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Corel readies publishing, video software

Corel is braving the jungles of Comdex next week to announce the release of Ventura 7 and a brand new movie-editing package called Lumiere.

Corel (COSFF) is braving the jungles of Comdex next week to announce the release of Ventura 7 and a brand new movie-editing package called Lumiere.

The company will announce the immediate availability of Ventura 7, a 32-bit upgrade of its desktop publishing suite that allows users to publish to HTML and Java. Corel will also preview Lumiere, a multimedia editor that can combine video, audio, and still images into digital movie clips.

Lumiere lets editors juxtapose and blend media files in a synchronized timeline. It features over 60 frame transitions, over 60 video filters, 10 audio filters, unlimited audio and video tracks, the ability to overlay video clips so that they play simultaneously, and a Titler tool that lets users add text and graphics to title screens. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

Ventura 7 includes support for the Pantone Hexachrome color palette, multiuser file access, and tables with spreadsheet functionality. Also included in the suite are WordPerfect 7, Photo-Paint 6, Database Publisher, and several other programs. Available next week on Windows 95 and NT 3.51 or higher, it will retail for $895 or $249 for upgrades.