Portland, OR, August 5, 2009 — Camera Bits, Inc. (www.CameraBits.com), a pioneering provider of software for professional digital photographers, today announced that it offers a 15%-plus discount, which includes two years of upgrades, to any qualifying student, teacher, school administrator, school or district that purchases Photo Mechanic Version 4.6, the industry standard of photo browser and workflow accelerator software. Photo Mechanic is by far the most popular photo editing software used by professional photographers, photojournalists, major newspapers and news organizations, including The Associated Press, which standardized its workflow around Photo Mechanic, as well as the U.S. Military and educational institutions.

Countless public and private K-12 students, teachers, schools and districts have been learning, teaching and using Photo Mechanic software to efficiently browse, caption and manage their digital images – some since its first release in 1998. Among those who have benefited from the software’s powerful applications are the Lincoln Public Schools, the second largest school district in the state of Nebraska, community colleges like Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, and institutions of higher and continued learning including Boston University, Central Michigan University, Columbia School of Journalism, Brooks Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, and Western Kentucky University.

One recent recipient of a significant discount on Photo Mechanic was New York City public schools’ Jamaica Learning Center’s fine arts department. This past spring, a class of 17 students used Photo Mechanic software for an assignment to capture and publish images from school trips in and around New York City in the school newspaper.

Photo Mechanic has also been incorporated into the daily work of the photojournalism students at the Poynter Institute. “I have been continually impressed and pleased with the software, and it was shortly after using Photo Mechanic for the first time that I realized it could transform our classrooms into fully-functioning newsrooms,” said Kenny Irby, Visual Journalism Group Leader and founder of Poynter’s photojournalism program. For more than a decade, Irby has worked closely with Camera Bits to test, refine and improve Photo Mechanic, while several thousand students have had the opportunity to work with the software at Poynter and recognize it as the premier image editing and organizational solution. “Photo Mechanic’s features are unmatched,” said Irby. “While it can be imitated, it certainly cannot be duplicated.”

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