PhotoshopNews » Hardware The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DATA ROBOTICS LAUNCHES SECOND GENERATION DROBO Tue, 08 Jul 2008 16:45:26 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff  

Award-Winning Drobo Adds FireWire 800 and Dramatically Improved USB 2.0 Performance 

Press Release: Mountain View, CA – July 8, 2008 ˆ–Today Data Robotics launched the second generation of its award-winning Drobo product. Featuring FireWire 800 alongside improved USB 2.0 performance and an upgraded core processor, the new Drobo is the fastest product in its class for managing and storing digital information.

The increased read and write performance now makes the product ideal for use as primary storage for media applications such as photography and video editing, as well as secondary storage.

“Years ago Data Robotics set out on a mission: To create a set of technologies that allows storage to be safe, expandable and incredibly simple. Our customers have been asking for a high-performance FireWire connection since we launched Drobo last year, and this new release is the next logical step in providing users with what they need ˆ and have come to expect ˆ in the Drobo product,” said Geoff Barrall, CEO and founder of Data Robotics. 

The second generation Drobo incorporates all of the features and functionality that consumers have grown to know and love in its predecessor: Unparalleled ease of use, redundant data protection, and instant expandability that allows storage capacity to grow with users over time. New enhancements include an upgraded core processor, two FireWire 800 ports, dramatically increased USB 2.0 performance, and newly optimized firmware. This release addresses the needs of any user seeking a reliable method of managing vast amounts of data without sacrificing performance; from video editors, to heavy down-loaders, to photographers who shoot raw images.

“Our ability to deliver FireWire 800 in the newest version of Drobo gives us even more of an edge with two particular groups: Creative professionals who rely on the speed and performance of their equipment in their day to day work, and the Apple community which has a strong affinity for FireWire products,” adds Barrall.

“When it comes to video editing, the faster the storage, the better, and this is where the new Drobo with FireWire 800 really shines,” said Andy Hirsch of Blue Moon Productions. “I had previously used Drobo as a backup solution for Final Cut Pro, but the enhanced performance of the second generation Drobo has allowed me to use it as my primary storage drive for video editing.”

Features include:


  • Best in class performance
  • Redundant data protection
  • Hot expansion up to 16TB
  • Ability to take advantage of mix and match drive capacities
  • Two FireWire 800 ports (FireWire 400 compatible)
  • One USB 2.0 port


Pricing and Availability 

The second generation Drobo is priced at $499 MSRP and also comes in a 2TB version for $899, and a 4TB version for $1,299.  All are available for immediate purchase from and B&H Photo ( as well as 750 authorized partners worldwide.  For a list of those partners or to learn more about how Drobo is changing the way the world stores and protect its data, please visit

About Data Robotics

Data Robotics ˆ the makers of Drobo ˆ develops automated data storage products designed to ensure data is always protected and easy-to-manage. Unlike other storage arrays, however, Drobo uses patented software that is designed for non-technical users who demand reliability without the complexity of RAID. Key features of Drobo include some of the most advanced automated features available ˆ including self-monitoring, self-healing and an easy-to-understand visual status and alert panel. For more information visit Data Robotics at


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Wacom Updates Mac OS X Tablet Drivers Mon, 16 Apr 2007 15:34:07 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Press Release: Today Wacom Technology Corp. posted a new driver (for use with all Macs running Mac OS X vs.10.3.9 and 10.4. It works in both the native and classic environment of OS X.

This driver supports the USB versions of all Intuos3, Intuos2, Intuos, CintiqPartner, Graphire2 (ET-0405A) and Graphire pen tablets and the Cintiq 21UX, 18SX, 15x and PL-500 pen displays.

The driver can be downloaded from WTC’s Web site at

Intel-based Macs require driver version 4.96 or later.

Wacom implemented the following changes and improvements for this driver release:

• A new Pan/Scroll option was added for the pen buttons. Press a pen button set to this function and then drag the pen tip across the tablet to pan or scroll the current document in any direction. (In some graphics applications, this will enable the grabber hand.)

• This driver supports only the professional tablets listed above. For concurrent use of a consumer Wacom tablet, you need to install a separate Pen Tablet driver, version 5.03 or later. These two drivers can now be added or removed independently of each other.

• A number of smaller issues were resolved as well.

Users may submit bug reports at Wacom quality assurance validates these bug reports, but does not provide technical support and usually will not send a reply directly to users who submit a bug on this page. Wacom does appreciate bug submissions and these submissions do help us to improve our drivers in significant ways. If you require technical support, please point your browser to for Technical Support contact information.

The company also posted a similar update for its consumer tablets Graphire4, Graphire3, Graphire Bluetooth, Cintiq 17SX, DTU-710 and DTF-510.

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3Dconnexion Announces SpaceNavigator Support for Photoshop CS3 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 15:10:42 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff sn_hand.jpg

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. – Mar. 28, 2007 – 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, today announced that its SpaceNavigator™ device supports the recently announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended software editions. Delivering powerful and intuitive 3D navigation and control, the SpaceNavigator device enables creative professionals working with 3D objects in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate camera views and 3D objects.

The integration of 3D technology in digital imaging tools is accentuating the limits of the traditional keyboard and mouse for manipulating 3D objects, and driving the need for functional 3D navigation tools. Paired with Photoshop CS3 Extended, the SpaceNavigator device allows digital content creators, architects, product designers, and those creating 3D tools for training and simulation to significantly enhance their 3D design experience and workflow.

“The SpaceNavigator device gives precise and continuous visual control of 3D models within Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended without switching tools, enriching the artist’s insight and comprehension of the content in a way not possible with a mouse and a keyboard alone,” said Rory Dooley, president of 3Dconnexion. “SpaceNavigator’s expanded support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 underscores our commitment to ensuring compatibility with a wide range of applications employing 3D technology. We look forward to the contributions creative professionals will make with this combined power.”

The SpaceNavigator device is a companion to the mouse and is held in the alternate hand. Users apply very slight movements to the device’s controller cap to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D objects. The SpaceNavigator device complements the preview of 3D models in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended and is an essential tool for 3D artists creating detailed texture maps.

