Sonic Unveils Windows Vista Technology Preview

Sonic Solutions has unveiled a technology preview that takes full advantage of new Windows Vista technologies to deliver a truly intuitive, interactive, and visually-rich user experience. Roxio Central, which serves as a core access point to digital media tasks across Roxio software products and offers digital-media recording and backup features, is one of the first applications to build upon and exploit Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the presentation sub-system for Vista. WPF enables software designers and developers to create unique software applications that offer rich 3D graphics, animations, transitions and stunning visuals.

Roxio design and engineering teams, working closely with Microsoft, developed Roxio Central by taking advantage of the new programming model for Windows Vista, NET Framework 3.0, and participating in the early adopter programs for Expression Blend and Expression Designer, which are part of Microsoft's Expression Studio family of professional-design tools.

In addition to working with Microsoft on a Vista technology preview, Sonic's AuthorScript engine powers the core media-recording functionality in the next-generation Operating System. Sonic is participating in the Vista launch with Roxio Easy Media Creator 9, the company's flagship digital media suite. The product will be promoted by Microsoft at Vista launch events as a key productivity application.

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