Category: Software

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Akvis Sketch 16

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 16 of its Sketch application, which turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds numerous new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, and more. The standalone edition now comes with a smart non-destructive Crop tool, whereas the plugin offers improved compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. All owners of Sketch v.9-15 can upgrade to version 16 for free by downloading and installing the updated software.

Fujifilm HS-V5 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

Fuji has launched its "HS-V5 for Windows Ver. 1.0" software which enables PC tethered shooting for the Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. In Camera Mode, users hold the camera by hand or set it up on a tripod and adjust the settings on the camera itself, and the images shot are simultaneously transferred to the computer for display on the screen or saving on the PC. Adjusting exposure and other shooting settings or activating the shutter release are all carried out on the camera. In PC Mode, users can check the viewfinder image of a remotely-setup camera, operate the camera and adjust its settings on the PC screen, with all images taken simultaneously transferred to the PC for display on the screen or saving onto PC. All adjustments to exposure and other shooting settings or activation of the shutter release are carried out remotely on the computer. The application features an "image analysis" function with histogram, highlight clipping warning and EXIF data display, plus an "image assessment" function that displays two images side-by-side for comparison, and a "categorisation / organisation" function.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tiffen Dfx 4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Tiffen has released version 4 of the multiple award-winning Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite. This update adds OFX plug-in support, making it compatible with the digital intermediate programs Davinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch, as well as the high-end Nuke visual effects program from The Foundry. The program now also includes support for Sony Vegas NLEs as well as 12 new visual effects filters, 93 new historical photographic processes, 30 new motion picture film stocks, a "dramatic" speed increase in GPU acceleration, state-of-the-art floating point precision for a non-destructive workflow, and Retina display support for Mac. The Tiffen Dfx 4 film/video plug-in is available  for $499.95. The photo-ony version of the plug-in can be purchased for $149.95. The standalone version of Tiffen Dfx 4 is available today for $129.99.

Capture One 8.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One today released Capture One 8.0.2. This update adds support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite; lenses including the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4, the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4, the Nikon AF-S Nikkot 20mm f/1.8G ED and the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro; and cameras including the Nikon D750, D3300 and P340, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, the Leica T (Typ 701) and C (Typ 112), the Panasonic GM1, and the Samsung NX30.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 is now available as a final release. The update adds support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), Canon PowerShot G7 X, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, Casio EX-100PRO, Fujifilm X30, Fujifilm X100T, Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver, Leaf Credo 50, Leica D-Lux (Typ 109), Leica M-P, Leica V-Lux (Typ 114), Leica X (Typ 113), Nikon D750, Olympus PEN E-PL7, Olympus STYLUS 1S, Panasonic DMC-CM1, Panasonic GM1S, Panasonic GM5, Panasonic LX100, Pentax K-S1, Pentax QS-1, Samsung NX1, Sony Alpha A5100 and Sony QX1 models. Additionally, it brings updates to synced collections, supports tethered shooting with the Nikon D810 and D4S, adds a host of lens profiles, and fixes bugs. You can download the update - for both Mac OS and Windows - from the website below.

Website: Adobe Lightroom Journal

Monday, November 17, 2014

Film Stocks 2.0, Light 4.0 & Rays 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Digital Film Tools today released Film Stocks v2.0, Light v4.0, and Rays v2.0. In response to customer requests, Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, Grunge, Three Strip and Two Strip Processes have been integrated into the Film Stocks v2.0 workflow. The Film Stocks user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac as well as three new masking types: Path, Snap and Selection. Light v4.0 also benefits from a new user interface, as well as filter layering, seven masking types, GPU acceleration, Mac Retina display support and 1300 Rosco gobos. The Rays user interface has also been upgraded with Retina display support for Mac in addition to layering and seven masking types for photo plug-in hosts.