“It’s exciting to see companies like 3Dconnexion already supporting Photoshop CS3 Extended with their SpaceNavigator device,” said Kevin Connor, senior director of product management for Adobe Digital Imaging Professional Products. “With Photoshop CS3 Extended, film, video and multimedia professionals, and graphic and Web designers can take advantage of the power of the Photoshop image-editing toolset and paint engine when editing 3D and motion-based content. The SpaceNavigator device helps round out the 3D workflow, providing creative professionals the flexibility to experiment and push the limits with Photoshop CS3 Extended.”

In addition to controlling 3D objects in Photoshop CS3 Extended, the SpaceNavigator device pans and zooms traditional 2D images in both Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3. Artists creating texture maps will have effortless navigation between 2D and 3D imagery.

Pricing, Availability and Support

The SpaceNavigator PE (personal edition) device has a suggested retail price of $59. The personal edition license supports non-commercial use of the device and offers online technical support only. The SpaceNavigator SE (standard edition) device has a suggested retail price of $99. The standard edition license comes with an unrestricted user’s license and two years of full support (Web, e-mail and phone). Upgrades from SpaceNavigator PE to SpaceNavigator SE licenses are $40 and are available online at

The SpaceNavigator device will support Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended and Adobe Photoshop CS2 on Macintosh® OS X 10.4 and Windows® 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista™ and is available through major online resellers, including Amazon and CDW; a network of value added resellers; and directly from 3Dconnexion at

About 3Dconnexion, a Logitech Company
3Dconnexion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (Nasdaq: LOGI), is the leading provider of 3D navigation devices for 3D design and visualization. 3Dconnexion devices support today’s most popular and powerful 3D applications by offering users a more intuitive and natural way to interact with computer-generated 3D content. 3Dconnexion’s award-winning devices serve a wide variety of industries and are used by 3D designers, animators and artists worldwide. 3Dconnexion is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with European headquarters in Seefeld, Germany and offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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Scott Kelby Releases His “Gonzo Holiday Gadget Guide” Thu, 16 Nov 2006 16:45:17 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff 15.jpgAs Seen on Adobe Photoshop TV, Episode 54, November 13

Scott Kelby, has just released his first-ever Gonzo Holiday Gadget Gift Guide and made it available as a free PDF download at

This ultimate gift guide is filled with 21 of the coolest, must-have gadgets and photographic accessories for the Photoshop or digital photography freak on your holiday list.

“Instead of just listing a bunch of items I have no real attachment to, I only included gear that I’m totally hooked on. Stuff that I use every day, and that within the past year or so I’ve fallen so deeply and hopelessly in love with that I can’t live without them,” says Scott Kelby, host of the wildly popular weekly series Adobe® Photoshop® TV ( and editor and publisher of Layers and Photoshop User magazines.

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Petascale storage may trickle down to you Tue, 07 Nov 2006 14:54:56 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff As storage moves to the forefront of supercomputer research, advanced technologies from national labs and universities are expected to trickle down to commercial users.

Source: Computerworld
Written by Gary Anthes

November 06, 2006 (Computerworld) — Discussions about super computer performance almost always center on processing speed — how many gazillion operations per second can be performed by the giant machines. Makers and users of supercomputers also like to brag about things like the number of processors, the amount of memory and the bandwidth available for moving data about.

Such metrics are important determinants of how much work the machines can do. Less often focused on, but becoming critically important, are questions of storage: How much disk capacity do the computers have? How fast can data be written to and read from storage? How easily and quickly can an application be restarted when a disk fails? How can file systems be scaled up to efficiently handle petabytes of information? How the heck can you find something when your system has 30,000 disks?

Those questions and more will become the focus of the Petascale Data Storage Institute (PDSI), which was recently founded by computer scientists at three universities and five of the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories with a five-year, $11million DOE grant. “The overall goal is to make storage more efficient, reliable, secure and easier to manage in systems with tens or hundreds of petabytes of data spread across tens of thousands of disk drives, possibly used by tens of thousands of clients,” says Ethan Miller, a computer science professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

That system may not much resemble the one used by your accounting department, but the computer scientists at the institute say — and the vendor sponsors are hoping — that new technologies from petascale storage research will trickle down to commercial users.

“The use of high-performance computer clusters in many commercial applications, [such as] oil and gas, semiconductors and biotechnology, is growing substantially,” says Garth Gibson, a principalinvestigator for the PDSI and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He adds that companies are increasingly using supercomputers to boost revenues. “High-performance computing is not so much about cost reduction as it is about improving the quality of products,” Gibson says.

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Logitech NuLOOQ Navigator Now Supports Windows, New Apps Mon, 09 Oct 2006 19:00:31 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Press Release: FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Logitech (SWX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) today announced that its award-winning NuLOOQ navigator™, originally released with support for the Mac® OS and Adobe® Creative Suite® 2 as part of the NuLOOQ™ Professional Series bundle is now available unbundled and with added support for Windows® XP, and a host of additional applications. The NuLOOQ navigator is an innovative device used in conjunction with a mouse and a keyboard that allows people to better navigate and manipulate graphics and multimedia files. It significantly reduces repetitive use of shortcut keys or palette access typically needed to navigate images and documents, or to adjust values such as brush size, font size and even volume.

Applications running on either the Windows XP operating system or the Macintosh® OS X, that work with the NuLOOQ navigator, include Adobe Illustrator® CS2, Adobe InDesign® CS2, Adobe Photoshop® CS2, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0, Final Cut Pro®, Adobe Premiere® Pro, iMovie™, iTunes®, Microsoft® Office Word and Excel®, and Safari™. For added flexibility, NuLOOQ navigator can be easily configured to support virtually any application.

“Since its launch earlier this year, NuLOOQ navigator has provided digital photographers and creative professionals with a fun and easy-to-use input device, and the ability to streamline repetitive tasks,” said Pratish Shah, vice president of business development for NuLOOQ. “By expanding the product’s support to include Windows, we are able to bring these benefits to a wider range of people. The added application support and user flexibility make the NuLOOQ navigator an exceptional value for digital photographers, creative professionals and business users alike.”

