Category: Software

Friday, March 20, 2015

Adobe Camera Raw 8.8 & DNG Converter 8.8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released the final version of ACR 8.8 and DNG Converter 8.8. This update adds raw image file support for the Casio EX-ZR3500, the Canon EOS 750D and 760D, the Fujifilm X-A2 and XQ2. the Hasselblad Stellar II, the Nikon D5500, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, the Panasonic GF7 and the Panasonic Lumix ZS50. It also adds several new lens profiles and bug fixes.

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Service Pack 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel has released an update to PaintShop Pro X7. Service Pack 2 adds support for raw files generated by the Canon EOS 7D MarkII, PowerShot G7X and PowerShot SX60HS, the Fujifilm S1, X100T and X30, the Nikon D750, D810, 1 J4 and 1 S2, the Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) and V-LUX (Typ 114), the Olympus E-PL7, the Pentax K-S1, the Panasonic CM1, LX100, FZ1000, GH4 and the GM5, the Samsung NX3000 and NX1, plus the Sony ILCA-A77M2, A7M2, and A7S. The update also brings a wealth of feature enhancements and bug fixes.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

PhotoMarks 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Bits&Coffee have released PhotoMarks 2.0, a batch photo watermarking program for Mac and PC. Enabling photographers, web designers and families to protect their copyrighted images quickly and efficiently on any computer. Version 2.0 adds drag-and-drop support for the Logo, Text watermark filters, and also for the Resize, Crop filters, compatibility withOS X Yosemite, Retina support for Macs and an improved user interface. The program can completely customise the appearance of text and logo watermarks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with frames, all in the same session. PhotoMarks runs on Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion as well as Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. One license costs $29.95.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EZ Mask v3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Digital Film Tools have released version 3.0 of EZ Mask,an easy-to-use interactive image masking tool. The application iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image, based on a small sample of foreground and background pixels marked by simple strokes on the image, and is capable of extracting almost any object even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. Version 3.0 adds support for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Defrozo Photography Business Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Defrozo is a free, all-in-one platform that helps photographers better market their work online. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Defrozo combines image hosting, website management, CRM, ecommerce, and workflow organisation tools in the integrated WordPress-based platform, all for free. Premium packages will also be available for those who require more storage space and advanced customisation options. By pledging $15 or more, Defrozo’s backers receive significant discounts on the premium subscription plans, as well as private access to the highest-level package during the entire development time. Currently in beta, Defrozo will be available to the general public in autumn.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Daminion 3.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Daminion's digital asset management software has been updated to version 3.7. This edition improves the user experience in both the Standalone and the Server versions, and integrates with the Active Directory to save time on server administration. A new Grouping feature and added functions in the Lightbox panel enable digital assets to be classified more accurately in version 3.7, and huge image files in Camera RAW, PSD, TIFF and BMP format can now be viewed much faster. Integration with the Windows Active Directory enables Daminion Server to sync with a company’s existing  user database without having to manually entering user names and passwords. There’s also added support for MXF videos and Samsung SRW images.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Enlight for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Lightricks have launched a new photo editing app for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices. Billed as a "groundbreaking photo editing application that is poised to revolutionarise mobile photography," Enlight builds on state-of-the-art image processing technologies first implemented in Facetune by Lightricks' founding team, which includes four former computer science PhD students. Enlight is claimed to integrate the largest amount of features within a single mobile editing application, including features currently unavailable even on desktop. Enlight 1.0 is $3.99 and requires iOS 8.1 or later.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DxO OpticsPro v10.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO has released version 10.3 of Dxo Optics Pro, along with DxO FilmPack v5.1.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.3. These updates provide support for new cameras such as the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and Olympus PEN E-PL7, as well as new correction tools. A new search engine has been added to the Source Browser to help users easily find and load any folder available on the operating system by simply typing its name. The OS X version also offers a new drag-and-drop feature that allows photographers to directly open a folder by dragging it into the Image Browser, providing quicker access to images. Additionally, the DxO Optics Modules library benefits from the addition of 422 new camera/lens combinations.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Iridient Developer 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Version 3 of Iridient Developer, an acclaimed raw image file conversion and photo processing software for Mac OS. This major update contains many new features and significant improvements throughout the application. Some of the key new features introduced in Version 3 include multiple new demosaicing algorithms for both Bayer and X-Trans sensors, new Clarity adjustment for enhancing midtone contrast, new options for adjusting overall tonality including an adaptive "Fill Light" style exposure adjustment and pixel neighborhood adaptive highlight/shadow adjustments,several new monochrome mixer conversion methods, a greatly simplified colour management setup, two new monochrome toning methods including Split Toning and Mono Tone, and much more. For those who have purchased a new or upgraded license after 14 April 2013 this update is free, but it's a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to this date.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Showfy from Magix

