Archives for January 25, 2012

Xerox reports flat fourth-quarter 2011 revenue

Xerox Corp., Norwalk, Conn., report fourth-quarter revenueof $6 billion was flat; revenue from the company’s services business was up 6 percent, and revenue from its technology business was down 5 percent. Growth in services was driven by an 8 percent increase in both business process outsourcing and document outsourcing. For the full year, Xerox net income was $1.3 billion, adjusted net income of $1.6 billion, was up 21 percent, and total revenue of $22.6 billion, up 5 percent.

Ursula Burns, Xerox CEO

Ursula Burns, Xerox CEO

“Our performance reflects Xerox’s operational discipline in delivering strong bottom-line results while scaling our services business and maintaining our leadership in document technology,” says Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO, Xerox. “While operating in a challenging economic environment, we’ve grown our global market share for equipment revenue, further strengthening our industry leadership. Installs of Xerox equipment increased 8 percent in the fourth quarter. And, our managed print services are proving not only to be the industry standard but also an engine of growth for our business.”.

“Signings for our diverse services offerings were up 15 percent in the fourth quarter,” she adds. “Our services portfolio remains a competitive advantage — providing clients cost-efficient ways to run more productive enterprises and benefiting our business for the long term through a healthy base of recurring revenue.”

Leica Camera accepting Oskar Barnack Award apps

Leica Camera AG, Solms, Germany announces the commencement of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, inviting professional photographers to submit entries to this prestigious international photography competition. Applications and photographic projects are now being accepted online through March 1, 2012. The winners of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award will be announced over the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie festival held in Arles, France, from July 2-8, 2012.

The award has been presented since 1979, the year marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leica inventor Oskar Barnack. The winner of the 2012 Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a Leica M9-P camera with lens worth approximately €10,000, in addition to a cash prize of €5,000. A second honor will be awarded in the category Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for (aspiring) professional photographers aged 25 and under. The winner of the first prize in this section will also receive a Leica M9-P complete with lens.

An international jury presents the Leica Oskar Barnack and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer awards to photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between people and their environment in a portfolio of up to 12 images. Submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between people and their environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, unobtrusive and groundbreaking.

The members of this year’s jury include: Bruce Gilden, Magnum Photographer, Stephan Erfurt, Director of C/O Berlin, Valérie Fougeirol, Creative Director of the Magnum Gallery in Paris, Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Artistic Director of the Leica Galerie in Salzburg and Brigitte Schaller, Art Director of Leica Fotografie International Magazine.


Alien Skin Software announces Exposure 4 plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom

Alien Skin Software, Raleigh, N.C., announced Exposure 4, the new version of its photography effects plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. Exposure provides accurate film simulation and a wide range of creative effects in a simple interface.

The company says “Exposure brings all the creative tools of film photography to the world of digital, such as discontinued films, dark room tricks, and lo-fi camera quirks. Popular classic films are accurately simulated, like Kodachrome, Polaroid, and Panatomic-X. Exposure reproduces the ethereal glow of black-and- white infrared film and, now, color infrared.”

New texture overlay effects are built from high-resolution photos of light leaks, dust and scratches, and borders. This helps add detail to new presets for alternative photographic processes like cyanotype, lith printing, and wet plate photography. Exposure 4 has a completely redesigned user interface and new controls.

Exposure 4 will be available in February 2012 for $249 USD. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $99 USD. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Exposure 3 directly from Alien Skin Software in November 2011 or later.

Exposure 4 is a plug-in and requires one of the following host applications:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 or later
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 or later

System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows users need Windows Vista or later.
  • Apple Macintosh users need Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
  • An Intel Core 2 processor or compatible is required.
  • A monitor with 1024×768 resolution or greater is required.

Premedia Software offering online print file preflighting

Premedia Software Inc., Andover, Mass., launched FixMyPrintFile, a Software as a Service (SaaS) for preflighting and correcting digital print files. The service imports a variety of file formats and generates optimized, print-ready PDF/X output. The service is designed for small- and medium-size publishers and printers who need the capabilities of a high-end, high-value production solution but without the high-end costs. FixMyPrintFile utilizes a pay-as-you-go model providing publishers and printers maximum flexibility to improve their production workflow while keeping costs at a minimum.

“Small and medium size publishers and printers have the same file issues as large publishers and printers – incorrect color spaces, 4-color black text, complex files that won’t RIP – but with fewer resources to get them fixed, “ says Greg Firestone, director, Product Development, PreMedia. “FixMyPrintFile is a solution which provides powerful preflight and file correction capabilities but in a delivery and price model suitable for smaller  companies.”


JPEA: 2011 domestic camera market share ranking shuffle

The March 11 disaster and Thai floods in October in 2011 affected greatly to the sales ranking of Japan’s 10 major electronics appliances, according to GfK Japan, as cited in JPEA Photo Electro News. Sony Corp. grabbed the top position in domestic compact digital camera sales for 2011 with a small 0.2-percent gap from Canon, which suffered from short supply of components due to damaged supply chains, the article said.

In the lens-changeable system camera category including DSLRs, Canon and Nikon maintained their positions of No. 1 at 29.2 percent and No. 2 at 23.5 percent but losing by 2.3 points and 5.5 points respectively from the previous year. Sony gained 1.8 points and took the No. 3 position.

In other Thai flood recover news, Nikon said the company began operation at Nikon Thailand on Jan. 3, which was forced to stop operation due to the floods since October. The company has completed clearing the damage and refurbished the factory in late November and at the same time consigned partial production of SLRs and interchangeable lenses at commissioned factory in the company.