The NuLOOQ navigator is a creative partner to a mouse and a tablet or keyboard. Approximately the size and shape of half a tennis ball, this stationary device has a moveable rubber-like ring (the navring™) for easy navigation – including simultaneous panning and zooming – of images and documents. Located on top of the NuLOOQ navigator, a circular touch-sensitive disk (the tooltuner™) can be used to precisely adjust tool or system attributes, such as brush or font size. The NuLOOQ navigator also has five embedded programmable buttons (triggerpoints™) for calling up frequently used tools or commands. Additional features include:

Effortless navigation: Logitech’s innovative navring can be moved in six directions – left, right, up, down, and twist clockwise and counter clockwise – for navigating images and documents. Using just two fingers to nudge the navring, people can navigate to the right, left, or diagonally for full, 360-degree panning and zooming.
Precise adjustment of brush size or font attributes: The unique touch-sensitive, circular disk tooltuner enables people to fine-tune a number of different values based on the application. It’s easy to quickly adjust the brush size in Photoshop, font size in Word, leading and tracking in InDesign, or to scrub video in iMovie or even to adjust volume in iTunes.

Quick command access: Five built-in triggerpoint buttons embedded in the tooltuner provide instant access to commands, shortcuts and modifier keys, and are fully programmable. For added convenience, NuLOOQ automatically detects which application is active, making custom configurations possible.
User configurable for virtually any application: NuLOOQ navigator is preconfigured to work out of the box for a range of applications, and can be configured for virtually any application. For example, people can scrub timelines in video and audio applications, scroll through pages in a browser and control iTunes quickly without bringing iTunes to the foreground.

NuLOOQ Professional Series users can continue downloading and using NuLOOQ navigator drivers for both Mac OS X and Windows. NuLOOQ tooldial, which was previously available as a standalone product and as a component of NuLOOQ Professional Series, is no longer available.

Pricing and Availability

The NuLOOQ navigator has a suggested retail price in the U.S. of $79.99 and will be available through select resellers and major computer and electronics superstores, as well as through Logitech’s online store. Current NuLOOQ navigator or NuLOOQ Professional Series users can download the NuLOOQ navigator Windows driver free of charge in mid-October from More information about the Logitech NuLOOQ navigator is available at

About Logitech

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are owned by Logitech and may be registered. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the Company’s Web site at

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New Wacom(R) Pen Tablet Tue, 29 Aug 2006 22:11:43 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff intuos.jpg

Intuos(R)3 4×6 Provides Superior Pen Control for Widescreen Users on-the-Go

VANCOUVER, Wash.,– Wacom Technology Corporation‘s patented new Intuos3 4×6 pen tablet is designed for serious photographers, designers and artists seeking optimal pen control and comfort when working with a widescreen display. The Intuos3 4×6 joins Wacom’s Intuos3 6×11 and 12×19 models to form a complete range of professional pen tablets that feature active areas matched to the screen aspect ratio of widescreens and dual monitors.

This latest Intuos tablet provides 20% more active area than the model it replaces (Intuos3 4×5) and it’s available immediately at a suggested retail price of $229.95.

Intuitive and Portable

The Intuos3 4×6 comes with all the features that have made the Intuos3 line of pen tablets the de facto standard among serious photographers, designers and artists. Intuos3 turns on the full power of Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Painter(TM) and over 100 other leading software applications with its intuitive controls. Four programmable ExpressKeys(TM) and one finger-sensitive Touch Strip, located on the left side of the tablet surface, are within easy reach for modifier keys, keyboard shortcuts, scrolling, zooming, controlling brush size and more. The comfortable cordless, battery-free Grip Pen offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for superior creative input and, when used alternately with the ergonomic five-button Intuos3 mouse, reduces repetitive motion. In addition, the Intuos3 4×6 is sized to be easily placed in a laptop bag or briefcase.

“We feel that the timing of this introduction nicely anticipates the needs of the market,” said Michael Marcum, Director of Product Management for Wacom Technology. “It’s estimated in a recent IDC study that 38.5 million widescreen laptops are to ship in 2006. By 2009, that number is expected to climb to over 95 million.”

The Wacom Pen Experience and Windows Vista(TM)

Windows Vista introduces significant pen input features for a faster, easier and more efficient computing experience. Wacom pen users will enjoy intuitive new Vista-enabled note taking resources, handwriting recognition and time-saving gesture control options. All versions of Vista (except Home Basic) provide complete pen functionality, offering communication and navigation benefits that enhance the overall computing experience. Select aspects of the experience include:

Note Taking — Microsoft Journal is an application exclusively for the benefit of users working with a digital pen. Journal simulates a physical notebook, but with all the advantages of a digital medium. The pen can be used in Journal to jot notes and capture quick sketches providing valuable collaboration options for use at home, school and work. Journal also incorporates a powerful search engine that can even locate handwritten content.

Handwriting Recognition — Vista introduces intelligent handwriting recognition as a natural supplement to keyboard input. This new recognition technology efficiently and accurately converts a wide variety of handwriting styles into typed text. For example, during a brainstorming session, a pen user can scribble down ideas and sketch concepts for collaboration with colleagues. The user has the option to share the information in handwritten form or convert it to typed text. In addition, the eraser end of a Wacom pen automatically activates an eraser tool to quickly and easily remove mistakes.

Gestures — There are a variety of pen gestures available within Vista that enable users to navigate faster and that greatly enhance the overall computing experience. Flicks offers eight customizable gestures with actions determined by the user and Scratch Out allows pen users to delete text automatically with a scratching motion of the pen over the targeted text.

Bringing Office 2007 to Life

Office 2007 applications such as Word®, Excel®, Outlook®, PowerPoint® and OneNote® running on Vista all support digital mark-up with a Wacom pen and provide easy access to digital inking tools for intuitive collaboration. Users can select a pen or highlighter tool to jot notes, create rough sketches or mark up documents, spreadsheets, presentation slides and e-mail messages.

