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Serif - 11/18/2013
Serif Launches WebPlus X7
Individuals looking for a fast and affordable way to create unique professional-quality websites can now benefit from a powerful and
easy-to-use web design tool. WebPlus X7 from Serif, the award-winning creative software developer, is the complete website designer,
providing users with everything they need to quickly and easily get online without having any previous design experience.
WebPlus X7 is the only web design software that offers HTML5, the latest web standard, together with total flexibility in an easy,
drag-and-drop design system. It gives small businesses, charities, clubs and everyday computer users the power and flexibility to design
attractive and interactive websites optimised for any device – without needing any HTML coding experience.
“Websites are without doubt one of the best tools for promoting a business or sharing information,” says Ashley Hewson, Managing
Director at Serif. “Many people now use the internet at home or on mobile devices to search online for information or to research a
business before making a purchase, so it’s important for any company to have a well-designed website if they want to create the right
impression, engage with customers and boost sales.”
With WebPlus’ powerful built-in tools, users can create an unlimited number of sites and pages, design bespoke web graphics and banners,
plus add interactive social media gadgets, photos and videos. Novices can simply choose a pre-designed template that is fully customizable
and royalty-free, while more accomplished designers can create their own layouts with a host of incredibly flexible tools and advanced
This latest version boasts many new features, including native support for 64-bit operating systems, meaning all round performance is
improved when working on large, feature-rich projects. It also automatically publishes HTML5 code, so users can enjoy cleaner, more
compact code and efficient CSS styling, for a site that is faster and highly compatible with the latest mobile and tablet devices. In
addition, a slick new HTML5 video player can share advert-free MP4 videos anywhere on a site.
Other new features include a smart drag-and-drop form builder to design fully customizable forms for feedback, contact and sign-up.
There is also an Accommodation Booker tool designed specifically to help hospitality businesses manage their bookings quickly and
effectively. Plus a new Insert Asset menu helps add buttons, icons and graphics from the Asset Tab even quicker than before.
A brand new Startup Assistant offers instant access to the latest tutorials and a quick search for web templates. Users can even read the
latest WebPlus news and expert articles as soon as they are published. There is also a built-in web server, which quickly loads dynamic
content so users can see how their site looks and performs in any browser. Other new features include support for custom YouTube
playlists, Vimeo videos, more ready-made assets, improved slider animations, restore last session on startup, and an improved workspace.
“WebPlus X7 offers the next generation of web design for everyone to enjoy – regardless of previous experience. There is no need to be
online during the design phase and users can create everything from scratch including an unlimited number of pages, graphics, and logos
or use a ready-made template to suit their business, charity, club or personal endeavor. Users also don’t need to subscribe and are not tied
in to using our hosting. Building a website to meet your customer’s needs has never been easier with WebPlus X7.”
WebPlus X7 is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and retails at $119.99. It is available directly from Serif at www.serif.com and
includes a free 30 days hosting package with sub-domain web address. WebPlus X7 is also available from major retailers including
Amazon. Existing Serif Software users should contact 1 800 489 6721 for further information on preferential upgrade pricing.
Serif - 9/10/2013
Create Picture Perfect Moments with PhotoStack
Turn photos into lasting memories with the launch of PhotoStack – the brand new all-in-one photo organizer, editor and library from award-
winning creative software developer, Serif. Designed with speed and simplicity in mind, PhotoStack will help budding photographers quickly
and easily enhance, sort and share their entire photo collection.
PhotoStack is the perfect program for those who love to take lots of photos. Whether they are pictures of a family holiday, or shots of a
special graduation, wedding or birthday, PhotoStack makes it easy to put together a stunning photo library that will last a lifetime. Images
can be imported up to ten times faster than other leading photo organizers, meaning less time is wasted before editing photos and
creating bespoke albums to share with family and friends.*
“With advances in digital cameras, it’s now easier than ever for people to take photos and capture special moments there and then,” says
Ash Hewson, Managing Director at Serif. “Generally speaking, everyone today has a digital camera and has probably already
accumulated hundreds, potentially thousands, of images over time. Sadly though, these pictures are often left forgotten about in mystery
folders on their computer or only rediscovered years later.
