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Vorton Photo Zone

by Bert Schopf

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 Zone’s 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 software program. 


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 individual images. 

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 conversions. 

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 Zone’s File Acquire pulls up images from the user’s choice of source; it supports TWAIN (for most scanners), and EXIF or FlashPix digital camera formats. 

Photo Zone includes an Internet Bandwidth Sampler—an 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.

Bottom Line:

Vorton Photo Zone
$69.00 SRP
Vorton Technologies
301 Moodie Drive, Suite 306
Nepean, ON  K2H 9C4
Tel: (613) 721-1107
Fax: (613) 721-0116

Originally published: April, 1998

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