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Stone Design Announces
Free Upgrades For Life
And New Versions for Jaguar
Albuquerque, August 26, 2002 - Stone Design, the oldest and original Mac OS X software house, today announced that registered users of Stone’s software will never have to pay for upgrades to the software. Stone also announced immediate availability of new versions of all seven applications included in Stone Studio™, its flagship suite of applications designed from the ground up in Cocoa to take advantage of Mac OS X. These versions address Jaguar issues and provide speed and performance enhancements.
Stone Design’s founder and CEO, Andrew Stone, notes, “We believe in the OS X community and Being Different. People have come to us with tales of woe of how they are constantly being forced to pay for upgrades to software—and we’re ready to challenge that metaphor by offering free upgrades forever! Buy the Stone Studio and you’ll be able to always download and use the latest version, without paying a dime.”
Stone adds, “We believe we can be successful this way because it’s what people want. We want people who support our philosophy to buy once and be part of our community forever.”
The new versions of Stone Design’s software fix some minor issues with Mac OS X 10.2. In addition, Jaguar users can take advantage of new features, including InkWell, the new color picker which includes Crayon colors, and additional text features, including the character palette and centered, decimal, and right-justified tab stops.
Stone Studio™, which 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® 10.6 for Mac OS X is a vector illustration, page layout and web authoring 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® 1.4.8 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. Turn CDs of photos into a giant linked website. Users can set the background and navigation bars and can save album styles for future use.
PStill™ 2.3.2 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. New features include combining multiple files into one PDF file and converting any graphic image format to PDF. Stone Design provides two free applications, TrueBlue and DOCtor, which enhance PStill.
PackUpAndGo™ 2.3.5 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™ 2.1 tracks time and billable expenses for clients, and produces invoices and reports automatically.
GIFfun™ 3.3 creates web animations quickly and easily, using drag and drop technology. The source code to GIFfun is also available online.
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 September 30, 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.