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New WinZip 12.0 Delivers Industry’s First Zip Photo Compression

WinZip Computing, a Corel company, announced the availability of WinZip® 12.0, the latest version of the world’s leading compression software. New capabilities of WinZip 12.0 include industry-first JPEG Zip compression, a complete photo management and sharing solution, improved performance and compatibility and enhanced security options.

WinZip 12.0 makes it easier than ever to work with Zip files and other popular archive formats and adds functionality to improve performance for both home and corporate users.

“WinZip remains the most user-friendly compression tool available, and the new features in version 12.0 allow users to do much more than just compression,” said Shawn Cole, Director of Product Management of WinZip Computing. “WinZip 12.0 includes a complete photo management solution which allows users to download, rotate, zip and send JPEG files – all with WinZip. We like to call it our ‘from camera to grandma’ photo solution.”

New features and enhancements in WinZip 12.0 include:

– Photo and image compression—without any loss of quality or integrity—as well as image management and sharing

– Ability to create smaller Zip files through new compression algorithms and support for additional Archive formats

– Encryption security features to customize password requirements and the types of encryption available

– Improved user experience with various interface enhancements and refinements to help you (or your users) work smarter, faster, and safer

Photo Compression, Management and Sharing
– Compress Image Files –WinZip 12.0 compresses JPEG files by 20 to 25% without any loss of photo quality or data integrity. Smaller file sizes allow users to send photos faster and fit more on hard drives and removable media.

– Transfer and compress photos directly from digital camera – The new Zip from Camera Wizard (available in WinZip 12.0 Pro) makes it easy to transfer photos from a digital camera and compress them in a Zip file. For cameras that support orientation tags, WinZip 12.0 can also “auto-rotate” photos prior to compression so they are correctly oriented in the Zip file.

– View and work with photos directly in WinZip – WinZip’s Explorer allows users to view thumbnails of each photo, then drag and drop their images into folders for better organization. WinZip Pro includes a full-sized image viewer to view slide shows, rotate, resize, or delete photos all without unzipping them.

– Share photos with WinZip – WinZip 12.0’s enhanced Send feature makes it simple to share photos directly from WinZip. This is a fast and easy way to share pictures while reducing the required storage space and transfer time.

Improved Performance and Compatibility
– Powerful new compression technology – WinZip 12.0 adds the powerful LZMA compression method to create the smallest Zip files yet using WinZip’s unique “Best” compression option.

– Support for More Archive Formats – WinZip 12.0 adds support for 7Z archives, CD/DVD .ISO and .IMG disk image files to existing support for RAR, BZ2, CAB, LHA, Z, GZ, TAR, UUE, XXE, BinHex, Mime, and ZIP files.

Encryption Security Features

– Set password complexity preferences – WinZip 12.0 adds a new password policy which allows you to customize encryption password requirements to achieve a desired password complexity.

– Specify the types of encryption available – With WinZip 12.0 Pro, System Administrators can specify which encryption methods are available to each user and can disable the encryption features completely during MSI installation.

Improved User Experience
– Logically display file contents with Smart View – The new content-sensitive Smart View makes it easier to see the contents of Zip files. Simply open a Zip file and WinZip 12.0 will choose the most appropriate viewing method.

– More Compression Methods – The addition of WinZip’s new JPEG and LZMA compression methods to its existing PPMd, BZip2, Enhanced Deflate and WAVPack methods, WinZip offers improved compression performance for most file types.

– More intuitive and informative – New features combined with the classic Job Wizard task-automation tool in WinZip Pro, to make WinZip 12.0 the simplest and most intuitive version of WinZip ever.

Pricing and Availability

WinZip 12.0 Standard is US$29.95, and WinZip 12.0 Pro is US$49.95. Attractive volume licensing discounts are available. Existing registered users can upgrade to WinZip 12.0 at 50% of the new license fee.

WinZip is certified for Windows® XP and Windows Vista®.

Download links and ordering information can be found on the WinZip web site at

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in Corel


Create Stunning Video and Slide Show Discs with the New Corel DVD MovieFactory Pro 7

Corel Corporation announced the launch of a new version of DVD MovieFactory, its award-winning DVD and Blu-ray Disc® authoring software. DVD MovieFactory™ Pro 7 is all-in-one HD disc creation and burning software for quickly turning photos and home videos into professional-quality DVD, AVCHD™ and Blu-ray discs. Users can quickly design stunning Hollywood-style motion menus with state-of-the-art effects using professionally-designed templates. A full suite of disc utilities provides for recording video direct to disc, creating music discs, backing up data and playing DVDs and AVCHD discs.
DVD MovieFactory Pro 7 is designed for the home user and video enthusiast, offering easy-to-use yet powerful tools and an extensive set of professionally-designed full motion menu templates. Home users can quickly combine video and photos to share eye-catching slide shows, videos and DVD scrapbooks with step-by-step ease, while video enthusiasts can get creative with advanced projects, making high-definition AVCHD and Blu-ray discs with studio-quality menus.

“DVD MovieFactory Pro 7 perfectly fits into the broad portfolio of Corel’s Digital Media Solutions, which offers users the easiest and most attractive ways to share their lives and memories with others,” said Jeff Hastings, President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel. “The category’s richest set of creative tools, together with end-to-end HD support, ensure fabulous results for anyone working with either standard-definition video or the latest AVCHD and Blu-ray format cameras.”

What you can do with DVD MovieFactory Pro 7:

Quickly turn photos and home videos into professional-quality DVD productions
Quickly turn photos into dynamic slideshows, and work with standard or high-definition video clips, either directly from camera or edited in video editing software such as Corel’s VideoStudio. Choose from a wide range of professionally-designed menus and easy customization tools to personalize discs.

