Ulead Systems Releases Ulead SmartSaver Pro 3.0: Advanced Batch Optimization and Table-Based Graphics Composition

Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing and Web graphic applications, today announced the immediate availability of Ulead SmartSaver Pro 3.0, the latest version of Ulead’s highly acclaimed Web graphics compression and production tool.

“SmartSaver Pro 3.0 leads the pack among graphics production tools — both in price and performance,” said Danielle Liao, president of Ulead Systems, Inc. “Version 3.0 delivers a potent table-based graphics composition model and enhancements to a top-notch optimization engine. This coupled with powerful new batch compression options and advanced JavaScript rollover features give designers all they need to prepare their images for the Web.”

Functioning as a Photoshop plug-in or a stand-alone application, SmartSaver Pro gives users the choice of working seamlessly in their favorite image editing application or as a robust stand-alone program.

Version 3.0 introduces new features that make it easier to get images and animations ready for Web publication. The main components include tools for image optimization, slicing, image map creation, JavaScript rollovers and table-based graphics creation.

SmartSaver Pro allows automated optimization of all images on a Web page both online or locally, saving Webmasters valuable time. As well, SmartSaver Pro offers the most advanced options for creating one-to-one, one-to-many and distance rollovers that use images, animations and audio.

Outstanding Optimization
SmartSaver Pro’s new batch optimization features let Webmasters optimize images from HTML. Users simply type in a URL or specify a Web page’s location on the local drive and SmartSaver will detect all the images on the page and batch compress the specified files to the chosen format and settings. It can also auto-detect the original file format and re-optimize to the same format, then automatically save to the proper folders. This unique feature will save Webmasters a lot of time when re-optimizing images already on their Web sites.

Users can specify specific files or folders to batch optimize and compress to specified or original file formats, resample images while retaining the original proportions, and re-name images as desired.

Enhanced compression options deliver better optimization results. Users can now set JPEG image quality as well as color quality (chroma) for better compression, while lossy GIF features allow for smaller GIF files. Users can also specify the amount of dithering for GIF and PNG formats as well as snap colors to a Web palette, lock palettes and specify GIF and JPEG transparency.

Powerful Graphics Production
New table management features deliver flexible slicing and full control over table layers like cell background, cell image and rollover image. Each layer can be optimized individually and users can load images or animations to any layer. This is especially useful for larger graphics that incorporate either rollover areas or animations. SmartSaver Pro automatically generates all of the HTML table code.

Added options for rollovers let users easily create advanced JavaScript rollovers including animated and audio rollovers and multiple rollovers for individual cells.

Professional Productivity
Visual open makes it easy to find the right graphics, while enhanced preview options allow not only IE and Netscape previews, but previews of simulated displays of the Apple Macintosh system, and a 256-color display. A special full screen preview mode lets users view and reposition images to an absolute position on the Web page and save it to the HTML code as well as update the HTML code for previous projects.

Expanded file format support allows users to import Photoshop files (.PSD) while retaining the layers in order to create an animated GIF. A convenient tab-based interface and customizable presets speed up the Web production process.

With advanced batch optimization and production features not found in other Web production tools, SmartSaver Pro delivers the right solution at the right price with the right integration for professional and enthusiast Webmasters alike.

Pricing and Availability
Ulead SmartSaver Pro 3.0 will be available from online stores in late May 2000. The estimated ESD price for SmartSaver Pro 3.0 is $59.95. Owners of SmartSaver Pro 2.0 may upgrade to version 3.0 for $34.95. For more information on SmartSaver Pro and other Ulead products, visit Ulead’s sites at http://www.ulead.com or http://www.webutilities.com.

About Ulead Systems
Ulead Systems, Inc. develops innovative video, imaging and Web graphics applications to help users communicate their ideas effectively and creatively to audiences around the world. The company’s award-winning products include Ulead PhotoImpact, Ulead VideoStudio, MediaStudio Pro, Ulead Photo Express, Ulead COOL 3D, Ulead GIF Animator, Ulead GIF-X.Plugin, Ulead Photo Explorer and Ulead COOL 360. Ulead also supports the burgeoning Web graphics community with a robust Web site and a cutting-edge line of Web Utilities software products that focus specifically on Web graphics and animation design. For more information on the company, its products and services, please visit Ulead’s site at http://www.ulead.com .

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