Qimage Version 2005.110 A new file browser plus some fixes

New Features:
  • New file browser: v2005.110 has a new file browser panel that is part of the main window. The panel can be shown/hidden and can be sized by the user.
  • Cropping 1:1 images: To allow consistent crops/prints, v2005.110 now places a landscape crop on all square (1:1) images by default when printing non-square sizes. Crops can be changed from landscape to portrait crops using the cropping tool in the page editor (click the "rotate" checkbox in the cropping tool).

SAMSUNG Electronics Develops Removable, Thumbnail-sized Memory Card for Mobile P

Samsung announced today that it has developed an extremely small, low-power multimedia memory card (MMC) for mobile phones. The Samsung MMCmicro memory card has been designed to overcome a major hurdle in cell phone design ? achieving high performance with a low-power, removable memory card, now smaller than the size of a thumbnail. With dimensions of only 12x14x1.1mm, Samsung's new ?MMCmicro? device is one-third the size of today's common reduced-size multimedia cards (RS-MMC). Samsung said that the design of its low-power card makes it easy to incorporate removable memory into progressively smaller mobile phones. Each card can operate on 1.8 or 3.3 volts of power.

Panasonic announced 8-bit microcontrollers

Osaka, Japan - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand products, today announced it has developed a wide range of 8-bit microcontrollers with capacities up to 512 KB. These microcontrollers incorporate the latest, high-speed flash memory with the fastest 20 MHz processing speed at lowest power consumption level of 18 mW in the industry. The new microcontrollers, ranging from 32 KB to 512 KB of flash memory size and packaging of 44 to 128 pins, are ideal for usage in audio equipment and home appliances. System control microcontrollers with built-in flash memory that substitute mask ROM are central to product development in shorter time frames. The new chip delivers shorter development times as it can rewrite the program after being mounted on the set. The new microcontrollers incorporate critical technologies. They are the industry's smallest memory cell with an 0.18 micron impalpable process for the new flash memory core. This means smaller sizes and faster processing to the highest standard of the industry. They also incorporate a built-in 8-bit CPU core "AM13E/AM13" to deliver the lowest power level processing of 1.8 volts with high code generation efficiency. Sample shipments of MN101CF91D (64 KB) and MN101EF16N (512 KB) are planned to start at the end of this month at unit prices of 300 yen and 1,000 yen, respectively. Mass production starts in January 2005. Other models will follow. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. owns 173 Japanese and 44 overseas patents on the new microcomputers, including current applications. About Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand name, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated sales of US$71.92 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2004. Matsushita's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, New York (NYSE:MC), Euronext Amsterdam and Frankfurt stock exchanges. For more information on the company and its Panasonic brand, visit the Matsushita website at http://www.panasonic.co.jp/global/top.html.

Lexar Unveils New USB Card Form Factor and Introduces New USB FlashCard

Lexar Media, Inc., a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, today announced a new USB card form factor designed for universal and superior interoperability to bring next generation storage, connectivity and utility products to a broad variety of computing, consumer electronics and mobile electronics devices. The new USB card form factor is based on the USB Type A connector as outlined in the Universal Serial Bus Specification. A mere 12 millimeters wide, 4.5 millimeters high and 31.75 millimeters long the card is no longer than the diameter of a penny. At half the width and a little more than twice the height, it is volumetrically similar to an SD card. The rugged, sturdy metal housing is intended to make the USB card suitable for use in a range of environments.

The new QV-R62 from CASIO with 6.0 megapixel power

Skiing, cosy evenings at the fireplace and eating baked apples; all these winter treats offer wonderful picture motifs for every hobby photographer. That's where the new digital camera QV-R62 from CASIO comes in: with 6.0 megapixels and 3x optical zoom, it brings concentrated power for photos full of life. Now all that's left to do is to press the shutter at the right moment and you won't miss any situation. Thanks to the Direct On function, the digital camera is ready for use extremely quickly 1 and the minimal shutter release time lag of approx. 0.01 seconds 2 makes sure that you won't miss a single tobogganist when you're shooting the winter activities. The result is photos in a fantastic quality that look great on the 2-inch TFT colour display.

