Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Be More Productive
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
1. Firefox has close to 25% of the market share for web browsers, a huge jump from the 5-10% that had about a year ago.
2. Windows Vista only has a 1.9% market share...just slightly above Windows 98! How embarrassing for Microsoft.
3. The majority of people still use 1024 X 768 as their screen resolution...meaning, most are still using 15" monitors.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Bigger Isn't Always Better
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Dentrix Image Part 2
Here's the lowdown on what's going on with Component Update 4...
Air Techniques had a copy of the beta version of CU4, and sent out an E-mail announcing that Image would work with the newer Acclaim cameras (which was also included in the new CU).
We here at Dentrix High Tech still haven't received the beta, but one of the salespeople received the same beta and leaked it to a few offices. We're almost done with it here... we're doing some final testing... and I can confirm that support has been added for the DexRay digital imaging sensors and the DexCam cameras. It also does improve the filtering on Gendex hardware.
We don't have it available for download just yet, but I would expect it to be on the Dentrix website within the next few days.
If you've got any other questions, feel free to ask me...
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Dentrix Image Changes?
"I thought I would inform you of two developments that took place this week regarding Dentrix Image, DEXIS and Gendex:
1. Dentrix Image has been updated to use the image filter's in Gendex's GxPicture driver rather than raw data. The result is out-of-the-box image quality with Dentrix Image as good as VixWin software.
2. Dentrix Image has been updated to allow for the direct integration of DEXIS's sensors - no DexRay software needed.
Both of these updates can be downloaded from Dentrix's website in Componenet Update 4 and will ship with new software immediately"
I don't see the update on the webiste yet, but will confirm any of this as soon as I can.
Friday, May 25, 2007
A Stroll Down Memory Lane
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Best of 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Best Keyboard Ever
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
A Better Backup?
1. It's blazingly fast. I backed up a 21 GB folder in under 13 minutes.
2. It allows you to encrypt the backup.
3. It allows you to email the results to yourself.
4. It has the ability to stop and start programs that you need to backup. I'm going to test it with Eaglesoft and Dentrix Image, as these are logical candidates for it.
5. Best of all, it's open source...free to download and use.
Check it out!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Schein Acquires Discus
Thursday, May 17, 2007
New Gendex X-ray
Gendex Dental Systems
expert® DC Intraoral X-ray System
The Gendex expert® DC utilizes the most advanced digital and electronic technology to provide reliable consistency in imaging while offering unique features and innovative solutions that create greater flexibility in workflow. Designed for digital imaging, yet compatible with PSP and film, expert® DC has a 0.4mm focal spot (the smallest in the market) for maximum image resolution. Fully programmable exposure settings are offered in both the main control panel and the Quickset™ controls on the tubehead. The expert® DC offers an integrated USB connection exclusively for Gendex VisualiX® eHD sensors.
Gendex Dental Systems
340 East Route 22
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Phone: (800) 323-8029
Fax: (847) 550-6825
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
A Better Mousetrap
Monday, May 14, 2007
Best of the Year
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Softdent 12.0.3 Bug
I want to make you aware of situation we had with v12.0.3 yesterday. This is a new build that we made available about 10 days ago with some minor changes. This was available via our web update system or upon request. One change had to do with a cosmetic issue in the system file that revolved around the number of transactions on the statement. We changed it to reference the number of pages due to additional costs associated with a 2nd page of an electronic statement.
When making that change in the system file upon entry to the system there are unique circumstances that would allow multiple stations to attempt to make the change. This resulted in duplicate key DMB errors.
It was a tough one to track down but we had “all hands on deck” yesterday and we were able to uncover the problem and we have a path to resolution. We will have a utility available today that will correct anyone experiencing the error on v12.0.3. Yesterday we took a few offices back v12.0.2 which also corrects the error. In addition, we will build v12.0.4 to replace the original v12.03. The v12.0.4 will be made available today to our QA team and we expect a hand off for release no later than Wednesday, May 16th.
