Archive for the 'Hardware' Category

Jul 8, 2008



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.

Apr 16, 2007

Wacom Updates Mac OS X Tablet Drivers

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.

Mar 29, 2007

3Dconnexion Announces SpaceNavigator Support for Photoshop CS3


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.

Nov 16, 2006

Scott Kelby Releases His “Gonzo Holiday Gadget Guide”

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.

Nov 7, 2006

Petascale storage may trickle down to you

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.

Oct 9, 2006

Logitech NuLOOQ Navigator Now Supports Windows, New Apps

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.

Aug 29, 2006

New Wacom(R) Pen Tablet


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.

May 4, 2006

Porn Industry May Be Decider in Blu-ray, HD-DVD Battle

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.

Apr 27, 2006

Studios Use DriveSavers to Recover Digital Assets That Are Lost

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.

Apr 20, 2006

The Virtues of a Second Screen

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.

Mar 21, 2006

Networked storage heads for homes

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.

Mar 2, 2006

Hardware Review-MacBook Pro

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.

Feb 23, 2006

Epson Perfection V700 Photo and Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanners

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.

Feb 23, 2006

Logitech Brings New Levels of Control to Adobe Creative Suite 2

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.

Jan 5, 2006

PhotoVu Announces World’s Most Powerful Wireless Digital Picture Frame

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.

Oct 26, 2005

The Epson P-4000 Multimedia Storage Viewer

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.

Sep 27, 2005

Microsoft and Intel to Support HD-DVD

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.

Aug 17, 2005

Blu-ray wins two more backers, while HD DVD looks doomed

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.

Aug 3, 2005

X-Rite Pulse ColorElite System Wins PIA/GATF Intertech Technology Award

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.

Aug 1, 2005

First Look: Wacom’s 21-Inch Touch Screen

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.

Jul 15, 2005

The Next-Generation Disc: What Should It Be?

Source: PC World
Written By Melissa J. Perenson

The battle for the successor to DVD continues. The winner will be the format consumers flock to.

Jun 23, 2005

Hardware torture tests

Source: DIGIT
Written By Michael Cahlin

How much “wear-&-tear” can a product take before it gives up the ghost? To find out, we chucked several vital hardware tools around until they broke.

May 25, 2005

Wacom offers Photoshop CS2 discounts to Customers

As a registered Intuos3 owner you can qualify to purchase a full version of Adobe® Photoshop® CS2 for just $299. This is a savings of up to $300! Offer ends June 30th, 2005.

Apr 15, 2005

Wacom debuts Bluetooth wireless pen tablet

Source: MacNN

Wacom Technology today announced the first Wacom pen tablet to incorporate Bluetooth wireless technology. The new Graphire Bluetooth offers a 6″ x 8″ active area, Wacom’s patented cordless, battery-free pen technology, 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, and more. The Wacom Graphire pen provides a natural and controlled way to retouch and edit digital photos and create original art and a built-in eraser makes it easy to quickly fix mistakes.

Mar 3, 2005

Hardware Review: ReadyNAS 600 Network Drive

Source: The Luminous Landscape
By Michael Reichmann

Some Background
Since the mid-1990′s photographers have relied on hard drives to store their scanned or digital original photographs, not to mention all of the other files that anyone who uses a computer relies on for their business as well as personal records. And, as Photoshop files get larger and larger, (my archived images with Adjustment Layers now typically run 100 to 400 Megabytes each), we all find ourselves buying ever-increasing numbers of hard drives in ever increasing sizes.