Xequte August Newsletter: DVD PixPlay v7.0 and other new releases

5 August 2011


In this Issue:


  • DVD PixPlay V7.0 Released
  • V7.0 Upgrade Information and Offers
  • ImageEn v4.0.0
  • MailList King V10.43 Released
  • Program Tips
  • Removing yourself from this List




Dear Xequte Software User,


Phew!  This newsletter marks the end of a frenetic few months for me!  Not only were we working hard to get DVD PixPlay v7 out the door, but we also took over the distribution of the ImageEn, Imaging Library project.  I can honestly say that I haven’t worked this hard since the heady days of Smart Pix Manager v1.0 where I put in seven days a week with a morning off on Christmas ;-)


As you are probably not a programmer yourself, you may wonder how our acquiring ImageEn will benefit you.  The answer is that ImageEn lies at the heart of all our main products (excluding MailList King) providing us the power to manipulate, process and display multimedia.  Thus any improvements that are made to ImageEn will flow through to our products.


Anyway, I have much to report as we haven’t had the time to issue a newsletter since March, so please read below for details on all your favorite products…





Nigel Cross

Xequte Software







* DVD PixPlay V7.0 Released


DVD PixPlay allows you to create slideshow discs from your digital photos and videos for playback on DVD players and computers.  V7.0 is a major upgrade which adds some fantastic new features.



Top Ten Enhancements


1.             PC and DVD+PC format multiple slideshow disks (View)


2.             Labels and DVD buttons offer drop shadows, bordered text and can be rotated to any angle (View)


3.             Images added to title pages can now be locked to their aspect ratio and include a colored border (View)


4.             More powerful project properties with slideshow looping and stretching to audio available even when previewing (View)


5.             Improved New Project wizard including creation of title pages from your own images


6.             Revamped Multiple Slideshow Disk wizard


7.             35 new DVD Menus and Title Page style templates (View)


8.             Projects can now be cloned when saving them to a new filename


9.             High quality algorithm now used when creating title and other pages containing photos


10.          Faster creation of DVD and PC format slideshows



Change history and screenshots at: http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/changes.html


More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/




* V7.0 Upgrade Information and Offers


V7.0 is a free upgrade to all users who purchased a license or upgrade after April 1, 2011 or who have purchased four or more DVD PixPlay upgrades in the past (i.e. your original purchase + 4 upgrades).  Please email us if you have not received your new serial number.


Other registered users can upgrade at:





Also, to make upgrading easier we are providing a further discount until August 12.


Upgrade DVD PixPlay for $15.90 at: http://www.xequte.com/cgi-bin/dpp7.asp?v=upg


Upgrade DVD PixPlay – Professional for $19.90 at: http://www.xequte.com/cgi-bin/dpx7.asp?v=upg





* ImageEn V4.0.0 Released


If you are a Delphi or C++ developer you have probably heard of the ImageEn, Image Editing and Display Library.  In June we took over the distribution of this product and have just released our first upgrade, v4.0.0.


For full details please visit: www.imageen.com


Also, we now have a lively support forum available to help with your programming conundrums: www.imageen.com/ieforum/




* MailList King V10.43 Released


MailList King allows you to manage and communicate with a mailing list from your own computer.  Since March we have released two major updates and many smaller ones.


Top Ten Changes:


1.             Each group can now have its own subscribe and unsubscribe acknowledgment and double opt-in messages (View)


2.             New Find and Alphabet Toolbars (View)


3.             Member and Sending Task Properties Tool Windows (View)


4.             Graph members by each field, for example, how many members from each country, proportion of members who have had bounces, etc. (View)


5.             In Graphs and Statistics dialogs can display settings for all groups in single view


6.             Can search sending tasks to find messages containing specified text


7.             Delays sending and checking of messages while you are actively using the software


8.             All progress dialogs are suppressed while the application is minimized


9.             Saving and printing of member maps


10.          Right-click Task function to "Send without ISP Limits"


Complete Change List: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/changes.html



More Info and Evaluation download: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/download.html


Registered Users: You can download the update by selecting Help > Check for Updates or by completing the following form:







* Program Tips


- DVD PixPlay: Creating Menus for your PC Slideshows


With the release of v7.0 the multiple slideshow disk wizard now supports PC format allowing you to create slideshows with menu in native DVD movie format (widest compatibility with DVD players), PC format (best quality and functionality for computers) or a combined DVD + PC format (for the best of both worlds).


Creating a multiple slideshow disk is simple, as it works with a selection of normal DVD PixPlay projects.  Select File > Burn Multiple Slideshows, specify the name and format and then click “Add” to browse to projects that you have created in the past or use video files.  Each of the projects/videos will appear as a separate item on the disk so you will need to create a menu to allow your viewer to choose a slideshow to display.  80 pre-built menu templates are available for your use, or you can create your own by supplying an image file.



- MailList King: Demographics of your mailing list


Have you ever looked wistfully at your mailing list and wondered what the most common country is for your members?  How many of them use web-based email addresses?  What proportion have the surname Smith?


If so, then you will love the new graphing feature that is available in MLK v10.30.  It allows you to select any field in your mailing list and instantly see (as a sorted list and a pie graph) the percentages of all the possible values for this field (View an example).  This feature is available under View > Graphs and Statistics, Member Detail.



- Smart Pix/MegaView: IPTC Digital Image Field Support


Smart Pix and MegaView provide full support for IPTC digital image fields in JPEG and TIFF images.  IPTC fields are commonly used for storing descriptions and keywords by such software as Photoshop and Picasa.  By storing the data within the images themselves it means that anyone who receives the images can access the detail without needing to use the same software.


Support is provided for IPTC in the following ways:


- If you select File > File Information, IPTC Fields tab, you can view and edit the fields of JPEG and TIFF images

- When adding images to a Smart Pix Manager media library, any description and keywords found in the IPTC fields will be automatically included for searching and categorizing your images (File > Options, Media Library)

- You can also automatically store keywords and descriptions when you add/edit them to images by enabling, "Store Descriptions in IPTC Fields" (Tools > Options, Other, Advanced) or manually by selecting Library > Import and Export > Save Descriptions to IPTC



- Amaze: Displaying IPTC Descriptions over your Photos


When you specify a description for your images in many applications (such as Picasa, Smart Pix Manager and Photoshop) the data (IPTC) is embedded into the image file itself allowing you to use it in other applications.  With Amaze you can automatically display any such description when an image is displayed.  To enable this:


1.  In the Amaze folder under your Start menu choose the "Configure Amaze"


2.  Click the Settings tab


3.  In the Slideshow Captions box choose the "Description" option





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