iMaginator 5.0 hits Mac App Store - Image Processing Fast and Fun

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[] Albuquerque, New Mexico - Stone Design, the original Mac OS X software house with over 24 years of experience, today announced immediate availability of iMaginator 5.0 directly from the Mac App Store with an introductory price of just $9.99 (normally $49).

iMaginator, the powerful image processing and painting application, provides an intuitive and easy to use interface for manipulating and collaging images. It gives both home users and graphics professionals instant access to over 125 effects, transitions, and filters.

With iMaginator, users can layer images, paint and text, and apply, modify, and re-order multiple effects to achieve subtle enhancements or astounding artistic results from any photo or image. Crop, scale, rotate, flip, skew, change exposure and brighten images in real time, and then save processed images as industry-standard TIFF or JPEG files, and even create QuickTime movies showing the effects changing over time.

Mask images and erase or replace any set of colors. Replicate and reuse the base image any number of times. Start with a blank canvas and create montages. Just add you!

Each overlayed Image or Text can have its own chain of Sub Effects to create independent effects in different parts of the canvas - for example, text wrapped around a sphere, or a glassy or blurred overlayed image, or pictures of people each with an oval crop with fadeout.

"Add Sub Effects" allows any number of filter chains from the list or menu, or drag on an effect from the library. Apply subchains to sub effects of type text or image.

According to Stone Design CEO and chief software architect Andrew Stone, "The Mac App Store makes it so easy to get great software - and at this intro price of under $10, it's a must-have piece of software. iMaginator lets you create compositions with any number of images and text, each with their own chain of Sub Effects. Given its infinite expandability and ease of use, we believe that iMaginator should be in the toolbox of everyone who uses images on Mac OS X, whether for print publications, websites or photo albums."

Incorporates Latest Technologies

"Innovative Snow Leopard technologies like Core Image and Spotlight make it the best platform for anyone working with digital images," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Stone Design has done a great job with iMaginator and we're thrilled they continue to deliver creative applications for Mac OS X users."

iMaginator takes any Core Image "Image Unit" and automatically creates an interface for accessing the unit's options. It will load and display all of the Image Units that are provided with Tiger, including blurs, color adjustments, distortions, styles, compositing effects, edge sharpeners and transitions, as well as any custom image units provided by third parties. In addition, it comes with nine custom plug-ins from Stone Design, including Mask by Color, Oval Mask, Crop Fade Mask, Make Transparent, Colorize, Fun Mirror, Grayscale and Polka Dots.

iMaginator can fit into a professional workflow, with both built-in batch processing and Applescriptability. Sequences of effects with set parameters, known as an "Effects Chain", can be saved and re-used with the drag and drop Library. iMaginator incorporates Spotlight technology for instant searching on user-supplied keywords and image and effect names. iMaginator is a LinkBack server: iMaginator images copied and pasted into a LinkBack client (like Stone Design's flagship page layout and web authoring application, Create(R)) can be easily modified in iMaginator, with saved changes appearing instantly in the LInkBack client document.

Instantly Apply Effects to Images:
* Overlay Text, other Images, and Paint
* Instantly Apply Hundreds of Effects
* Drag on Photos - including RAW format
* Edit Images non-destructively
* Paint and Erase in layers
* Each layer can have it's own Effects

Working With Images:
* Intuitive All-In-One Interface
* Zoom In and Out
* Full Screen Preview
* Full Screen Movies
* Unlimited Undo
* Rulers, Guides & Cropping
* Turn layers and Effects on or off

Save to Many Formats:
* Drag out images from Image Well
* Save as TIFF, JPG, PNG or QuickTime Movie
* Save Effect Chains & Images in Library
* Make Thumbnails of any Size
* Add EXIF & Photo Tags

Powered by CoreImage and iLife:
* 115 native Effects and Filters
* 12 custom Core Image Unit PlugIns
* Automatically loads new PlugIns
* Drop on effects from Videator
* Drop In assets from iPhoto and Create

Expert Features:
* Batch Processing of Folders of Images
* LinkBack Server for use w/Create(R)
* AppleScriptable

Snow Leopard Ready + Online Help:
* Super Fast Rendering
* SpotLight plugIn
* Find Effects Fast
* Searchable Help and Downloadable PDF

Inexpensive and Shipping Now:
Stone continues, "You don't need to be a pro to make eye-popping graphics. Download iMaginator, and you'll be amazed at what you can do to spice up your pictures. There are image apps that cost over 50 times as much, but they certainly don't have that many more features. At only $9.99, it's a must-have piece of software!".

System Requirements (Mac App Store):
* Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

Pricing and Availability:
iMaginator 5.0 is offers at the introductory price of only $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Photography category.

Stone Design is a New Mexico based software corporation founded in 1984 by Andrew Stone which has shipped over 20 titles for Mac OS X and its parent operating system, the NeXT, in the last 24 years - and over a dozen titles for iPhone and iPad in the last 4. In the past year, in conjunction with BigStonePhone, has added 6 iPhone applications to the collection. BigStonePhone is a collaboration between Stone, Jeff BIggus of Hyperjeff, artist and UI designer Ollie Wagner and Geoff Pado on SoundBite. Copyright (C) 1984-2011 Stone Design. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.