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Start64!TAMPA, FL, OCTOBER 1, 2007 – Pegasus® Imaging Corporation, the leading provider of digital image compression technology, today announced the release of speed-optimized image decompression libraries supporting the HD Photo image format. These libraries are now available within the advanced PICTools™ Software Development Kit (SDK). Customers may license HD Photo technology directly from Pegasus for integration within their own applications.

HD Photo is a format from Microsoft designed for end-to-end digital photography which offers faster speeds, higher image quality, greater preservation of data and advanced features for today’s digital imaging applications. It is a still image compression algorithm for continuous tone photographic images and features lossy, as well as lossless, compression, multiple colorspaces, wide dynamic range, and extensive metadata support.

The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) has agreed to consider HD Photo as a standard. If successful, the new file standard will be known as JPEG XR. Pegasus Imaging supports standards-based compression formats, and optimizes the underlying code for faster speed and higher compression ratios. Pegasus Imaging currently provides both JPEG and JPEG 2000 technology to many leading photo imaging and medical imaging equipment manufacturers and software developers. The benefits of using Pegasus Imaging compression technologies over freely available technologies include indemnification from potential license infringements, access to responsive technical experts, support for multiple operating systems, and periodic improvements to speed and compression ratios.

“Pegasus Imaging is already a dominant player in both JPEG and JPEG 2000, with the only fully indemnified technology base and unmatched speed and compatibility,” says Paul Firth, product manager at Pegasus Imaging. “HD Photo is a natural progression for us.”

Pegasus Imaging gained experience working with HD Photo prior to this PICTools SDK release. Microsoft contracted with Pegasus Imaging to complete development of the HD Photo Plug-in for the CS3 and CS2 versions of the Adobe® Photoshop® software on Windows, Mac (Intel) and Mac (PowerPC). Microsoft owns the rights to these plug-ins and is responsible for all distribution and support. The official press release can be found here and more information on the HD Photo Plug-In from Microsoft can be found here.

HD Photo image decompression can be found within PICTools Photo for photo imaging application developers, and PICTools MedX for medical imaging application developers. PICTools SDKs contain low-level C libraries offering advanced image compression, decompression, and editing. Maximum code speed has been achieved through algorithm and machine code optimizations. PICTools technologies are supported across multiple environments, including 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, 32-bit and 64-bit Linux, 32-bit Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, and Mac OS X. Pegasus Imaging optimizes PICTools technology for performance in specific environments through the use of assembly programming and processor-specific optimizations.

HD Photo decompression libraries are available today, and HD Photo compression libraries will be released soon. Also released today within PICTools are updated Camera RAW libraries, multithreading support for JPEG 2000, CAD rendering support and IPTC metadata support within JPEG.

More information on PICTools technology can be found here. Interested developers are encouraged to download the free trial version of the toolkit, and run performance comparisons against other HD Photo decompression products. Contact Pegasus Imaging for more information, technical support, and pricing.

Pegasus is a registered trademark of Pegasus Imaging Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. PICTools is a registered trademark of Pegasus Imaging Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Pegasus Imaging

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Pegasus Imaging Corporation delivers digital imaging software development components, image compression and image editing technologies. The company exceeds speed and quality requirements for document imaging, forms processing, medical imaging, color/photo imaging, video applications and more. Technology is delivered as Microsoft .NET controls, COM controls, DLLs and applications. Multiple platforms are supported, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, IBM AIX and Mac OS X. Visit for more information.

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