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Stone Design Ships Latest Stone Studio™
with free 30 Day Trial
Albuquerque, January 29, 2002 - Stone Design today announced immediate availability of new versions of all seven applications included in Stone Studio™, its flagship suite of applications designed from the ground up to take advantage of Mac OS X.
Stone Design has added automatic 30 day full strength trial licenses, that begin when you first launch the apps while connected to the Internet. Upgrading to this version is free for all current users and downloadable from http://www.stone.com and Apple’s iDisk.
Stone Studio now provides printable PDF versions of all of its online help, along with the fully-indexed and searchable Apple Help versions already included inside each application.
Create® 10.5, Stone Design’s drawing, page layout, and web page authoring application, has new cool Aqua art and effects, support for superscripting and subscripting in web output, and numerous fixes. There is a new Web forms tutorial under Help->Tutorials, as well as new online tutorials at http://www.stone.com/tutorials/
Stone Design CEO, Andrew Stone, notes “We are always working to improve our software. The fun of working with software is that it’s not set in stone; we can continually improve it in response to user comments and our own ideas. This release features an automatic 30 day trial license which lets you fully experience the difference between legacy ported Carbon apps and truly native and fully integrated Cocoa applications like Create and the rest of the Stone Studio.”
PStill™2.0, Stone’s PostScript to PDF distiller, features improved stability. “PStill users can now get even greater value by downloading our free applications, TrueBlue and DOCtor. TrueBlue lets you use your TrueType fonts with PStill, and DOCtor translates Word documents to EPS and, if you have PStill, to PDF.”
Stone Studio™, which recently received a “Freakin’ Awesome” rating from MacAddict Magazine, includes applications to do graphic design with page layout and web publishing features, manage digital photos, track time and bill clients, and produce PDF from PostScript files. Stone Studio™ includes the following applications:
Create® 10.5 for Mac OS X is a draw and layout application built on the idea that everything is an object. Patterns, blends, effects, art, and pages can be dragged and dropped to create multipage documents. Features include web page authoring, instant graphic conversion, autotracing, animation, multiple document master pages, patterns, neon, and special graphics and text effects.
PhotoToWeb® 1.4 manages digital photographs and produces websites from albums of images. It can produce thumbnails, do slide shows, and annotate, crop, rotate and scale images to produce configurable web sites. Users can set the background and navigation bars and can save album styles for future use.
PStill™ 2.0 converts EPS/PS and other conforming PostScript to the Portable Document Format (PDF). Its EPS filter allows viewing EPS directly on Mac OS X in any application as antialiased PDF.
PackUpAndGo™ 2.1.6 creates compressed archive files (.tar.gz) from dragged in files and folders and automatically uncompresses dragged in archive files. With many user preferences, this application puts a graphical user interface on Unix archiving and compression commands, making it easy for the user to create compressed backups or prepare folders for mailing.
TimeEqualsMoney™ 1.4 tracks time spent for clients, and produces invoices and reports automatically.
GIFfun™ 3.1.5 creates web animations quickly and easily, using drag and drop technology. The source code to GIFfun is also available online.
CEO Stone adds, “The true power of OS X shows when you use the apps together. Use Create to make a navigation bar image. Drag it into SliceAndDice to slice it into pieces, and drag the pieces back into the custom navigation bar controls in Create and PhotoToWeb. Install PStill and then drag EPS files directly in Create. Generate your website in Create or PhotoToWeb and drag the resulting folder into PackUpAndGo to make an archive that can be easily transferred to a web server. It’s all seamless.”
Stone Studio™ is available online at the Stone Store or at any of the Apple Stores. Stone Design has extended its low introductory pricing: $299 through February 14th, 2002. Each application can also be purchased separately at the Stone Design Store.
Stone Design Corporation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was incorporated in 1984 and was the first developer to ship a product on NeXT hardware in 1989 with the release of TextArt. Since then, Stone Design has been a leader in innovative shrinkwrap software in the NEXTSTEP/OpenStep/Mac OS X Server marketplace. Create® - the high end drawing and web page making package - is Mac OS X’s first Cocoa native design application. Create®, PhotoToWeb®, GIFfun™, SliceAndDice™, TimeEqualsMoney™ and PackUpAndGo™ are Stone Design trademarks. Other names are trademarked by their respective companies.