“So we wanted to develop a product that is different to anything we’ve made before – a platform where people can quickly and easily edit,
sort and share their digital photos all in one safe place. Built from the ground up with ease-of-use and speed in mind, PhotoStack offers
class-leading performance when importing large collections of images, meaning less time is wasted on waiting to start developing them.”
Users can import thousands of photos from their camera, smartphone or tablet straight into PhotoStack and organize them in seconds.
Once uploaded, photos can be tagged, rated or grouped into photo stacks – a feature which makes it easier for users to find their favorite
version of any photo. It’s also easy to copy and move images, rename files, plus browse photos by camera details like make, model or
PhotoStack has lots of useful editing tools to help fix and enhance treasured photos. With just a few simple clicks, users can take care
of imperfections, such as red-eye, spots and blemishes, and even erase unwanted background objects. There are also dedicated tools to
recolor and sharpen images, plus features for cropping, cloning and straightening pictures. Users can also get creative with their photos by
adding one-click artistic effects, including black and white, retro and sepia. All edits in PhotoStack are non-destructive, so users can make
as many enhancements as they like without the worry of losing the original image.
Once editing is complete, users can see their entire collection in the library and use simple drag and drop tools to quickly create bespoke
photo albums. All photos are added quickly and can be searched and located by tag, name, date or other criteria such as camera lens or
ISO settings. PhotoStack also has the ability to create Smart Albums where newly added photos are grouped together according to criteria
set by the user. This means that photos taken on the same holiday or tagged with the same keyword are automatically added to an album.
PhotoStack makes it easier than ever to share albums with family and friends. Using easy one-click presets, photos can be connected to
email accounts or uploaded straight to Facebook, Flickr and Dropbox. Photos can be printed with easy control over print size, layout and
more. There is also the ability to Geo-tag photos, adding them to a Google Map so others can see exactly where they were taken – right
down to street view.
Serif - 6/3/2013
Serif Launches PagePlus X7
Small businesses, charities and hobbyists looking for an affordable office suite to help create professional promotional materials can now
benefit from PagePlus X7 – a powerful and easy-to-use desktop publisher from Serif, the award-winning design, publishing and creative
The latest version gives people with normal office software skills the power to create and print eye-catching marketing materials and
stationery, fully edit PDFs, produce business plans and other formal documents, make interactive multimedia brochures, and publish
eBooks – all for just £81.69. Versatile templates and simple drag-and-drop design elements help organizations and hobbyists effortlessly
create materials that will stand out in a highly competitive market.
“PagePlus has frequently been recognized as one of the best desktop publishing tools in the last two decades, and is now the only
program that creates diverse business-class documents and marketing materials, fully edits PDFs, and publishes eBooks – all in one
affordable package,” says Ashley Hewson, Managing Director at Serif. “The latest release builds on PagePlus’ position as the #1-ranked
desktop publisher* by adding more design capabilities and greater efficiency. For businesses and volunteer organizations everywhere –
non-designers and design enthusiasts alike – PagePlus remains the most effective way to quickly and easily produce a whole range of
unique digital and print communications.”
New features include built-in charts, meaning businesses and charities can now easily share their success with pie, line, scatter, area and
bar charts. Users can lift data from existing spreadsheets, or use figures from PagePlus tables, then highlight statistics by adding eye-
catching colors, 3D effects, and their own choice of fonts and labels.
The new Startup Assistant offers instant access to the latest tutorials and a quick keyword search for templates and document types. Users
can also read a live stream of the latest PagePlus news and CommunityPlus articles as soon as they are published. The program also
features a cleaner and more efficient interface with new docking controls for more screen layout personalization. Plus, users can take
advantage of new effects and other formatting tabs, making it easier to use color and transparency and one-click charting controls.