Fujifilm to Construct New R&D Center

Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. has announced that it will build a new research center in the town of Kaisei, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture. Fujifilm will make an initial investment of 24 billion yen in the first year of the project, with a total of a approximately 46 billion yen over five years, for the new research and development center, the Advanced Core Technology Laboratories.

Hitachi One-Inch Hard Drive Turns Five

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its wildly popular one-inch hard drive by opening up the production spigot. With more experience in producing one-inch hard drives than any other company, Hitachi is now able to bring the Microdrive's unparalleled benefits of high-capacity, diminutive size, value and reliability to a greater number of customers. In this quarter, Hitachi will begin to produce several million units per quarter as projected earlier this year. On its fifth birthday, the Microdrive is finding strong acceptance among consumer devices where ultra-small designs and big storage capacity are highly desirable, such as in digital video cameras and portable music/video players. With this trend on the upswing, Hitachi expects demand for the Microdrive product line in 2005 to significantly surpass the 5,000,000 cumulative Microdrive units shipped since its 1999 inception.

Nikon Corporation ASML and Carl Zeiss SMT sign cross-license agreements

On December 10, 2004, Nikon Corporation (Nikon), ASML Holding N.V. (ASML) and Carl Zeiss SMT AG (SMT) have executed definitive settlement and cross-license agreements related to lithography equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices. These agreements are based on the Memorandum of Understanding announced by the three companies on September 29, 2004, and accordingly, all stayed legal proceedings between the parties have been dismissed.

ACDSee 7 (Build 61) Update

ACDSee 7 (Build 61) Update: This free update includes various bug fixes and the following new features:
  • Save and edit slide show and screen saver projects with the Create Slide Show Wizard.
  • Automatically rotate JPEG and TIFF images (based on their EXIF data) when displayed in ACDSee.
  • Map multiple EXIF and database fields with the Copy EXIF Information Wizard.
To use this update, you must have ACDSee 7 (Build 43 or 47) installed on your computer.

Kodak Canada Inc. Announces Changes to Toronto Manufacturing Operations

Response to Structural Changes in the Worldwide Imaging Industry TORONTO, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - Kodak Canada Inc. today announced that it will be closing its Toronto manufacturing operations as part of a three-year worldwide program by Eastman Kodak Company to reduce employment by 12,000-15,000 and facilities square footage by one-third. The company is consolidating many different types of functions and operations at sites around the world to maintain competitiveness in the face of fundamental changes in the imaging market driven by the rising popularity of digital photography. Kodak manages its manufacturing plants as worldwide assets and makes decisions based on global capacity requirements.

Canon loses printer recycling case

Selling recycled Canon printer cartridges does not constitute an infringement of the company's intellectual property, the Tokyo District Court has ruled. The judgement marks the latest stage in Canon's legal battle against printer cartridge recycler Recycle Assist (RA). In April this year, Canon sued RA, claiming the company was violating its patents. The verdict, that RA wasn't, paves the way for other such companies to begin taking in old printer cartridges and refilling them with ink or toner - with a commensurate loss to the major printer makers' earnings from new cartridge sales.

Panasonic Launches Line-up of miniSD? Memory Cards

Panasonic-brand, announced today its worldwide launch of miniSDTM Memory Cards in three capacity sizes - 32MB, 64MB and 128MB. These three miniSDTM Memory Cards will be introduced in the U.S. market in May and in the European market this autumn. The Panasonic miniSDTM Card is a flash memory card designed especially for use in mobile phones, such as the Panasonic's X700 that will be released in Europe at the same time as the new memory cards.

Canon to Introduce Stepper for Mass Production of 65-Nano Chips

Canon Inc. will introduce new higher- precision steppers within four years to catch up with top rivals Nikon Corp. and ASML Holding NV. Canon's new steppers, which are optical gear used to etch computer-chip circuits onto silicon wafers, can mass-produce 65- nanometer chips and may go into production in 2007 or 2008, Hiroshi Matsumoto, a manager at the Tokyo-based company's semiconductor planning division, said in an interview Friday. Canon currently makes steppers to produce 90-nanometer semiconductors and is lagging behind Nikon and ASML. The two rivals have already developed 65-nanometer steppers, which allow for more chips to be produced on a single wafer. Demand for higher precision etching is increasing with demand for smaller electronics devices. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter.

