NEW KODAK CD AUTHORING PRODUCTS GIVE NEW OPTIONS TO COMPUTER USERS
Toshiba Licenses Kodak Photo CD Logo SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar. 29 -- With a series of new CD authoring
products announced today at the Intermedia conference, Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) is expanding the ability of desktop computer users to output their computer files or create multimedia presentations on compact discs.
Kodak also announced a licensing agreement with Toshiba Corp. which will allow Toshiba to use the Kodak Photo CD logo to promote its multisession CD-ROM drives. The Kodak Photo CD system lets people take conventional 35 mm photographs and have the film images scanned onto compact discs. They then can incorporate their images in computing applications, using a compatible CD-ROM XA drive and appropriate software, or can display them on television using a Photo CD player, which also plays audio CDs. "Before launching the Photo CD system to consumers, Kodak provided photofinishers with enabling technologies to produce Photo CD discs cost-effectively," said Fred Geyer, general manager and vice president, CD Imaging at Kodak. "Today, Kodak is extending this core technology to business and professional users by giving them the tools to produce commercial discs at their desktop computers."
PORTFOLIO AUTHORING SOFTWARE
The company demonstrated new software for authoring Kodak Photo CD Portfolio discs at the desktop, positioning the Portfolio format to become a major publishing medium for custom-designed multimedia titles. Available this summer, the software will let people create Portfolio discs that contain combinations of photographic images, audio, graphics and text screens, and programmed access. Applications include consumer "picture stories" (like weddings or family trees), business presentations, and commercial titles. Like all Photo CD discs, Portfolio discs can be played on television or a computer.
WRITABLE CD PRODUCTS
Several of the new products Kodak introduced today will make it easy for desktop computer users to output their data files to write-once CD- ROM discs-called CD-Recordable discs, or writable CDs. -- The newly announced Kodak writable CD media with InfoGuard protection system includes several unique features that provide greater longevity and durability than many existing write-once or mass-produced CDs. -- The Kodak PCD LAN writer 200 lets any DOS or Windows user, on a Novell-based Ethernet network, output data to Kodak writable CDs. The system bundles Kodak writable CD products with Netscribe Access Client Software from Meridian Data, Inc. -- Kodak announced April availability of Kodak writable CD publishing software for Macintosh computers and Windows environments. Publishing software for DOS users is already available, and a UNIX version will be available soon.
TOSHIBA LICENSING AGREEMENT
Under terms of a licensing agreement announced today, Toshiba will use the Photo CD trademark to promote its latest multisession CD-ROM XA drives. The agreement with Toshiba includes the XM-3401 Series of drives-internal, external, laptop or notebook drives, as well as a multiple-drive unit. Toshiba has licensed the right to use the Photo CD trademark-a graphic representation of film merged with a compact disc, along with the words "Photo CD"-to appear on the drives, on packaging, in promotional literature, and in advertising. With this latest licensing agreement, manufacturers of CD-ROM drives can brand their multisession products with the Photo CD trademark. The Photo CD trademark on a CD-ROM drive indicates to the purchaser that the drive has all the capabilities inherent in the Photo CD format.
ACCESS SOFTWARE FOR DOS
Kodak also announced that its popular Photo CD Access software is now available to computer users running MS-DOS software. Kodak Photo CD Access software allows users to read and save Photo CD images, and to incorporate them into current applications. Available since late last summer to users of Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Kodak has sold more than 40,000 copies so far, and is currently shipping approximately 2,000 more units every week. -0- 3/29/93 /CONTACT: Alan K. Brakoniecki, Media Relations, Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-3057/ (EK)
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