MITSUBISHI DIGITAL ELECTRONICS AMERICA (www.mitsubishi-presentations.com) introduced its latest cross-functional projectors, the XD400U and XD450U ColorView DLP. The XD400U ColorView shines with 2200 ANSI lumens and the XD450U ColorView features 2600 ANSI lumens. Each projector offers XGA (1024x768 pixels) resolution and Mitsubishi's proprietary CineView Extended Definition video processing technology for smoother, artifact-free video performance. Both projectors have two sets of RGB inputs, one S-Video and one composite video input. The XD450U ColorView adds a DVI-D input for connection to signal sources.