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ArcSoft Introduces New Digital Imaging Products for Mac OS X; Three Easy-to-Use Applications Leverage Apple's Next Generation Operating System.

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

COMDEX Fall 2001

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 12, 2001

ArcSoft, Inc., a leading digital imaging technology services and software provider to Fortune 500 companies, today announced the addition of three new imaging programs designed for the Mac OS X. Available to consumers in time for Christmas, ArcSoft PhotoPrinter(R), ArcSoft PhotoImpression(TM) and ArcSoft Panorama Maker(TM) build upon the recent release of ArcSoft PhotoStudio(R) to expand ArcSoft's portfolio of imaging products designed for Apple's next generation operating system. ArcSoft will be announcing further additions to its Mac OS X family of imaging applications throughout 2002.

ArcSoft's new imaging applications leverage Mac OS X's power, stability and ease-of-use, to provide enhanced visual access to features, smoother document motion and streamlined performance.

"We are dedicated to providing our customers with first class products that deliver a fun and creative experience along with performance, quality and consumer friendliness," said Chris Bethell, director of marketing for ArcSoft. "This new family of applications demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the Mac platform and to our customers."

"With integrated Apple technologies for managing color consistency and print quality, Mac OS X enables any photographer to achieve incredible breakthroughs in digital photography," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "ArcSoft's photo-editing solutions for Mac OS X provide users with the ability to easily optimize their digital images and we are pleased to receive their continued support."

About the Products

ArcSoft PhotoStudio(R) is a complete image-editing program for the home and office. PhotoStudio includes editing tools with easy-to-use manipulation and retouching features to improve and have fun with photos. Features include layering, text, red-eye removal, contrast and hue adjustment, a comprehensive collection of filters and effects, and advanced file format support.

ArcSoft PhotoPrinter(TM) is an advanced printing program allowing multiple images to be arranged on a single sheet of paper. The program includes a selection of printing templates, or the user can create and save their own. Editing and enhancement tools are also featured, such as tools to crop, add borders, frames, text and special effects. PhotoPrinter also includes projects to create greeting cards, calendars and fliers.

ArcSoft Panorama Maker(TM) is an upgraded version of the original photo-stitching application. The new product has enhanced stitching capabilities that quickly and seamlessly join multiple photos into a single panoramic picture. Users can easily merge images using four style options: vertical, horizontal, 360 degrees and tiled panoramas, and can view their creations using QuickTime VR and Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML).

ArcSoft PhotoImpression(TM) is a powerful, full-featured image-manipulation program featuring point-and-click editing to retouch and enhance images as well as a wide range of special effects. Also included is a broad selection of templates for creating cards, calendars and printing images, as well as templates for inserting images into magazine covers, tourist attractions, sports events and other fantasy situations. ArcSoft PhotoImpression includes a step-by-step project interface and on-screen design that makes photo-editing easy for both the beginner and more experienced user.

ArcSoft's latest imaging applications are built natively for Mac OS X to fully leverage the operating system's power, stability and ease-of-use. This provides users with enhanced visual access to features, smoother document motion and streamlined performance. Mac OS X's ability for preemptive multitasking also allows users to run ArcSoft programs simultaneously with other applications, such as Quick Time. An ArcSoft program icon can be placed on Mac OS X's Dock, giving instant access to favorite applications. All titles fully support the latest TWAIN photo acquisition technology designed for Mac OS X. In addition, the programs are fully compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and Mac OS 9.x.

Pricing and Availability

ArcSoft products for Mac OS X will be available for purchase from the ArcSoft Online Store, http://www.arcsoft.com/store, at the following Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices:

 PhotoStudio $99.99
 PhotoPrinter $39.99
 Panorama Maker $29.99
 PhotoImpression $49.99


About ArcSoft

ArcSoft is an international leader in providing interactive digital imaging/video software and Internet/network solutions to businesses that enhance consumer's digital photography and multimedia experience. Founded in 1994 and based in Fremont, Calif., ArcSoft's customers include leading global digital camera, printer, scanner, photography, computer and consumer electronic manufacturers. In addition to hosting ArcSoft's own PhotoIsland.com, the ArcSoft network system powers some of the industry's most popular photo-centric Web sites on the Internet. Today, the company has Research and Development centers in California's Silicon Valley and Hangzou, China, as well as Sales and Support offices in Asia, Europe and the Americas. For more information visit www.arcsoft.com.

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