Roxio Creator 2009 launches

Roxio Creator 2009, the latest version of the suite of photo, video, and music authoring, burning, and online sharing applications, has launched.

Roxio says Creator 2009 introduces "pioneering" audio features, integration of family-friendly online services, and support for high-definition video.

The suite includes direct access to Roxio Online, that the company describes as "a new digital storytelling platform" that lets users turn their photos and videos into slideshows that can be shared and viewed on PCs, DVDs, TVs, some handheld devices, and some social networking sites.

Audiobook Creator within the suite converts an entire audiobook into a single file with preserved chapter markers, for easier transfer to iPods or other MP3 players while also on the audio front, the new Beatmatching feature lets users to create music compilations of "perfectly synchronised cross fades".

Including direct links to tutorials and how-to articles, Roxio Creator 2009 will be available in stores worldwide this month and is available now directly from Roxio.co.uk for £49.99.

The high-def/Blu-ray disc plug-in - that lets users burn content to Blu-ray discs - will be sold as a downloadable component from the site at £14.99 although will be bundled free with the main suite when bought through Roxio.co.uk until 30 September.