HELIOS Software GmbH has announced the public beta release of EtherShare OPI. The new version now supports PNG and BMP file formats. According to HELIOS Software GmbH:
HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading provider of network and prepress server software, announced it has added support for PNG & BMP file formats to its EtherShare OPI prepress server software. These new features are currently in beta and available for testing by existing EtherShare OPI 2.1 customers.
PNG and BMP file formats The PNG file format is the successor of the well known GIF-format that is widely used on many Web pages. The PNG format has better features than GIF The HELIOS EtherShare OPI beta update supports the conversion of all images to PNG interlaced (progressive) format including converting Photoshop and TIFF image masks into PNG masks. Conversion can be configured on a volume-wide or per-folder basis.
BMP is also now supported in beta within EtherShare OPI. The BMP format is employed by Windows as the default image format. Additional OPI layout features include the ability to create preview images with a fixed x/y pixel resolution, and Internet previews with a fixed image size are now supported using the new layout command line switch. This preview will timeout on February 1st 2002.
You can find more information about the beta version of EtherShare OPI at the HELIOS Software GmbH Web site. The EtherShare OPI beta is available free to existing users of EtherShare OPI 2.1.