Category: Software

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

AKVIS Photo Correction Bundle

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis have announced an update of the four programs thatmake up the Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer, Noise Buster, Refocus and HDRFactory. Each program has its unique algorithm to help users optimise their photos without having to spend hours of their precious time. The new versions offer a redesigned interface with support for Ultra HD displays, provide full compatibility with Photoshop CC 2017, and provide a number of new tools and options. The programs run on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10; and Mac OS X 10.7-10.12. All of them are available as Photoshop compatible plug-ins and as standalone applications.

Akvis have announced an update of the four programs thatmake up the Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer, Noise Buster, Refocus and HDRFactory. Each program has its unique algorithm to help users optimise their photos without having to spend hours of their precious time. The new versions offer a redesigned interface with...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Updated ParticleShop Offers 100+ New Brushes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today introduced a new version of their ParticleShop plugin, which gives professional photo editors and compositors the ability to create images that were previously too time consuming or even impossible to achieve - right within Photoshop and Lightroom. ParticleShop uses the power of the Corel Painter Particle brush technology to create specific, photo-realistic effects. Whether users want to add hair, fabric, fire, smoke, fur, dust or lighting to their photos, ParticleShop brushes can create these life-like effects with a simple brushstroke. Built to perform with a pressure-sensitive tablet, touchscreen or mouse, ParticleShop brushes enable users to add their unique artistic enhancements to any image. The updated version adds support for Dynamic Speckles and F-X Effects, as well as more than 100 new brushes allowing users to create looks that are more realistic than ever. ParticleShop is available for $49.99 or as a free update for all registered owners.

Corel today introduced a new version of their ParticleShop plugin, which gives professional photo editors and compositors the ability to create images that were previously too time consuming or even impossible to achieve - right within Photoshop and Lightroom. ParticleShop uses the power of the Corel Painter Particle brush technology...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Photography Blog Software of the Year 2016

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Software
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Over the next 6 days we’ll be revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016.

Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2016 award, which goes to Macphun Luminar.

“If you do delve deeper into all the different options, you’ll find that there’s a lot to like about the editing software, with it capable of producing some excellent results. You’re unlikely to find a piece of software that is as extensive as this for the same kind of value.”

Read our Macphun Luminar Review

Congratulations to Macphun!

Over the next 6 days we’ll be revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016. Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2016 award, which goes to Macphun Luminar. “If you...

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Magic Hour VR Photography Simulator

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

London-based design studio Wolf in Motion has unveiled Magic Hour, a VR photography simulator for taking "dream-like" pictures. Magic Hour's VR camera has similar characteristics to those of a high-end camera and offers full control on exposure, aperture ratio, shutter speed, focal length, ISO and white balance. It can optically reproduce the physics of any camera or lens but also easily go beyond the realm of the possible. Magic Hour's hand-crafted digital playground offers countless photographic opportunities from wildlife encounters to painting light with the stars. While experienced photographers will have fun experimenting in ways they have never been able to with a physical camera, newcomers will be able to learn the technical aspects of photography through a rewarding interactive experience.:"The arrival of consumer VR has unlocked exciting new opportunities in training and education," says Charlie Fuller, founding partner at Wolf in Motion. "Magic Hour is one of the first of such products, letting players experiment with a manual control camera before they've ever held a real one in their hands." Magic Hour is available now on Steam VR.

London-based design studio Wolf in Motion has unveiled Magic Hour, a VR photography simulator for taking "dream-like" pictures. Magic Hour's VR camera has similar characteristics to those of a high-end camera and offers full control on exposure, aperture ratio, shutter speed, focal length, ISO and white balance. It can...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Photolemur for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Photolemur for Mac is billed as the World’s first fully automatic photo enhancement solution built on artificial intelligence AI). Unlike many other image enhancement tools, Photolemur doesn’t have any hard coded filters - rather, it applies specific enhancements to each image. Powered by new technology which recognises objects, faces, trees, sky, foliage and more, Photolemur differentiates between portraits, landscapes and macro photographs and applies the right enhancements for those pictures. As you bring in more images, every saved or shared photo builds a database of successful enhancements, and every non-saved image goes into an unsuccessful database. This ensures that all future enhancements are built on a record of success. Photolemur is constantly learning what you like and don’t like. Photolemur is available for pre order for $29 from the website below.

Photolemur for Mac is billed as the World’s first fully automatic photo enhancement solution built on artificial intelligence AI). Unlike many other image enhancement tools, Photolemur doesn’t have any hard coded filters - rather, it applies specific enhancements to each image. Powered by new technology which...

