Kodak Z740 (Easy Share software or Microsoft Picture it?)

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Lisa, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. Lisa

    Lisa Guest

    I currently have a Kodak Z740 camera that came with a printer dock. We just
    moved it completely off our desk to the other side of the room. It will no
    longer be directly connected to the computer. I still have all the Kodak
    softare on the computer and the printer dock is still in the printer list.

    Here's the question. I don't really like the Kodak software because it's a
    resource hog. I have it disabled from running at startup. Whenever you run
    it, I don't like the fact that it stays running even after you close it. I
    have Microsoft Picture it 10 on my computer. I'm wondering which one is
    better? I will connect the camera to the computer with the USB cable when I
    need to transfer pictures but I'd really rather not use the Kodak software.
    I have a Dell Photo printer that has a memory card manger and I have
    Webshots which can be run the same way. Will it cause any problems if I
    uninstall the Kodak software and just use my other options?
    Lisa
     
    Lisa, Jul 30, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Nope, no problem at all. MS Picture It is much better as a photo editor.
     
    Ron Hunter, Jul 31, 2005
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  3. Lisa

    Lisa Guest

    Thanks, I was hoping that would be the case.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa, Jul 31, 2005
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    Ronald Baird Guest

    Hi Lisa,

    Since you moved the Printer Dock away from the computer, you should still be
    able to use it via a card reader or by plugging the Z740 directly into the
    Printer Dock as it is pictbridge compatible.

    Also, EasyShare Software should not take up much of your system memory. On
    my system a 1.8 ghz machine running Win XP2 the resource indicator shows
    that it takes up about 24k while at rest in the systray, and about 35k while
    on my desktop. Possibly your concern is with it taking a long time to boot
    up the first time after installing the EasyShare program. It does take some
    time initially as it is associating itself with your images and storing this
    data. After the initial install, however, it should not take up much in the
    way of your resources. In the scheme of things for many computers, that
    amount of memory use it is not much.

    You can check your system them by reviewing the options in your Windows OS
    features.

    Anyway, if you had a choice of EasyShare or MS Picture It, I would say that
    Picture It would win. It costs more than EasyShare and should win. But,
    EasyShare is still a good program and it does offer some pretty cool
    features you might be missing, i.e. the address book, favorites, and more.

    If you think I might be able to help you with it, let me know, I am glad to
    help.

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ronald Baird, Aug 2, 2005
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  5. Lisa

    Lisa Guest

    Hi Ron,

    I don't know a thing about the pictbridge. My Dell photo printer does say
    pictbridge on the front of it but I don't know how to use it. The Dell
    printer also has a card reader in it but the software that runs it is a
    little flaky. I currently have it disabled.

    I disable everything possible from running on startup. I did leave the
    Kodak software running in the background for the first week or two. I don't
    like how long it takes for everything to load when I login or reboot (I'm
    not talking about the original reboot after installing), so I disabled it
    from running at startup. I also don't need those extra features that Easy
    Share has.

    I did end up with a problem. I went to use the usb cable to connect the
    camera directly to the computer and the cable didn't fit. I sent an e-mail
    to Kodak and they apologized and said I could send a fax with the required
    information to get the proper usb cable so I can hook it up to the computer,
    luckily the camera wasn't purchased that long ago so it will be free.

    Anyway, if you could explain pictbridge a little for me, I'd appreciate it.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa, Aug 3, 2005
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    Ronald Baird Guest

    Hi Lisa,

    Glad to help.

    First, if you have a Kodak camera that you want to connect to your system,
    you should at least run the Kodak Camera Connection Software. You can
    install it and not the full EasyShare program if you like. Also, the card
    reader that is mentioned may allow you to use it as a transfer feature, i.e.
    if the printer talks to your computer you could transfer images to the
    computer via the card reader? Not sure about your model, but with some it
    is a possibility. Of course a card reader is always a good tool to have
    especially if you want to bring images with you or transfer images just
    exposed to a different system.

    As to Pictbridge, since there may be others reading this review, let me go
    over things and provide a QandA session as well. PictBridge is a relatively
    recent standard for connecting digital cameras to printers. It allows easy,
    direct printing, regardless of the brands of the camera and the printer.
    Check the Web site below for a review of the PictBridge Compatible KODAK
    Printer Docks.

    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=1385&pq-locale=en_US

    Because of its universal appeal, there is a lot of information on the Web
    about this technology and we encourage you to review some of it as it should
    answer most of your questions:

    - Main PictBridge info -
    http://www.cipa.jp/pictbridge/index_e.html

    For a review of which KODAK Digital Cameras are PictBridge enabled, try the
    following URL which can also be found by review of the previous CIPA Web
    site.

    http://www.cipa.jp/pictbridge/CertifiedModels/PictBridgeCertifiedModels_E.html#DSC_KODAK

    Some of the frequently asked questions about it follow. We have found that
    sharing them will answer particular questions as well as those not asked
    just yet. Let us know if you have others.

