Thursday, November 6, 2014
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'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.
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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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.
Today, onOne Software released Perfect Photo Suite 9, an updated version of its photo editing and effects software for Windows and Mac OS X. Among the key enhancements in Perfect Photo Suite 9 are a new Smart Photo feature that lets you re-edit your photos — with previous settings intact — after saving and closing them, an overhauled Browse module, improved masking and selection tools, integrated noise reduction, a new Quick Mask brush, up to 2x faster processing and a new Lens Flare filter. Perfect Photo Suite 9 is available in two versions: Premium and Basic. The Premium edition has an introductory price of $139.95. The Basic edition is $79.95. Owners of earlier versions of the Perfect Photo Suite can upgrade to Premium for $99.95.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Corel today released CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 – Small Business Edition. “Marketing is key to the success of any small business, but it doesn’t have to break the bank,” said Gérard Métrailler, Vice President, Product Management, CorelDRAW. “CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 – Small Business Edition gives business owners an easy and affordable way to create their own professional marketing collateral and grow their business while minimising costs.” The suite provides access to three full licences of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 with a single purchase. It is priced at £699 (excl. VAT) and is available in both a box and download version at the website below.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Macphun Software have launched the Macphun Marketplace, and with it, a selection of creative preset and texture packs from some of the world’s leading photographers. Designed to work within Macphun Intensify Pro and Macphun Tonality Pro, these packs promise to give photographers the chance to achieve a similar look and feel in their images as some of finest photographers in the world. “The great photographers often become synonymous with a specific genre or style of photography,” said Paul Muzok, CEO of Macphun. While we can’t teach everyone to recreate those images overnight, implementing a preset or texture from one of your favourite or inspirational photographers can give you that look and feel straight away. “The features in Tonality Pro and Intensify Pro are designed to give the user more creative enhancements than ever before, and these preset packs enhance that capability, all in a simple click.” Preset packs are priced at $5 for 5 and $10 for 10. New sets of presets and textures will be available each month on the Macphun Marketplace along with helpful training materials.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator for iPad, an image editor featuring advanced editing tools such as layers, non-destructive layer styles and a collection of professional-grade selection tools. "We are super excited to introduce a powerful, fast, yet very easy-to-use image editor that has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance images on iPad. It looks amazing, and it's a real iOS 8 app," said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. "We think everyone, creators at home and professional image editors, will find Pixelmator for iPad incredibly useful, capable and fun." Pixelmator is $4.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Photo & Video category.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Pinnacle have released Pinnacle Studio 18, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate. Now offering native 64-bit performance and enhanced productivity, the Pinnacle Studio 18 product family offers a faster, more responsive movie-making experience. With Pinacle Studio 18 Plus, you can record directly from your screen — including system audio and microphone sound — to add dynamic content to movies and demo videos with Live Screen Capture. For users looking for maximum video editing power, Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate also offers new 4K Ultra HD Smart Encoding, support for XAVC S (HD and 4K HD), enhanced Live Screen Capture and valuable extras from NewBlue. Suggested retail pricing of Pinnacle Studio 18 is $59.95 / €59.95/ £49.95, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus is $99.95 / €99.95/ £79.95 and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate is $129.95 / €129.95/ £99.95.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BitTorrent have published the results of their own speed test in which they pitted their Sync file hosting/sharing/synchronisation tool against rivals such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. "Sync is fast and it gets its speed from the BitTorrent protocol on which it is built, taking the shortest and fastest path when getting file pieces from one device to another," the company says. "We knew we were fast, but we thought it would be interesting to see just how fast Sync is in head-to-head competition. So we ran a test comparing Sync against cloud-based services in the market... The results impressed even us." In BitTorrent's own testing, Sync proved to be 8x faster than Google Drive, 11x faster than OneDrive and 16x faster than Dropbox. To find out more about the test methodology and results, head to the website below.
Website: BitTorrent Blog
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
DeliX Software has released a new iOS app called Creatic, which gives users the ability to adorn their photos with unique effects and textures, save the workspace as a Creation or upload it to the Creatic website. The program includes more than 120+ textures and filters created by photographers, including light leak, lens flares, gradients and ten different blending modes. Creatic is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.
Macphun today announced an update to its most popular photographic app, Intensify. Compatible with the latest public betas of Yosemite, the latest release offers enhanced raw image file processing as well as a number of performance improvements. Also, Intensify is now available in Italian, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Brazilian and Portuguese. Existing Intensify and intensify Pro users can upgrade immediately at the website below.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Red Giant has released Offload, a brand new standalone application for reliable backup of footage in the field. Unlike a typical footage “copy and paste” backup operation, Offload gives users clear visual assurances that their footage has been safely copied. The user interface features progress indicators as well as footage thumbnails, and offers file verification notices so that users are assured that their work has been safely transferred to disk. Users can also opt to make an additional, automated backup of their footage. "When your work sits on a tiny, plastic camera card, anything can happen, on location or in transit," said Shooter Suite Product Manager Randon Morford. "Too often, shooters discover that their footage has been lost through a corrupted offload process or through damaged hardware. Red Giant Offload eliminates the stress that every filmmaker goes through between shooting and delivery - it gives you the peace of mind that your footage was safely copied with the added benefit of automating an additional backup." Red Giant Offload is now available for $49. For current Shooter Suite owners (v.12.5), Offload now comes as a free addition.
AutoBracket is a new app that brings AE bracketing to iPads and iPhones. Users can shoot 3 photos in rapid succession, each at a different exposure setting. On the Apple iPhone 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus and the newer iPads, you can precisely set the bracketing intervals via a bracket slider, view a colour-coded histogram, merge the three exposures to capture much higherluminosity range, and adjust exposure and focus independently of each other. AutoBravket is available for $1.99 on iTunes.