Design stunning Hollywood-style menus
DVD MovieFactory Pro 7 offers over 100 menus in a range of styles and themes, and adds unique new special effects such as reflections, masked text and animated overlay objects. New “Note Menus” turn standard DVD projects into rich DVD scrapbooks, by letting you add menu pages combining text, photos, and decorations. For HD production, create stunning Hollywood-style Blu-ray Disc “pop-up” menus that display on-screen without interrupting the movie.

Work with advanced HD features
Import HD video from all current HD camcorders using tape, disc, hard drive or memory card in HDV, AVCHD and Blu-ray Disc formats. Unique Smart Proxy technology ensures smooth HD editing and previews, even on mid-range PCs. Render video in space-saving H.264 format and burn HD projects to high-capacity Blu-ray discs, or create AVCHD discs using a standard burner and DVDs.

Edit and enhance video clips and photos
Quickly trim video clips, and create cool opening sequences with animated titles, overlay tracks and music. When working with photos, ExpressFix makes it easy to improve photo exposure, color balance and skin tones with a couple of clicks. Pan & zoom effects can be applied automatically, or customized to highlight picture details. Then, add transitions and background music and burn DVDs that everyone will love to watch.

Burn & copy video, audio and data CDs and DVDs
In addition to creative tools, DVD MovieFactory also features a comprehensive set of disc burning and copying utilities. Create data backups on CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc®, burn audio CDs, DVDS or MP3 discs, and make quick copies of CDs, DVDs or non-commercial Blu-ray discs. For the quickest results, simply drag any file or folder into the Quick-Drop Vista Sidebar gadget and burn audio, video, slide show or data discs with one click.

Standard Version also available:
Corel DVD MovieFactory™ 7 (standard edition) is available for users creating projects primarily in standard-definition, but also supports AVCHD import and disc creation.

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Posted by on July 23, 2008 in Corel


Corel Unveils Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4

Corel Corporation unveiled Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4, the latest version of the company s technical graphics software. Created specifically to address the technical illustration workflow, the suite enables users to create technical documentation, instructional manuals, maintenance references and technical diagrams with exceptional precision and speed. Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 is now available in English, French, and German.

Unmatched by any other technical graphics package, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 provides industry-leading file compatibility, including 3D design formats and AutoCAD® DWG and DXF , while delivering award-winning precision tools for illustration, bitmap-to-vector tracing, and professional photo editing. This comprehensive suite also offers an optimized workflow, multi-language support, and easy network deployment, making it the trusted choice of companies known worldwide for technical design excellence.

Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 was developed with the needs of technical illustrators in mind. The integration of professional illustration, photo editing, and bitmap-to-vector conversion tools in one package provides technical illustrators with the most comprehensive solution for completing complex projects with greater precision and efficiency, said Klaus Vossen, Product Manager for Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite.

Customers Benefit from Intuitive Tools and Precision Controls

Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 continues to offer the industry s most complete and affordable technical graphics package. The latest version of the suite includes Corel DESIGNER X4 for precise technical illustration and layout; CorelPHOTO-PAINT® X4 for professional image editing; Corel® PowerTRACE X4 to convert bitmaps and legacy paper documents into vector graphics; Right Hemisphere® Deep Exploration 5.5 CSE to convert 3D CAD models into accurate 2D graphics; and Corel CAPTURE X4 to create screen captures, an integral component of many technical documents.

In addition to these core applications, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 offers more than 80 new and enhanced features designed to streamline the creation of technical illustrations. With intuitive diagramming tools, and professional photo-editing, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 offers features unmatched by those in any other technical graphics package.

Access Technical Design Assets
– Access 3D CAD data directly with the new, integrated 3D CAD import application
– Quickly unlock data in legacy blueprints by using centerline tracing in the new Corel PowerTRACE
– Leverage RAW camera files from more than 300 camera models with interactive controls to preview adjustments in real time
– Enjoy seamless compatibility with commonly-used and industry-standard file formats, including new and enhanced support for AutoCAD® DWG and DXF, PDF 1.7, PDF/A, as well as Microsoft® Office Publisher and JPEG 2000
– Take advantage of the enhanced Windows Vista® integration to easily organize projects and search for files

Create Better Technical Diagrams
– Communicate more effectively with clearer visual pieces created with new and enhanced diagramming tools
– Import the latest Microsoft® Visio® formats to ease collaboration with colleagues and clients

Streamline the Technical Illustration Workflow
– New technical drawing tools make it easier to identify curves and connector lines and add precision and clarity to illustrations
– Create custom dimensions and dimension styles with advanced control for clearly readable illustrations
– Draw, size, and rotate shapes and lines with precision using the Object Coordinates docker

Discover Advanced Image-Editing Features
– Achieve professional-quality color and tone correction with the new Image Adjustment Lab
– Gain control, improve accuracy, and simplify the process when cutting out image areas with the enhanced Cutout Lab
– Preview image-editing changes in real-time by using histogram feedback available with more features than ever before

What s Included?
In addition to the key applications, Corel DESIGNER X4, Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4, Corel PowerTRACE X4, Right Hemisphere Deep Exploration 5.5 CSE, and Corel CAPTURE X4, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 includes: Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications 6.4; barcode and duplexing wizards, ANSI, DIN, ISO, engineering and architectural templates; and comprehensive symbol libraries containing over 4000 manufacturing, electrical, and architectural symbols.

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Posted by on July 17, 2008 in Corel