digistor_rewind.pngDIGISTOR announced today that REWIND, its novel archive and restore application for the PC and MAC, is now available for retail purchase and is shipping with select hardware bundles.

REWIND software allows users to easily and securely archive all of their digital assets such as photos, movies, music and documents on scratch resistant 25GB, 50GB or 100GB Blu-ray recordable discs for permanent storage. With an embedded restore application, REWIND offers the ability via a simple 3 click process to restore files directly from the archived disc(s) to any computer without software installation required.

Compatible with all Blu-ray burners, REWIND is designed with an exceptionally user-friendly interface that can be configured in 3 simple steps as shown here: http://youtu.be/UpBmcJS_YlA. It also features unique cross-platform compatibility for use on PC or MAC.

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STEC, Inc., The SSD Company, a leading global provider of solid-state drive (SSD) technologies and products, today announced the general availability of the company's EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software. The company offers Linux and Windows versions. In addition, a Linux version of EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software, based on Facebook's Flashcache caching module, will be made available under a general public license (GPLv2).

"Today's IT managers need to cope not only with data growth but also the need for faster application response times," said Jim Ting, vice president of product marketing at STEC. "SSD caching extends the useful life of a company's existing SAN by offloading read IOs to the SSD cache, enabling the SAN to process other IO activity."

"As one of the original architects of Flashcache, I'm extremely pleased to see this technology being enhanced and supported by STEC in their EnhanceIO software," said Mohan Srinivasan, software engineer at Facebook. "Flashcache has proven to be an invaluable tool for accelerating application performance at Facebook. We believe organizations can benefit from the improved application performance and user experience enabled by using STEC's enhanced and supported version of Flashcache."

STEC has submitted a version of the EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software source code to the Linux open-source community. This will reduce the barrier to entry for organizations who want the superior user experience and application performance of SSDs at a lower cost.

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NTI Corporation today announced Echo 3, the latest version of our robust cloning software that delivers the ability to easily clone a computer's older storage drive to a new replacement drive. Echo's easy-to-use design, along with its advanced cloning features, is now enhanced by the addition of two new handy features: One-to-One Cloning and User Defined Cloning.

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"In addition to Echo's already rich feature set, we added new cloning options into Echo 3 which allows users to clone the way they want," said Bill Yao, CEO of NTI Corporation. "The users are now able to manually adjust the partition sizes on the replacement drive to fit their free space requirement for each partition."

One-to-One Cloning will retain the original hard drive's partition structure and size when cloning to a replacement drive. With this cloning method if the new drive is larger than the original drive the unused space on the new drive will be left as unallocated free space.

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cyberlink_media_suite_10.jpgCyberLink Corp., an innovative solution provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today launched its new Media Suite 10 - a collection of 11 of CyberLink’s industry-leading multimedia software offerings, including the latest versions of No. 1 Blu-ray and media player PowerDVD, award-winning video editor PowerDirector, Power2Go burning software and the newly launched video and photo organizer MediaShow Through Media Suite 10’s intuitive PowerStarter navigation interface, consumers can easily launch different programs to organize, playback and edit movies, videos, music and photos, as well as burn & backup media files.

“As the creation and distribution of consumer-generated digital media becomes more ubiquitous, so does the need for a powerful suite of affordable and feature-rich applications for consumers,” said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink.  “Our new Media Suite 10 provides everything users need to easily create, edit, share and store digital media content at a fraction of the cost of what they would pay for other solutions. In addition, users benefit from the integration of best-in-class software in a manner that redefines the media suite category.”

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VSO Software releases today CopyTo 5, a complete burning software suite. CopyTo, previously known as CopyToDVD, is designed to suit every burning, backup or copy needs, whether on CD, DVD, Blu-ray or Iso image. It supports any kind of file: Audio, data, video, and Isos. CopyTo uses a smart data analyzer that suggests the best output format (burn audio CD, burn to DVD, burn DVD Video...)

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“This new version is the most complete and easiest to use ever. From Iso files to Mp3 playlists, do a right-click on anything you want to burn or backup, insert any kind of disk and you’re set.”  says Cedric Van Dendaele, CopyTo developer.

The software is integrated in windows shell, with voice notifications to guide the user and enables backup scheduling. The new interface enables quick file selection with a smart browser that indicates what files will fit in the project or have already been added.

