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Ulead Celebrates 15 Years with PhotoImpact XL

By dpreview staff on Oct 2, 2003 at 20:55 GMT

Software: Ulead has today announced Ulead® PhotoImpact® XL, an enhanced version of PhotoImpact, Ulead’s flagship image editing software for the PC. PhotoImpact XL offers extensive learning materials, striking new filters and effects, and useful basic and high-end photo correction tools. The software is a complete image editing solution for digital photographers, graphic designers, and Web creators at home, school and the workplace. "As one of the original founders of Ulead Systems, it's exciting for me to reflect on the past 15 years of our success in developing innovative image editing software,” says Lewis Liaw, president of Ulead Systems, North America. It is available immediately from the web site for $89.95 and in retail in November.

Ulead Celebrates 15 Years of Image Editing Expertise with Special Edition of PhotoImpact

PhotoImpact XL Image Editing Software offers New Learning Materials, Digital Photography Filters, Effects and Photo Correction Tools

Torrance, CA - October 2, 2003 - Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of video editing, image editing and Web graphics software, announces Ulead® PhotoImpact® XL, an enhanced version of PhotoImpact, Ulead’s flagship image editing software for the PC. Over the years PhotoImpact has garnered notable reviews and awards in a variety of publications including BusinessWeek, CNET, Entrepreneur and PCPhoto. With PhotoImpact XL, Ulead celebrates a 15-year history developing innovative image editing software, which includes being the first software company to deliver true-color image editing on the Windows platform. PhotoImpact XL offers extensive learning materials, striking new filters and effects, and useful basic and high-end photo correction tools. While PhotoImpact XL offers new enhancements for digital photography, the software maintains its extensive and potent feature-set for graphic design and Web page creation. The software is a complete image editing solution for digital photographers, graphic designers, and Web creators at home, school and the workplace.

PhotoImpact XL offers new learning materials including an in-depth 45-minute, 13-chapter video tutorial and seven hands-on project lessons. The software includes ExpressFix™ a step-by-step intelligent photo correction feature that suggests how to fix common photo problems including unbalanced exposure, improper color balance, and out-of-focus photos. Users can add artistic flare to photos with a variety of new digital photography effects including Sunlight, Diffraction (rainbow), and Multi-vision filters as well as a unique effect for creating realistic moons. PhotoImpact XL includes advanced photography engines such as the High Dynamic Range tool that extends the tonal range of a photo to make it closer to that perceived by the human eye.

"As one of the original founders of Ulead Systems, it's exciting for me to reflect on the past 15 years of our success in developing innovative image editing software,” says Lewis Liaw, president of Ulead Systems, North America. “When we started Ulead our underlying vision was to provide consumers with feature-rich, technologically-advanced image editing software that was affordable and easy-to-use. I’m pleased to see that still, after all these years, we can stay true to this vision with PhotoImpact XL."

Ulead Image Editing Expertise

Since its founding in 1989, Ulead has developed image editing software that has evolved from simple hardware companions such as iPhoto and La Palette, to full-fledged image editing programs such as PhotoStyler and PhotoImpact. With its launch in 1991, PhotoStyler was the first true color image processing software to take full advantage of Windows 3.0. In 1994, PhotoImpact became known as the first image editing program to offer Web graphics tools for creating Internet-ready optimized images and Web animations. Now with PhotoImpact XL, Ulead is the only company to offer extensive and powerful tools for digital photography, graphic creation, and Web design in the sub $100 image editing category. Ulead continues to be a trailblazer in the image editing space as one of the first companies to offer mobile phone image editing software in Asia and Europe.

Pricing and Availability

The box and electronic download of PhotoImpact XL is currently available at www.ulead.com for $89.95. The product will be available in the retail channel in November.

About PhotoImpact XL

PhotoImpact XL is a complete image editing application that lets users enhance digital photos, create stunning graphics and produce high-impact Web pages. The software makes it easy to acquire, enhance digital photos and apply professional digital photography filters and effects. There’s no need to purchase additional media management software, PhotoImpact XL includes Photo Explorer 8 to organize and manage images with useful features such as memory card detection, auto-file rename, and keyword search and rating. At the same time, PhotoImpact provides a wide-range of graphic design options such as painting, drawing and cloning tools, as well as particle, texture and lighting effects, and unique tools to create 2D/3D vector graphics. Of equal importance, PhotoImpact XL delivers a full set of Web tools for creating Web graphics such as buttons, background and banners as well as interactive JavaScript effects, Web slideshows, and animation. The software can even output completely functional Web pages. To complement the software’s Web tools, PhotoImpact XL comes with GIF Animator 5 for creating Web animation and COOL 360 for generating 360 degree panoramas. Over 4500 royalty-free images and textures, bonus filters, and a video tutorial complete this celebratory offering.

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