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Showfy is an online media sharing service from Magix which allows users to upload and view pictures and videos from practically anywhere. Media uploaded to showfy are saved to so-called streams (galleries in the cloud). Users can be create and manage streams, and add them to a multitude of devices and operating systems. "Whether on your PC, smartphone, tablet or television, showfy supports more devices and platforms than any other sharing program," the company claims. "The showfy apps are available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and showfy supports the latest devices from LG, Philips, Toshiba, Panasonic and Samsung. Users can also easily share vacation and wedding albums with friends and family in their own living rooms via the smart TV app and Google Chromecast." Showfy users can grant access to anyone by sending invitations via email. Magix guarantees that only the people they invite — and no one else — can view their favourite photos and videos. The basic showfy account is free, and offers every user 2GB of storage space for their media. Users that require more space can upgrade to showfy Premium for $1.99/month to increase their cloud storage to 25GB.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BiTorrent Launch Sync 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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BitTorrent have just launched Version 2.0 of Sync, their file hosting/sharing/synchronisation tool for Free BSD, Linux, Mac OS and Windows. Updates are also being rolled out to Android, iOS, Kindle and Windows Phone devices. "All of the core functionality we introduced in version 1.4 last August still exist in 2.0, letting you securely share folders across all platforms, with visibility into who has access," says Erik Pounds, Vice President of Product Management for BitTorrent Sync. "A bunch of new functionality has been added, from enhanced user interfaces across desktop and mobile platforms to a new certificates-based security model with even greater control and ease-of-use." The company has also introduced a Pro tier that adds additional functionality for business workgroups and individuals that need more capabilities and control. For more information, visit the website below.

Website: BitTorrent Blog

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Corel VideoStudio Pro / Ultimate X8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today introduced its VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 video editing packages. “VideoStudio is already known for delivering unmatched usability and power. With the new X8, we’re doing even more to help you bring your vision and stories to life. New effects provide opportunities to experiment and explore. Smarter features, a more intuitive UI, and enhanced performance make it easier to build your movies. VideoStudio X8 lets you work faster while focusing on the creative parts of your project,” said Michel Yavercovski, Director of Product Management for Corel video products. VideoStudio Ultimate X8 includes all the power of VideoStudio Pro X8, plus a collection of advanced special effects with plug-ins from proDAD, Boris Graffiti and NewBlue, providing over $500 in additional value. VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 are available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Traditional Chinese. Suggested retail pricing of VideoStudio Pro X8 is $79.99 / €69.99/ £59.99, VideoStudio Ultimate X8 is $99.99 / €89.99/ £79.99.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RNI All Films 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Really Nice Images have released RNI All Films 3.0. This edition adds a new Analogue Softness feature, which is designed to eliminate any visual differences between high-resolution digital photos and genuine film images. Additionally, this major update brings more than 170 new film presets plus enhanced colour accuracy and improved skin tones. RNI All Films 3.0 is available for Lightroom 4 / 5 / CC and for ACR for Photoshop 6 / CC. The package is priced at $122 and contains 5 "sub-packages": Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage. Those sub-packages can also be purchased individually for $49 each. Existing RNI All Films customers are entitled to a 50% discount.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

