Alien Skin Software Announces a Holiday Sale

For the first time ever, Alien Skin Software is having a store-wide sale. All of its award-winning Photoshop plug-ins are 20% off through December 24, 2008.
Alien Skin Software today is beginning its first ever store-wide sale.  All of its award-winning Photoshop plug-ins are 20% off through December 24, 2008.  No coupon codes are necessary.  The shopping cart in the web store will reflect the 20% discount.
 
“With this economy and the holidays approaching, I think it’s time we finally have a sale,” said Jeff Butterworth, Queen Bee of Alien Skin Software.  “It is pretty rare that we do any kind of discounting, but if there was ever a time when our customers needed a break, it’s now.”
 
At www.alienskin.com there is a wealth of information on all of Alien Skin Software’s popular Photoshop plug-ins, from reviews, to example images, to tutorial movies.  Fully functional demos are available for all of the products, but don’t wait for the 30-day trial period to end because the sale ends on December 24, 2008.
 
About Alien Skin Software
Alien Skin Software makes Photoshop plug-ins for photographers and graphic designers. We distill advanced math and cutting edge research into simple tools that render beautiful pictures.  Our reputation for bug-free software and fast, friendly tech support has grown worldwide since 1993. For more information, visit our website at www.alienskin.com.

 
Bokeh, Alien Skin Software, and the Alien Skin Software logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Alien Skin Software, LLC.  Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Adobe CS4

The next iteration of Adobe’s main apps in the Creative Suite will occur shortly.
The Adobe CS4 announcement occurs on 23rd September 2008, at 2pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (Midnight NY time).

Sadly that is all I can tell you. But I think you’ll be impressed, I know I have been.

FileMaker launches discount products and services program for FileMaker TechNet members

Over 30 products and services – from FileMaker Pro training to plug-ins and more – available from leading FileMaker Business Alliance partners for TechNet members only
Press Release
 
FileMaker, Inc. today launched a new program offering discounts on third-party FileMaker-related products exclusively for members of FileMaker TechNet, the official community of FileMaker users, designers and developers. FileMaker TechNet benefits now include special discounts on FileMaker developer tools, plug-ins, publications, the FileMaker Training Series and FileMaker Pro templates from more than 30 FileMaker Business Alliance members.
 
“We’re very excited to offer this new marketplace for FileMaker TechNet members,” said Steve McManus, Regional Manager – Asia Pacific. “The new program joins a lineup of great resources to help FileMaker users of all levels build better solutions. This is the just the latest great reason to join FileMaker TechNet.”
 
Users may get more information and may become a TechNet Member at: http://www.filemaker.com.au/technet/index.html.
 
Starting today, FileMaker TechNet members can purchase the following services and products at discounted prices:
 
Training – Choose from self-paced FileMaker Pro training or instructor-led courses based on the FileMaker Training Series available from over 15 companies.
 
Developer Tools – Get up to a 20 percent discount on FileMaker developer tools designed to help users migrate from other applications to FileMaker, keep track of data changes and get better control of your FileMaker projects.
 
Plug-ins – Extend the functionality of FileMaker solutions with more than 20 FileMaker plug-ins for charting, exchanging data between FileMaker and QuickBooks, changing printer drivers within scripts and integrating web services into FileMaker
 
Add-ons – Store terabytes of information in FileMaker solutions without increasing file size, using a FileMaker add-on, offered at a 10 percent discount.
 
Books and other publications – Enjoy discounts on FileMaker reference books and magazines to learn about calculations, scripting, new FileMaker features and more.
 
Solutions – Save development time and costs with a variety of solutions such as calendar programs, templates, survey tools and asset trackers, as well as FileMaker hosting services.
 
Members of the FileMaker Business Alliance* participating in the FileMaker TechNet product discount program include:
 
24U s.r.o.
360 Works
Accelerate Computer Training
Advisor Media
AlaMark Technologies
beezwax datatools, inc.
.com Solutions Inc.
Comm-Unity Networking Systems
CoreSolutions Development Inc.
Corporate Network Services, Inc.
Database Pros
Digital Fusion Limited
FM Webschool
Goya Pty Ltd
ISolutions, Inc.
IT Solutions Consulting, Inc.
Lynda.com
MightyData
Point In Space
Productive Computing
Quart-EDV
Scodigo, Inc.
SeedCode LLC
Soliant Consulting
The Computer Workshop, Inc
The ForeSight Inc.
The Moyer Group
The Support Group, Inc
uLearnIT
Virtual Training Company (VTC)
WorldSync
 
*The listing of third-party products and promotions is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation from FileMaker.
 
