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Multiplatform Animation Software Offers Flexibility, Compatibility

Business Web site designers who a have a difficult time deciding between compression formats or animation algorithms, have a new option. BeatWare Inc. unveiled the new release of e-Picture at the MacWorld expo. e-Picture 2.0 is an animation utility that can export to many of the file types frequently used on the Web.

Capaple of exporting Flash, QuickTime, animated GIF and other streaming standards, e-picture 2.0 offers designers the ability to cater to an audience’s needs for file type, unrestricted by the authoring software.

e-Picture 2.0 is compatible with Windows NT, MacOS, and BeOS operating systems, allowing files to be created and edited on a variety of machines.

The new release includes support for animation of 3D objects, non-linear narratives, and accelerated motion.

Like its predecessor, e-Picture 2.0 integrates vector scaling and bitmapping to create a unique animation algorithm. Vector Scaling, which is used by Flash, occasionally results in poor image quality, while bitmapping, requires each frame to be created, often resulting in large file sizes. E-Picture 2.0 will be available at the end of Q1, 2000.

Contact, BeatWare, (650) 556-7900, www.beatware.com.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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