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ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Claiming it can endure over 100 years of typical home display, Kodak introduced new Ultima Picture Paper with ColorLast technology. The consumer inkjet printer paper builds on the company's traditional silver halide photo paper with improvements to fix inkjet dyes in place for improved image quality and print longevity. The paper is shipping now in both high-gloss and satin finishes, with 4 by 6-inch, 5 by 7-inch (high gloss only) and 8.5 by 11-inch sheet sizes. Suggested retails will range from $8.99 to $29.99 depending on paper finish and number of sheets per pack.
LONG BEACH, CALIF.— Epson quietly debuted a hard-drive based portable photo viewer based on its LCD technology. The P-1000 features a 3.8-inch high resolution LCD screen with a 10GB hard drive to store digital images. It features a CompactFlash card slot and can support Memory Stick, Smart Media, SD/MMC with an optional third-party adapter (sold separately). The device can zoom in or rotate images, run them in a slideshow and connect to a television (NTSC or PAL) to view images stored on the drive on a larger screen. The unit supports both JPEG (Exif 2.1 and 2.2) and raw image file formats for select digital SLR cameras and acts as an external drive when connected to a desktop computer. The P-1000 is currently shipping with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC adapter for a suggested retail price of $599. It can print directly to select Epson printers via a USB cable.
FREMONT, CALIF.— PQI announced its Intelligent Frame digital picture frame. The unit features a 5.5-inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 by 240. It accepts SD/MMC, CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Memory Stick media and offers 32MB of internal memory. The unit can view photos independent of a PC but also connects to computers via a USB cable. Images can be viewed in an automatic slideshow with a choice of 8 transition effects.