Xequte June Newsletter: DVD PixPlay V6.0 and Other Updates

25 June 2010


In this Issue:
  • DVD PixPlay V6.0 Released
  • V6.0 Upgrade Information and Offers
  • MailList King V9.22 Released
  • Smart Pix Manager and MegaView V11.3 Updates
  • Program Tips
  • Removing yourself from this List
Dear Xequte Software User,
Creating software can be a rewarding and exciting occupation; sometimes the Code Gods will smile down upon you and you’ll add a feature that makes you step back * and say, "Wow".  I had that experience twice while we were developing DVD PixPlay v6, so I hope you feel a little of the same excitement when you try out the new release!
Thank you to everyone who has supported us by registering, upgrading and telling your friends about DVD PixPlay and our other products.
If you encounter any problems with the new releases please e-mail us at sales@xequte.com
Nigel Cross
Xequte Software
* This sounds odd until you realize that I stand while working at my computer
» DVD PixPlay V6.0 Released
DVD PixPlay allows you to create slideshow discs from your digital photos and videos for playback on DVD players and computers.  V6.0 is a huge upgrade which revamps and enhances all your favorite features.
Top Ten Improvements

1.  Reveal and Animation Effects
Add pizzazz to your title pages and photos by animating or revealing the text and clip art they contain
2.  Music CD Support
Rip tracks directly from CD music to play during slideshow
3.  Video Soundtrack Support
Now videos can be interspersed amongst your photos and title pages and maintain their soundtrack (for all slideshow formats)
4.  New Transition Effects
26 cool transition effects featuring hearts, stars, crosses and explosions have been added to spruce up your slideshow. And effects are now categorized to make it easier to find your favorites
5.  Revamped Title Page Editor
We've added a slew of new features to help you create title pages and add text and clip art to your photos: Larger 3D grips to make resizing easier, Alignment guide lines to help line up objects, quick addition of your own images and clip art, improved previews and more.
6.  Enhanced Styling
The User Interface has been overhauled with updated graphics, modern windows styled thumbnail grids and a new skin, "Chrome"
7.  PC Slideshow Improvements
Navigation of PC format slideshows is now much easier with a new "Go to Frame" dialog and new shortcuts to quickly advance though the slideshow
8.  DVD Menu Improvements
20 new DVD menu buttons styles, such as Double Stars, Explosions, Crosses and Hearts, are available to enhance your DVD menus
9.  PowerPoint Audio
DVD PixPlay now includes the audio when importing PowerPoint presentations
10.  Performance Improvements
We've optimized many DVD PixPlay functions to speed up loading, saving and slideshow generation
More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/
» V6.0 Upgrade Information and Offers
 V6.0 is a free upgrade to all users who purchased a license or upgrade after Feb 1, 2010.  Everyone who qualifies should already have been emailed a new serial number (e-mail us if not).
Other registered DVD PixPlay users can upgrade at:
 Also, to make upgrading easier we are providing discounted upgrades for five days. 
DVD PixPlay - Standard Edition users can upgrade at: http://www.xequte.com/cgi-bin/dpp6.asp?v=upg
DVD PixPlay Professional Edition users can upgrade at: http://www.xequte.com/cgi-bin/dpx6.asp?v=upg
(If you are unsure of your version use the Pro link and we can refund the difference).
Note: These offers are only available from these links and expire at midnight, July 3 2010.  You don't need an old version of DVD PixPlay installed to upgrade!
» MailList King V9.22 Released
MailList King allows you to manage and communicate with a mailing list from your own computer. 
The following improvements have been added in v9.20 and v9.22:
  • Unlimited mailing list retrieval accounts (View Screenshot)
  • Group Clouds (similar to tag clouds) (View Screenshot)
  • Full support for Office 2010 32 and 64 bit (Read compatibility notes for 64 bit version)
  • Improved styling with new skin: “Chrome”
  • Separate connection and deliver timeouts for the Internal SMTP Server to improve throughout
More Info and Evaluation download: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/download.html
Registered Users: V9.22 can be downloaded using the same link you received when purchasing or upgrading v9.  If you do not have it please go to:
» Smart Pix Manager and MegaView V11.3 Updates
Smart Pix and MegaView allow you to manage and view your multimedia, documents and digital image collection.  V11.3 is a minor update that adds support for multimedia controls keys, automated update checking and some performance optimizations.
Smart Pix Manager:
More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/smartpix/
(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v11).
More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/megaview/
(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v11).
» Program Tips
- DVD PixPlay 1: Enhance your Title Pages with Reveal and Animation Effects
One of the nice additions in v6 is that ability to add pizazz to your title pages and photos with Reveal Effects.  There are two types of effects available; Animation effects move text and clip-art onto the frame, whereas Reveal effects slowly expose text and clip-art using a transition effect, such as a horizontal wipe.
To animate a frame with a reveal effect:
1. Select a title page or photo in your slideshow
2. Click Frame > Add/Edit Text and Clip Art
3. On the bottom left click the "Use Reveal Effect" option
4. Click "Settings"
5. Choose which objects to reveal.  With sliding text effects you specify only the objects that will move, whereas with reveal effects you choose the visibility of objects at the start and end of the display (as you may want objects that disappear at the end of the frame).
6. Click OK
- DVD PixPlay 2: Rip Tracks directly from a Music CD
The second addition which will address about 1,000 requests a year is the ability to rip a track from your favorite music CD:
1. Insert a music CD into your CD/DVD drive
2. Select Edit > Slideshow Properties
3. Choose the "Music" tab
4. Click "Add CD Music"
5. Select a track
6. Click OK
- MailList King: Subscribe Acknowledgements vs. Welcome Messages
MLK offers two acknowledgment messages for users subscribing to your mailing list.  So what is the difference?
Subscribe Acknowledgements are ALWAYS sent out when a user attempts to join your mailing list and may include the "RESULT" field which is filled with a summary indicating whether the user was successfully subscribed or not.  They allow a user to confirm that their subscription took effect (or, alternatively, discover that they have been surreptitiously or erroneously subscribed by another user).
Welcome Messages are ONLY sent when a user successfully joins a mailing list group (for the first time) and you need to specify a welcome message for EACH group for which you want one sent.  They are useful for information that is only relevant to new members of particular groups, for example, a special offer for which they can only qualify once.
- Smart Pix/MegaView: Emailing your Photos
If you frequently e-mail photos then you may want to do it from within Smart Pix/MegaView as it offers features to automatically resize and convert them so that they are faster to send and receive.
To enable this functionality go into Tools > Options, Other tab and specify your preferred E-mail settings.  It is recommended that set the option to always send in JPEG format, generally no larger than screen size (assuming the images are not intended for printing).
Now you can select images and click File > E-mail File and your images will be automatically converted and sent.
Note: This is only possible if you have email software installed on your computer
- 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 is embedded into the image file itself allowing you to use it in other applications.  With Amaze you can automatically display this description over the photo as it is shown:
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
4. Click OK



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