Category: Software

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sony Cautions Against Firmware Hacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer; and a hack that gets rid of the 30-minute video recording limit imposed on certain Sony camera models. The company calls attention to the fact that by installing any third-party firmware or uncertified apps, users risk voiding their warranty.

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Sony Japan has issued a warning about the installation of unauthorised camera apps and firmware hacks on their cameras. Although not specified in the statement, these may include the new STGuploader, which enables PMCA (PlayMemories Camera Apps) compatible cameras to upload files to Google Photos directly, without using a computer;...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Adobe Updates Creative Cloud/Photoshop for 2016

Gavin Stoker | Software
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As regular readers– and photographers – will be aware, Adobe’s image editor exemplar Photoshop is now only available as part of its Creative Cloud package – and on subscription at that. We’re beyond the days of buying cereal boxes containing CDs and hard copy manuals.

With this in mind ‘new’ versions tend to arrive in the shape of a nip here and a tuck there, rather than a complete under-the-bonnet overhaul. Indeed at the London preview we attended, the ‘new’ version of its desktop and mobile apps for the latter half of 2016 had yet to be given a confirmed name – shown only on the demo slides as ‘CC 2015.5’.

As regular readers– and photographers – will be aware, Adobe’s image editor exemplar Photoshop is now only available as part of its Creative Cloud package – and on subscription at that. We’re beyond the days of buying cereal boxes containing CDs and hard copy manuals. ...

Adobe Release Updates to Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today launched major updates to their flagship Creative Cloud tools and services. The release includes new features in Photoshop, Adobe Stock, Premiere Pro, as well as After Effects and Illustrator. Adobe Photoshop gets the exciting new Content-Aware Crop tool, which automatically fills in the gaps when you rotate or expand a canvas beyond the original image size; plus Face-Aware Liquify an easy way to create artistic effects with facial features using the Liquify Tool while keeping the face in proportion; Match Font, an innovative font recognition technology that has the ability to recognise and identify licensed fonts and automatically suggest fonts available on your computer system or license through Adobe Typekit; plus a 4x performance improvement when working with fonts and Content-Aware Fill features. Deeper integration of Adobe Stock into the CC experience enables a new One-Click Workflow that lets users select an image or video on the Adobe Stock website and place it on their creative canvas with a single click. “We have two key goals with this release: saving our customers time and helping them jumpstart their creative engines,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “Every creative project starts with a blank page and ends with a vision coming to life.  Today’s release of Creative Cloud will help make that journey as fast and productive as possible.” Updates to CC desktop apps are now available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost.

Adobe today launched major updates to their flagship Creative Cloud tools and services. The release includes new features in Photoshop, Adobe Stock, Premiere Pro, as well as After Effects and Illustrator. Adobe Photoshop gets the exciting new Content-Aware Crop tool, which automatically fills in the gaps when you rotate...

Monday, June 13, 2016

PicTapGo 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Totally Rad! has launched PicTapGo Version 3.0. This update will bring new features to the iOS app, including fine-tune adjustments, new social-sharing options, faster speed and a unique filter pack. “We really think this is the best PicTapGo to date,” said Doug Boutwell, CEO and founder of Totally Rad! Inc. “When updating the app, we do our best to make editing and sharing easier, and to continue offering something unlike any other photo editing tool. With the improved functions and capabilities, as well as the new filters, we think existing PicTapGo fans and new users alike will really enjoy 3.0.” The update is free for current PicTapGo users.

Totally Rad! has launched PicTapGo Version 3.0. This update will bring new features to the iOS app, including fine-tune adjustments, new social-sharing options, faster speed and a unique filter pack. “We really think this is the best PicTapGo to date,” said Doug Boutwell, CEO and founder of...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New Lighting Systems from Westcott

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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JP Distribution have announced the UK availability of several new Westcott Products including the pliable Flex LED light panels (pictured), the modular Scrim Jim Cine frame system and a new iOS app. The light-weight and 1⁄4” thin moldable framework of the dimmable Westcott Flex LED light panels allow you to shape the light in unique ways, delivering up to a 360° spread of light. Available in Daylight (5600K) and Bi­Colour (2800K-6000K) options, and in a range of sizes from 10”x3” to 2’x2’, the Westcott Flex LED panels produce an outstanding, consistent and flicker­-free light that is ideal for filmmakers and photographers. Scrim Jim Cine is an ultralight modular frame system that allows users to shape, block and modify light with more control than ever before. The Westcott Flex LED panel kits, including panel and Scrim Jim Frames, are available from £650­. Finally, the new Westcott App allows Ice Light 2 users to connect their iPhone or iPad to up to 10 individual Ice Lights and control them all via the app.

