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Prof_Pixel
09-28-2012, 09:39 AM
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120928/BUSINESS/309280022/kodak-to-quit-making-its-desktop-inkjet-printers?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home


No surprise here.

BradS
09-28-2012, 09:49 AM
As long as they still make TMAX and Tri-X, we're good!

jnanian
09-28-2012, 09:53 AM
wow, they are pruning the non-chemical photography tree too ?
things must be bad in blackrock

RattyMouse
09-28-2012, 09:57 AM
wow, they are pruning the non-chemical photography tree too ?
things must be bad in blackrock

200 more jobs lost at Kodak. That large building in the news article must be rather empty now.

Really sad how this company has cratered.

Richard Sintchak (rich815)
09-28-2012, 10:13 AM
They make printers?

Kevin Kehler
09-28-2012, 10:42 AM
They make printers?

They made printers.

wildbill
09-28-2012, 10:51 AM
finally kodak makes a smart move.

pentaxuser
09-28-2012, 10:54 AM
It ran what may have been an expensive TV advertising campaign here in the U.K. as recently as a few weeks ago. It's theme was how much less ink Kodak printers use. Now they are no more, it seems.

There comes a point when this form of short-termism suggests panic and clutching at straws.

pentaxuser

Photo Engineer
09-28-2012, 10:55 AM
Acutally, Perez mentioned this about 2 months ago and it was brought up here on APUG, but was dismissed then as improbably due to their announced strategy. Basically, what Perez wants is a move to the high end, high capacity printers for POD shops. The problem is that the ink set for these high end printers is not all that good. They have a high degree of metamerism and thus the prints shift color with illuminant.

If they don't fix that, they are going to fail in their last line of business in the digital side.

PE

Richard Sintchak (rich815)
09-28-2012, 11:00 AM
They made printers.

Article says they still do, until sometime next year anyway. Point is I really had no idea. If someone asked me I'd say...."Hmmm, not sure, maybe?" That could be part of their problem.

lxdude
09-28-2012, 11:03 AM
So Perez's great idea is done. Full circle. Now can they get rid of him please?

railwayman3
09-28-2012, 11:14 AM
Selling the ink for the existing printers can't seem to offer much for the future...what's the expected life of a typical desktop printer, perhaps 3 or 4 years?

And it's after, apparently, spending a whole lot of money here in the UK on advertising the printers on TV, etc., even as recently as earlier this month.

Photo Engineer
09-28-2012, 11:35 AM
How about the software (drivers) going obsolete if the OS is upgraded?

PE

Terry Christian
09-28-2012, 12:21 PM
PE, that's exactly what happened with my Kodak dye-sublimation printer. It will only run on one version of Windows (XP), so now I have a rather large paperweight.

Ken Nadvornick
09-28-2012, 01:02 PM
PE, that's exactly what happened with my Kodak dye-sublimation printer. It will only run on one version of Windows (XP), so now I have a rather large paperweight.

Virtual machines...

:)

Ken

railwayman3
09-28-2012, 01:09 PM
Virtual machines...

:)

Ken

Doesn't necessarily work....I have an older, but perfectly servicable, Canon inkjet with no driver for 64-bit Windows 7, which will not work with the XP emulation on 7 (confirmed by Canon UK). Not much chance of Kodak providing new drivers a few years down the line, if Canon doesn't? :(

Ken Nadvornick
09-28-2012, 01:19 PM
But definitely worth looking into if Terry hasn't already done so. My brother runs one of the Nikon 35mm film scanners using an XP VM running in a partition on a Mac. You never know until you try.

Ken

Ian Grant
09-28-2012, 01:33 PM
This afternoon I was out shopping in one of our awful US-style shpping estates, think PC World, Staples, Supermarkets etc.

I was actually after office firniture but the stores sold Inkjet papers, where once they'd had very good ranges now it was crap or Kodak, so now what happens ?

Staples used to sell a very good range now just Kodak or own brand which is awful, they used to sell Fuji and Ilford (the swiss stuff) and a lot of it as well.

So if Kodak ditch Inkjet is that papers as well, and taht is the end of Perez surely, he's not made it work.

Ian

MDR
09-28-2012, 01:49 PM
I quiet liked their Inkjet printers in fact they were not bad at all. I know a few photographers who use Kodak printers and they are fond of them and prefer them to similar printers from HP

Domink

Sirius Glass
09-28-2012, 04:15 PM
Getting rid of stink-jet printers is a positive move. Concentrate on C-41 and black & white film.