I wanted to make sure you were aware of the situation and had first hand information since you work with our customers on a regular basis. I can assure you we will review our systems to understand how this mistake happened. In addition, please understand that the issue did NOT cause any loss of data or corrupt information. We sincerely regret any problems this caused any of our offices. As always, I am available any time to talk to you or any of our customers.
Let me know if you need the contact information for the person who sent me this. I have every confidence they will rectify this....but, it just emphasizes what I always say: make sure you backup before you apply any patches or updates to any of your software programs.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
"Imagin is hot again and our images are on fire, we were advised that we had the best image in the show! Our camera's feature high quality designs with interface
choices of USB2, S-video and composite (will also plug directly into
AcuCam C-4s, ViperCam CMA-C4/C5s and the early AcuCam plus docking stations),
great ergonomics, and awesome resolution, has sent us ahead in the game and
would of enjoyed showing it off to you. We have a whole new family of High-end
and Mid ranged price cameras coming out and should have our new USB
MegaPixel w/our new "Flash Light" technology debuting at the ADA in San
Francisco this September. Would look forward in hooking up with you again
and to hear your comments. Attached are some images taken with our new
Hotrod II Camera and some pictures of the new HR IIs set up other brands."
The ability to interface with older docking stations is a nice feature for Imagin to have...here's a photo:
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Product of the Show
I was surprised that there were so many new and exciting products at this show, as most are normally released at Chicago MidWinter or ADA. The product that easily wowed me the most when I was there is the DentiMag3D. There were a number of companies showing magnified dental solutions (more on those in a bit) but this was the first time I've seen this in 3-D. You need to use special glasses that fit over your regular glasses and a 3-D monitor but the effect was simply amazing; I felt like I actually could crawl into the canals on the tooth that they were using for their demo. Pricing was in the $28,000 range and I'm not sure who the distributor will be, but this is a very slick system.
Other Products and Services
XDR was jamming in their booth. I was happy to see one of my favorite companies doing well. They were selling an insert on sensor placement that I think will be beneficial to many offices.
I've become a big fan of lasers ever since I started to lecture on them last year. Syneron has a very nice looking system, the LiteTouch, where most of the laser components are actually housed inside the handpiece, making it very easy to work with.
RF Systems was showing their Doctor's Station, which I had first seen at Chicago. It's an update to the Copernicus system with a much nicer glass monitor, intraoral camera receiver, memory card, TV tuner, and film digitizer. Very nice looking system, but I couldn't get the pricing from them.
I saw a really cool video camera called the SupaCam. It can take movies, digital photos, and was also an MP3 player and webcam. A very good image.
Speaking of magnified dentistry, there were two companies showing similar products. The first to market was the MagnaVu and they have updated their system with integration with the VELscope, used to detect oral cancer. Price was around $32,000. Camsight, which had a higher-end system, the Digital Surgical Scope, now has a product to compete with the MagnaVu called the Explorer. The DSS runs about $50,000 and the Explorer is around $32,000.
Speaking of Camsight, they had a number of other nice products, including the Opti Intraoral Camera and their new CDMx-h digital x-ray system, which looks similar to the Hamamatsu sensors.
TrollByte was showing their universal holder for sensors. It's a one-piece design and seemed easy to use and learn.
Progeny was showing their new imaging software called VisionDX. Progeny is using the e2v sensors which I love and have just developed this software. I didn't get a chance to play with it too much but the software looks good from what I could see.
One of the intraoral cameras I've always liked is the DocPortMacro. Lightweight, good image, decent price. They have both analog and digital models.
I know that many offices are looking at different in-office communication systems. While I still think BlueNote Communicator is the top of the heap, if you prefer earpieces, then the ones I saw being sold by the EarPhone Connection were very sharp: lightweight, comfortable, and priced well.
Planmeca was showing their Compacti dental chair and operatory and this was really, really nice. Very ergonomic, nice colors, very clean look.
I saw a nice scanner for scanning in insurance cards and ID cards, called the DocketPort by Ambir Technology. It has good resolution and is TWAIN compliant. Priced under $200.
