Ulead Systems, Inc. announces Ulead PhotoImpact 10, the newest version of PhotoImpact, Ulead's flagship PC image editing software. This latest version offers new tools and layouts to make it easier for novices and casual users to navigate the feature set within PhotoImpact, while still providing imaging aficionados with creative design tools and effects for professional results.
For beginning and casual users, PhotoImpact 10 now provides a welcome screen to give quick access to key tasks such as scanning, getting photos from a digital camera, browsing an image collection or making photo corrections. A new Basic Mode dramatically simplifies the program interface with larger, easily recognizable icons and a mix of tools to repair and enhance digital photos.
PhotoImpact 10's revamped menu system presents commands in categories to make navigating the program more intuitive. Tool panel management with dockable and groupable panels enables users to manage screen real estate for more efficient workflow. Users can now access Ulead's Digital Camera Wizard directly from within the PhotoImpact image editor. A new Browse Manager makes browsing photos and processing groups of images faster and more convenient.
For more advanced users, PhotoImpact 10 now offers new creative design tools such as a Lasso tool and an Object Extraction Wizard for selection of complex objects against low contrast backgrounds. At the same time, a new Touch Up tool lets users remove undesirable image details, while a new live Histogram Panel displays tone distribution information for photos as they are edited.
The High Dynamic Range (HDR) Engine combines bracketed exposures of the same scene, allowing users to extend the perceivable range of light in an image. The HDR feature now lets users create photos under a wider range of conditions by painting out unwanted elements from individual photos such as people walking through the scene, moving cars or wind effects.
PhotoImpact 10 also offers new painting and artistic effects including halftone, etching, engraving and contour drawing. Split View, a new preview mode, lets users interact with effect previews to find the right settings.
The box and electronic download of PhotoImpact 10 are currently available for $89.99. Registered PhotoImpact users can upgrade for $49.99.