A fast and powerful photo editor has launched today for photography enthusiasts looking to edit, fix, enhance and organize their digital image
collection. PhotoPlus X6, by creative software developer, Serif, allows photographers at any level to quickly and easily create outstanding images –
all at an affordable price.
The latest version of the award-winning PhotoPlus, which has been certified by Microsoft to be compatible with Windows 8, has a range of new and
exciting features. These include the Smart Edge Refinement Tool, which quickly selects and adjusts intricate parts of photos, such as hairs and
leaves, when used in conjunction with the program’s improved Selection Brush.
Photographers can also take advantage of PhotoPlus X6’s powerful new 64-bit engine. Using all the available memory of computers with a 64-bit
operating system, the program now enables users to edit and enhance very large images without the risk of slowing down. Multi-threading
technology also utilizes all the cores on a modern computer’s processor, making PhotoPlus X6 the fastest version yet.
The program’s Raw Studio has been given a complete overhaul and photographers can now benefit from the inclusion of more convenient in-place
adjustments like curves, lighting, color and lens corrections, and noise reduction. With speed improvements to the core engine of PhotoPlus, Raw
images can be loaded even faster. Users can also create masks to control adjustments in specific areas, fix red eye, repair and crop images – all
directly in the re-engineered Raw Studio.
Other new features include Non-destructive Crop, which saves all image data so photos can be restored and re-cropped again without losing other
edits that have been applied. Photographers can also control blur and saturation to create stunning miniature Tilt Shift effects in the new Depth-of-
Field filter. In addition, the program also includes new Vector Masks and Fill Layers tools, plus improvements to noise reduction, zoom range and
“We’re confident that photography enthusiasts – whether amateur or professional – will find PhotoPlus X6 a powerful program that offers a great balance
between quick fixes and advanced editing,” says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif. “We took on board customer’s feedback and produced a
program that operates much faster, and includes a wealth of new and improved tools such as the Non-destructive Crop and Smart Edge Refinement
Tool. Coupled with PhotoPlus’ outstanding legacy features, photographers will find this version has all the tools they need to create stunning images.”
Existing PhotoPlus users will be familiar with the PhotoFix Studio, which includes tools for straightening and cropping images, removing red-eye and
blemishes, and applying creative filters to enhance images. In addition, users can create stunning HDR images, remove unwanted objects from
photographs, make precise image cut-outs, and manage their entire image collection in the PhotoPlus Organizer. Users can also immediately share
photos on Facebook® and Flickr®, plus view photos where they were taken on a Google™ map of the world.
Serif Announces New Software for HP Large Format Printers
Serif, a leading developer of professional and consumer-oriented desktop publishing, design and graphics
software, today released PosterDesigner Pro for HP, a powerful, all-in-one solution for professional poster
design and printing which has been developed exclusively with HP and will be sold and supported alongside
HP Designjet large format printers.
Serif PosterDesigner Pro for HP is tailored to make it easy for customers in retail, education, real estate and
business to produce fantastic posters, fast. In-house marketing, special event advertising, signs and banners
can be inspired, designed and printed perfectly in three simple steps. PosterDesigner Pro for HP with its high
quality output that is automatically scaled and rotated to get the best from HP’s large format printing portfolio
further enhances Serif’s reputation as developers of powerful, easy-to-use software.
"We wanted to create a unique software product that would make it easier than ever using HP large format
printers to produce high impact, professional results fast, regardless of size. PosterDesigner Pro for HP does
exactly that." explained Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif.
High-end tools like the Logo Studio and instant artwork gallery help users achieve high-impact, professional
results with friendly, wizard-driven interfaces and quick drag-and-drop design tools. More than 200 inspirational
professional templates are available in addition to hundreds of preset styles for instant access to materials,
bevels, shadows, reflections and glows for creation of the perfect layout, with expert text handling capabilities
like text wrapping and shaped frames.
A built-in photo editor gives users creative freedom to make quick adjustments or add stunning effects to photos
without the need for an additional photo editing suite. The Image Cutout Studio makes it easy to extract part of
an image to use in poster designs, and with unrivalled compatibility including PDF and Photoshop® import, it’s
simple to import any image, whatever its format.
