Software Briefs: Photoshop, StarOffice, WebRaven

Software Briefs: Photoshop, StarOffice, WebRaven

A new Photoshop

Adobe has released the seventh version of its popular imaging tool Photoshop, promising a swag of new features fit for any designer or publisher. The most hyped new features of Photoshop 7.0 are a "Healing Brush" for easier retouching of images, and a refined file management system. The vendor has also bundled in an advanced Web component to Photoshop named "ImageReady", which compresses images for Internet use while minimising the effects such activity has on the quality of the image. Photoshop 7.0 runs natively on Mac OSX and Windows XP and will ship by the second quarter of 2002. Recommended pricing is around $1799, with upgrades from $339 and educational pricing starting at $663.

Sun rethinks Star Office

According to several European reports, Sun Microsystems is reconsidering its strategy of giving out free versions of its Star Office productivity software to Linux and Windows users. The Star Office package had been freely distributed ever since Sun Microsystems acquired Germany's Star Division in August 1999. Reports suggest that when Sun releases Star Office version 6.0 in May, the vendor will now only give the productivity software free to users of its Solaris operating system, and will charge licence fees for other operating systems. A spokesperson for Sun in Australia confirmed the vendor was reconsidering its pricing policy but said that no changes had yet been made official. What they could confirm was that the beta version of Star Office 6.0 was far more popular than version 5.2.

WebRaven enters US

Queensland-based application developer WebRaven has found itself a US reseller in LearnKey, a specialist in online learning. WebRaven develops a learning management system for enterprise customers that need to customise and manage multiple e-learning courses across multiple locations and departments.

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