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CameraDesk revealed

By Chris Williams. Published: 8th May 2003, 19:16:51 | Permalink | Printable

Photodesk's direct USB plug'n'play digital camera interface

Another developer is welcomed to the Simtec USB fold today, bearing digital camera interface software. Photodesk have informed drobe.co.uk of their new CameraDesk application which enables users to download images from a digital camera direct to their computer via a USB port.

The breakthrough here is the ability to directly plug a digital camera into a RISC OS machine, fitted with Simtec's USB podule. Photodesk tell us that CameraDesk supports the entire range of USB Canon cameras, such the Canon Powershot cameras. A camera's digital contents are displayed by CameraDesk in a filer window or in a thumbnail view.

"CameraDesk is a filesystem and application that allows you to access your digital camera from your computer by making it appear as a storage device to RISC OS", explains Chris Hornby of Photodesk. "It does this by displaying a Filer window of the directories and files allowing you to interact with them (with some limitations) as if they were on your hard drive, CDROM drive or floppy disc."

CameraDesk will be launched at this Saturday's Wakefield show.

Photodesk
Also at the aforementioned event, Photodesk will be peddling for the first time a 32 bit service pack for their flagship bitmap image editing package Photodesk, enabling version 3.05 to be run on Iyonix computers.

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Bloody hell. All these lovely show announcements. It's amazing.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 8/5/03 7:54PM
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Actually, it's this kind of thing that makes me glad that I'm getting a job over Summer; I'll be able to support developments like this.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 8/5/03 7:58PM
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Yes, the Simtec USB driver stock pile is high enough now to warrant a card, I think.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/5/03 8:25PM
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The only thing stopping me from getting a USB card for my RiscPC is that I've no slots spare. I'm thinking of removing my DMA IDE card because with the Kinetic processor, it ain't much faster than the standard Acorn bus. I don't really want a second slice because I move the machine around a lot and it's nice and small.

And would I go for the Simtec card or the Castle one? Owning an Iyonix, I'm edging towards the Castle card for compatibility reasons. Hmm. -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 8/5/03 9:02PM
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Get a simtec one. That way if you network the two machines together you can use VNC to interact with the different interfaces :)

 is a RISC OS UserPhlamethrower on 8/5/03 9:20PM
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Simtec card now out of production...

but get one if you can.

although not the fastest it is the one I use cos it supports zips

brilliantly :-)

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis_RISC OS on 8/5/03 11:53PM
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-- Paul Stewart, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 9/5/03 12:06AM
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epistaxsis - velcros are much easier than zips

-- Paul Stewart, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 9/5/03 12:07AM
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Simtec USB card is most definitely not out of production. Please verify such comments before posting in future

 is a RISC OS Userkyllikki on 9/5/03 12:34AM
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I believe epistaxis was attempting to refer to IDE cards, but is still confused - the /8/ bit IDE card has appeared on Simtec's "last buy" list, but the /16/ bit IDE card has not. The Simtec USB card is very much in production - currently Simtec can hardly produce them fast enough!

However, "mistakes" like epistaxis has made are the stuff of the harmful rumours and lies which just serves to harm developers and the market as a whole.

Sorry to be blunt, but some of us are working b****y hard here!

 is a RISC OS Userstdevel on 9/5/03 7:14AM
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Yes, we know Stuart - looking forward to meeting developers'n'dealers tomorrow.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/5/03 9:53AM
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I hope that support for Olympus cameras isn't far behind!

Martyn

 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 9/5/03 12:40PM
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Stuart, according to Simtec's very own website, the 16bit IDE card is a "discontinued product".

It either looks like Simtec are in the business of spreading lies and harmful rumours about their own products, or Simtec know more about the availability of their own product than you do.

Either way, a clarification would be nice.

 is a RISC OS Userhubersn on 9/5/03 2:35PM
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Stuart didn't say that the 16-bit IDE card was /out of production/ - he said that the 16-bit card /wasn't on the "last buy" list/ - which is something completely different.

 is a RISC OS Usertribbles2 on 9/5/03 2:46PM
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Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-) Glad I bought two of them then ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 9/5/03 8:36PM
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Sigh!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 9/5/03 8:37PM
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TD: Does that mean you bought 22 of them then? :)

 is a RISC OS Usertribbles2 on 12/5/03 5:03PM
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