Category: Software

Friday, June 26, 2015

Try Photoshop & Lightroom CC 2015 for Free

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe have reset all 30-day free trial offers for their Creative Cloud applications, including Lightroom and Photoshop CC, to everyone who had already taken advantage of them before the release of Creative Cloud 2015. This enables you to try out all the new features of Lightroom CC 2015 and Photoshop 2015 such as Dehaze, which eliminates fog and haze from photos. To try the new versions you need to download the Creative Cloud utility (if it's not yet installed on your computer), log on to your Adobe account, and click the Try button next to the name of the application(s) you are interested in.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CloudSlice for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CloudSlice is a new app that aims to protect each photo stored on an iPhone or iPad by not only encrypting the photos but “slicing” them among multiple cloud storage accounts. "Stories abound of instances in which photos are stolen and used without permission, with the most threatening being cases of 'digital kidnapping' in which photos of children are republished for either marketing purposes or by those who publish them on their own blogs or social media as pictures of their own children," the developers say. "Potentially more common is the farming of photos and their metadata for marketing purpose – enabling marketers to target consumers based on information gleaned from their photos." CloudSlice uses the security of multiple cloud storage services and slices each photo so that it can be divided into as many as five different cloud storage accounts in order to protect it from hackers. The app is easy to use: to slice and upload photos, users simply tap the + button on the main screen and select which images they wish to protect. To retrieve a stored photo, they just tap on its thumbnail. The photo slices will be instantly fetched and displayed in CloudSlice. The app is available for $4.99 on the App Store.

Monday, June 22, 2015

X-Rite ColorMunki Display Now Available with Free Macphun Intensify Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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X-Rite is giving away a free copy of Macphun Intensify Pro, worth £45/€55, with special bundles of ColorMunki Display. “Making sure you’ve got a colour accurate screen to be working on in the first place is absolutely essential,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director, X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Display gives you the control; Macphun Intensify Pro gives you creative freedom. It’s the perfect combination.” Available across Europe, the offer is available until stocks last.

BitTorrent Shoot

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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BitTorrent have released a new app, which allows users to move a big batch of photos or a large video directly from one mobile device to another, without going through the cloud. As the BitTorrent Shoot app is available for different operating systems including Android, iOS and Windows Phone; it enables cross-platform image transfers. "If you’ve ever experienced a situation where you’re on iOS and a friend next to you has an Android phone, sending something like a big batch of photos or a long video is a challenge," says Erik Pounds is Vice President of Product Management for BitTorrent Sync. "The Shoot app was developed to make this easy." With Shoot, your first three sends are free, and a $1.99 in-app purchase enables unlimited sending. Using BitTorrent Shoot is entirely free for the receiver.

Piccure+ 2.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Intelligent Imaging Solutions have released an update to their piccure+ software, billed as "a revolution in computational photography." Version 2.5 brings a 30–70% decrease in processing time thanks to the new imaging kernel “Kestrel.” Furthermore it is now possible to use the software as a plug-in to DxO Optics Pro and Capture One (Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Lightroom were already supported the previous version). “It is our goal to seamlessly integrate piccure+ into the workflow of any professional photographer,” says Prof. Dr. Hanns Ruder, CEO. “It was thus extremely important to speed up piccure+ and to make it directly accessible through a wide variety of image editing programs. The update is free of charge for all users and re-emphasises the team’s commitment to its customer base and the technology.”

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cascable for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cascable is an iOS-based remote control app that works with a number of Wi-FI capable Canon digital SLR cameras. "Whether you’re on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, your primary exposure adjustments and focus/shutter release are front and centre," Cascable says. "Advanced autofocus, timer and drive controls are just a tap away. " Unlike other apps, Cascable supports downloading and exporting full resolutions photos — including raw files — from your camera, and with second screen support via AirPlay or HDMI you can view your photos on the big screen. Other innovations include an Apple Watch app that puts your camera’s shutter right on your wrist and a set of calculators to help with the tricky exposure calculations needed for astrophotography and neutral density filters. Cascade is currently available on the iTunes App Store for the promotional launch price of $19.99.

HDRsoft Photomatix Essentials Plugin Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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HDRsoft have released the plugin edition of Photomatix Essentials. Providing all the power and simplicity of the standalone edition, the new plugin is tightly integrated with Adobe Photoshop Elements. Adding the ability to process photos that have already been opened in Photoshop Elements, the Photomatix Essentials Plugin is designed for photographers who want an easy-to-use introduction to HDR imaging. The plugin is available for Photoshop Elements version 10 and above on both Windows ( XP / Vista / 7 / 8) and Mac OS X (Mac OS 10.7 or later).

