Illustrator Brushes release new sets of brushes / swatches / symbols for use in Illustrator have just released a new set of brushes (brushes pack 2 – 600 royalty-free brushes) for Adobe (r) Illustrator (r). The brush set is download from and costs $7. The brushes include a wide range of new unique brush designs for use throughout Illustrator.

Also released within the last few weeks, new sets of mixed symbols as well as a 7600+ gradient swatches collection
Plug-ins / presets / symbols and more

New Hasselblad 39MP DSLR Camera and Digital Backs

Hasselblad launches the world’s first 39 megapixel DSLR camera and comprehensive line of 39 megapixel camera backs
Press Release
Hasselblad is creating a new standard of digital image quality for professional photographers with the announcement of a new camera and three camera backs based on the combination of Hasselblad’s new, true 39 megapixel CCD sensor and its  unique Digital APO Correction (DAC) technology.  This new line of products features  the new Hasselblad Natural Color Solution, which takes digital photographic color  reproduction to an entirely new level.  The new products also deliver images of  unsurpassed sharpness and resolution and at the same time reduce any moiré effect  to a minimum – a first in the history of digital photography.

Based on the Hasselblad H2 camera with its range of high performance, central shutter-based lenses, and featuring extended digital features, such as DAC lens optimization and Instant Approval Architecture, the H2D-39 is the world’s first high-end, 39 megapixel, digital auto-focus camera.  Compatible with the entire range of Hasselblad H System lenses, the world finest digital lenses, as well as the Hasselblad V camera lens system, the H2D-39 brings the highest level of integration and flexibility to the professional photographer.
The new Hasselblad 39 megapixel digital back products include the CFH-39, CF-39 and CF-39MS, and have been built to meet the needs of professionals who require the best, for both mobile and studio shooting.  The 39 megapixel digital back products match the design and functionality of the Hasselblad H2 camera and the Hasselblad CFH-39 digital back fits onto view cameras using the H-system interface plate for mechanical attachment and flash sync connection to trigger digital capture.  The CFH-39 also fully integrates with the power system of the Hasselblad H2, so that both camera and digital back can be powered by the H2’s Li-ion battery.  
The Hasselblad CF-39 line of digital backs offers 39 megapixel digital capture with Hasselblad’s interchangeable camera interface, the i-Adapter, and the option of true color multi-shot capture.  In a studio environment, the color resolution of captures can be increased by means of a unique multiple-exposure technique controlled by the optional Multi Shot Module (patent pending).  The result is unique color resolution and absolutely moiré free images.

