By Graham Stacey
Leading players in the digital imaging market have joined together to propose new industry standard for direct printing from digital still cameras.
Six digital imaging companies have announced a new direct printing standard (DPS) for the connection of digital cameras and photo printers. With DPS, users will be able to connect a digital camera directly to a digital photo printer and initiate prints directly from the camera with no PC required. This new initiative was originally developed by Canon, HP, Seiko Epson and Sony. Fuji and Olympus later joined discussions and collectively the specification was finalised.Khalil El Dalu, general manager, Epson Middle East, said: “This initiative shows a great sign of development for the printing industry as market leaders come together to lay down a standard that will better serve customers. It will allow end users the elasticity to create good quality photos.”DPS was designed to be extensible for implementation on future physical interfaces. Users can simply connect a DPS-enabled digital still camera to a DPS-enabled printer, using the camera to perform operations and easily print high-quality photos.Until now, each company had its own proprietary solution for direct printing without a computer between their own branded digital still cameras and printers. This situation has proven to be limiting to consumers, as they are unable to achieve the same convenience and ease of use when using a combination of products of different brands. DPS ensures compatibility across digital cameras and printers, regardless of brand, giving consumers the flexibility and simplicity to create high-quality photos. Together, these six companies will continue to advocate industry adoption of this new standard, which is expected to spur the growth of digital photography. The features supported by a DPS system - according to the recommended specifications - include printing an image displayed on the digital still camera, printing two or more images selected from the display on the digital still camera and automatically printing images using the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) specification. Available features using the print set-up option consist of print part of the image by specifying clip area, printing multiple copies of a single image, printing with date and specifying the exact size of a print. The printer status information displayed on digital still camera include the establishment of DPS connection, printer error, printing progress, end of print and cable can be safely disconnected.