non-PC device for culling, burning to CD, and printing
My 80-yr-old father an avid snapshooter, is just switching to digital. he's never owned a PC, and doesn't want to deal with one. he is pretty good with consumer electronics gadgets..

If possible, i'd like to find him an appliance that would enable him to choose "keepers", dump them to CD, and print them on an inexpensive snapshot-sized printer..

Does anyone have any suggestions?.


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Epson PictureMate 280 is such a device..


"PictureMate Flash," the ultimate personal photo lab solution, gives you the power to view and print pro quality, 4x6 photos and save them to CDs with just one touch. Do it all yourself  without ever turning on your computer! With PictureMate Flash, youll enjoy all the features of a full-service photo lab, at home or on the go..

To backup your photos, use the 2.5 inch premium photo viewer to view and select the photos you want to save. Then, press the Save-to-CD button and the built-in CD burner does the rest. With one touch, you can preserve your memories  hassle free! Its just as easy to view and select the photos you want to print. Choose photos from popular memory cards, digital cameras, mobile phones or CDs/DVDs. Then, do more with your photos, such as crop, remove red eye, add fun Disney frames and much more  all without a PC. ".

Also Lexmark P450...I imagine there are more such products available...

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Dave Martin wrote:.

Epson PictureMate 280 is such a device..


These (and others) are a good solution. I would just add that CD's are subject to failure. Have your father buy High Quality CD's, and then burn 2 copies. Every time he sees you, he can give you a second copy for safe keeping, and perhaps archiving onto another media (HDD, for example).Warm regards,DOFThere is no satisfactory substitute for excellenceDr. Arnold O. Beckman..

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Dave Martin wrote:.

Epson PictureMate 280 is such a device..


Also Lexmark P450....

Thanks for the suggestions. I was actually already aware of those devices, but they don't seem to be available any more..

Does anyone know a reputable source for either of these, or an equivalent? even better if there were one with a larger screen...

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A Google search came up with a source for the Lexmark 450:

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I presume that just doing it at a local minilabWal*Mart, Target, or whateverisn't good enough?..

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Dave Martin wrote:.

A Google search came up with a source for the Lexmark 450:

Thanks for the pointer. I went to amazon and read the reviews, and it appears that the CD burning is super slow, and you can only do a few at a time. I think i'm going to pass on the lexmark...

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I did some poking around, and learned that you can attach an external CD burner to it via USB, and dump images from your memory card to CD-Rs. it makes it equivalent to the epson flash 280, which doesn't seem to be obtainable..

I think this may be a good solution..

You could also us a large USB thumb drive in place of the CD burner. also, you can later print directly from CDs...

Comment #7

Doug Pardee wrote:.

I presume that just doing it at a local minilabWal*Mart,Target, or whateverisn't good enough?.

I suppose that would be possible. it just seems convenient and relaxing to be able to do it all at home...

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After chewing on this quite a bit, i've decided to try the following workflow:.

(1) transfer images from memory card to CD(2) view and choose images to print using a portable DVD player(3) make prints at walmart or other local minilab.

I see my dad often enough that I can probably just burn cds for him myself. if he needs something in a hurry and i'm not available, he can always do the transfer to CD at walmart..

For viewing images on CDs at home, i've ordered an LG DP781 portable DVD player. we'll see how well it works out.....

Comment #9

Well, a few hours after I ordered the dvd player, this announcement appears:.


The picturemate zoom looks like it may do everything well. i'm especially impressed with the new, larger screen...

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The LG DP781 didn't work out. as I feared, it's a fine DVD viewer, but the image viewing capability is a marginal afterthought. not usable in my opinion. JPEGs are displayed at the wrong aspect ratio, and it takes 9 seconds to load each successive frame. if you want to quickly scan thru a bunch of images, it's excruciating..

On the other hand, I ordered an epson picturemate zoom, model PM 290, and it is working out very well. this new model has a built-in CD burner and a larger (3.6") screen, which while not huge, is more usable than the previoius generation (2.5")..

We burned 70 images (around 200 MB) to a CD-R in 3 to 4 mins. you can view and print images from memory card or CD, and it's quick enough to be very usable..

His digital camera and this printer give him a completely self-contained workflow: shoot, burn to CD, select, and print. whenever he dumps images to CD, he'll burn an extra for me, and they'll go into my long-term storage and backup system...

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