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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2005 0 comments

Corel Corporation has announced the release of Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel
Photo Album 6, two major new products from Corel's digital imaging portfolio
and the first versions of the software to be introduced since Corel's acquisition
of Jasc in October 2004.



With a revamped user interface featuring a new, integrated Learning Center and
Browser palette, Paint Shop Pro X is designed to accelerate learning and increase
productivity. Tools are organized by task within the Learning Center palette,
enabling users of all skill levels to produce professional-looking results with
no previous photo editing experience required.



Below is an overview of the new and noteworthy features included in Corel Paint
Shop Pro X:

The Paint Shop Pro X Learning Center: The new Learning Center
organizes tools logically by task, providing users with a step-by-step guide and
quick access to the instructions and tools needed to complete the most common
photo editing projects.



Browser Palette: The Browser palette is now integrated into the
Paint Shop Pro X workspace to make it even easier for users to access, view, organize,
and work with their images.



Smart Photo Fix: The new Smart Photo Fix analyzes a photo and
suggests settings to auto-correct color, brightness, sharpness, and saturation
-- all in one step. Smart Photo Fix gives users new levels of control by
allowing them to combine the simplicity of automatic corrections with the precision
and control of manual adjustments.



Makeover Tools: Paint Shop Pro X introduces a powerful new collection
of extreme Makeover Tools to help users quickly and easily retouch the subjects
in their photos. The Makeover Tools include the Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush and
Suntan Brush.



Object Remover: The new Object Remover lets users seamlessly
eliminate unwanted elements from photos, intelligently filling in the resulting
gaps with appropriate background detail.



Special Effects for Black & White Photos: With the new Special
Effects filters in Paint Shop Pro X, users can now easily convert images to simulated
black and white infrared or apply color filters while converting to black and
white images.



Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition: Included for the
first time with Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo Album 6 provides efficient organization,
sharing and photo backup options, along with hundreds of new drag-and-drop creative
project templates.



Advanced Features: Paint Shop Pro X now includes support for
16-bit/channel adjustments, ICC-based color management, the ability to import
and export CMYK images using ICC profiles, along with enhanced monitor calibration
that allows LCD screens to be correctly calibrated.



Camera Raw support: Paint Shop Pro X now supports over forty
Camera Raw file formats. Users can open, enhance, process, and convert images
taken in the Camera Raw format.



Batch Processing: Users can easily process batches of images
with Paint Shop Pro X. The Batch Process command lets them use scripts to apply
fixes to batches of images, and users can also convert batches of images to a
different file format.



Perspective Correction Tool: With the Perspective Correction
tool, users can fix buildings, landmarks, or objects in their photos that appear
to be in the wrong perspective or that were taken from an angle other than directly
in front.



Straighten Tool: The Straighten tool lets users quickly align
crooked photos and automatically crop the edges using any line in the photo.



Pricing and Availability

Available for a suggested retail price of $129 US, Corel Paint Shop Pro X includes
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition, Pixmantec® RawShooter™
essentials, two hours of free lynda.com video instruction and a printed user manual.
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Deluxe Edition is available for a suggested retail
price of $49 US. It includes PhotoRecovery software ($29 value), Xtras Scrapbook
Templates, Volumes I and II ($40 value), Pixmantec RawShooter essentials, and
a printed user guide. Corel also offers academic pricing to qualified institutions
and students. For more information or to learn more about Corel's K-12 and
Higher Education site license programs please visit www.corel.com/education.
Commercial and government customers can learn more about Corel's volume
licensing options at www.corel.com/licensing.




To learn more about Corel's digital imaging portfolio or to download a free,
fully functional trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X or Corel Photo Album
6, please visit www.corel.com/paintshoppro or www.corel.com/photoalbum.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 16, 2006 0 comments

Nikon has announced the addition of a 10x zoom camera with image stabilization
to the COOLPIX Style series line-up. The new COOLPIX S10 features a 10x optical
Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, Vibration Reduction (VR), 6.0 effective megapixels,
a 2.5" LCD and a compact swivel design allowing the long-zoom camera to
fit into a shirt pocket.



