Corel MediaOne Plus

September 18, 2007 | Mark Goldstein | Software | Comment |

Corel MediaOne PlusCorel MediaOne Plus is fast, fun and easy photo and video software. “Our focus with Corel MediaOne Plus was to create a software package that would provide users with the perfect companion to their point-and-shoot digital camera,” said Denise MacDonell, Director of Product Management, Digital Media at Corel.  Previously known as Corel Snapfire Plus, MediaOne Plus adds online backup and sharing with Sharpcast, new creative templates, DVD authoring and a simpler user interface. Corel MediaOne Plus is available now for $49.99 (US and Canada). Corel MediaOne Starter edition is also available as a free download.

Corel Press Release

New Release from Company’s Digital Media Lineup Gives Consumers Everything They Need to Easily Organize, Enhance, Share and Protect Digital Photos and Videos in One Easy-to-Use Application

OTTAWA – September 18, 2007 – Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity, and digital media software, today announced the launch of Corel® MediaOne® Plus, the newest release from Corel’s expanded digital media portfolio. The best choice for point-and-shoot digital camera users who want to express their creativity as well as organize, edit and share their photos and video clips, Corel MediaOne Plus is the fast, fun and easy photo and video software. With easy-to-use tools for photo retouching, effortless organization, simple video editing and automatic online backup and sharing from Sharpcast™, Corel MediaOne Plus is the ideal software solution to enrich the way consumers live, work and play.

Previously known as Corel® Snapfire™ Plus, Corel MediaOne Plus has been renamed and redesigned to reflect the growing consumer demand for multimedia-savvy software. The new features in Corel MediaOne Plus enable users to easily combine photos, video clips, transitions and music to create more engaging and entertaining photo and video projects including scrapbook pages and slide shows. With Corel MediaOne Plus, users can also easily share photos and video clips online or on CD/DVD, making it an ideal choice for today’s “memory keepers” who take pride in capturing life’s special memories and sharing them with family and friends. With the inclusion of Sharpcast, photos are safely preserved with automatic online backup, allowing users to spend less time worrying about the safety of their photos and spend more time being creative.

“Our focus with Corel MediaOne Plus was to create a software package that would provide users with the perfect companion to their point-and-shoot digital camera,” said Denise MacDonell, Director of Product Management, Digital Media at Corel. “We worked closely with customers to create a fast, fun and easy-to-use photo and video software that encourages users to express their creativity while keeping their digital memories organized, safe and secure.”

Two Versions: Corel MediaOne Plus and Corel MediaOne Starter
Corel MediaOne is available in two versions:  Corel MediaOne Plus provides users with the ability to edit photos and videos as well as create and print projects and slide shows. Corel MediaOne Plus also provides hundreds of photo and video templates including photo frames, picture tubes, photo embellishments and makeover tools that remove blemishes, whiten smiles, remove red eye and apply a suntan. Corel MediaOne Plus has a suggested retail price of $49.99 (US and Canada).

Corel MediaOne Starter includes basic tools for editing photos as well as creating and sharing print projects and slide shows. Corel MediaOne Starter is free and includes a 30-day preview of the additional features available in Corel MediaOne Plus. Corel MediaOne Starter is available as a free download beginning today at www.corel.com/mediaone. 

