has announced the Mac compatible Digital Camera Studio that’s aimed at 7 to 12 year olds and designed to combine the skills of reading, writing and vocabulary with photography.
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Due next month, it will have a manufacturers suggested retail price of US$59.99. It will be sold online and at Ritz Camera locations.
The Digital Camera Studio includes an Argus DC1500 digital camera, a Digital Photo Activity Kit from APTE Inc. and a software package from ArcSoft Corp. Included is PhotoMVP from ArcSoft, which allows the user to manipulate images by adding titles and captions or frames and shapes. The program also provides three different print options: Standard Printing, Greeting Card/Multiple Printing and Thumbnail Printing.
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to offer a Digital Photo Center, where photographs can be edited and stored in a variety of digital photo formats, including JPEG, BMP and PCT. A Writing Center with templates shows youngsters how to create newsletters, stationery, and write stories and reports. A Movie Maker demonstrates how to create filmstrips and flipbooks and at the Travel Center, kids can design passports. In the Picture Games area they can develop games, such as puzzles, from their digital photographs. And there’s a Craft Center, where youngsters can design picture frames and certificates.
The Argus DC1500 Digital Camera can be used to take photographs, eight-second movies, or can be attached to a computer and used as a personal computer cam. It comes with two megabytes of memory, enough to hold 80 low-resolution pictures. The camera saves photos in the BMP format and has USB connectivity. The Digital Camera Studio is designed for the traditional Mac operating system and will run in the Classic environment of Mac OS X, but isn’t Mac OS X native.