Digital Workshop evolved from a graphic design and puzzle-development business run by founder Paul Harris. With a copy of the very first version of Corel Draw, Paul was one of the first designers working with vector graphics at the time, producing high quality renditions of customer logos for presentations. In 1992 Olivetti asked him to produce an interactive electronic brochure for their innovative new laptop - the Quaderno. Believing that Olivetti would not be alone in wanting interactive multimedia marketing materials, Paul brought in his brother, Philip to write an application to enable anyone to put together electronic brochures.
It was about this time that we took on the UK distribution of Paint Shop Pro and, in return, JASC agreed to present Illuminatus to the US market. Both companies enjoyed amazing growth and success saw the development of ever more sophisticated versions of Illuminatus as Dave Emberton took over the reins of development in 1996, culminating in the huge success of Illuminatus v4.5.
The product won the Perseo d'Oro at the Florence Festival of Multimedia as well as several magazine awards in the UK. It was translated into several languages and distributed across the world from Australia to Brazil, Canada to Malaysia. It even reached French Polynesia ! Indeed Illuminatus was so ahead of its time and so popular it is still being used effectively years after it should have been consigned to the digital scrapheap.
The company and it's flagship product continued to go from strength to strength blossoming into a group of companies including software distribution, create services and development.
When Corel bought Jasc in 2004 it felt it no longer needed Digital Workshop to distribute Paint Shop Pro and so the other businesses in the group closed.
Thus a small team of Opus die-hards were left to rebuild the product once-again into the world-beater you find in the latest release. Taking feedback from users and collaborating on real-world projects and even customizing Opus if required to provide not just a piece of software but genuinely effective solutions.
Opus continues to provide flexible and cost-effective interactive multimedia communications to help with...