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ALDUS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW LIBRARIES OF GALLERY EFFECTS, PLUS NEW VERSION

ALDUS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW LIBRARIES OF GALLERY EFFECTS, PLUS NEW VERSION
 SAN DIEGO, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) today announced two new libraries of Gallery Effects image-enhancement effects and version 1.5 of the Aldus Gallery Effects application for the Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. The two new libraries are Gallery Effects: Classic Art, Volume 2, and Gallery Effects: Texture Art. Developed by the Aldus Consumer Division, the Gallery Effects collection is designed to let users easily add visual impact to printed and electronic documents.
 Multiple effects turn images into art
 Each effect in a Gallery Effects library can be applied alone or with others to turn scanned photographs and other bitmap images into eye-catching artwork. Well-designed controls enable users to achieve artistic results easily, reliably, and consistently. Customers can, for example, apply effects to an entire image or selected areas, build effects on top of others, and customize the effects for dozens of variations, then save them for future use.
 All effects are available as plug-in filters that users can apply from within the Gallery Effects application or any other Macintosh or Windows program that supports plug-in technology. These plug-ins enable users to preview effects before applying them, providing convenient and powerful image-enhancement capabilities. All plug-ins appear as an integral part of their host programs, which include Aldus PhotoStyler 1.1 and Fractal Design Painter for Windows, and Adobe Photoshop, Aldus SuperPaint, Aldus Digital Darkroom, Fractal Design Painter, Adobe Premiere, PixelPaint Professional 2.0, ColorStudio 1.5, and StrataVision 3d 2.5 for the Macintosh.
 Gallery Effects: Classic Art, Volume 2
 Aldus Gallery Effects: Classic Art, Volume 2 will continue in the artistic tradition of Volume 1 to supply a new library of painterly effects that emphasize bold painting and drawing styles, as well as photographic effects. The 16 new filters will be Accented Edges, Angled Strokes, Bas Relief, Colored Pencil, Diffuse Glow, Glowing Edges, Grain, Note Paper, Palette Knife, Patchwork, Photocopy, Rough Pastels, Sprayed Strokes, Stamp, Texturizer, and Underpainting.
 Gallery Effects: Texture Art
 Aldus Gallery Effects: Texture Art will include 125 photograph- quality textures in 12 categories -- Brick, Fabric, Gravel, Ground, Marble, Metal, Plant, Shingle, Stone, Tile, Wall, and Wood. The Texture Art library is being developed exclusively for Aldus by Pixar, creators of leading photo-realistic rendering software.
 Unlike other competing products, Texture Art will automatically and seamlessly tile a texture to any size or shape. Users will also be able to import and apply their own images as tiles; the imported files can come from other texture packages, PICT and TIFF files on the Macintosh, and TIF and BMP files on Windows. Once applied, textured images will be adjustable for brightness, contrast, and color balance for wide variations. Textures can also be incorporated into presentations, published documents, or as backgrounds for other enhanced images.
 The textures in Texture Art will be provided in a compact, low-resolution format (72 dpi, 8 bit) so they can be applied quickly. The package will also include a CD-ROM of the 125 textures in both the low-resolution format and a locked, high-resolution proprietary format (300 dpi, 24 bit). An unlock code will be provided for one high- resolution texture; users will be able to purchase additional codes for the other high-resolution textures.
 "With Gallery Effects: Texture Art, users will be able to enliven documents for a variety of purposes -- graphic design, desktop publishing, presentations, 3D graphics, multimedia, video, animation, architecture and package design -- with just the click of a button," said Maurice Rizzuto, product manager for Gallery Effects. "The Gallery Effects product family is becoming an 'instant art' solution that extends the graphics-enhancement technology available to creative professionals and non-designers."
 Gallery Effects 1.5 update
 With the introduction of the new effects volumes, Aldus is also updating the application in the award-winning Gallery Effects: Classic Art, Volume 1 package from version 1.0 to version 1.5. The updated version will include enhancements to the Gallery Effects application for saving files in 8-bit format as well as in the existing 24-bit format. The package will also include sample effects from the Classic Art, Volume 2 and Texture Art volumes.
 Pricing and availability
 Aldus Gallery Effects 1.5 will become the core application in the growing family of effects. It will be available through Aldus resellers in the fourth quarter of 1992 in the United States and Canada for a suggested retail price of $199 (U.S.), and will include the original Classic Art, Volume 1 effects. Registered owners of version 1.0 will automatically receive the 1.5 version for free.
 Gallery Effects: Classic Art, Volume 2 and Gallery Effects: Texture Art are the first effects libraries to enhance the core application. These libraries will be available directly from the Aldus Consumer Division by calling 800-888-6293, ext. 2. Gallery Effects: Classic Art, Volume 2 will be priced at $99 (U.S.). Gallery Effects: Texture Art will have a special introductory price of $99 (U.S.); the regular price will be $199. Unlock codes for the high-resolution textures on the Gallery Effects: Texture Art CD-ROM disk will be $29 per texture, $99 for five textures, or $1,995 for all 125 textures. Both libraries will be available in the fourth quarter of 1992 in the United States and Canada.
 System configuration
 Under Windows, Gallery Effects requires Microsoft Windows 3.0 (or later) and Windows 3.0-compatible hardware. The recommended system configuration is a 486-or 386-based Windows-compatible computer with 4MB of RAM, an 80MB hard drive, a CD-ROM drive for Texture Art, a 16- or 24-bit graphics card and monitor, and a mouse or other pointing device. The minimum system configuration is a 286-based Windows-compatible computer with 2MB of RAM, a 20MB hard drive, any Windows-compatible graphics display card and monitor, and a mouse.
 On the Macintosh, the recommended system configuration is an Apple Macintosh II series, Macintosh LC, or SE/30 computer with a color monitor and card; 4MB of RAM (2MB minimum); a hard drive; a CD-ROM drive for Texture Art; System 6.0.5 or later; Finder 6.1 or later; and 32-bit QuickDraw 1.2. Gallery Effects is compatible with System 7.0.
 When the effects are used as plug-ins from within other programs, the system configuration is determined by the host program.
 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 Aldus PageMaker -- the company's flagship program -- as well as Aldus Digital Darkroom, Aldus FreeHand, Aldus IntelliDraw, Aldus Personal Press, Aldus Persuasion, Aldus PhotoStyler, Aldus PrePrint, Aldus PressWise, 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.
 NOTE: Aldus, the Aldus logo, PageMaker, Aldus FreeHand, Persuasion, PrePrint, SuperCard, and SuperPaint are registered trademarks and Digital Darkroom, Gallery Effects, IntelliDraw, Personal Press, PressWise, Super 3D, and TIFF are trademarks of Aldus Corp. PhotoStyler is a trademark of U-Lead Systems Inc. licensed to Aldus Corp. Other product and corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of other companies, and are used only for explanation and to the owners' benefit, without intent to infringe.
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