ALAP Releases ShadowCaster 3.2.2 Update

Production, Inc., (ALAP), a leading developer of extended technology for the publishing and design industries, announced today the immediate availability of an updated version of its popular effects creation XTension for QuarkXPress, ShadowCaster 3.2.3. This version is a maintenance update which resolves a number of customer reported issues.

“We’re thrilled with ShadowCaster for QuarkXPress 6. It’s one of the most sought-after XTensions available,” said Susan Friedman, senior vice president of marketing at Quark. “ShadowCaster will let our customers add impact to their QuarkXPress pages by creating shadow effects and transparencies right inside QuarkXPress 6.”

ShadowCaster provides the ability to create quick and easy drop shadows with just one click, adding 6 types of effects to QuarkXPress. These effects can be applied to any QuarkXPress item, including text and images with full control over opacity, blur intensity, color, and blend modes. ShadowCaster also combines QuarkXPress layouts with transparency, offering a tool with such power it will cause your layouts to come to life. Create amazing results in a fraction of the time with ShadowCaster and get the competitive edge you need to make your designs stand out from all the rest!

About ShadowCaster
With a new feature list, ShadowCaster saves designers valuable time and money by eliminating the need to switch back and forth between programs just to enhance an image. Not just for shadows anymore, ShadowCaster now gives you the ability to create layers for selected QuarkXPress items, apply special effects for layers and change the blending and opacity among layers. If you accidentally apply an effect to the wrong layer, or you simply want to use the same effect on another layer, you can cut, copy and paste effects to other layers. You can even remove effects from layers and start over. Special effects include Bevel/Emboss, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow and Drop Shadows. These effects will add depth to your designs by adding highlights, lowlights, shadows, glows, recesses and transparency for 3D results.

Additional features include a real time Preview Palette and Effect Styles. The Preview Palette displays the layers you are working on from your current QuarkXPress page or spread. This allows you to see what your effects look like before you apply them to your document. The Styles feature lets you save your frequently used effect settings for quick, easy and consistent results. Styles also can be shared between documents and other users. With the ability to enhance QuarkXPress with special effects and transparency, ShadowCaster is receiving much applause.

Pricing and Availability
ShadowCaster 3.2.3 is currently available for Apple Macintosh PowerPC System 8.6 or later including Mac OS X, using QuarkXPress 4.1 or later and Microsoft Windows 98 or later using QuarkXPress 4.1 or later. ShadowCaster 3.2.3 is priced at $99.99 (USD). Upgrades from version 1.x are $79.99 (USD), upgrades from version 2.x are $59.99 (USD) and upgrades from version 3.0 or 3.1 are $29.99 (USD). To purchase, contact ALAP, Inc. by phone at (888) 818-5790 or on the web at: store.alap.com.

Updates for existing ShadowCaster 3.2.x users are available free of charge by downloading the ShadowCaster 3.2.3 installer and entering their existing 3.2.x serial number during installation.

For more information, contact ALAP, Inc. by phone at (888) 818-5790 (US), (760) 438-5790 (Canada/International) or visit the company’s website at www.alap.com.

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