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PRESS RELEASE: Corel® Snapfire™ DVD Maker Turns Photo and Video "Snapfire Shows" Into DVDs
Now It’s Easier than Ever to Share the Magic of Photos and Videos on TV
- Accompanied By Captions and Music – with Friends and Family
OTTAWA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE) today announced Corel® Snapfire™ DVD Maker, the first add-on for the new Corel Snapfire Plus – the smart alternative to traditional digital camera software. With Corel Snapfire DVD Maker, it is easier than ever to turn fun and creative slide shows of your photos and videos into DVDs and play them back for friends and family on television DVD players. Snapfire Plus, the enhanced version of the free Snapfire download (www.snapfire.com), provides all the tools users need to easily organize, enhance and share digital photos and video clips. Snapfire Plus allows even novice users to take their creativity to new levels with "Snapfire Shows" – highly entertaining and customized photo and video slide shows set to the music soundtrack of their choice and accompanied by customized transitions, captions and unique motion effects.
With Corel Snapfire DVD Maker, users can take their Snapfire Shows off of their computer and bring them into their living rooms to entertain and delight friends and family. In addition, users can easily produce a real DVD experience complete with stylish customizable menus, and chapters that quickly jump to multiple Snapfire Shows that feature favorite photos and video clips.
"Snapfire Plus users are having so much fun creating engaging and exciting slide shows that truly bring their digital photo and video collections to life," said Blaine Mathieu, General Manager of Corel’s Digital Media business. "Our customers asked for new ways to share their fabulous Snapfire Shows with others – especially ones that include lots of video clips taken with their digital cameras. We fulfilled their request with the Corel Snapfire DVD Maker, which allows them to showcase their work on any DVD player or television set. Now, our customers can transform their living room into their own personal movie theater."
Users all over the world are creating and sending Snapfire Shows to share their best moments and connect more deeply with loved ones. Tony Philippon of Winthrop, MA, proposed to his fiancée, Gail, with a Snapfire Show that featured a montage of photos and video clips of their favorite vacation moments set to their favorite song.
Amy Mimick of Minneapolis, MN, recently created a Snapfire Show that features a montage of photo and video clips of her 15-month-old son Ben. The slide show depicts how Ben has grown and evolved since his birth. "Splicing the photos and videos together and including our favorite music adds really transforms the viewing experience. My family and friends get really emotional when they see the Snapfire Shows of Ben growing up right before their eyes."
The Tipper family of Cambridge, MA, holds regular "Snapfire Nights" every Saturday evening to showcase their own Snapfire Shows and compete for the best or funniest entry. "Snapfire Nights give my busy family the opportunity to share their daily and often hilarious experiences with each other – whether it is my two-year-old son getting into mischief or our family excursions in the city," said Chris Tipper.
Tipper was looking for a very easy way to organize his burgeoning digital photo and video clip collection when he came across the free Snapfire download at www.snapfire.com. Within weeks, he became "hooked," as his experience and confidence with digital photo and video sharing and editing grew. To access more advanced and yet easy-to-use photo and video editing features, such as the Makeover Tools and Picture Tubes, he decided to upgrade to the enhanced Snapfire version, known as Corel Snapfire Plus. Priced at $39.99 US SRP, Snapfire Plus is available at nationwide retailers, at www.snapfire.com, and via www.corel.com. The new Snapfire DVD Maker, priced at $9.99 USD SRP, is available through the same retailers and web sites.
Snapfire Plus provides more options for creating unique slide shows, including easy video editing and full control over motion effects and transitions, additional project templates and the PhotoSafe™ Backup System.
In addition, users can add new functionality to Snapfire Plus by upgrading to additional new product features as they need them. The Corel Snapfire DVD Maker is the first Add-On to inject additional functionality into the Snapfire Plus product. Corel will announce several additional new add-ons in 2007 and beyond.
About Corel Corporation
Corel is a leading global packaged software company with over 40 million users. The Company provides full-featured, easy-to-use productivity, graphics and digital imaging software and enjoys a favorable market position among consumers and small businesses. The Company's award-winning product portfolio features popular, globally recognized brands, including CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Corel® Snapfire™, Corel® Painter™, Corel DESIGNER®, Corel® WordPerfect® Office, WinZip®, and iGrafx®. With hundreds of industry awards for leadership in software innovation, design and value, Corel's products have built a loyal following of customers and partners around the globe. Corel's products are sold in over 75 countries through an international network of resellers and retailers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and Corel's global websites.
Corel Corporation announced the completion of its acquisition of InterVideo, Inc., a leading provider of digital media authoring and playback software with a focus on high-definition video and DVD technologies, on December 12, 2006. In 2005, InterVideo® acquired a majority interest in Ulead, a leading developer of video imaging and DVD authoring software for desktop, server, mobile and Internet platforms. Corel’s acquisition of the remaining interest in Ulead is expected to be completed before the end of 2006.
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(First posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 12:16 EST)