THE JENOPTIK GROUP (www.jenoptik.com) has purchased the remaining 49 percent of the shares in Sinar AG, making it a 100 percent owned subsidiary of the technology group's Laser & Optics division. The Sinar AG board of directors approved the share acquisition in April. Sinar will market professional cameras and camera modules, both its own and those developed by Jenoptik in conjunction with partners, on a worldwide basis.
People in the News
FotoNation (www.fotonation.com) announced the appointment of Shane Fanning as managing director for FotoNation Ireland Ltd. and VP of FotoNation Inc. Reporting directly to FotoNation CEO Eran Steinberg, Fanning will head the Irish and Romanian operations.
Photojournalist Damaso Reyes (www.damaso.com), who has been a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, working on the effects of increasing integration with the European Union, was one of 10 U.S. journalists selected for an Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. Reyes has also been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar. Next year he will be an artist in residence at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, where he will continue his work.
Leica Camera Inc. USA (www.leica.com) promoted Christian Erhardt from marketing manager to director of marketing. Within the last six years, Erhardt has revamped Leica Camera's marketing department. His responsibilities include organizing Leica-sponsored events, organizing Leica's participation at trade shows in North America, and maintaining strong relationships with journalists and writers.
Ernest W. Brodbeck, Jr.
Neschen Americas (www.neschenamericas.com) has restructured its senior management team since appointing Ernest W. Brodbeck, Jr., as president of Neschen Americas, effective June 1, 2007. Other notable promotions include: Current Neschen Americas VP of sales Ken Ferrigno was promoted to SVP of sales and marketing; Angela Mohni, current director of marketing, was promoted to VP of marketing; and Douglas Jackson was appointed VP supply chain, responsible for strategic purchasing, logistics, warehousing, and inventory control.
Workshops & Seminars
THE SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (SPAA) (www.sportsphotographersassociation.com) is presenting Sports Photography Traveling Seminars beginning in June. The first three seminars are set for June 25 in Portland, Oregon, at the Embassy Suites Portland—Airport; June 27 in Long Beach, California, at the Marriott Long Beach; and June 29 in San Francisco, California, at the Doubletree Hotel San Francisco Airport. Seminars run 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and cost $95, including lunch. Upcoming SPAA seminar sites will be Dallas, Texas (July 23), Kansas City, Kansas (July 25), and Denver, Colorado (July 27). Speakers include Jeff Gump, John Pittman, and Frank Harrison.
X-RITE INC. (www.xrite.com) announced the Picture Perfect Color Seminar, a full-day program on how to manage color and perfect workflow by understanding digital color control, input to output. The full-day seminar will tour 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada, May–December 2007, with support from Adobe, EIZO, Epson, Fujifilm, Marathon, PocketWizard, Profoto, Tenba, and Sekonic. Registration is open for most cities, with dates and venues listed at www.pictureperfectcolor.com. Additional cities will be added as the tour progresses.
ADVANCED MEDIA, INC. (www.ritekusa.com) introduced a Double-Sided 8X DVD+R disc to its comprehensive DVD product line. With 9.4GB of storage capacity, the double-sided disc is a cost-effective storage solution.
ALIEN SKIN SOFTWARE (www.alienskin.com) released Macintosh Universal updates for its Photoshop plug-ins: Snap Art, BlowUp, Exposure, Eye Candy 5: Textures, Eye Candy 5: Nature, Eye Candy 5: Impact, Xenofex 2, Image Doctor, and Splat!. These updates are compatible with Photoshop CS3. Alien Skin's Universal plug-ins provide a significant performance increase on Intel-based Macintosh computers.
CANTO SOFTWARE (www.canto.com) announced the availability of Video Suite 2, which turns Cumulus 7 into a fully capable digital asset management system. Video Suite 2 enables video professionals to catalog video and Flash animations, and add all the metadata they need to track, find, and reuse valuable assets.
JOBO AG (www.jobo.com) announced the immediate availability of a firmware update to its GIGA Vu PRO evolution digital image storage and viewing device. This firmware 2.0.4 update includes the new JD Loupe, incremental backup, and increased RAW format compatibility, and is available for free download at the company website. All GIGA Vu PRO evolution units shipped from now on will feature this latest firmware.
NEC DISPLAY (www.nec-display-solutions.com) announced three wide-format additions to the AccuSync LCD Series. The 19-inch ASLCD193WXM, 20-inch ASLCD203WXM, and 22-inch ASLCD223WXM displays are designed for business and multimedia use with integrated speakers, 5-millisecond response times, and 1000:1 contrast ratios. They are Windows Vista–certified and support the new wide-aspect settings in the new Microsoft operating system.
ONONE SOFTWARE, INC. (www.ononesoftware.com) announced availability of its Photoshop CS3–compatible Genuine Fractals 5 and Genuine Fractals Print Pro 5 Photoshop plug-ins. Featuring improved scaling technology, faster performance, several new features, a new user interface, and greater ease of use, Genuine Fractals 5 now enables users to enlarge their digital images more than 1,000 percent (10,000 percent area equivalent) with no loss in image quality.
ROLAND DGA CORPORATION (www.rolanddga.com) announced instant rebates for the 104" AdvancedJET AJ-1000 grand-format solvent printer. Engineered for high-volume production of banners, billboards, signage, and other durable graphics, the AJ-1000 is the company's fastest inkjet. By offering users an instant $5,000 rebate on the AJ-1000 when purchased April 12–June 30, 2007, plus an additional $500 rebate by purchasing the optional MU-1000 mesh printing unit, Roland aims to satisfy its growing client base with its printers.