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stitcher.jpg PRESS RELEASE: RealViz Introduces Stitcher 4.0 With Pre-Launch Offer

Free up-grade to version 4.0 and a saving of Euros/USD 50.00 on all purchases of Stitcher 3.5 made by Dec 31.

Sophia Antipolis, France (December 2, 2003) -- RealViz, a leader in image processing software development, has announced that the latest version of their flagship product, Stitcher® 4.0 is now scheduled for worldwide release in January 2004.

Internationally recognized as the "industry-standard software for creating panoramas" (3D World), RealViz Stitcher is a professional-level application, which enables the creation of high-quality panoramas for the Web, film, print, and 3D. RealViz are currently offering a free up-grade to version 4.0, plus a saving of Euros/USD 50.00 for all first-time purchases of Stitcher 3.5 made between now and 31. December 2003.

Acknowledged by thousands of professional photographers, architects, multimedia and 3D artists worldwide, as a 'must have', RealViz Stitcher gives photographers and artists the power to deliver the most impressive panoramas in the formats they need, up to full spherical panoramas, which can easily be displayed using QuickTime® 5 or 6.

Stitcher combines overlapping photos easily into wide-angle, high-quality images for creating high-impact Web pages, definition mattes, environment maps, image sequences, and 3D models. Post-production professionals worldwide have also recognized the value of this multifaceted application, which has played a pivotal role in the creation of key effects scenes in high-profile films, such as "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", starring Nicholas Cage, and the controversial horror flick, "28 Days Later" from Director Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting", "The Beach").

Central to version 4.0 are a number of significant high-end features, which have been developed to meet the demands of professional photographers. These include:

The ability to inter-operate smoothly and easily with Adobe® Photoshop®, enabling each of the computed panoramas to be exported with each image being a separate layer for maximum editing control

The possibility for expert users to select their preferred interpolation method for the re-sizing of their images

A 'Best Rendering' option enabling users to achieve the best-possible output with the resolution available to them, without fear of impairing the final results

Interactive QuickTime VR previewing - to interactively adjust QuickTime default parameters

Improved interface and workflow enhancements at each stage of the creative process, ensuring that users achieve outstanding results quicker and easier than ever before

Price and Availability

RealViz Stitcher 3.5 is available through RealViz resellers worldwide for both Mac® and Windows® platforms, at a price point of Euros/USD 499.00. RealViz are currently offering a free up-grade to version 4.0, plus a saving of Euros/USD 50.00 on this price for all first-time purchases made between now and 31. December 2003. After 31. December 2003, the up-grade price from any previous version of Stitcher to version 4.0 will be Euros/USD 180.00. Stitcher 4.0 is slated for release in January 2004 To see some of the stunning work produced by RealViz clients using Stitcher, including full-screen spherical panoramas, please go to: http://www.realviz.com/gallery/list.php?product=st

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. 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 costeffectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. RealViz' award-winning products are in use by leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide including Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Buf Compagnie and many others.

(First posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at 12:38 EST)

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