Christian Poulsen, CEO of Hasselblad comments: “We are constantly striving to create the optimum photographic tools that will enable our customers to take the best possible pictures.  With the new, 39 megapixel-based Hasselblad products, we are confident that the outstanding image quality of the captured files and the subsequent and substantially reduced need for post-processing work will be of significant benefit to our customers.  In over 15 years of working with the most advanced digital camera solutions, the combination of the 39 megapixel CCD sensor and the DAC digital lens optimization delivers a first for me – images files in which any moiré effect is reduced to a minimum, combined with superb sharpness and resolution on a single shot camera.”
DAC lens optimization – fine-tuning superb quality images
Based upon the capture of an extended set of metadata, the Hasselblad H2D-39,  CFH-39, and CF-39 line perform an automated correction for color aberration effects with every shot.  This means that digital captures are, by default, optimized with  regards to the finest detail the lens can resolve.  This feature is called digital APO  correction (DAC) to signal ‘digital-capture-APO-chromatic’ correction of the images. Implementation of the feature includes highly detailed mapping of each H system lens, resulting in head-turning image quality.
Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
Color management solutions have in the past imposed limitations on professional digital photographers, because of the forced choice of a specific color profile to suit the job: capturing various skin tones, metals, fabrics, flowers, etc.  To combat this, Hasselblad has developed the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution to be used with its FlexColor imaging software.  Working with the powerful, new Hasselblad Natural Color Solution enables professional photographers to produce outstanding, reliable out-of-the-box colors, with skin tones, special product gradations, and other difficult colors accurately reproduced.
Christian Poulsen explains: “It has always frustrated me that users have had to choose between different input profiles, i.e., specific portrait and product profiles.  Most compositions contain more than one element, so optimizing for one element will always have a negative effect on the colors of all other elements.  With the inclusion of the new Hasselblad Natural Color Solution, we have to the best of my knowledge solved this issue. 
To implement its unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution, the company has developed a new Hasselblad raw file format called: 3F RAW (3FR).  The new 3F RAW file format is designed to ensure that images captured on Hasselblad digital products are quickly, effectively and safely stored on the available media (CF card, Imagebank, etc).  The file format includes lossless image compression, saving 33% of storage space.  Combined with the architecture of the Hasselblad digital camera, this allows for capturing up to 35 images per minute.
A 3FR file defines the colors in the Hasselblad RGB color space with its out-of-the-box quality and, used in FlexColor, it removes both the need for experimenting with different color profiles to get optimum colors and the need for selective color corrections.
3FR files can be converted directly into Adobe’s raw image format DNG (‘Digital NeGative’), bringing this new technology standard to the professional photographer for the first time.  The DNG file format enables raw, compressed image files to be opened directly in Adobe PhotoShop, allowing photographers to operate quickly and efficiently and reducing the “downtime” taken to process image data.  Hasselblad image files carry a full set of metadata, including capture conditions, keywords and copyright, facilitating work with image asset management solutions.  For specialist commercial photographers the full productivity and creative freedom offered by Hasselblad’s FlexColor workflow software is also available via importing the DNG file. 
The new Hasselblad products will be rolled out worldwide through Hasselblad’s national subsidiaries and channel partners in Q1 2006.
An extensive upgrade program is available to existing Hasselblad customers to enable them to take advantage of the full benefits of the new products. 



New Product For the Creation of Photo-real 3D Virtual Tours Available fromrnFebrurary 2006
Press Release

REALVIZ, a leader in image processing software development, will launch VTour, the latest addition to their software portfolio for content creation, at IMAGINA in Monaco this week. VTour draws on the award-winning technology of Stitcher and ImageModeler and offers users of all levels an innovative and effective solution for the creation of photo-real 3D environments from 2D pictures or panoramas. The REALVIZ team will be demonstrating VTour, along with a selection of their other applications at IMAGINA, which takes place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo from 1-3 February 2006.

Starting directly from digital photographs, or from full 360 degree panoramas (created using Stitcher, for example), VTour facilitates the creation of 3D scenes such as interiors (rooms, buildings…etc) or urban areas (places, streets…etc), using polygonal photo-textured primitives. The results can be exported/ published as either a 3D movie, or as an interactive application using 3D viewers such as Macromedia Shockwave Player
or Virtools Web Player.

VTour has been specifically developed for use in a wide range of applications, such as virtual walkthroughs inside buildings and monuments, 3D simulation, virtual reality, urban planning and video games, and is also well suited for the creation of virtual sets for film and television. VTour thus ideally complements StoryViz, REALVIZ’ 3D previz and storyboarding software, enabling users to create photo-real backdrops for their
previsualisation projects.

‘VTour is the natural progression of our many years of experience in image-based calibration, modeling and texturing,” explains Dominique Pouliquen, REALVIZ CEO. “With this product, we’re taking the virtual tour and virtual reality to the next level. The environments which can be created with VTour are of amazingly high quality and will give people a very vivid sense of what a place is like. Short of actually being there, this is the next best thing in terms of a ‘real’ experience of a location or scene.”

“VTour provides users with a workflow similar to that of Stitcher and ImageModeler, ideally complimenting these two products,” explains Stephane Nullans, VTour Product Manager. “With VTour, you can construct entire environments with a remarkable level of detail, directly from your source images. including shapes and textures. The resulting 3D environments are exceptionally authentic, offering users a totally immersive experience.”

