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Corel PaintShop Pro X7 adds content-aware Magic Fill tool

08/27, 11:05am

Also gains new Text and Shape Cutter tools, Smart Edges

Corel has released PaintShop Pro X7, a major upgrade of its photo-editing suite. The biggest addition is said to be Magic Fill, a Photoshop-like "content-aware" tool that can erase an object and replace it with content that matches the background, even if that background is varied. Several other tools have also been added, including Text and Shape Cutters -- used to create objects based on underlying images -- and Smart Edge, which prevents brush strokes from crossing lines.

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Corel extends competitive cross-grade discount following Aperture news

06/27, 10:06pm

Promotion cuts price of AfterShot Pro 2 by 25 percent for Aperture or Lightroom users

Following Friday's surprise announcement by Apple that it will cease developing Aperture -- a rare acknowledgement of this by the company -- Corel has joined the growing number of companies that are or are planning to woo the photo-enthusiast and creative pro crowd displaced by Aperture's discontinuation. While the program will continue to operate as expected in both Mavericks and Yosemite and possibly beyond, most users are expected to eventually migrate to alternatives -- including, Corel hopes, its own AfterShot Pro 2.

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Corel AfterShot Pro 2 gets 64-bit architecture, new tools

05/21, 4:42pm

Mac, Linux HDR tools promised 'later this summer'

Corel has released AfterShot Pro 2, a new edition of its RAW workflow software for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The app has been converted to a 64-bit architecture, allowing it to not only run faster but take greater advantage of available memory. Images can now measure up to 250 megapixels, for example, and TIFF files can scale over 30MB.

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Corel intros Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, reboots iPad app

04/16, 11:32am

New apps share iOS 7-friendly interfaces

Corel has brought its previously iPad-only mobile video editing app, Pinnacle Studio, to the iPhone. The app allows for complex editing, including the ability to trim individual frames and insert elements like transitions, stills, titles, graphics, fast/slow-motion, and picture-in-picture effects. Quick clip arrangement can be done with the Storyboard, while the Timeline allows for more precise manipulation and trimming.

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Corel brings Toast DVD to Mac App Store

04/11, 4:24pm

Can add menus, chapter markers to videos

Corel's Roxio division has released Toast DVD at the Mac App Store. The utility makes it possible to not only burn videos to DVDs or Video-TS folders, but add menus for navigation. There are 25 stock themes, and users can further customize colors, text, and backgrounds.

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Corel Painter X3 adds Jitter brushes, Flow Maps, other tool upgrades

07/23, 12:55pm

Brush Search speeds up selections

Corel has released Painter X3, a major update of its Mac and Windows illustration software. X3 focuses mainly on tool improvements, for instance adding Jitter brushes, used to make strokes appear less rigid. 25 special Jitter brushes are included, but the effect can be applied to other brushes as well.

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Avid discontinues support for Studio iPad app

08/31, 8:20pm

Users asked to switch to Corel's Pinnacle Studio

Users of the Avid Studio iPad app are seeing a pop-up informing them that support is discontinued, notes TUAW. As a replacement, people are being directed to Pinnacle Studio, a similar video editing app owned by Corel, but currently free through September 18th. Avid Studio is still available for $5.

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Corel announces Painter 12 update, iPad control option

07/10, 9:00pm

Painter 12 gets flow maps, vertical docking, Wacom multitouch

Corel today announced two additions to the functionality of its Painter 12 desktop program. The graphic design program received a free update adding new user interface options and support for artist tablets. The company also released an app for the iPad that allows the tablet to be used as a second input device.

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Avid sells M-Audio to inMusic, video editing apps to Corel

07/02, 2:52pm

Avid to earn $17M when sales complete later today

Pro Tools maker Avid is selling music technology company M-Audio to inMusic. Avid has agreed to the sale in order to focus on media enterprise and other professional customers, and to improve its operating performance. It is also passing its line of video editing apps to Corel Corporation at the same time as the M-Audio sale.

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Briefly: Exposure 4 announced, Corel Painter 12.1 released

01/16, 2:20pm

Corel Painter free update

Alien Skin Software has announced Exposure 4, a new version of its image effects plug-in for Photoshop. A completely redesigned interface has been added with the latest release, along with new controls for exploring a range of effects or creating custom presets. Black & White and Color Film have also been combined into a single filter, and a new text search feature allows users to easily search for filters. Exposure 4 is expected to be released in February at a cost of $250. However, current Exposure customers will be able to purchase an upgrade license for $99.

