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Epson announce new PIM partners

Nov 12, 2001 at 04:00 GMT

Comdex 2001: Epson has today announced new partners for its PRINT Image Matching system. This time around it's largely software developers and one digital camera manufacturer - JVC. "Epson is excited to be working with these companies to support new P.I.M.-enabled products, further strengthening our commitment to the customer to provide a simple and flexible way to get the best prints possible,'' said Lisa Graham, product manager, photo imaging, Epson.

Press release:

Epson Announces New PRINT Image Matching Partners

Software Companies and Additional Digital Camera Manufacturer Join the Fast-Growing List

Innovative Technology Linking Digital Cameras and Photo Printers Gains More Support

LAS VEGAS - Nov. 12, 2001 - Epson America Inc. unveiled a new list of PRINT Image Matching software partners today, along with a new digital camera partner.

Joining the list of PRINT Image Matching supporters are several software companies including ArcSoft, MGI, NewSoft, Sanity Software and Ulead Systems Inc. Adding to the advancement of PRINT Image Matching is JVC (Victor Co. of Japan Ltd.), as they become the 13th camera manufacturer to license PRINT Image Matching technology.

PRINT Image Matching technology, which was introduced earlier this year, ensures that digital cameras and PRINT Image Matching-enabled printers work perfectly together to create the best possible prints. This technology is now available in 24 digital cameras, five EPSON Stylus® Photo ink jet printers and two software applications, including a new application from ArcSoft called PhotoPrinter 4.0(TM).

"Epson is excited to be working with these companies to support new P.I.M.-enabled products, further strengthening our commitment to the customer to provide a simple and flexible way to get the best prints possible,'' said Lisa Graham, product manager, photo imaging, Epson. "The camera, printer and the software are all integral to the PRINT Image Matching solution. With the addition of our new partners, we are anticipating a variety of products and applications that will provide customers with even more choices to enjoy the benefits of PRINT Image Matching.''

About PRINT Image Matching

PRINT Image Matching ensures that P.I.M.-enabled digital cameras and P.I.M.-supported printers work perfectly together to create the best possible prints. With PRINT Image Matching technology, digital camera manufacturers can set critical image-specific parameters for printing, such as gamma level, color space, contrast, sharpness, brightness, saturation, shadow, highlight and color balance, to ensure optimum results from each digital camera model. The photographer's original intentions are automatically reflected in the printed image. Anyone can now create photos that are more stunning with PRINT Image Matching quickly, easily and automatically.

Hardware and Software -- The Power Behind PRINT Image Matching

PRINT Image Matching technology requires the combination of a PRINT Image Matching-enabled digital camera, printer and software. Many PRINT Image Matching-enabled products are currently available, including digital cameras from more than half of the PRINT Image Matching supporters. In addition, customers can choose from five PRINT Image Matching-compatible printers: the EPSON Stylus Photo 780, 785EPX, 820, 890 and 1280, all of which include Epson Software(TM) Film Factory(TM) with PRINT Image Matching support.

With the recent release of a software developer's kit, Epson has provided the tools necessary for software companies to incorporate the technology into software applications. ArcSoft is the first company to use the software developer's kit to incorporate PRINT Image Matching support into their software product, PhotoPrinter 4.0.

PhotoPrinter is a one-stop solution to getting the most out of color photo printing. Customers can save time and money by using selected templates and placing various photos on a single sheet of paper. The same photo can be printed multiple times, or the sheet can be covered with different photos. Customers can create their own templates and layouts, and can add creative borders, titles and effects. They also have the option to print cards, calendars and fliers, along with a wide variety of other projects. The list price of PhotoPrinter 4.0 is $39.99 and will be available in Q4 2001.

JVC now joins an impressive group of industry-leading camera manufacturers supporting PRINT Image Matching, including Asahi Optical Co. Ltd. (Pentax Corp.), Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Konica Corp., Kyocera Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic), Minolta Co. Ltd., Nikon Corp., Olympus Optical Co. Ltd., Ricoh Co. Ltd., Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. A complete list of all PRINT Image Matching-compatible products is available at www.printimagematching.com. This Web site will be updated as more PRINT Image Matching-compatible printers, digital cameras and software programs are introduced to the market.