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Thursday, January 25, 2007

onOne Software Announces Genuine Fractals 5 Public Beta

Portland, OR - January 25, 2007 - onOne Software, Inc., announces today the availability of the Genuine Fractals 5 public beta. Users interested in becoming beta testers can register at http://labs.ononesoftware.com . In addition, anyone who purchased Genuine Fractals 4.1 or Genuine Fractals Print Pro 4.1 on or after December 18, 2006 will receive a free upgrade to Genuine Fractals 5.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Epson New Accolade Duet Projection

LONG BEACH, Calif. – For years, front projector manufacturers have been touting engineering breakthroughs that continuously expand the boundaries of projection use, while the evolution of projection screens has been perceived by many as generally unchanged. An innovative product called the Accolade DUET Ultra Portable Projection Screen is designed to change that perception by addressing the ever-increasing demand for front projectors with a portable screen for use at both work and home.With two patents pending, the DUET screen features a unique design that enables it to expand horizontally (left and right rather than up and down) to either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios. It can be used to project an image up to 80 inches in size (diagonal). The DUET screen can either hang on a wall using an included mounting bracket, or stand freely by placing it on an included retractable stand. The screen and stand can be set up together in less than 30 seconds and can be taken down and stored as a one-piece solution that is 42 inches in length. The DUET screen is also easy to transport.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Adobe Releases Beta Version of Photoshop CS3

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Dec. 14, 2006 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) will introduce a beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS3 software, the next release of the world standard in digital imaging, on Friday, December 15th. Adobe is delivering a widely available Photoshop CS3 beta to enable customers to more easily transition to the latest hardware platforms, particularly Apple’s new Intel-based systems. The beta is available as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh platform, as well as for Microsoft(r) Windows(r) XP and Windows Vista computers. The final shipping release of Adobe Photoshop CS3 is planned for Spring 2007. The software can be downloaded at: http://labs.adobe.com, in the early hours Pacific Standard Time on December 15.Packed with new features, Photoshop CS3 beta also includes a pre-release version of a major upgrade to Adobe Bridge, as well as a preview release of the all-new Adobe Device Central. Photoshop customers can use Adobe Device Central to design, preview, and test compelling mobile content, created specifically for smaller screens. This new tool, integrated in the Photoshop CS3 beta, simplifies and accelerates the creation of mobile content through a preview environment and built-in device profiles.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Late-Breaking News About Aperture 1.5.2

Aperture 1.5.2 provides performance, reliability, and compatibility enhancements.

Suppressing Preview Generation When Opening Aperture When Aperture is opened, it begins updating previews for those projects whose Maintain Previews setting is enabled. (For more information about maintaining previews, see “Controlling Previews with the Project Action Pop-Up Menu” on page 13.) This can cause problems if a project contains damaged files or images in unsupported file formats. In Aperture 1.5.2, you can suppress preview generation when opening Aperture, allowing you to more easily identify the damaged image files. To do this, press the Shift key while opening Aperture. You can also cancel the current preview maintenance operation using the Background Task List window.

Friday, December 15, 2006

onOne Software Announces Special “Pro Photo Essentials” Software Offer

Portland, OR - onOne Software, Inc., announces today availability of the new “Pro Photo Essentials” software package featuring onOne Software’s Genuine Fractals 4.1, Mask Pro 4, Intellihance Pro 4.1 and PhotoFrame Pro 3 Photoshop plug-ins and iView MediaPro 3* digital asset management software.“At onOne Software we strive to provide products to our customers that will get them out from behind their computer and back behind their cameras taking pictures,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “This new software offering was created with the busy professional photographer in mind. By making all of these software applications available in one reduced-price package, photographers will be able to tackle any digital imaging task from asset management to workflow enhancements affordably and most importantly with ease.”

Friday, December 15, 2006

onOne Software’s Mask Pro 4 Now Shipping

Portland, OR - onOne Software, Inc., announces today that Mask Pro 4 – the upgrade to the company’s popular digital image masking plug-in Mask Pro 3 – is now shipping. Mask Pro 4 provides a complete collection of Photoshop® plug-in tools that allow users unprecedented flexibility when tackling the most challenging masking job. And this new version focuses on teaching the user how to best use this comprehensive toolset for masking a wide range of images.As in the previous version, onOne Software’s Mask Pro 4 uses the concept of “keep colors” and “drop colors” chosen by the user and then based on those user selections, the Mask Pro 4 algorithm will remove only those selected colors from an image. One of the strengths of Mask Pro 4 is that when a “drop color” is found in another pixel, Mask Pro 4’s powerful color decontamination technology will remove only that color value from the pixel, leaving that pixel (or pixels) semi-transparent. The benefit to the user is that Mask Pro 4 will virtually eliminate the edge halo effect often seen when masking a transparent object or edge.

