On March 10 the DTP SIG welcomed back Michael Vlugt,
of local software company Vorton Technologies, to
demonstrate the highly efficient and useful graphics file
management utility suite Photo Zone.
Vorton Photo Zone is a set of powerful graphic modules
used for file viewing, file conversion, slide show
creation, image encryption, photo album creation, image
cataloguing and image management.
With increasingly affordable hard drive space on home
systems and the booming growth in web page creation, more
people are collecting digital images. People are also
taking advantage of the increased functionality and
reasonable prices of digital cameras, scanners and
printers. Professional designers and casual home users
alike want to spend their time developing ideas: not
doing tedious image retrieval and conversion.
Photo Zones intuitive, easy-to-learn interface,
powerful tools, and extensive list of supported file
formats enable users to handle any collection of graphic
images with ease and speed. Photo Zone combines value and
performance not only as a stand-alone application but
also as a complement to any existing graphics-based
Its Runtime Slideshow Player can generate a single,
compressed, executable file that can be sent to anyone.
The recipient requires neither the application, from
which the slide show was developed, nor any special
software to display the images. Additionally, recipients
on their own local systems can manipulate or save the
Users can create, save and display dynamic slide shows
of their images and audio clips; these elements can be
sequenced and hundreds of transition effects can be
incorporated. Images can be manipulated in any supported
file format from any disk drive or directory on the
system. Enhanced features include: improved compression,
thumbnailing, photo album creation and cataloguing.
File encryption is supported and slideshows support
encrypted image transmission.
Photo Zone offers batch or multi-file conversion
ability. Users have options to convert formats,
compression ratios and resolution. Advanced conversion
controls provide JPEG compression preview and allow
simultaneous adjustments of brightness, contrast,
sharpness, rotations, autotrim, grayscale and encryption.
Conversion scripts can be generated and applied to other
Fifty of the most popular file formats are supported
including: EXIF (compressed and uncompressed), FPX (JPEG,
Variable and Single Colour), BMP (OS/2 Type 1 & Type
2), GIF (regular, animated and interlaced), JPEG (regular
and progressive), CAL, TIP, EPS, CMP (regular and
compression), CUR, FXS, ICA, ICO, IMG, JTIF, MAC, PCT,
MSP, PCX, PNG, PSD, RAS, TGA, WMF, WPG and many more.
Photo Zones File Acquire pulls up images from
the users choice of source; it supports TWAIN (for
most scanners), and EXIF or FlashPix digital camera
Photo Zone includes an Internet Bandwidth Sampleran
invaluable utility for developing Web Pages. Users have
the advantage of previewing images as if they were being
downloaded to a computer at different transmission rates.
Photo Zone retails for $69.00 SRP and is available
through several Ottawa-area retail outlets.
Vorton Photo Zone
301 Moodie Drive, Suite 306
Nepean, ON K2H 9C4
Tel: (613) 721-1107
Fax: (613) 721-0116
Originally published: April, 1998