JP Distribution have announced the UK availability of several new Westcott Products including the pliable Flex LED light panels (pictured), the modular Scrim Jim Cine frame system and a new iOS app. The light-weight and 1⁄4” thin moldable framework of the dimmable Westcott Flex LED light panels ...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Phase One Releases Media Pro SE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One has released Media Pro SE (Second Edition), a software application built to manage large photo libraries. This edition adds support for the latest Mac and Windows operating systems and supports adjustments from the latest build of Capture One 9. "Media Pro is a much loved application with special workflow solutions, and it enjoys a large and active customer base," said James Johnson, Software Product Manager, Phase One. "This release incorporates the most recent feedback from those customers." Media Pro SE is available now for $189/€189. Owners of Media Pro 1 may upgrade for $/€39.

Phase One has released Media Pro SE (Second Edition), a software application built to manage large photo libraries. This edition adds support for the latest Mac and Windows operating systems and supports adjustments from the latest build of Capture One 9. "Media Pro is a much loved application...

Kodak Professional Film App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Software
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The Kodak Professional Film App is now available for both Android and iOS devices. With Kodak Professional  film roll sales growing more than 5% worldwide from 2013-2015, this free app was created to answer the often-asked questions – such as what types of film are suitable for certain environments, where to buy film, and where to develop film, to name a few.  In each section, users will be able to find examples of each type of photography, along with what others have done with Kodak Professional film. For Android users, the app is now available in the Google Play Store. For iOS devices, download the new version for iPad and the updated iPhone version from iTunes.

The Kodak Professional Film App is now available for both Android and iOS devices. With Kodak Professional  film roll sales growing more than 5% worldwide from 2013-2015, this free app was created to answer the often-asked questions – such as what types of film are suitable for certain...

Friday, June 3, 2016

Piccure+ 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Intelligent Imaging Solutions have released an update to their piccure+ software, billed as "a revolution in computational photography." Leveraging the processing capabilities of advanced GPUs, Version 3.0 promises an increase in speed of up to 6x compared to version 2.5. Compared to version 2, the increase in speed is 10x faster. Pricing starts at $79.99 for a single license.

Intelligent Imaging Solutions have released an update to their piccure+ software, billed as "a revolution in computational photography." Leveraging the processing capabilities of advanced GPUs, Version 3.0 promises an increase in speed of up to 6x compared to version 2.5. Compared to version 2, the increase in speed is 10x faster. Pricing starts...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

DxO OpticsPro 11

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO have just released DxO OpticsPro 11 for Mac and Windows. Featuring the company's proprietary DxO PRIME 2016 noise reduction, which enables photographers to salvage noisy photos thought previously unusable, DxO OpticsPro 11 preserves smooth transitions, retains more details, and more faithfully preserves colours in dark areas, and it does this all automatically by reading each camera's precise calibration data. Additionally, DxO PRIME 2016 is now able to process RAW files up to 4x faster than before. The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO OpticsPro 11 for Mac and Windows are immediately available in the DxO online store and at photo resellers at a special discount through 30 June 2016.

DxO have just released DxO OpticsPro 11 for Mac and Windows. Featuring the company's proprietary DxO PRIME 2016 noise reduction, which enables photographers to salvage noisy photos thought previously unusable, DxO OpticsPro 11 preserves smooth transitions, retains more details, and more faithfully preserves colours in dark areas, and it does this all...

