Canon U.S.A. Inc. today introduced PosterArtist 2009, an easy-to-use poster-creation application for the Canon imagePROGRAF series of large format printers. With the use of large format inkjet printers continuing to expand in a variety of different vertical markets, there has been an increasing demand for a simplified poster creation workflow targeted for the novice user. With PosterArtist 2009, Canon?s fourth generation of PosterArtist software, the latest additions and improvements ensure users the ability to produce professional, high-quality posters with ease.
?Since its inception, the PosterArtist software platform has been a highly successful design tool which provides advanced design capabilities that many printing environments and end-users previously lacked,? said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. ?By offering these advanced design features with a user-friendly interface, we hope to help printing environments reduce their overall graphic costs without having to sacrifice quality or innovative designs.?
The new PosterArtist 2009 provides the tools necessary to create design-savvy posters without the need for a graphic design specialist, resulting in time and cost savings for large format print jobs that may have been previously outsourced. The bundled software package includes everything needed to create professional posters, signs and banners right out of the box, as well as more than 200 pre-designed templates, more than 1,500 royalty free images, clipart, backgrounds and much more. In addition, several new and improved features of PosterArtist 2009 include:
Improved Auto Design Feature: To assist the end user in creating personalized posters, Auto Design creates numerous template design options based on user inputs including image selection, color themes, text and more.
Design Assistant: Developed to support more efficient design-editing, Design Assistant enables users to specify any area of the poster being edited and apply the ?Auto Design? feature to that area providing new design ideas for the end user.
Quick Exchange: Allows users to easily interchange design elements in a poster by simply dragging one of the elements to the location of the other, and the Quick Exchange will automatically swap their positions. WYSIWYG Text Editing: Eliminates the need for constant text altering by letting users see text at the correct size and font as they type.
Canon also provides dedicated Web support for PosterArtist 2009 to improve and ease the end-user?s experience. Users can download new templates, learn about features in greater detail, and participate in software tutorials on topics such as creating a poster, Auto Design, variable printing and many more. For users of PosterArtist 2007/2008 software who wish to upgrade to PosterArtist 2009, a free download will be available on their website. Canon will bundle PosterArtist Lite 2009 with the Company?s new imagePROGRAF iPF755/750 and iPF655/650 models. The full version of PosterArtist 2009 will be available immediately through Authorized Canon dealers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $799.