About FileMaker, Inc.
FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com.au) develops award-winning database software. Its products include the legendary FileMaker Pro product line for Windows, Mac and the Web, and the new Bento personal database for Mac. FileMaker Pro won 48 awards, more than its next eight competitors combined, in the past five years in the U.S., and a total of 129 awards worldwide during this time. Millions of customers, from individuals to large organisations, rely on FileMaker, Inc. software to manage, analyse and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple Inc.

 

Nik Software Ships Viveza Plug-in for Aperture

Nik Software today released the Viveza plug-in for Aperture 2.1, Apple’s groundbreaking photo editing and management software. The Viveza plug-in allows Aperture users to selectively control light and color in photographic images without ever having to leave Aperture.
Press Release

“With the power and popularity of Aperture, we want our customers
to decide how and where they edit their digital photos,” said Michael
J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software. “The continued
enthusiasm around Viveza and U Point technology has been extraordinary
and we worked closely with Apple to bring our tools to Aperture. Their
new image editing SDK made it easy for us to bring our world-class
solution directly into Aperture.”

“Aperture has been designed to put professional-level tools into
the hands of everyone who is passionate about their photographs,” said
Rob Schoeben, Apple’s vice president of Applications Product
Marketing. “Viveza perfectly complements Aperture by enabling
photographers to make localized enhancements to brightness, contrast,
or color without ever having to leave the application.”

The Viveza plug-in works seamlessly within Aperture’s organizing
and editing environment. Photographers simply place U Point powered
Control Points directly on colors or objects such as sky, skin or
grass to make targeted adjustments to an image within Aperture.
Sliders make it easy to adjust brightness, contrast or color with just
a few mouse clicks. Viveza automatically selects objects and
seamlessly creates masks based on where the photographer places a
Control Point. By working directly on the image, powerful selective
enhancements can be accomplished in a fraction of the time needed by
using other methods.

Pricing and Availability

Viveza is now available for electronic delivery directly from Nik
Software at http://www.niksoftware.com. Boxed versions will be available from
Nik Software and through specialty camera retailers throughout North
America and the world by June 1, 2008. A complete list of resellers
may be found at http://www.niksoftware.com/resellers.

The suggested retail price of Viveza is $249.95. Viveza installs
as an Aperture plug-in, fully compatible with Mac OS 10.5. Current
owners of Viveza for Photoshop are eligible for a free update which
includes Aperture compatibility by
visiting http://www.niksoftware.com/viveza. For more information about
Viveza, including video tutorials showing the software running within
Aperture and a free 15-day fully functional Trial version, please
visit http://www.niksoftware.com/viveza.

About Nik Software

Nik Software, Inc. is a privately held company that develops
software solutions for the growing digital imaging and photography
markets. Established in 1995, Nik Software has become the recognized
leader in digital photographic filter development and produces
award-winning technology and software products for digital photography
and imaging professionals including U Point(R) technology
(http://www.upoint.com), Dfine(R), Viveza(TM), Color Efex Pro(TM), and Nik
Sharpener Pro(TM) software.

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition Released

Integrates the Latest Stable Applications with Long Term Support
Press Release

Canonical Ltd. announced the upcoming availability of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition for free download on Thursday 24 April. In related news, Canonical also announced the simultaneous release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server Edition.

Ubuntu 8.04 Long Term Support (LTS) provides a stable platform for software and hardware vendors, developers and users. With three years of support and maintenance on the desktop, 8.04 LTS is a great choice for large-scale deployment. A substantial and growing ecosystem of free and commercial software built for Ubuntu provides a rich set of choices for desktop users. This is the eighth desktop release of Ubuntu. Ubuntu’s track record in delivering – on a precise schedule every six months – a commercial operating system that is free, stable, secure and fully supported, remains unique.

“Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition is a very significant release as it will take Ubuntu squarely into the business environment,” said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical Ltd. “Our business and home users have told us that they want a longer support cycle to make Ubuntu a better deployment option. We have responded to that and added a commitment to much broader software and hardware support that we and our partners are excited to deliver. With enhanced commercial support through Landscape, combined with our always excellent community support, expect to see 8.04 LTS drive Ubuntu into new arenas.”

“Ubuntu’s polished, user focused version of the Linux desktop has built itself a wide enough following to compel significant ISV interest and support,” said Stephen O’Grady, principal analyst at Redmonk. “By coupling a very capable desktop offering with long term support options, Ubuntu is becoming an increasingly viable option for enterprises as well as consumers.”

“Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino bring highly scalable messaging and industry-leading collaboration to the Ubuntu desktop,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of IBM Lotus Software. “We believe the extended multi-year support for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS makes it an excellent desktop solution for corporate users who wish to deploy Lotus Notes on an open platform.”

Latest and Greatest Applications
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS raises the bar on the Linux desktop experience. It includes the latest, stable version of many core products, and in that spirit is the first distribution to bring Mozilla Firefox 3 (Beta 5) to millions of users. The combination of Linux and Firefox make Ubuntu 8.04 LTS a superb web desktop, with fast browsing and greatly reduced exposure to viruses, web forgery and spyware.

Enhanced photo experience: The enhanced default photo manager, F-Spot, together with improved camera and phone recognition means users can upload, tag, manage, display, delete, print and share photos with friends and family more easily.

Music sharing and download: Users can plug in a PSP, share playlists with friends, buy from the Magnatune online music store, stream live radio and plug in more devices than ever (with UpnP).

Better video: The new default movie player now allows users to browse YouTube and other video sources across the web and to share their videos with others. It integrates with Myth TV, the open source TVR, so users can watch their favourite TV shows straight on the desktop. Brasero allows them to easily burn all content to CD or DVD.

Productivity enhancements: Clock and calendar integration is available to manage time across the globe with a single click to set, attend and receive alerts about appointments.

Slick desktop: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS combines the latest GNOME applications with desktop visual effects, giving users a smoother, better-looking and more intuitive experience.

Breadth and Depth of Services
Longer support: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is supported with security updates and maintenance for three years so corporate and individual users have a longer upgrade planning cycle. Those who want the newest applications will be able to upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10, due in October 2008, those who prefer longer deployment cycles can stay with Ubuntu 8.04 for three years before moving to the next LTS release.

More applications: More than 30 commercial ISVs plan to support and distribute their applications on the 8.04 LTS desktop platform, including Adobe, Google, Real Networks, Nero, Skype, Corel, Parallels and Fluendo.

More accessibility: Gesture support allows users to navigate Ubuntu in a more natural fashion. Also available are increased language support for voice command, support for keyboard accessibility, slow keys, zoom and more.

Pricing and Availability
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition is free of charge and available on Thursday from http://www.ubuntu.com/download.

About Canonical Ltd
Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organisation headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24×7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical’s global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world.

Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem. For more information visit www.canonical.com or www.ubuntu.com.

Genetica 3.0 Announced

Spiral Graphics Inc. has announced Genetica 3.0, a powerful new version of its popular seamless texture and graphics application.
Press Release

Spiral Graphics Inc. has announced Genetica 3.0, a powerful new version of its popular seamless texture and graphics application.  A video showcasing the major features to be introduced in Genetica 3.0 is available at http://www.spiralgraphics.biz/genetica/gen3announce.htm .

The new version will add powerful vector drawing tools, making it the first application to offer industry-strength drawing capability that has been tailored to the needs of texture artists.  Drawings are automatically seamless, and will influence important effect maps such as height and normal maps.  With Genetica 3.0 artists won’t be limited to standard fills, but will be able to draw with sophisticated styles including glass, water, metal, cracks, and rust.

Genetica 3.0 will include a deep new editor for creating and manipulating High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI) environment maps.  This editor will allow artists to use both photographic and procedural sources for the construction of realistic spherical lighting environments.  The environment maps will not only be used to light texture surfaces within Genetica, but will also be exportable for use in 3D environments.  Game artists will appreciate the processor-intensive surface effects that can be baked directly into the exported environment maps, including diffusion and other light-scattering filters.