Monday, December 4, 2006

Matrox DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are now compatible with Mac solutions

Montreal, Canada - Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, is pleased to announce that the award-winning Matrox DualHead2Go™ and TripleHead2Go™ are now compatible with select Mac® systems. From the Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) product line, both DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go are palm-sized boxes that connect externally to a notebook or desktop computer and uniquely allow users to attach two or three monitors respectively for an incredible multi-monitor configuration.  

Monday, December 4, 2006

DxO Labs Ships All-New DxO FilmPack for Creating Accurate “Film-Style Looks” to Any Digital Image

Paris, France – December 4, 2006 – DxO Labs today announces the immediate availability of DxO FilmPack, a new, complementary product to the company’s award-winning automatic digital image enhancement software, DxO Optics Pro. DxO FilmPack gives photographers greater creativity with their digital images by enabling them to add the effect – in terms of color and grain - of more than 20 slide, black-and-white and color negative films. DxO FilmPack even allows users to combine the color rendition and grain profiles of different films. DxO Labs is providing DxO FilmPack free of charge to all DxO Optics Pro v4.1 users until December 31, 2006.

Monday, December 4, 2006

Kubota Image Tools Announces “Artistic Tools” Volume Three

Bend, OR (December 1, 2006) – Kevin Kubota, Idea Guy of Kubota Image Tools, has created another set of image enhancement software Actions for Adobe Photoshop. After the highly-acclaimed introductions of Artistic Tools Volume One and Two and Production Tools Volume One, the release of a third set of Artistic Tools features 50 new actions and is now available to the professional photography community.

Monday, December 4, 2006

New Pro Digital Frame Bundle From onOne Software

Portland, OR - December 1, 2006 - onOne Software, Inc., announces the immediate availability of the new Pro Digital Frame Bundle featuring nearly 100 custom-designed frames by well respected professional photographers and Photoshop trainers. This new bundle makes it even easier and more affordable for users of onOne Software’s PhotoFrame Pro 3 and PhotoFrame 3 (designed specifically for Photoshop® Elements) to add to their already extensive library of easy-to-use border and edge effects. 

Monday, November 27, 2006

Tamron’s Pro Learning Center Puts How-To Videos on Your iPOD

November 20, 2006, Commack, NY— If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a how-to video must be as good as a book, especially if it compresses the knowledge contained in a 45-minute lecture into a concise, well-focused, viewer-friendly 4-minute format you can download to your iPod or computer and view again and again. That’s the exciting concept behind the incisive, entertaining, and informative new podcasts posted in the Tamron Pro Learning Center at www.tamron.com.  Hosted by leading photographers, each one gives clear step-by-step pointers on shooting everything from surfing to portraits to macro in Central Park. The information is presented in simple, direct language with verbal hints and tips immediately illustrated by concrete visual examples. Watching one of these podcasts on the screen feels more like being at a hands-on photo workshop in the field than sitting in the classroom. And by mixing video footage with outstanding still photographs, each technique becomes crystal clear. It’s easy to hook up with this incredible learning experience—just make sure you’ve got QuickTime on your ‘pod or PC, click on podcasts at the Pro Learning Center and take a few minutes to download the videos.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Kubota Image Tools Announces Next Digital Photography Bootcamp

Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce its 13th Digital Photography Bootcamp. This Bootcamp is a 5-day workshop for professional photographers designed to supply all of the technical know-how to run a successful digital portrait/wedding studio; at the same time, it encourages continued development of a photographer’s unique style and creativity. 

