The latest version from Ulead Systems Inc. introduces an all-new interface system providing distinct modes for beginners and advanced users along with 16-bit editing/RAW support and next-generation tools for high-end digital photography and creative design.
Mark Wurdemann, UK Marketing Manager for Ulead, said: People getting started with digital photography dont need complexity but at the same time, experienced users demand flexibility and control. With PhotoImpact 11s new My Workspace modes and customizable interface, users of all levels will find the perfect set of tools for their needs and experience.
He added: We hope people will find PhotoImpact 11s Basic Photo Mode akin to a welcome mat at the doorstep of digital photography.
The features and benefits of Ulead's PhotoImpact11 include the flexible 'My Workspace' interface system, which offers a set of five pre-defined modes as well as the ability to customize and save personal workspace layouts. Users can choose between Basic Photo Mode, Standard Photo Mode, Graphics Mode, Web Mode and Advanced Mode. Of these ready-to-use modes, Basic Photo Mode is the simplest to use, providing large easy-to-identify icons with direct access to the most commonly used tools for acquiring, browsing, enhancing and sharing images. To further simplify the user interface for new and casual users there are specially configured menus, toolbars and fewer option panels.
There is also an option to customize My Workspace, allowing users to configure the interface to suit their individual needs. Menus and toolbars can be re-organised with drag-and-drop ease and all panels may by docked or float freely for comfortable use across dual monitors. Shortcut keys and Menu and Command names are also fully customisable.
PhotoImpact 11 also offers photography enthusiasts features that make the camera just the beginning of high-end digital photography. New RAW/DNG support allows users to capture full camera-image quality. Ulead Photo Explorer 8.6 is also included with PhotoImpact 11 and provides intuitive browsing and batch conversion of RAW files. Enhanced 16-bit editing allows for a range of automatic and manual processing tools to adjust color and correct images in high-quality 48-bit colour depth.
Based on Ulead's advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging technology and with automatic correction of camera response curve anomalies, new SmartCurves simplifies photo-tone enhancement, giving users high-quality tonal correction tailored for their camera.
For perfect composition, SmartRemove Scene Compositor lets users selectively paint out moving elements from multiple shots of the same scene to compose an image featuring just the elements they want. As well as removing unwanted elements, SmartRemove also makes it possible to create dramatic original photos by combining shots with people or objects appearing in different poses or locations.
PhotoImpact 11 new high-end photography tools also include White Balance adjustment and Chromatic Aberration correction. The HDR and Colour Cast tools have also been improved.
Ulead's PhotoImpact11 also features a number of enhanced creative options, including non-destructive Layer Masks and editable alpha-channel masks. Both are new to PhotoImpact11 and allow users to blend images and objects in creative compositions with even greater flexibility.
With more and more users creating video projects and authoring DVDs for personal, business or educational use, PhotoImpact11 now incorporates features specifically designed for video productions. The Web Component Designer, first introduced in PhotoImpact 5, now includes a range of customisable lower-third graphics to make creating compelling overlay graphics quick and easy, while the new Save for Video option simplifies the process of saving graphics for video projects.
The EasyPalette library of ready-to-use content now includes a range of DVD menu templates that can be customised and saved for use in Ulead DVD MovieFactory or Ulead DVD Workshop. Both products allow users to import menus using PhotoImpacts native UFO file format. Uleads high-end video-editing suite, MediaStudio Pro 8, supports UFO files directly on the timeline.
PhotoImpact11 also includes a Save for Mobile option, enabling users to easily create graphics for display on mobile phones, PDAs, the Sony PSP and other mobile devices. The Save for Mobile option incorporates a range of intelligent templates to automatically format images to the correct size, colour depth, file format and file size for the chosen device.