News Bits – 7 megapixel camera phone, DIWA Awards announced, FlipAlbum 6 released

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Samsung announces 7 megapixel camera phone – Samsung SCH-V770

Samsung has announced a new 7 megapixel camera phone at CeBIT.  The new phone includes an mp3 player and business card reader.  It also features a 3x optical and  has a built-in flash.

First availability will be in Asia and there are no details about availability in other markets.

Samsung  SCH-V770

DIWA Awards Announced

The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) has announced their awards for the top of the class cameras throughtout 2004, announcing their Platinum Award winners at the end of the year.

Platinum Award – Canon EOS 20D

Platinum Award – HP Photosmart R707
Platinum Award –  Olympus CAMEDIA C-8080 WZ
Gold Award –  Konica Minolta Dynax 7D
Gold Award – Canon Digitial IXUS 40/SD300
Gold Award – Nikon Coolpix 8800
Gold Award –  Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828
Silver Award – Olympus Mju mini DIGITAL
Silver Award – Olympus E-300
Silver Award – Nikon Coolpix 8400

E-Book Systems announces the release of FlipAlbum 6

FlipAlbum 6 allows users to easily create cross-platform photo albums and product catalogs and features  E-Book Systems’ patented 3-D page-flipping interface.  The albums can be exported to the MPEG-2 format to be burned onto SVCDs or DVDs.

Some new features include:

— New MPEG-2 format – Users can export albums to higher-quality MPEG-2 video format to create SVCDs or DVDs.
— Font embedding in album CDs – Recipients of album CDs will no longer need the fonts to be present in their PC to see the fonts used.
— New layout template feature – Users are able to select different templates to layout their folder of images.
— Table of contents improvements – Users can change font, size, color and style to the table of contents.
— GIF format support – GIF objects, including animated GIFs, can be added to pages.
— Crop shapes – Users are able to add their own crop shape, in addition to the default shapes provided.

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