FotoQuote Mobile for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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FotoQuote, an image pricing application by Cradoc fotoSoftware, is now available for iPhone and iPad use. “We are so excited about the new fotoQuote Mobile that we are including it for free with every fotoQuote order placed between now and the end of the year,” said fotoQuote creator, Cradoc Bagshaw. “We want everyone who has fotoQuote Pro 7 to be given the opportunity to also benefit from the mobile version.” fotoQuote Pro 7.0 itself retails for $149.99 with a limited time introductory offer of $129.99. FotoQuote orders placed before the end of the year will include the fotoQuote Mobile version at no additional cost.

FotoQuote, an image pricing application by Cradoc fotoSoftware, is now available for iPhone and iPad use. “We are so excited about the new fotoQuote Mobile that we are including it for free with every fotoQuote order placed between now and the end of the year,” said fotoQuote...

Friday, December 16, 2016

Macphun Luminar Pluto Update Goes Live

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun has released a new update to Luminar, its first all-in-one photo editor. The Pluto update brings batch processing, a new Dehaze filter that can quickly fix hazy photos in a snap, an also-new Golden hour filter that adds a warm-toned sunlight effect to your photos (see illustration above), and the opportunity to include textures inside your presets. Additionally, the company has enhanced the colour temperature filter with quick presets and an eye-dropper tool for choosing precisely what tones to reference.

Macphun has released a new update to Luminar, its first all-in-one photo editor. The Pluto update brings batch processing, a new Dehaze filter that can quickly fix hazy photos in a snap, an also-new Golden hour filter that adds a warm-toned sunlight effect to your photos (see illustration above),...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DxO ONE App Version 2.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO has announced a major update to its DxO ONE camera app, introducing what it calls "the World’s first pro-level multi-camera solution for Facebook Live." When combined with full Wi-Fi remote control, the DxO ONE will operate as a remote broadcast camera, giving users the ability to experiment with camera compositions and placements that are impossible to achieve with the iPhone’s built-in cameras alone. The DxO ONE Facebook Live solution provides a sophisticated set of controls, including an elegant multi-camera source panel, that lets users preview all three camera views at once­ — DxO ONE, iPhone front and back — so they can recompose the shot, adjust the lighting, or prepare their subject before going live with any camera view. The audio feed can be sourced from the DxO ONE’s internal microphone, the iPhone’s microphone, or set to automatically switch between the two as users cut between cameras. “Because it’s so incredibly compact, the DxO ONE has been my go-to camera for pro-quality video whenever and wherever I need it most,” said Nathan Yamniak, Film Director. “Now with the addition of a multi-camera broadcast control panel, and deep support for Facebook Live, it has become for me and my clients the ultimate pro-quality live broadcasting solution.” Available to all DxO ONE users free of charge, the update is expected to be available in early 2017 via the iTunes App Store.

DxO has announced a major update to its DxO ONE camera app, introducing what it calls "the World’s first pro-level multi-camera solution for Facebook Live." When combined with full Wi-Fi remote control, the DxO ONE will operate as a remote broadcast camera, giving users the ability to experiment...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Zoner Photo Studio X Winter Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Zoer has released the first major update to Zoner Photo Studio X. The Editor now offers deeper work with layers and masks, and several old functions are back in an improved form. Additionally, the Develop module has a new radial filter and an advanced noise removal algorithm. All of the new ZPS X features now come in the form of a prepaid yearly subscription license for a fee of $95.88.

Zoer has released the first major update to Zoner Photo Studio X. The Editor now offers deeper work with layers and masks, and several old functions are back in an improved form. Additionally, the Develop module has a new radial filter and an advanced noise removal algorithm. All of the...

Affinity Photo Goes for Windows Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Affinity Photo is now available to buy for Windows. The software offers raw image processing, PSD import and export, 16-bit-per-channel editing, colour management,camera lens and exposure corrections, accurate adjustments, live filter layers, high-end controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, and built-in frequency separation editing. Other features include andvanced HDR exposure blending, a novel way to edit 360-degree images, tone mapping, batch processing, focus stacking and macros. In addition to the brand new Windows version, Serif have also released Affinity Photo 1.5 for Mac, which represents the biggest single update to the app since it was launched over a year ago. Both versions are available for $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99 until 22 December 2016. The usual price will be $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99. Existing owners of the Mac version can download the 1.5 update free of charge.

