Corel announces Alta.

Corel Corporation have announced their plans to release a new modular digital imaging platform, which they have code-named "Alta." "Representing the first hybrid product offering from Corel, Alta combines the speed, power, and security of desktop software with the connectivity and rapid enhancement cycle of Web-based applications."

Corel will make the first release of this new platform a free download that should be available by Autumn of 2006. "Once customers install the free version of Alta, they will have the tools they need to easily organize, enhance and share their digital photos and video clips. In addition, they will be able to add new functionality by upgrading additional components as they need them. This will provide customers and partners with unprecedented control and flexibility in customizing their digital imaging and photo management software." This all sounds like they've developed a modular toolkit for consumer based users to use for managing, enhancing and sharing their photos and videos.