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PRESS RELEASE: September Launch For REALVIZ Stitcher 5


Latest Release of Award-winning Panorama Software Adds Range of New Features, Including Full Automatic Engine

Sophia Antipolis, France (September 13, 2005) - REALVIZ®, a leader in image processing software development, has confirmed, that they will begin shipment of version 5 of their multi award-winning panorama software, Stitcher® this month. Stitcher is a professional-level application, used by thousands of professional photographers, architects, multimedia and 3D artists worldwide, and enables the creation of superb wide-angle panoramas for the Web, film, print, and 3D.

Stitcher inter-operates smoothly and easily with Adobe® Photoshop®, the reference application in image editing, for maximum control and the freedom to personalize and create the kind of panoramas each individual requires.
Internationally acknowledged by serious photographers as a 'must have', Stitcher offers an enhanced range of features, specifically tailored to meet the demands of the professional user, including the ability to:

  • Create spherical, cubic, cylindrical & planar panoramas
  • Deliver the highest quality renderings for film and print with unlimited resolution
  • Manage high distortion for perfect stitching regardless of lens type
  • Create interactive panoramas with the QuickTime® VR Hotspot feature
  • Use templates to stitch photos almost automatically for fast turnaround of panoramas
  • Provide a rich color precision for photographers & film makers with 16-bit/channel color support
  • Retouch panoramas in your favorite image editor, then convert them in Stitcher and deliver an interactive format, giving complete artistic control
  • Deliver to the Web, 3D, and print with multiple export formats inc. Cubical QuickTime® VR
"This latest and much anticipated version of the software, is not only a breakthrough in technological terms - full automatic stitching is now offered for the very first time, but it is also solid proof of our ongoing commitment to our many users throughout the world," said Dominique Pouliquen, REALVIZ CEO. "Stitcher 5 has been specifically created by our engineers, as a direct response to the feed-back and needs of professional photographers who are using this product in their daily work."

Stitcher 5 represents a considerable advance on the current version of the software, with a range of exciting new features, including most notably the introduction of a full automatic stitching engine, as well as a completely new user interface, with a full-screen 3D window to maximize the working area. The complete new feature-set of Stitcher 5 includes:
  • Full Automatic Stitching Engine
  • New User Interface
  • Live Preview: real-time preview of selected projection mode
  • Manual Control Points to handle complex cases
  • 3D Stencils: edit your stencils directly in the working area
  • Import of Photoshop® (.psd) masks
  • Intuitive Panorama Conversion
  • Real-Time Preview in the render area
  • QuickTime® VR Scripts
  • Render Set Management
  • Shortcuts Management
  • On-line activation
"I have been using Stitcher for a long time now, and with every new version of the software it just keeps getting better and better. I love the new interface of Stitcher 5. The "live preview" and the automatic stitching engine are a major help to anyone who does a fair amount of VR photography.

Stitcher has helped my workflow tremendously over the years."
Dennis Biela, President & Owner LightSpeed Media, www.vrsummit.com / www.lightspeedmedia.biz, USA

"Stitcher 5's new stitching features provide unparalleled manual as well as automated control in an application that continues to lead as the premier visual stitching environment available today."
Michael Eleftheriades, Architect/Photographer, Media Synthesis Ltd, UK

Pricing & Availability:
Stitcher 5 will be available in English & French for Macintosh® & Windows® at a price point of 499 € / $ 580 US. Existing owners of Stitcher 4 may up-grade to version 5 for 210 €/$ 250 US, whilst owners of earlier versions of Stitcher may also trade-up to Stitcher 5 for 250 €/$ 290 US.

For further information, please contact sales@realviz.com, or go to:
www.realviz.com

About REALVIZ
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. www.realviz.com

2005 REALVIZ®. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated


(First posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 10:10 EDT)

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