CyberLink has launched PhotoDirector 2011, an advanced photo-editing software package. It will compete with the likes of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.
CyberLink, which is better known for its video-editing software, is entering a market that is clearly split in two.
Paid-for software typically costing £30 and up, like Adobe Photoshop Elements, is facing increased competition from free software such as Google Picnik. PhotoDirector 2011 will be available in early August for an initial price of £80.
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CyberLink hopes to attract keen photographers with PhotoDirector 2011. It offers RAW support for high quality image editing. Some more expensive cameras, for example Digital SLRs and bridge cameras, can be set to record in RAW images, as well as the more usual JPEG.
PhotoDirector 2011 also comes with access to CyberLink’s online DirectorZone. This allows you to share and download a number of preset effects that can be applied to photos, avoiding the need to adjust your photos manually.
Buyers of PhotoDirector 2011 will be entitled to a free of charge upgrade when the next version, presumably 2012, is launched.
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