Software manages RAW image formats from digital cameras
Software manages RAW image formats from digital cameras.

August 2, 2004 08:21 - Cumulus Photo Suite comprises Cumulus Digital Camera RAW Filter, which reads and interprets metadata from images when cataloging RAW image files. RAW Filter can capture metadata from different RAW image formats defined by 9 camera manufacturers. User can select previews of stored thumbnails or RAW files. IPTC Information Window lets user read and edit captured metadata. RAW images can be converted to TIFF or JPEG files on-the-fly with Pixel Image Converter.

Canto releases Cumulus Photo Suite

New Option offers efficient management of RAW image formats and improved IPTC support with IPTC editor

July 29, 2004, San Francisco, Berlin. Canto, a global leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions, today announced the launch of Cumulus Photo Suite. This Option lets users manage RAW image files from a wide array of digital cameras. Cumulus Photo Suite comprises the Cumulus Digital Camera RAW Filter and features the IPTC Information Window. This Option spans across the entire Cumulus product line encompassing the Single User, Workgroup and Enterprise Editions.

"With Photo Suite, Canto again maintains its leading edge with the number of supported formats," said Ulrich Knocke, Canto's Senior Product Manager. "Our customers welcome the concept we already introduced with Office Suite, which is to optimize the powerful Cumulus product family by providing solutions that are tailored to the individual needs of certain user groups without stressing other customers with features they don't need or additional costs."

RAW image files are 'digital negatives' of excellent quality. When cataloging RAW image files, the Cumulus Digital Camera RAW Filter reads and interprets metadata from these images. The RAW Filter can capture metadata from different RAW image formats defined by the nine leading camera manufacturers, namely, Canon, Fuji, Kodak, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sinar and Sony. Photo Suite also supports Canon THM files with the Canon RAW Metadata Support module. Other information captured when cataloging include EXIF information (camera settings, shutter speed etc.) and, depending on the camera model, annotations and GPS as well. Users can also get excellent previews of cataloged RAW images easily. The user can select previews of stored thumbnails or RAW files.The filter settings for Color Interpolation can be set to obtain previews of varying quality and clarity. This Cumulus Option is also user-friendly, in line with Canto's philosophy of ensuring its users get the best DAM experience with its products. The IPTC Information Window lets users read and edit the captured metadata conveniently. The user's experience is enhanced further with stored Quicklists that will be displayed simply with the right click of the mouse. Photo Suite also offers the user all the advantages of maintaining the RAW format of images, with the flexibility of converting them to a different format when required. RAW images can be converted to TIFF or JPEG files on-the-fly with the Pixel Image Converter from Cumulus.

Product Highlights

? Ability to manage and use photos in the RAW format

? Supports RAW image formats defined by the nine leading camera manufacturers covering over 80 camera models

? Improved IPTC support with IPTC Information Window and Quicklists for improved efficiency

? Continued support of EXIF, now version 2.2

? Excellent previews of RAW image

? Supports GPS

? Converts RAW images to JPEG or TIFF formats on-the-fly with Cumulus

? Supports Canon THM files

Availability and Pricing

Photo Suite is currently available in English, French, German and Japanese language versions on Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris* and Linux* platforms. A fully functional demo version is available for download from Canto's website in the download area and is pre-installed in Cumulus version 6.0.3. Support for other languages and operating system versions may be added at a later date, depending on demand. Additional camera models may also be supported at a later time. Photo Suite is currently available for Cumulus 6.0.3 Single User for EUR/USD 49.00, for up to 3 Cumulus 6.0.3 Workgroup clients for EUR/USD 325.00 and for up to 10 Cumulus 6.0.3 Workgroup clients for EUR/USD 395.00.

Photo Suite is available from Canto sales partners or in Canto's eShop. For more information on all Canto products and services and to download demo versions go to: (*excludes IPTC Information Window for these platforms)

About Canto

Founded in 1990, Canto is the leading supplier of Digital Asset Management products and services with over one million Cumulus licenses sold and more than 12,000 client/server systems installed worldwide. Canto's business focus is to deliver world-class solutions at an inexpensive price to the creative arts, publishing, corporate communications and other industries. The company's product line "Cumulus" is designed to manage and archive all types of digital assets used in production, publishing, communication, and other workflows, offering cross-platform and Internet technology that scales completely from Enterprise to Single Users.

Company Information:
Name: Canto Software, Inc.
Address: 221 Main Street, Suite 460
City: San Francisco
State: CA
ZIP: 94105
Country: USA
Phone: 415-495-6545
FAX: 415-543-1595

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