A Studio Edition has also been announced that will bring powerful animation capabilities to the product line.  Genetica 3.0 Studio will open new creative doors for animators, including animated seamless texture and effect maps, animated image filters, sophisticated transitions, and other special effects.

Genetica 3.0 is anticipated for release in the summer of 2008.

Spiral Graphics Inc. is a software development firm focused on creating innovative software tools for the computer graphics community.

Nik Software Announces Vivezaâ

New plug-in provides the most powerful, precise, and easy way for photographers to selectively control and adjust the color and light in their digital images
Press Release

Nik
Software, Inc. announces today Viveza, the latest addition to its line
of award-winning photographic plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and
Photoshop Elements. Nik Software’s Viveza is a powerful and intuitive
software tool designed to enable photographers of all skill levels to
precisely select and control the light and color in photographic images
while working within Photoshop.

By incorporating Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology (http://www.upoint.com),
Viveza provides easy-to-use methods for correcting and enhancing images
without the need to create complicated selections or layer masks or
have expert-level knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. U Point is the core
technology that powers Viveza and brings Photoshop users unprecedented
efficiency and control for editing digital images. To make adjustments
to an image, users simply place U Point powered Color Control Points
directly on colors or objects in an image (such as sky, skin, grass,
etc.) then adjust easy-to-use sliders for brightness, contrast, color
and more. Viveza automatically selects objects and creates masks based
on where the user places a Color Control Point. By working directly on
the image, powerful selective enhancements can be accomplished in a
fraction of the time needed by using other methods.

“When attempting to selectively edit images, photographers typically
face the challenge of isolating the color or object they want to
enhance and then need to ensure the selective enhancements look
natural,” said Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software.
“At the heart of Viveza is our U Point technology, which uniquely
addresses these challenges and provides Photoshop users with a full
range of capabilities for selectively controlling color and light,”
Slater concluded.

With Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in, photographers are able to do more
to improve the overall quality of their images and address image
editing tasks that are too complex or simply not possible with other
tools. For more information about Viveza, including an introductory
video, please visit http://www.niksoftware.com/viveza.

Key Features

    Color Control Points – U Point
    technology incorporated into Viveza brings a new level of precision and
    efficiency to photographic image editing. Users easily control an
    image’s color, light and tonality with Color Control Points.
    Simple-to-use sliders let users quickly adjust brightness, contrast,
    saturation, red, green, blue, hue, and warmth, providing ultimate
    mastery over digital images. Enhancements are automatically and
    naturally blended throughout the image for spectacular results.

    Smart Filter Support – Viveza is compatible with Adobe
    Photoshop’s Smart Filter feature which permits users to fine-tune
    enhancements after they’ve been applied, without adding additional
    layers.

    Powerful Selective Tool – Viveza’s Selective Tool allows users
    to brush any light and color changes into their image using Photoshop’s
    brush tools. Layers and masks are created automatically, enabling users
    to quickly and easily apply any filter selectively. For added control
    and fine detail adjustments, Viveza also supports pressure-sensitive
    features optimized for Wacom® Pen Tablets.

Pricing and Availability

Nik Software’s Viveza(TM) will be available directly from Nik Software (http://www.niksoftware.com) and specialty camera retailers in North America in the first quarter of 2008. A complete list of resellers may be found at http://www.niksoftware.com/resellers.
The suggested retail price of Viveza is $249.95. Viveza installs as a
Photoshop or Photoshop Elements plug-in and will be available for
Windows and Macintosh operating systems, including Vista and Leopard.

About Nik Software

Nik Software, Inc. is a privately held company that develops software
solutions for the growing digital imaging and photography markets.
Established in 1995, Nik Software has become the recognized leader in
digital photographic filter development and produces award-winning
technology and software products for digital photography and imaging
professionals including U Point® technology, Dfine®, Viveza(TM), Color
Efex Pro(TM), and Nik Sharpener Pro(TM) software.

Canto Cumulus 7.5.2 tames Apple’s Spotted Cat

Fixes and performance enhances across all platforms are rolled into Cumulus 7.5.2 update, which introduces support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
Press Release

Canto announced today the immediate availability of Cumulus 7.5.2, an update that improves all Cumulus products, including Workgroup, Enterprise, BrandAssistant and the Cumulus Web clients. Most significant in the update is support for Mac OS X 10.5.