Lexar Offers ActiveMemory Technology

Lexar Offers ActiveMemory Technology to Camera Companies and Software Developers Through Royalty Free Licensing Program FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2004--Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq:LEXR), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies, will offer a royalty-free license for its ActiveMemory(TM) System (AMS) technology to digital camera and other consumer electronics manufacturers and software developers interested in providing their customers with unique workflow features and benefits. Previewed in September 2004, Lexar's AMS technology is designed to optimize digital workflow to achieve enhanced interoperability between consumer electronics and flash memory cards.

Canon to build laser printer plant in Vietnam

Japanese camera and office equipment maker Canon Inc. said on Thursday it would spend about $50 million to build a new factory in Vietnam to produce low-cost laser beam printers for export worldwide. Canon currently makes high-end laser beam printers (LBP) in Japan and middle-to-lower priced models in China. It will use the Vietnam plant to meet growing demand for black-and-white laser printers that sell for around 20,000 to 30,000 yen ($288.6).

Panasonic Introduces 3-Megapixel Camera Module

The GP-KM3500V module from panasonic 3 megapixels
Industry's thinnest 8.63 mm module incorporates auto-focus and image-stabilizer - Tokyo, Japan - Panasonic SC Device Solutions Co., Ltd. (PSCDS), a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., today announced the development of a 3-megapixel camera module designed for mobile phones. With the latest v Maicovicon? image sensor at the core, the module, GP-KM3500V, incorporates auto-focusing and image-stabilizing capabilities in the industry's thinnest 8.63mm package. The GP-KM3500V makes camera phones thinner while ensuring superb picture quality.     "Conventional 3-megapixel Charge Coupled Device (CCD) and CMOS image sensors are not small enough to design compact camera modules, resulting in bulky mobile phones. This new camera module successfully combines quality imaging with compact design by taking full advantage of the new 3-megapixel v Maicovicon? that features the industry's smallest 2.2-micron pixel size. Advanced mounting and image processing technologies, as well as the ultra-mini focus actuator and thinner lenses, also contributed to reducing the size," said Mr. Satoru Masuda, Director of Engineering, PSCDS.    

Olympus targets RM10m from digital SLR sales

Olympus (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd expects sales of its digital single-lens-reflex (SLR) cameras in 2005 to reach RM10 million, or 10% of its annual turnover, with the launch of its revolutionary E-300 SLR, says managing director Tan Tick Boon. Tan said the E-300 would help Olympus achieve its target of at least a 30% share of the local digital SLR market next year.

PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB

The Highest Capacity USB Flash Drive in the World Pretec Electronics Corp. , the 2nd company in the world offering CompactFlash (CF) memory card since 1995, announced world?s highest capacity and high speed USB flash drive supporting dual channel data transmission, which can reach the highest average transfer rate of up to 120X. Equipped with hi-speed transmission of dual channel technology, PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB can process files transfer concurrently and bring you the extremely high speed in read & write up to 16MB/sec and 12MB/sec. With its designed-in functions of data encryption, compression and write protection, users can full leverage the largest memory space of PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB under a data secured environment. Light weight, compact, and bundled with the FlashMail, MobileLock, SecretZip software, PRETEC i-Disk II 8GB is a perfect storage solution for active mobile users traveling around the world.

Ultra-Sharp Mars-Bound Camera Delivered

The camera that will take thousands of the sharpest, most detailed pictures of Mars ever produced from an orbiting spacecraft was delivered today for installation on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will be launched on Aug. 10, 2005, carrying a payload of six science instruments and a communications relay package to boost the ongoing exploration of the red planet. The largest science instrument on the spacecraft will be the University of Arizona's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), a 65 kilogram (145 pound) camera with a half-meter (20-inch) diameter primary mirror.
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