announced at the
Comdex trade show today in Chicago the first in a series of new digital
cameras aimed at home computer users with a new model priced under $350.
Along with Hewlett-Packard, Live Picture, and Microsoft, Kodak also introduced the
FlashPix open architecture for digital imaging.
FlashPix is basically a image file format that uses new compression
techniques to allow rapid online transmission of images. The new format
also allows users to edit photos at low resolution and save changes to a
higher-resolution version of the image.
FlashPix also uses Microsoft's Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), a means
of updating information across a series of linked documents. Final
specifications and a software developer toolkit for the FlashPix format
will be available in the fall for both Windows and Macintosh.
In the meantime, Kodak will begin shipping the $350 DC20 this month. It will
store either 8 or 16 images, depending on the resolution selected. Kodak
will ship the DC20 with three software
programs that allow users to manipulate images and create digital postcards
and slide shows with images downloaded from the camera into a Windows PC or
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