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DKS Minilabs Win DIMA Shoot-Out

Ralf Jurrien
PMA 2010 Report
Thursday 8th, March 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

Ajury of photographic imaging experts has determined that output from the DKS 1770 and DKS 1610 digital minilabs, manufactured by KIS Photo-Me Group, is superior to any of its competitors, and has awarded the minilabs first prize in this year’s DIMA Shoot-Out image quality competition, it was announced at the Photo Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show here. This is the fifth straight year that DKS minilabs from KIS Photo-Me Group have taken top honors in the DIMA Shoot-Out. This year, the DKS 1770 was selected for best image quality in the up-to-12-inch-wide category, while the DKS 1610 was selected best in the important up-to-8-inch-wide category.

KIS Photo-Me DKS 1770
In addition, a panel of imaging professionals and opinion leaders at PMA named the PhotoBookPro photo album creation system one of 2006’s “Innovative Digital Products.” The PhotoBookPro is an open-architecture production system powered by a variant of the company’s My Creativ’ Album software. PhotoBookPro automatically scores, joins, folds and binds picture pages into quality photo books up to 12x8 inches in size in only three minutes, according to KIS Photo-Me Group.

DIMA Shoot out award - KIS Photo-me products
“We’re very proud of our continuing performance in the DIMA Shoot-Out, and of the recognition our digital minilabs and innovative retail imaging products are receiving from some of our industry’s leading imaging experts year after year,” said Thierry Villard, President of KIS Photo-Me Group. “These awards are further evidence of this company’s ongoing efforts to be a world leader in retail photofinishing and consumer imaging, and to provide our customers with the best imaging solutions available.”

KIS minilab - Resolution
The versatile DKS 1770 minilab produces a wide range of creative photo products up to 12x18 inches and up to 2,000 4x6-inch prints per hour at 350-dpi resolution - all from a remarkably small footprint. The more economical DKS 1610 minilab offers the same productivity for photo products up to 8x12 inches. Both series feature the company’s proprietary MSB HD exposure system for exceptional image quality, an easy-to-use operator interface, Quick Load paper apparatus to minimize downtime, and a “hub and spoke” architecture that allows these printers to be networked with multiple self-serve kiosks to optimize productivity and revenues.

PhotoBookPro - DKS 17 & DKS 16 minilab
DKS 17 and DKS 16 Series models take up less than one square meter of floor space, and all connect to the company’s remarkable PhotoBookPro. All background themes, layout templates, text and graphic treatments, and other digital embellishments for making enticing, creative photo products are included in the My Creativ’ Album software installed on all KIS Photo-Me Group printers.

DIMA digital printer shoot out - Digital minilabs
The DIMA Digital Printer Shoot-Out uses a “target file” created by some of the best color experts in the industry. This file is sent out to digital printer, media, ink and RIP manufacturers to output according to the specifications of the event. Prints were created in a short turnaround time, sent back to DIMA, and displayed on the PMA 2006 trade show floor for judging by an independent panel of imaging experts. The award-winning DKS digital minilabs and PhotoBookPro, as well as other products from KIS Photo-Me Group, are available worldwide. Pricing and other information can be obtained by contacting a company-authorized representative.

About Photo-Me International
Photo-Me International plc is a specialized digital imaging company focused on professional laboratories and end-consumer vending solutions. PMI has developed a unique range of digital professional processing laboratories - minilabs and central labs - and a suite of consumer vending digital imaging solutions. PMI’s minilabs have been developed through its KIS subsidiary in Grenoble, France. A worldwide enterprise with headquarters in the United Kingdom, the company operates subsidiaries in the United States, Europe, Japan and China. KIS manufactures and markets award-winning DKS minilabs, as well as innovative digital photo kiosks, photo booths and other equipment for retail photo businesses.

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