Crescendo Software has updated Picture Play, their shareware image composition tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.6.
Picture Play, made with the REALbasic environment from Real Software, lets you combine digital photos, scanned images or any other graphics to create compositions with editable text content, backgrounds, and effects that include translucency, transparency, rotation, etc. It has a multi-layered engine that lets you rearrange and edit individual objects.
Picture Play 1.6 has a brand new file format with a resource fork for improved transportability and redesigned to eliminate many nagging bugs. Any previously created Picture Play documents won’t work with this version.
The new version has 100 levels of translucency for image objects — from totally opaque to invisible. Picture Play now sports transparency of any color, not just white, for image objects. There’s a new tab panel on Objects Palette with an Effects tab for translucency and transparency that changes to an Edit Text button when a text object is selected.
Picture Play 1.6 offers unlimited undo/redo for all document changes. There have been changes to the mouse system to speed things up with more complex documents when dragging, resizing or moving the mouse with rulers on. The new enhanced clipboard copies more information for use within Picture Play. There are several others enhancements, as well.
Version 1.6 is a free update for registered users. For others, registration is US$14.95. You can download Picture Play from Crescendo’s Web site.