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Runtime Announces Revolution Media, Revolution 2.7 ReleasedNew product features enhanced graphics engine, interactive media projects (February 14, 2006)
Runtime Revolution Ltd, the leader in multi-platform rich media and application development tools, announces the release of Revolution 2.7 and a new product, Revolution Media.
The Revolution 2.7 update is available for the entire product line, including Revolution Dreamcard, Revolution Studio ($299) and Revolution Enterprise ($899). Revolution Studio and higher can compile applications for the following platforms: Windows, MacOS X, MacOS 9, Linux, Solaris and other Unix platforms.
The new features of Revolution 2.7 include:
* New object blending capabilities. All objects, including standard system controls such as buttons and fields, as well as media elements such as QuickTime movies, can now be rendered using a rich variety of blend modes and opacity settings.
* Over 20 brand new blend modes. Includes the industry standard porter-duff and SVG compositing operators.
* Window level transitions. Now you can perform transitions with alpha channels on an entire window, allowing effects such as rippling applications on the desktop.
* New image rendering options. Render an image from any object on-screen, preserving the alpha channel, then transform and save.
* Anti-aliasing Graphics Engine. Revolution's vector graphics presentation layer is now anti-aliased.
* Multi-monitor Support. Revolution solutions can now be built to support multiple monitors, including different backdrops on each monitor.
* Enhanced QuickTime performance. Allows smoother playback and the ability to move movies live during playback.
* Enhanced dynamic scripting. Preserves state across recompilation, allowing for faster debugging.
* New Installer with Roll-Back capability. Roll-Back allows you to install newer versions of Revolution as they become available, and go back to any previously installed version.
* Improved printing. Quality has been improved when printing complex documents containing text and certain types of image.
* All new documentation including brand new PDF User's Guide, rewritten to describe the entire product - complete with many new examples.
* Bug fixes and minor enhancements.
For a limited time, Revolution Studio and higher (including upgrades) will also include D&M Constellation 2.x high performance project editor at no added cost (regularly $49). Constellation's advanced interface allows "one window" editing of almost any aspect of a Revolution project. Learn more about Revolution Studio at revstudio.runrev.com.
Runtime Revolution also announced Revolution Media. Revolution Media is an easy-to-use, rich media development tool based on the Revolution 2.7 release. Its shared heritage with Revolution means no previous programming experience is necessary to get started. Media allows users to create solutions on a single platform (Windows or Mac OS X) and deploy on the same operating system utilizing Revolution Player. Projects are rendered against a backdrop. Ready-to-Use projects include portfolio builder, kiosk, adventure game maker and more. Learn more about Revolution Media revmedia.runrev.com. Revolution Media will ship before the end of February.
"We've received extensive feedback from 2D and 3D graphics artists who want to get into interactive media but are overwhelmed with the complexity of products like Flash, or the unintuitive learning curve of a traditional language like BASIC," said Kevin Miller, CEO of Runtime Revolution, Ltd. "Media is Revolution the way you think, not forcing you to ramp up on techniques you wouldn't otherwise want to learn."
Upgrades cost $66, (Dreamcard - for a limited time only), $199 (Studio), and $499 (Enterprise) and are immediately available from the Runtime Revolution Store at http://www.runrev.com.
About Runtime Revolution
Founded in 1997, Runtime Revolution focuses on bringing user-centric software development to all major platforms: Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix. The company is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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