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PRESS RELEASE: REALVIZ Launches Stitcher Express 1.0

New Stitching Product Enables Professional & Amateur Photographers to Create Superb Panoramas From Simple Photos in Just a Few Clicks

Sophia Antipolis, France (January 5, 2005) - REALVIZ, a leader in image processing software development, has announced the release of a brand new stitching product called Stitcher Express. REALVIZ Stitcher Express draws on the award-winning technology of Stitcher 4.0, already used by thousands of professional photographers, architects, multimedia and 3D artists worldwide, and offers an intuitive and complete solution, which enables both professional and amateur photographers to create superb panoramas from a series of simple photos in just a few clicks. REALVIZ Stitcher Express 1.0 is now available in both English and French for Mac & Windows.

"REALVIZ Stitcher Express is a product, which has been on many peoples' wish list for some time now," explains Dominique Pouliquen, REALVIZ CEO. "With digital camera sales still on the increase, there are more and more people out there who fall into the 'amateur' category, yet who still demand a robust, high-quality product, able to deliver the kind of professional results, with multi-row capability up to full spherical panoramas, which the more main-stream photo-stitching products are unable to offer. At a lead-in price of $119 US (99 Euros), Stitcher Express is also affordable to all."

REALVIZ Stitcher Express is a simple and effective application with a clear and intuitive interface, compatible with all kinds of digital cameras. Based on a simple drag, drop and stitch principle, the software enables both professional and amateur photographers to create superb panoramas from a series of standard digital photos in just a few clicks. The software's smooth interoperability with Adobe Photoshop also means that users are able to edit and personalize their panoramas with ease. Stitcher Express is also fully compatible with QuickTime, for the creation of stunning interactive virtual visits, up to full spheres. With Stitcher Express, it is also possible to export panoramas in the format each individual requires.

Stitcher Express will be sold alone, or bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. The price for the bundle will be $ 190 US (160 Euros). Available from late January 2005.

The Stitcher Express Feature Set Includes:

  • Semi-automatic stitching of photos, enabling the creation of panoramas up to 360° x 180° (complete spheres!)
  • Automatic light equalization
  • The possibility to remove moving objects from images (pedestrians, cars, or any other object moving between two shots)
  • Automatic panorama alignment
  • Choice of panorama format (cylindrical, spherical, snapshot)
  • Automatic trimming of panoramas to an optimum size
  • "Best Rendering" feature, enabling users to achieve the best-possible output from their original images
  • Export to Adobe Photoshop (images and masks), enabling users to edit and personalize their panoramas with ease.
  • Export to QuickTime VR (cylindrical or spherical), enabling users to create stunning interactive virtual visits, and interactively preview their projects.
Pricing & Availability
REALVIZ Stitcher Express is available in French and English for Microsoft Windows & Macintosh through REALVIZ resellers worldwide and from REALVIZ direct at a price point of $ 119 US (99 Euros). Prices are excl. of tax & delivery. Stitcher Express will be sold alone or bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. The price for the bundle will be $ 190 US (160 Euros).

For further information on Stitcher Express, please contact:
[email protected], or go to: www.realviz.com.

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 and Berlin. 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 cost-effectively tackle complex digital imaging projects. REALVIZ' award-winning products are used by thousands of professional photographers, as well as leading production and effects houses, web design, game development and architectural companies worldwide, including Boeing, NASA, Daimler Chrysler, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts, Buf Compagnie and many others. www.realviz.com

Copyright 2005 REALVIZ. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated

(First posted on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 12:49 EST)

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