    Q - What are the benefits of PictBridge?

    A - PictBridge enables compatibility across digital products ensuring users
    an easy access to printing functions, regardless of manufacturer or computer
    accessibility. PictBridge gives consumers flexibility in outputting their
    digital images.

    Q - Are there plans to add PictBridge functionality to existing digital
    cameras or printers?

    A - No. As of this note, there are no plans to upgrade existing Kodak
    cameras' or printers' firmware to allow access to this feature. It is a
    possibility for the future, however.

    Q - Has PictBridge used any new technology in creating this standard?

    A - New technology was used to enable printing by sending a command from a
    digital still camera, without a personal computer. Provided both the
    digital still camera and the printer are PictBridge-enabled, direct printing
    is easily possible - regardless of the brands of the camera and the printer.

    Best Regards, Lisa, let me know if I can help further.

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ronald Baird, Aug 3, 2005
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  7. Lisa

    Lisa Guest

    Hi Ron,

    When we first purchased this camera & printer dock bundle we following all
    instructions for hooking it up to the computer and installed all software.
    If I remember correctly it didn't give me a choice as to what to install it
    just installed everything. The only thing that is showing in my add/remove
    programs is the Kodak Easy Share software. If I uninstall this, how would I
    go about installing just the connection software?

    Yes the card reader will transfer pictures to my computer IF i enable the
    Memory card manager that came with it (I have tried doing it, and it does
    work, but I don't like the way you have to pull out the card, there's no
    button to pop it out) BUT I don't want to have that running all the time
    because it is buggy and causes a few strange issues with USB drives. I had
    planned on purchasing a stand alone card reader that didn't require any
    drivers to be installed BUT when I found out that I could direct connect my
    camera to my computer with a USB cable, I canceled the order. Then I found
    out I had the wrong cable.

    Thanks for the websites. Pictbridge isn't something that I would be looking
    for at this time. We don't take many pictures and we don't print many
    picutres. Whatever we do print we will use the printer dock & print
    directly from the camera. I need to store pictures on my computer (& backup
    to CDR). My husband will be taking more pictures in the future as he's now
    taking care of our local American Legion website, he wants to be able to put
    them on the site. Hopefully Kodak received my fax yesterday requesting the
    correct USB cable.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa, Aug 3, 2005
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  8. Lisa

    Ronald Baird Guest

    Greetings Lisa,

    Glad I can help.

    If you completely uninstall the Kodak EasyShare Software then run the clear
    utility, you will have essentially removed all from the system. You can then
    install just the CCS or Camera Connection Software. The clear utility can be
    found at the following location.

    http;//www.kodak.com/go/clear

    Once all is removed, return to the Kodak website and start the download of
    the latest version. Go slowly, and when you get to the screen that allows
    for a custom install, choose it. On that screen you can then select only the
    Camera Connection Software. Make the settings and download only the CCS.
    Your camera can then connect successfully and you can choose to use whatever
    program you like for your pictures.

    Let me know if you need more, Lisa, glad to help.

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ronald Baird, Aug 5, 2005
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  9. Lisa

    Lisa Guest

    Hi Ron,

    Thanks for the information. Right now I'm not uninstalling anything. Kodak
    had sent me an e-mail telling me what information to fax to them to request
    the correct USB cable. I sent them all information and a copy of the
    receipt and asked them to please contact me via e-mail to let me know that
    my request had been received etc. I haven't heard a thing and it's been
    almost a week now. I'm hoping to hear something back soon or get the proper
    cable soon. Either way I'm not doing anything until I get that cable and
    can actually hook the camera up to the computer. Thanks.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa, Aug 6, 2005
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  10. Lisa

    Ronald Baird Guest

    Lisa,

    I will be glad to look for your fax and information to see where things
    stand. You can write to me directly at Kodak if you like
    This way you can provide details and specifics without posting publicly.

    Gald to follow through for you, Lisa,

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ronald Baird, Aug 9, 2005
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  11. Lisa

    Lisa Guest

    Hi Ron, Thanks for the offer but it's not needed. Although no one did ever
    respond to me, I received the proper cable yesterday. I haven't tried it
    yet though. I've been busy working on my computer since Saturday when I
    decided to format and start everything all over. I'll let you know if I
    have any trouble. Thanks.
    Lisa
     
    Lisa, Aug 10, 2005
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