Valuable Software Included

The Intuos3 4×6 ships with valuable software for Windows® and Mac OS®. Included in the box are Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 for digital photo editing, Corel Painter Essentials 3 for creating natural media art, Nik Color Efex Pro(TM) 2 IE for selectively applying photographic enhancements, and Wacom Brushes 2 for even more brush choices in recent versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

About Wacom

Wacom Technology Corporation is headquartered in Vancouver, WA and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan (TSE: 6727 – News). In 1989, Wacom revolutionized the nature of digital creativity when it introduced the world’s first cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen. Today, millions of photographers, designers and artists of all levels enjoy its patented technology. Visit for more information.

NOTE: Wacom and Intuos are trademarks of Wacom Company, Ltd. All rights reserved. ExpressKey is a registered trademark of Ginsan Industries, Inc. and is used with permission. All other trademarks and trade names are property of their respective owners.

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Porn Industry May Be Decider in Blu-ray, HD-DVD Battle Thu, 04 May 2006 16:59:33 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Adult entertainment market seems to have already chosen Blu-ray.
Source: PC World
Written by Lucas Mearian, Computerworld

Just as in the 1980s, when the Betamax and VHS video formats were battling it out for supremacy, the pornography industry will likely play a big role in determining which of the two blue-laser DVD formats–Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD–will be the winner in the battle to replace current DVDs for high-definition content.

Ron Wagner, director of IT operations at E! Entertainment Television, in Los Angeles, said his company has already chosen the Blu-ray Disc format, in large part because of talk in the porn industry favoring it over rival HD-DVD.

Wagner said that while attending last year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual conference in Las Vegas, more than one panel discussed “several major players in the porn industry going the Blu-ray route.” He said the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD rivalry was also the buzz around NAB 2006 last month.

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Studios Use DriveSavers to Recover Digital Assets That Are Lost Thu, 27 Apr 2006 14:55:54 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Press Release: LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 25, 2006–DriveSavers Data Recovery the worldwide leader in data recovery services, announced today at the National Association of Broadcasters annual expo the expansion of its Digital Arts Division. Specializing in the recovery of critical digital assets for studios’ video and film divisions and the gaming and recording industries, the Digital Arts Division was created over a year ago to address the loss of data from high-end storage devices and application-specific needs of its customers.

DriveSavers’ President Scott Gaidano said, “We’ve always been there for our digital arts customers. Over the twenty years we’ve been in business we’ve saved numerous film production companies, recording studios, animation and graphics professionals. With the further expansion into high-definition, and more broadcasters going all-digital, the need for backing up and archiving vast amounts of data is more important than ever. Of course even the best strategies can fail and that’s when DriveSavers steps in.”

The loss of critical, time-sensitive data plays out daily in studios, editing suites, and on location around the globe. Fortunately, DriveSavers handles data-losses of all types including: accidental file deletion; drive reformatting; backup tape failure; the complete mechanical failure of hard drives and RAID devices as well as physical damage due to accidents or natural disasters.

Some of DriveSavers well-known entertainment customers have included Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Bill Oakley, executive producer of “The Simpsons” and Michael Patrick King, writer and producer of the hit TV series “Sex in the City.” Many others are featured on DriveSavers website in a virtual Hall of Fame. Each one got their data back – thanks to DriveSavers.

DriveSavers epitomizes the cutting edge of the digital domain, continually adapting and creating recovery tools. DriveSavers Digital Arts Division specializes in recovering data from programs such as: Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Digidesign ProTools, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Final Draft, Alias Maya and many others.

About DriveSavers Data Recovery, Inc.

DriveSavers has the highest success rate in the industry and has specialized in recovering lost data since 1985. The company recovers data in as little as 24 hours from all operating systems and storage media including hard drives, floppies, RAID arrays, NAS and SAN devices, tape, removable cartridges and digital camera media.

For more information, visit or call 800-440-1904. DriveSavers is located at 400 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949.

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The Virtues of a Second Screen Thu, 20 Apr 2006 16:49:46 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: The New York Times
Written by Ivan Berger

Fervent computer gamers and the detectives on “N.C.I.S.” do it, but I had no plans to add a second monitor to my computer system — not until I bought an upgraded video card for my PC and noted it had output connections for two monitors. Once I saw that, I could not resist dusting off my old 14-inch monitor and plugging it in along with my new 19-inch L.C.D.

Recent Windows and Mac computers (and some Linux systems) can operate with multiple monitors; with my computer’s Windows XP operating system, it took only a few keystrokes and mouse movements to set things up. Once I saw how it improved my productivity, I was an instant convert.

I should not have been surprised. Survey after survey shows that whether you measure your productivity in facts researched, alien spaceships vaporized, or articles written, adding an extra monitor will give your output a considerable boost — 20 percent to 30 percent, according to a survey by Jon Peddie Research.

So now, while I am editing this article on my main screen, the screen beside it shows the outline or earlier draft I am working from — and, sometimes, Web sites or other documents I keep referring to.

When I edit photos, the second screen lets me compare the copy I am working on with the original, or shows tool palettes and thumbnails of other images, and I can blow up panoramic shots for closer viewing (though with a bar down the middle, like the central pillar of an old car’s windshield). When I am shopping on the Web, my two screens let me compare products. When I work on tables or spreadsheets, I can see all the columns at once. When I expect important messages, I keep my e-mail program open on the side monitor while I work on something else.

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Publishers Note: I can attest to the productivity and usefulness of having a dual screen set up for Photoshop. On my main dual G5 workstation in the studio, I’m running an Apple 30″ Cinema display (2560 x 1600) side by side with an NEC LED display (1600 x 1200) which gives me an effective dual monitors size of 4160 pixels by 1600 pixels. The productivity increases considerably. –Jeff Schewe

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This is a small screenshot of my dual display set up. When you click on the image to see a larger sized screenshot, that screenshot is 50% of the actual live size.

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Networked storage heads for homes Tue, 21 Mar 2006 20:03:52 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Storage companies are betting a technology once reserved for businesses will appeal to consumers dealing with large files shared by multiple PCs and a need for data protection.

