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MetaCreations Ships Web Edition Of Painter

As an upgrade to its flagship paint and image-editing software, MetaCreations released Painter 5.5 Web Edition.

As well as catering for the needs of professional artists who are creating artwork for the print medium, Painter now offers full facilities for Web designers, including a library of one thousand Web-ready images, the vendor stated.

"Painter 5.5 Web Edition expands the creative options for Web designers, giving them a combination of control and creative Natural-Media tools that they will not find in any other graphics design software available today," said John Leddy, VP and general manager of MetaCreations' Professional Products Group. "Our goal is to give graphics professionals tools for creating distinctive Web images that will load quickly even for users with low bandwidth connections."

Among the new features in Painter 5.5 Web Edition are: image slicing, dynamic text, JavaScript rollover support, and easy custom button creation. Image slicing is designed to let the designer create space-efficient graphics for the Web. The Dynamic Text tool allows positioning and editing of text directly on an image, with facilities to rotate, tilt, stretch, and color it. The software automatically generate JavaScript code for adding interactivity to Web sites. Painter's Bevel World feature enables the creation of customized buttons complete with lighting effects and surface textures, the company said.

Painter 5.5 Web Edition for Windows 95 and NT costs $299. Upgrades for registered users of Painter 5 cost $79, while upgrades from Painter 4 are $129.



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