Accelerated Graphics Technology, combined with native support for 64-bit operating systems, means PagePlus’ all round performance
has been massively improved. It’s faster than ever to create outstanding promotional materials, plus there’s greater efficiency when
working on large or complex files with highly accurate on-screen colors and smoother fonts and graphics.
“Digital publishing is growing with e-readers, tablets, and smartphones. PagePlus’ synergy with this market means it is well suited to the
do-it-yourself aspect of digital publishing, just as it is for printed documents, so businesses, charities and clubs can produce multiple outputs
from a single source. By enhancing its PDF publishing power, PagePlus is now more useful than ever for start-ups and small to
medium businesses. Users can now save files in the modern PDF/X-3 format favored by print shops and publishers, and self-publishing
authors can now also get their eBooks validated by EPUBCheck for compatibility with even more book stores,” adds Ashley Hewson.
Other features include improved tables, which now flow data from page to page, just like a text frame. Data is simpler to format, and data
types are auto-detected. Letterheads, logos and other designs will stand out even more with new fill and transparency styles, and, for
advanced graphic editing, a new conversion option allows easier control over vectors and text. Plus, design enthusiasts and power
users can also control how object colors interact and add designer texture effects with new blend modes. PagePlus continues to offer
a broader feature set and wider compatibility than any other desktop publisher or office package, while striving for even greater user
Serif - 3/4/2013
Serif Launches DrawPlus X6
A powerful and easy-to-use graphics studio has launched today for illustrators and hobbyists looking to create digital art. DrawPlus X6,
from creative software developer, Serif, promises to be the fastest and most accomplished version yet, offering native 64-bit compatibility
and more powerful tools to produce outstanding vector art, graphics and animations.
The latest version of the award-winning DrawPlus has been designed for professional graphic designers, enthusiasts and amateurs
wanting to express their creativity in the home or office. The feature-packed program is great for diverse tasks such as drawing vector
art, sketching ideas, designing logos and diagrams, painting naturally, turning photos into artwork, and creating animations – regardless
of previous experience.
“Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist, DrawPlus makes digital art and design accessible to artists and designers of all abilities,” says
Ashley Hewson, Managing Director at Serif. “The latest release has more powerful drawing tools than ever before, plus further
enhancements to aid productivity and workflow. DrawPlus X6 is powerful enough to meet the demands of professionals and, thanks
to its intuitive features and on-screen help, novices can learn to draw quickly too.”
“Accelerated Graphics Technology combined with new, native support for 64-bit Windows means that DrawPlus’ all round
performance is improved, with superior results when working on large projects. Multi-threading technology also uses all the
cores on a modern computer’s processors, making DrawPlus X6 our fastest version yet.”
Professionals and enthusiasts will also be impressed with DrawPlus’ improved options for layer and color management, plus legacy
features like blend modes and PDF editing. For beginners, DrawPlus X6 has dedicated studios, a How To tab for on-screen
assistance, plus helpful video and online tutorials.
DrawPlus X6’s new features include:
64-bit Engine – DrawPlus is now fully optimized for 64-bit computers, making for the fastest and most complete design experience yet.
Arc Tool – Drawing intricate arcs is easier than ever with this new, intuitive tool. Simply drag out an arc to a desired length and
customize properties like curvature.
Spiral Tool – Creating impressive looking spirals is quick and easy with this new tool. Simply drag out a spiral onto the page and customize
the number of turns and spacing between line segments.
Triangle Tool – It’s never been easier to draw complete triangles and apply them to designs, artwork and logos with this new, time-saving tool.
Stencils – This new feature offers a wide selection of ready-made stencil templates which can be painted or sketched over.
There is also the option to create bespoke stencils and save each one as a template.