Source: CNET
Written by Stephan Shankland

Get ready for network-attached storage for consumers. With NAS, standalone disk storage systems are accessed by a PC over a network rather than being plugged directly into a computer’s USB port or internal drive bay.

Seagate Technology, Infrant Technologies, Western Digital, Iomega, Intel and others have begun selling networked storage devices that cost between $200 and $2,300 and include as much as 2 terabytes of capacity–roughly eight times that of a high-end PC. Advocates acknowledge that right now, the devices are best suited for technically savvy folks, but they’re speculating that a larger market of less-sophisticated buyers will follow in coming months.

“I do think it’s going to break out of the early adopter niche, and the timing is going to surprise people. In this holiday season coming up, you’re going to see some movement in these products,” said Lee Williams, Iomega’s vice president of product generation. “Where we originally anticipated being in single-digit thousands, we’re now looking at double- and triple-digit thousands for the year.”

Growing needs for storage space, data protection and file sharing bode well for consumer NAS. Digital photos, video and music gobble up gigabytes of storage space. That data is increasingly valuable–think irreplaceable wedding photos–which makes backup important. And sharing information makes sense, as home networks with multiple PCs today expand to include stereo and video electronics.

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Hardware Review-MacBook Pro Thu, 02 Mar 2006 15:22:44 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: ars technica
Written by Jacqui Cheng

Just about a month-and-a-half after Steve Jobs’s surprisingly unsurprising announcement at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco that the first two Intel-based Macs to be rolled out would be the iMac and the MacBook Pro—the apparently newly renamed PowerBook—MacBook Pros finally started arriving at eager users’ doorsteps. The six-week gap between announcement and arrival was plenty of time for rumors to grow.

There were rumors that the floor models available at MacWorld were mere prototypes and that the final design of the MacBook Pro was not even finished yet. There were rumors of chip shortages. There were even rumors that excessive demand was driving long shipping delays that apparently no one who had ordered immediately after MacWorld was experiencing whatsoever. Luckily, these rumors appear to have been unsubstantiated, and the MacBook Pro started shipping last week exactly as expected.

Well, there was one exception. A mere day before they were originally slated to start shipping to the masses, Apple bumped the chip speed of both the high- and low-end models of the MacBook Pro from 1.83GHz to 2.0GHz and from 1.67GHz to 1.83GHz, respectively (with a 2.16GHz version available for built-to-order machines). While mystifying, no one was arguing with that, even if it did push everyone’s shipping back by one more week.

That said, they’re all finally rolling out, with the 2.0GHz versions shipping first and then the 1.83GHz versions in short pursuit. Here at the Orbiting HQ, we acquired a 1.83GHz MacBook Pro for review and have had an eventful time doing so.

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Epson Perfection V700 Photo and Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanners Thu, 23 Feb 2006 16:13:26 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Press Release: LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 22, 2006 – The Epson Perfection V700 Photo and Epson Perfection V750-M Pro scanners are making their debut as the first scanners for photo studio applications that offer capabilities typically found in high-end commercial lab scanners, at a much more affordable price. These two scanners were created with the professional and amateur photographer in mind and provide groundbreaking resolution that is achieved using a new Dual Lens System.

In addition, a new fluid mount accessory (offered on the Pro model), allows photographers to perform wet scans on a flatbed scanner, which is especially valuable for enhanced scratch removal and grain reduction from black and white film.

The Epson Perfection V700 Photo and Epson Perfection V750-M Pro both incorporate the Epson Dual Lens System, which is a new double lens scanning system that enables super resolution (6400 dpi) scanning of 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5” medium format film. High resolution (4800 dpi) scanning is also available for transparency and reflective scanning. Depending on the resolution selected, the lens carriage will switch and the appropriate lens will be set in place.

“By offering the combination of 6400 dpi on a photo studio flatbed scanner and an innovative optical system, the Epson Perfection V700 Photo and Epson Perfection V750-M Pro models are ideal for photographers, graphic designers and other professionals who rely on the images they produce to be exceptional,” said Philip Amato, product manager, image capture products, Epson. “These scanner models deliver the kind of quality that typically could only be found on commercial lab scanners for a much higher cost. We’ve included these advanced features so that photographers have both maximum control and the ability to get the best results in-house, at a very affordable price.”

In addition to the fluid mount accessory, the Epson Perfection V-750M Pro also features new High Pass Optics that further optimize image quality by using anti-reflective coatings on the CCD lens and a new high reflection mirror. Another valuable time- and cost-saving feature offered with both scanners is Digital ICE™ Technologies, a powerful tool for automatic removal of scratches and dust from film, and many surface defects from reflective prints.

Both scanner models can achieve an optical density (Dmax) of 4.0, allowing for high dynamic range imaging and the ability to capture fine shadow details. They also feature Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity for fast data transmission.

More about the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro
The Epson Perfection V750-M Pro is the flagship scanner at the top of the Epson Perfection line with up to 6400 dpi optical resolution and its unique fluid mount accessory. For many years, wet mount film scanning has been a professionally recognized method for reducing scratches, grain and optical artifacts such as Newton Rings. Wet mount scanning is especially valuable for black and white film, since other scratch removal technologies, including Digital ICE, are not effective on monochrome film. By offering this unique accessory with the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro, customers can now achieve wet scan results with a flatbed scanner.

