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Message Text: Light Crafts today announced availability of LightZone, a new photo editing software tool designed for professional and avid photographers.

The software is being demonstrated at PhotoPlus Expo in booth 1174, October 20-22, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, in New York, NY.

Key features in LightZone include:

StudioZone. An image viewer and file browser, StudioZone lets photographers view, print and publish their photographs using a true digital negative format. A search function, with metadata search, helps you find specific images in an instant. An integrated RAW converter provides a seamless workflow from camera media to LightZone.

ZoneFinder. Using patent-pending technology, ZoneFinder analyzes and displays an image in shapes and tonal values, just as photographers pre-visualize their prints.

ZoneMapper. ZoneMapper provides an easier way to control and adjust the light and tonal values of an image. ZoneMapper is a powerful way to precisely remap tonal values for color correction, to set the optimal points for highlights and shadows, and to correct contrast.

RegionMapper. RegionMapper simplifies selecting even the most complicated regions of an image and it expertly blends the effects of the tools and transformations with the rest of the image. This simple technique provides precise and accurate control of the area being edited.

True Non-Destructive Editing. A rendering engine eliminates the need to store multiple copies of an image and reduces the storage required for edited images. RAW images are not converted to intermediate file types, and can be retouched with professional results using LightZone's editing tools. LightZone's nondestructive image processing engine does not alter any portion of the original image file, so photographers can modify or delete changes at any point in their workflow. Now photographers can create multiple versions of an image without duplicating files or using up large amounts of hard drive space.

Linear color space. LightZone manipulates color images in a linear color space, allowing more precise calculations for consistent color and predictable results on a display or on paper.

LightZone for Macintosh is available immediately at www.lightcrafts.com for $249.95 (U.S. Suggested List Price). LightZone for Windows will be available in November. Customers also have the option of downloading a free 30-day trial version. LightZone for Macintosh supports Mac OS X v.10.3.9 or later. LightZone for Windows supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
 
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