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Nailing down images: developers tidy libraries – Cerious Software’s ThumbsPlus 3.1, Softwhir’s Quick Nailer 1.4.3 media organizers – Product Announcement

Nailing down images: developers tidy libraries – Cerious Software’s ThumbsPlus 3.1, Softwhir’s Quick Nailer 1.4.3 media organizers – Product Announcement – Brief Article

Marty Cortinas

Users trying to keep images in line will soon be able to enlist the help of Cerious Software Inc. and Softwhir, two developers that in January released public betas of their media organizers.

Cerious Software is bringing its image repository, ThumbsPlus, to the Mac. Originally developed in 1994 for Intel-standard PCs, the application will debut on the Mac with Version 3.1.

ThumbsPlus 3.1 catalogs graphics, fonts and animations and displays them as thumbnail images within its viewer. The application can edit and crop the media and launch external editors.

Users can drag and drop graphics files to organize them into directories. ThumbsPlus can also generate slide shows.

The company said it expects to ship ThumbsPlus for Power Macs and 680×0 Macs by spring. Pricing will be comparable to the Windows product, which sells for $60 via electronic distribution.

Softwhir rolled out a beta of QuickNailer 1.4.3, a digital-media tracker.

The new version, due to ship this month, includes customizable HTML links, several new search commands and high-resolution PICT printing.

QuickNailer generates thumbnails that can be saved as contact-sheet images, media catalogs, tab-delimited data files or HTML index pages.

Users can import files by dragging and dropping servers, volumes, folders or files into QuickNailer. A variety of formats are supported, including QuickTime 3.0, Layered Photoshop, progressive JPEG and TIFF.

Softwhir’s QuickNailer is $18 shareware.

Cerious Software Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., is at (704) 529-0200; fax (704) 529-0497; thumbs-mac@cerious.com; http://www.cerious.com.

Softwhir of Phoenix is at softwhir@kagi.com; http://www.amug.org/~sbaber.

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