The Epson Perfection V750-M Pro includes an advanced software bundle that includes:

LaserSoft Imaging® SilverFast® Ai 6 (full version)
· Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
· ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint Plus OCR
EPSON Scan with Easy Photo Fix® technology
Epson Copy Utility

The Epson Perfection 750-M Pro will be available in May and can be purchased for an estimated street price of $799 from Epson authorized dealers, mail order, distribution, and on the Epson Store Web site (

More about the Epson Perfection V700 Photo
The Epson Perfection V700 Photo has many of the same impressive features as the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro including super resolution 6400 dpi film scanning, the Epson Dual Lens System, and 4.0 Dmax. This scanner is ideal for anyone who has relied on a dedicated 35mm film scanner, but wants greater flexibility for scanning larger film formats. With the Epson Perfection V700 Photo, customers can scan 35mm, 2 ¼” and 4”x 5” medium format film with a built-in 8” x 10” transparency unit, as well as prints and documents. Customers also get a wide variety of high quality film scanning capabilities for well below the cost of a dedicated film scanner.
This scanner model includes a robust software package that includes the following titles:

· LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE6
· Adobe Photoshop Elements
· ABBYY FineReader Sprint Plus OCR
· EPSON Scan with Easy Photo Fix technology
· Epson Copy Utility

The Epson Perfection V700 Photo will be available in March and can be purchased for an estimated street price $549 from Epson authorized dealers, consumer electronic stores, mail order, distribution, and on the Epson Store Web site (

Customer Support
Carrying a one-year limited warranty, these new scanner models are supported by the EPSON Connection, a fully-automated customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit the Epson website at

Epson’s Environmental Commitment
The Epson Perfection V700 Photo and Epson Perfection V750-M Pro have earned the ENERGY STAR by meeting energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Epson offers a range of ENERGY STAR products. Epson encourages consumers to save energy by selecting ENERGY STAR products

About Epson America, Inc.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

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Logitech Brings New Levels of Control to Adobe Creative Suite 2 Thu, 23 Feb 2006 15:54:01 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Press Release: ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 23, 2006–Logitech (SWX:LOGNNews; NASDAQ:LOGINews) and Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBENews) today announced the results of a collaboration to provide creative professionals and design enthusiasts new levels of control when using Adobe® Creative Suite 2 (CS2) and standalone CS2 applications: the NuLOOQ(TM) Professional Series.

The new Logitech product line comprises the NuLOOQ navigator(TM), an innovative device used in conjunction with a mouse and a keyboard to manipulate images and documents, and the NuLOOQ tooldial(TM), customizable on-demand interface software that provides quick access to design tools. Both are designed for use with the Mac® versions of Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Illustrator® CS2, Adobe InDesign® CS2, and Adobe Photoshop® CS2.

The NuLOOQ Professional Series places the frequently used tools and options in the Adobe Creative Suite right at creative professionals’ fingertips, saving them time and giving them the ability to shift their focus to the most important aspect of design – imagery and layout.

“Logitech’s specialty is designing intuitive interfaces between people and computers,” said Guerrino De Luca, president and chief executive officer of Logitech. “By collaborating with Adobe, who delivers products relied on by millions of creative professionals around the world, we’re able to extend our expertise and create truly innovative products specifically tailored to the creative design field.”

“In advertising, photography, design, web development and publishing, our creative customers change the way the world looks every day,” said Bruce Chizen, chief executive officer of Adobe. “Logitech has delivered an exciting new way for our customers to work with Adobe software, ensuring more than ever our place at the heart of every creative workflow.”

Many designers today use multiple large monitors, which means the mouse cursor has to travel farther to complete basic tasks. This takes up valuable creative time and results in workspace inefficiency. The NuLOOQ Professional Series addresses these challenges and provides solutions for the time-intensive elements of design – navigating images, adjusting option values, and accessing menus – so that creative professionals can accomplish more.

NuLOOQ navigator: Complete Creative Control

The NuLOOQ navigator is a companion to the creative designer’s existing toolset – a mouse and a tablet or keyboard. Approximately the size and shape of half a tennis ball, this stationary device sits under the non-mousing hand and has a circular touch-sensitive surface (the tooltuner(TM) dial) for adjusting option values in supported applications. A moveable rubber-like ring (the navring(TM) controller) at the base allows designers to easily navigate images and documents, while embedded buttons (triggerpoint(TM) buttons) call up frequently used tools. Additional features include:

* Scroll and zoom with ease: A minor nudge of the navring controller moves selected images, while twisting it controls the zoom feature. The navring controller’s built-in sensor is based on advanced robotics technology that senses small movements for quick reaction.
* Touch-sensitive control: Located on top of the NuLOOQ navigator, the tooltuner dial gives creative designers the ability to adjust or tune tool-option values, such as text leading or brush size. This feature minimizes arm movement and saves valuable time by eliminating repeat trips to the option bar to adjust values.
* Context-sensitive and application-aware: The NuLOOQ navigator automatically detects the current Adobe CS2 application, selected object or tool, presenting applicable option values for that application when prompted.
* Instant access to frequently used tools: Three built-in triggerpoint buttons embedded in the tooltuner dial provide instant access to commands, modifier keys, and tooldial menus.

NuLOOQ tooldial: Complete Interface Control

Included with the NuLOOQ navigator or available for purchase separately, the NuLOOQ tooldial software centralizes frequently used tools, commands and files within an intuitive, on-demand circular menu that is divided into eight wedges. Each of these wedges can have up to eight associated wedges appear when the cursor lingers over the original wedge for a total of 72 available tools, commands and files per tooldial. When launched using a keystroke, mouse click or one of the NuLOOQ navigator triggerpoint buttons, the tooldial wheel appears centered under the cursor and disappears when the activity is completed, giving creative designers full control over their interface while keeping their virtual desktop clutter-free. Specific features include:

* Easy configuration: Tooldial menus can be configured simply by dragging and dropping commands directly into the wedges or moving files or executables from the Finder.
* Fully customizable: Creative professionals can build customized tooldial menus for specific workflows, tasks or workgroups. By customizing tooldials with their most-used tools and commands, they no longer have to navigate complex menus or search for palettes in applications.
* One-step functionality: Because designers can access up to 72 defined commands, files or folders per tooldial, they no longer have to drag the cursor across the desktop to access a menu system or remember individual shortcuts.
* Application-aware: NuLOOQ tooldial automatically detects the current application and brings up the associated tooldial menu so people can program just one shortcut key that works across all supported Adobe applications. For example, a tooldial configured for Photoshop appears only when Photoshop is running, and it changes automatically when another supported application is selected. Also, when the tooldial command is executed outside of Adobe CS2 applications, a universal, customizable tooldial appears for instant access to files, folders and applications.
* One-click tweak tools: With one easy click, users can select brush tools and set brush size in Photoshop, or select leading, tracking or point size in Adobe InDesign® CS2.
* Real-time feedback: Feedback appears directly on screen while users tune values, allowing creative designers to receive immediate feedback while keeping the desktop clutter-free.
* Easy to share: Creative professionals can export their customized tooldials for use in workgroups. In addition, they can download tooldials created by expert designers from

Pricing and Availability

The NuLOOQ Professional Series has a suggested retail price in the U.S. of $149.99 and will be sold beginning in March through select resellers, including CDW, Mac Warehouse, MacMall and, as well as through Logitech’s online store. The NuLOOQ tooldial can be purchased separately online for a suggested retail price of $49.99 at A 30-day free trial is also available for download at the NuLOOQ Web site.

