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ArcSoft's logo. Click here to visit the ArcSoft website! PRESS RELEASE: New Version: ArcSoft® PhotoStudio® Darkoom 1.5

Provides expanded RAW format support and important new photo processing tools

FREMONT, CA- Dec 12, 2006 -- ArcSoft, Inc. released today ArcSoft® PhotoStudio® Darkroom 1.5, a new version of its popular image editing application that provides non-destructive photo processing for RAW, JPEG, and TIFF image files. The program offers professional photographers and photo hobbyists a complete set of image enhancement tools and export options. The new version more than doubles the number of RAW formats supported, and allows users to import photos directly into the application from a camera or removable drive. Additionally, ArcSoft's automatic red-eye removal and spot and patch removal technologies have been integrated into the program, letting users perform common blemish removal functions in one click.

"ArcSoft PhotoStudio Darkroom is an image processing solution that meets the needs of a wide range of users," said Michael Downs, ArcSoft Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. "We're excited to broaden that range by offering support for even more RAW formats. We think our users will be excited about the additional format support and our new features - like recipe copy and paste, and various one-click blemish removal tools - that make it even easier for them to get professional-looking results."

PhotoStudio Darkroom features non-destructive image processing tools for adjusting white balance, exposure, de-noise, hue and saturation, brightness and contrast, and curves and levels, and for applying color effects such as black & white and sepia. A complete set of lens and chromatic correction tools for fixing barrel, pincushion, and perspective distortions and color fringing issues are also included, as well as correction tools for red-eye, spots, and patches. A "recipe" feature lets users apply the processing performed on one image to other images with a single click.

ArcSoft® PhotoStudio® Darkroom 1.5 Key Features:

  • Built-in photo browser (NEW)
  • Import from camera or removable drive (NEW)
  • Non-destructive image processing
  • Support for RAW, JPEG, and TIFF files
  • Broad RAW format support: Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Adobe DNG, Sony (NEW), Kodak (NEW), Olympus (NEW), Sigma (NEW), Mamiya (NEW), Epson (NEW)
  • Lightning-fast performance
  • Exposure adjustment
  • White balance adjustment
  • Lens correction
  • Curves and levels adjustment
  • Crop and straighten
  • Automatic red-eye removal (NEW)
  • One-click spot and patch removal (NEW)
  • High quality image output
  • Batch export
  • Support for the most popular color spaces
  • Copy and paste recipe (NEW)
  • Convert RAW to Adobe DNG (NEW)
  • Support for Windows and Mac (including MacIntel)
Pricing and Availability
ArcSoft® PhotoStudio® Darkroom is available for OEM bundling with digital cameras, DSLR lenses, memory cards, and other photography devices or equipment. The latest retail version can be purchased for US$99.99 from the ArcSoft eStore. Visit www.arcsoft.com/products/photostudiodarkroom for more information.

About ArcSoft
ArcSoft, Inc. is a leading developer of multimedia software and embedded solutions for digital cameras, PC-peripheral, mobile phone, and consumer electronics manufacturers. ArcSoft offers a full line of consumer-level desktop applications centered on digital pictures and video. Established in 1994, ArcSoft is headquartered in Fremont, California, with regional commercial and development facilities in Europe and the Far East. For further details, please visit us at our corporate Web site: www.arcsoft.com.

© 2006. All rights reserved, ArcSoft, the ArcSoft logo, and PhotoStudio are registered trademarks of ArcSoft, Inc. All other products and companies named herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

(First posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 13:03 EST)

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