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Digital Pictures in Your Pocket

Techstination feature for Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Digital pictures... in your pocket. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. It's the kind of technology that could make grandmothers crave one of those little Palm computers. MGI Software is out with PhotoSuite Mobile Edition...

"It's software that allows users to easily transfer photos from the desktop to their Palm powered handheld so they can literally take media anywhere and access it as easily as they would their wallet."

MGI's Chris Taylor. The software allows you to view both photos and videos on a Palm. While a color screen is obviously a plus... .it works with monochrome models as well...

" Something like the IIIc is an ideal platform for photos and videos because it is the color device by Palm, but actually the photos and videos look excellent in 16 level grayscale, which would be sort of the Vx. The memory capacity on a Palm is fairly limited, it's about 8 megs. The average photo is about... can be anywhere on a small size... 40K... to maybe 400K. So you can fit a lot of photos on a Palm."

New Palms... or Palm devices from Handspring or Sony that include removable storage media make the application more practical. Multimedia and photo applications are still better suited for the rival PocketPC platform. You can find more information at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.