About Logitech

Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets personal peripherals that enable people to effectively work, play, and communicate in the digital world. Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGI). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are owned by Logitech and may be registered. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and the Adobe logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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PhotoVu Announces World’s Most Powerful Wireless Digital Picture Frame Thu, 05 Jan 2006 18:22:04 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Double Memory Increase and Upgradeability Ensures Support of Rapid Camera Megapixel Growth

Press Release: LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Today PhotoVu(TM) announced the availability of the new PhotoVu PV1955(TM) picture frame, which adds support for up to 16.7 megapixel cameras, USB 2.0, and future upgradeability to Wi-Fi® wireless-G networking, advanced screen transitions, commercial applications, and Internet services. An optional 1GB USB flash drive or USB 40GB removable hard drive can also be used for stand-alone play.

“The PV1955 is a perfect addition to fully leverage the newest digital cameras and upcoming Internet services. Our fourth-generation digital frame is the crispest and brightest PhotoVu yet,” said Mark Van Buskirk, Partner, PhotoVu. “And we’ve doubled its internal memory to support up to 16.7 megapixel cameras, ensuring our customers can view all of their photo collection for years to come.”

About the PhotoVu Frames

All PhotoVu digital picture frames require no additional image manipulation or software installation. Consumer and business users can display thousands of digital photos or other digital content stored on any Windows® or Macintosh® computer that has a network connection. An optional 40GB USB removable hard drive or 1GB USB key drive is also available for stand-alone operation. All features and operations, including integration with Adobe® Photoshop® Album/Elements and Apple® iPhoto(TM) photo management software, are controlled remotely from any computer’s web browser on the network.

About PhotoVu

PhotoVu(TM) is a custom manufacturer of wireless digital picture frames which allow the display of digital content, on the wall, throughout any home or business. Purchased directly and only at, customers can create their own personalized product from a broad selection of custom frames and matting.

PhotoVu and the PhotoVu PV1955 are trademarks of PhotoVu, LLC. All other trademarks or registered marks are the property of their respective owners.

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The Epson P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer Wed, 26 Oct 2005 21:04:15 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff 80GB Hard Drive for Storing, Sharing and Viewing Thousands of Photos

Press Release: Epson is introducing its newest product in the Multimedia Storage Viewer category, the Epson P-4000. Epson is continuing to develop products that meet the changing needs of today’s digital photographer.

The Epson P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer has many of the same features and strengths of the popular Epson P-2000, but now offers double the hard drive capacity with 80GB* for storing and sharing an even larger number of photos along with video and music files.

The Epson P-4000 is the perfect portable companion to any digital camera with its built-in card slots, high storage capacity and Epson’s exclusive and highly-regarded large 3.8″ LCD with Epson Photo Fine technology for the ultimate in color, detail and clarity.

“There are many products available today for storing and viewing files and images, but there is no comparison when it comes to the quality and clarity of the Epson P-4000′s screen,” said Jennifer Burl, product manager, Epson. “With Epson Photo Fine technology, fast downloads and an even larger storage capacity, this handheld product offers the ultimate in portable freedom for photographers, professionals, photo enthusiasts, and families alike. The P-4000 enables anyone to share photos without the worry of storage limitations or sacrifices to viewing quality, whether at home, at work, on vacation, or in the field.”

More about Epson Photo Fine Technology
The Epson P-4000 and the Epson P-2000 both offer Epson’s exclusive Photo Fine technology, which utilizes two core techniques-ultra fine precision processing and the capability to deliver three colors (red, green and blue) per pixel. Additionally, this unique technology provides an incredible pixel density of 212 pixels per inch, which ensures that every detail of downloaded images is displayed with vibrancy and clarity. Typical digital camera viewing panels and competitive viewer products only offer one color per pixel and approximately 80-100 pixels per inch.

Engineered with precision manufacturing, Epson Photo Fine enables the LCD to display images with brilliant color and exquisite detail for remarkable image quality. This level of detail is vital for customers who want to zoom in, inspect and view photos more closely.

More about the Epson P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer
The Epson P-4000 is the third Multimedia Storage Viewing product introduction from Epson and addresses the customer’s need for increased storage capacity. It is equipped with an 80GB hard drive for storing over 75,000 images, over 25,000 songs or about 90 to 300 hours of video.** It supports JPEG image files as well as RAW files (on select digital SLR cameras), MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG video files and MP3 and AAC audio files. This product is also designed with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for easily and quickly transferring these files to and from a computer.

With its large storage capacity, the customer can copy files to the Epson P-4000 from the memory card and clear the memory card immediately to begin taking more pictures. When all of the images have been downloaded to the multimedia storage viewer from the memory card, the viewer can then be connected to a computer to back up the images to ensure they are saved.

With its built-in memory card slots, the Epson P-4000 is compatible with most digital camera memory types. It offers native support for CompactFlash Type I and II and Secure Digital memory cards and supports additional cards with an optional third-party adapter (sold separately).

Organizing and Sharing Files with the Epson P-4000
The Epson P-4000 features an intuitive menu that makes it simple to create albums to categorize and group files, so they can be quickly accessed and viewed. Customers can also create a slideshow set to music for a fun and creative way to view and share images. For sharing images on an even bigger screen, the P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer has a video interface-NTSC or PAL-that can connect directly to a television, monitor or projector with an optional third party video cable.