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cyberlink_mediashow_6.pngCyberLink Corp. today launched a new version of its popular multimedia software, MediaShow 6. MediaShow’s powerful yet simple software assists users to quickly and logically organize media in multiple ways, apply simple fixes or enhance them with stylistic elements. Advanced tools can share photos and videos to social communities or burn them to DVD or Blu-ray Discs for enjoying at home.

MediaShow 6 provides a rich set of features for handling media:

Organize & Retrieve

  • Rapidly import, organize and playback photos and videos, including native 3D format files.
  • Intelligently analyze faces in photos with FaceMe™ and sort by who’s in them.
  • Automatically organize photos and videos in a calendar by the date they were taken.
  • Preview all media in a folder at a glance without having to open it with Instant View
  • Enjoy a revamped, more intuitive interface that is now also optimized for touch-enabled displays.

Fix & Personalize

  • Instantly apply a variety of basic edits to improve photos and videos.
  • Quickly correct and fine tune video and photo imperfections on both 2D and 3D media.
  • Create stylish slideshows using 2D or 3D photos, animated text effects and transitions.
  • Automatically create polished movies by applying any of 15 different style templates to 2D and 3D video footage.

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CyberLink Corp. today launched PhotoDirector 3, a new version of its innovative photography software. PhotoDirector 3 is designed to provide all the features photographers need to manage large batches of photos, adjust images to the best quality and showcase work in their own unique style, in a single application. Now featuring People Beautifying tools and a complete range of cutting edge processing features, PhotoDirector 3 not only enables customers to perfect every detail of scenery photos, but also  create professional portraits.

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PhotoDirector 3 introduces several new features, including precise editing tools that accurately remove objects, people or backgrounds from images as if they never existed and a complete set of tools to create professional portraits by smoothing out skin whitening teeth, removing wrinkles and much more. Additionally, PhotoDirector 3 provides new adjustment features, including curve-based levels, and is the only workflow application that allows the user to apply a complete range of adjustments to a targeted area of an image with a fine-tuned Adjustment Brush, Adjustment Selection tool and Gradient Mask, including intensifying the color or sharpening details, without touching the rest of the photo.

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Pegasys, Inc., the company that takes video to the next level, announces the upcoming release of the English version of TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5 in the 1st Quarter of 2012. This latest edition of their authoring software adds more features, such as AVCHD output and the ability to create H.264/AVC encoded Blu-ray Discs using the renowned x264 encoding engine. Purchasers of the popular TMPGEnc Authoring Works 4 after February 24, 2012 can upgrade to TMPGEnc Authoring Works 5 for free once it is released. The retail price will be $99.95 for the full version.

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"We are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our flagship authoring software, which will enable our users to create high-quality H.264/AVC encoded Blu-ray Discs and AVCHD files with the easy-to-use interface they expect from Pegasys software. Combined with the Pegasys Smart Rendering engine, which allows lossless editing and now supports H.264/AVC video in addition to MPEG-2 video, creating a DVD, Blu-ray or AVCHD project will be faster than ever" commented Tak Ebine, Pegasys CEO.

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The irritating wait time for a movie to finally start in your home cinema will now drastically decrease with SlySoft's latest release of AnyDVD. A new feature called "Speedmenu" allows you to instantly replace the original Blu-ray menu on the disc while you play the movie or rip it to your hard disc.

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As with everything AnyDVD does, AnyDVD creates the Speedmenu "on the fly", to mean seamlessly. The disc is remastered within seconds using AnyDVD's unique "Magic File Replacement(tm)" technology.

If enabled, the Speedmenu is instantly available as soon as you insert a disc and play it on your PC. If you decide to backup a disc the Speedmenu will be on the backup as well.

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SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today extended its enterprise solid state disk drive (SSD) solutions portfolio with the acquisition of FlashSoft, a provider of innovative caching software products. SanDisk intends to sell FlashSoft's products as standalone software, as well as offer these software products in combination with SanDisk's growing portfolio of SAS, PCIe and SATA enterprise solutions.

FlashSoft's software is targeted for Windows, Linux and VMWare platforms, and will form the basis of a growing ecosystem of SSD-optimized software solutions from SanDisk and third party partners, enabling the configuration of complete solutions optimized for the specialized needs of enterprise and cloud customers.

Data center managers face ongoing challenges in achieving balanced application performance as the underlying system resources process data at different rates. As CPU speeds and memory bandwidth have grown rapidly, I/O bottlenecks have begun limiting application performance as data-starved CPUs must wait for overloaded I/O subsystems to deliver application data.

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