[NPL] Nodester 1.5
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[NPL] Nodester 1.5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Roundabout Logic, Inc.
Walter Neals, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
email: walter@roundaboutlogic.com


Winter Springs, Florida, May 26, 1998 -- Roundabout Logic, Inc. announced
today that it is now shipping the final version of Nodester 1.5, the
ultimate tool for the creation of QuickTime VR(TM) Panoramic Movies. The
shipping product features a fresh look, including a new logo and brilliant
retail package. Nodester 1.5 now comes for the first time with a printed
manual, as well as electronic tutorial and extensive samples of QuickTime
VR. As an added bonus, Apple's(TM) new QuickTime(TM) 3.0 PRO is included

Nodester is Roundabout Logic's renowned rapid panoramic editor for
QuickTime VR. Nodester generates interactive QTVR panoramic movies which
look out from a central point, allowing the viewer to experience the effect
of a full 360 degree panorama. The new Nodester 1.5 brings a wide variety
of features and functionality:

* Definable Hot Spot editor
* Built-in image editor
* Enhanced Photoshop(TM) 'Acquire' host emulation that now
supports virtually all Photoshop acquire modules including
PhotoDV(TM), film cameras (through scanners or photo CDs),
digital cameras, video cameras and digital video cameras
* Improved PICT import & export
- Imports PICT & JPEG if QuickTime 2.1 (or later) is installed
- Imports TIFF, GIF, BMP, PNG, Targa & more under QT 3.0
- For both frames and panoramas, ability to rotate images
on import & export.
* Exports both QuickTime VR 1.0 and 2.0
* Enhanced plug-ins & plug-in architecture
* New mechanism control (MECH) architecture supports next
generation, motorized pan-heads
* New "automatic" image scaling for panoramic images; eliminates
the need for specifying panorama dimensions in advance.
* Supports drag-n-drop for acquiring image files and panoramic images.
* User control over image blending and sharpening.
* Improved image quality of rendered panoramas.
* Extensive control over QTVR 2.0 specific playback properties
* Control over QuickTime playback options such as preload & cache hint
* Estimates file size of final QTVR movie within Playback panel
* Handy Preference Options
- Annotations: Tag copyright notices and other information
to each movie
- User Selectable export creator types: Controls what
application launches to play movies (MoviePlayer,
QTVRPlayer, etc)
- Control over cache flushing behavior
* Small memory footprint
* Clean user-friendly interface
* New, fully illustrated, printed manual
* Extensive tutorials and source image gallery

Nodester 1.5 is the most innovative application available for producing
interactive 360 degree panoramic QTVR movies for the web and multimedia
presentations. The final exported QTVR movies are playable on both
Macintosh and Windows PCs. Nodester features an easy-to-learn, intuitive
interface, hot-spot editor, image editor and supports any camera, whether
film, digital or video. All the user adds is the creative perspective.

Roundabout Logic President Anthony F. Mignone notes, "We've been working
day and night to get out version 1.5, and now it's finally here. We are
most happy to include a full-working copy of QuickTime 3.0 PRO, complete
with the user's individual registration number, with each of the products.
And we're looking to expand our sales horizons with the addition of many
new distributors and resellers."

D. Proni of Econ Technologies, Inc. (the creators of Nodester and
Widgetizer) emphasizes "Roundabout Logic's products are paving the way
towards a whole new breed of QuickTime VR authoring tools and
capabilities." Proni continues,"And these new releases demonstrate
Roundabout Logic's commitment to the immersive imaging industry."

Nodester 1.5 has an SRP of US$149.95. For existing Nodester 1.0 users,
there is an Upgrade available for US$49.95. The product line is available
from resellers worldwide. Information on where to purchase Nodester 1.5 and
the Upgrade can be found at the Roundabout Logic website at
http://www.roundaboutlogic.com, or by emailing sales@roundaboutlogic.com or
calling (407)327-4500.

Roundabout Logic is providing free technical support to all new and
existing registered Nodester customers. "We are dedicated to the existing
customer base, and they can expect to receive all the support and benefits
they have gotten in the past," says Walter Neals, Vice President for Sales
& Marketing. Neals adds, "We also want to emphasize that our commitment to
educators will remain strong, as will our efforts to promote every aspect
of QuickTime VR."

Tracey Trumbull, Roundabout Logic Evangelist, adds "Roundabout Logic will
continue to provide the product support that developers need. Our new
releases of Nodester and Widgetizer will give developers the creative
options they want, and some they may not even know they'll want!" Contact
Tracey at tracey@roundaboutlogic.com.

Nodester first got national attention when it was included in Guy
Kawasaki's address during the keynotes at Macworld(TM) Expo Boston in
August of 1997 as one of his picks for the ten most exciting new Macintosh
applications for 1997. Since then it has gained notoriety from most of the
world's Macintosh press and has been deemed outstanding in many comparative
product reviews as well. Widgetizer is the innovative rapid object editor
for QuickTime VR. With features such as definable hot spots, custom
backgrounds, frame-based animation and sound integration, Widgetizer
provides the most comprehensive object creation tool set on the market. For
those users who want to get the best of both sides of QuickTime VR,
Nodester and Widgetizer are available together in one package, the Nodester
and Widgetizer Duet 1.0.

Nodester 1.5 - System Requirements
Macintosh or Power Macintosh
(68030 processor or better)
System 7.5 or later
17.5MB available RAM
2MB hard disk space
QuickTime 2.5 or later
QuickTime VR 2.0 or later

Apple Computer, Inc. developed QuickTime VR and has vigorously supported
its adoption as an industry standard. With Apple's recent release of
QuickTime 3.0, QuickTime VR v2.1 and streaming QuickTime Plug-In v2.0, that
standard has been achieved. QuickTime VR is an extension of Apple's basic
QuickTime technology and supports two different types of views, QTVR
panorama movies and QTVR object movies. Panoramic editors, like Nodester,
produce movies which look out from a center or nodal point, allowing the
viewer to to simulate turning and viewing 360 degrees around a panoramic
scene. Widgetizer, a rapid object editor, generates object movies which
look in at a center point or plane, simulating the effect of holding an
object in the hand and turning it around to see all sides, top and bottom.
QuickTime VR is an innovative enabling technology for electronic commerce.
Usually implemented as a photo-realistic or 3D rendered virtual reality,
QTVR is finding its way into markets such as product catalogs, real estate,
museums, education, automotive and travel industries, etc.

Roundabout Logic, Inc. is a Florida corporation, committed to the
advancement of QuickTime VR technology through the ongoing development of
Nodester and Widgetizer, as well as future companion products. Roundabout
Logic, Inc. is the official publisher of the well-known QuickTime VR tools,
Nodester and Widgetizer, and the new Nodester & Widgetizer Duet. These
Macintosh-only applications, formerly published by Panimation, Inc., are
available from Roundabout Logic, Inc. of Winter Springs, Florida, as of May
26, 1998.

Interest by the Press in reviewing Nodester 1.5 and Widgetizer 1.0, as well
as the Nodester & Widgetizer Duet 1.0, and inclusion of the products in
relative articles and features are encouraged. We invite you to contact
Walter Neals at walter@roundaboutlogic.com or (407)327-4500.

Distributor, Reseller and Dealer inquiries are welcome.

Roundabout Logic, Inc.
209 North Moss Road, Suite 101, Winter Springs FL 32708, USA
fon: 407-327-4500
fax: 407-327-4505
email: info@roundaboutlogic.com



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