SANDISK (www.sandisk.com) introduced a new line of high-speed memory cards, the Extreme III line, featuring CF, SD, and Memory Stick PRO. The Extreme III cards offer write and read speeds of 20MB/second for both CF and SD; and 18MB/second for Memory Stick PRO. Capacity range is between 1GB and 4GB.
SanDisk also quadrupled the capacity of its Ultra II line of cards that includes the development of an 8GB CompactFlash Type I card. Ultra II Memory Stick PRO and SD cards now offer capacities of 4GB and 2GB respectively.
SanDisk also introduced three USB 2.0 card readers, the SanDisk ImageMate 12-in-1, ImageMate 5-in-1 and ImageMate CompactFlash readers.
SCANNERSCREO iQsmart1 Scanner
CREO (www.creo.com) launched its new iQsmart1 flatbed color scanner at photokina. The scanner offers true 16-bit color, and flexibility in scanning originals, regardless of their size, thickness, material or format.
HASSELBLAD (www.hasselbladusa.com) also launched its new Imacon Flextight roll film scanner at the show. The scanner is the first in the Flextight range that was designed for roll film, and can scan 35mm and 120 roll formats, in strips and cut frames. The scanner features a 3x8000 optical CCD sensor and offers variable true resolution, is Mac and PC compatible and features a FireWire interface.
COLOR MANAGEMENTCOLORVISION Spyder2
COLORVISION (www.colorvision.com) introduced its Spyder2 and Spyder2PRO Studio. The Spyder2 colorimeter has been re-engineered; improvements include new light detectors that deliver a five-fold increase in sensitivity, a new filter pack system and light baffle. Spyder2PRO Studio includes the Spyder2, Spyder2PRO monitor calibration software, DoctorPRO, Pantone colorist, and nik Color EfexPRO 2.0 standard edition software programs.
ColorVision also unveiled its PrintFIX Suite with updated PrintFIX v1.2 software, now supporting over 50 different printers.
X-RITE (www.x-rite.com) introduced its Pulse ColorElite System portable spectrophotometer. The Pulse handheld system enables users to work tethered to a computer via USB or untethered for remote scanning or patch reading. The system includes the spectrophotometer, Pathfinder hand-scanning guide, MonacoOPTIX monitor calibrator, and MonacoPROOF or MonacoPROFILER software.
MICROSOFT (www.microsoft.com) announced a number of digital imaging initiatives. New Windows protocols, including Windows Connect Now (WCN) will simplify the configuration of wireless networks and setup of wireless devices. Microsoft is also developing the PowerToy, a free utility, to better support wireless-enabled digital cameras that use File Transfer Protocol.ADOBE DNG Converter
ADOBE SYSTEMS (www.adobe.com) introduced the Digital Negative Specification, a new unified public format for raw digital camera files. The company also launched the Adobe DNG Converter, a free software tool to translate many of the RAW file formats to the .DNG file format.
The Digital Negative Specification introduces a single format that can store information from a diverse range of cameras. For photographers who want to archive their RAW files—which contain the Raw image data captured by the camera—the .DNG offers a unified and publicly documented specification.
.DNG is also flexible enough to allow camera manufacturers to add their own "private" metadata fields. The .DNG format is supported in Adobe Photoshop CS as part of an updated Camera Raw Plug-in, which offers RAW file support for more than 65 digital camera models. Adobe's DNG Converter is available as a free download at www.adobe.com/dng.
EXTENSIS (www.extensis.com) showed its latest version of the company's digital asset management software, Extensis Portfolio, v.7. The software offers a range of new features including the ability to burn CDs from within the program, batch file conversion, and the ability to read and embed metadata into images. Extensis also announced an update to its Pro Photo Raw Image Filter for Portfolio 7. The updated filter is a free upgrade for registered owners of the software. The filter generates thumbnails and previews of unprocessed RAW files created by professional digital cameras from Nikon, Olympus, Canon, Kodak, Fuji, Konica-Minolta, Pentax, and Imacon.