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 SEATTLE, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Aldus Corp. (NASDAQ: ALDC) today announced it has begun shipment in the United States and Canada of Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0, a major upgrade to its Microsoft Windows-based color digital imaging application for acquiring, editing, retouching and printing color, grayscale and black-and-white images.
 PhotoStyler 2.0 is the first desktop application to fully integrate the KODAK PRECISION Color Management System, which eliminates the guesswork involved in achieving accurate and consistent color from both input and output devices, as well as monitors.
 "PhotoStyler 2.0 is more accessible to new users, while at the same time providing more powerful tools for high-end design and production," said Rod Bauer, PhotoStyler senior product marketing manager. "This is especially important under Windows, where many users are new to color, but have professional requirements. PhotoStyler 2.0 is the first digital imaging package designed with their requirements in mind."
 Professional features
 In addition to its color management capabilities, PhotoStyler 2.0 has several new professional productivity enhancements. A Practice Pad, Multi-Preview feature and a Multi-Transform dialog box offer multiple ways to preview the results of an action before it is executed. A new Partial Edit feature handles large images more efficiently by loading only a portion of an image into memory for editing.
 PhotoStyler 2.0 supports PageMaker 5.0, Aldus FreeHand, Aldus Persuasion, QuarkXPress, and others through such file formats as CMYK TIFF, DCS, JPEG, and PICT. Version 2.0 supports OLE as a server application. The new version will also support digital cameras, video capture boards, and color peripheral devices.
 Version 2.0 is more tightly integrated with PageMaker 5.0 than any competing image processing products. For example, PhotoStyler will support the same color matching libraries (including Dainippon, Focoltone, Munsell, PANTONE, Toyo, and Trumatch) as PageMaker does, making it easier to work with standard process colors.
 System configuration
 The recommended system configuration for Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0 is a 486- or Pentium processor-based DOS-compatible computer, Microsoft Windows 3.1 running in enhanced mode, 8MB or more of RAM, a 200MB or larger hard drive, a color monitor, a high-resolution graphics adaptor card (a 24-bit color display system is recommended for professional- quality image enhancement), and a mouse.
 The minimum system configuration is a 386-based DOS-compatible computer, 6MB of RAM, an 80MB hard drive, a color monitor with compatible VGA card, and a mouse or other pointing device.
 Availability and pricing
 PhotoStyler 2.0 is available through Aldus resellers in the United States and Canada for a suggested retail price of $795 (U.S.). Localized versions for other markets will be announced later. Aldus also offers PhotoStyler 2.0 Special Edition (SE) with a reduced set of features that will be bundled with OEM products such as scanners.
 Registered users of PhotoStyler 1.1a can upgrade to version 2.0 for $150. To purchase a retail version of PhotoStyler, receive an upgrade, or find out about special OEM versions, customers can call Aldus Customer Services at 206-628-2320.
 Aldus Corp. creates computer software solutions that help people throughout the world effectively communicate information and ideas. Aldus has subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Aldus, the Aldus logo, PageMaker, Aldus FreeHand and Persuasion are registered trademarks of Aldus Corp. PhotoStyler is a registered trademark of U-Lead Systems Inc. licensed to Aldus. 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.
 /CONTACT: Belinda Young of Aldus, 206-386-8819/

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