Affinity Photo is now available to buy for Windows. The software offers raw image processing, PSD import and export, 16-bit-per-channel editing, colour management,camera lens and exposure corrections, accurate adjustments, live filter layers, high-end controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, and built-in frequency separation editing. Other features include...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Adobe Camera Raw 9.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application. This update adds support for the Canon EOS M5, Fujifilm XA3, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Hasselblad X1D, Leica TL, Nikon D5600, Olympus EM1 Mark II (preliminary), Olympus PEN EPL8, Panasonic LUMIX DMCFZ2500 (DMCFZ2000 and DMCFZH1), Pentax K70 (pictured), Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE 6500), Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA99M2) and Sony DSCRX100 Mark V cameras, and dozens of new camera-lens profiles. Creative Cloud users can select Help>Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Camera Raw 9.8 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application. This update adds support for the Canon EOS M5, Fujifilm XA3, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Hasselblad X1D, Leica TL, Nikon D5600, Olympus EM1 Mark II (preliminary), Olympus PEN EPL8, Panasonic...

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 is now available. This version introduces a new view mode witin the Develop Module called Reference View, which allows you to compare 2 different images in order to make them visually consistent. This is helpful when making a group of images from a single event look similar or setting the white balance appropriately in mixed lighting conditions. Additionally, Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 adds support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS M5, Fujifilm X-A3, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Hasselblad X1D, Leica TL, Nikon D5600, Olympus E-M1 Mark II (preliminary), Olympus PEN E-PL8, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ2500 (DMC-FZ2000 and DMC-FZH1), Pentax K-70, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Sony Alpha a6500 (ILCE­-6500). Sony Alpha a99 II (ILCA-99M2) and Sony DSC-RX100 Mark V cameras, plus tethered shooting support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV SLR. Creative Cloud users can select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.8 is now available. This version introduces a new view mode witin the Develop Module called Reference View, which allows you to compare 2 different images in order to make them visually consistent. This is helpful when making a group of images from a single event look similar or...

Lightroom for iOS 2.6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released version 2.6 of Lightroom 2.6. This update brings a new Edit interface, a new info section, a new capture interface with a brand new professional mode, bug fixes and improvements. The company has also added new functionality such as the often requested ability to add in titles, captions, and copyright from mobile devices. You can download Lightroom for iOS from the iTunes App Store.

Adobe has released version 2.6 of Lightroom 2.6. This update brings a new Edit interface, a new info section, a new capture interface with a brand new professional mode, bug fixes and improvements. The company has also added new functionality such as the often requested ability to add in titles, captions, and...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ricoh Debuts Keenai Photo Management Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Ricoh Innovations today launched Keenai, a smart photo management service that keeps digital memories safe and organised. Available immediately in eight languages on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Windows Phone, Keenai is billed as the only photo service that connects all your devices and cameras, and unifies all your photos and videos for viewing and sharing on any device. Offering automatic cloud backup of unlimited, original-resolution photos and videos, Keenai enables sharing of stories as gorgeous albums that combine photos, videos and even 360° images. Albums can be privately shared with friends and family via email or shared links, and accessed via any web browser. “Consumers are struggling to keep track of all the photos and videos they capture using the different devices they own,” said Toshinori Arita, senior vice president, Ricoh Innovations. “Keenai provides a smart solution to this problem, and is designed so that non-technical people can gain control of all their photos, share them with friends and family, and feel confident that their memories are safe.” Members start with a free trial of 30 days. Thereafter, membership costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year.

Ricoh Innovations today launched Keenai, a smart photo management service that keeps digital memories safe and organised. Available immediately in eight languages on Android, iOS, macOS, Windows and Windows Phone, Keenai is billed as the only photo service that connects all your devices and cameras, and unifies all your photos...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Infltr 2.5 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Infltr 2.5 is the first iOS camera app to enable iPhone and iPad users to apply millions of filters to their photos in Apple’s Messages app. Additionally, infltr can also apply photo-style filtering to iPhone videos and Live Photos. Users can change the filter throughout their recording, scroll through the finished video to find moments to filter, or for the first time ever, actually play the video and change the filter at the same time. Available in 22 languages and priced at £2.29, infltr today boasts over seven million filters. “Using the same old filters as everyone else won’t cut it with today’s creative consumers but unless you are a professional, there are very few tools that work easily, effectively and effortlessly to create beautiful moving images that you can proudly share with your fans and followers,” says infltr founder Philippe Levieux. “IThat’s where infltr comes in. We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with an iPhone. We are filtering stills, video and Live Photos using cutting-edge software, working with the very latest Apple camera technology. With the new version of infltr, we are making our millions of filters available for iMessage, Live Photos and Video in real time, so that iPhone users can create beautiful filtered videos, easily and instantly.”

