Canon is on track to begin shipping the 21.03 million image pixel EOS-1Ds Mark III
in mid-November 2007, says Chuck Westfall, Canon USA's Director of Media and Customer Relationship. An exact release date hasn't been set, but is expected to fall right around the middle of next month in the USA, and probably other regions worldwide too.
The company is also gearing up for a Web release of v6.0 of ImageBrowser
(Windows). The Mac version of Canon's basic browsing application, which is currently bundled with the PowerShot G9, is now a Universal Binary for native performance on Macs with Intel processors. The Universal Binary treatment has also been given to RAW Image Task 3.0, ImageBrowser's companion application that handles RAW conversions. RAW Image Task has also undergone a significant interface overhaul.
The ImageBrowser/ZoomBrowser EX v6.0 that will emerge first on the Web, says Westfall, will be similar to or the same as what comes with the PowerShot G9 right now, which means its digital SLR support will include past and current cameras up to and including the EOS 40D, but not the EOS-1Ds Mark III. That camera will be bundled with an even newer version of ImageBrowser/ZoomBrowser EX + RAW Image Task that does include support for its CR2 files, as well as Digital Photo Professional 3.2, EOS Utility 2.2 and Picture Style Editor 1.1.
Updaters for all of these applications are to come available as downloads from Canon's Web Self-Service System (which is accessed via the Drivers & Downloads
link on various digital SLR pages on Canon USA's website
, as well as other Canon sites). Firm release dates haven't been established, but most or all are likely to appear sometime in the month of November 2007, says Westfall.