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Stone Design Ships Latest Stone Studio™
with New Features
Albuquerque NM, April 30 2002 - Stone Design, the oldest and original Mac OS X software house, 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 in Cocoa to take advantage of Mac OS X.
Stone Design has added Danish and Dutch to the list of languages built into Stone Studio, which include French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese and English. Upgrading to this version is free for all current users and downloadable from http://www.stone.com.
All seven of the applications have a new menu item under the application name: “Check for Updates”. This allows realtime checking to see if you have the latest version of the Stone Studio - and directs you to the Stone Design download site if you do not.
Create®, Stone Design’s drawing, page layout, and web page authoring application, now features Text Styles - you can visually encapsulate styles which can be then applied to text, and when updated, update all the text in the document with that style.
Hyphenation is now available on a per document basis, and there are other performance and stability enhancements which make it worth your while to download this new version. Read the full description of new features and enhancements.
SliceAndDice now lets you zoom in on your image, and you can display the dividers in another color by holding down the Control key while selecting.
Stone Design CEO, Andrew Stone, notes “We are always working to improve our software. The beauty 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. Because we don’t charge for upgrades, current users can download and install the latest versions and take advantage of our work starting today.”
Stone Studio 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.
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® 10.5.4 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® 1.4.4 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. 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™ 2.2.1 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™ 2.3.1 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™ 1.4.3 tracks time spent for clients, and produces invoices and reports automatically.
GIFfun™ 3.1.8 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 May 31, 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.