Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Adobe's new Photoshop Photography Programme, which was announced at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, is now available. The offer gives users who own Photoshop CS3 or higher the opportunity to use both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month, and includes 20 gigabytes of online storage, access to Creative Cloud Learn's training resources, Behance ProSite, and ongoing upgrades and updates. Customers must sign up for the programme before the end of the year to take advantage of this special offer.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Phase One today released Capture One 7.1.4, a software update that includes support for new cameras and new lens profiles. This edition adds support for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R and DSC-RX100 II, Fujifilm X-M1, Olympus E-P5 (pictured) and Ricoh GR, plus tethered shooting support for the Nikon D7100 and Nikon D5200 digital SLR cameras. Capture One 7.1.4 is a free update for all existing customers of Capture One 7.
Monday, September 16, 2013
PearlMountain has released CollageIt Free 2.0 for iOS, which offers brand new layout templates, text and photo effects, integration with Facebook, and more. Designed to help users create and personalise photo collages, CollageIt Free is billed as "the ideal app to make the photos shine as never before." The app is available now on iTunes.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
ReallyNiceImages have announced an important update to their film-emulating tools for Adobe Lightroom users. The new version of the package includes 37 iconic films emulating the most famous films of the 20th century, 21 faded films emulating colour artifacts of expired and faded films and prints, and 19 film essential tools allowing user to adjust contrast, frame, grain and other parameters of their image. All the presets are compatible with Adobe Lightroom 4 and higher. "Iconic Films" or "Faded Films" can be purchased separately for $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
MacPhun has released a Pro version of its Snapheal application for the Macintosh platform. “Snapheal Pro is a dedicated solution to a problem that 100% of photographers face: how to remove unwanted objects from photos,” said Paul Muzok, co-founder and CEO of MacPhun. “The popularity of our original Snapheal product showed us there was a real need for an elegant and professional caliber healing tool that is also quick and easy to use." To celebrate the launch of Snapheal Pro, MacPhun and several industry partners are giving away a Canon 5D Mark III camera, and offering substantial special offers on photography-related products and services. Partners include Bongo Bytes, Datacolor, Delkin Devices, Eye-Fi, Simply Color, Spacerframe, Wacom, and Zenfolio. Free entry to the camera giveaway and information on special offers can be found at the website below.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Serif has just launched PhotoStack, an all-in-one photo organiser, editor and library. Designed with speed and simplicity in mind, PhotoStack will help budding photographers quickly and easily enhance, sort and share their entire photo collection, the company promises. Users can import thousands of photos from their camera, smartphone or tablet straight into PhotoStack and organise them in seconds. Once uploaded, photos can be tagged, rated or grouped into photo stacks – a feature which makes it easier for users to find their favourite version of any photo. With just a few simple clicks, users can take care of imperfections, such as red-eye, spots and blemishes, and even erase unwanted background objects. There are also dedicated tools to recolour and sharpen images, plus features for cropping, cloning and straightening pictures. Once editing is complete, users can see their entire collection in the library and use simple drag and drop tools to quickly create bespoke photo albums. PhotoStack is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and is optimised for 64-bit operating systems. It retails at £49.99 and is available directly from Serif.
Friday, September 6, 2013
During its keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe has announced its new Photoshop Photography Programme, which gives users who own Photoshop CS3 or higher the opportunity to use both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month. The offer additionally includes 20 gigabytes of online storage, access to Creative Cloud Learn's training resources, Behance ProSite, and ongoing upgrades and updates. Note that the $9.99 offer is valid in America, Asia (with the exception of Japan), Africa and European countries outside the EU. Japanese users pay ¥1,000, Australians AU$9.99, UK citizens £7.14 and the rest of the EU €9.99 per month. Also note that while these are not introductory prices, you do need to sign up before the end of this year to take advantage of this special offer, which will be available at the same time as Lightroom 5.2 - i.e. within a couple of weeks.
Corel has released Paint Shop Pro X6 Ultimate with 64-bit support, a refined user interface, new quick-selection tools and improved workflows. Performance gains include faster operation, accelerated file opening and saving, and enhanced support for 64-bit Photoshop plug-ins. For the first time ever, Athentech's Perfectly Clear plug-in is included in PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimatem along with FaceFilter3 Standard, a versatile photo retouching and beautifying toolkit by Reallusion.
Version 8.3.1 of DxO Optics Pro adds support for the Panasonic Lumix GF6 (pictured) and G6, Olympus PEN E-P5, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, and Pentax K-50 II cameras. The program also benefits from many new DxO Optics Modules. 490 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which now counts more than 14,000 modules. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 7 licence on or after 1 September 2012.
CyberLink today unveiled the latest version of its video creation software, PowerDirector 12, New features include a motion blur effect, a new theme designer and multicam designer, and TrueVelocity 4 editing engine. Available now, the PowerDirector 12 Ultimate Suite retails for ₤199.99, PowerDirector 12 Ultimate sells for ₤99.99, PowerDirector 12 Ultra costs ₤79.99, while PowerDirector 12 Deluxe can be yours for ₤59.99.