Macphun Tonality Gets Major Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun today announced a major update to their black and white photo editing software, Tonality. The application, which uses a proprietary 16-bit raw processing engine, advanced imaging algorithms and a comprehensive set of unique digital darkroom features, now sports a new Luminosity Mask control for creating even more dramatic photos, and brings support for Photos for Mac, the latest version of Lightroom CC and a number of new raw image file formats. As with the original version, Tonality is offered in a standard version sold exclusively from the Mac App Store (SRP: £13.49; introductory price: £9.99) and a “Pro” version (SRP: £49.99; introductory price: £39.99) sold on the company’s website. The Pro version offers advanced features and the ability to run as either a standalone or as a plug-in to host applications such as Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop. Photographers who originally purchased the standard version of Tonality should launch the Mac App Store and choose “Updates” to automatically get the new software. Users of the Pro version should launch the standalone Pro app and choose the menu item Tonality Pro > Check for Updates to automatically get the new software.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lasersoft Adds Printer Calibration to SilverFast

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers, Scanners, Software
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Lasersoft has announced a new, paid upgrade for its SilverFast software, which incorporates a printer calibration tool. The ICC printer calibration utilises a flatbed scanner, whose colours are first adjusted with SilverFast’s patented auto IT8 calibration method, as a measuring device for profiling the printer. Users simply print a test chart using their printer and scan this chart with their IT8 calibrated scanner. SilverFast then calculates an ICC profile for their printer and the paper and ink combination. Those who already have SilverFast 8.5 for their scanner can purchase the upgrade for $99.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Adobe Announce Updates to Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today announced major updates to Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC; as well as new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, which is billed as "the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document," and a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, a new work environment focused on the needs of mobile app and web site designers. Additionally, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC both gain the new Dehaze feature, which eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots. The company also shipped Adobe Stock, the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process. When adding Adobe Stock to any paid yearly Creative Cloud membership plan, creatives can save up to 33% over purchasing stock content separately. Adobe also announced they will offer industry-leading rates to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock.

Adobe Stock Launches Worldwide

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Adobe today launched Adobe Stock, which is billed as "the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the content creation process and the tools creatives use every day." Available through Adobe Creative Cloud, this new service is a curated collection of 40 million images, which is deeply integrated into the latest releases of Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. Designers can launch Adobe Stock directly within CC desktop software, add watermarked images to their Creative Cloud Libraries, and then access and work with images across multiple desktop tools. When they are ready to license the image for finished work, they can do it directly within the desktop software they are working in. Thanks to Creative Cloud’s CreativeSync technology, all edits made on a watermarked image are automatically applied to the newly licensed image, saving hours of potential rework. Pricing for Creative Cloud individual and team customers is £7.19 incl VAT for a single image; £23.99 per month for 10 images monthly (with rollover of unused images); and £143.99 incl VAT per month for 750 images monthly. Separate pricing is available for Adobe Stock customers who are not Creative Cloud members. Adobe also announced it will offer industry-leading rates, to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Triggertrap Mobile Adds Apple Watch Support

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Triggertrap have released a new version of their Triggertrap Mobile app, enabling users to trigger their dSLR camera from an Apple Watch. The update applies to the recently introduced 'Wearables' mode, which originally offered support for Pebble smartwatches only; and allows photographers to trigger the cable release modes, long exposure modes, and timelapse modes from their wrist. The Apple Watch app also features a customisable trigger delay of up to 10 seconds. The company has also rolled out a new version of Triggertrap Timelapse Pro. This update brings Apple Watch triggering to the modular timelapse app. Both updates are available to download on the iTunes App Store.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Movavi Photo Studio

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Movavi have launched Photo Studio for Windows, a new photo retouching and management suite that combines a photo editor, a slideshow creator and a batch image processor. Movavi Photo Batch offers basic editing functions such as rotation, renaming, image conversion, and automatic adjustment that can be applied to as many pictures as you want. Renaming offers multiple options: Add index, Add date, Add free text, and more – all very useful for organizing photo albums and folders on your hard drive or in the cloud. Adjustment options include MagicEnhance, Auto Contrast, and Auto White Balance. Image conversion enables you to transcode images between JPEG (with customisable image quality levels), BMP, PNG, and TIFF. The main module – Movavi Photo Editor 3 – now includes a number of ready-to-use effects and textures ranging from subtle colour scheme changes (Nostalgic, Sepia, Vignette, and more) to complete image transformation (Oil Painting, Pen Outlines, and more). The third app in the package, Movavi Slideshow Creator, offers an easy way to turn edited photos into a slideshow. The apps in Photo Studio can be downloaded and activated separately - click through / read on for pricing details.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Camera MX 3 for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Version 3 of Camera MX is now available in the Google Play Store. This update adds a new Shoot the Past mode, which grants users the ability to go back in time up to three seconds before the shutter release was pressed to select and save missed shots. The new version additionally features a completely redesigned user interface and a wider range of photo editing options. The app is available for free.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Manfrotto Presents Digital Director

