CPXe Version 2.0 will build on the foundation of Version 1.0 to incorporate important new features, such as access to storage services, support for composite products such as albums, greeting cards and calendars, and transaction logging for business-to-business transactions.
Participants in the development of CPXe have included I3A member companies Agfa-Gevaert, Beaufort Solutions, Canon U.S.A.
"We have seen tremendous interest in CPXe as evidenced by the increasing adoption of the Version 1.0 standards.
* Storage Access service functionality--the ability to add, manage, and utilize images with any CPXe compliant online storage service.
CPXe is an extensible and open technology framework for exchanging digital images and orders over the Internet--any CPXe-compliant application can connect consumers and businesses to participating service providers in the Picture Services Network (PSN) Directory.
Based on a Web services framework, CPXe will enable the transmission and printing of digital images among digital cameras, PCs, desktop software, Internet services, photo kiosks, digital minilabs, and photofinishers--regardless of the type of digital camera, PC, or operating system used.
CPXe uses existing Web Services standards, such as Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI); Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP); and XML, which makes it easy and less costly for camera manufacturers to build connections to CPXe-compliant service providers, according to I3A.
The CPXe standards are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2002, as the second phase, which includes finishing the technical standards and getting the network ready for operation, is just now under way.