Pricing & Availability:
VTour will be available from mid-February 2006 in English for Windows at a price point of 500 € / $ 580 US.  A Mac version will also be available from Summer 2006. For further information on VTour, please go to:, or contact [email protected]

REALVIZ is a leading developer of image based creation software based in Sophia Antipolis, France, with U.S. operations in San Francisco, CA; and a satellite sales office in London, Paris and Berlin. REALVIZ develops a suite of image-based content creation solutions for the film, broadcast, gaming, digital imaging, architecture and Internet communities. Derived from years of research efforts at the renowned INRIA Lab in France, the company’s applications enable 2D and 3D artists to easily and cost-effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ’ award-winning products are used by thousands of professional photographers, as well as leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide, including Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, The Orphanage, Inc, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Duran Duboi and many others.

Copyright 2006 REALVIZ.  All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.


Ground-breaking Technology, Seamless Service and a Broad Range of Available Content Combine to Revolutionize Reading
Sony have  finally announced a product for the US market that uses the e-ink technology they released a couple of years ago in Japan as the Libre, which we have discussed elsewhere (see Display/Print Convergence article). It is only a monochrome product and it remains to be seen whether Sony with cripple it with excessive and intrusive digital rights management features or not. Sony’s press release follows.

Press Release

Destined to transform the electronic reading experience, the lightweight Sony® Reader is expected to bring a whole new meaning to “book smart.”

Coupling an innovative electronic paper display with precise one-handed navigation and a stylish, durable design, the Sony Reader will allow active readers to carry as much as they want to read whether they are traveling on the road or just around the corner.

Roughly the size of a paperback novel, but thinner than most (about .5 inches thin), the device can store hundreds of books in internal memory with the addition of an optional Memory Stick® or Secure Digital (SD) flash memory card.

The Reader can also store and display personal documents in Adobe PDF format, favorite web content like blogs or news feeds, and JPEG photos. With a seemingly limitless battery life equivalent to roughly 7,500 page turns, avid readers can devour a dozen bestsellers plus War and Peace without ever having to recharge.

“In recent years millions of people have become comfortable downloading and enjoying digital media, including eBooks. But until now, there has not been a good device on which to read,” said Ron Hawkins, senior vice president of Personal Reader Systems marketing at Sony Electronics. “Our research has shown that people are looking for a device designed exclusively for immersive reading. The Sony Reader with its electronic paper display, thin format and extraordinary battery life fits the bill.”

Paper-Like Display

Part of the magic behind the Reader’s viewing experience is the high-resolution electronic paper display technology, which delivers a realistic print look that rivals traditional paper. The result is readable text and graphics from a variety of viewing angles, even outdoors in bright sunlight. Since there is no backlight, readers will not experience the fatigue associated with long term reading on an LCD. And, as the technology renders each page as a static image, there is no flicker or constant screen refresh to add to eyestrain.

Users with impaired or limited eyesight will enjoy the Reader’s fully adjustable text size, which can be magnified or reduced on demand.

Connect to Thousands of Titles

Sony Connect® will support the launch of the Sony Reader by providing an online store integrated into an easy-to-use desktop application called the Connect Reader. The software will allow users to search and browse through thousands of downloadable eBooks, manage purchased eBooks and easily transfer them to the Sony Reader device. At the outset, the Connect Store will offer a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction, bestsellers, well-known authors, classics and more, with rich descriptive content in the form of author biographies, expert book reviews and reader commentary.

Additionally, the Connect Store will offer online content sourced via RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

“Reading books is a vital part of the overall reading experience, which also increasingly consists of written content from online news sources, blogs and other forms of web content,” said Lee Ali Shirani, vice president of Sony Connect. “Connect will allow users to take eBooks, news feeds and other online media and enjoy that portably, thereby making the Reader the portable device for all things text.”

