Pro 2 Now Shipping
Newest version of
creative software designed to improve users' digital
Toronto, ON - Wednesday,
June 29, 2005 - Alias announced today
that SketchBook Pro 2, the newest version of Alias' award-winning paint and
drawing software application, is available for purchase globally from the Alias
web site and authorized Alias resellers. Version 2 represents Alias' ongoing
commitment to bringing SketchBook Pro to a growing number of creative
professionals. Alias has improved the power and potential of digital creations
with tools that meet their users' needs: fast, reactive pencils, markers and
brushes; pen-driven layers; background templates; a 75-brushstroke undo/redo
option and unique tools for move/scale/rotate and pan/zoom. Available for use on
both the Windows® and Mac® platforms, Alias SketchBook Pro 2 is priced at
Devoted SketchBook Pro user
and version 2 enthusiast Michael Sagan, Senior Designer at Trek Bicycle
comments, "The usability and simplicity of SketchBook promotes the free-flow of
ideas and brainstorming amongst the designers in my work group. Without the fear
of making mistakes and with the ability to sketch complex and real creations
with life-like tools characteristic of version 2, we develop better designs,
faster. Alias spent the time to understand the practical needs of its users, and
made a great software application even better."
SketchBook Pro is best known
for its nimble, high-quality paint and drawing features and artist-friendly,
gesture-based user interface designed with patented Marking Menus(tm) technology
created by Alias. With a flick of a stylus, users quickly and easily access
best-of-class sketching tools. Version 2 offers users better usability and an
array of new features, including:
Brush Controls: Users can resize each default brush or create and store up to 28
Image Layers: Users can create and work with an unlimited number of image
layers. A layers window provides Marking Menus to add, hide, lock, clear, name,
move, order and change the transparency of layers or move, rotate, scale, mirror
and flip layers.
Image Types: Alias SketchBook Pro employs layered TIFF images but also
reads and writes BMP, GIF, JPG and PNG files. Users can now save a layered PSD
file for use in Adobe® Photoshop®.
Add Images: Users can now import images into a layer stack, and move,
scale or rotate to fit.
Lasso Select: Users can select any arbitrary shape and copy the selection
to another layer. Selected areas
can also be scaled and rotated using a modified version of the pan/zoom tool.
Brush Resize: This unique floating
tool enables the user to quickly change the size of the brush without the need
to open a dialog box.
Image and Canvas Resize: Users have the ability to adjust the size of the
canvas and the size or resolution of an image.
Undo and Redo: Users can undo up to 75 brushstrokes or actions. One-flick
undo is available from the tool palette.
Alias SketchBook Pro 2 is
priced at $199.00 USD*. Current users can upgrade to version 2 at a special
upgrade price of $99.00 USD*, or download the upgrade version at
www.alias.com/sketchbookpro for $79.00 USD*. SketchBook Pro 2 is compatible with
both Windows and Mac operating systems.
*International pricing may
As the world's leading
innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias develops software for the film and
video, games, web, interactive media, industrial design, automotive,
architecture and visualization markets. Launched in the fall of 2002, Alias
SketchBook Pro is the company's first consumer level product. Alias SketchBook
Pro customers include: Brooks Stevens Design, General Motors, GE Medical Systems
and Research in Motion (RIM).
Alias has headquarters in
Toronto and a custom development center in Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias
web site at http://www.alias.com or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America.
International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa,
+44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20;
France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan and
other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393
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Systems Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Alias and the swirl logo are registered trademarks and SketchBook and
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other countries. Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or
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countries. Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft
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