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PhotoDisc Images Included in Microsoft Plus! 98; PhotoDisc's PowerPics images create innovative desktop theme.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 25, 1998--PhotoDisc today announced that it has created a new desktop theme which will be included in Microsoft Plus! 98.

Using photographs from its new PowerPics(TM) line of images (available at, this innovative, branded desktop theme provides a nontraditional look at the concepts of travel and the universe, with the images and customized functional icons including globes, planets, a cartographer's compass and sundials.

The theme, both elegant and easy to use, allows customers to enjoy a desktop experience filled with ethereal ethereal /ethe·re·al/ (e-ther´e-il)
1. pertaining to, prepared with, containing, or resembling ether.

2. evanescent; delicate.

 images and subtle transitions, designed to be experiential ex·pe·ri·en·tial  
Relating to or derived from experience.

 and understated. Custom sounds have been created specifically to complement this theme, along with a compelling and beautiful screensaver that layers images of antique antique. The term has been used collectively to designate classical Greek and Roman works of art, particularly sculptures; as an adjective to indicate an object, a period, or a style of ancient or early times; and as a noun, for objects of art, furniture, rugs,  maps, planets and stars across the computer screen.

"PhotoDisc's PowerPics theme provides users of Plus! 98 an elegant designer view of their Windows desktop," said Rob Bennett, group product manager for Windows 98 at Microsoft Corp. "In addition, the PhotoDisc screensaver is bound to be memorable and popular among our Plus! 98 users."

Microsoft Plus! 98 is the ideal consumer companion to the Windows 98 operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
, extending the functionality in Windows 98 by adding utilities, themes and games to let customers further manage, customize and enjoy their PCs.

Customers who choose the PowerPics desktop theme will be able to select additional high-quality, affordable photography for their everyday business documents through an easy-access desktop link to the PowerPics site. Digital images purchased through PowerPics can be used with Microsoft Word A full-featured word processing program for Windows and the Macintosh from Microsoft. Included in the Microsoft application suite, it is a sophisticated program with rudimentary desktop publishing capabilities that has become the most widely used word processing application on the market.  or PowerPoint, or any graphics or desk-top publishing desk-top publishing desk npublication assistée par ordinateur, PAO f  application to add impact to a wide variety of everyday business documents and presentations. Visitors to the PowerPics site can choose from thousands of high-quality digital photos covering perennial perennial, any plant that under natural conditions lives for several to many growing seasons, as contrasted to an annual or a biennial. Botanically, the term perennial  business themes such as time, money or success, as well as from a wide array of photographic backgrounds and objects captured in PowerPics' 15 different image categories. Prices for PowerPics images range from $4.95 to $8.95, depending on file size: 400K or 5MB.

"We are very excited to be included in Microsoft Plus! 98," says Katherine James Schuitemaker, vice president of strategic relations at PhotoDisc. "We believe in the power of great imagery to inspire creativity and set a mood and hope that the PowerPics desktop theme will spark the customers' imagination in the use of high-quality photos in their everyday work and business environment."

About PhotoDisc

A pioneer and leader in its field, PhotoDisc, Inc. was one of the first publishers of high-resolution digital stock photography. PhotoDisc has been providing images to creative professionals in industries including graphic design, advertising, prepress, publishing, and web and multimedia design since its founding in 1991. PowerPics, PhotoDisc's website targeting mainstream business and SOHO Soho (sōhō`, sə–), district of Westminster, London, England, known for its continental restaurants. Once a fashionable quarter, it became popular among writers and artists in the 19th cent.  professionals, launched in March 1998 to bring high-quality stock photos at affordable prices to business users via the Internet at The PhotoDisc core image library consists of over 60,000 royalty-free images, of which 25,000 are available in thematic the·mat·ic  
1. Of, relating to, or being a theme: a scene of thematic importance.

 CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
 in full compact disc read-only memory

Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser).
 collections. Individual images and CD-ROMs are available worldwide for purchase in file sizes up to 28mb from the award-winning PhotoDisc website--http://w well as through the company's catalogs and at major software retailers.

PhotoDisc is part of Getty Images, Inc., one of the leading visual content providers worldwide. Getty's high quality visual content portfolio also includes Tony Stone Images, one of the world's leaders in contemporary stock photography; Hulton Getty, one of the two largest, privately owned, archival photograph collections in the world; Allsport, a premier sports photographic agency; Liaison Agency, a leading North American North American

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 news and photojournalism business; and Energy Film Library, a global leader in stock footage. Further information is available from the company's website at

For additional information or to order any PhotoDisc CD-ROM, or for a free catalog catalog, descriptive list, on cards or in a book, of the contents of a library. Assurbanipal's library at Nineveh was cataloged on shelves of slate. The first known subject catalog was compiled by Callimachus at the Alexandrian Library in the 3d cent. B.C. , call 206/441-9355 or 800/528-3472 (US and Canada).

PhotoDisc and PowerPics are official trademarks of PhotoDisc, Inc. and are registered in some countries. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used here for identification purposes only.

CONTACT: PhotoDisc, Inc.

Laurie McEachron, 206/269-1769
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