Major Support from Publishers

Booklovers will applaud the broad selection of eBooks already available for purchase and download to the Reader device. Many of the world’s leading book publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin-Putnam, Simon & Schuster and Time Warner Book Group will support Sony’s e-reading initiative.

Many independent and specialty publishers will also have eBook titles available for purchase and download to the Sony Reader. Manga comics and graphic novels from innovative houses such as TOKYOPOP are rendered beautifully on the device and will also be available for download.

The Sony Reader will be available in the U.S. this spring and can be purchased at select retailers, online at or at SonyStyle® stores ( in high-end fashion malls around the country. More information about Sony Reader is available at

Break the Webmaster Bottleneck: Managing Content with a CMS

Brook Group’s content management system, Tacklebox, prevents major legal and communication problems, revolutionizing Web site creation and maintenance.
Press Release

Tacklebox, a content management system (CMS) from Brook Group, revolutionizes Web site creation and maintenance. While managing Web content often compares to herding cats, Tacklebox simplifies and streamlines the process. (

A CMS increases efficiency and addresses fundamental issues plaguing many Web sites. Quality content remains an integral factor in both the popularity and search engine rankings of a Web site. However, because of the “Webmaster bottleneck,” few sites can consistently deliver relevant and timely information.

What is Quality Content?
The ideal Web site marries an efficient publishing operation with compelling and reliable presentation. Content needs to be authored by the right people, approved by the appropriate entities, fully auditable, consistently presented in accord with organizational brand standards and delivered on time. Tacklebox helps achieve these goals.

1. Authored by the Right People (

Traditionally, content creators differ from the Web team. This separation of content creation and ownership often results in tension between the Web team and content creators. This is the Webmaster bottleneck.

A CMS restores balance to the publishing equation by unraveling technology from content. Content authors use an easy-edit toolbar to enter content, while the CMS formats and posts it, eliminating the need for the technical middle man.

2. Approved by the Right People (

Often, HTML experts publish content without the proper review of appropriate staff. In traditional Web publishing, the review and approval process is cumbersome and haphazard.

Tacklebox provides an equivalent to familiar print processes. The author submits content to a workflow where it follows a pre-determined review process before being published, reducing mistakes, minimizing potential liability and saving time.

3. Auditable Content (

A few keystrokes can change or delete content, posing dangerous liability and miscommunication problems. The ephemeral nature of HTML-based content aggravates this situation, making content unrecoverable and changes difficult to track.

Tacklebox creates an audit trail, saving every version of an item, along with a record of who created, posted, edited or deleted that content. From the standpoint of liability, record-keeping and internal knowledge management, the CMS audit capability is an indispensable asset.

4. Consistent Presentation (

Web sites pages must be consistent in navigation, hyperlinks, icons and “voice” since each contributes to the total Web experience. Many Web authors agonize over presentation because HTML requires layout information to be encoded onto each page.

Tacklebox removes site design and navigation from content publication. Through the use of templates, sites maintain a consistent appearance, freeing the author from the onus of worrying about look and feel. Once templates are built, presentation never needs to be addressed again.

5. Up-to-Date, Not Out-of-Date (

Timely content publishing satisfies the audience’s information needs and eliminates legal problems out-of-date content can cause. A CMS allows anyone with proper permission to post content, eliminating the Webmaster bottleneck that delays publishing. By pressing a “Submit” button, any staff member can update content, rather than relying on a busy Web team member.

Tacklebox also provides for content scheduling, letting staffers specify both the publication and removal of content from the live site. Thus, this automated publication is no longer subject to human input or environmental constraints. Content can be created and approved long before the appointed moment arrives when the content goes live.

Easing the Major Pain
Tacklebox solves these content problems, making maintaining a Web site quick and painless. Content changes are no longer an ordeal.

Web sites are complex public documents that rely on technologies most people don’t understand. Content management systems represent an evolutionary step reducing the time and money spent on a Web site.

