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The digital-imaging industry is showing off its latest products this week at the annual Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Fla.

The digital-imaging industry is showing off its latest wares this week at the annual Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Fla.

The big news--including Adobe's announcement of a date and price for the new version of Photoshop and Hewlett-Packard's entry into the photofinishing business--came on the convention's opening day Sunday.

But a host of smaller announcements regarding new cameras, software and accessories are also keeping shutterbugs busy.

•&nbspEastman Kodak is expanding its EasyShare line of digital cameras with docking cradles that will allow one-touch transfer of images from camera to PC. The new EasyShare DX4900 camera will have a 4-megapixel resolution and a 2x zoom lens. Kodak expects to ship the camera in March for $399.

Kodak also announced the Multi-Card Reader, a $40 attachment for PCs and Macs that reads removable media in five formats, including Compact Flash, Secure Digital and Smart Media.

•&nbspCasio hopes to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts with the GBros GV-10, a 1.23-megapixel zoom-lens camera with a rugged case designed to withstand rain, snow and dirt. The camera will ship next month at a price of $350.

•&nbspSony announced two new versions of its CD Mavica cameras, which store images on recordable or rewritable CDs. The CD250 will have a resolution of 2 megapixels and is scheduled to go on sale in May for around $600. The CD400 will have a resolution of 4 megapixels and will arrive in May for around $900.

Sony also showed three new versions of its Cyber-shot cameras, which use the company's Memory Stick storage format. The 2-megapixel DSC-P31 will ship in late March at $220; the 2-meagpixel DSC-P51 will ship in April at $300; and the 3.2-megapixel DSC-P71 will arrive late next month at $400.

•&nbspJasc Software announced After Shot--formerly known as Image Expert--software for transferring, organizing and making basic corrections to files from digital cameras. The program sells for $49 and a free evaluation version can be downloaded from Jasc's Web site.

•&nbspMeade Instruments has crammed a digital camera into a pair of binoculars with CaptureView. The device's built-in camera can store up to 40 low-resolution images of whatever the binoculars are focused at. CaptureView will sell for about $100 and will go on the market this spring.

•&nbspNikon announced new cameras for professional and hobbyist photographers. For consumers, the 2-megapixel Coolpix 2500 will include a swivel lens and one-touch downloading of images to a PC or the Web. It's due in April for $379. The D100 is a 6.1-megapixel single-lens reflex camera aimed at professional photographers. It will arrive in the second quarter at a price to be announced.

•&nbspCamera maker Olympus is getting into the retail business with TruePrint digital printing kiosks for camera stores and other photo outlets. Four versions of the TruePrint system will allow consumers to order prints from a variety of removable media. Olympus also updated its Camedia Master Pro software for transferring, organizing and printing images. Version 4.0 sells for $40.

•&nbspPolaroid is also taking aim at retail with Instant Digital Photofinishing systems, kiosks that will allow consumers to make snapshot-size prints of images stored on memory cards at a rate of one print per second.

•&nbspRemovable storage maker Lexar Media announced a new version of Sony's Memory Stick format, with an LED (light-emitting diode) that blinks when data is being read from or sent to the card.