New features in Corel MediaOne Plus include:
·      Online Backup and Sharing with Sharpcast – Users no longer have to worry about preserving and sharing their favorite photos thanks to the inclusion of Sharpcast in Corel MediaOne Plus and Corel MediaOne Starter. New pictures are backed up automatically, preserving an unlimited number of precious photos for life. Users can backup full-resolution pictures for 30 days at which time images are resized to a maximum of 1600 x 1200 pixels, suitable for a 5 x 7 print. Customers who wish to maintain photos at their full resolution for longer periods of time can subscribe to a Sharpcast premium plan. Sharpcast also automatically creates a private online gallery of backed-up photos, which users can access securely from any web browser to share their photo collections with family and friends.
·      Professionally-designed, Creative Templates – Corel MediaOne Plus includes hundreds of new creative backdrops, picture tubes, photo frames, designs and layouts, including professionally-designed templates from Sandra Magsamen (www.sandramagsamen.com) and Smilebox™ (www.smilebox.com). These additions give users even more opportunities to put their own personal touch on scrapbook pages and slide shows. 
·      Built-in DVD Authoring – Corel MediaOne Plus now records video clips and slide shows onto DVD, making it easy for users to entertain and impress their family and friends with videos and slide shows that can be watched on a TV or computer.
·      Improved Video Editing – Editing video is quicker and easier than ever before with the improved editing tools found in Corel MediaOne Plus. Users can simply select the beginning and end of each video clip on a slide bar continuum, and playback the edited video to ensure it captures the perfect memory to share with family and friends.
·      Faster Performance and a Simpler User Interface – In response to user feedback, Corel MediaOne Plus and Corel MediaOne Starter now feature an easier-to-use interface with clearly labeled tabs to help users quickly complete the most popular photo and video projects. Customers familiar with Corel Snapfire Plus will notice Corel MediaOne Plus and Corel MediaOne Starter have a significantly faster start-up time and cataloguing speed helping users to complete photo and video projects up to 50 percent faster. 

“Corel MediaOne Plus is a perfect software package for inspiring people and households to live artfully, said Sandra Magsamen, Author and Host of Living Artfully and Creator and Founder of Messages from the Heart. “More and more people are expressing their creativity and sharing what matters most to them through photos and videos. Corel’s approach with MediaOne Plus is to provide the tools and learning while giving users the ability to put their own personal stamp on each project that they can then share with their family and friends.”

Pricing and Availability
Corel MediaOne Plus is available beginning today at a suggested retail price of $49.99 (US and Canada) SRP. Corel MediaOne Plus may be purchased at designated retailers and resellers nationwide or from Corel’s website at www.corel.com/mediaone. Corel MediaOne Starter is also available beginning today as a free download at www.corel.com/mediaone. 

About Corel Corporation
Corel is a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software with more than 100 million users worldwide. The Company’s product portfolio includes some of the world’s most popular and widely recognized software brands including CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo, Corel® Painter™, Corel DESIGNER®, Corel® WordPerfect® Office, WinZip® and iGrafx®. In 2006, Corel acquired InterVideo, makers of WinDVD®, and Ulead, a leading developer of video, imaging and DVD authoring software. Designed to help people become more productive and express their creative potential, Corel’s software strives to set a higher standard for value with full-featured products that are easier to learn and use. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards recognizing Corel’s leadership in software innovation, design and value.

Corel’s products are sold in more than 75 countries through a well-established network of international resellers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, online providers and Corel’s global websites. The Company’s headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada with major offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Taiwan and Japan. Corel’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol CREL and on the TSX under the symbol CRE.

©2007 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel, Corel DESIGNER, CorelDRAW, MediaOne, Paint Shop Pro, Painter, Snapfire, WinDVD, iGrafx, InterVideo, Ulead, WordPerfect, WinDVD, WinZip and the Corel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned are used for identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.

Sharpcast Press Release

Sharpcast Powers Online Vault and Sharing for Corel’s MediaOne® Photo and Video Software

Leading Graphics Software Provider Licenses Sharpcast Platform to Offer Embedded Online Service Bridging Gap Between Online Storage and Offline Media

PALO ALTO, CALIF. (September 18, 2007) – Sharpcast, a top innovator in synchronization technology and converged consumer services, today announced Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX: CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, licensed Sharpcast’s Universal Synchronization & Convergence (USC) platform technology to integrate with its new Corel® MediaOne® Plus and Corel MediaOne Starter digital photo and video software. The Sharpcast platform enables a unique converged experience across PC, web and mobile devices for Corel MediaOne customers, automatically synchronizing local images from a PC hard drive into a private and secure online vault from which people can view, share or manage their backed up photos from any web browser and from select mobile phones.

