Mediaclip’s responsive photo tool for tablets builds on HTML 5

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Mediaclip-tabletWhite-label software developer Mediaclip says its new HTML5 builder “provides tablet and mobile users with an optimized, easy to use experience” while also maintaining compatibility with your backend infrastructure and content library assets.

The Montreal-based company says the builders for photo books and photo gifts “are just the first step toward Mediaclip’s new modular product vision.” The upcoming approach to the merchandising of personalized products will include “the complete range of tools and capabilities required to virtually redefine both product merchandising as well as the on-line shopping experience and raise mass market awareness of the value of customized photo gifts and products.”

The HTML5 builder “provides a stunning photorealistic preview that lets customers see what their photo book or gift would look like, triggering the buying impulse,” the company adds.

Mediaclip is also introducing a “Smart Design” with designs that fit all products or sizes, and is dynamic and responsive.

There’s more information here.

 

Selfies spur Sony sensor sales

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sony-curved-sensor-chartSony is already leading the market when it comes to the primary image sensors in smart phones — but many shots these days are “selfies” taken with the lower-resolution secondary camera …and now Sony wants a piece of that action, Reuters reports.

Sony will invest $345 million to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, the news story says. “The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics.” The investment will allow Sony to raise production by 13 percent to 68,000 wafers a month by August 2015.

Sony currently supplies sensors for the main camera in Apple’s iPhone, Reuters adds, and the company leads Omnivision Technologies “whose sensors are mostly used in front-facing smartphone modules that typically have lower specifications than the main rear camera.”

The full article is here.

There are also reported rumors that the company’s curved sensor design is already heading to phones as well.

Get your events in front of photo enthusiasts — for free — in The Big Photo Show community

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TheBigPhotoShow_verticalAs you’ve all heard, The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles was a huge success, drawing thousands of people to photo shoots, demos, workshops, and exhibits.

Luckily, millions of photo enthusiasts around the globe don’t have to wait for a local PMA consumer event or even live near one. They can visit www.thebigphotoshow.com 24/7 year round, and share their passion for photography, enter contests featuring great prizes, and enjoy videos and articles from photography experts like Erin Manning, Mark Comon and Duane Cassone.

They’re also looking for photo events, classes, and manufacturer demo/shoots: add yours to the Event Calendar so photo enthusiasts can see what’s happening near them.

It’s easy – just create a free basic account and then add your details to the Calendar of Events while logged in.

We’re delighted to provide The Big Photo Show website as one of our many member benefits, connecting our PMA members with photo enthusiasts and promoting the photo-imaging industry worldwide. Be sure to spread the word to all your customers!

ArcSoft, Canon each offer new printing products

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arcsoft perfect365Imaging technology developer ArcSoft partnered with Mixbook to let users of its Perfect365 makeover program “use their flawlessly-edited images to create lasting memories in a Mosaic photo book – a sleek, 20-page album that can be created in less than five minutes.”

Perfect365 uses face detection to “automatically map a person’s eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth and hairline,” the company says. “This allows users to create professional-looking touched-up photos by choosing from dozens of pre-set templates for a flattering, realistic makeover inspired by today’s hottest styles, timeless looks or natural palettes. Users can also customize their look with nearly 20 tweaking tools that whiten teeth, brighten eyes, banish blemishes and much more.”

When 20 images are perfected, they can be added to a Mosaic with a few clicks, and made into a 7×7-inch photo book for a flat rate of $20 plus shipping. ArcSoft adds that “The great thing about photo albums is that they keep your favorite memories accessible and tangible. It’s a conversation starter, a great gift, or the kind of item you want displayed on your coffee table.”

• Canon says its mobile print offering works on top of Android’s recently announced printing framework and “enables users to print their business documents, personal documents and photographs to Canon printing systems over a wireless network.”

With the Canon Print Service “users who already own compatible Canon systems don’t need to upgrade their printers, nor download new driver software,” the company says.

It’s available here.

 

The July/August issue of PMA magazine is now available

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Magazine_issue072014_700x454The July/August issue of PMA Magazine – Connecting the Imaging Communities is live and online.

In this issue, discover the excitement of The Big Photo Show LA 2014! Read about all the opportunities this event, held in May, brought to photo enthusiasts and imaging businesses; check out interviews with attendees; and read (and even watch) interviews with exhibitors.

