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Picture Arena 1.0 for MacOS® X released

March 30, 2005 - Filed in Press release, New product by Felix
MARCH 30, 2005 - HERZOGENAURACH, GERMANY

IOSPIRIT GmbH is proud to announce the immediate availability of version 1.0 of its integrated digital picture management software Picture Arena for MacOS® X offering sophisticated picture browsing, image-processing and presentation capabilities at the introductory price of 19,90 €.

What is Picture Arena?

Picture Arena is the next generation tool to manage, process, use, present (even by speech) and browse digital picture collections. It elegantly and transparently unifies different product categories with fascinating innovations and thus allows a broad and versatile use.

The highlights at a glance:

  • Browsing the file system

    The integrated file browser displays pictures and movies as thumbnails, thus allows for easy and quick browsing through the file system, network volumes and removable media. The size of the thumbnails can be altered in realtime and files are automatically viewed as a magnified "sneak preview", as long as the mouse cursor is positioned over them. Combined with the built-in favorites management, history functions, the quick navigation bar and the seamless integration into the Picture Arena concept, these features cater for highest convenience while browsing.

  • Import from digital cameras, iPhoto™ and directory hierarchies

    Old material as well as new pictures and video clips can be imported effortlessly into Picture Arena. Users who have previously organized their pictures in directories can use the directory import assistant that can even take over existing hierarchical structures. Those who have used iPhoto™ before, will be happy about the dynamic import of their albums which allows the flexible use of Picture Arena as an add-on or replacement. New photos and video clips finally can be conveniently imported from digital cameras or be added to new and existing albums via drag and drop from the Finder™.

  • Creating professional web galleries

    The creation of impressive internet presentations of photos without any HTML programming knowledge is a breeze with Picture Arena. Numerous varied and professional themes are already included and advanced features such as online slideshows, interactive greeting cards and online searchable databases can be added with just one mouse click for each.

  • Manifold burning functions

    Creating cross platform HTML presentations and backups on CD or DVD or specially prepared CDs containing up to 9200 pictures for viewing on DVD players takes only a few mouse clicks in Picture Arena. It was never easier to make one's personal photo archive portable, to present, protect and share it.

  • Better printing

    Besides the usual standard formats and contact sheets, Picture Arena also prints innovative new designs: Eye-catching circle-shaped photo collages or greeting cards and letter paper with a very special and personal touch are easily brought to paper in one of three different quality levels.

  • Effectively powerful: reworking and effects

    With over 20 different effects and operations, Picture Arena makes every photo an eye-catcher. Among other things, colors, proportions, red eyes, skew horizons and the lighting can be easily and intuitively corrected. No matter whether the user needs "just a picture", a piece of pop art, an oil painting or a high resolution picture mosaic consisting of thousands of other pictures - Picture Arena delivers. Thanks to Picture Arena's concept of effect lists, all this can even be achieved without any modification of the original files. Users who happen to have lots of photos saved on CDs, will love this feature. To ease repetitive tasks and empower batch operations, effect sequences - entered once - can be saved as effect recipes and be reused flexibly.

  • Presentations navigated by speech

    Magical presentations with Picture Arena. Navigation through slideshows with freely configurable speech commands, performing rotations and jumping to particular pictures just by pronouncing a word or sentence .. sounds like science fiction? Picture Arena makes all of that a reality today. Besides the navigation by speech, Picture Arena of course also supports mouse and keyboard.

  • Independence through resyncing files

    The resync feature of Picture Arena gives its users independence from the network and freedom of choice regarding their equipment and working location. Creating graphics independently, yet integrated into a team? Network connections that are not permanently available? Relocating work from the desktop to the notebook on sunny days? Not a problem: Picture Arena gives its users maximum flexibility and takes care of distributed file bases staying consistent and up-to-date.

  • Integrated tools

    Many practical tools in Picture Arena ease the everyday life of its users. For example, the orientation of digicam pictures can be corrected automatically. Batch exports and conversions can be combined with effect recipes. Batch renames may be performed and - in contrast to other applications - also be undone with the inbuilt undo feature. Pictures can be searched for and found, sorted by different criteria and much, much more.

  • Inner qualities

    Without creating confusion, Picture Arena manages to give the user access to its diverse functionality via a compact interface. Furthermore, it shines with full multiprocessor support, widely available internal multitasking, full support of alpha channels, intelligent EXIF support, a theoretically unlimited number of project windows and the support even of exotic formats. Currently supported are BMP, GIF, IFF-RGB8, IFF-ILBM (except HAM), IFF-YUVN, JPEG, MacPaint, PBM, PCX (including the 24 bit version), PhotoCD™, Photoshop® PSD (including alpha), PDF, PGM, PICT, PNG (including alpha), PPM, TARGA (including alpha), SGI, TIFF, WBMP and many more.

Availability

Picture Arena 1.0 is immediately available for MacOS® X 10.3 ("Panther") and higher at an introductory price of 19,90 € (approximately 25,90 US-Dollar). The price will presumably be raised to 29,90 € later. A trial version can be downloaded at http://www.picturearena.com/. The only functional limitations are a demo-watermark in every saved file and the limitation of the trial period to 14 days. Picture Arena is fully localized in English and German.

About the IOSPIRIT GmbH

The IOSPIRIT GmbH has been founded in 2004 by Felix Schwarz with the aim of developing high-quality software for the Mac® - low-priced, so everybody can enjoy it.

A special focus during development lies on the latest technologies in MacOS® X, their innovative use, own innovations and industry novelties - far away from outworn paths.

At the same time the IOSPIRIT GmbH is its own distributor. The platform used therefore is an internal development - tailored to the needs of the market - and therefore allows efficient and fast processing of incoming orders and queries.

The IOSPIRIT GmbH is based in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

For more information, please contact:

IOSPIRIT GmbH, Felix Schwarz, CEO
Phone: +49 9132 732844
Email: felix.schwarz@iospirit-gmbh.de

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