Calendar and Association News

by Gary Schnitz, CMI, FAMI


We have expanded the JBC Calendar and News section to include summaries of recent manufacturer press releases and other noteworthy items of information for our JBC subscribers and Association members.

As in recent past issues, this section also contains information relating to our professional annual meetings. These meetings are vital not only for the financial health of our organizations, but also for the great opportunities they present to gain new skills, to share academic or research interests, and to acquire continuing education hours for certification.

The JBC hopes that you will take advantage of these annual meetings and their educational opportunities, and we encourage you to support your professional associations.

Alien Skin Releases Eye Candy 5 - Textures®

Raleigh, North Carolina - Eye Candy 5 - Alien Skin Software develops filters for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Macromedia Fireworks, and Jasc Paint Shop Pro. Graphic designers and digital photographers use Alien Skin plug-ins for print, Web, and photo restoration work. Eye Candy 5 Textures is a collection of ten seamless texture generators. The first of three upgrades to Eye Candy 4000, Textures produces a wide variety of texture effects, including snake and lizard skin, fur, brick, stone, and wood.


Alien Skin Releases Image Doctor™

Raleigh, North Carolina - Image Doctor is an all new set of powerful image-correction filters for Photoshop, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro, and other image editors. Image Doctor removes blemishes and defects, quickly repairs over-compressed JPEGs, and seamlessly replaces unwanted details and objects. Professional and amateur photographers, photo editors, archivists, graphic designers, and Web designers can more quickly fix their images with Image Doctor.


Apple Unveils Fastest, Most Affordable iBook G4®

ACupertino, California, October 19, 2004 - Apple Computer, Inc., has announced its fastest, most affordable iBook G4. It features built-in AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking across the line, and features prices starting at $999. The iBook line includes PowerPC G4 processors running up to 1.33 GHz and an available slot-load SuperDrive for burning DVDs, as well as Apple's iLife'04 suite for managing digital music and photos, making movies and music, and creating professional quality DVDs.

Apple Adds 1.8 GHz Model to Power Mac G5® Line

Cupertino, California, October 19, 2004 - Apple Computer, Inc., has added a 1.8 GHz single processor Power Mac® G5 desktop, priced at a more affordable $1,499, to its revolutionary 64-bit Power Mac G5 line. Complementing the existing lineup of dual 2.5 GHz, dual 2.0 GHz, and dual 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 models, the new 1.8 GHz Power Mac G5 provides a powerful and expandable tower configuration.

Corel Ships Painter IX®

Ottawa, Canada, October 20, 2004 - Corel has announced that Painter IX, the world's most powerful natural-media painting and illustration software, is now available across North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Corel Painter IX enables commercial designers, photographers, and professional artists to use their natural talents and techniques to create works of art.

Performance boosts include: significantly improved speed, new and enhanced Brush Control Palettes, Frames-per-Second Control, and Customizable Shortcut Keys. Professional users can extend their creative possibilities with new enhancements including: the Artists' Oils Painting System, Snap-to-Path Painting, improved Digital Watercolor, and Quick Clone.

Corel Painter IX is more compatible with other professional technologies than before, offering enhanced Adobe Photoshop support, enhanced Wacom support (including the Wacom Intuos3), and enhanced Color Management.

Adobe Releases Photoshop® Elements 3.0 (for Windows and Macintosh)

Seattle, Washington Adobe Systems Inc., has announced that Photoshop Elements 3.0 software now provides powerful photo editing functionality, plus intuitive organizing and sharing capabilities. Users can make quick fixes or use advanced editing options for more control. In addition to providing image organization capabilities, the software allows users to show off their creativity with new dynamic slide shows, themed photo e-mail, and more.

Related Association News:

The Association of Medical Illustrators, in conjunction with The Society of Illustrators, The National Cartoonists Society, The American Society of Architectural Illustrators, and The Illustrators' Partnership of America, continues to seek better ways to market and license the rights to their creative work.

One of the goals of this working coalition is still to explore the possibility of collecting and pooling artists' reprographic fees in order to create a collective rights administration to return reproduction royalties to illustrators.
Since the birth of the Illustrators' Partnership of America, the organization's key mission has been the development of a licensing agency that would truly represent the best interests of American artists and illustrators.

For more information about the Illustrators' Partnership of America, visit the IPA Website at :

For information about protecting your copyrights:

About The Vesalius Trust
The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences was incorporated as a nonprofit public foundation in 1988. Established under the direction of the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators, the Trust strives to develop and support education and research programs in the field of health science communications.

History of the Trust
Since its founding in 1988, the Trust has endeavored to identify and secure funding for educational and research activities in visual communications in the health sciences, and to act as a conduit for these resources. Currently, the Trust supports: scholarships, research grants, continuing professional education, and an international recognition program for exceptional contributions to medical education.

The Frank H. Netter, M.D. Award and Vesalius Trust Awards of Excellence recognize and honor significant contributions to the field of health science communications.

Mission of the Trust
To provide leadership for the advancement of education and research in visual communications for the health sciences.

Vision Statement
To be known as the premier resource for funding of visual communications in the health sciences.

Our Commitment
Our commitment to support to visual communications in the health sciences is broad. During the past year, the Trust has endeavored to form alliances with related groups and associations within the field of biocommunication. The Trust not only supports scholarship and research in the profession of medical illustration, but also includes and supports the areas of biomedical and scientific photography, biomedical visualization, anatomical animation, life science and zoological illustration, microbiological and molecular visualization, video production, and biomedical research.