Corel is the first of several major software industry players to license Sharpcast technology to help transform its offering from a standalone software solution to a hybrid software plus service combination that seamlessly connects people’s online and offline worlds. Sharpcast is working with leading software providers, wireless and internet service providers and OEM manufacturers to make consumer media ubiquitously available to people regardless of the number of different devices they have and whether they are online or offline.

Corel MediaOne, the newest release from Corel’s expanded digital media portfolio, offers easy-to-use tools for automatic online backup and sharing, photo retouching, organization and simple video editing. It is available beginning today at designated retailers and resellers nationwide or from Corel’s website at www.corel.com/mediaone. Customers can access the Sharpcast-powered backup, sharing and online gallery features from directly within the Corel MediaOne application.

The license agreement between Corel and Sharpcast provides Corel a fast and efficient path to market for its embedded backup, sharing and online gallery offerings, and extends Sharpcast’s service offering to millions of consumers through Corel’s strong retail and reseller presence and OEM distribution.

“We’re pleased to be working with industry leaders like Corel to deliver new converged online and offline applications that automatically protect and provide access to digital media from anywhere,” said Korak Mitra, vice president of sales and business development for Sharpcast. “We envision a world in which mobile devices, the web and PCs keep media and applications in sync automatically without any work required by the user. Corel MediaOne powered by Sharpcast is a step in that direction.”

“With automatic online backup and sharing capabilities from Sharpcast, Corel MediaOne users can focus on enhancing and sharing photos, videos and slide shows with their family and friends ”, said Denise MacDonell, Director of Product Management, Digital Media at Corel. “We are delighted to work with Sharpcast to provide their secure, award-winning service to our customers.”

Universal Synchronization and Convergence
The Sharpcast Universal Synchronization and Convergence platform is a data type-agnostic, real-time push synchronization platform designed specifically for convergence of user files and data across mobile phones, PCs and the web. It is built on patent-pending custom sync protocols optimized for transmission over wireless networks and the Internet, and designed to extend the power of desktop computer applications to the web and mobile devices while completely automating client-side backup, sharing, uploading and downloading functions for the mobile user. Any sending of files and metadata between PCs, mobile devices and the web happen seamlessly in the background.

The Sharpcast USC platform includes a synchronized online digital vault, vertical application modules that run on a wide variety of desktop and mobile platforms for deep handling of specific media types, and APIs for connecting to third-party applications, web services and social networks. It is available for license and deployment through software ISVs, wireless network operators, ISPs and OEMs worldwide.

About Sharpcast
An innovator in digital media and information synchronization, Sharpcast provides a category-defining hybrid software-services synchronization platform that delivers the absolute simplest way for people to back up, share, sync and access their digital content from anywhere regardless of what device they are on and whether they are online or off. A team of wireless and mobile industry veterans with a proven track record for building large-scale wireless data systems and successful software businesses founded Sharpcast in 2004 with a mission to make digital life simple. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

About Corel Corporation
Corel is a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software with more than 100 million users worldwide. The Company’s product portfolio includes some of the world’s most popular and widely recognized software brands including CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo, Corel® Painter™, Corel DESIGNER®, Corel® WordPerfect® Office, WinZip® and iGrafx®. In 2006, Corel acquired InterVideo, makers of WinDVD®, and Ulead, a leading developer of video, imaging and DVD authoring software. Designed to help people become more productive and express their creative potential, Corel’s software strives to set a higher standard for value with full-featured products that are easier to learn and use. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards recognizing Corel’s leadership in software innovation, design and value.

Corel’s products are sold in more than 75 countries through a well-established network of international resellers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, online providers and Corel’s global websites. The Company’s headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada with major offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Taiwan and Japan. Corel’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol CREL and on the TSX under the symbol CRE.

©2007 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel, Corel DESIGNER, CorelDRAW, MediaOne, Paint Shop Pro, Painter, Snapfire, WinDVD, iGrafx, InterVideo, Ulead, WordPerfect, WinDVD, WinZip and the Corel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned are used for identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners

Corel MediaOne Plus



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