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Ulead Unveils Image Tool

Ulead Systems has entered the immersive imaging category of the Internet product market with Ulead COOL 360, a tool for creating panoramas from any digitized sequence of photos.

At $39.95, the new product has extensive features for creating panoramas for print or the World Wide Web. Among COOL 360's features is the New Project Wizard, which lets users define the type of panorama--wide-angle or full 360 degrees--and then guides them through the process of acquiring the images from a TWAIN-compliant scanner or digital camera. It has pre-defined settings for nearly all digital cameras and can optimize the results from each of them.

COOL 360 has a powerful algorithm for automatic stitching and intelligent blending and warping of the photos. With both manual and automatic tools, it allows perspective, hue, saturation, brightness or contrast between sets of photographs to be adjusted. Output options include pasting to documents and presentations, or delivery via e-mail, HTML, or as standalone .exe files.

"For 10 years now, Ulead Systems has been known as a developer of easy, affordable software products that allow PC users to reach their creative potential," said Liming Chen, president of Ulead Systems. "Ulead is proud to continue this tradition by moving into the exciting realm of immersive imaging. COOL 360 is another expression of our commitment to provide digital photographers with leading technologies."

To view an HTML-based panorama on the Web, the user needs to download a Ulead Panorama Viewer plug-in.