KODAK ANNOUNCES NEW PHOTO CD PORTFOLIO SOFTWARE Multimedia Publishing Format Demonstrated at Intermedia Conference
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) today announced and demonstrated its new software for authoring Photo CD discs at desktop computers. The new Photo CD Portfolio authoring software will create Photo CD Portfolio format discs that can become a major publishing medium, for use on TV and computers. Georgia L. McCabe, director for Kodak's worldwide Commercial CD Imaging organization, said "The Portfolio authoring software provides commercial customers increased access to the benefits of the Photo CD formats. This is the beginning of desktop creation of custom-designed multimedia titles."
PHOTO CD PORTFOLIO APPLICATIONS
Using the features of the Photo CD Portfolio format-which can include digital photos, audio, text, graphics, and programmed access, users can produce: -- Business presentations with narration and menu choices -- Real estate listings with photos, audio, and descriptive text -- Training and education materials for wide or narrow distribution -- Wedding albums with music and narration -- School yearbooks with audio -- Family trees with branches and comments -- Books with narration With Kodak Photo CD Portfolio disc authoring software, the user can create these applications on the desktop. Moderate quantities of individual titles can be produced directly at the desktop using the Kodak PCD writer 200. Each original Photo CD Portfolio disc also can be used as a master for mass production of discs, using the same process that now is used for audio CDs. Mass-produced CD-ROM discs can cost as little as one dollar each, which makes this format an economical publishing tool. Photo CD and CD-I players can display Kodak Photo CD Portfolio discs, like all Photo CD format discs, on TV. The discs also can be used on computers with a Photo CD-compatible CD-ROM XA drive and the appropriate software. The Photo CD Portfolio format is set to become the universal cross-platform CD-ROM publishing medium.
PHOTO CD PORTFOLIO AUTHORING SOFTWARE FEATURES
The new Photo CD Portfolio software provides users the ability to create Photo CD Portfolio discs at their desktops. Users can do the following: -- Develop and produce interactive multimedia presentations and titles directly on the desktop in the Photo CD Portfolio format, combining photos, audio, graphics, text, and programmed access -- Edit images from Photo CD Master or Pro Photo CD Master discs using off-the-shelf image editing software and write the edited files to Photo CD Portfolio discs for storage or distribution -- Combine photographic-quality images from Photo CD Master and Pro Photo CD Master discs with other digital images to create Photo CD Portfolio discs for presentations, storage, or distribution -- Copy Photo CD Master and Pro Photo CD Master discs to Kodak Photo CD Portfolio discs for low- to medium-volume distribution -- Merge images from an assortment of Photo CD Master and Pro Photo CD Master discs to new Photo CD Portfolio discs A module of the Photo CD authoring software package will be used to convert non-Photo CD images, such as TIFF files, to Photo CD image pack format. The converted images can be used on Photo CD Portfolio discs along with Photo CD images. This means users can include images generated with virtually any image-creation or image-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, and with digital cameras such as the Kodak DCS Professional Digital Camera System. The new features provide photographers and designers with the ability to edit Photo CD images and save them to Photo CD Portfolio discs in the Photo CD image pack format. The features also enable producers of presentations to create images in other software applications, then convert those images to Photo CD image pack format before writing them to Photo CD Portfolio discs. The resulting discs will be usable on any Photo CD-compatible device-on TV and on computers. Kodak's Portfolio authoring software comprises the following utilities: -- Image-packer, which converts TIFF files to Photo CD format -- Copy/merge, which copies Photo CD image packs from other Photo CD discs, maintaining Photo CD playback compatibility -- Portfolio organizer, which arranges the digital information, including images and audio, with linear and non-linear sequencing (programmed access or branching), in the Photo CD format Kodak will publish a description language so other software developers can support output to Photo CD Portfolio discs from within their applications. The description language will be interpreted by the Photo CD authoring software, to be written subsequently to a Photo CD Portfolio disc at the desktop or at a service bureau, photo lab, or photofinisher. Kodak plans to ship Photo CD Portfolio authoring software this summer. The software will be available first for Sun Sparc Stations, next for the Macintosh computer platform, and finally for the Windows platform sometime in the future. -0- 3/29/93 /CONTACT: Alan K. Brakoniecki, Media Relations, Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-3057/ (EK)
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