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IPIX claims LivePicture's PhotoVista infringes patentBy Molly FurzerA new version of LivePicture's panoramic image stitching program, PhotoVista, has been released to comply with claims made by software company Interactive Pictures that the program infringes its patents.

Interactive Pictures markets IPIX builder (see ARN October 22), a software application that creates 360 degree images. Interactive Pictures claims that specific capabilities of the original version of PhotoVista, released in Australia in July, infringe its patented IPIX technology.

Stacey Moring, customer relations manager with LivePicture in the US, sent an e-mail to all registered users of PhotoVista stating that LivePicture agreed to modify the program, removing support for "certain fisheye and wide-angle rectilinear lenses in recognition of IPIX patents in this area" - specifically 8mm lenses, fisheye lenses of less than 15mm and wide-angle rectilinear lenses with a focal length less than 13mm.

The e-mail read, "While Live Picture recognises IPIX patents, there is no proof that PhotoVista infringes on them.

"Rather than spend the time and money defending our technology, we are choosing to focus our resources on making PhotoVista the premier VR imaging tool for creating photo-quality, immersive images on the Web."

Registered users of PhotoVista are invited to upgrade to the new version, 1.0.1, by download-ing the program from www.livepicture.com/ download/photovista.html Sites to bookmarkDriversHQ.comwww.drivershq.comThis is the one-stop shop for info on drivers. DriversHQ will guide you in the right direction for drivers of all types and brands. As the Web site proclaims, DriversHQ "has been formed for everyone who has searched the WWW for new and updated drivers for their hardware". Some hardware drivers are available for downloading at the site, whilst for others, hyperlinks send the visitor to the appropriate pages of vendor sites.

Tom's Hardware Guide

www.sysdoc.pair.com

Tom is a German lad who fell in love with electronics as a young boy. At 14 he mastered the school computer system - he wasn't a hacker but wished he was.

Tom's Hardware and Performance Guide basically covers all types of hardware: motherboards, CPUs, chip sets, RAM and hard disks. Tom publishes his own reviews and lab tests of products independently - read about the so-called "Intel press incident" where Tom claims Intel attempted to pressure him and two magazines, threatening court action (www. sysdoc.pair.com/intel.html).

Monster Board Australia

www.monsterboard.com.au

Monster Board is an online recruitment agency managed by TMP Worldwide (a worldwide recruitment advertising agency). This site joins the company's other Monster Board sites (in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand) posting job advertisements for a fee.

Job seekers can post their resumes on the site, search the site for appropriate jobs and take a look at employer profiles at no cost.by Molly FurzerUlead ships Web graphics plug-ins for PhotoshopBy Molly FurzerTaiwan-based imaging software company Ulead Systems has released a collection of Web graphics design plug-ins and utilities in a new package called WebRazor.

Retailing at $199 RRP, WebRazor includes plug-ins such as a 3D buttoniser, a frames and shadows plug-in, a drop shadow effect, a background designer and an image map tag generator. The plug-ins are all 32-bit and compatible with Photoshop versions 3.0 and 4.0, Micrografx Picture Publisher, JASC's Paint-shopPro, Corel Photo Paint and stand-alone modules of WebRazor can be used with other Windows 95 and NT programs.

Also included in the package is the Ulead GIF Animator 1.5, the Ulead Photo Explorer 4.2 (which displays images and video files as thumbnail images), and two optimisation tools: the Ulead GIF/JPEG SmartSaver 2.0 and the Ulead Animation SmartSaver 2.0 - both providing compression control to cut the excess fat off graphics and animations for Web use.

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