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Media Lab Releases PhotoCaster 3.0 for Mac OS X

Macromedia Director Xtra converts Photoshop files By Dave Nagel
Media Lab has released PhotoCaster 3.0 for Mac OS X. PhotoCaster 3 is an Xtra for Macromedia Director that's designed to improve the process of importing Adobe Photoshop files into Director. It's now available for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X (Director MX) and Windows.

PhotoCaster automates the import process in Director, interpreting all of a Photoshop file's elements layer by layer into a Director cast. All the relative positions of the elements are preserved, as well as the registration, transparency and anti-aliasing of the original design. Optionally, linked layers can also be imported as a single cast member using PhotoCaster.


PhotoCaster supports alpha channels and automatically generates a custom palette based on the layers in the Photoshop file, improves color reduction and dithering, supports dithering to a specified number of colors and can ignore hidden layers. It supports layer effects and styles and provides an option for importing text as "live" text or as a graphic.

PhotoCaster 3 is available now for $199. Upgrade pricing is also available and is free for those who purchased the Mac OS 9 version of PhotoCaster 3 after Dec. 1. A cross-platform version is available for $329. PhotoCaster 3 supports Photoshop 3 or higher (3 through 6 for layer styles and effects) and works with Director 5 through MX. For more information, visit http://www.medialab.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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