Kodak DCS Camera Manager V2.0 Enables Computer Control of IEEE 1394
Friday, May 18, 2001
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 17 -- New digital image workflow software from Kodak Professional greatly expands the studio applications for any Kodak Professional digital camera compatible with the IEEE 1394 serial bus. With DCS Camera Manager v1.0 software, photographers can control camera settings from a computer, trigger the camera, quickly copy images from the camera to the computer, and send images directly to the computer where they can be transmitted to other locations. It's one of the latest Kodak contributions to Infoimaging a $225 billion industry created by the convergence of images and information technology in ways that were never before possible. Infoimaging is about images, enabled by technology, improving communication and commerce, and creating significant new revenue and market opportunities for businesses. Camera Manager software both speeds and simplifies the movement of images as information. "We've always designed our cameras with more than just image capture in mind," said Jay Kelbley, product manager, digital cameras, Kodak Professional. "Camera Manager software is just the latest step in continually improving the real-world performance and utility of our 'pro' digital camera line to improve the possibilities and the business opportunities for our customers." With Camera Manager software, connecting a Kodak digital camera to a computer via a "Firewire" interface lets photographers use their computer to set any of the properties accessible through the camera's menu. These include adjusting the clock, setting the aperture, designating a personalized start-up screen with contact information and many other functions. The computer connection also allows remote camera triggering for a more nimble set-up and greater efficiency in studio applications. The new software also allows images to be saved directly on a computer's hard drive, bypassing the camera's removable memory. This option provides new versatility, especially with the newest PC models that offer wireless transmission and are small enough to be carried in a pocket or on a belt. With the software, a Kodak Professional DCS digital camera and such a computer, images can be captured in the field and transmitted almost instantaneously to a web site or wire service for further dissemination. Camera Manager software, available free on www.kodak.com, is compatible with all Kodak Professional DCS cameras in the 300, 500 and 600 series, as well as the newly announced Kodak Professional DCS760 digital camera. The software is included with the DCS760 digital camera. The first version of Camera Manager will support Mac OS9 & OS9.1, as well as Windows 2000. An updated version supporting Windows 98 SE, Windows NT, and Windows ME is set for release before the end of May. Also available on the web site is the recently announced DCS Photo Desk v1.1 software. Primarily designed as an image browser, DCS Photo Desk software can be used to review images and supports a wide variety of metadata.