Jul 5, 2005

Microsoft Debuts Digital Image Suite 2006

Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., USA, today launched Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, a package of tools designed to help consumers organize, enhance and share digital memories.

* Hierarchical Keywords and Labels provide stacked tags for users to organize, sort through and find images.
* Hover Thumbnail enlarges thumbnail images, making it easy to view the image, along with details such as date taken, file type and size, resolution, and assigned labels.
* Video support offers the option to view and organize videos in the same place as photos.
* RAW Support for Canon and Nikon cameras lets users view and organize images shot in RAW category of formats, and save the RAW format as a JPEG or TIF file.
* Black & White Effects transforms color photos into black-and-white images with preset filters, altering color tone or manipulating each of the color channels.
* Intuitive Crop analyzes the composition of a photo and suggests a way to crop it that will properly frame the subject.
* Photo Story 3.1 lets users create a photo show with voice narration, customizable pans and zooms, and music, make quick edits (red-eye removal, apply black- and-white filter), create an original soundtrack, and burn a CD with high-resolution VCD files, for playing back on a TV.
* Sharing Disc lets users burn photo CDs without disrupting detailed photo archive settings.
* Device Sync Support makes it easy to share photos and videos with mobile devices such as the Portable Media Center, Pocket PCs and Smartphones through syncing with Windows Media Player. Consumers flag the desired images, and the next time the mobile device syncs with the PC, the photos will automatically transmit.

Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 is available for US$99.95 with a $30 mail-in rebate and an additional $10 digital camera mail-in rebate (if consumers purchase any digital camera within 30 days of acquiring the software). Digital Image Standard 2006, designed for first- time digital photographers, is available for US$49.95.