Microsoft Intros New Imaging Software

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Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft announced new versions of its digital imaging software, incorporating new image enhancement features such as a tool designed to correct camera phone images.

Digital Image Suite 10, for a suggested $129.99, combines Microsoft Digital Image Library 10 for image organization and Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10 for image editing. Digital Imagine Pro 10 will also be sold separately for a suggested retail of $89.95.

Digital Image Suite 10 includes three new Auto Fixes for common photo maladies. The new Exposure Auto Fix automatically adjusts the brightness and contrast of an image, and the new Color Auto Fix analyzes and automatically corrects the color and light in the image by changing the source lighting, saturation and color balance.

Digital Image Suite's third new Camera Phone Auto Fix corrects color casting and digital noise that typically mar camera phone photos.

Digital Image Suite 10 includes two new toolsets for color and lighting correction. Users can adjust the color temperature to the source lighting and saturation levels of their pictures. In addition, both toolsets provide new Levels and Curves tool to alter the luminosity, color and saturation properties of an image.

According to Microsoft, the ability to adjust the saturation curve is only available in its digital imaging software.

Microsoft’s image organizer, Digital Image Library 10, features a five-star photo rating system, keyword assignments and the ability to find photos with shared characteristics. The program adds new flags that let users mark photos to remind them of tasks they need to perform. The flags include two custom modes, For Reivew, Needs Touchup, To Share and To Print.

The company will also incorporate Picture It! Library 10 in its Picture It! Premium 10 imaging software for photo organizing. Picture It! will carry a suggested $49.95 retail price.

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