Kodak And Lotus Team Up To Send Illustrated Messages

Eastman Kodak Co. wants to bring electronic imaging to the desktop masses. On Apr. 29, it plans to announce a deal to integrate its imaging technology into Lotus Notes, Lotus Development Corp.'s group communications software. With the new product, which Lotus plans to sell for $295 early next year, Notes customers will be able to grab electronic images of documents--invoices, for example--from scanners, fax machines, or electronic copiers and attach them to messages that travel across their personal computer networks. Lotus says it will be possible to call up and manipulate the images from anywhere on the network, a feature previously found only on high-powered image systems based on workstations or minicomputers.

Kodak says the deal with Lotus is the first of a planned series to spread the company's proprietary imaging technology to wider markets. Kodak won't identify potential partners but says they will include other software companies. Its motivation: to sell more of the hardware--scanners, optical disc "jukeboxes," copiers, and printers--to make imaging possible.

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