Monday, January 22, 2007
Print big, fast and with consistent, top-notch color on the high-performance Hewlett-Packard Photosmart Pro B9180. The printer uses HP's eight-color Vivera pigment-based inks, which resist fading for more than 200 years. HP's third-generation gray ink is more neutral than before, producing smoother transitions and detail. A 4x6-inch photo prints in as fast as 10 seconds and a 13x19-inch photo in as fast as 1.5 minutes. The B9180 also features a plug-in that automatically synchronizes Photoshop and the printer driver. List Price: $700. Contact: Hewlett-Packard, (800) 752-0900, .
STURDY SLR SACK
Pack your digital SLR safely away in the M-Rock Everglade camera bag, which holds up to six lenses. Tough, water-resistant material, plastic paneling and thick, closed-cell foam are designed to protect your gear in harsh weather. A padded U-shaped lens cradle and four adjustable dividers make room for the camera with lens attached and additional accessories. There are also plenty of pockets and sleeves in this 8x10x7.25-inch bag. List Price: $100. Contact: M-Rock, (800) 773-7067, www.m-rock.com.
CUT IT OUT
Easily remove or isolate objects in a picture with Digital Film Tools Snap 2.0, an interactive cutout Photoshop plug-in. Once cut out, you can combine the object with another image or use the software to isolate image adjustments. Through unique graph-cutting and segmentation algorithms, Snap figures out which parts of the image are foreground, background and the portion to be cut out. New features in the latest version include an online help system that opens from the interface and the ability to manually draw an outline around an object to be extracted. List Price: $50. Contact: Digital Film Tools, (818) 761-6577, .
IMPRESS WITH MPIXPRESS
Making a professional-quality calendar or greeting cards with your best photographs just became easier with the new MpixPRESS software from Mpix. To use the service, simply download the software from the Mpix Website, then use the templates to create your project. Once you're set, send the order back to Mpix for printing. In addition to calendars, postcards, greeting cards, business cards, playing cards and trading cards, MpixPRESS will soon unveil a photo books service that will allow you to self-publish your own volumes of imagery. Prices vary. Contact: Mpix, www.mpix.com.
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