New QuickShapes – DrawPlus X6 has two new QuickShapes. Users can now easily draw ornate frames, ideal for displaying photos,
with the Quick Frame Quickshape. There is also the Phenakistiscope QuickShape, which displays multiple images in a sequence,
creating the illusion of an animation when rotated and viewed in a mirror.
Optical Stacking – Intelligent optical stacking makes the ordering of objects on screen simpler. When adjusting the z-order of objects,
users don’t have to scroll through all objects on the page; a huge time saver when working on large, complex designs.
Text wrapping – For the first time users can truly integrate text with objects by setting text to flow around objects and customize wrap
Open and Edit Images in PhotoPlus – Images in DrawPlus documents can now be opened in an image editor, such as Serif’s
PhotoPlus. Once editing is complete, images will be automatically imported back into DrawPlus.
DrawPlus X6 is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, and retails at $99.99. It is available directly from
Serif - 12/5/2012
Serif Launches PhotoPlus X6
A fast and powerful photo editor has launched today for photography enthusiasts looking to edit, fix, enhance and organize their digital
image collection. PhotoPlus X6, by creative software developer, Serif, allows photographers at any level to quickly and easily create
outstanding images – all at an affordable price.
The latest version of the award-winning PhotoPlus, which has been certified by Microsoft to be compatible with Windows 8, has a range
of new and exciting features. These include the Smart Edge Refinement Tool, which quickly selects and adjusts intricate parts of photos,
such as hairs and leaves, when used in conjunction with the program’s improved Selection Brush.
Photographers can also take advantage of PhotoPlus X6’s powerful new 64-bit engine. Using all the available memory of computers with
a 64-bit operating system, the program now enables users to edit and enhance very large images without the risk of slowing down.
Multi-threading technology also utilizes all the cores on a modern computer’s processor, making PhotoPlus X6 the fastest version yet.
The program’s Raw Studio has been given a complete overhaul and photographers can now benefit from the inclusion of more
convenient in-place adjustments like curves, lighting, color and lens corrections, and noise reduction. With speed improvements to
the core engine of PhotoPlus, Raw images can be loaded even faster. Users can also create masks to control adjustments in specific
areas, fix red eye, repair and crop images – all directly in the re-engineered Raw Studio.
Other new features include Non-destructive Crop, which saves all image data so photos can be restored and re-cropped again without
losing other edits that have been applied. Photographers can also control blur and saturation to create stunning miniature Tilt Shift
effects in the new Depth-of-Field filter. In addition, the program also includes new Vector Masks and Fill Layers tools, plus improvements
to noise reduction, zoom range and guides.
“We’re confident that photography enthusiasts – whether amateur or professional – will find PhotoPlus X6 a powerful program that offers a
great balance between quick fixes and advanced editing,” says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif. “We took on board customer’s
feedback and produced a program that operates much faster, and includes a wealth of new and improved tools such as the Non-destructive
Crop and Smart Edge Refinement Tool. Coupled with PhotoPlus’ outstanding legacy features, photographers will find this version has all
the tools they need to create stunning images.”
Existing PhotoPlus users will be familiar with the PhotoFix Studio, which includes tools for straightening and cropping images, removing
red-eye and blemishes, and applying creative filters to enhance images. In addition, users can create stunning HDR images, remove
unwanted objects from photographs, make precise image cut-outs, and manage their entire image collection in the PhotoPlus Organizer.
Users can also immediately share photos on Facebook® and Flickr®, plus view photos where they were taken on a Google™ map of the
Serif - 5/28/2012
Serif Launches WebPlus X6 – The Website Designer for Businesses
A powerful yet easy-to-use website designer for computer users with no HTML experience has launched today. WebPlus X6 from Serif, the
award-winning creative software developer, empowers small businesses to confidently create stylish and interactive websites without
hiring a designer.
