Black Belt Systems announced the release of WinImages R6 - a major new upgrade to their effects and image-processing suite. The new release boasts a complete overhaul of the "layering" system often found in image editing packages such as PhotoShop. Black Belt have added a broad range of new layer tools including a new "warp layer mode," which allows users to incorporate image distortions (such as ripples) in separate "warp layers" so that the actual pixel data in the layered image is never changed. This means that distortions can be stacked and slid around with instant results. The new version also features the first true 2D-particle system that can be used to create tornadoes, waterfalls, fireworks or fountains. The new version of WinImages is available at an upgrade price of just under US$50, and for new users $400. For more information visit www.blackbeltsystems.com.