SAN FRANCISCO (03/21/2000) - Don't have the cash for a premium image editor?
PhotoStudio 2000, the latest upgrade to ArcSoft Inc.'s flagship package, boasts many powerful tools that are typical of high-end editors--including multiple layers, batch processing, and customizable brushes--for a fraction of the cost.
The $39 PhotoStudio has a built-in link to PhotoIsland (www.photoisland.com), ArcSoft's photo-storing and -sharing Web site, so you can post images to the Web with a click of your mouse. Unfortunately, you won't get sufficient color control: The software lets you work in only two color modes (RGB and HSV), and the color palette is small. But for powerful image editing and Web storage and display on PhotoIsland, PhotoStudio 2000 shouldn't disappoint. ArcSoft, 800/762-8657, www.arcsoft.com.