Monday, May 30, 2016

AKVIS SmartMask 8.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS have announced the release of AKVIS SmartMask 8.0 for Windows and Mac. This edition adds support for Ultra HD 4K & 5K monitors. Thanks to new technologies, the interface details, texts and icons scale correctly even on super high resolution monitors. Version.8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who bought the product in the last 12 months. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10; and on Mac OS X 10.7-10.11. The product is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Corel PaintShop Pro.

AKVIS have announced the release of AKVIS SmartMask 8.0 for Windows and Mac. This edition adds support for Ultra HD 4K & 5K monitors. Thanks to new technologies, the interface details, texts and icons scale correctly even on super high resolution monitors. Version.8.0 is a free upgrade for everyone who bought...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Content-Aware Crop Coming Soon to Photoshop CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe are offering a sneak peek into a new feature called Content-Aware Crop, coming to Photoshop CC later this year. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your photo and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate that image. This enables users to straighten images without having to give up any of their pixels. Click through / scroll down for a video demonstration.

Adobe are offering a sneak peek into a new feature called Content-Aware Crop, coming to Photoshop CC later this year. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your photo and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate...

Magix Video Easy HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have released a new version of Video easy HD, a beginner-level application for editing video footage. The software's native 64-bit architecture and H.264 support lets you import, edit and export videos faster than ever before, and the latest version of Video easy HD lets you edit video footage in resolutions up to 4K Ultra HD. Using the automatic image optimisation and backlight correction features, users can enhance colour, brightness and contrast and make one-click adjustments to lighting. You can burn videos to DVD or Blu-ray Disc, upload directly to YouTube and Facebook from within the program or save them on your hard drive. The new version of Video easy HD is now available in stores and online, priced at £29.99.

Magix have released a new version of Video easy HD, a beginner-level application for editing video footage. The software's native 64-bit architecture and H.264 support lets you import, edit and export videos faster than ever before, and the latest version of Video easy HD lets you edit video footage...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara has released Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365, which comes with a new Update Guarantee that provides regular updates during the year. Additionally, the new release provides a number of new photo tools and SmartShapes, and significant text enhancements. Charles Moir, Managing Director said “Xara Photo & Graphic Designer has evolved into being a supremely capable non-destructive photo editor... Photo editing now includes the ability to paint enhancements or effects onto images, new pre-set filter effects, new ways of cutting images out of backgrounds and more. This really is the greatest version of Xara Photo & Graphic Designer we've ever released.” Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 is available for £49.99. Upgrades from v11 to Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365 cost £24.99.

Xara has released Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 365, which comes with a new Update Guarantee that provides regular updates during the year. Additionally, the new release provides a number of new photo tools and SmartShapes, and significant text enhancements. Charles Moir, Managing Director said “Xara Photo & Graphic Designer...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Capture One Pro 9.1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One has released an update to Capture One Pro 9. Version 9.1.2, which is free to all Capture One Pro 9 license owners and Capture One Pro subscribers, adds support for the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, EOS 1300D and EOS 80D, the Nikon D5 and the Panasonic G70 cameras; as well as the Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 8mm Fisheye 1:3.5 and M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO, the Zeiss Loxia 2/35, Loxia 2/50, Loxia 2.8/21, Touit 2.8/12, Touit 1.8/32, Touit 2.8/50 and Batis 2.8/18, the Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f3.5-5.6, and the Rodenstock HR Digaron-SW 5.6/90 mm/Aerial and ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/90mm lenses.

Phase One has released an update to Capture One Pro 9. Version 9.1.2, which is free to all Capture One Pro 9 license owners and Capture One Pro subscribers, adds support for the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, EOS 1300D and EOS 80D, the Nikon D5 and the Panasonic G70 cameras; as well...

Aurora HDR Pro 1.2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have announced an update to Aurora HDR Pro, their latest Macintosh software co-developed with Trey Ratcliff. The features of Version 1.2.2 include added support for raw files generated by the Canon 80D, 1300D and 1DX Mk II, the Leica M (Typ 262), the Nikon D5, the Olympus SH3 and Pen F, the Panasonic GX80/85, TZ80/81/85/ZS60 and TZ100/101/ZS100, the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Sony A68, ILCE6300, RX1R II and RX10 III, the DxO ONE Digital Camera and the Fuji X-Pro2. The update also bringsa number of performance improvements. Aurora HDR Pro is available for $99.99.