The Epson P-4000 is both Windows® and Macintosh® compatible and is also equipped with the ability to print directly to select Epson printers.

Batteries and Accessories
This product is a lightweight, battery-powered device that is easy to travel with and comes with one lithium ion battery and charger/AC adapter, which when fully charged will support about three hours of continuous slide show viewing, or over two hours of continuous downloading from a memory card. Also included is a Hi-Speed USB 2.0/1.1 cable, a stand for either viewing slideshows with others or simply just keeping the unit securely in place, a carrying case for added protection, and a wrist strap.

Pricing and Availability
The Epson P-4000 is currently available through authorized dealers, mail order, photo specialty stores, select retail outlets, distribution, select retail Web sites and on the Epson retail Web site ( for a price of $699. The product carries a one-year limited warranty and is supported by the EPSON Connection(SM), a customer support and technical assistance line. For more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766) or visit the company’s Web site at

About Epson America, Inc.
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko

Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

NOTE: Epson is a registered trademarks and Epson Photo Fine is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Third party brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

* 73.8GB available storage, 6.2GB for system requirements
** Maximum capacity can vary depending on the file type and size. These numbers were based on an average of 1MB per image, 3MB per song at 1MB per minute and video bit rates of 1.5 Mbps with an audio bit rate of 500 Kbps with an audio bit rate of 64 Kpbs.

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Microsoft and Intel to Support HD-DVD Wed, 28 Sep 2005 01:35:23 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: BetaNews
Written By Nate Mook

Microsoft and Intel on Tuesday pledged their support for HD-DVD, the next-generation DVD format created by Toshiba. Microsoft had previously remained neutral in the standards war between HD-DVD and Sony-backed Blu-ray, as the company’s VC-1 Windows Media Video codec will be included with both formats.

The announcement isn’t that surprising, however. Microsoft’s Xbox will soon begin a fierce battle with Sony’s Blu-ray capable PlayStation 3 for living room dominance, and the company inked a deal in April for Warner Home Video to use VC-1 in its HD-DVD discs.

Other Microsoft rivals, including Apple and Sun, have thrown their support behind Blu-ray. Sun’s Java Virtual Machine technology will power the menus and multimedia features in the new format.

In June, Microsoft also entered into a wide-ranging agreement with Toshiba that enables the two companies to share hardware and software technologies. At the time, Microsoft said it would investigate the feasibility of an HD-DVD player running Windows CE.

But in the end, copyright controls may have been the deciding factor for Microsoft and Intel. As the two companies push out more Media Center enabled PCs, the movement of protected content around the home becomes an important factor.

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Blu-ray wins two more backers, while HD DVD looks doomed Thu, 18 Aug 2005 02:59:28 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Source: ars technica
Written By Ken Fisher

Late last week the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) pulled an Ace out of its sleeve and announced that not only will they support the Advanced Access Content System (AACS), just like HD DVD, but that they’re adding two more weapons in the fight against piracy: BD+ and ROM-Mark.

The ploy seems to have worked, because not only did it net them Twentieth Century Fox, but this week two other companies have hopped on board with Blu-ray.

Earlier this week Universal Music Group said that they would adopt Blu-ray as the standard for their next-generation audio discs—a nice catch for the BDA. Even better, Lion’s Gate Home Entertainment today said that they, too, want on the Blu-ray bandwagon.

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X-Rite Pulse ColorElite System Wins PIA/GATF Intertech Technology Award Wed, 03 Aug 2005 16:28:57 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Press Release: Grandville, MI – August 1, 2005 –X-Rite (NASDAQ: XRIT) today announced that its Pulse™ ColorElite System has received the 2005 PIA/GATF Intertech Technology Award, one of the most coveted awards in the graphic arts industry. The Pulse ColorElite System was selected by a panel of independent judges from a record 52 nominations.

This is the second major award garnered by Pulse in the past two months. The award-winning color management solution received the Five Star Award from Photoshop User Magazine in June.

Commenting on the award, James Weaver, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development said, “We are honored to receive the highest recognition for innovation in the Graphic Arts market. We thank all of the judges who evaluated Pulse and will proudly display this award at Print 2005 in September.”

The judges noted the Pulse ColorElite System’s “upstream impact and its potential in soft proofing”. Quoting one of the PIA/GATF judges, a professional photographer with 30 years’ experience, “the profile building (which is wizard based) does not necessarily require a sophisticated understanding of color management to get great results.”

The Pulse ColorElite System will be available for demonstration at X-Rite’s booth #7518 at Print 2005, September 9-15, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. For more information, please visit

About the Pulse ColorElite System
The Pulse™ ColorElite System enables creative professionals to color manage all of their devices, including the display, scanner, digital camera, and printer with one, easy-to-use color management solution. It provides the hardware to precisely capture color and the software to accurately analyze and interpret the data. It’s complete color management the way it should be. For more information, please visit

About X-Rite
X-Rite is a leading provider of color management solutions comprised of hardware, software, and services for the verification and communication of color data. The Company serves a broad range of industries, including photo, digital imaging, graphic arts, industrial and retail color matching, medical, and dental. X-Rite serves markets in over 88 countries, with offices throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Please visit for more information.

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First Look: Wacom’s 21-Inch Touch Screen Mon, 01 Aug 2005 16:14:08 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff The Cintiq 21UX brings a new dimension to image editing, but it’s tough to get a handle on.

Source: PC World
Written By Diego Aguirre

For years I’ve dreamed of making changes to images in Adobe Photoshop directly on the screen, the way I work on paper.

Wacom’s 21-inch Cintiq 21UX touch screen monitor promised to make my dream a reality. But as often happens, things didn’t turn out as smoothly in the real world as they did in my imaginings.

This specialty monitor isn’t for everyone: With a street price of $2499, Wacom has aimed the Cintiq squarely at graphics professionals, or hobbyists with a fat wallet. You can use it with a wide range of applications–everything from graphics and Web design to architecture and video creation.

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