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PRESS RELEASE: Open Door Networks Ships Envision
ASHLAND OR -- Open Door Networks has announced it is shipping Envision 1.0 for Mac OS X. Previously available as a public beta, the shipping version adds a number of user-requested features to the cutting-edge Web viewing product, including the ability to automatically set Web images as the Mac's desktop picture and screen saver.
Envision lets Macintosh users experience the Web's increasingly visual nature in innovative new ways, presenting images from Web sites outside the confining windows of traditional Web browsers. Instead of requiring Web content to be manually clicked through, Envision helps users experience the "sights" of the Web through six different views:
Slide-show like, in a window, without text clutter Full screen, with the Mac as a "digital picture frame" around the images In "thumbnail" view, as a broad overview of the site In multiple windows at the same time As an automatically updating desktop picture Through the Mac's built-in screen saver, with pan and zoom capabilities.
Envision also gives users easy access to the Web content underlying any images that pique their interest.
Beyond being the new way for Mac users to experience the Web, Envision also helps those Macs become part of the increasingly wired (or unwired) home. Whether on a living room coffee table, or feeding a TV or wall-mounted flat panel display, an Internet-connected Mac running Envision creates a new fusion of art, entertainment and information.
Envision's potential uses have caught the fancy of pioneering Mac users around the world. "I'm addicted -- there are so many cool images out on the Web, and with Envision, it's easy to use them with Mac OS X's screen saver," said Adam C. Engst, publisher of the influential TidBITS journal. "Clearly I now need a big LCD to hang on the wall as a dedicated picture frame." The Imaging Resource Newsletter, in a detailed review, called Envision "a unique approach that ... runs like a dream."
Envision 1.0 for Mac OS 10.2.8 or later is available for purchase and download off Open Door's Web site. The release includes a number of sample "Web shows" that highlight the new technology. A single license for Envision is available for $39 through August 15, and $49 thereafter. A free, fully-functional 30-day evaluation version is also available off the site.
Open Door Networks, Inc. has been a leading provider of Internet solutions for the Macintosh since 1995. Open Door was founded by Alan Oppenheimer, co-creator of the AppleTalk Network System. Open Door's mission is to provide Macintosh users with Internet solutions that are as easy-to-use and as powerful as the Macintosh itself. Open Door Networks is based in Ashland, Oregon.
"Envision: the new way to experience the Web" is a trademark of Open Door Networks, Inc. Other trademarks are held by their respective owners.
(First posted on Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 12:24 EDT)