Award Winning Serif Desktop Publishing and Design Software Now
Available in US Retail Outlets
Nottingham, UK and Nashua, NH - May 21, 2008 - Serif, a leading developer of professional and consumer-
oriented desktop publishing, design and graphics software, today announced the availability of its four leading
software products to the U.S. retail market. PagePlus X3, WebPlus X2, PhotoPlus X2 and DrawPlus X2 offer
powerful design tools that are easy to use and unparalleled in price. Serif’s user-friendly graphics and publishing
programs, which have received numerous industry awards, enable small businesses to create professional-
quality marketing and product materials without the expense of hiring a design agency or purchasing complicated
and expensive software. Starting today, Serif software products can be purchased at Fry’s and Micro Center
stores, as well as on Amazon.com, Buy.com and Dell.com. In July, PhotoPlus X2 will be available in Office
Depot locations nationwide.
"For many business owners and marketers, professional-level design tools are far too complicated to learn in a
reasonable amount of time and often come with a hefty upfront investment. Serif products have achieved
such great success simply because we bring customers tools which they can quickly and affordably incorporate
into their workflow," said Gary Bates, Managing Director of Serif. "All four of these programs offer powerful
capabilities that produce truly impressive results. We are thrilled to introduce our products into U.S. retail outlets."
Serif offerings provide users with the necessary high-powered design tools required to create quality publishing
and design work without the prohibitive price tag associated with professional-level tools. To make its products
more accessible to small businesses, Serif has created simple desktop interfaces while providing content-rich
tutorials for users of all skill levels.
The latest version of Serif’s desktop publishing software, PagePlus X3 offers an unrivaled combination of editing
features, ease-of-use and price value. Ideal for small businesses and individuals looking to create in-house
publications, such as brochures, newsletters and catalogs, PagePlus X3 provides a range of features, including:
· PDF import, editing and export
· Image Cutout Studio, providing a simple tool for extracting images
· Built-in Logo Studio to enable professional logo design and editing
The most recent version of Serif’s website design powerhouse, WebPlus X2 enables Web designers of all abilities
to build high-end, full-featured websites without having to learn to use HTML code. Highlights of the program include:
· Desktop publishing-style approach to Web design, making it as easy to create a website as it is to create
a printed document
· Built-in multimedia and Web 2.0 support for adding Flash animations, videos, blogs, podcasts, polls and
· Integrated e-commerce, enabling any business to create a fully transactional website
· Optimization and analytics, to aid search engine optimization and tracking visitor trends
PhotoPlus X2 offers an array of dynamic digital image editing features for digital photography enthusiasts or
organizations wanting to make the very best of their digital images. Features of the program include:
· Automated makeover studio, making it easier than ever to quickly remove imperfections from portraits
· Powerful artistic effects, such as lighting, distortion, sharpening and texture
· Smart filter layers allowing effects to be applied to photos without affecting the underlying image
· Adobe Photoshop PSD import and export as well as full integration with all Photoshop plug-ins
This vector drawing software offers powerful and intuitive graphic tools, enabling users to create everything
from natural-looking painted artwork and vector-drawn logos to screensavers, scaled diagrams and animations.
Like all Serif programs, DrawPlus X2 boasts professional-level tools that are easy to master, including:
· A wide range of pressure sensitive natural media brushes offering effects from charcoal to airbrush to
· Flash animation creation functionality with full support for both stopframe and keyframe animation as well
as Flash export
· Photoshop and AutoCAD import and editing abilities, enabling users to work with files created in these
complex programs and easily edit and share files with business partners
Serif has been a leading provider of graphics software in the European market for more than 20 years. As more
small businesses rely on internal resources for all their business needs, demand is growing for desktop
publishing and graphics software that is affordable and does not require a time-intensive learning process.
The Serif programs, which range in price from $79.99 to $99.99 (MSRP), are distributed in association with Sage
Software by Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Navarre and Douglas Stewart, and are available through online retailers
and software dealers nationwide.