ATI announced the introduction of an innovation in driver usability, CATALYST Control Center. Built on the Microsoft .NET Framework, CATALYST Control Center is a modular suite of applications designed to simplify driver configuration and customization, while maximizing 3D performance. The introduction of CATALYST Control Center signals an evolution in PC graphics technology, with mainstream consumers now having the ability to substantially improve their user experience through a simple point and click interface.
The CATALYST Control Center experience begins with the desktop manager, an innovative tool that guides users through the process of easily configuring their displays. The real-time 3D rendering preview panel enables users to visually see the impact of adjusting performance on their system. Personalization is taken to a new level through assignable hot keys and customizable profiles for applications, video and gaming. Previously, these kinds of capabilities were unavailable or extremely difficult for the average user to expose. Design innovation has also been enhanced through the availability of multiple skins. In addition users can design their own skins with customized look, feel and content for use in their computing environment.
Highly extensible, the CATALYST Control Center will also offer a Software Development Kit (SDK) to enable users to develop custom skins and plug-ins for their favorite applications. The SDK will be in beta form at launch, with a final version expected later this year. To encourage the participation of the user community, ATI will be sponsoring an online contest with prizes for the top plug-ins and skins for CATALYST Control Center. This promotion is expected to kick-off in October 2004.
CATALYST Control Center is compatible with a range of ATI RADEON desktop graphics processors. Future releases will expand support to include mobile, integrated, and workstation product portfolios. For more information and to get the CATALYST CC, follow the download tab above.