Akvis Software (http://www.Akvis.com) has released Akvis ArtWork 4.0. the latest version of the software that transforms your photos into paintings using various techniques. The upgrade introduces the linocut style. Photos can now be converted to an image in the style of a linocut print.

Akvis ArtWork is available as a stand-alone application, as well as a plug-in to a photo editor. The plugin version of Akvis ArtWork is compatible with Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Corel Painter, Corel Photo-Paint, and Paint Shop Pro, ACD FotoCanvas, and PhotoImpact. Akvis ArtWork runs on Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) and Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7.

Akvis ArtWork Home License (plug-in or standalone) sells for US$72. Registered users can upgrade to version 4.0 for free. Just download the program and reinstall it. Use your license key to reactivate the program after reinstallation.

Home users can buy the full line of Akvis plug-ins in the Akvis Alchemy bundle (ArtWork, Sketch, Chameleon, MultiBrush, Retoucher, Coloriage, Noise Buster, Decorator, Enhancer, LightShop, SmartMask, Magnifier, ArtSuite) for $325.