Lucidiom names two to board of directors

Lucidiom Inc., Vienna, Va., elected Michael Clayton-Gale and Jason Pareti to serve as members of its Board of Directors.

Clayton-Gale joined Lucidiom in 2003 and is currently the European managing director. He has more than 30 years of international experience drawn from successful senior management positions for a U.S. oil corporation plus several new European ventures and start-up businesses.

Pareti is a company founder and Lucidiom’s CTO. He has guided Lucidiom’s technical operations from idea conception to market leader. Pareti oversees product design, development and customer support for the full Lucidiom product line and his team has realized Lucidiom’s vision of a global network of interconnected kiosks, lab management stations and online retail destinations. Prior to Lucidiom, Pareti was part of the founding team at Digital Now, serving as the director of Internet and Consumer Development.

Boinx upgrades You Gotta See This! photo app

Boinx Software, Puchheim, Germany, releases You Gotta See This! version 1.4, an upgrade to the company’s iPhone photo app that includes two of the most user-requested features. The new transparent theme allows users to more easily integrate images into their creative workflows, while high-resolution viewing lets users admire their panographs in all their glory.

You Gotta See This! is currently a “featured app” at the iTunes App Store and is available for US$1.99

Green screen software upgraded

A new version of ChromaStar has been released by Canadian-based 36Pix, Montreal, Quebec. ChromaStar 2 is said to be capable of accurately processing more complex images that are significantly affected by problems such as aggressive shadows and strong subject contours.

ChromaStar’s advanced algorithms correct common problems such as halos, green spill and shadows, while preserving fine detail and green clothing. The latest version’s enhancements allow it to render images with even stronger shadows, more background noise and remove contours that are the result of over-compression.

PrintPapa launches affordable photo products

PrintPapa, Santa Clara, Calif., unveiled the latest range of personalized photo products. This new line of products gives PrintPapa’s customers a wide range of options for creating personalized greeting cards, calendars, photobooks, posters, banners and more.

The PrintPapa Photo Publisher is available as a free download.

Acclaimed photographers tap liveBooks for online presence

liveBooks Inc., San Francisco, Calif., a provider of websites that allow creative professionals to promote and manage their businesses online, announced the recent launch of three new liveBooks-powered websites for professional photographers Doug Menuez, Greg Gibson and Jim Fiscus.

An award-winning documentary photographer with more than 30 years of experience, Menuez has covered major news stories such as the famine in Ethiopia and several presidential campaigns, and has shot advertising campaigns for global brands like Coca-Cola and Chevrolet.

With a business that encompasses commissioned work and a new boutique stock website, Menuez also needed a website that could clearly represent both of these business segments. With his new website at www.menuez.com, visitors can easily navigate his stock and commissioned work, while capturing the full essence of his artistry.

With more than 20 years of photojournalism experience, Gibson is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who in recent years has focused his attention on special event photography, with an emphasis on the wedding market. Gibson launched his new liveBooks website at www.greggibson.com, which enables him to easily upload images and offer a faster turnaround time for his clients. According to Gibson, liveBooks sites put the focus on the images, rather than the ornaments of a web design.

Specializing in editorial and advertising photography, Fiscus has produced award-winning images for Levi’s, Nike, ESPN and Showtime television series like “Dexter.” His new website, showcased at www.fiscusphoto.com, brings his attention-grabbing images to life on a clean, easy-to-navigate platform. Fiscus said he chose liveBooks because he wanted to create an environment where visitors can easily review projects, peruse his photos and gain a true understanding of his photographic style and brand.

New imagePROGRAF large format printers now available from Canon

Canon announces new imagePROGRAF large format printers

Canon announces new imagePROGRAF large format printers

Canon U.S.A. Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., announced two new large format printers — the 44-inchimagePROGRAF iPF8300S and 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6300S. These two 8-color large format printers feature similar technology found in the 12-color iPF8300, iPF6350 and iPF6300 printers, including Canon’s LUCIA EX ink set.

The 44-inch Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300S will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of US$4,995 while the 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6300S will have an MSRP of $2,995.  Both models are expected to begin shipping in April.