Macphun have announced an update to Aurora HDR Pro, their latest Macintosh software co-developed with Trey Ratcliff. The features of Version 1.2.2 include added support for raw files generated by the Canon 80D, 1300D and 1DX Mk II, the Leica M (Typ 262), the Nikon D5, the Olympus SH3 and Pen F,...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

LandscapePro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Anthropics Technology has launched LandscapePro, an intelligent landscape photo editing application, available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other features. It assumes no prior knowledge or technical skills, and photographers can create unique, dramatic effects quickly. “Inspired by the success of Anthropics’s PortraitPro software, we are delighted to introduce a new product to help photographers expand their creativity and take landscape retouching to the next level,” said Andrew Berend, CEO, Anthropics. “LandscapePro offers an innovative and easy way to create stunning landscape photography, and can be used by novices or experienced photographers alike. As its intelligent controls uniquely adapt to the features of each photo, it enables photographers to do incredible things with their outdoor photos simply by using sliders.” Pricing starts at £29.95/$39.95/€39.95.

Anthropics Technology has launched LandscapePro, an intelligent landscape photo editing application, available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other features. It...

Adobe Spark

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for "creating and sharing impactful visual stories." Free and designed for everyday communications, Adobe Spark is part of the Creative Cloud ecosystem. “Today anyone can create content and share it via social media, but most people lack the skill, time and resources to create something that cuts through the online clutter,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “With Adobe Spark, anyone can create authentic, professional looking visual content for their project, passion, cause or business." The Adobe Spark web app seamlessly syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are – regardless of their design experience.

Adobe today released Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for "creating and sharing impactful visual stories." Free and designed for everyday communications, Adobe Spark is part of the Creative Cloud ecosystem. “Today anyone can create content and share it via social media, but most people lack the...

Fripito Introduces Premium Subscription Model

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The new version of Fripito for Android and iOS offers a new option for a premium subscription. Photographers and travellers can now gain access to all available guides, photo and travel tips, exclusive photos with geotagging and offline maps for a fixed monthly fee. Actually, there are two options, a one-month subscription for $9.99 and a three-month subscription for $23.99. Additionally, the option of purchasing single guides within the app is still available. You can download the Fripito app from Google Play and iTunes.

The new version of Fripito for Android and iOS offers a new option for a premium subscription. Photographers and travellers can now gain access to all available guides, photo and travel tips, exclusive photos with geotagging and offline maps for a fixed monthly fee. Actually, there are two options,...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

PSMania 1.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Duo-Pisces have released PSMania 1.0, their new photo editor for iOS devices. Perfect for photo enthusiasts, PSMania allows anyone to apply interesting image processing effects to their images. There are more than thirty different image filters to choose from, and most offer a slider to adjust the filter parameters in real time. PSMania is free and available through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Duo-Pisces have released PSMania 1.0, their new photo editor for iOS devices. Perfect for photo enthusiasts, PSMania allows anyone to apply interesting image processing effects to their images. There are more than thirty different image filters to choose from, and most offer a slider to adjust the filter parameters in real...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Corel AfterShot Pro 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel have released AfterShot Pro 3, which adds an all-new highlight recovery algorithm, comprehensive watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities. "Collectively, we’re now capturing trillions of photos each year. Photographers need a simpler and more agile way to manage and edit their photos," said Greg Wood, Senior Director of Photo Products at Corel. "AfterShot Pro 3 is a faster and more affordable solution for photographers looking for high-quality results. It doesn’t lock you into catalogues or a subscription and is focused on photographers' common need: great images in less time.” AfterShot Pro 3 is available now for Windows, Mac OS and Linux for £69.99/€89.99 and existing registered users can purchase for the upgrade price of £49.99/€69.99.

Corel have released AfterShot Pro 3, which adds an all-new highlight recovery algorithm, comprehensive watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities. "Collectively, we’re now capturing trillions of photos each year. Photographers need a simpler and more agile way to manage and edit their photos," said...