Popular photo enhancement software now available with expanded capabilities.DANVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 1995--PictureWorks Technology, Inc., today announced PhotoEnhancer Plus (TM) an enhanced version of its popular software PhotoEnhancer.
PhotoEnhancer, the unanimous image enhancement See image editing. software choice of the world's largest manufacturers of digital cameras, now has expanded functionality and can be used to enhance images from any digital image source. PhotoEnhancer Plus offers users more editing tools, built-in special effects special effects, in motion pictures, cinematographic techniques that create illusions in the audience's minds as well as the illusions created using these techniques. filters, TWAIN, and printer optimization. It has a retail sales price of $129 and is available for Macintosh and Windows platforms.
PhotoEnhancer Plus was created by PictureWorks as an innovative tool for simplifying and speeding the process of improving, editing and managing images. Originally marketed with the Apple, Kodak and Logitech digital cameras, the success of PhotoEnhancer prompted PictureWorks to broaden its use beyond digital camera pictures and provide even more functionality. Users of scanners, pictures on 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). and electronic images from on-line services can now use PhotoEnhancer Plus' award-winning tools to enhance and manage their pictures regardless of the original quality or source. Users can easily resize Verb 1. resize - change the size of; make the size more appropriate
size - make to a size; bring to a suitable size
rescale - establish on a new scale their image, correct color balance In photography and image processing, color balance (sometimes gray balance, neutral balance, or white balance) refers to the adjustment of the relative amounts of red, green, and blue primary colors in an image such that neutral colors are reproduced correctly. , adjust sharpness or brightness and automatically improve their images.
"PhotoEnhancer Plus replaces complicated tools common in most imaging applications with simple, yet highly effective enhancement choices. It provides the innovative benefit of keeping complexity behind the screen. Using a combination of sophisticated algorithms transparent to the user, PhotoEnhancer allows each individual to select the level of improvement to their original images that looks best to them," said Lee Cannon, president of PictureWorks. Due to this unique approach, PhotoEnhancer is popular among professionals who use images but are not imaging experts, for example, teachers and educators, real estate professionals, appraisers, graphic designers and science and engineering professionals.
PhotoEnhancer Plus offers users the same proven features of the award winning PhotoEnhancer "plus" new features such as expanding editing tools, new filters and new print optimization capabilities. These new features are designed to give users more control and choices in improving their images. New tools are text, pencil, eyedropper eye·drop·per
A dropper for administering liquid medicines, especially one for dispensing medications into the eye. , paint brush, eraser, rubber stamp, clone brush and smudge brush. PhotoEnhancer Plus also offers a suite of built-in special effects, filters such as antique, emboss, mosaic, quake, zig-zag, outline and cartoon.
SmartPrint(TM), an easy method for optimizing printer output, allows the user to print nine samples of an image on one page. Each sample is printed with a different range of brightness, sharpening and ink saturation. The user simply views the SmartPrint sample and selects the printed image that looks the best.
PhotoEnhancer Plus can acquire images directly from any TWAIN source, digital camera or scanner. In addition it can open and enhance any digital photograph saved as a JPEG JPEG
in full Joint Photographic Experts Group
Standard computer file format for storing graphic images in a compressed form for general use. JPEG images are compressed using a mathematical algorithm. , TIFF, BMP (1) (BitMaP) Also known as a "bump" file, it is the native, bitmapped graphics format in Windows. A BMP can be saved in several color options: 1-, 4-, 8- and 24-bit color provide 2, 16, 256 and 16,000,000 colors respectively. BMP files use the .BMP or . and EPSF (Encapsulated PostScript File) The full name of an EPS file. It is used for EPS file extensions in non-DOS and Windows platforms that can handle more than three characters. See EPS. as well as others.
PhotoEnhancer Plus features SmartPix(TM), an innovative technology created by PictureWorks to provide custom built-in corrections for a wide range of conditions than can impact picture quality. SmartPix uses a set of sophisticated algorithms that can differentiate between pictures taken in fluorescent light and ones taken in bright outside daylight, for example.
From a menu, users simply choose the SmartPix that best describes the characteristics of a certain picture. SmartPix goof-proof improvements reduces the undesirable effects that shadows, flash, poor light and bright sun can have on picture quality as well as problems common in scanned originals such as faded colors and distracting moire Pronounced "mor-ray" and spelled "moiré." In computer graphics, a visible distortion. It results from a variety of conditions; for example, when scanning halftones at a resolution not consistent with the eventual printed resolution or when superimposing curved patterns on one patterns.
PhotoEnhancer Plus uses another picture editing method PictureWorks calls "By Example." The By Example feature provides on-screen on·screen or on-screen
adj. & adv.
1. As shown on a movie, television, or display screen.
2. Within public view; in public. visual examples for correcting common problems such as exposure, brightness and contrast. Users simply select the improvement they like best by clicking on the choice displayed on-screen.
To help users manage the large number of pictures stored on their computers, PhotoEnhancer Plus includes an integrated picture browser. The browser lets users view and sort pictures directly from an input device such as a scanner or digital camera or from the disk. PhotoEnhancer Plus also provides direct access to all of the controls for digital cameras and scanners so users can make adjustments on screen or download and view pictures directly while in PhotoEnhancer Plus.
PictureWorks is a computer software company specializing in imaging technology. PictureWorks develops and markets competitively-priced color image A (digital) color image is a digital image that includes color information for each pixel.
For visually acceptable results, it is necessary (and almost sufficient) to provide three samples (color channels software products for Apple Macintosh Apple Macintosh - Macintosh , IBM PC A PC made by IBM. IBM created the PC industry in 1981 when it introduced its first model with 16KB of RAM. However, it was way off in its estimates, projecting that 250,000 units would be sold in the first five years. In fact, about three million IBM PCs were sold in that period. and PC compatible users. The company's products provide users with quick and easy tools for enhancing and managing color images. The company designs products for users in both office and home markets. -0-
Note to Editors: Kodak is a trademark of Eastman Kodak Company. Apple and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Logitech, FotoMan and Pixtura are registered trademarks of Logitech, Inc. PictureWorks, Photo Now!, PhotoEnhancer, PhotoEnhancer Plus, PhotoPower and SmartPix are all registered trademarks of PictureWorks Technology, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
CONTACT: PictureWorks Technology, Inc., Danville
Lisa Wood, 510/855-2012
Lee Cannon, 510/855-2010