Combining drag-and-drop simplicity with advanced customization power, WebPlus X6 is perfect for business owners who do not have time
to learn to write code or have the budget to hire a specialist. It allows users to create and control their own attractive websites – including
mobile versions too – that feature social media integration, e-commerce, search engine optimization and more interactivity.
“It’s essential for all businesses, from self-employed to medium-sized organizations, to have a website if they want to create the right
impression, engage with customers and boost business,” says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif. “Yet almost half1 (41%) do not
have a website and, of those that do, many have not created a version optimized for mobile devices. So we’ve introduced stylish
mobile website templates to allow them to target the 84% of smartphone owners that use the internet on their phones2.”
WebPlus X6 allows users to create websites that can automatically be viewed on devices like smartphones and tablets, based on a
visitor’s browsing device or screen size. The mobile version of a business site, which matches the original website, can be created
from scratch or by using one of the professionally-designed themed layouts. In addition, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ integration
enables live feeds, social bookmarking panels and Like or +1 buttons to be added – essential for improving search engine rankings
and spreading the word.
Other new features include the New Site Wizard for starting a website design from scratch, and animated sliders and banners for
showing off images, text, and interactive content on any device. The Quick Build tab makes it incredibly easy to add feature-rich
elements like text, video, social media widgets, maps, forms, and e-commerce straight onto a page. In addition, the Asset Browser
allows users to easily find and add ready-made graphics, and the Asset Manager makes it easy to organize ready-made content and
graphics into save-able packs for future use.
“WebPlus is still the only web design software that truly gives business owners all the tools they need to create an interactive and unique
website – with ease and without limits. There is no need to be online during the design phase and there are no restrictions on the number
of sites, pages, store sizes or items per page. Businesses can create multiple sites to suit different audiences or for other needs. And,
unlike most online template editors, users permanently maintain ownership of their websites, templates and custom designs, plus they
can upload changes in one click.”
Users will continue to be impressed by WebPlus’ legacy features and the design freedom it gives – businesses can choose from a
selection of 60 regular and mobile-friendly themed layouts and unlimited color schemes. Everything can be customized including site
structure, colors, page layout, logos, graphics and text, and even interactive features such as forms, photo galleries, podcasts,
YouTube™ videos, blogs, forums, RSS feeds and online booking.
WebPlus X6 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and retails at $99.99. It is available directly from Serif at www.serif.com and includes
a free 30 days hosting package with sub-domain web address. A retail version is also available from major stores including Amazon,
where it includes a bonus 12 month hosting package with a full domain name. Existing Serif Software users should contact 1 800 489
6721 for further information on preferential upgrade pricing.
Serif - 9/7/2011
Serif Launches PhotoPlus X5 – The Powerful Digital Photo Editing
Photography enthusiasts, whether professionals or amateurs, looking to organize, edit, enhance and share their photos, can now
benefit from PhotoPlus X5 – the powerful and intuitive photo editing software. The latest version from Serif, the award-winning design,
publishing and creative software developer, helps users unleash their creativity and achieve outstanding images – all at an affordable
PhotoPlus X5 helps photographers keep control of their growing image collection faster and easier than ever before with the new
PhotoPlus Organizer. It offers a whole host of sub-features to ensure the albums are easily navigable including: Image Stacks, which
intelligently group similar pictures, and Smart Albums, which automatically update to include new images added to a collection. It also
offers extensive EXIF support to ensure all camera settings information is recorded for future reference and is easily viewable
alongside images in the new Metadata tab.
Other new features include the Vibrance Adjustment, which is an intelligent saturation tool for brightening images without losing the
natural skin and hair tones of the photo subjects, and the new Clarity Filter which makes seemingly in-focus images absolutely pin
sharp. The Clip to Layer feature allows users to clip any effect to the layer below and new blend modes including Crossfade and
Darker Color to offer a greater array of creative possibilities. With speed improvements to the core engine of PhotoPlus X5,
blending and changes to blend modes are now virtually instant, so artwork can be created faster than ever before.