Samsung enters new product market with A3 MFPs

Samsung Electronics America Inc., Ridgefield Park, N.J., announced its entrance into the A3 printer market with the MultiXpress CLX-9350ND and CLX-9250ND multifunction color printers and the MultiXpress SCX-8040ND and SCX-8030ND mono printers. Supporting throughput of up to 12-inches by 18-inches, Samsung’s A3 models are perfect for both back office operations in the enterprise space as well as demanding work groups looking for maximum productivity, seamless integration and powerful security features.

With an 8.9-inch, color LCD touch panel and customized user interface, the MultiXpress models are designed for usability. The flexible panel and large icons make it easy to view the device’s status and navigate menus, or complete complex print, scan, copy and fax jobs quickly. The control panel, mainframe and paper tray LEDs light up to indicate the printer’s status for a more intuitive user interface. A built-in user guide and easy toner replacement process round out the A3’s user-friendly design.

The MultiXpress CLX-9350ND and CLX-9250ND color models print at 35 and 25 max pages per minute (ppm) and the MultiXpress SCX-8040ND and SCX-8030ND mono models print at the speed of 40 and 30 max ppm.

The A3 line has advanced security features built-in for increased safety for printing confidential information in sensitive work environments. Print job password authentication and email encryption features further ensure security should they be needed.

Shoulder mount DSLR kits new from Zacuto

The new Double Barrel rig from Zacuto

The new Double Barrel rig from Zacuto

Zacuto USA, Chicago, Ill., is now offering two new shoulder mounted DSLR kits, the Double Barrel and

Fast Draw.

The Fast Draw, a single grip and shoulder mounted system, works with any DSLR camera and has the ability to connect to a tripod plate using a ¼ 20-inch and/or 3/8 16-inch. To quick release your camera from the rig, turn the red knob on the plate and simply pull up on your camera. One great add-on option for the Fast Draw is the Z-Finder Pro, 2.5 or 3x magnification. This optical viewfinder enables DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for shooting video. A comfortable shoulder pad along with the counter balance weight allows the rig to be balanced, yet alleviate any discomfort of having the front part of the rig too heavy.

Unlike the Fast Draw, the Double Barrel uses a dual handheld system. It also includes the DSLR handle, follow focus unit, and the Z-Finder Pro 2.5x. Like the Fast Draw, your camera is quick-releasable by turning the red knob and pulling up on your camera.

Along with these kits, Zacuto also offers the option to build your own shoulder mounted kits by purchasing gear ala carte.

Sony offers TV-friendly memory card reader for video/photo playback

Sony's new MRW-F3 memory card reader

Sony's new MRW-F3 memory card reader

According to Sony, it’s never been easier to transfer photos and videos from your digital camera, camcorder or smartphone to your PC. With the new compact memory card reader family from Sony — headed by the new MRW-F3 –, you can now play back videos and photos taken with Cyber-shot or Handycam directly on your USB-equipped BRAVIA TV, with no connecting cables needed.

“An essential add-on for your PC or notebook, the [memory card readers are] also great for connecting with BRAVIA, PlayStation3 or Blu-ray Disc players by Sony that include a USB port for simple playback of movies and photo,” the company says.

The memory card reader models offer ‘driverless’ plug-and-play operation, and support Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection for rapid data, picture and music transfers. Available for free download from http://support.sony-europe.com, Drive Letter Recognition Software clearly identifies each slot of the card reader by name when it pops up on your PC’s desktop, avoiding any ‘which drive?’ ambiguity when you’ve got multiple devices mounted.

Constant Contact adds social CRM capabilities with Bantam Live acquisition

Constant Contact Inc., Waltham, Mass., acquired Bantam Live, a pioneering contact management and social CRM provider owned and operated by privately held Bantam Networks LLC. Under the terms of the deal, which closed Feb. 15, 2011, Constant Contact acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Bantam Networks for a cash purchase price of $15 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.

New York-based Bantam Live provides Constant Contact a social CRM platform built on a Ruby on Rails platform, plus an experienced team focused on developing products and tools for small business. Bantam Live’s social CRM technology will help to create a unified repository of data across all channels, including clicks, email opens, survey responses, event participation and social media interactions. It will play a crucial role in how data is captured, reported and analyzed for Constant Contact’s more than 400,000 small business customers, helping them better track, measure and increase customer engagement.