ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) is announcing enhancements to its KODAK Picture Kiosk software that allows consumers to use images from their own, as well as from their friends' shared photo albums on social networks and imaging sites such as FACEBOOK, GOOGLE PICASA and KODAK Gallery to create personalized premium photo products right at the KODAK Picture Kiosk. In addition to expanding its social connectivity suite, Kodak is also introducing new KODAK Photo Book and KODAK Personal Greeting designs, the ability to conveniently and safely archive and store their growing image libraries and 38 new Picture Movie DVD song selections.
With more than 140 billion photos stored on FACEBOOK, and nearly 200 million more being uploaded every day(i), social networks have become a primary channel for consumers to view and share images. The enhancements to the KODAK Picture Kiosk software bring a whole new dimension to social image sharing. Consumers can access images from their own photo albums, and from friends' shared albums, to enrich their stories through creative print projects such as KODAK Photo Books, KODAK Personal Greetings, calendars, photo cards and prints.
Kodak initially introduced social network connectivity at the kiosk in 2010. Since that time, consumers have embraced this exciting new connected solution and retailers around the world are rapidly connecting their KODAK Picture Kiosks to this new medium. By the end of the year, more than 30,000 KODAK Picture Kiosks around the world will have this capability, making it even easier for consumers to make lasting prints and photo products that tell stories using their special memories.
"Providing easy access to the broad base of images stored on social networks through the KODAK Picture Kiosk allows consumers to do more than just share images; it lets them create something memorable and permanent in print," said Nicki Zongrone, general manager, Retail Systems Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company. "Social connectivity at the photo kiosk is Kodak innovation that meets consumers' evolving imaging needs while also delivering new experiences that inspire them to share their stories in new ways."
Improved Photo Book Creation Tools
Creating a photo book is even simpler with the new KODAK Picture Kiosk software suite. For consumers who want to make a beautiful photo book quickly, KODAK Picture Kiosks now feature KODAK SmartFit Technology, which perceptively organizes and places photos in a photo book template then let's the consumer decide to print immediately or personalize the layout further. Consumers seeking a more custom photo book can take advantage of the fun new designs and backgrounds, as well as customizable captions. An improved photo book project preview shows pages as they will appear in the actual KODAK Photo Book, allowing consumers to see the end product before they print.
Additionally, Kodak now offers more KODAK Express Photo Book formats: Standard Single-Sided format, which features rich KODAK XTRALIFE Paper, a waterproof and stain-resistant laminated paper designed to last that provides Kodak-quality photographic detail; Standard Duplex format, which allows consumers to create beautiful, double-sided Photo Books; and Premium Duplex format, which delivers the best of both: vibrant, borderless pages of KODAK XTRALIFE Photo Book Paper along with double-sided printing.
New KODAK Personal Greetings designs and Picture Movie DVD songs
Consumers also have access to hundreds of new KODAK Personal Greeting Card designs including new designers and 38 new KODAK Picture Movie DVD songs to choose from for added creativity.
The new KODAK Archive DVD offers an easy and convenient way to safely store images and digital videos from digital cameras, USB drives and memory cards, as well as from social sharing sites such as FACEBOOK, on a 4-gigbit DVD. Created easily at the KODAK Picture Kiosk, the KODAK Archive DVD provides a secure, highly compatible format that holds the equivalent of four KODAK Picture CDs and is usable in computers, DVD players and at the KODAK Picture Kiosk.
The new solutions are available today at many retail locations featuring the KODAK Picture Kiosk and KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) systems. Consumers can locate the nearest locations featuring the new tools using the KODAK Picture Kiosk finder on kodak.com.
As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers, businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and printing to enrich their lives.
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(i) Source: Facebook.com January, 2011
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