In addition, this issue revisits retailers we interviewed a year ago about getting consumers to make prints and photo products from mobile images. Discover what a huge difference a year has made in technology, ease of use, and big profits.

Also in this issue:

  • Hans Hartman of Suite 48 Analytics reveals trends in mobile photography and output
  • LifePics is betting on 3D printing
  • The 2014 AIE Future Imaging Summit panel on output explains current trends
  • Panasonic’s Darin Pepple explains how 4K and hybrid photography are changing the game
  • How the Tran family escaped terrors in Cambodia – then built one of the most successful imaging businesses in Australia
  • In the U.K., The Photography Show picks up where Focus on Imaging left off

DIMA 2015 and 2015 PMA@CES call for speakers deadlines July 15

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PMA@CES_logo_vertical-300x257Have some great ideas or strategies to share? Here’s the chance to do so! PMA has extended the deadline for applications for DIMA 2015 and 2015 PMA@CES Conference speakers until July 15. Proposed topics should fall in one of the following categories: retail strategy, photo publishing, consumer video, camera phone imaging, social media, or professional imaging.

Interested speakers can complete the application form  available at  https://pma.informz.net/survistapro/sn.asp?gid=A0155F8F-4E08-4765-9D5D-4BC80387DFA1 by June 30, 2014. Questions? Email Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

DIMA 2015, part of the PMA 2015 Conferences, will be held Jan. 4-5, 2015 at Bally’s Las Vegas. The 2015 PMA@CES Conference is Jan. 6-8, 2015, at Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall, Las Vegas, Nev.

On the DIMAcast: Advances in mobile imaging

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h_hartmanRecently both Apple and Amazon debuted new online services for customers taking phone photos. However, there is much more that can and needs to be done in the still-young field of Mobile Imaging.

For a discussion of some of the latest advances, we turn to Suite 48 Analytics’ Hans Hartman for a wide-ranging talk.

You can download or subscribe to the podcast here.

Or tune in now through the player below.

Don’t hit “Send”: Sweeping anti-spam law goes into effect in Canada

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On July 1, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) goes into effect — and trust me, you do NOT want to violate it. The law prevents businesses from sending commercial messages, via email, text or social media, to Canadians without their consent — and carries penalties up to $1 million for individual violators and as much as $10 million for a company. Learn more about this new law at the Govenment of Canada website.

Amazon’s Phone to set fire to showrooming?

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FirePhone-D-Right-App-GridLast week, we covered the cool new imaging technology in Amazon’s first mobile phone (four cameras used to sense position!) — but now alarms are going off that it might set ablaze the ongoing problem of “showrooming” as it makes it much easier to take a photo of any product, anywhere, and see at what price it’s sold on Amazon.

“When Amazon builds a new gadget, it’s almost always designed to help sell other Amazon products to users,” says business writer Timothy Lee. “The Kindle, of course, was part of Amazon’s strategy for building its ebook store. The Fire Phone Amazon released on Wednesday also allows users to read digital content purchased from Amazon. But it will help Amazon sell more of its physical products too. The Fire Phone includes an app called Firefly that helps users identify things they point their cameras at, from books to paintings. For some items, Firefly will present useful information, like the Wikipedia page for a famous painting. If it’s an item Amazon sells, Firefly will let you click to buy it.

“This should terrify brick and mortar retailers.”

Here’s the full article. What do you think?

 

PMA launches Certified Passport Photo Centre program for Canada

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LogoPassportPhotographerPMA’s new Certified Passport Photo Center program has been a huge hit with U.S. members — and it’s now available to Canadian PMA members, too. The program is currently being developed for members in other countries.

Customers prefer an expert who knows government rules and regulations inside and out and can provide a 100% guarantee of success to customers – customers who will be happy campers knowing their passport or visa photos won’t be rejected. (And while they’re in your store getting passport photos – you have a captive audience for your products, services and classes.)

PMA will train and certify you and your employees to become a PMA Certified Passport Photographer.  PMA Certified Passport Photo Centre marketing materials will proudly and confidently advertise your new premium status, and give you a well-defined edge over the competition.

A special introductory discount of $140 — the per-store fee — is available through July 31 for the new “Passport to Success” program. When your staff completes the PMA Certified Passport Photographer (CPP) module, you will receive all the marketing tools and information needed to become a PMA Certified Passport Photo Centre (CPPC).