Magix Fastcut

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Fastcut from Magix is a new video editor optimised for action cams. The program allows you to automatically or manually edit your videos, and offers a wide range of thematic templates with fitting songs, cuts and transitions. Additional effects such as vintage look, tracking shots and slow-motion effects can also be added individually. You can minimise wind noise, correct skewed footage, remove lens distortions, adjust the colours and apply post-capture exposure compensation to backlit shots. Fastcut is available now online for a special introductory price of £39.99.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wacom Dropzone and Control Room

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software, Websites
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Today Wacom launched Dropzone and Control Room, two new cloud based services that offer fast and easy access to images and personal settings. Offering up to 2GB of free storage, Dropzone enables users to easily store and access their images on any computer or device, at any time. Control Room offers a storage service for individual Wacom pen, tablet and display settings, saving the user time on configuration when they want to use their familiar settings on a different device of the same type. Both Dropzone and Control Room are easy to use, free of charge and work independently from existing services or operating systems. Note that a Wacom Cloud account is required for both services.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kwilt for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Kwilt is a new iOS app billed as the first mobile application to automatically create a personal and complete live digital photo stream by seamlessly gathering users' digital images from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google+, Google Drive, Dropbox, iPads, iPhones and DLNA Ceritified servers. "Today's user is storing photos across so many social channels that it's impossible to keep track," says Kwilt founder and veteran photo entrepreneur Marc-Antoine Benglia. "Kwilt breaks the barriers between sources. Where your files are stored becomes irrelevant. All of your images are now available at your fingertips, streamed from your favourite platforms in real time." Kwilt streams users' pictures from all of their media sources chronologically, by location or by theme, using a unique cloud-indexing engine and optimised streaming technologies to ensure photos are indexed and dynamically available in real time, in one place. The app is available now as a free download from iTunes.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Exposure for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Bitpoem has released Exposure for  iOS, which allows the user to apply different effects to different parts of a picture. Using a patent-pending algorithm, the new app analyses the photo to identify individual objects in the scene. The user then taps or draws over an area of the image and Exposure selectively applies the effect on the area selected. Exposure also easily shares pictures with all the major social networks (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and others) and features an iOS 8 Photo Extension to help users edit their pictures in the most comfortable way possible. Exposure is available on iTunes for $1.99 / £1.49 / €1.49.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lumera Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Lumera is a new device which connects your camera to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and BLE allowing you to back up and share your photographs wirelessly, without taking the phone out of your pocket. This novel accessory communicates with the camera via USB and attaches to the tripod socket, so after the initial setup you can pretty much forget about it while shooting. Additionally, the accompanying Android/iOS app enables you to wirelessly capture photos & videos, remotely view and edit camera parameters like shutter speed, ISO, focus and zoom area, white balance, drive mode, aperture, image quality etc., wirelessly stream the camera's live iew feed to your iOS or Android device, geotag your photos and more. Lumera is available for pre-order through Kickstarter from $125.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Corel AfterShot Pro 2 for Mac Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel's new AfterShot Pro 2 software is now available on the Mac App Store. BIlled as the "industry’s fastest raw photo software," Corel AfterShot Pro 2 features 64-bit processor support, updated camera profiles, new local contrast enhancements, proprietary Athentech noise removal algorithms, easier batch processing, various workspace enhacements and more. The software is available for $79.99.

Photomatix Essentials 4

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HDRsoft has launched Photomatix Essentials 4, a major upgrade to its high dynamic range imaging application aimed at enthusiast photographers. This edition introduces a new tone mapping method designed to give realistic looking results while preserving details in the highlights and shadows of the scene. It offers presets for one-click access to various styles, as well as manual control of the settings. Other new features include a Finishing Touch to increase contrast or sharpness of the final image before saving, the ability to undo and redo the HDR process with other settings, and an option to toggle between the original photo and a preview of the current one. Photomatix Essentials 4 is a free upgrade for licensed users of any version of Photomatix Essentials and is free for licensed users of Photomatix Pro.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HDR Express 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Unified Color Technologies today announced HDR Express 3 – a significant upgrade to their photo enthusiast product, HDR Express. This edition offers significant improvements in both performance and image quality, including at in merge speeds and new alignment and de-ghosting algorithms. Additional improvements include new automatic and manual keyframe selection tools for de-ghosting with the option to preview the merge settings, and the ability to shoot bracketed exposure series of moving objects without the assistance of a tripod. HDR Express 3 is also the first application developed by Unified Color that is designed to fully take advantage of OpenCL processing on computer graphics cards. Existing customers who purchased HDR Express 2 more than 90 days before HDR Express 3’s launch can upgrade to HDR Express 3 for $49. New licenses for HDR Express 3 can be purchased for $79.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fireside Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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 Fireside is a smart system for your home that makes enjoying all your photos and videos as easy as taking them. The system consists of an intelligent curation and delivery service, and SmartFrame, a new generation digital picture frame that connects to users’ iOS/Android devices and the cloud to seamlessly integrate their curated content into everyday life. The Fireside app effortlessly brings all of a family’s photos and videos together to a private, secure place in the cloud, and makes them searchable. Then, Fireside’s cloud service uses contextual computing and machine learning to automatically curate and organise libraries of thousands of photos, showing families the content they actually want to see, the company says. Starting at $399 and available in both black and white, Fireside is launching on Kickstarter today.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Manfrotto KLYPAPP

