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PRESS RELEASE: LumaPix Updates FotoFusion Photo Editing Software

MONTREAL, Quebec -- Feb. 26 -- LumaPix, publisher of the acclaimed FotoFusion photo editing software, is very pleased to announce the release of LumaPix::FotoFusion Version 4.2. This version responds to user feedback and further refines the easy-to-use image layout editing tools in this affordably priced photo software. This upgrade is free to v4.0 and v4.1 users and available at a discount to v3 users at http://www.LumaPix.com.

What is FotoFusion?

LumaPix::FotoFusion is a standalone PC-based professional photography studio software package used to create wedding albums, class composites, senior portraits, scrapbooks and other complex image layouts. It includes power tools to automatically arrange images into multi-page albums, to non-destructively edit those layouts and the images they contain and to output the results at any resolution -- from email up to larger formats. David Ziser, a Kodak mentor and internationally-renowned photographer and lecturer, notes:

"The most important tool for any digital photographer is his/her digital camera. The second most important tool is the LumaPix::FotoFusion layout software; it is the keystone software in our digital production workflow. It's unbelievable the ease, speed, simplicity and time savings that FotoFusion brings to your digital designs! It is the only album design tool you will ever need."

New Features

LumaPix introduced FotoFusion v4.1 recently with new features that included:

• An easier, more intuitive interface

• Enhanced tool functions

• Powerful text editing features

• Expanded language support

• Redesigned data management

• Improved sheets, albums and templates in the dotscrap library

Louis Cipollini of Artistic Imagery comments: "I watched a demo of LumaPix::FotoFusion at PMA and was amazed at the capabilities that FotoFusion has to offer. Still skeptical, I downloaded the trial version and within 20 minutes I was creating great looking pages -- and I am not a designer. I showed my staff how FotoFusion worked and their first question was 'when can we start using it'. We now own several licenses and will be adding more soon. This is the best album design tool I have ever seen."

What's New

LumaPix::FotoFusion Version 4.2 has built on and advanced many of the photo software features that made v4.1 so successful. New features in v4.2 include:

Export/Print Improvements

• Export cropping options expanded to: canvas only, canvas + bleed, canvas +bleed + overhang

• User-defined image information overlay now available as output option

• Zoom-to-fit preview of exported images

• Album preview theme added to Email and Web options

Data Management

• Buckets can now be renamed

• Bucket icon indicates number of contained images

• Bucket icon indicates most-recently-dropped image

• Images imported from USB devices offer 'copy or refer' option

• "Go to page where image is used" option on image thumbnails

dotScrap Marketplace

• List of free content now available in large clickable list

Other Improvements

• User-defined canvas size presets

• Control-click on color chip sets it to black/white

• Single page layouts (cameos) excluded from page numbering

• Snap image upright added to right-mouse list

• Exif tag list sorted by name, with frequently-used at top

• Frame number not drawn over empty frames

Availability and Pricing

New licenses of LumaPix::FotoFusion v4.2 are available immediately for Windows 2000, XP and Vista for $39.95 to $299.95, depending on features selected. Visit http://www.LumaPix.com for a free software download.

LumaPix::FotoFusion v4.2 is a free upgrade to existing LumaPix customers who purchased FotoFusion on or after Sept. 1, 2006. Earlier users are invited to upgrade at a discount at the LumaPix Web site.

(First posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 22:53 EST)

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