As consumers return to printing their photos, photographic film is seeing a rise and print technologies are evolving, Kodak remains a big name in the industry and a key player shaping the future of the photo industry.
The reach of the Kodak brand spans across a range of products including film, photographic paper, kiosks and other photo printing equipment. As Authorised Kodak partner Tetenal work closely with Kodak Alaris distributing to the photo channel and managing the Kodak Express network of photo retailers.
We spoke to Kodak Moments UK & Nordics Business Manager Beth Ingram about the latest news from Kodak Alaris and what’s coming up.
What has the first half of 2018 brought so far for the Kodak brand?
The 2018 versions of Kodak Moments Kiosk software have greatly improved the workflow both for consumer image input and navigation, it also includes a larger variety of print choice directly from the kiosk.
Software version 6.3 released earlier this year included the ability to print “retro style” smaller prints. This style is very popular with the younger demographic and allows the store to compete with trendy on-line offerings.
We have also had great feedback following our latest film products. Earlier this year we launched Pro Image 35mm colour film, brought back T-Max 3200 35mm B&W film and launched a new Daylight non-flash Single Use Camera loaded with high quality Kodak 800 ISO professional film and there is more to come later this year.
You mentioned retro-style prints being part of software version 6.3, what else is new in the latest software?
Other products now included within the software are a selection of banner templates for panoramic printing on the 8810 printer or wide format printers, an increased choice of poster templates and colouring in greeting cards for printing on the DL2100.
In addition, image transfer speeds have been improved, the customer can now transfer 1000 images in approximately 10 seconds to the kiosk.
What can we expect from software version 7 and can you tell us anything about release dates?
Version 7 software has recently been declared gold by us which means it will be released to Tetenal shortly for testing and made available for retailers after that.
The main feature of this version is a brand-new photobook creation workflow which brings great time benefits for the customer as it saves time when creating a book and for the retailer as kiosks are quicker available for the next customer. Research has shown that the main barrier for printing photobooks in store is the time taken to create one.
The goal for the new version of software is for the consumer to create a purchasable photobook as quickly as possible with options to edit as needed. Version 7 software will allow consumers to sort images either by date or alphabetically and will detect if they have selected too few or too many images for an optimal photobook. The new editing and customisation tool allows the consumers to easily and quickly navigate through their book creation.
What’s new for photo retailers in terms of photo printing equipment?
The Kodak 305 printer was introduced to the UK earlier this year, providing retailers with the perfect gateway into offering instant print services - or to replace an old Kodak instant printer. Along with the latest software we are planning to run an equipment promotion of the D4600 Photobook printer in the coming months.
In addition, there will be more exciting updates coming in time for Photokina taking place in Cologne in September.
Top Left: New and relaunched Kodak 35mm film products.
Bottom Left: The recently introduced Kodak 305 Printer.
Right: The G20 Kodak Picture Kiosk.
As you touched on earlier 2018 has so far been a great year for film. What new products can analogue enthusiasts look forward to in the coming months?
We had been discussing the possibility of bringing back a slide film, and Eastman Kodak Company’s decision to launch a Super 8 movie camera provided us with the perfect opportunity to do so. Ektachrome slide film will be launched later this year around the Photokina exhibition.