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Version 5.9 of Kodak's acquire software not compatible with G4 Mac FireWire  
Thursday, April 20, 2000 | by
Kodak's Pat Nugent indicates in an email to camera owners that v5.9 of Kodak's acquire plug-in cannot be used to access a Kodak pro digital camera tethered to a G4 Mac's built-in FireWire ports. There's no word on whether this incompatibility exists with the original G4/350, which shares the FireWire architecture of G3 Macs. Firmware version 3.2, and acquire software v5.9.1, are expected to restore FireWire function. That update is due mid-May, and presumably will also fix a similar problem with the built-in FireWire ports of the newest Powerbooks.

Nugent also offered the following information on Windows 2000 and other Windows OS compatibility:

With the release of Microsoft Windows 2000, several questions have arisen concerning the compatibility of the DCS TWAIN driver with this operating system. Please note the following points:

The current TWAIN driver (5.8) is fully compatible with Windows 2000 -- with the exception of support for direct camera connection to the computer through IEEE 1394 (Firewire). Except for this tethered operation, the TWAIN driver is fully functional -- for example, images can be read directly by use of a PC Card reader.

On previous versions of the Windows operating system (Win 95, Win 98 first edition, Win NT), support for IEEE 1394 boards was done on a board-specific basis -- a we needed to write our TWAIN driver with specific knowledge of the IEEE 1394 board being used. For Kodak, this was a board manufactured by Adaptec. As indicated in a previous note, Adaptec has announced that they will stop manufacture of this IEEE 1394 board. Kodak has a limited quantity of these boards available in stock, and when they have been sold it will not be possible for to receive additional boards from the manufacturer.

IEEE 1394 support on both Win 98 Second Edition (but not the original Win 98) and Windows 2000 now takes place through a "standard" know as the Open Host Configuration Interface (OHCI) specification. In short, if both the software manufacturer and hardware manufacturer write to the OHCI spec, there should not be an issue with compatibility among different devices -- i.e., a user can use any OHCI compliant board, and the TWAIN driver will work. With the release build of Win 2000, this OHCI spec has been finalized and Kodak has received the "final" OHCI driver from Microsoft, allowing us to complete including OHCI support into our TWAIN driver. When this support is in place, the Kodak TWAIN driver should then work with any OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 board (there are several available in the market) on either Win 98 second edition or Win 2000.

IEEE 1394 support can be summarized for different Microsoft operating systems as follows:

Windows 95
Tethered support requires use of an Adaptec board. A replacement board (other than Adaptec) will not be identified for this OS. OHCI boards are not supported under this OS. Long term solution: Use Adaptec board or upgrade OS

Windows 98 First Edition
Tethered support requires use of an Adaptec board. We are currently testing to identify a replacement board (other than Adaptec) for Win 98 OHCI boards are not supported under this OS Long term solution: Use Adaptec board or TBD replacement board, or upgrade OS

Windows 98 Second Edition
Tethered support is currently not available Current Adaptec boards will be supported with the release of TWAIN 5.9 (expected early April) OHCI boards will be supported with a TWAIN release scheduled for mid-May Long term solution: Use Adaptec board or OHCI board

Windows NT
Tethered support requires use of an Adaptec board. We are currently testing to identify a replacement board (other than Adaptec) for Win NT OHCI boards are not supported under this OS Long term solution: Use Adaptec board or TBD replacement board, or upgrade OS

Windows 2000
Tethered support is currently not available OHCI boards will be supported with a TWAIN release scheduled for mid-May Long term solution: Use OHCI board

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