Wednesday, January 28, 2015
AKVIS ha released AKVIS Draw V.2.0, an application which converts photos into pencil sketches and line art pictures. This update adds real-time effects previews to the 64 bit version, expands raw image file support, adds the Pencil tool to the After tab, improves upon the Text tab, adds a 'Show Original' option to the tools' parameters, fixes minor bugs, adds Dropbox to the list of the publishing services and official support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. All registered users of AKVIS Draw can upgrade to the new version for free.
DxO has released DxO OpticsPro v10.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.2. The updates add support for the Sony A7 II, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, the Pentax K-S1, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The DxO Optics Modules database benefits form the addition of 291 new camera/lens combinations. DxO OpticsPro v10.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.2 are now available in the DxO online store.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
ReaSoft has updated its reaConverter 7 batch image conversion and editing program, adding the Watch Folders feature which facilitates easy automation of most image conversion tasks. The new feature says just what it says on the tin - it monitors folders containing images for new or modified files and instantly applies predefined actions to them. Working invisibly in the background, reaConverter´s Watch Folders feature allows a user to resize, crop, adjust brightness and colours, add watermarks and otherwise alter images of 400+ supported formats found in the user-specified Windows folder. reaConverter 7 is available for Windows XP through Windows 8 in three edititons; Lite (Free), Standard ($49.99) and Pro ($99.99).
Athentech today launched Version 4 of their Perfectly Clear App for Android and iOS. Both apps include Next Generation Beautify with new algorithms that automatically detect gender, age, and facial features to apply "just the right amount of correction." The new versions boast five additional features: Blemish Removal, Face Slimming, Eye Circle Removal, Shine Removal and Catchlight. Plus, the iOS edition also gains some of the features that have been available for Android for some time, such as a new noise removal algorithm, multi-image selection for batch photo corrections, and the ability to zoom into the full-resolution photo so you can view your results at 100%. The Android and iOS versions are available for $2.99 each
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Adobe has announced that Lightroom 6 will require Mac OS X 10.8 or above, or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. "If you are on Mac OS X 10.7, or a 32 bit version of Windows, you will continue to be able to install and run Lightroom 5 and use Lightroom mobile," the company said in a statement. "However, you will not be able to install Lightroom 6 until you upgrade to a supported operating system."
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Adobe today released Lightroom mobile for Android phones. Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Lightroom 5 desktop software, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. First released for iPad and iPhone, Lightroom mobile allows you to utilise your Android phone to review and edit your images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalogue at home. Lightroom mobile for Android requires a device equipped with a quad-core CPU with 1.7 GHZ ARMv7 architecture, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and Android Jellybean, KitKat, or Lollipop. Do note that it may take up to 24 hours for Lightroom mobile to be available in your local Google Play app store.
Monday, January 5, 2015
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 2014.
Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2014 award, which goes to Corel PaintShop Pro X7.
“Corel PaintShop Pro is a system that gets better with each release and X7 is arguably their best yet.”
Congratulations to Corel and PaintShop Pro X7!
AKVIS have announced the release of AKVIS SmartMask 6.0 for Windows and Mac. This edition adds an option to drag the splitter between the before and after states, expands the list of supported raw files, adds Dropbox to the list of the publishing services, fixes bugs, and adds official support for Mac OS X Yosemite. Registered users of SmartMask can upgrade to the new version free of charge.
Users of Aviary's Photo Editor for iOS app have until tomorrow, 6th January, to download the company's entire collection of photo editing supplies - valued at $200 - free of charge. The add-ons will be yours forever, and you can even sync them to Adobe's Creative Cloud, and restore them anytime. To take advantage of the offer, all you need to do is sign in with your Adobe ID - or create one in the first place - directly from the app.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Canon has released an updated version of its Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software. DPP 4.1.50 adds support for the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 70D, EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 700D and EOS 100D dSLR cameras and the recently launched EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lenses. The update also delivers faster adjustments, an improved raw image file workflow, enhanced highlight and shadow recovery, compatiblity with 64-bit native environments, and much more. You can download DPP 4.1.50 now, free of charge, from Canon Europe’s support site here.
Phase One has released an update to Capture One. Version 8.1 incorporates the following feature enhancements: incremental camera controls, up to sixteen adjustment layers, additional TIFF processing options, LiveVIew support for select models of Sony cameras, the ability to edit images in external applications, and much more. The upgrade also adds support for a range of Canon, Fuji, Leica, Panasonic and Sony cameras; and fixes bugs.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Apple has posted a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, which adds system-level support for raw image files generated by the Canon PowerShot G7 X and PowerShot SX60 HS, the Fujifilm X100T (pictured), the Nikon 1 J4, the Olympus E-PL7. the Panasonic GM5, and the Sony Alpha ILCE-5100 digital cameras. You can download the update from the website below.
Totally Rad has released an update to its PicTapGo app for iOS. Version 2.0 adds a new Straighten tool and offers an improved Crop & Rotate tool. Also, you can now edit photos directly from other apps with Totally Rad's new App Extension under iOS 8, and share them via e-mail and MMS. PicTapGo 2.0 is available on the iTunes App Store for $1.99 in English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese versions.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0 beta 4. This update adds several new demosaicing algorithms, monochrome-specific raw processing options for Bayer and X-Trans cameras, two new sharpening methods, Fill Light and neighbourhood-adaptive Highlight/Shadow adjustments, and much more. It also adds support for an array of new cameras from Canon, Nikon, Leica, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Fuji and Leaf. For more information, visit the website below.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This update adds support for the Sony Alpha A7 II (pictured) and also includes a bug fix related to issues with chromatic aberration specific to the Samsung NX1.
Alien Skin has announced Exposure 7, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software. As a standalone program, Exposure 7 will now allow you to work on raw image files from a wide range of cameras from all manufacturers without having to convert them to a TIFF or JPEG first. Also, Exposure 7 now provides rapid folder and file browsing right within the same UI when working in standalone mode. Other highlights include non-destructive editing, new film emulation presets, textures and easy-to-use Crop and Rotate panels. Alien Skin Exposure 7 is now available for $149. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $69.
The new ACDSee Ultimate 8 software is billed as the first all-in-one digital asset manager and layered photo editor. "Until today, photographers would have to run multiple, expensive applications to edit and achieve professional results," the company says. "Now, professionals and sophisticated amateurs can rely on one product for an unparalleled number of creative graphic and image composition needs." ACDSee Ultimate 8 combines layers, GPU-accelerated image processing and support for 32-bit and 64-bit transparency with all of the photo adjustment and management capabilities available in ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18. The program is available for $149.99.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Topaz Labs have released Topaz Glow, a new program that uses state-of-the-art image processing techniques to produce illuminating light effects. “We took an extra step to push forward the processing technology in Glow to make it much faster with GPU acceleration, speeding up your creativity and empowering your imagination,” said Dr. Yang Yang, the research scientist who led the product development of Glow. “By developing a unique proprietary algorithm that extracts hidden light in an image, Glow gives the user freedom to produce both subtle and dramatic looks.” Glow works as a standalone editor as well as a plugin for Photoshop CS4+, Photoshop Elements 6+, Photoshop Creative Cloud and as an external editor for Lightroom. It is compatible with 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8 and up. Though the standard retail price of Glow is $69.99, it is available at a special reduced price of $49.99 until the end of this year.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
DxO Labs have just launched DxO OpticsPro v10.1. The program is now compatible with Lightroom and other third-party software’s star ranking systems, has improved the speed at which it displays its visual presets in Windows, and has enriched its DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint plugins. This update also allows DxO OpticsPro 10 to support the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X (pictured), the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC- ZS40, and the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.