Nikon introduces updated image processing engine on SLR camera


Nikon releases digital SLR camera
Nikon Canada released the D80 Digital SLR, which features a 10.2 effective megapixel DX Format CCD image sensor.

One of the advances in the D80 is Nikon’s new high-resolution image processing engine. The camera offers colour independent analogue pre-conditioning and high-precision 12-bit digital image processing algorithms, which combine to produce natural-looking images. A dedicated high-performance processing chip accelerates performance and also achieves lower power consumption, providing more pictures per battery charge than previous models.

Advanced Auto White Balance (AWB) produces natural coloration by measuring the entire frame of each scene and matching white balance to the light source. For users seeking greater control, the flexible options include a choice of six specific manual settings, (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, and Shade), as well as a preset option for using a grey or white object as a reference.

The camera body retails for $1,249.00 and is available mid-November from Nikon Canada authorized dealers.

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Maximizer Software releases update to enterprise CRM suite
Maximizer Software Inc. announced the release of Maximizer Enterprise 9.5, an updated version of Maximizer Software’s CRM suite, which features mobile capabilities, Microsoft Office integration, end-user-driven configuration and support for the latest Microsoft technologies.

New to the suite is MaxMobile, a native application for the Windows Mobile platform. The new application enables Maximizer Enterprise 9.5 users to access their customer data using Windows Mobile compatible mobile devices. The new addition offers four different options for mobile access to customer information and supports all leading mobile platforms including Palm, BlackBerry and now Windows Mobile. One feature in MaxMobile is Wireless Employee Portal, which allows traveling employees to access customer information in real-time through the wireless browser on BlackBerry, Palm Treo, or Windows Mobile and Windows SmartPhone devices. Also, Maximizer Enterprise Employee Portal allows mobile employees to log into a secure portal and carry out typical daily tasks from any Internet connection in their desktop user interface.

Another addition is the Maximizer Enterprise Toolbar for Microsoft Outlook, where users can preview e-mail messages from within the system using the Maximizer Enterprise preview pane. They can also take advantage of one-button save of contacts and e-mail messages from Outlook into the Maximizer Enterprise database and synchronize contacts, tasks and calendar appointments between the two applications.

Maximizer Enterprise 9.5 is now available from Maximizer Software, or through a global network of partners. The suite starts at a one-time purchase price of $499 per user license. Maximizer Enterprise 9.5 SQL eCRM is priced at a one-time purchase price of $799 per user license.

Altstone Software releases Web site geographical tracker
Altstone Software announced the release of a program for tracking Web site visitors on the Internet. Geo Log Analyzer allows users to distinguish geographical locations of Web site visitors. The software analyzes Web site logs and then determines what continent, country and city visitors are coming from.

The program displays information concerning the number of unique IPs, visits and hits for countries, states, separate cities, precise time of the first and the last visit. The most active cities on the map are marked with stars, less active are marked with various circles. The map is zoomable and movable, to a scale specified by the user. All information is displayed in a compact table form. These tables can be converted to HTML, XML, CSV and Excel formats.

Another important feature in the program is its ability to recognize spiders. The database of Geo Log Analyzer is able to recognize 1100+ spiders and spam bots. Users will receive comprehensive information about each spider visit: what kind of Web robot, when and what it recorded on your Web site.

Geo Log Analyzer runs under Windows 2000/XP/2003 and costs US$49.95.

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