Infltr 2.5 is the first iOS camera app to enable iPhone and iPad users to apply millions of filters to their photos in Apple’s Messages app. Additionally, infltr can also apply photo-style filtering to iPhone videos and Live Photos. Users can change the filter throughout their recording, scroll through...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Macphun Announce Touch Bar Support in Luminar Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have unveiled that Luminar, their first all-in-one photo editor (read review), now supports Apple’s new MacBook Pro Touch Bar. When Luminar is launched on a new MacBook Pro, users will have a core set of controls on the Touch Bar which will allow them to compare images and add a new filter, as well as access key tools such as Crop, Noise Reduction, Erasing, Clone & Stamp and Transform. When using a specific tool, the Touch Bar for Luminar will feature controllers for this specific tool. In addition to the introduction of support for Touch Bar, this update to Luminar also brings improved performance, updated support for raw image files, speed improvement, and bug fixes.

Macphun have unveiled that Luminar, their first all-in-one photo editor (read review), now supports Apple’s new MacBook Pro Touch Bar. When Luminar is launched on a new MacBook Pro, users will have a core set of controls on the Touch Bar which will allow them to compare...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Capture One Pro 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10.  This update brings faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction, while an enhanced proof mode allows for onscreen profiling, which takes the guesswork out of the raw conversion process. Additionally, users can now access Capture One Pro directly through a Tangent panel system. This fully integrated panel is literally a new interface into image editing, allowing fast, multiple input commands simultaneously, while viewing the master monitor as the editor "feels" input into the application. A new camera focus tool module has been added to facilitate tethered shooting, which will be especially useful for product, still life, macro, and Cultural Heritage photography projects. Last but not least, Phase One have added support for a number of new cameras including the Olympus OM-D E-M1 ll, Sony RX100M5, Sony A6500 and Sony A99M2. "We have developed Capture One Pro 10 to greatly improve users' experience so they can achieve the results they want much faster and with greater confidence," said James Johnson, software product manager, Phase One. "Image adjustment options are now at a whole new level. We believe that with this release, we are delivering the most powerful, responsive, and user customizable image processor available." New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 10 for €279/$299. Owners of Capture One Pro 8 and 9 may upgrade for €/$99. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 9 after 1 November 2016, Phase One are offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee.

Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10.  This update brings faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction, while an enhanced proof mode allows for onscreen profiling, which takes the guesswork out...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Fluntro today released Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7, an iOS app that displays EXIF metadata and includes the Exif Viewer Photos Extension and the iMessage App Extension. In this version, users can customise the UI, re-order and hide EXIF tags and remove unwanted metadata. The app also supports 3D Touch on iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (or newer 3D Touch enabled devices). Exif Viewer includes shortcuts to access Favorites, Photo Streams, Albums, and All Photos quickly. Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7 is available for $0.99 on iTunes.

Fluntro today released Exif Viewer by Fluntro 2.7, an iOS app that displays EXIF metadata and includes the Exif Viewer Photos Extension and the iMessage App Extension. In this version, users can customise the UI, re-order and hide EXIF tags and remove unwanted metadata. The app also supports 3D Touch on...

Monday, November 21, 2016

PhotoZoom Pro 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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BenVista have released their new image resizing software, PhotoZoom Pro 7, for Mac OS and Windows. This update boasts an enhanced S-Spline Max algorithm, which uses new filters to improve image quality. "PhotoZoom Pro's core strength is its capability to preserve sharpness and detail during enlargement like no other," said Dimitri Schoolwerth, CEO at BenVista. "But what if all you have is a low quality original? PhotoZoom Pro 7 introduces additional tools to not only preserve, but also improve image quality during enlargement. It can remove noise, reduce JPEG artifacts, fix overexposure, brighten unwanted shadows, and enhance image vividness. Now even low quality originals can be enlarged successfully, all in one simple step." Prices start at €159 for new licenses, and €69 for upgrades.

BenVista have released their new image resizing software, PhotoZoom Pro 7, for Mac OS and Windows. This update boasts an enhanced S-Spline Max algorithm, which uses new filters to improve image quality. "PhotoZoom Pro's core strength is its capability to preserve sharpness and detail during enlargement like no other," said...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Akvis Chameleon 9.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis today released a major update to Chameleon, their photo collage creation software for Windows and Macintosh. This edition offers new selection and post-processing tools, an advanced montage algorithm, a redesigned interface with support for 4K and 5K displays, and other improvements. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10; and on Mac OS X 10.7-10.12. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in to Photoshop and other popular image editors. This update is free for users who bought Chameleon in the last 12 months.

Akvis today released a major update to Chameleon, their photo collage creation software for Windows and Macintosh. This edition offers new selection and post-processing tools, an advanced montage algorithm, a redesigned interface with support for 4K and 5K displays, and other improvements. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10; and...