X-Rite ColorMunki Display with Free Macphun Intensify Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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X-Rite has teamed up with Macphun Software to offer a free copy of Macphun Intensify Pro, worth £45/€55, with special bundles of ColorMunki Display. “Using ColorMunki Display to create an accurate on screen image, enables photographers to edit with confidence, save time and money on repeated editing and printing and ensures consistency of results across a photographic workflow,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director, X-Rite Photo Europe. “With the accuracy in place, the addition of Macphun Intensify Pro gives Mac users a set of powerful controls to enhance the detail, structure, clarity and texture in an image.” Available across Europe, the offer runs from now until 21 March 2015.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bamboo Paper 2.5.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Wacom have released a new version of Bamboo Paper. This iPad app, together with the new Wacom stylus firmware update, considerably improves the precision of the smart styli (Bamboo Stylus fineline and Intuos Creative Stylus 2) through better offset correction.. When setting up the app and configuring their stylus, users can now choose from six different wrist positions. These reflect the most common positions of the hand while writing and sketching. Bamboo Paper is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Movavi Photo Editor 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Movavi Photo Editor 2.0 for Windows and Mac OS X is now available, bringing multiple new features: text overlay, horizon levelling, and background removal in addition to the existing unwanted object removal, automatic quality enhancement, and manual retouching tools. The user interface of Movavi Photo Editor has also been significantly improved. All the tabs have been moved to the right-side of the application window so users can easily navigate all the main features - adjustment, rotation and straightening, crop, text, resize, object and background removaland export. A lifelong license for Movavi Photo Editor is priced at $19.95.

Photoshop Turns 25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Today marks the 25th birthday of Photoshop. To celebrate this  milestone, Adobe is showcasing 25 of the most creative visual artists under 25 who use Photoshop. To be considered, artists upload their projects to Behance and use the tag “Ps25Under25.” In the coming months, those selected will take over the Photoshop Instagram handle (@Photoshop) for two weeks and present their work for the world to see. Fredy Santiago, a 24-year old Mexican-American artist and illustrator based in Ventura, California will be the first to display his images. The company is also launching an advertising campaign, “Dream On," for The Academy Awards. The TV commercial includes work from Photoshop artists and iconic images from major motion pictures that used Photoshop in the making, including Avatar, Gone Girl, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Shrek.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Get ACDSee iPhone App for Free

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

ACD Systems are hosting a Valentine’s Day Giveaway offering the ACDSee iPhone App to be downloaded from the App Store for free until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 15. The ACDSee iPhone app is designed to help users capture and perfect photos all from their iPhone. The app provides a professional-grade camera, a powerful photo editor and a creative collage maker all in one app with unique features such as the advanced Selfie Mode. ACDSee’s Selfie Mode includes a front-facing camera with a front flash and Skin Tune, which smoothes and brightens skin tone enabling users to take the best selfie. The app also includes light, colour and tone equalizers based on ACD Systems’ patented Light EQ technology. The ACDSee iPhone app is optimised for iOS 8.1 and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to take advantage of the latest technology.  It also works with iPhone 4S, 5 or 5S with iOS 8.1.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Turn Your Cellphone Snaps into Cash with Foap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Foap is a mobile app (iOS and Android) and website that connects brands with a vast library of authentic, high-quality, user-generated images. The Foap process is simple: users upload their photos via the mobile app, tag them with relevant keywords and submit them for approval. Once rated by five other users, the photo appears in the Foap marketplace where brands and agencies can purchase it for their editorial or advertising purposes. Users make $5 on every photo they sell. Brands seeking photos for a specific campaign or purpose can even host Foap Missions, a call for entries for users to submit photos that fit the brand’s requirements.Mission winners receive a cash prize if their photo is selected, and all other photos remain in the brand’s library for future purchase. For more information, visit the website below.

Website: Foap

ACDSee Complete Pack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ACD Systems today introduced the ACDSee “Complete Pack,” which bundles five of the photography software company’s products including the new ACDSee Ultimate 8. This pack will absorb the previously offered “Family Pack,” which included ACDSee Pro 8, ACDSee 18, ACDSee Mac Pro 3 and ACDSee Video Converter Pro 4. The ACDSee Complete Pack is available for a limited time, introductory price of $119.99.