Category: Software

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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sliders for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Sliders is a new mobile app that converts any iOS device into a digital photo frame. Besides turning your own Flickr photostream into an easy-to-use slideshow, Sliders can display photos that match keywords specified by the user, displaying a rich selection of thematic photos on your device. "With Sliders, an iPad that’s sitting in a corner, waiting to be used, is turned into a gorgeous picture frame," says developer Babak Fakhamzadeh. Sliders is now available for free on the iTunes App Store. After 1st July, the price of the app will be $0.99.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Macphun Slashes Prices of Pro Apps

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have announced a Whitsun weekend special offer. By visiting the website below and entering the special promo code ‘spring 10,' users can get a £7 discount off Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Focus Pro, Snapheal Pro and the CreativeKit+ bundle. The promotion runs until 26 May 2015.

X-Rite/Adobe Bundle Now Includes Lightroom CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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X-Rite have announced that their offer of a one year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with all purchases of X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro 2 now includes the new Lightroom CC as part of the bundle. “This update to Lightroom CC, included in the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, means that anyone purchasing the ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro is getting the latest and most up to date imaging tools in one exceptional value package” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director of X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Photo, i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Display Pro set the standard for accurate colour management technology. They provide users with the peace of mind they need to get creative with their images.” In addition, the i1Display Pro comes with the option to receive a 15% discount on the one-year membership.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Xara Web Designer 11 Premium

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara have released version 11 of their Web Designer Premium application. The software comes with the beta version of cloud.xara which is billed as an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of a Xara website using a web browser on any computer or tablet. It also includes a flexible new widget for creating slideshows, which can be useful for photographers. Xara Web Designer 11 Premium retails for £69.99 / €99.99 / $99.99.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pixeluvo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

Former Sony games developer, Andy Gill has released an innovative new photo editing tool called Pixeluvo. Using a full range of colour transform filters, Pixeluvo allows users to transform the entire look of an image. Curves and levels adjustmentss offer editors complete control while temperature, shadows, midtones and highlights can 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.” Pixeluvo is available for both Linux and Windows. To find out more about the benefits of the software and download a free trial, visit the website below.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Photo Portal 1.1 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Arrikon have released Photo Portal 1.1 for iPad and iPhone. The app enables you to access your entire computer photo library from the comfort of your favourite sofa, or from anywhere outside your home, using Wi‑Fi or 3G on your iPad or iPhone. Version 1.1 adds a new "Sort" option to the Settings menu, modifies the cache limit and enables users to hide the Status Toolbar. Photo Portal is available on iTunes for $4.99.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Canon PERSTEXT

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Canon Japan announced today that it has released its English version of PERSTEXT, a free iOS application that provides users with a new way of having fun with their photos. The app lets you insert dynamic text into saved images, which can then be shared with friends and family via popular social networks. The application also makes it possible to insert text that appears as if it had been written on the floor or the ground, and provides support for AirPrint-enabled inkjet printers so you can easily print out the images you create. PERSTEXT is available now on iTunes.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Triggertrap Adds “Wearables” Mode to Mobile App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Triggertrap has unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for its Triggertrap Mobile app, photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera. This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Support for Apple Watch will be added to the app in the coming weeks. The update is available to download on the iOS app store, and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

PicsArt Launch App Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PicsArt, the largest mobile creative community, has announced an update that enables users to collaborate on work via Facebook and generate timelapse videos that showcase their unique editing techniques. “We believe PicsArt provides users with the best tools to express themselves and now we are giving them more ways to share that expression,” said PicsArt’s founder, Hovhannes Avoyan. “Everyday our users are creating expressively heartfelt work with PicsArt’s tools. We want to make sure we are also giving them equally expressive ways to share that work.” PicsArt’s latest iOS and Android app update also brings enhanced social features that make collaborating and giving feedback more immediate and fluid. A new “Open” button on images makes sharing and commenting on artwork easier than ever. PicsArt users are also able to "like" images by double-tapping them and stay updated with pop-up notifications that alert users of new work from their favourite artists.