Crescendo Software has announced the release of Picture Play 1.8, a major update to the company’s shareware image composition tool. Picture Play allows users to combine digital photos, scanned images, or any other graphics to create diverse compositions with editable text content, backgrounds, and stylish effects including translucency, transparency, rotation and more. Version 1.8 offers a whole host of new feature enhancements and fixes, all of which are documented on the site. Picture Play is priced at US$14.95 and requires Mac OS 8.6 or later, including Mac OS X. The update is free for registered users and a 30-day demo is available.