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Corel launches AfterShot Pro photo workflow tool

01/09, 4:45pm

Joins Apple, Adobe in workflow tools

Corel has launched AfterShot Pro, a new photo utility. Much like Adobe's Lightroom or Apple's Aperture, AfterShot Pro is a RAW/JPEG workflow tool meant mainly for professional photographers. Users can organize photos into catalogs or folders, tag them, and perform a number of non-destructive edits without having to open images in a dedicated editor like Photoshop.

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Windows finally gets RAW image support

07/26, 4:30pm

Photo Gallery now imports Raw file, edits JPG copy

Microsoft will now support raw format images with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011. Until now, photographers working with photos in RAW had to work with third-party apps such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel PaintShop Photo Pro. Apple has supported RAW formats natively since 2005.

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Microsoft gets NYC software deal, forced to unbundle apps

10/20, 12:45pm

Microsoft NYC deal must separate software

Microsoft on Wednesday reached a deal with New York City to supply software directly to local government but which avoids the controversial practices of earlier years. The deal will give copies of Office and other software to as many as 100,000 people in city agencies but will prevent Microsoft from demanding that software come in bundles. Workers will be put into three different tiers depending on the apps they need and will pay less for the reduced bundles.

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Wacom's Cintiq 21UX touch display gets ultra-sensitive pen

03/01, 10:10am

Wacom updates largest display to get new controls

Wacom used the advent of CeBIT to roll out a refresh of its largest tablet display, the Cintiq 21UX. The 21-inch display revolves around a new stylus that provides much higher sensitivity: it can work at 2,048 different gradients (twice the previous best) and is sensitive enough that it can register input with only the slightest contact. Sketch artists and others that depend on line strength are those most likely to reap the benefit.

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HP intros 'Pine Trail' netbooks with touch, 1080p

01/06, 12:00am

HP Mini 5102, 2102, 210 and Compaq 102 debut

HP's most significant CES unveiling includes a sweeping update to its Mini netbooks to bring them in step with Intel's Pine Trail platform. Heading up the range is the 10-inch Mini 5102, the company's first touchscreen netbook. It supports native multi-touch for Windows 7 and is targeted at the relative high end with an aluminum chassis like the EliteBooks and a Broadcom HD decoder that can process 1080p video.

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HP TouchSmart tm2 gets Netflix, 9-hour battery

01/06, 12:00am

TouchSmart tm2 upgrades HP's tablet PC

HP's TouchSmart convertible tablet has received an upgrade in the form of the tm2. It now has a sleeker, unibody-like design much like the Envy 13 and has made a switch from AMD to low-power Intel Core 2 Duos to extend the battery life; HP claims up to 9 hours even on the stock battery. An option for Mobility Radeon HD graphics give it a lift in video.

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Wacom's multi-touch tablets now official

09/24, 8:25am

Wacom Bamboo Touch, more launch

Wacom on Thursday morning put out multiple tablets that signal a gradual break away from the company's pen-only approach. The Bamboo Touch, Bamboo Pen & Touch, Bamboo Fun and Bamboo Craft all have a multi-touch surface used for navigation, ranging from basic moves like a basic tap select or mouse-like input to two-finger pinching for zoom and twisting to rotate images. Users don't have to toggle modes when a stylus comes into play, Wacom adds.

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Wacom Intuos4 pen tablet spotted

03/11, 5:25pm

Wacom Intuos4 pen tablet

The next-generation Intuos tablet from Wacom has been spotted, though the device itself has not yet been officially announced. The photo of the packaging reveals the new tablet will sport a wide-format tablet area along with a number of customizable ExpressKeys. It also reveals that the tablet will have a user-defined touch ring and the pressure-sensitive grip pen will be new and improved.

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Corel Painter 11 intros new illustration tools

02/24, 11:10am

Corel Painter 11 launches

Corel has announced a February 25th release for Painter 11, its key illustration software. New are a variety of features, such as new marker, pen, pencil and chalk brushes which behave differently depending on options or drawing technique. Users also have access to customizable hard media types, and improved selection options including a polygonal mode for the Lasso tool.

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