Reprinted from a Ulead press release:

Ulead Systems, Inc., a top developer of digital video, image, and DVD software, announced its first shipment of software to support DVD+R double-layer burning technology. Ulead’s award-winning DVD creation software suite, DVD MovieFactory 3.2 SE, will be included with the DVR-ABN8W (NEC ND-2510) double-layer DVD burner from I-O DATA Device, Inc., Japan’s leading manufacturer and provider of high-quality computer peripherals and interface products. The bundle will be available in Japan by the end of May. Ulead expects to offer double-layer DVD support for all products with DVD burning capability by the end of 2004.

As people increasingly take digital photos and video, they need better ways to store, manage, enhance, and view this media. With the advent of double-layer DVD burners, consumers can now burn digital media and data to double-layer discs, which offer twice the storage capacity (8.5 GB) of single-layer DVD discs. With DVD MovieFactory’s new support for double-layer DVD technology, using the IO Data DVR-ABN8W double-layer DVD burner, consumers can now double the size of the media they use to create DVD video and slideshow productions.

Bill Hsiun, vice president of Ulead Systems’ Global Strategic Sales Center, which specializes in Ulead’s OEM and licensing business, states, “We’re pleased to be among the first software developers to support this advanced technology so that DVD drive manufacturers can reduce their time to market and offer a product that fully meets the digital media needs of their customers. Japan is highly competitive and we are proud to have gained a high level of acceptance in such a technologically fast-paced market.”

“At Ulead we are committed to making tools that anyone can easily use in their day-to-day life to organize, enhance and share their digital photos and video,” says Way-Zen Chen, chairman & president of Ulead Systems. “To stay true to this commitment, Ulead continually leads the pack in making cutting-edge technology accessible to everyday consumers so that working with their digital media is easier and faster than ever before. We are proud to be abreast of the double-layer DVD technology curve by offering some of the first software to support double-layer DVD burners.”

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