2005-03-16

NewSoft Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 Offers a Great Degree of Compatibility with Current DVD Technology

Integrated Intel® IPP 4 Technology Improves MPEG 2 Decoding Speed By 30%

FREMONT, CA (March 16, 2005) – NewSoft, a leading provider of innovative business and consumer software, today announced Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2, the latest version of video and data-burning software suite.  Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 integrates the latest Intel® IPP 4 technology for a nearly 30% improvement in MPEG-II decoding speeds, advanced deinterlacing quality, as well as automatic DVD drive detection for optimal recording speeds.  And with regard to recording/playback compatibility, the new version’s stability was confirmed after undergoing DVD compatibility tests jointly conducted by the RWPPI Round Robin Test and RDVDC Compatibility Working Group (For more information on the findings of the compatibility tests, please refer to the final report which was jointly issued by the RW Products Promotion Initiative and the Recordable DVD Council at: http://www.rwppi.com/news/press/pdf/CeBIT_Hanover2005.pdf


The value-added functionality afforded through the integration of Intel’s new IPP 4 technology expands PowerSuite’s support for audio and video codecs, including MPEG 1 and MPEG 2 results in optimized encoding and decoding speeds that are up to 30% faster than the previous generation of PowerSuite solutions.  Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 also automatically detects installed DIVX and other MPEG 4 codecs that follow Microsoft’s DirectShow mechanism.  In addition, Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 can automatically detect the DVD drive being used, and adjusts accordingly to the parameters that are most compatible with a drive’s firmware for optimal recording speeds.  The new features and upgrades provide consumers with a smooth playback, superior visual quality, and an overall superior consumer video editing solution.


Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 also includes:
16:9 aspect ratio support for DVD-Video
Transition effects for DVD slide show
New 3-D text effects
High resolution VCD slide show playback
Disc and file slice support for data burning
Recording performance improvement
Menu templates style refinement


"NewSoft is committed to providing our customers with the tools needed to turn their content and creative ideas into DVDs they can share proudly," said James Li, President of NewSoft Technology.  "By integrating the most advanced technology in Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2, we are embracing a new era of DVD creation with the highest level of quality and performance.  As a result, Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 appeals to users of every level of experience and provides our customers with a solid, all-in-one solution for everything from capturing to creating to burning."


Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 also implements an Internet music title and artist name tracking and retrieval feature that automatically displays the album title, song title, and artist information in real-time while listening through Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 on the PC.  This feature enables users to create MP3 play lists with ease - just drag and drop music files from existing files to immediately record.  This latest version of PowerSuite also includes even more menu templates, providing users with the tools to further personalize and customize their DVDs.


A powerful video-editing tool, Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 features direct-to-disc video capture, step-by-step video editing, and real-time encoding.  In addition to offering high quality video editing, PowerSuite users can also compile a music CD, create a photo CD/DVD, or burn data to a CD or DVD for an inexpensive data sharing/file back-up solution.  A universal media player combines support for an extensive range of video and audio formats, and integrates the ability to create playlists and set parental controls.  In addition to DVD, VCD and Audio CD playback, Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 can be used to watch WMV, MPEG, and MPEG 4 video files.


Availability
Compatible with Windows 98SE/Me/2000 and XP operating systems, boxed copies of NewSoft’s Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2 are also available through www.newsoftinc.com.


About NewSoft Technology Corporation
NewSoft Technology Corporation connects creativity with its array of award-winning image, video, DVD, and WLAN software. Focusing on integrating hardware and software so it can provide the best solutions for its worldwide partners and customers, NewSoft is well known for its advanced technology, innovative design and diverse product lines. More information on NewSoft Technology Corporation can be found on the Web at http://www.newsoftinc.com


About RWPPI (RW Products Promotion Initiative)
NewSoft Technology Corporation is one of the sixty-nine RWPPI member companies.  RWPPI is an action organization with the aim to effectively popularize and promote DVD-R and DVD-RW products, commercial products that are developed on the basis of DVD-R and DVD-RW standards that allow recording and playback of DVD discs.  More information can be found by visiting the RWPPI Web site at http://www.rwppi.com .

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