Thursday, November 16, 2006

FujiFilm To Re-Introduce FujiChrome Velvia

Valhalla, NY, November 14, 2006—FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. is pleased to announce plans to re-introduce an ISO 50 Fujichrome Velvia professional film, tentatively named Velvia II. Fujichrome Velvia (RVP 50) was the first high color saturation, high contrast transparency E-6 compatible film when it was introduced in 1990 and was a favorite among photographers. Its discontinuation was announced last year due to difficulties in procuring some of the raw materials used to produce the emulsion.“Since we announced the discontinuation of Velvia 50, we have been inundated with requests from photographers worldwide to continue production,” said Christian Fridholm, Director of Marketing, Picture Taking, Imaging Division, Fujifilm USA. “They had used Velvia for many years and consider it unmatched in terms of quality and character. One of Fujifilm’s main priorities is to nurture the culture of photography, so we took those requests very seriously.”

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Nikon Unveils New D40

MELVILLE, NY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006 – Nikon, (www.nikondigital.com) the world leader in high quality digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology, today unveiled its new D40, the latest addition to its comprehensive line of digital SLR cameras. Designed to bring the picture performance, excitement and experience of Nikon’s digital SLR cameras to more customers than ever before, the D40 is an ultra-compact, lightweight 6.1-effective megapixel D-SLR that offers simplified new features, exceptional speed and a redesigned, visually-intuitive menu system that brings consumers a whole new level of simplicity in a digital SLR. The D40 also incorporates handling and performance advantages that eliminate the frustrations often associated with compact digital cameras, making it ideal for anyone who wants to capture spectacular digital pictures without complication. 

Thursday, November 16, 2006

New Release Of Corel Snapfire

OTTAWA, November 14, 2006 – Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRX) today announced a major new update of Corel Snapfire, the digital photo and video sharing and enhancement software that debuted on September 5, 2006. After receiving significant customer feedback on the Snapfire public preview, Corel has added new features and enhancements to both its breakthrough free download (www.snapfire.com) and the enhanced version known as Snapfire Plus.  

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Blurb BookSmart™ Beta 1.5 Upgrade Now Available

San Francisco, Calif. — November 14, 2006 — Blurb, the creative book publishing service, today announced that its new BookSmart™ beta release version 1.5 is available for download at www.blurb.com. Version 1.5 of the BookSmart application enables Blurb customers to create soft cover books and slurp blogs from any TypePad or WordPress account, while the Bookstore now offers a new Book Preview feature.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Archos Introduce WiFi-enabled Touch Screen Portable Video Player

DENVER, CO – November 9, 2006 – ARCHOS, Inc. announced today the general availability of the ARCHOS 604-WiFi, the industry’s only portable video player with integrated wireless technology and brilliant 4.3-inch touch screen for simple navigation. The 604-WiFi features 802.11g wireless connectivity, which allows consumers to browse the Internet, send and receive Web-based email, and play media files from their home computer to the device or to the TV. The 30GB* device retails for $449.99 and is available now at www.archos.com and select Sam’s Club stores nationwide, with broad retail availability later this month.

Monday, November 13, 2006

FujiFilm’s Face Detection Technology A Cure For ‘Picture Phobia’

Valhalla, NY, November 9, 2006 - More than 73 percent of women and almost 50 percent of men feel uneasy in front of a camera. So says the surprising results of a survey conducted recently by FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., which commissioned the study to learn why so many folks are apprehensive when asked to smile for a picture.According to survey respondents, weight and hair style concerns are the main reasons for their “picture phobia.” In fact, 44% surveyed preferred to do laundry, 34% would rather pay bills and 18% would rather visit the dentist than pose for a picture.

Monday, November 13, 2006

CyberLink Launches PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen Featuring Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD Authoring

Taipei, Taiwan - November 13, 2006 - CyberLink Corp. (5203.TWO), a world leader and pioneer in providing integrated solutions for the Digital Home, announced today the release of PowerProducer 4 Next-Gen, an enhanced version featuring high-definition video capturing and production, widescreen support and advanced Magic Video Editing tools.The new features combine CyberLink’s intelligent DVD authoring technologies with the newest generation of disc technology, offering authoring and burning on HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Imagenomic Releases RealGrain™ and Portraiture Plug-Ins

Imagenomic, an independent software vendor specializing in high-performance software tools for digital photography, has announced the release of two new Plug-in products at PhotoPlus Expo this week to complement its award-winning Noiseware™ portfolio. Imagenomic’s Noiseware Plug-ins have also been updated to version 4.1, with new enhancements such as a faster preview mode, an undo/redo feature, and other improvements.

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