Summer School Goes Online

April 30, 2007, Maynard, MA–Virtual High School Global Consortium (, pioneers of virtual schooling for high school students and
online professional development for teachers, today announced their 2007 Summer School Program. For the first time, the organization is offering
eight-week long summer school courses online for full year courses such as Algebra 1, English 9 and English 10, subjects that many students struggle
with. The program is ideal for the growing number of high school students whose schools do not offer summer school or only offer it for credit recovery.

"Online summer school courses allow students to take classes when they want to without interfering with travel plans or social commitments," said Liz
Pape, President & CEO of VHS. "Internet access is now widely available so students have the flexibility of participating in their courses any time of day and in any place in the world."

The Summer School Program will be offered in three sessions, two 4-week sessions and an 8-week Extended Session for full-year courses. Session 1
starts on July 2, 2007 and the Extended Session will conclude on August 24, 2007. The courses offered include Algebra 1, Basic Chemistry, English 9, English 10, Health, Pre-Algebra/Algebra Preparation and U.S. History, all of which will be taught by VHS certified teachers who have ompleted their rigorous 10-week professional development program.

VHS is a non-profit collaborative consisting of schools, teachers and students. The organization partners with school districts to provide nearly
250 core, Advanced Placement (AP) and elective NetCourses, allowing schools to expand curriculum offerings with courses they otherwise would not be able to offer. Each course is taught by a highly qualified and certified teacher at VHS member schools. These teachers first complete VHS´ rigorous graduate-level online professional development program, which teaches how to transform all of the elements of an in-person course into an online course and engage and foster collaboration among students. They then deliver
award-winning online asynchronous VHS courses while continuing to teach at their face-to-face schools. While the course teacher may be located in a particular state or country, the 25 students in the course can represent many different states and countries. As a result, VHS´s virtual schooling courses help students develop 21st century skills by fostering online collaboration with students from all over the globe.

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About Virtual High School (VHS)

Virtual High School is the pioneer of online course design and instruction for teachers and online education for high school students. Virtual High School partners with schools to provide rigorous, student-centered online courses that help expand vs. replace existing curriculum options. Members of the VHS collaborative include over 9,500 enrolled students, 419 member
schools and 260 teachers in 28 states and 23 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005 awards for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices and the Stockholm Challenge2001 Award for exemplary use of technology in education, VHS was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. For more
information, visit or call (978) 897-1900.


AASA Releases the Public School Speaks DVD

ARLINGTON, Va.–The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) has released The Public School Speaks, a new DVD that shines a light on the importance of public education and makes a case for increased financial and public support for our nation?s public schools. The DVD is component in AASA?s Stand Up for Public Education? campaign, a multiyear effort to support high-quality public education.

The Public School Speaks is based on an article written by renowned public education advocate Frosty Troy for AASA?s The School Administrator magazine. The DVD features school system leaders from around the country, including AASA President Eugene G. White, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools (Ind.), and AASA President-Elect Sarah Jerome, superintendent of Arlington Heights School District 25 (Ill.).

"Public education is the most important institution in American society," said AASA Executive Director Paul D. Houston. "The Public School Speaks provides an inspirational look at the power of public education and the valuable role that public schools play in the United States."

The Public School Speaks is co-sponsored by AASA and the Indiana Association of Educational Service Centers. It was produced by Central Indiana Educational Service Center?s award-winning video production team. It won a 2007 AEGIS Award for outstanding production quality.

More information about The Public School Speaks, including a 30-second preview, is available at

About AASA

AASA, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA?s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA?s major focus is standing up for public education. For more information, please visit


Corel Introduces Ulead® VideoStudio® 11 for Easy and Powerful Desktop Video Editing and DVD Authoring

(OTTAWA — April 30, 2007) Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE), a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software, today announced the availability of Ulead® VideoStudio® 11 and Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus, the newest versions of its award-winning consumer video editing and DVD authoring software. Widely regarded for its powerful features and unmatched ease of use, VideoStudio now includes the industry?s first AVCHD editing solution, enhanced DV-to-DVD Wizard and Movie Wizard features, more title/subtitle and overlay tools and a host of quick-fix solutions for common video problems, including automatic color/tone correction. With the new Plus version, consumers also have a complete, end-to-end solution for capturing, editing, authoring and burning HD DVD videos.

Ulead VideoStudio 11 is an all-in-one solution for producing professional-looking videos, slideshows and DVDs with Dolby® Digital sound. More than just an upgrade of the previous version, the Works with Windows Vista? certified software makes a quantum leap forward in delivering today?s most-wanted features while maintaining the performance and ease-of-use that have made Ulead VideoStudio so popular.

"AVCHD camcorders are being positioned as the best choice for consumers who want the higher quality that can be achieved with high-definition (HD) video, but until now, no software packages were available to edit AVCHD," said Blaine Mathieu, Vice President and General Manager, Products and Strategy, Digital Media at Corel. "VideoStudio 11 changes all that. Now, consumers have an easy-to-use solution for capturing video from the new crop of AVCHD camcorders; editing without quality loss; and outputting to disc, tape or the Web to share with friends and family."

