PictBridge is a technology that was created to allow the user to transfer pictures from a camera phone (or digital still camera) to a printer without a PC or image-editing software. PictBridge makes printing digital photos easier and more accessible. A number of manufacturers have direct printing methods on the market today. The drawback is that some of these direct printing methods are proprietary, which means that you can only print your pictures when everything is provided by the same manufacturer. PictBridge is the industry standard for direct printing, so users can connect PictBridge-capable devices made by many different manufacturers and things "just work".
How PictBridge Works
With PictBridge, all you have to do is capture images with your camera phone and connect the camera phone to a printer via a USB cable. A direct connection is established regardless of the brand - without having to install software. The camera phone then compares its PictBridge functions to those of the printer. The supported functions will be displayed on the camera phone's LCD screen. All PictBridge-capable camera phones and printers support single image printing, which allows the user to immediately print an image displayed on the camera phone's LCD screen. Depending on the available functionality, the user can also use the camera phone's menus to send commands to the printer to specify print size, print multiple copies, crop and invoke other advanced printing features. The printer will then return either an error message (if an error occurs during printing) or a status message indicating that the print job is complete.
Anytime you connect a PictBridge-capable camera phone to a PictBridge-capable printer, you are assured the devices will be compatible enough to print one photo at a time. However, many manufacturers add advanced features to their products giving the user the ability to print photos in a variety of ways.
Guaranteed features (included in all devices):
Advanced Features (may not be included with all cameras or printers):
- Camera-to-printer connectivity
- Single-image printing
- Error and status messages
MCCI PictBridge Implementation
- Print two or more images selected from the display on the digital camera
- Index print of all images
- Print all images
- Print part of image by specifying a clip area
- Print multiple copies of a single image
- Print images with a date stamp
- Specify the exact size of a print
- Discontinue a print job
- Restart from recoverable errors
MCCI® is an official member of the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). The MCCI PictBridge Implementation was developed in compliance with the CIPA PictBridge Specification and Implementer's Guidelines for Digital Photo Solutions for Imaging Devices.
The MCCI PictBridge Implementation was developed in a manner that will allow you to easily integrate the PictBridge solution into an existing product. MCCI has ensured that the PictBridge solution is configurable to match your product's PictBridge feature set requirements. In addition, MCCI has provided a comprehensive set of APIs and data structures necessary to implement the complete PictBridge solution with no development required below the user interface level. MCCI provides a complete PictBridge solution that will allow you to focus on other aspects of your development project.
MCCI Verification Tools
The MCCI PictBridge solution has been tested on multiple platforms and with multiple external printers. This extensive testing ensures that the MCCI PictBridge Implementation can be integrated into your product with minimal effort required to verify the PictBridge stack.
MCCI has developed demo applications to assist in the development and verification of the PictBridge stack on the device side. MCCI offers a complete suite of PictBridge tools for printer simulation that will run on a Windows PC. These tools make it easy to simulate various printer events and verify the user interface on the device.
CIPA logo certification is required in order to display the PictBridge logo on the final product. The MCCI PictBridge Implementation has been through logo certification before integration into your product. This means that the cost and effort of final product logo certification is minimized when you integrate the MCCI PictBridge solution into your product. CIPA
must perform the actual logo testing. For more information about the CIPA PictBridge logo certification process, go to http://www.cipa.jp/pictbridge/contents_e/05logocp1_e.html