too late for commercial hybrid?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Dale, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Dale

    Dale Guest

    when I worked at Kodak I was an Imaging Systems Engineer on hybrid
    analog/digital commercial systems like film recorders and photographic
    paper writers

    I recognized the program they had to develop a photoshop like program
    didn't really address the whole workflow of commercial labs and focus
    groups confirmed that, I took the job as their systems person but backed
    out at the last minute since I foresaw the funding was going away,
    stupid career decision at the time I knew the story was bad beforehand
    due to the focus groups issues with workflow, course I got real stupid a
    lot of times back then

    I was using early versions of ICC color management, http://www.color.org
    , it worked for the paper real well, but due to the print appearance
    rendering intent it did not reach the dynamic range and measuring
    techniques of transparent and translucent materials

    also it was difficult to develop targets and systems for negative
    applications based on the definition of a negative as an intent for a
    print with the ICC approach at the time, probably should have stuck with
    the PhotoCD scene intent for negatives which worked well for negative
    scanning

    now it looks like ICC is mature enough to support a variety of
    mathematical and appearance contexts and it might work

    Kodak had an internal system called PLUS that did matrices and smaller
    look up tables than ICC at the time, I think this is implement in their
    at least their own motion picture workstations at their cinesite, maybe
    they are using the newer ICC constructs now, I see they have licensed
    some technology to IMAX

    perhaps there is still some commercial market, their current largest
    investment to due a hybrid workstation, or maybe they could just start
    licensing the PLUS technology, could also expand motion picture
    workstations this way to other smaller cinesite investors and related
    technology firms

    they also had software for internegative balancing, totally analogy,,
    that could be developed for motion picture or licensing based on PLUS
     
    Dale, Dec 6, 2013
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  2. Dale

    Dale Guest

    the workflow issues were what to do with color science in vector based
    programs, page layout programs, RIPs, etc.

    bitmap editing alone wasn't enough, didn't really address bitmap
    creation programs either like Corel Painter
     
    Dale, Dec 6, 2013
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  3. Dale

    wtrplnet Guest

    I wish I could really understand what you're talking about, but it's
    clear your employer didn't understand what you had to offer. Kodak
    failed, for many reasons. Lots of us who depended on Kodak for many
    things and many reasons hate that it failed.
     
    wtrplnet, Dec 7, 2013
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  4. Dale

    Dale Guest

    couldn't you find the same resources from:

    Agfa
    Ilford
    Fuji
    Konica
    Sony
    etc.

    ?
     
    Dale, Dec 11, 2013
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