The ability to make corrections instantly decreases the legal risks. Web site operation increases efficiency, delivering better, more timely information to those who need it.

About the Author
David Beveridge is the Managing Director of Brook Group, LTD (, a Web design and content management firm that developed the award-winning Tacklebox Content Management System ( For a free demonstration of Tacklebox, visit

About Brook Group
Brook Group, LTD is a strategic Customer Experience Design firm near Washington DC, specializing in Web design, content management, and application usability engineering. Brook Group provides information architecture and user experience solutions that help organizations streamline internal efficiencies and increase market share.

Established in 1983, the firm has earned its impressive reputation with over 20 years of innovating customized communications and Web “experienceware” solutions that help businesses, non-profits and federal clients reduce costs and increase productivity. Brook Group also provides best of breed branding, Search Engine Optimization and Internet marketing.

Major clients include America Online, VeriSign, The Executive Office of the President of the United States and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Refill Your Own Laser Toner Cartridges

ReChargX Now Offers Do-It-Yourself Toner Refill Kits for 209 Hewlett Packard Printers; Money-Saving Alternative to Replacing Empty Toner Cartridges
Press Release

ReChargX, the world’s leading provider of high-yield, do-it-yourself toner refill kits for laser printers, now offers inexpensive formula-designed kits for 209 different Hewlett Packard color and black and white machines. If you can refill a saltshaker, you can refill toner in 5 minutes.

With the start of the new year, budget crunches for the home office as well as big and small business, have become a top priority. It is the maintenance expense and cost of supplies not just the equipment purchase price that must be monitored. To curb the budget eating replacement costs of empty laser printer toner cartridges, the ReChargX company has launched 2006 with inexpensive do-it-yourself toner refill kits that are formulated for 209 different Hewlett Packard color and black and white printers.

The average consumer savings on the kits is 70 percent. A graphic example is the Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4350. The list price for the replacement HP cartridge in office supply superstores is $314.82. The ReChargX toner refill kit for this model costs $64.95. End users can refill their toner cartridges two, three, four, (on some machines, even more) times -with no sacrifice in print quality. If you were to refill this HP cartridge three times, your total dollar savings on this HP model would be $749.61 on what you would have spent buying the brand-new, name-brand, higher-priced, Hewlett Packard laser printer toner cartridges from that same “office superstore.”

But, of course, there’s a catch: To save that $749.61 on three refills, you will have to make a one time purchase of a $12.95 ReChargX toolkit that makes it possible to refill any make or model of laser, fax or photocopier toner cartridge. However, a significant number of cartridges don’t even require the toolkit.

These do-it-yourself refill kits are not only kind to your budget but are fast and easy to use. If you can refill a saltshaker, you can refill your laser printer with ReChargX in five minutes. A tribute to its cleanliness factor is that the ReChargX customer base includes doctors’ offices and medical schools.

ReChargX, a company with two decades of experience in the toner industry, invented the do-it-yourself toner kit, which it now sells to customers in 85 different countries. It manufactures toner refill units for 6,000 different laser printers, fax machines and copiers. All ReChargX kits are guaranteed to meet or exceed the brand manufacturers’ original specifications.

The extensive list of the company’s custom toner formulas and pricing information for 324 different brand machines can be found online at and

Pioneer Launches One of Industry’s First PC-Based Blu-ray Disc Drives

Revolutionary Technology Results in Five-fold Increase of Storage Capacity

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today
announced one of the industry’s first Blu-ray Disc computer drives,
expected to revolutionize digital and high-definition media storage.
The new Pioneer BDR-101A will utilize shorter wavelength blue lasers in
order to store up to 25 gigabytes of information on a single layer
Blu-ray Disc.  It is expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2006.


first generation product will be targeted primarily to professional
users and serious enthusiasts, generally the first to adopt new
technology.  In particular, content creators will
depend on Blu-ray Disc writers to test and evaluate high definition
consumer Blu-ray Disc titles during the authoring process before
replication.  The drive will come equipped with a data recording application to transfer digital files to Blu-ray Discs.