With a wave-surface design and a high-quality finish, the COOLPIX S10 has a
built-in 38-380mm (35mm equivalent) 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens. It features a handy
One-Touch Portrait Button that provides direct access to three unique Nikon
In-Camera Image Innovations to fix common photo problems This system includes
Face-priority AF, which automatically finds and focuses on a subject's
face, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically corrects red-eye, and D-Lighting,
an innovation that automatically corrects images with insufficient light. The
S10 is equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when an image is blurred
and Best Shot Selector, a feature that automatically identifies and saves the
sharpest image from a series. The COOLPIX S10 with its supplied rechargeable
lithium-ion battery can take up to 300 shots on a single charge. The COOLPIX
S10 is PictBridge compatible so there's no need to use a computer at all
when printing -- just connect the camera straight to a PictBridge-compatible
printer and print directly easily and without delay.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 25, 2005 0 comments

The PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organization on a mission to simplify and
facilitate the licensing of images, has just completed an international, industry-wide
review of the PLUS Glossary, the first component of the Picture Licensing Universal
System (PLUS). Due for release in the fourth quarter of 2005, the PLUS Glossary
will provide standardized terms and definitions for use in image licensing transactions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 16, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic has announced the 10x Optical Zoom Lumix DMC-TZ3 digital camera,
the compact zoom model for its 2007 digital camera line. The new 7.2 Megapixel
entry to the popular TZ family packages a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
lens, Intelligent Image Stabilization, a 3.0-inch LCD, and a compact stainless
steel body.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has announced version 4.3.1 updater of their Capture RAW (NEF) image
processing software. A complimentary copy of the update is available for current
users of version 4.2.x; if using version 4 that is earlier than 4.2, customers
must first upgrade to Version 4.2 and then install the new updater. All Version
4.x updaters are complimentary for owners of the full Version 4.0 and higher.
Upon installing the Capture 4.3.1 update, the D2X, D2HS, D70S, and D50 digital
SLR cameras, as well as earlier Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras and their
NEF files will be supported. A highlight for the new updater is its significantly
faster performance for NEF operation. Depending upon the platform (Mac or PC),
CPU, and processes in use, this latest updater for Capture software delivers
increased processing speeds ranging from 11% up to 40%, compared to previous
versions.



A key component of Nikon's Total Imaging System, Capture software enables
photographers to perform comprehensive image processing and editing on NEF (RAW)
files produced by their Nikon digital SLR cameras as well as NEF files generated
from Nikon scanners or converted NEF files that have been generated from JPEG
or TIFF file formats. The NEF file structure has been idealized for operation
within the Nikon Total Imaging System. Key imaging data from the Nikon camera
is embedded within the NEF, and is available to strengthen the image processing
capabilities of Nikon Capture software. This nexus of Camera to NEF to Capture
embodies a key element of the Nikon Total Imaging System's ability to
optimize image quality.



www.nikonusa.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2007 1 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Google Inc. today announced the Photoshop CS3
Extended plug-in for the Google 3D Warehouse, enabling Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended
users to take further advantage of the software's powerful compositing, painting
and image-editing toolset for editing 3D content. With the plug-in, users will
be able to query and download free 3D content from the Google 3D Warehouse,
Google's free online repository for 3D models and content, directly within Photoshop
CS3 Extended. 3D Content then can be placed, manipulated and used in composites
with the new 3D tools in Photoshop CS3 Extended.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 28, 2007 0 comments

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE announced the launch of Corel Paint
Shop Pro Photo X2. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 is for aspiring photographers
and business communicators who want to transform their digital pictures into
professional-looking photos. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 provides users with
a wide selection of photo editing features ranging from automatic tools for
quick fixes to precision controls for fine-tuning. With Corel Paint Shop Pro
Photo X2, viewing, sorting and processing downloaded photos is faster than ever
thanks to the all new Express Lab. Beginners benefit from a wide range of automatic,
one-click adjustments while advanced users can take full advantage of the program's
manual adjustments providing more direct control over each photo. With speed
improvements and the built-in Learning Center, new users can produce results
quickly, learning as they go.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has doubled the speed rating of its popular
Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 90X. The new 8GB card is said to
be one of the fastest high-capacity CompactFlash cards available. Lexar's
new card is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 13.5 MB per second.
In addition to increased speed and performance, the new high-speed card will be
available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most popular format
for today's SLR digital cameras.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2008 0 comments

The PCX Lite cases are designed as wheeled, semi-hard side, airline carryon
size, luggage cases with a patented Case to Cart conversion feature that will
carry over 100 pounds of other baggage on top. Beginning at a street price $99.00,
the PCX Lite series offers three carryon travel solutions to accommodate the
needs of most frequent travelers. Currently available with a standard interior
for clothes, with adjustable dividers and foam for cameras, projector, etc.,
or with a customizable layered foam interior.

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