Stone Design has new versions of all seven applications included in Stone Studio, its flagship suite of applications for Mac OS X. The company has also added 30-day “full strength” trial licenses that start when you first launch the software while connected to the Internet.
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Upgrading to the latest version is free for all current users — downloads are available from Stone Design’s Web site and Apple’s iDisk. What’s more, Stone Studio is now offering printable PDF versions of all of its online help, as well as the fully indexed and searchable Apple Help versions already included inside each application.
Create 10.5 — the drawing, page layout and Web page authoring application — has new Aqua art and effects, support for superscripting and subscripting in Web output, a new Web forms tutorial, as well as
new online tutorials.
Pstill 2.0, the PostScript to PDF distiller, features improved stability, according to Stone Design CEO Andrew Stone. The company also offers two accompanying, and free, utilities: TrueBlue (which lets you use your TrueType fonts with Pstill), and DOCtor (which translates Word documents to EPS and, if you have PStill, to PDF.)
PhotoToWeb 1.4 — which can be used to manage digital photographs and produce Web sites from albums of images — now lets users set the background and navigation bars and save album styles for future use.
PackUpAndGo 2.1.6, which creates compressed archive files, (.tar.gz) now includes features designed to simplify the creation of compressed backups and to prepare folders for mailing.
Stone Studio’s two other components — Time Equals Money 1.4 (which tracks time spent for clients and produces invoices and reports automatically) and GIFfun 3.1.5 (which creates Web animations) have also been tweaked.
Stone Design has extended its US$299 introductory pricing for Stone Design Studio through Feb. 14.