‘Leopard didn’t pose too much of a problem for us’ explains Canto CEO Ulrich Knocke. ‘There are always a few last minute adjustments that need to be made for an operating system upgrade on the scale of Leopard. Cumulus 7.5.2 provided us with a good opportunity to address all known issues, while we cleaned up other aspects of Cumulus that will benefit users on all platforms.’

Canto recommends all customers upgrade to Cumulus 7.5.2 to ensure compatibility with Mac OS X Leopard and Windows Vista, and to benefit from fixes and improvements leveraged across the entire product line.

Customers on active service agreements can download the update free of charge from Canto’s Customer Portal: http://canto.com/portal
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About Canto
Canto provides its customers with solutions that provide the functionality and workflow capabilities they require around managing the planning, creation, approval and distribution of their digital assets. Founded in 1990, Canto is the leading supplier of Digital Asset Management products with more than 13,000 client/server systems installed worldwide.

About DataBasics
DataBasics is a major distributor of leading IT products in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia specialising in creative business solutions for prepress, networking, internet and productivity.

For further information please contact DataBasics Pty Limited 1300 886 238 or international +61 7 4038 3205, [email protected] or visit our website: http://www.databasics.com.au/

FileMaker Upgrades Popular Business Productivity Kit

Adds Web integration and enhanced customisation; available with free trial of FileMaker Pro 9
Press Release

FileMaker, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of its upgraded Business Productivity Kit (download it now at www.filemaker.com.au/bpk20_pr), which is designed to help small businesses be instantly productive and grow as the business grows. Improvements to the Business Productivity Kit include integration with live Web data with the FileMaker Web Viewer, improved layout design and increased customisation.

Small businesses can use the Business Productivity Kit immediately for tracking customer and vendor contacts, sales, product information, invoicing, shipping and other key business data – all in one integrated database solution. The kit also provides a “How to Build This Solution Yourself” learning guide complete with sample graphics to assist users in customising their database.

“The FileMaker Business Productivity Kit provides a fast-track for getting productive in just minutes using FileMaker Pro 9 and has been tremendously popular with small business users since its introduction in 2005,” said Steve McManus, Regional Manager – Asia Pacific, FileMaker, Inc.  “With our upgraded kit, users can now deploy our latest Web and customisation tools to intelligently, quickly and easily manage all the data essential to small business success.”

Using FileMaker’s Business Productivity Kit, small businesses can:

– Manage contacts and companies
– Organise products and inventory
– Process sales orders
– Track projects and productions
– Send targeted mailings to customers
– Produce invoices, reports and mailing labels

The Business Productivity Kit is an integrated set of business solutions (it manages contacts, e-mail, inventory, projects and sales orders) with an easy-to-use Main Menu. Each of the five solutions “talks effectively” to the other. The kit eliminates the duplication of tables and fields normally associated with having multiple files and is visually enhanced and differentiated from the built-in FileMaker Pro 9 Starter Solutions.

Takes Advantage of New FileMaker Pro 9

The Business Productivity Kit incorporates groundbreaking Web and ease-of-use features specific to FileMaker Pro 9 to help users connect with live Web data, work faster and customise with ease. With the FileMaker Web Viewer, users can now connect directly to a contact’s Web site with a single click and view a map to the customer’s location right on the contact record. The new Conditional Formatting feature in the inventory module enables users to receive a visual alert regarding important inventory details. And using Auto Resizing, all forms will automatically adjust as your window size changes.

FileMaker Pro 9 runs on both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms and its support for nearly all-major office applications, such as spreadsheets, means that existing data can be easily imported to the Business Productivity Kit. Less technically adept users can also customise the solution further, for instance by adding specific company information or custom navigation buttons. Because it is based on FileMaker Pro 9, the Business Productivity Kit can also be shared over the Web or over company networks.

How to download the Business Productivity Kit and the free 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro 9

The kit requires the new FileMaker Pro 9 database software and is available at no cost when you download a free 30-day trial of FileMaker Pro 9 at www.filemaker.com.au/bpk20_pr.

About FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker, Inc. develops award-winning database software for Windows, Mac, and the Web.  FileMaker products combine legendary ease of use with the power to grow from individuals to large workgroups. Millions of people in business, education, non-profit and government organisations around the world rely on FileMaker software to manage, analyse and share information. FileMaker, Inc. is a subsidiary of Apple, Inc.

©2007 FileMaker, Inc. All rights reserved. FileMaker is a trademark of FileMaker, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 

Apple Introduces iWork â

New “Numbers” Spreadsheet Added
Press Release

Apple today introduced iWork ’08, a significant upgrade to Apple’s productivity software suite featuring new versions of Pages and Keynote word processing and presentation applications, and introducing an innovative new spreadsheet application called “Numbers.” Numbers introduces the concept of intelligent tables on a flexible canvas, a new approach that makes it easy to organise information, create calculations, analyse results and make spreadsheets look as great as they work. Pages ’08 now features distinct modes for streamlined word processing and flexible page layout, a new contextual format bar and change tracking, and Keynote ’08 now includes text effects, transitions and themes that help users easily compose spectacular presentations, and Smart Builds with easy-to-set-up A-to-B animations that make impressive animations easy for anyone to create.

“Pages and Keynote make it incredibly easy, and even fun, for anyone to create stylish documents and presentations very quickly,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Numbers rounds out the iWork suite, which is far more intuitive and easy to use than anything else out there.”

Numbers ’08 is a new approach to spreadsheets that allows people to organise their information, interact with their data and calculations and make their spreadsheets easy to understand and print. With multiple intelligent tables on a flexible graphics canvas, users can rearrange information, resize and add columns-all without breaking their spreadsheet. Each table is a full-blown spreadsheet with automatic header and footer rows, easy sorting and filtering, and automatic cell naming so creating, reading and maintaining formulas is easy. Common functions can be dragged to any cell, and a total of 150 functions are available spanning a wide range of calculations, including numeric, date and time, financial and statistical. Interactive checkboxes and sliders let users change cell values easily to explore different scenarios and see their results instantly. Users can create stunning 2D and 3D charts that are automatically updated as data changes, then complement them with rich graphics, photos and text labels. Interactive printing makes it easy to fit a document on a single page or rearrange and resize tables and objects across multiple pages.

Pages ’08 now has two distinct modes: streamlined word processing that makes it easy to create stunning documents in seconds; and flexible page layout, which gives users complete control over the position of objects on the page. Pages includes 140 Apple-designed templates that let users easily create letters, reports, newsletters and brochures. A new contextual format bar gives users the exact set of tools they need at their fingertips whether they’re editing text, creating a table or adjusting an image. Change tracking lets users collaborate with others on a document by displaying each person’s edits in different colours, then accept or reject each proposed change.

Keynote ’08, Apple’s industry-leading application for creating cinema-quality presentations, introduces new Smart Builds to make it easy for anyone to create spectacular animations by simply dropping graphics onto a slide. More advanced users can control every aspect of their animations with new A-to-B animations to define movement, rotation, scaling and opacity. Keynote’s new Instant Alpha feature makes it easy to remove unwanted backgrounds from photos and graphics without needing a graphics department. Users can record their presentations along with a voice-over, then deliver them to audiences in person or over the Internet via podcasting or YouTube. The new Keynote also includes a collection of new text effects, transitions and themes.

iWork ’08 can import Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and AppleWorks word processing, presentation and spreadsheet files, and can export documents in Microsoft Office file formats or PDFs for easy sharing.

Pricing & Availability in Australia

iWork ’08 is now available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com/au/store) and Apple Authorised Resellers for a recommended retail price of A $99 inc GST. A 30-day iWork ’08 trial will be available on new hardware and with copies of iLife ’08 sold through the Apple Store (www.apple.com/au/store) and Apple Authorised Resellers. After 30 days, the trial becomes an iWork ’08 player. iWork ’08 requires Mac OS X version 10.4.10 or later, a Macintosh computer with a 500 MHz or faster PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5 or Intel processor, 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended), 32MB of video RAM, QuickTime 7.2 or later and 1GB of available disk space. iLife ’08 is recommended.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market this year with its revolutionary iPhone.

© 2007 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iWork, Pages, Apple Works, iLife, Apple Store and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.