Adobe to offer Photoshop to consumers

With an eye on the rising popularity of digital cameras, Adobe Systems has decided to extend its Photoshop software to the consumer market.

Photoshop Album, a product designed to help digital camera owners easily find, fix, share and preserve photos on their PCs, will be presented at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Thursday, the company said Monday in a statement.

The Windows-based product is expected to begin shipping in the U.S. in February and in Australia during quarter one, 2003. according to Adobe. It will also be available for sale on the company's Web site, www.adobe.com. The new product is expected to retail for $99.

Photoshop Album offers an easy to use "tagging" system to organize and find images, according to the San Jose, California, software vendor. Users can create visual tags to instantly find photos of favorite people, places, events or any other special subject, no matter how large the collection becomes, Adobe said.

The new product also provides editing tools to fix common problems with red eyes, color, contrast and brightness, according to Adobe. For more advanced editing, it can be easily integrated with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0, an image-editing software for amateur photographers, the company said.

Image data can be easily backed up to a CD or DVD.

Moreover, Photoshop Album makes use of Adobe's PDF (Portable Document Format), allowing users to deliver their images to anyone using the company's free Acrobat Reader software, the company said.

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