Users of Computer Associates' Jasmine database will soon be able to download photographs directly into the system's multimedia applications. However, the technology is currently only available to users of Kodak's DC-50 digital camera, thanks to an agreement signed by the two companies last week. The technology is now in beta. Peter Matthews, manager of the European database technology group at CA, said the company is looking into a third party generic API solution that would allow most digital cameras to interface directly with Jasmine. He could not say when that software will be available. Jasmine is CA's object-oriented multimedia database and application development environment. It provides developers with a pure object database combined with a multimedia development system. Normally, digital photographs are downloaded to a PC and then converted using a graphics utility into JPEG, BMP or TIFF files. The DC-50's API allows the stored photos to be sent straight to Jasmine's development environment or used immediately in an application. "Developers can pull in images from any DC-50-equipped PC and use them to build anything, from simple picture-and-audio applications to sophisticated security applications where voice prints are matched to photographs," said Bill Taylor, Kodak's director of distribution. The advantage of the DC-50 is the speed at which images can be taken from the camera and used in applications, without having to go through the manual conversion process. Computer Associates: 01753 577733.
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