IPix InfoMedia has announced the immediate availability of iPix Interactive Studio 1.2, a new version of its software for creating 360-degree panoramic photos.

The upgrade, which is free for existing users, adds support for Fujifilm AG's FinePix s7000 and FinePix S20 Pro digital cameras as well as new tools on the paint photo palette, a typing utility for adding text directly to images and new selection tools for creating hot spots and editing photos.

iPix Interactive Studio -- for Windows or Mac -- comes in two versions: the Essentials pack, which is a basic version of the application for $899 (around £495) per user, and the Enhancer pack, which includes Essentials and its Edit Pack and Format Pack plug-in upgrades for $1,799 (£990) per user. The plug-in upgrades are $499 (£275) each when purchased separately.