the market for high definition video camcorders grows, users will
increasingly rely on the Blu-ray Disc drive to store massive amounts of
HD video.  Likewise, a person with a television
tuner on his or her personal computer could use the drive to record
high definition television shows for later viewing. 
The drive also will be able to play consumer Blu-ray Disc movie titles
on BD-ROM discs and will play and record standard DVD media.


one of the first products to utilize Blu-ray Disc technology, the drive
significantly increases storage capacity, while reducing the number of
discs currently needed to back up computer hard drives, digital files
and applications. 


“Storage capacity in a stable medium is critical,” said Andy Parsons, senior vice president at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.  “A few years ago, no one could imagine needing more storage than available on a CD-R.  Yet today, we need multiple DVDs just to back up the numerous photo and video files on our computers. 
Blu-ray Disc technology fulfills the rapidly growing need for more
storage space and Pioneer is proud to be one of the first companies
bringing it to market.”


The half height BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc/DVD writer will read BD-ROM/R/RE, DVD-ROM/DVD-R/DVD-RW and +R/+RW discs.  It offers the following write speeds:


  1. BD-R/RE (2X)
  2. DVD-R/+R (8X)
  3. DVD-RW/+RW (4X)


Pioneer has been an innovator of optical disc technology since it brought LaserDisc, the precursor to DVD, to market in 1980. 
Pioneer went on to introduce the first DVD writer for computer use in
1997, the first DVD recorder as a VCR replacement in 1999, the first
DVD/CD writer for home computer users in 2001 and surpassed 5 million
sales of DVD writers in 2003.  The company now leads the market with the introduction of this new Blu-ray Disc drive.  Pioneer Corporation is one of the Blu-ray Disc Founders.


Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is 
Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a leader in optical disc
technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio,
video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets. 
The company focuses on four core business domains including DVD,
display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment(TM) and components.

Brand Your Business Wherever and Whenever You Use Your Notebook

Company creates a new marketing tool and anti-theft deterrent

Laptop Design USA is an American company that offers the service of
custom painting your laptop or notebook computers to present a unique
and strong corporate brand. Laptop Design has developed a high quality
process to apply a durable, automotive-quality finish to the exterior
top surface, without touching the computer’s internal parts or
affecting the manufacturer’s warranty .  The company’s paint
specialists can match virtually any color to produce matte, high gloss
and metallic finishes.   Using a customer’s proprietary
colors, logos and trademarks, Laptop Design provides custom designed
layouts for the greatest visual appeal. The outer shell of the laptop
is removed, painted and then coated with several layers of clear
coating to create a strong, durable and colorful finish to your laptop.

“The first reaction we receive is ‘why hasn’t someone thought of this
before”, said Peder Blohm, the company’s founder and a veteran marketer
and international branding specialist. It is estimated that more than
15 million laptops were sold in the U.S. in 2004, and sales are
projected to steadily increase over the next few years.  At the
same time, laptop theft also increased to nearly half a million units.

“The interest in branding laptops depends on who we talk to within each
organization,” said Blohm.  “Marketing people understand the value
of branding, while accountants and administrators see its value in
reducing loss and theft.” The average replacement cost of a laptop
computer is estimated to be $5,000, which includes hardware, software,
and peripherals plus the cost of time for the laptop owner while the
computer is being replaced.  An even greater cost is the potential
exposure and liability that results from lost confidential

The branding opportunity presented by laptop lids is underutilized and
is usually limited to some stickers and the computer manufacturer’s
brand. Yet the lid of the laptop offers a portable ‘billboard’ to get
your message across or to just reinforcing branding. Whilst some
hobbyists have been custom painting their notebooks, there has not been
an organized way for less do-it-yourself oriented people to get it
done. Laptop Design looks like a good service.

