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Microsoft Updates Photo-Editing Software

Microsoft Corp. is releasing a new version of its Picture It! photo-editing software.

Part of the Microsoft Graphics Studio range, Picture It! 99 has expanded editing and enhancement capabilities, greater ease of use, and it comes with two CD's of templates, project ideas and clip-art, the company said. For home and small-business users, it offers professional-quality digital imaging functionality.

One of the favorite applications of Picture It! has been the elimination of "red eye" from photographs taken with flash. This, and other, more complex editing tasks, are now made easier in the latest version, Microsoft said. Using Picture It! 99, users can create fantasy vacation photos complete with sounds and music, and e-mail them to friends. Microsoft suggests many other applications, such as creating trading cards, or personalized photo calendars, adding that the CDs that come with the product are full of other ideas.

"We have managed to improve an already great product by listening to what users told us was most important to them. We didn't mess with a good thing--we only made it better!"

Picture It! 99 can be purchased on its own, or as part of a bundled system. For example, it is part of Hewlett-Packard's PhotoSmart PC photography system, which includes the HP Photo Smart printer, scanner and digital camera. On its own Picture It! 99 costs $54.95 and is scheduled for nationwide availability later this month.