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Kiosk Packaging

Mackay Photopak has designed a new stock product to satisfy this growing need, giving consumers a protective envelope to package their digital prints. The Product known as a Kiosk Pak, measures 4 1/4 x 7 with side gussets, and has a flap with a resealable latex patch. The Kiosk Pak ships 1000 per box with one colorful refillable display dispenser that holds approximately 200 Paks. The Kiosk Paks with Dispenser are available now.

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Correction Software

K.V.D. KlearVision digital Ltd. of Holon, Israel, has found a way to get a predictable, accurate, high-quality picture from a digital image file. The Photo-D automatic digital image correction system is designed for consumers, professional photographers, labs and photofinishers, and even OEM solution providers. Originally launched at photokina, P.V.D. brought its family of Photo-D products to the U.S. imaging market at PMA. All four products feature a user-friendly interface. Also, the home product, Photo-D Charmer, comes in a Mac OS version as well as a Windows version.

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MegaPixel Camera Phone

Nokia unveiled its newest imaging device, the Nokia 6682 Smartphone at PMA 2005. Featuring a classic design accented by bright stainless steel trim, a 1.3 megapixel image sensor (1.23 megapixel effective image capture resolution), a color screen displaying over 262,000 colors, integrated LED flash and Nokia's exclusive XpressPrint printing solution, the Nokia 6682 imaging smartphone is among the most advanced imaging phones for the Americas market. Besides high-quality photography, the Nokia 6682 imaging smartphone supports a wide range of productivity tools, such as push e-mail, office document viewers, upgraded synchronization, and the optional Nokia Wireless Keyboard. The Nokia 6682 imaging smartphone, designed for the Americas market, is expected to be available during the 2nd quarter of 2005.

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Jigsaw Puzzle Machine

Brooke International rolled out at PMA the Jigsaw Puzzle Machine, made by Hope Development of Korea. The Jigsaw Puzzle Machine can make many sizes from 4 x 6-inch 30-piece puzzles, up to 12" x 17" with 150 puzzle pieces. Many popular sheet size dies are available. The Jigsaw Puzzle machine is fast, simple and safe to operate, using power to advance dies through the machine. Puzzle materials are available with packaging sleeves in each size. The Jigsaw Puzzle Machine is an ideal and unique value-added solution to the for maximum profit necessary in today's economy. Kiosk owners, specialty retailers, photo-imaging and printing businesses will find the Jigsaw Puzzle Machine is a revenue generator for new and exciting products to be offered.

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Digital Kiosk

CPAC Imaging has added the Picture Maker Kiosk to its growing line of digital imaging products. The Picture Maker is a complete, self-contained photo finishing station with a high-speed 300 DPI dye sublimation printer inside the kiosk. Its simple, intuitive multi-language user interface allows customers to operate the kiosk in wide variety of languages. The Picture Maker accepts most common media and memory cards CD-Rom, Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick, XD Card, SD card, and will even accept images downloaded from cell phones via Blue Tooth and IrDA. Simply follow the directions on the touch screen monitor to select one, several, or all images from your input media. Easy-to-use photo editing tools allow you to zoom and crop, remove red eye, adjust brightness and color and convert from color to sepia tones or B&W. If you prefer, you can effortlessly autocorrect for color, contrast, and brightness.

Personalize images by adding text, border designs, making calendars or business cards, or produce specialized photo sets such as passport photos and wallet prints. Users have the option of making prints in several popular sizes, creating an index print, or burning the image files to a CD. The high speed printer turns out prints of excellent quality and clarity in 10.5 seconds (5 x 3.5-inch size.)

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Cataloging Software

SeeFile, a Boston-based start-up, introduced a software package that not only simplifies the process of creating online catalogs, but makes the process and maintenance quite affordable. The Macintosh-based software is aimed at photographers, designers, and smaller graphic arts shops who seek a means of promoting their work and interacting with customers on the Internet. The company's latest development brings online technology well within the reach of most small and midsize photolabs, as well as individual professional and even pro-sumer photographers. SeeFile 1.5 software allows users an easy pathway to online catalogs while also offering: Images can be drag-n-dropped into the website for easy set up and updating. Control of access to defined image and file groups, so that viewers only see the images and files the owner needs them to;

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Online Service

Silverwire announced at PMA 2005 a new business model for photofinishers. This model includes upload tools and Print Packs for photo labs. This new Silverwire offering is a first for the photofinishing industry and will both help reduce the total costs of online services and drive costs down further as a lab's volumes grow. Silverwire also introduced a new suite of tools which will include an updated client upload software that offers new improved features such as an even more user-friendly interface, thumbnail viewing, image cropping, coupon and prepaid vouchers, customer definable banners, new branding capabilities and an upgrade path to single and multi-image layout functionality. This will allow for greeting card and direct ordering of photo-books and other gift-related products direct from within the client software

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