About Laptop Design USA, LLC

Laptop Design USA, LLC is the first company in the United States to
provide branding of laptop computers as a marketing tool to build name
recognition and for anti-theft protection.   Laptop Design
works in partnership with computer manufacturers, major integrators and
distributors to brand laptops and notebooks for their customers. 
The company also directly services a variety of companies,
universities, government agencies and others that want increased
visibility and security.  For more information, visit


Digital Anarchy Releases Updates to Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer

Free Updates Add New Functionality to Popular Photoshop Plug-ins
Digital Anarchy, a leading
provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe®, Apple®
and Discreet(TM) products, today announced the availability of Primatte
Chromakey 2.1 and Backdrop Designer 1.1. These new plug-ins for Adobe
Photoshop and Photoshop Elements allow photographers to easily create
hundreds of different backgrounds for use in studio portraiture,
product shots, wedding photos, school pictures and other commercial


“With Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer, a photographer has the
potential to change traditional portrait photography,” said Jim
Tierney, founder of Digital Anarchy. “These filters create a digital
workflow that is easy, quick and eliminates the need for an expensive
collection of traditional muslin backgrounds. They give both the client
and photographer control to make changes after the photo shoot.”


Primatte Chromakey digitally removes a blue/green background from a
photograph, leaving the subject against a transparent background with
any color cast removed. Primatte excels in preserving important details
like wisps of hair and sheer material. Any image can be substituted
behind the subject, including photograph-quality backgrounds created
with Backdrop Designer. Use over 900 pre-made backdrops to create
colorful textures and then add in shadows to simulate 3D drapery. All
Backdrop Designer graphics are resolution-independent and combinations
of textures and shadows can be saved for later use.


Primatte Chromakey updates include: 

  • Multi-layer 16-bit support: 16-bit files now support multiple
    layers just like 8-bit files always have. This allows users to preview
    a replacement background while working in Primatte.
  • Improved 16-bit performance: The speed of handling 16-bit files
    has been improved. In some cases 16-bit files will render faster than
    8-bit files.
  • User interface improvements: Primatte’s interface has been
    modified to make it behave more like Photoshop, making it easier for
    users to transition between Photoshop and the plug-in.
  • Bug fixes: A number of major and minor issues have been addressed to make Primatte more stable and faster.


Backdrop Designer creates backgrounds that you can use with images that
have been masked with Primatte or in some other way. It allows, for
example, portrait photographers to offer a huge number of backgrounds
without actually having to have them physically in the studio, a blue
or green screen being all that is needed.

Backdrop Designer updates include: 

  • 350 New Backgrounds: The number of shipped presets has increased
    by over 30%. These new presets are complete texture and shadow
    combinations that create realistic backgrounds for use with photography
    or design.
  • New Preset Categories: There are new texture/shadow categories for silk, velvet, lighted muslin, stained glass and much more.

Pricing and Availability

Regularly priced at USD $299, Primatte Chromakey is available now for
USD $279. Regularly priced at USD $179, Backdrop Designer is available
now for USD $169. Regularly priced at USD $449, a bundle of the two
products called the Professional Photography Suite is available for USD
$429. This special pricing is available until Nov. 30, 2005. The
Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer updates are free for existing
customers; users should contact Digital Anarchy for details.


Demos, tutorials and samples are available at
Both products are compatible with Photoshop 5.5 and higher and
Photoshop Elements 2.0 and higher. They are available for Mac OS X (not
OS 9) and Windows 98ME and higher.


About Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy® is a privately owned company operating out of San
Francisco, Calif., that creates high quality creative software for
broadcast designers, animators and professional photographers. These
tools solve a wide range of design issues, from creating text effects
and background design elements, to masking out bluescreens for
commercial photography. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction
with a wide range of products from companies like Adobe®, Discreet(TM) and
Apple®. For more information about Digital Anarchy and its products,
please see the company’s website at or call (415) 586-8434.


Digital Anarchy is a registered trademark of Digital Anarchy Inc. All
other brand names, product names, service marks, or trademarks belong
to their respective holders.