Monday, October 5, 2015
In addition to releasing Capture CC and Photoshop Fix, Adobe have announced various updates to their existing Creative Cloud applications and services, as well as Adobe Stock. Describing their vision for Creative Cloud as a “connected creative canvas” where people create and share their work from anywhere, Adobe today added new Touch capabilities to their desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. The recently launched Adobe Stock marketplace will soon support the download and purchase of video content, and add the ability to search for and browse assets directly from Creative Cloud Libraries. The company also announced Adobe Portfolio, a new way to create beautiful, simple, creative portfolio websites; unveiled feature updates to its popular Creative Cloud Photography plan; and introduced powerful new editing capabilities for Lightroom for web.
Adobe today released two new mobile apps, Photoshop Fix and Capture CC. Available today, Photoshop Fix offers a retouching and restoration-focused image editing experience on a mobile device courtesy of a simple, intuitive touch interface that makes Photoshop desktop features like the Healing Brush and Liquify available for real retouching work on iPad and iPhone. Adobe Capture CC combines the capabilities of Adobe Brush, Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Hue into a single app and the captured design asset can be used as a brush, shape or colour theme for professional work.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Zoner has just released the latest edition of Zoner Photo Studio. Version 18 provides a simplified photo workflow — from image download off the camera, to RAW development and JPG editing, to sharing photos. The program’s three main sections now have a unified interface, with navigation tools always available in the left-hand Navigator. The Catalogue that powers ZPS 18 now provides increased speed for browsing your photo collection. The new Develop section offers non-destructive edits for images in nearly every format. Other novelties include the ability to create Full HD slideshows from your photos, a new Share button, full support for high-resolution displays and compatibility with Windows 10. Zoner Photo Studio 18 is available now for $99. Upgrades from older versions are priced at $49.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Corel today released Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate (£99.95/$129.95), Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus (£79.95/$99.95) and Pinnacle Studio 19 (£49.95/$59.95). New features include a Multi-Camera Editor that enables you to edit footage from 2 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19, 4 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus, and 6 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate; and align clips automatically with Audio Syncing. Other highlights inlcude support for 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, enhanced HD processing and improved 64-bit playback performance. The 'Plus' and 'Ultimate' versions additionally feature Audio Ducking to lower background sound and keep dialogue and narration clear.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Adobe has released Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14. The former now features a camera shake compensation function, a Haze Removal tool, enhanced Guided Edits, a friendlier Quick Edit mode and more precise selections. The latter adds 4K video editing, new and professional-looking motion titles, a selective-colour mode and slow-motion effects with enhanced guidance. Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Adobe Premiere Elements 14 are immediately available for purchase for $99.99 each. Upgrade pricing is also available for $79.99.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Magix have released the latest version of its video editing solution, Movie Edit Pro. Boasting a multitude of unique features, ranging from HEVC/H.265 support and high-quality video stabilisation to working with footage from 360° cameras and action cams; the Movie Edit Pro 2016 product family offers beginners and more advanced users a range of practical tools. Movie Edit Pro is available online from £49.99.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Anthropics Technology have launched PortraitPro v15 - a major release of their professional portrait retouching software. This update offers a host of new features including realistic makeup controls, wide angle lens distortion correction, enhanced Child Mode, advanced skin colouring and tone correction, improved feature detection and support for ultra-high resolution displays. The standard edition can now be purchased for £29.95/$39.95 (regular price £59.90/$79.90).
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Olympus have announced an upcoming firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 4.0 will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The company is also planning to release a similar firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera adding, on top of these features, a new "Flat" Movie Exclusive Picture Mode. At the same time, Version 1.1 of Olympus Capture will be released to "meet demands from professionals," and the latest firmware update for M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses will also be issued to provide improved aprture drive for smooth exposure control even when shooting movies in situations with sudden changes in brightness. These firmware and software updates will all be released in late November.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
CyberLink today launched the latest versions of its Director series multimedia editing software applications. PowerDirector 14 (priced from $69.99) features flexible video editing modes, more than 500 effects and templates, improved 64-bit video rendering with TrueVelocity 5, precision motion tracking and a new Action Camera Center. PhotoDirector 7 ($59.99) adds support for a wide variety of new cameras and raw image formats, introduces a fresh approach to layer-based editing, and features new face and body beautification and content-aware object removal tools. ColorDirector 4 Ultra ($129.99) offers intelligent motion tracking, post-production colour grading and HDR video editing.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Macphun has announced that four of its photo editing tools have been updated to include support for Photos for Mac. The ability to use Macphun tools such as Noiseless, Tonality, Intensify and Snapheal with Photos will, according to the company, fill the gap left by iPhoto and Aperture. “So many people were left disappointed by the lack of editing tools in Photos for Mac. As photography enthusiasts ourselves, it made perfect sense to improve Photos’ weaknesses,” commented Alex Tsepko, COO of Macphun. “With Macphun’s photo editing extensions, Photos for Mac will finally offer the tools, features, speed and editing quality that its users were expecting... We’re confident this update will be an exciting element of Apple’s eagerly awaited El Capitan.” For existing users, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, and Noiseless will automatically update when El Capitan is released.