We welcome financial contributions of any size from individuals or corporations interested in Trust's mission. Those individuals interested in making a tax deductible contribution to the Vesalius Trust are encouraged to visit the Trust's website below.

E-mail inquiries regarding the Vesalius Trust are also encouraged at:

Please visit The Vesalius Trust's web site for additional information:


Upcoming 2005 Meetings

The Institute of Photographic Technology Announces May Meeting
May 27-30, 2005.

The Institute of Photographic Technology announces its third conference, "Celebrating the Diversity of Photographic Imaging," at RMIT University Melbourne (Australia), May 27-30, 2005.

The Institute of Photographic Technology (IPT) was founded in Melbourne in 1946. IPT promotes the encouragement, advancement, and application of technical and scientific photography; its conferences provide a forum for professional networking, presentation, demonstration, discussion, and debate.

For more information, e-mail:

Send correspondence to:
The Institute of Photographic Technology
P.O. Box 5385
Melbourne, Vic 3001, Australia

General information:

Conference information:

Announcing 46th International Conference
on Health and Science Communications
Seattle, Washington—June 1-4, 2005

Start making plans to attend HeSCA’s 2005 annual conference on health and science communications. Better yet, submit an abstract to make a presentation.

Some themes being developed for the program are:

  • Website usability and accessibility
  • Hitting high on search engines
  • Working and learning together across distance
  • Measuring ROI for communications
  • Business planning for service departments
  • Customer service for success
  • Production solutions to communications challenges

The meeting will be held at the Edgewater Hotel, Seattle's only waterfront hotel.

Keep your eye on the following site for more information:

The Information Communication Technology Marketplace - 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada

InfoComm Conference—June 4-10, 2005
InfoComm Exhibition—June 8-10, 2005

Online Newsletter available at:

The InfoComm conference features seminars, workshops, facility tours, and manufacturers training sessions, as well as more than 10,000 professional audiovisual products, services, and systems.

The InfoComm conference and exhibition will feature:

- Display and projection technologies
- Multimedia products and services
- Digital signage
- Networked information systems
- Audio technologies and services
- Security systems
- Streaming media
- Residential A-V systems
- Video and video production
- Furniture, racks, cases, stands
- Lighting and staging
- Cables and connectors
- Digital cinema and entertainment systems
- Wireless systems
- Control, interfacing, and signal distribution
- Structured wiring
- Collaborative conferencing including audio, video, data, and Web

InfoComm Registration Open January 2005
Conference Program - Available November 2004
Hotel Information - Available November 2004

Northern Sights The Montréal Meeting

June 17-19, 2005
Delta Montréal Hotel
475 President Kennedy Ave
Montréal, Quebec, Canada

The Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society and the Board of Education are proud to present “Northern Sights,” the first-ever International OPS mid-year meeting to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. All ophthalmic healthcare professionals are invited to join us in the cosmopolitan city of Montreal to increase their knowledge, enhance their skills, and enjoy the sights and attractions of Montreal.

The two-day-plus program will feature informative lectures on a variety of current imaging-related topics given by renowned speakers in ophthalmic imaging and ophthalmologists from the Université de Montréal and McGill University.

Announcing the 75th Annual Meeting
BioCommunications Association - BIOCOMM - 2005
Portland, Oregon—July 21-24, 2005

Start making plans to attend BCA's 2005 Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore.  The meeting will be conducted at The Benson Hotel in the heart of downtown Portland. The Benson Hotel is convenient to sightseeing excursions, shopping, the Pearl District, performing arts, and museums. For hotel information visit:

Annual meeting details to follow:

Announcing 60th Annual Meeting
Association of Medical Illustrators
Thousand Oaks, California—July 27-31, 2005

AMI Workshops - July 27 & 28
Annual Meeting Conference - July 29-31

For our 2005 annual meeting, we will gather in the Los Angeles area immediately prior to the annual SIGGRAPH International Conference. The AMI Annual Conference will be held at the California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. This location will provide a university atmosphere for AMI meeting registrants, while offering the opportunity to attend the SIGGRAPH Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center immediately following the AMI meeting.

SIGGRAPH 32nd International Conference
July 31 - August 4, 2005

Visit: for more information.

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI)
2005 Conference and Annual Meeting
August 8-13, 2005

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators announces its 2005 Conference and Annual Meeting. The meeting's location will be in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Can you imagine a better place to be during the month of August than on the coast of Maine with the mild ocean breezes, salt air, historic lighthouses, and scenic views? College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor has been chosen as the site of the 2005 annual GNSI conference. Informative presentations, workshops, and field trips are being planned. The College of the Atlantic is located on Mt. Desert Island, originally named “Pemetic” (sloping hills) by the Wabenaki Tribe. Plan now to come to Maine this August for an unforgettable experience.
For information about meeting registration and workshops please visit:

Announcing the 3rd World Congress of Medical and Scientific Imaging
Cairns, Australia—August 25-29, 2005

"Explore" is the title of the 3rd World Congress of Medical and Scientific Imaging. In keeping with our theme, "Explore: Discover the Possibilities," the 2005 World Congress aims to inform delegates and attendees of the latest trends in medical and scientific imaging, so that the potential of modern technologies can be fully realized.

The meeting program will consist of three days of academic papers, a professional exhibition, and a unique opportunity to take part in a Great Barrier Reef expedition. See this site for information regarding the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park:

For information about the Congress, visit:


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