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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The new Manfrotto Digital Director is billed as the only Apple Certified interface to help users intuitively manage their photo and video workflow. Consisting of hardware, software and firmware – all of which have gone through the Mfi (Made for iPad) certification, this novel product is designed to make shooting photos and videos much smarter. By simply plugging the USB cable into the camera and turning on the app, photographers and videographers can be sure of a reliable, high performance connection between their Canon or Nikon DSLR and their iPad Air. The dedicated CPU embedded into the Digital Director provides an interface between the two devices allowing the camera protocols to be fully understood and controlled by the iPad Air, and the use of Digital Director enables the user to place the camera in the most awkward or difficult to reach positions by controlling it remotely. The dynamic histogram and audio level display allows greater control, whilst focus control is guaranteed thanks to the Interactive Focus, which can be used to select the focus point anywhere on the screen. Additionally, Digital Director allows users to immediately share their images via FTP, by email on social networks. Digital Director is available to pre order now for £399.95, and will be available from 15th June.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Triggertrap Selfie

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Triggertrap have released their  newest app, Triggertrap Selfie. Putting a twist on the ubiquitous self-portrait, Triggertrap Selfie uses the subject's voice to trigger the iPhone's camera. "Shout, clap, honk like a goose - from the creative to the amusing, Triggertrap Selfie opens up a whole new world of snapping self-portraits," the company says. As soon as the shout hits the required number of decibels, the pixelated screen will clear and the camera snaps a selfie. Your screaming work of art is saved to your camera roll, and you can share it straight to Twitter from inside the Triggertrap Selfie app.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Google Introduce Unlimited Photo Hosting, New Photos App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Google have introduced Google Photos — a new service that promises to give you "a home for all your photos and videos." The free service incorporates a standalone app for both Android and iOS, a web-based interface, unlimited photo-video hosting, automated syncing and backups. The original resolution is maintained for up to 16 megapixels for photos and 1080p for movies, and your works are automatically organised by people, places and other parameters. The new Google Photos Assistant creates animations, collages and videos from your still images. Pictures, movies and entire photo sets can be shared easily via social networks.

Website: Google Photos

Thursday, May 28, 2015

MacPhun Updates Noiseless for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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MacPhun has announced an update to its newest application, Noiseless (read review). Using newly developed imaging technology; Noiseless provides a one-click solution for eliminating the noise generated by every camera when shooting in low-light situations. This latest update reduces processing time by 20%, adds French and German language support, and fixes bugs. Noiseless is available today as an electronic download from the Macphun web store and the Mac App Store. Noiseless is £13.99, while Noiseless Pro is £36.99.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nova Launch Multiple Flash Support through Nova Camera 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Software
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Nova today launched Multiple Nova Support - a new, inventive way to create mobile lighting studios on-the-go. Using the new Nova Camera 1.2 app, photographers can connect and control up to ten Nova Bluetooth Flash devices from one iPhone. Similar to how a professional indoor studio uses multiple sources of light in different positions and at different angles, using multiple Novas enables iPhone photographers to control shadow and experiment with directional lighting effects. “We wanted to put iPhone owners in the driver’s seat so they can create and capture their vision anytime and anywhere by using more than one lighting source,” said Jaimie Walnes, Founder of Nova. “iPhone owners can now create outdoor lighting studios whether they’re at the top of a skyscraper or out on the street. It will be very exciting to see the creativity that will emerge from using this new capability.” To accompany the launch of Multiple Nova Support, the ‘Mint Nova Studio 4 Pack’ is available for $177.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Pixeluvo for Linux

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Linux version of Pixeluvo, a new professional-grade imaging suite developed by Andy Gill, is now available to purchase. Using a full range of colour transform filters, Pixeluvo allows users to transform the entire look of an image. Curves and levels adjustmentss offer users complete control while colour temperature, shadows, midtones and highlights can easily be adjusted to create the perfect balance. “With Pixeluvo there is absolutely no reason why part-time photographers should have to feel at a disadvantage to their full-time counterparts,” Andy says. “The software offers all the advanced features and functions of Photoshop, yet without the complex interface and sky-high price tag.” To find out more about the benefits of the software and download a free trial, visit the website below.