Using Kodak w/o the software?

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Tom, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. Tom

    Tom Guest

    I was about to buy a Kodak, but now I hear that they are hard to use without the software. Apparently, when you plug them in they don't appear as a hard drive. There is a standard that allows devices to appear as a hard drive in any OS - does Kodak not conform to this?

    Is this true? If so then I will buy something else. I will need to use this Camera in Linux on occasion.

    Thanks,
    Tom.
     
    Tom, Dec 16, 2003
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  2. Any idea WHY camera companies are moving AWAY from the USB storage
    interface? It seems to be the most logical way to do it; not to mention
    it's completely cross platform.

    I was disappointed to find out my Digital Rebel doesn't just act as a
    USB storage device. I just end up pulling the CF card and using an
    external reader.

    -Z
     
    Zorin the Lynx, Dec 16, 2003
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    Don Stauffer Guest

    Does it have some sort of memory card? If so, you can use a card
    reader. Many of us find a card reader to be a better way to go than
    dealing with ANY camera software. The card reader should look just like
    another disk drive.
     
    Don Stauffer, Dec 16, 2003
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  4. Tom

    Tom Guest

    Thanks.

    I'm using Win2K SP4 at home and Linux at work. I might switch to Linux at home as well.
    A great big web install would be very annoying.
    Sounds like the Linux situation is ok though.

    This is less of a problem for Cameras where all the memory is on the card, but I think the Kodak I'm looking at ships with internal memory.

    Tom.
     
    Tom, Dec 16, 2003
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    Charlie Guest

    I used the EasyShare software and it was fine..easy to transfer and the
    print facility in the v3.x series of ES was great. Frankly I still like the
    One Touch to Better Pictures as it did superb with our HP 3in1 and Kodak
    Ultima paper.

    However the issue for me was not being able to move or copy the files from
    within the ES software to any other place or even open them with a right
    click in say Paintshop Pro. That was strictly a personal preference. My
    wife's CX4230 and ES is the cat's meow for her an she gets great results.

    I began to feel restricted and too tied to Kodak software ..I wanted to deal
    with my image transfer and image editing with whatever tools I chose. Kodak
    ES did not relinquish control to me. So I uninstalled it and use the Dock II
    with the built in XP Camera Wizard. It works great and I can now deal with
    my image files as any other data file without ES putting up road blocks to
    that "freedom and liberty"

    --

    Charlie in Mississippi
    (driftin' blues player and gospel picker)
     
    Charlie, Dec 17, 2003
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  6. A custom install of EasyShare software will allow you to install only the
    camera connection software, which will make the camera appear on the system
    as a disk. (this installs the USB PTP drivers as well as the Kodak IFS
    drivers that abstract the PTP camera into a file system on Windows)

    If you use the Microsoft WinXP built-in PTP stack you will lose some of the
    features as it does not support the entire PTP set as the Kodak drivers do.

    BTW, there are Linux PTP drivers available as well. I'm not a Linux expert
    but they are out there and we have done work with the people who wrote them
    (for example, donating cameras to the effort)


    without the software. Apparently, when you plug them in they don't appear
    as a hard drive. There is a standard that allows devices to appear as a
    hard drive in any OS - does Kodak not conform to this?
     
    William Jackson, Dec 18, 2003
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