This book is an inside story on the reality of what you sacrifice in order to get cheap, fast, relatively secure storage.

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This book is essential if you now use, or intend to use, Kodak Photo CD's to record and store your valuable images. Book Review: "The Official Photo CD Handbook"

For example, the Kodak Photo CD was invented for hobby photographers to store their family snapshots. This system was not developed for professional photographers to store their irreplaceable chromes.

I have thousands of images stored on Kodak Photo CDs because, at 50 cents a 35mm slide, this is an economical solution (Adtech, in Houston, gives this special price if you send in lots of 500 slides or more. Their work is high quality and we recommend their services). I can send these CDs to anyone in the world, and they can see my images.

But what you lose is what the Kodak system removes from the scan in order to cram so many different resolutions onto the tiny disk. Maybe this is okay for 35mm slides of your grandchildren, but I sure would not want my medium format or large format chromes emasculated in this manner.

Besides, today you can store your images on Pinnacle Micro Apex disks which hold 4.6 GB, and you can store them at 100% of the scan. Also, you can read, write, erase, and change your images, something you cannot do with a Kodak Photo CD. Furthermore, you can store 5.2 GB on a DVD drive, and within 2 years double that. But MO drives are expensive, and the disks cost about $130. You can buy blank CD-R disks for $1 each. At this reasonable price you can make multiple copies to insure you data is safe. You sure don't need any Kodak software to do any of this. Your scanner or camera delivers the image in a format that can be saved as a TIF (TIFF) in Adobe Photoshop.

Since we live in 1999, however, we have to be realistic about what is available today. If "The Official Photo CD Handbook" is still in print, we highly recommend you order a copy: Peachpit Press, Tel 510 548-4393, fax 510 548-5991.

Since it is likely that you already have lots of Kodak CD's (before you realized how Kodak rearranged, gutted, and repackaged your pixels), to do the best to rescue your files consider obtaining the special version of Silver Fast that can handle digital images on Kodak Photo CDs. Actually most people do not know that there is a right way and a wrong way to open a Kodak CD, and it is not the obvious easy opening method that you probably use naturally. Some aftermarket books provide the special manner of opening, correctly, a Kodak Photo CD, but if you have Silver Fast then you have everything you need. Silver Fast is made by LaserSoft Imaging,

 CD-R hard drives RAID

DVD-RAM or DVD-ROM? Which is best?
CD-RW or CD-R, what are the differences?

RAID, what is a RAID and why is a RAID system an easy solution for massive digital storage?
Perhaps our experience with working out which digital storage devices are best for the Digital Imaging Technology Center can help you too.

Review of Adobe Photoshop 5 for Photographers, Martin Evening, Focal Press

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Peachpit Press Web site

review of Kodak slide scanners

directory of midrange and high-end flatbed and drum scanners

index and directory of all internal links for cameras and scanners

where and how to store your digital images? RAID, DVD, or CD-R ?

lots of links to information on desktop publishing hardware/software,

home page, www.cameras-scanners-flaar


Reviews of a professional manner of scanning 35mm slides, the Fuji C-550 Lanovia, on

Showing actual 3-D objects (rabbits) and then showing the resulting scan.

Scanning 40 35mm slides all at once.

Comparing a 3-D object scanned with a 1200 dpi scanner and the Fuji 5000 dpi scanner. The Fuji is large enough to scan an object up to 45 cm long. Here we show how this scanner handles a large 3-D object, a carved wooden effigy of a jaguar.
Enlargement of a scan of a native Mexican handicraft to reveal the full detail in depth of focus that the Fuji C-550 Lanovia can achieve (horse). Two especially beautiful scans done with the Fuji scanner, on the bottom of this page of all the internal links to this site. Scans of architectural history (Missouri Ozarks) done with Fuji scanner. Bottom of the page.
Scanning 4x5 chromes with the Fuji results in ability to enlarge small details to poster size (jade). General discussion of the Fuji Lanovia flatbed scanner. Mention of the drum scanners which Fujifilm also makes.

now being prepared, FLAAR reports by the Senior Review Editor on flatbed scanners for prepress, photo archives, and museums. Additional reports evaluate what scanner(s) are best for digitizing your slides and photos for digital printing, especially fine art giclee. 

Comprehensive information, on the best ways to print digital photos and graphics.

How about color prints a full 36" inches wide?

postcard sized digital photo printers (dye sub printers) letter size and 11x17 dye sub printers for outstanding quality
what paper is best for digital photos ? what paper for brochures? European paper ?  Rolls Royce of digital printers
Capable laser printer for printing photographs at 11x17 (A3) up to 13x26". What are the best scanners to digitize your photos, your pictures, your 35mm slides, 3-D objects? 24 inch wide color printing capability on your desktop
Which graphics quality laser printer(s) can print up to 35 inches long, at up to 1200 dpi? Once you scan (digitize) the photos, how do you store the digitized format?

What wide format printer to avoid ? What ink jet printers to avoid ?

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