LaCie has released details of several soon-to-be-released products that provide storage solutions for digital photographers.


January 17, 2005: LaCie has released details of several soon-to-be-released products that provide storage solutions for digital photographers.
The company has partnered with LightScribe to offer DVD burners with direct disc labelling for both Macs and PCs. This eliminates the need for printers, permanent markers or adhesive labels and allows users to develop and burn their own designs onto their CDs and DVDs. LightScribe uses the LaCie d2 DVD ±RW Double Layer drive’s existing laser to deliver precisely controlled light energy to the disc through an innovative circular writing system. The light energy causes a visible, chemical change in the dye coating. The result is a high-resolution label image of art, text or photos. Because the labels are laser etched in a coating applied during disc manufacture, no ink or adhesive labels are required. The new burners are supplied with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces. The Mac version, which is bundled with Toast 6 Titanium DVD video authoring software, is expected to sell for $399, while the PC/Mac version bundled with Toast Lite 6.0 will retail for $349.
LaCie will also release the Ethernet Disk mini, an easy-to-use network hard drive that can be used as a personal storage device and works with Windows, Mac and Linux PCs. Designed for small office and home environments, the user-friendly LaCie Ethernet Disk mini is plug and play. No prior networking experience is required. A web-based interface is used to control access to files and permitted users can instantly access or store data securely after simply entering their personal login and password. Ideal for storing image files and video clips, the drives are housed in sturdy heat-resistant aluminium casings and are rugged enough to shuttle data between home and office. All necessary cables are included, as well as an external power supply, drive stand for upright desk use, LaCie Utilities CD-ROM, and Silverkeeper backup software for the Mac. The 250GB version will retail for $699, while the 400GB will sell for $1199.

Photographers looking for a multimedia storage and playback device could consider the LaCie silverscreen, a portable USB hard drive with the ability to plug directly into multi-standard television sets for instant playback of stored movies, music or photos. Slim and quiet, the silverscreen drive comes in 40GB or 80GB capacities, the former priced at $599 and the latter at $799. Both units can recognise and instantly play back JPEG image files and a wide range of movie file formats, including the MPEG-2 ISO format and the popular compressed DivX format. After uploading multimedia from any PC or Mac through the USB interface, users can simulate a home theatre experience with surround sound thanks to the optical digital output that supports compressed Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS pass through. A handy remote control is included for easy menu surfing and playback.
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