CyberLink today launched PhotoDirector 5, the newest version of its photography application designed to provide all the features photographers need to manage large batches of photos, adjust images, and showcase work in their own style, in a single package. Key highlights in Version 5 include 64-bit support, HDR exposure blending, auto lens correction, 4K Ultra HD output option for shlideshows and a new companion app for Windows 8 tablets. PhotoDirector 5 Ultra is available for ₤79.99, PhotoDirector 5 Suite sells for ₤114.99.
Akvis has released version 15 of Akvis Sketch, a program that turns digital photos into pencil sketches and watercolour, charcoal, and pastel drawings. This update offers new options to set colours for the pencil strokes and background, new presets in both Classic and Artistic styles, new Share feature, compatibility with Photoshop CC, and a range of other improvements. Akvis Sketch runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.8, both 32 bit and 64 bit, and sells for $72/€55.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
onOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 8, a full-featured, standalone photo editor that integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Apple Aperture. Key new features include the Perfect Enhance module for essential photo adjustments, the Perfect Eraser with content-aware fill technology, the Perfect Batch processing utility for applying workflows to multiple images at once, and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module with twice as many filters, customisable presets, and integrated FocalPoint technology. The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 will be available 26th November in three editions: Premium, Standard, and an edition for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture. Owners of previous versions of Perfect Photo Suite Premium Edition can upgrade for $99.95. New users may pre-order the Premium Edition for $179.95.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Sony is releasing the Application Program Interface (API) for remote operation of select Sony cameras with Wi-Fi-equipped smartphones and tablets.Using the app developed with this API, users will be able to shoot still images and movies, see real-time views of camera displays on the screens of compatible mobile devices , as well as operate the camera self-timer and zoom functions via Wi-Fi. Compatible Sony cameras and camcorders include the Sony NEX-6, NEX-5R, NEX-5T (pictured), Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and QX100, The Action Cam HDR-AS30 and HDR-AS15, and the HDR-MV1 video recorder.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
DxO has launched Version 4.1 of DxO FilmPack, its analogue film and creative rendering software. This update allows DxO FilmPack 4 to interact perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC. Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.1 can be installed as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom 4 and 5, Elements 10 and 11, Apple Aperture 3, and DxO Optics Pro v8.2, and as a standalone application for Mac and Windows — all with the same licence. Photographers who purchased a DxO FilmPack 3 licence on or after 1 March 2013 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 4.
Monday, August 26, 2013
The Plugin Site has released Version 2 of its BWStyler software for Windows. Designed to perform black-and-white conversions, create traditional b&w effects and visually style b&w photos. BWStyler features 25 effect types and 680 presets as well as plenty of masking options for applying the effect to only selected areas of a photo. Version 2 offers seven new effects, e.g. tonal look, dynamic contrast, aging and colourkey, and features more than 60 new effect options and 470 new presets. Rendering is up to four times faster thanks to full support for multiple cores and hyperthreading. BWStyler 2 for Windows is available as a Photoshop-compatible plugin as well as a standalone application and external editor for Lightroom for $49.95.
Friday, August 23, 2013
JixiPix has released Version 3.0 of Simply HDR for iPhone and iPod Touch. This update sports an all-new rendering engine that is up to 200% faster than the previous one, a new user interface that includes a re sizable preview system and auto-adjustment while editing, and a new HDArt style. Simply HDR and Simply HDR HD can be purchased on iTunes for $0.99 and $1.99, respectively.
Wacom has updated its Bamboo Paper app to Version 2.0 Originally an app focused on note taking, it now offers a broad range of writing and drawing tools, such as a watercolour brush and pencil, that enable users to create particularly individual digital notebooks. Bamboo Paper now features an improvedpalm-rejection, eliminating almost all accidental marks while sketching or drawing. Combined with the Intuos Creative Stylus, the new digital stylus from Wacom, Bamboo Paper 2.0 provides an even more natural and intuitive drawing experience. The app in its basic version can be downloaded for free. Additional styles and tools are offered as in-app purchases at £0.69; new creative pack with a variation of paper styles and brushes or pens can be bought at £2.49.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Corel PaintShop Pro X6 is now shipping to existing customers, with the global launch scheduled for September 4th. This new version offers much faster 64-bit performance, an improved user interface with dedicated Manage, Adjust, and Edit workspaces, video tutorials, new Auto Selection and Smart Selection Brush tools, and a free Membership program.
Corel PaintShop Pro X6 will retail for 69.99 Euros / $79.99 (£44.99 / 49.99 Euros / $59.99 for an upgrade) for the standard version and 89.99 Euros / $99.99 (£59.99 / 69.99 Euros / $79.99 for an upgrade) for the Ultimate version. The Photo & Video Suite X6 bundle, which combines PaintShop Pro X6 and VideoStudio Pro X6, is priced at 119.99 Euros / $129.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Akvis has released Version 4.5 of SmartMask, an image selection and masking application for Windows and Mac OS X. Available as a standalone program and as a plug-in to a photo editor, the software is especially useful when you need to create photo collages with numerous objects from different images that don’t have clearly defined edges and fade into a background. This latest update fixes bugs, adds separate installation files for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows, and offers compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC (plug-in edition only). Akvis SmartMask can be downloaded for $90 from the website below.