“One of the many things that make PhotoPlus X5 so accessible is the organizer,” says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif. “It allows
users to easily and quickly import photos from a variety of sources and arrange them into logical albums, saving them time and increasing
their productivity. And as we know that photographers often want to showcase their work in a stylish way, they can now do that easily
with Photo Projects, included with PhotoPlus X5.”
Photo Projects offers a generous selection of styles and, with drag and drop layouts and a user friendly interface, it’s easy to create
photobooks, cards, montages and more. It isn’t merely a template-based designer either. Photographers have full control over the
layout of each project and designs can be personalized with realistic textures and backgrounds. Exporting work is easy too – users
can simply print or create a PDF for professional printing.
Existing PhotoPlus users will be familiar with the PhotoFix Studio, which includes tools for straightening and cropping images, removing
red-eye and blemishes, and applying creative filters to enhance images. The 16-bit Raw Studio is perfect for the more experienced
photographers wanting to import and edit Raw images. In addition, users can create stunning HDR images, remove unwanted people
or objects from photographs and make precise image cut-outs. Users can also immediately share photos on Facebook® and Flickr®,
plus view photos where they were taken on a Google™ map of the world.
PhotoPlus X5 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and retails at $89.99. It is available from Serif at www.serif.com/photoplus and
from major retailers including Amazon and PC World. Bonus items include Photo Projects for creating professional photobooks, cards
and more (worth $29.99). Existing Serif Software users should contact 1 800 489 6721 for further information on upgrade pricing.
Serif - 5/16/2011
Serif Launches WebPlus X5 – The Complete Business Website Designer
A new and affordable website design tool for small businesses has launched today. WebPlus X5 from Serif, the award-winning design,
publishing and creative software developer, is the complete website designer and provides everything a business needs to get online
without costly designer fees.
WebPlus X5 has been designed for small to medium businesses, organizations, clubs and individuals who want to make and publish
their own websites but do not have any HTML or web design experience. Its drag-and-drop facility enables individuals to easily and
quickly create attractive, engaging and professional sites with e-commerce and interactivity.
“It’s now normal for consumers to search online for information about a business before making a purchase,” says Gary Bates, Managing
Director at Serif. “So it’s essential for any company to have a website if they want to impress their customers and boost business. A
professional-looking website is guaranteed to make a good first impression on a potential customer.”
Users can customize everything including site structure, colors, page layout, logos, graphics and text. WebPlus X5 also has great
support for interactive features such as forms, Flash® photo galleries, podcasts, YouTube™ videos, blogs, forums, RSS feeds and
online booking. New features include a Button Studio for making high-quality custom buttons and navbar designs for achieving a
totally custom website.
“WebPlus X5 is easy-to-use and flexible, offering a helping hand with videos and on-screen advice to make web design accessible to
all - not just designers and programmers. The software is packed with impressive features, from attractive templates and intuitive
design tools to visitor analytics, advertising and a PayPal wizard with a new floating mini-cart for easy access.”
With WebPlus X5, websites can be designed on a user’s local computer rather than using an online only template builder and, while
WebPlus does also provide template sites to edit, users can totally customize everything or design from scratch. Wizards and ready-
made content keep design time down and, after initial publishing, quick changes can be uploaded with just one simple click. There
are no limits on the number of sites, pages, store sizes or items per page, plus users maintain ownership of their software, templates,
and custom designs permanently.
WebPlus X5 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and retails at $99.99. It is available directly from Serif at www.serif.com and includes
a free 6 month ‘Silver’ hosting package with sub-domain web address. It is also available from major retailers including Amazon, Fry’s
Electronics, Micro Center and Buy.com. It includes a 12 month ‘Gold’ hosting package with a full domain name and email marketing
software as bonus items. Existing Serif Software users should contact 1 800 489 6721 for further information on upgrade pricing.