Panoramic Corporation, maker of one of the most popular film pans, the PC-1000, now has their own conversion system, the 1000-DR. It looks like they are using the Ajay sensor, a very high end digital sensor. Pricing was in the $20,000 range if I recall.
I was also really impressed with the many Cone Beam systems that are coming out. One of the newest to the dental field is TeraRecon and their Prexion 3D. The unit can only evaluate from nasal tip to chin so it's really designed more for implant placement. At around $160,000, it's one of the least expensive Cone Beam systems on the market.
Hoya Conbio was showing a very lightweight and portable soft tissue laser, the Micro 980. This system was really tiny and easy to move from room to room, and the 980nm wavelength makes it very powerful as well.
I got to see the Owandy sensors and i-Max Easy Digital Pan and both are priced really well with very good image quality. Both are also TWAIN compliant which means they can work with most image software programs.
Finally, I saw the new Schick USBCam2 in action. Image quality is a step above the old system, as is the price: $3995 for the camera. It's much more ergonomically friendly than the old system as well.
Well, that's it for this issue. If you were at CDA and I missed something, please let me know and I'll include it in the next issue.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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Monday, May 07, 2007
Melville, New York. Air Techniques, Inc. presents SENSA X-Ray Film.
SENSA is a D-Speed film manufactured by Air Techniques with materials supplied byFujifilm Corporation. The combination of Air Techniques and Fujifilm is a natural enterprise. SENSA means quality, dependability, and superb radiographs. SENSA is for everyone who uses film and will work with every type of processor and every brand of chemistry. At first, Sensa will be offered in size 2, the most popular. Then all other sizes: 0, 1, 3, 4,panoramic, and cephalometric will be introduced.For more information, visit the Air Techniques website at www.airtechniques.com.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Keep It Yourself
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
You Can Take It With You
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Here's the press release:
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 1 — Carestream Health, Inc., today began officially operating as an independent company with more than 8,100 employees serving tens of thousands of customers in 150 countries around the world.
With nearly $2.5 billion in annual sales, Carestream Health is one of the world’s leading health imaging and IT solutions companies, offering a comprehensive suite of traditional and digital solutions to dental, medical, molecular imaging systems and non-destructive testing customers.
The company originated as a business unit within Eastman Kodak Company and brings from its former owner a proud history of innovation, more than 110 years’ experience in health imaging, and over 1,000 patents in digital and film imaging and information technology. As a result of its innovative product portfolio and broad global sales, service and distribution capabilities, products from Carestream Health, including its PracticeWorks and Trophy subsidiaries, can be found in approximately 90% of dental practices and hospitals around the world. In addition, more than 75% of the company’s revenue comes from products that enjoy a number No. 1 market position.
"We couldn't be more excited," said Kevin Hobert, Chief Executive Officer of Carestream Health. "We now have an incredible opportunity to build on our history of innovation and to invest in our future and grow our business."
Carestream Health and its subsidiaries will continue to use the Kodak brand with its products. It now owns all former Health Group sub-brands such as RVG, SoftDent, OrthoTrac and Cook-Waite to name a few.
Carestream Health’s Dental Systems group is the world leader in advanced dental digital imaging and information technology. "Combined, we have the largest installed base of both
2 dental digital radiography systems and of dental practice management software (DPMS)" noted Richard S. Hirschland, General Manager of Carestream Health’s Dental Systems group.
Carestream Health’s PracticeWorks subsidiaries develop and market a broad portfolio of industry-leading practice management software and electronic services sold in the U.S., the United Kingdom and other countries. The company’s Trophy subsidiary develops and manufactures a full portfolio of intraoral and extraoral digital radiography systems, including the highest resolution intraoral digital radiography system available today — the Kodak RVG 6100 digital radiography system. Carestream Health also holds the No. 1 market position for dental intraoral and extraoral film products.
Carestream Health’s portfolio of Kodak-branded dental products include: direct-digital intraoral and extraoral dental radiography systems; computed radiography systems, practice management software and electronic services; dental digital camera systems; intraoral and extraoral dental imaging films, processing chemistry and x-ray equipment; and a variety of related products and services. Carestream Health also markets Cook-Waite local anesthetics.