Comdex: ArcSoft rolls out Mac OS X digital products

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Today at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, ArcSoft, a digital imaging technology services and software provider, announced the addition of three new imaging programs designed for Mac OS X. Available before Christmas, ArcSoft PhotoPrinter, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, and ArcSoft Panorama Maker build upon the recent release of ArcSoft PhotoStudio to expand ArcSoft's portfolio of imaging products designed for Mac OS X, according to Chris Bethell, director of marketing for ArcSoft.

PhotoStudio, which has a suggested retail price of US$99.99, is an image-editing program for the home and office. It includes editing tools with manipulation and retouching features for photos. Features include layering, text, red-eye removal, contrast and hue adjustment, a collection of filters and effects, and advanced file format support.

PhotoPrinter, which costs $39.95, is a printing program that allows multiple images to be arranged on a single sheet of paper. The program includes a selection of printing templates or you can create and save your own. Editing and enhancement tools are also featured, such as tools to crop, add borders, frames, text and special effects. PhotoPrinter also includes projects to create greeting cards, calendars and fliers.

Panorama Maker, which has a price tag of $29.99, is an upgraded version of the original photo-stitching application. The new product has enhanced stitching capabilities that join multiple photos into a single panoramic picture. Users can merge images using four style options: vertical, horizontal, 360 degrees and tiled panoramas, and can view their creations using QuickTime VR and Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML).

PhotoImpression is a $49.99 image-manipulation program featuring point-and-click editing to retouch and enhance images, as well as a wide range of special effects. Also included is a selection of templates for creating cards, calendars and printing images, as well as templates for inserting images into magazine covers, tourist attractions, sports events and other fantasy situations. PhotoImpression includes a step-by-step project interface and onscreen design.

All titles fully support the latest TWAIN photo acquisition technology designed for Mac OS X. And since they're "Carbonized," they're fully compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS 9.x with the CarbonLib extensions installed. ArcSoft products for Mac OS X will be available for purchase from the ArcSoft Online Store.

ArcSoft will be announcing further additions to its Mac OS X family of imaging applications throughout 2002, Bethell said.

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