Thursday, June 15, 2006
Get your photos and video to pop off the screen with Avivo, image-enhancing technology from ATI, first introduced through the Radeon X1800 Series video cards. An advanced 10-bit-per-color display engine creates vibrant colors and sharp images for true-to-life image reproduction. Other Radeon features include video-scaling tools for maintaining cleaner images at high display resolutions and hardware processing for smooth video playback. Estimated Street Price: $398 (256 MB); $519 (512 MB). Contact: ATI, www.ati.com.
Jumpstart your creative side with software that will help turn any video footage into stylish home movies. CyberLink's PowerDirector 5.0 offers time-saving editing tools for adding special effects and screen frames, sharpening photos, stabilizing video and removing red-eye in one step. You can also add music, design stylish titles and work with timeline controls. The program supports high-definition and widescreen formats. List Price: $89. Contact: CyberLink, (510) 668-0118, www.cyberlink.com.
Make photo albums of your latest family vacation in minutes with ZoomAlbum. The photo book creator allows you to build 3x3-inch mini-albums with minimal effort. Drag-and-drop your photos into the ZoomAlbum Creator template, print the images out on a ZoomAlbum photo sheet, and assemble the pocket-sized album. You can rotate, crop, zoom, rearrange and add text to customize your album. List Price: $24 (two albums). Contact: ZoomAlbum, www.zoomalbum.com.
Get the best sharpness and detail from your images with the latest version of DxO Optics Pro. Among the upgrades is a new Optics Engine for correcting lens distortion and chromatic aberrations, faster processing and an improved user interface for easier image selection and viewing. DxO Optics Pro v3.55a also supports more cameras. Upgrading is free for all v3.0 or v3.5 users. List Price: $79 (Starter); $149 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.
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