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ALDUS GALLERY EFFECTS: CLASSIC ART FOR WINDOWS ANNOUNCED

 ALDUS GALLERY EFFECTS: CLASSIC ART FOR WINDOWS ANNOUNCED
 BOSTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Seybold Seminars '92 today, Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) introduced a Microsoft Windows version of Aldus Gallery Effects: Volume 1, Classic Art -- a library of artistic effects that will automatically transform scanned photographs and other bitmap images into dramatic painting-like artwork. Published by Aldus subsidiary Silicon Beach Software, Gallery Effects was first introduced for the Apple Macintosh in August 1991. Within four months, it had earned the 1991 "MacUser" Editors' Choice award for "Best Visual Resource" and was named among "How" magazine's "Best Electronic Tools of 1991."
 Like the Macintosh version, the Windows product will offer 16 master effects, each designed to re-create a classic art style: Charcoal, Chalk & Charcoal, Chrome, Craquelure, Dark Strokes, Dry Brush, Emboss, Film Grain, Fresco, Graphic Pen, Mosaic, Poster Edges, Ripple, Smudge Stick, Spatter and Watercolor. The effects will provide simple controls and interactive previews to enable designers to achieve dramatic artistic results easily, reliably and consistently. Users will be able to customize the effects for dozens of variations, then save them for future use. Any of the effects can be applied to either an entire image or a selected area.
 Users will be able to apply the effects from within a standalone application that comes with the product, or use the effects as "plug- in" filters that can be integrated into graphics programs such as Aldus PhotoStyler 1.1 and Fractal Design Painter 1.0. The plug-in effects will appear as integral parts of the host program, providing users with convenient access to these unique image-enhancement capabilities.
 "With Gallery Effects for Windows, graphic artists will be able to create impressive artistic images with the click of a button, without spending the hours it would take to produce the art manually," said Maurice Rizzuto, product manager for Gallery Effects. "Aldus is providing a unique image-enhancement product that extends the graphics technology available to creative professionals using Windows."
 Gallery Effects will open and save files in the TIFF, BMP and TGA formats -- including grayscale and 24-bit color images. Almost anyone will be able to use it to create original artwork; add artistic touches to photographs for use in magazines, brochures, annual reports and so on; and produce architectural visual concepts from photographs or renderings created in 3-D graphics programs.
 Gallery Effects files will be transferable between the Windows and Macintosh environments. Once translated to PC media, for example, a TIFF file from the Macintosh version will open directly in Gallery Effects for Windows. Files created on the Windows side can be imported into the Macintosh version after they've first been saved in the Macintosh TIFF format using another graphics program.
 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
 Aldus Gallery Effects for Windows will be available in the second quarter of 1992 for a suggested retail price of $199(U.S.) in the United States and Canada. Localized versions for European and Pacific Rim markets will be announced later.
 SYSTEM CONFIGURATION
 Gallery Effects will require Microsoft Windows 3.0 (or later) and Windows 3.0-compatible hardware. The recommended system configuration will be a 386- or 486-based DOS-compatible computer, 4MB of RAM, an 80MB hard disk, a 16- or 24-bit graphics card and monitor, and a mouse or other pointing device. The minimum system configuration will be a 286-based DOS-compatible computer, 2MB of RAM, a 20MB hard disk, any Windows-compatible graphics display card and monitor, and a mouse. When the effects are used as plug-in filters within other programs, the system configuration will be determined by the host product.
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. In addition to Gallery Effects, the Aldus product line includes PageMaker -- the company's flagship program -- as well as Aldus Digital Darkroom, Aldus FreeHand, Aldus Personal Press, Aldus Persuasion, Aldus PhotoStyler, Aldus PrePrint, Aldus SuperCard, Aldus SuperPaint and Aldus Super 3D. The company distributes its products through an international network of more than 16,000 dealers and distributors.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: Aldus, the Aldus logo, PageMaker, Aldus FreeHand, Persuasion, PrePrint, SuperCard and SuperPaint are registered trademarks, and Digital Darkroom, Gallery Effects, Personal Press and Super 3D are trademarks of Aldus Corp.
 PhotoStyler is a trademark of U-Lead Systems Inc.
 /CONTACT: Kathy Episcopo of Silicon Beach Software, 619-695-6956, ext. 302/
 (ALDC) CO: Aldus Corp.; Silicon Beach Software ST: Washington, California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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