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Old Apr 24, 2004, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone

We took the plunge and got a FZ10 so thanks to all for their help. I'm reading the manual and I've got a question about the "DPOF' printing ability. We've got a Epson "AIO" CX6400 with "DPOF" as well. I don't want to sound dumb but here's my question...

If I set the camera and printer to "DPOF" will the pictures be printed out to what size I select (4x6 , 5x7 , 8x10) no matter what size they were shot in?

Or do I need to import them into a Photo Editor ( Photoshop LE or Painter) and resize/crop them first?

The Epson has a built-in card reader so I'd like to just pop the card in and print. What's the best way to go?


Thanks for an suggestions.


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Old Apr 24, 2004, 12:38 PM   #2
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sdwsd, alias Steve (or the other way around) will probably be able to answer your question on the printer. Congratulations on your purchase, and I know that you'll have a great time with this camera!
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Old Apr 24, 2004, 9:13 PM   #3
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Hi Kenny,

As I check out dpreview also I see you've discovered the "printers and printing" forum there and asked the same question. They're very helpful folks and know their stuff. My answer to you is the same as theirs --- I've never used DPOF and I don't know anyone who has. Going to the Panasonic URL on page 91 in the FZ10 manual, it looks like a printing program that is pretty primeval and has been superceded by tons of better programs. I have Paint Shop Pro 7 and was printing fine with that until I found out about Qimage, and now I'm hooked pretty much exclusively on that. It sounds like DPOF is similar to Qimage as it deals mainly with the number of prints you want on a sheet, etc, but Qimage is much more than that. You can check it out free for 30 days so I'd say it's a no-brainer to try ---

http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

You can check in the dpreview threads and in the Qimage forum here to get more opinions on if it's right for you. Glad to hear you bought the FZ10. The camera has a bit of a learning curve, but stick with it and you'll be in Fluzi heaven... And thanks for the plug Norm, but I'm feeling my way through this like everyone else..but I'm sure having a good time!

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Old Apr 24, 2004, 9:37 PM   #4
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DPOF is not a program like Photoshop or other graphic software. It is a protocol developed first for APS cameras and now carried forward to Digital to allow the photographer to specify the number of prints to be made from each frame before the first prints are made. In fact, with APS film, the DPOF info is recorded even before the film is developed.

If you shoot a photo of a group of 10 people, using DPOF you can include the instruction to the DPOF-capable printer to make 10 prints of that frame (image) when it prints. You cannot control print size or make any other adjustemts, although with the FZ10 you can also choose to print or not print the date on the print.

By setting the DPOF info according to p91 of the manual, and then connecting to your printer you can make a string of prints... either multiples of one image, or varying numbers of prints of multiple images without further adjustments.

Quite honestly, I have no idea what happens with regard to print size, but there is no way to set that in DPOF. Your printer might allow you to choose print size... check the manual.

Hope this helps

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Old Apr 24, 2004, 9:38 PM   #5
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DPOF is not a program like Photoshop or other graphic software. It is a protocol developed first for APS cameras and now carried forward to Digital to allow the photographer to specify the number of prints to be made from each frame before the first prints are made. In fact, with APS film, the DPOF info is recorded even before the film is developed.

If you shoot a photo of a group of 10 people, using DPOF you can include the instruction to the DPOF-capable printer to make 10 prints of that frame (image) when it prints. You cannot control print size or make any other adjustemts, although with the FZ10 you can also choose to print or not print the date on the print.

By setting the DPOF info according to p91 of the manual, and then connecting to your printer you can make a string of prints... either multiples of one image, or varying numbers of prints of multiple images without further adjustments.

Quite honestly, I have no idea what happens with regard to print size, but there is no way to set that in DPOF. Your printer might allow you to choose print size... check the manual.

Hope this helps

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Old Apr 24, 2004, 10:28 PM   #6
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Ah...thanks for the info, Bob!

It sounds like it is a protocol that has been superceded by software programs such as Qimage, whose main strengths are with interpolation and actual printing, including multiple prints and print size.

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Old Apr 24, 2004, 11:21 PM   #7
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Hello Again

Well I found the answer to my own question today. We were at a local Best Buy and there's a local Epson Rep that comes there every other week. I asked him about it and he said the image will remain in perspective with the shot I took. I only have to slide the card in , highlite DPOF , pick the paper size and hit the color button.

Well I went into the menu of the camera and highlighted one picture for DPOF , inserted the card and awhile later I had an exact 4x6 of the shot I took. No croping or pasteing just plug and go. The misses is more than thrilled with the results. Her only complaint is we didn't do this sooner.


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Old Apr 25, 2004, 12:06 AM   #8
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Glad it worked for you, Kenny! Maybe I'll give it a try if only for curiosity's sake.....


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Old Apr 25, 2004, 12:55 PM   #9
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Sorry for the double posting of my answer... I must have hit submit instead of review by accident.

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