Apple have just announced iOS 9, which will be available on Wednesday, 16th September as a free software update for iPhone 4S and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini (all versions). This update shall bring a longer battery life, improved multitasking with Split View and a new Picture-in-Picture mode. The brand new iCloud Drive app enables users to easily access any file they had previously saved to iCloud from their Home screen, while the revamped Notes app now allows you to add photos to your notes or take a new one with your device's built-in camera. Also, you can now use Siri to search for photos based on date, location or album name by telling the assistant to "show me photos taken in Paris last summer," for example. There are other enhancements including faster typing, more robust security, support for public transport in Maps, plus an all-new News app; but in our understanding, there are no major OS-level changes that directly affect the photo-taking experience on currently available devices (Live Photos are reserved for the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus).
Monday, September 7, 2015
Hasselblad has released Version 2.9 of its Phocus software. This update adds support for custom colour calibrations without any need for the use of third-party calibration software, and adds a new slider to the Scene Calibration tool.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
At IFA 2015, Panasonic are showcasing the Lumix GH4R, an advanced version of the existing GH4 compact system camera. The photo/video hybrid now offers unlimited 4K recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) and V-Log L video capability. Taking full advantage of the Panasonic GH4R’s Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts log characteristics with 12 stops, allowing videographers to capture the darkest scenes and avoid ‘bleaching out’ details in very bright environments. V-Log L is also available to existing GH4 users, via a paid software upgrade. By purchasing the DMW-SFU1 Upgrade Software Key and updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.3, users of the original GH4 can also enjoy the benefits of V-Log L functionality for a one off cost of £79. The new Panasonic Lumix GH4R will be available from 7th September 2015 and will retail at £1199.
Monday, August 31, 2015
GoPro have released a new feature that allows the user to create short video clips directly on the camera or mobile device for easy sharing. On-camera trimming, available on HERO4 Black with LCD BacPac, HERO4 Silver , and HERO+ LCD, allows you to save your trimmed file directly back onto the memory card, adjacent to the rest of the video files for later sharing. The in-app functionality will allow for instant saving to your camera roll and very precise trimming from all Wi-Fi enabled GoPro cameras.
Friday, August 28, 2015
In its most important move since the company' acquisition by Facebook, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape formats, in addition to the much loved/hated square. "Square format has been and always will be part of who we are," the company said in a statement. "That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram... We’re especially excited about what this update means for video... which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever." Instagram has also announced that from now on, all filters will work on all types of media, with intensity adjustments now available on videos as well as stills.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Serif have announced a free trial version of their new professional, Mac-only image editing software; Affinity Photo. "Since its launch this summer Affinity Photo became Editors’ Choice and a main feature in the Mac App Store, 5-star rated by customers, and #1 photography app in over 100 countries," Affinity Product Manager Dale Cook told PhotographyBLOG. "Affinity Photo’s award-winning innovation and incredible performance is free to try in full for 10 days — all adjustments, filters, tools, features, importers, exporters, and file saving work with no restrictions or watermarks."
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Lytro has opened its imaging platform to developers, photographers and producers, enabling them to explore light field photography and integrate the underlying 3D data into new applications. Lytro Power Tools (LPT) Beta was developed to give programmers, researchers and artists complete control at every step – from capture on the camera to post-processing light field data. Initially announced as an Alpha program only available in the United States, LPT Beta is now available to anyone who’s interested. Alpha participants have created and shared tools to generate time-lapse video as well as panoramic video that can be viewed with virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. To learn more and download Lytro Power Tools Beta, visit the website below.
Magix have released a free video editor for Android devices. The new Fastcut app uses your video clips to automatically create dynamic short films right on your smartphone or tablet. After selecting your footage and a template you can rearrange individual clips, or have Fastcut automatically rearrange them for you if you are not satisfied with the initial result. All of your creations can be exported in all resolutions up to Full HD, uploaded to the Internet and shared on Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms. The app can be upgraded with extra templates and features for £0.89 or $0.99 per month.
Corel have just released Paint Shop Pro X8 (read review) and PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate. New features include text wrapping, a content-aware Magic Move tool, a comprehensive set of lens corrections, UHD monitor support, a Before/After button in the Adjust workspace, new swatches in the Materials Palette, Text & Shape Cutter preview, Gradient preview and more. This latest version of the application also boasts an enhanced Batch Mode, an updated Camera Raw Lab, an expanded range of selection tool options, various performance gains and an improved layer workflow. PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate offers the versatility of PaintShop Pro X8, plus a collection of photo-focused add-ons including AfterShot 2, Perfectly Clear 2 SE and Perfect Effects 9.5. Suggested retail pricing for PaintShop Pro X8 is $79.99 (USD/CAN) / €69.99 / £59.99 / $99.95 AUD. PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate is available for $99.99 (USD/CAN) / €89.99 / £79.99/ $129.95 AUD.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
DxO have released DxO OpticsPro 10.4.3, DxO FilmPack 5.1.5 and DxO ViewPoint 2.5.7. These updates add support for the Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i, the EOS 760D / Rebel T6s and the EOS M3, as well as the Leica T (Typ 701), the Nikon 1 J5 (pictured) and the Pentax K-3 II. DxO OpticsPro 10.4.3 also adds 672 new camera/lens combinations to the DxO Optics Module library, providing support for Canon, GoPro, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, GoPro, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung and Sony cameras.