PhotoSuite 5 Platinum includes enhanced tools for organizing photos on a PC's hard drive, an expanded array of touch-up effects, and tools forphotos to recordable media.
The interface has been redesigned to concentrate on fixes for the most common problems such as resizing photos for e-mail distribution and correcting basic exposure and lighting issues, said Chris Taylor, product manager for Roxio. More-advanced editing features are available with a mouse click or two.
"It's power without the learning curve," Taylor said. "It's an application that can grow with the user."
The editing tools also come with reassuring fail-safe features such as unlimited "undo" commands and automatically making a copy of the picture before editing. "We never touch the original photo," Taylor said.
Photo Suite 5 Platinum will go on sale late this month priced at $50, putting it in the same casual photography niche as Adobe Systems'Photoshop Album. Roxio also is working on bundling deals with manufacturers of midrange digital cameras, which account for the bulk of PhotoSuite unit sales.