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Jasc Software Inc.'s logo. Click here to visit the Jasc website! Jasc hits major milestone! (UPDATED)
(Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 15:02 EDT)

Software manufacturer celebrates ten years of Paint Shop Pro with a new special edition...

Jasc Software Inc., the company behind popular image editor Paint Shop Pro, is celebrating a major milestone in its history with a special edition of the product that started it all. Ten years ago in 1991, commercial airline pilot Robert Voit posted the first version of his graphics utility Paint Shop to electronic bulletin boards. At the same time, he founded Jasc, the name hailing from his twin loves - 'Jets And Software Company'.

Ten years later, and with more than 125 US employees, Jasc is up to the seventh release of Paint Shop Pro - and the company is celebrating the anniversary with Paint Shop Pro 7 Anniversary Edition, which includes the latest version of the program along with a reported $100 value of free extras. Selling at $99 for a downloadable 'electronic software distribution' version, or $109 for the full retail package, the anniversary edition includes:
  • Paint Shop Pro 7.04
  • Animation Shop 3.04
  • Media Center Plus 3.10
  • 28 special effects filters including Alien Skin, Flaming Pear and Virtual Painter
  • 10 bonus tutorials
  • 30 bonus Picture Tubes™, Picture Frames, and Shapes
  • Interactive Paint Shop Pro Product Tour
  • Anniversary Edition Bonus Pack Highlights Book (22 pages)
  • Reference Guide (500 pages)
  • New Getting Started Guide (145 pages)
Existing Paint Shop Pro 7 users can purchase the full Anniversary Edition package for $30, or a 'bonus pack' containing the extras they don't already own for $10 (both prices exclude shipping, and differ for non-US customers).

UPDATED 2001-08-31 13:04ET: IR reader Brewster Rogerson wrote in to point out that Paint Shop Pro is not currently available for Macintosh computers, only Windows. This is mentioned in Jasc's press release, but we neglected to mention it in the news item itself. Apologies, Brewster - no slight intended!

Original Source Press Release:

Jasc® Paint Shop Pro™ Celebrates 10th Anniversary with New Release

Anniversary Edition Offers Consumers $100 Worth of Bonus Tools and Resources Free

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (8/22/01) - Jasc Software today announced the release of new Jasc® Paint Shop Pro™ 7 Anniversary Edition. This new edition of award-winning Paint Shop Pro celebrates ten years of providing digital photographers, Web designers, and home and business users with the most powerful, easiest-to-use tools at an affordable price. "To thank our millions of loyal users worldwide for their decade of support, we wanted to give them an anniversary gift from Jasc," said Kris Tufto, president and CEO of Jasc Software. "We've packed $100 worth of free tools and resources into Paint Shop Pro 7 Anniversary Edition, which is very much in keeping with our policy of going above and beyond to give our users more than they expect. On this tenth anniversary, we salute our users and thank them not only for providing the valuable feedback which helps make Paint Shop Pro great, but also for making Paint Shop Pro the world's most complete, most popular, most award-winning image editor in its class."

Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 Anniversary Edition includes:

  • Jasc® Paint Shop Pro™ 7.04, filled with powerful, easy-to-use tools for editing and enhancing digital photos, creating and optimizing Web graphics, drawing, illustrating, and painting.
  • Jasc® Media Center Plus™ 3.1 for organizing photos into albums. It's the easy way to file and find digital photos, clip art, scanned images, and Web files -- on a hard drive, or on CD-ROMs or Zip disks. Supports over 50 file formats, including MP3 sound files, and MPEG and AVI video files.
    Jasc® Animation Shop™ 3.04 for animating Web and presentation graphics. Easily animate Web graphics, buttons, banners, and more with cool transitions and funky effects.
  • Special effects filters from Alien Skin Eye Candy, Virtual Painter, and Flaming Pear Essentials for adding extra impact to digital photos, Web graphics, and virtually any type of image or project.
  • A new Product Tour that explores common projects in a fun, in-depth way, making it even easier for those new to digital imaging to dive in right away.
  • Bonus hands-on tutorials from Paint Shop Pro experts.
  • 30 new Picture Tubes, picture frames, and fun shapes for extra creative power.
Jasc® Paint Shop Pro™ 7 Anniversary Edition is available at a suggested list price of $109.00 from Jasc Software, or through popular retail, Internet and mail-order sales channels. An ESD version is available for $99 from Jasc Software. Upgrades for registered users of previous versions and version 7 are available through Jasc Software. An evaluation copy of Paint Shop Pro 7.04 may be downloaded from Jasc Software's Web site at www.jasc.com. Free, unlimited technical support is available to registered users directly from Jasc Software.

About Jasc Software, Inc.
Jasc Software provides digital photographers, Web designers, and creative professionals with leading, Windows-based digital imaging and management solutions that are powerful, easy-to-use, and affordable. The company is committed to using customer feedback to develop tools for Web site and digital image enhancement that provide advanced functionality at a low price. Jasc Software distributes its products in electronic and traditional forms via the Internet, software retailers and catalogers, and provides try-before-you-buy versions of its software via the Internet.

Jasc Software has been ranked by the Inc. 500, Deloitte & Touche’s Minnesota Technology Fast 50, and Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Fast 500. Its products have won numerous awards including: American Photo Editor’s Choice Award; PC World World Class Award; PC World Best Buy; Shareware Industry People’s Choice Award; Windows Magazine Win 100; PC Photo Editor’s Choice; c/net Editor’s Choice; PC Magazine Program of the Year; and Home Office Computing 100 Gold Award. For more information, Jasc Software can be reached at (800) 622-2793 or on the Web at www.jasc.com.

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