|NetGUI Announces CaptiVision for Digital Camera UsersSoftware Utilizes Flash Technology for Streaming Media Digital Photo Albums|
IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 3, 2002--NetGUI Inc., a leading digital media software and services provider, today announced that it has begun volume shipments of its CaptiVision(TM) software version 2.0 through leading distributors, retailers and OEMs.
The product has a suggested retail price of $49.95.
CaptiVision version 2.0, provides a simple and quick method of creating and distributing streaming media digital photo albums via the Internet and e-mail applications.
The strength of CaptiVision is that it generates a multimedia presentation of the user's digital images and audio recordings utilizing the latest in Flash(TM) technology. This enables the streaming media slideshow to automatically play in the viewer's e-mail application or Internet browser.
"We've all received pictures from friends and family via e-mail and until now, they have loaded up your inbox full of JPEGS," said Doug Clemons, vice president of marketing at NetGUI. "With CaptiVision, both the digital pictures and audio stream from our network of Web servers only when the intended viewer opens their e-mail or looks at them in their Web browser."
CaptiVision is NetGUI's first application targeting the mass market consumer, following on the recent announcements of Streaming Media Studio, Tour Studio and In A Flash for the professional markets.
"The consumer market is quickly adopting digital photography as the next hot gadget and a new means of communication," said Michael Brough, president and CEO of NetGUI. "Our release of CaptiVision, gives these camera users fast and simple Internet distribution of their pictures."
Market research firm IDC recently reported U.S. shipments of more than 8 million digital cameras in 2001 -- a 30 percent jump over the previous year. "The market is continuing to grow despite a slowdown in the overall economy," IDC analyst Chris Chute said. "The market is moving from the smaller early adopter group to the much larger mainstream audience," Chute said.
All digital photo albums created in CaptiVision are optimized for viewing by all Internet users, regardless of available bandwidth, operating system or Internet browser and are hosted on the Internet via NetGUI's network of Web servers. NetGUI's streaming media hosting services eliminate the cost and burden of maintaining and delivering bandwidth intensive rich media content while freeing up the user's Web server or ISP.
CaptiVision is now available through Ingram Micro, online retailers such as Amazon.com, Buy.com, PC Mall, Zones and Tech Depot. The software is also being bundled by leading digital camera memory manufacturer Kingston Technology as part of a new promotional pack that will place the software in major retailers including Best Buy.
NetGUI, a privately held company with headquarters in Irvine, was formed in July of 1999 and is a technology company in the business of creating and delivering, via the Internet and client side applications, rich media digital communications in such areas as sales and marketing, corporate communications, corporate training and messaging.
The NetGUI business is built around the ability to enable companies and consumers to replace standard e-mail, printed brochures, printed training materials, direct mail and other communication collateral with highly compressed digital multimedia including streaming media video, audio and graphics.
For more information about NetGUI, its products and services, visit www.netgui.com, e-mail at [email protected] or call 949/253-4136.