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Manfrotto KLYPAPP is the first hands free photo capture app developed by Manfrotto. The application allows iPhone and KLYP+ users to take photos by simply clapping their hands; and enables them to enhance the colours, adjust the saturation, contrast, exposure and sharpness, as well as crop and flip the pictures before sharing them with their friends. Other key features include a night photography mode and a virtual horizon function. The KLYPAPP is available from iTunes for free, whilst the KLYP+ iPhone cases start from £24.95.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DxO OpticsPro 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO OpticsPro 10, the new version of its flagship software. DxO OpticsPro 10 adds DxO ClearView, a new feature that eliminates atmospheric haze in a spectacular fashion. This new version also enhances the PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology that can improve image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market. In addition, DxO OpticsPro 10 can now integrate DxO ViewPoint’s geometrical corrections. After the DxO ViewPoint plugin is activated, a dedicated palette lets photographers directly correct perspective problems and volume deformation in raw and JPEG images. Finally, DxO OpticsPro 10 now supports DNG files converted using Lightroom or Adobe DNG Converter (so long as the original raw file is also supported), for an easier workflow with Adobe products). DxO OpticsPro 10 is now accessible via two new editions, ESSENTIAL ($129/£99/€129) and ELITE ($199/£159/$199), both of which support all of the equipment calibrated by DxO. The two editions differ in terms of the number of features available.

DxO FilmPack 5

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DxO Labs have released DxO FilmPack 5, a major new version of its photographic film rendering application. This update adds 16 new high-fidelity film renderings including Adox CHS 100 II, Bergger BRF 400 PLUS, Foma Fomapan 100 Classic, Fujifilm Neopan 400, Ilford Pan 100, Fuji Superia X-Tra 400 (pictured), Kodak Portra 400, and Adox Color Implosion. Other novelties include a fully-redesigned user interface and added support for raw format in order to even more faithfully restore colours. Additionally DxO FilmPack 5 offers a new Micro-contrast tool that brings out relief as well as details in images. Using a multi-scale filter that blurs the details while preserving the marked contours in an image, contrast is visibly reinforced — ideal for increasing the intensity of a landscape photo or giving portraits a strong look, particularly in black & white. The Blur tool has also been simplified and now offers two new modes: Vignetting, for applying an effect along the perimeter of the image and thus directing attention to a subject; and Soft Focus, for reproducing an artistically blurry effect that is ideal for portraits. DxO FilmPack 5 is immediately available as a plugin for DxO OpticsPro in the DxO online store.

DxO ViewPoint v2.5

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DxO Labs have released DxO ViewPoint v2.5 for Mac and Windows. The software fixes even the most complex perspective problems, and easily restores the natural shape to subjects situated on the edges of images. As a plugin, DxO ViewPoint now integrates perfectly with DxO OpticsPro: its features are readily accessible in a new dedicated palette that brings together all of the tools for correcting perspective problems and volume deformation. Its interface has also been redesigned for the most comfortable possible user experience while still keeping the same visual tools as in the standalone application version (which allows for ultra-precise placement of anchor points). Photographers can then apply their corrections to any raw or JPEG image being processed. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO ViewPoint who acquired a license on or after 1 August 2013.

Mylio Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Mylio is an integrated system for organising, editing, and protecting all of your photos and videos stored on your various devices. The subscription-based service brings your pictures together from Facebook, Flickr, SD cards, your camera roll, computers and hard drives into a common place where you can work with them. It automatically replicates your pictures to your phone, notebook and tablet, so you can work on your pictures wherever you are, even when there is no Internet access. Additionally, Mylio automatically protects your pictures so that they are safe even if your computer is stolen, your phone is lost, or your house burns down. The basic plan (JPEG only, simple editing, three devices, up to 50,000 images) is $50 per year. The standard plan (JPEG and raw, full editing, five devices, up to 100,000 images) costs $100. The advanced plan (multi location, workflow, 10 Devices, up to 500,000 images) incurs an annual fee of $250.