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than one percent of images taken with a digital camera are printed at a retail photofinishing outlet iabout nine percent are printed at home, but 88 percent are not printed at ag). Clearly retail digital photog nishing isstill in its infancy, with plenty of room to grow. As (or digital photography as a whole, interest remains high. For example, at TCP we conducted a readership survey last year, and discovered that more than 90 percent of respondents wanted more on digital

photography. As part of our research on how to do this,

Canada at the end of May. The kiosk is PC based, with a touch-screen menu system and a multi-card reader that supports most digital camera memory types. Customers will be able to insert the memory card from their cameras and see previews of their images on

thes creen.T hey can make a few choicesf rom them enu,

such as number and size of prints, and can also make minor adjustments to colour and brightness. Prints are output on a high quality dye-sublimation printer, but the system will be able to tie into an existing minilab setup. The kiosk also indudes a CD recorder, so the cus- tomer can burn their digital images onto a CD. Olympus intends to place these in the usual retail out- lets, but also in what it calls "high photo output" places like hotels and resorts- even cruise ships. Who

know, in a couple of years, our favourite convenience stores may have one too. During ihe introduction of the TruePrint kiosk, Olympus America Inc. spokesman. Iohn Blakeslee noted that presently less

we convened an advisory councilm ade up of represen-

tatives from the photography industry and the informa- tion technology industry.

O verd inner one evening severalw eeks ago,w e had a

wide-ranging discussion about the emerging digital photography landscape. To those in the IT sector, digi- tal photography was seen as simply a natural progres- sion of the digital drive into every industrial sector. For the photo industry, digital seems more like a new force, an encroachment that has to be adjusted to. But both groups read the same research, and more or less agree on the future —and it is digital.

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We standc orrected on Treo

I am pleased that there is to be a "royal- ty tariff" on CDs and DVOs. Now I can

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This is especially significant when run- ning Windows programs.

In your May editorial you stated that the Treo won't support GPRSuntil Rogers ATUT

make asm any copies of music and

other

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CDs as I wish. and

One oft he things that always bothers me

when doing word processing and OTP

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know that the copy-

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[desktop publishing], or 50 percent more

issue, it's the Treo software that's not

nght holders have

June issue) is that display resolution only

drawing area visible when doing CAD

ready.

been fully compen-

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[computer-aided design], or the ability to

Users will need to upgrade their 05

sated.

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have several windows and applications

when Handspring releases it sometime

No longer will the

always documented, display resolution is

open and visible when doing Web devel-

this year.

copying of music

only presented in the comparision table.

opment.

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and video be illegaL

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marksa nd OVO movies, and a little more

copieso f the music

inch XGA (1,024x768) display, and one of

attention to desktop application usability

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friends,

similar size that does SXGA(1,400x1,050)

in future notebook reviews, if you please.

nies, ond Mr. Freeman is correct —the lock

adding a smail markup for my effort, and

or UXGA (1,600x1,200).

Any display looks good with the screen

of availability of GPRS is o functionof

havea clear conscience knowing that the

Higher resolution displays present 50

savero n— show me the screen fonts!

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music studios are finally happy, and total-

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Dot-ca authority holds second election

OTIAWA, Ont.— While the powerful Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) rethinks the concept of democratic control over top-level domains like dot-corn and dot-

net,t he Canadian agency in charge of

that country's domain-name space is launching its second public election of board members. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which took control of the «ountry-code top-level domain (ccTLD) known as dot-ca in late 2000 and held ils Urst election of board mem- bers e year ego, will collect votes for

three board seats during the second

week in June. Iniiiagy installed as a group, the nine elected members of the I 2-person board were posted in threes to terms ranging from one year to three years so that the Internet authority could hold annual

elections for a third of the board each

year.

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even Canadian domain-name regis-

trants.

The currentc ampaign has attracted

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registrants.

Those nominated by CIRA indudcd lwo existing board members: Internet law expert Michael Geist Rnd Web devel- opment company president Denis Teliguay.

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burned to a CD, stored on a hard

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quality images under ideal conditions. If you are an imaging hobbyist, print-

making canbe rewarding in itself, and in

fitct, photographic printmaking using

high-end Inkjet printers has become a

legitimate art form. If you are mainly interested in outputting lots of 4x6 glossies, however, inkjet printing can be

a drudge.

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kioskst o be shipped in 2002

will be designede xclusively for digital camerau sers."

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image filesan d provide vital tools for resizing, adjusting colour

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from one to another of the many popular file formats.

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ThumbsPtus

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As you might surmise. the program is centered on a thumbnail directory view. This comes with plenty of options. For example, thumbnail images can be auto- maticagy contrast-enhanced, or stored in either lossless (LZYL/) or lossy ()PEG)

format.Y ou can sort them based on

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the ability to Uip through your images in a fuU-size viewing window. The image viewer in ThumbsPlus shows only one selected image at a time. To view succes- sive images, you have to open them indi- viduagy from the thumbnail browser.

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may recall a Windows CE-based handheld

unit

fromSharp Electronics some years

ago that had a built-in digital camera.

But,a t the time,t he quality oft he display

was nowhere near as good as youqt find

on todays' handhelds. Pictures of loved ones displayed on those early handhelds

looked like stick people drawings com-

pared to what is available now.

Foru sers of Pocket PC-based systems,

picture display software is something you' ll have to get from a third-party

provider as it's not part of the core appb-

cationsp rovided by Microsoft. However,

some hardware manufacturers are wisely recogniiing this need and bundling this sofbvare with their devices.

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indude picture display software, there are lots of freeware and shareware solutions. One application, caRed Image Explorer, is

from a sman Urib company, TangCode

(wowb tintemekcom/-tangfarngcode). It not

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can also use it to zoom in on any part of the image. It's fast and free.

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Applian Technologies' (www.appiian.corn)

PicturePerfect 5.1 for the Pocket PC, which gives you thumbnail views of your pic- tures, image-editing tools, and lets you create slideshows with transition effects

thatc an be synchronized with MP3 music.

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t f you are a regular TCP reader,

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imagesi n 3PEG format, which compress- es files to reduce their size. This com- pression format is called a lossy method,

because some information about the

imagei s discarded as part of the com-

pmsslon.

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photoi n an image editor and retouch any obviousf laws, such as red eye, if neces- sary. Digital-image enthusiasts hail Photoshop,b ut there are a number of cheaper packages— MGI Photoguite (www.roxio.com), Jasc Paint Shop Pro (wwwiacscom), and Ulead PhotoImpact

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high-resolution image on plain bond

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paper.

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half of an Bx10, then running out of

cyan.

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drimpthoroughly before handling.

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Dye-based inkjet inks tend to fade

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versoin. The clocks feature themes to appeal to a wide variety

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