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ImageFX v1.5 NOW SHIPPING!


King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, July 23rd, 1993 -- GVP announced today that
it has started shipping version 1.5 upgrades for their ImageFX software.

While one might expect to pay dearly for such an upgrade, Great Valley
Products will continue to support their "power to the people" approach
by offering this new version to registered users at only $29.95!

This notice also serves as a brief list of the many added features and
improvements to the ImageFX since the previous version 1.03.  These
features are listed below.


Faster Speed Throughout!

ImageFX has been optimized throughout to provide faster operations and
reduced code size to increase your productivity and enjoyment of this
software.

One outstanding example of this is ImageFX's virtual memory handling.
Virtual memory has been dramatically improved and optimized so that it's
many times faster than it was before.


Gigamem Compatibility!

GigaMem compatibility has been added to ImageFX.  GigaMem is a virtual
memory package designed for MMU equipped Amigas.  ImageFX can now run
under Gigamem fully -- giving you even more flexibility.


Image and Animation Viewing!

ViewTek, the most popular image and animation viewing program for the
Amiga, (running Workbench 2.04 or higher) is now included with ImageFX.
You have to look no further to show off your ImageFX images or CineMorph
animations to your friends.  ViewTek does this easily for you -- even
for the new AGA mode graphics!


MAGIC!

No, we're not talking parlor tricks here, but a new system that allows
applications to share images, in memory, with one another in order to
reduce memory overhead when multitasking several graphics programs at
the same time.  MAGIC (Multi-Application Graphic Image Communications)
is being made available with this release of ImageFX and may be included
at no charge in other applications.  Many other developers of 24bit
applications are planning MAGIC support as well.  This will be a public
standard available to all.


New Scanners!

ImageFX now features the best available support for the Epson 300c, and
Epson's new top of the line 600/800 series scanners including the new
transparency unit and the automatic document feeder.  There are two new
framegrabber modules for Macrosystem's VLAB and Progressive Peripherals
& Software's Framegrabber 256 that have been added as well.


Palette!

A new feature has been added to give you the ability to have multiple
drawing palettes.  These can be preloaded by your startup script, or you
can load palettes directly into any of them.  You can even choose to
load a palette from the dozens of pre-created palettes that have been
newly added to give you sets of colors for watercolors, chalk, felt-tip
markers as well as many other interesting, and some abstract, color
selections.


Toolkit!

The toolkit's new aspect locked preview mode will benefit users
enormously.  This is available in all of the available previews (Amiga,
IV24, etc) and it is used to keep your image's aspect correct while you
are editing or creating the image.  If you are working on an image for
an 8.5" x 11" page, the image will now be taller than it is wide.  By
using this you can tell precisely what your artwork will look like when
output.

ImageFX's new macro recording allows you to automatically create ARexx
scripts that can be used from ImageFX to apply any series of operations
over and over.  Use of macro recording can practically eliminate the
need for programming ARexx scripts for batch operations, and for
programmers it can greatly reduce development time for special projects.

Multiple level UNDO handling has been added.  While all other image
processing software allows only one UNDO level (if any at all), ImageFX
allows you to reverse and remove the effects of several operations -- as
many as you like!

Tablet support with pressure sensitivity has been added for users of the
Wacom and Cal-Comp drawing tablets supplied by Tri-Media.  You can now
draw using either of these tablets and use pressure to affects the
amount of "ink" or "paint" applied during drawing operations.  A
fantastic tool for artists!

ImageFX has many new and improved drawing and airbrush tools.  Most
important is the dramatic improvement in ImageFX's real time feedback
for nearly every drawing tool.  There are new controls and drawing modes
that allow you to simulate real world painting effects such as felt tip
pens, crayons, and much more with just a few simple settings.  ImageFX's
new Pantograph drawing mode allows you to easily copy portions of the
image into one another with ease.

Image compositing has been sped up greatly, and new controls have been
added to give you more tools for merging images together.  You can now
easily merge two images together and apply a texture, perhaps a rough
paper, automatically by using the new alpha channel compositing modes.

Dozens of new sample custom convolves have been added to this release to
better demonstrate the use of this powerful image processing tool.
These include new blurring tools, special effects, and much more.


Loaders/Savers!

There are new loaders and savers galore for ImageFX 1.5!  Many of the
existing modules have also been enhanced to speed them up and support
more variations.  These modules include;  ANIM7, FAXX, SGI, FLI/FLC,
IMG8,  JPEG, MacPaint, QRT, DKB, POV, Sculpt, Targa, TIFF, YUVN, DPIIE,
.info (Amiga Icon), PCX, and the Rendition Alpha format.

ImageFX can also now detect the special "MacBinary" headers placed on
some images by Macintosh computers and will automatically remove them to
let you load an even greater range of images.  A feature only offered in
ImageFX!  Special thanks to John Foust of Syndesis for this feature.


Image Rendering!

The following modules have been added or enhanced in ImageFX; DCTV, EGS,
IV24, Retina, and OpalVision.

A new method of color "quantizing", or color selection, developed by
Steve Tibbett has been added to ImageFX.  This new system  can pick
colors for images with large areas of color gradients much more
accurately than any other system of color selection.

A new method of dithering, known as ordered dithering, has been added to
ImageFX for color operations.  Formerly available only for greyscale
images, this dither creates a more stable pattern in the image which
can make animations created with ImageFX much more compact.


Preview Displays!

Three new preview modules have been added to ImageFX.  You can now work
on DCTV, OpalVision, or use the new SuperAmiga preview to preview on any
Amiga screen at any depth...even for the new Amiga AGA modes and beyond!


Printer Modules!

The PostScript printing module now produces PostScript level 2 compatible
output, and includes more robust error handling.  A thumbnail version of
the image in TIFF format has also been implemented for cross platform uses.

The new PREFS2 printing module uses less memory, is easier to control,
and has been improved to offer significantly better output than any other
competing package.  You can easily achieve high quality 8 bit accurate
greyscale printing and 24 bit accurate color printing from any properly
implemented Preferences printer!


Hooks!

IMP has been improved and now allows you to select the output animation
format via. the "Anim Format" and "Anim Options" pull down menus.  This
makes the process of creating animations easier than ever!

This ImageFX hook version of CineMorph has been updated and can now save
animations to the regular ANIM format, the new ANIM7 format, and flick
(.FLC) format animations.

Two new hooks; Deinterlace and Interlace, can be used by video
professionals for separating and integrating video fields for high end
video work.

Blackout, another new hook program, allows users of the Hewlett Packard
Deskjet 500c to separate the black component from their images so they can
easily make two pass color printouts with much improved color reproduction.


Acclaim from the Press!

We've told you a lot about the new ImageFX and all of it's many features.
Here's what the press has been saying about the previous ImageFX:

"...for my money ImageFX has more power and features.  ...I recommend
ImageFX - nothing else quite compares."

Video Toaster User, August/September 1993

"I feel the program's CineMorph module represents the most elegant morph
solution of the three (competing morph packages)."

AmigaWorld, May 1993

"(ImageFX) has to be the best image-processing system so far on the
Amiga."

Amiga Format, April 1993

"(ImageFX's) IMP is nothing short of a dream come true...The virtual
memory option (in ImageFX) is nothing short of a masterstroke..."

Amiga Computing, February 1993


Kermit Woodall
Nova Design, Inc.