New Features Make Professional Results Even Easier to Achieve

Features that set VideoStudio 11 apart from the competition include the new MPEG Optimizer. An industry first, the MPEG Optimizer helps users choose the best MPEG settings for rendering video when combining clips in multiple formats. It analyzes the bitrates of all clips on the timeline and suggests encoding settings to ensure the least re-rendering for the best quality and speed. Users can now Safely Pause rendering at any time when they need to do something that requires more PC resources.

Also unique to its product category, the Plus version of VideoStudio includes Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator Technology. This solution quickly and easily converts 2 channel stereo sound to Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, and then further enhances that sound to take advantage of increasingly popular home theater systems. Competing products offering 5.1 support require users to purchase a plug-in.
The most complete video solution on the market, VideoStudio 11 supports all popular formats, including standard and high-definition video, images and audio. Video can be captured from virtually any video source: DV camcorders (including HDV and AVCHD camcorders), hard drive camcorders (MOD file format), USB camcorder devices, mobile phones, set-top DVD recorders, digital and analog TV tuners, VCRs and Webcams.
With the convenient DV-to-DVD Wizard, consumers have the fastest and easiest way to convert DV from their camcorder to a DVD. In fact, VideoStudio includes complete DVD authoring functionality, enabling users to create both DVDs and HD-DVDs with multimedia menus in just a few clicks. The more advanced user is provided with the ability to customize and create powerful and exciting DVD menus that include Corel?s SmartScene technology, bringing true interactivity to DVD menus.

With the new, advanced templates in the Movie Wizard, users can now create their own Hollywood-style openings using their personal video clips in multiple animated frames. And with the expanded sharing options, VideoStudio users can now share their videos on-the-go with a Microsoft® Zune? as well as the leading smartphones and other popular mobile devices. VideoStudio Plus customers also have support for the Apple® iPod®, Sony® PSP®, YouTube? and Nokia® mobile phones.
Already equipped with an Anti-shake filter and Enhance Lighting filter, VideoStudio now offers a broad range of features for consumers who are new to creating videos and experienced users who want to save time. Based on new image correction algorithms that set the standard in color correction technology, the new Auto Color & Tone feature auto-corrects the color and tone of videos recorded in low light or less-than-perfect white balance conditions. A DeBlock Filter has been added to clean up videos with blocky compression artifacts, such as those downloaded from the Web. A new DeSnow Filter reduces noise found in video digitized from analog sources, such as VHS tapes.
To give consumers the freedom to celebrate their creativity, Ulead VideoStudio 11 also provides Overlay Video Tools for combining transparency with mask or chroma key effects and for cropping the results on-screen to remove any unwanted elements. The new Preview Window for Overlays shows the original overlay image, making it easier to adjust chroma key settings. With the Plus version?s new Expanded Timeline, users who work on projects with more than one overlay will also benefit from being able to view multiple overlay tracks and audio tracks without having to scroll.

Plus Version Delivers the Latest in HD DVD Editing and Surround Sound

In addition to offering all of the features included in the standard version, Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus is a complete, end-to-end HD DVD solution. Users can import high-definition video from hard drive and disc-based AVCHD camcorders and can edit HD in real time without proxies on high-spec systems. Using Corel?s advanced PureHD? technology, HD content can be edited in real time as easily as DV, even on mid-range machines. Or, for fast and easy HD video creation, the newly enhanced Movie Wizard can be used to capture, edit and output full-resolution HD movies with immersive Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Authored projects or folders can be burned to HD DVD-R/RW or even standard DVD discs. For added value, VideoStudio 11 Plus includes InterVideo® WinDVD® 8 Silver, the first universal playback software to achieve AVCHD certification.

"With the increasing interest in HD video editing tied largely to both the massive increase in HD TVs and massive decrease in HD video camera prices the market was ripe for a product that could take professional quality video editing and make the related tools consumer easy," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group. "The Ulead VideoStudio product family contains powerful updates to a line that now helps drive the video market into the High Definition generation of video enthusiasts and further the dramatic growth of this technology segment."

Pricing and Availability

Ulead VideoStudio 11 Standard and Plus editions are available today from and The product will be widely available at major resellers and retailers in North America beginning in May 2007. Suggested retail pricing is $89.99 USD for the standard version and $129.99 USD for the Plus version. Upgrade pricing is also available for registered users of previous versions. For more information on Ulead VideoStudio 11, please visit or

About Corel Corporation

Corel is a leading developer of graphics, productivity and digital media software with more than 100 million users worldwide. The Company?s product portfolio includes some of the world?s most popular and widely recognized software brands including CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Corel® Painter?, Corel DESIGNER®, Corel® WordPerfect® Office, WinZip® and iGrafx®. In 2006, Corel acquired InterVideo, makers of WinDVD® , and Ulead, a leading developer of video, imaging and DVD authoring software. Designed to help people become more productive and express their creative potential, Corel?s software strives to set a higher standard for value with full-featured products that are easier to learn and use. The industry has responded with hundreds of awards recognizing Corel?s leadership in software innovation, design and value.

Corel?s products are sold in more than 75 countries through a well-established network of international resellers, retailers, original equipment manufacturers, online providers and Corel?s global websites. The Company?s headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada with major offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Japan. Corel?s stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol CREL and on the TSX under the symbol CRE.