Category: Software

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cinemagraph Pro Wins Apple Design Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cinemagraph Pro for Mac has received an Apple Design Award at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. Flixel’s professional desktop application for creating living photos was launched back in late February 2014 and the company reported sales of over $250,000 in its first quarter of launching the software. “This is a great honor for our team,” says Flixel’s co-founder and CEO, Philippe LeBlanc. “We are absolutely thrilled to see Cinemagraph Pro receive such a prominent recognition from Apple.”Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro for Mac is available for purchase on http://www.flixel.com and the Mac App Store. Cinemagraph+ for iOS is available for purchase on the App Store.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Exposure 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Alien Skin Software has just released Exposure 6, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software. “With Exposure 6, not only have we worked to enhance the rich feature set available to photographers, but also to streamline the software to help them focus on creating extraordinary images faster than ever,” said Alien Skin CEO, Finley Lee. “It’s about understanding a user’s workflow and helping photographers realize their artistic vision as quickly and easily as possible”. Exposure 6 can be used as a plug-in with popular host software or as a stand-alone program for even greater flexibility. The application is available for $149. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $69. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to everyone who purchased Exposure 5 directly from Alien Skin Software in March 2014 or later.

SmartSHOW 3D 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AMS Software has announced a major upgrade to its SmartSHOW 3D slideshow app. Version 4.0 features a variety of new slide effects, a convenient start-up wizard, ready-to-use slideshow themes, dozens of new transitions and more. Slideshows made with SmartSHOW 3D can be burned to DVDs or exported to 30+ video formats. Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8; SmartSHOW 3D comes in two versions: Standard ($39.90) and Deluxe ($59.50).

Monday, June 9, 2014

AKVIS MakeUp 3.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS has released version 3.5 of its MakeUp application for MacOS and Windows. This update adds a Share button, which allows you to quickly post images from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+, fixes some bugs and promises improved raw file processing. Registered customers can upgrade to version 3.5 for free.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Iridient Developer 2.4.1 for Mac OS X

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Brian Griffith has released Iridient Developer 2.4.1 for Mac OS X. This update includes hot and dead pixel filters, and adds support for the Sony: DSC-RX100 III. Additionally, the monochrome channel mixer conversion controls now have a "preserve luminosity" option to make interactive editing of channel mixer blends easier; and the Open dialogue box now has raw sizing options for using common fixed aspect ratios when loading raw images. JPEG export speed has also been improved along with various other bug fixes and improvements. This release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Canon Unveils irista

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Canon today revealed irista – an advanced, cloud-based image management platform that allows users to access and manage their photo libraries "like never before." Previously known in beta-form as Project1709, irista makes it easy to find any picture, regardless of which device it was shot on. Simple to use, inspired and connected, irista enables everybody to store all of their images securely in one location so they can be accessed anytime, anywhere. The service supports a wide range of file types, has no file size limitations and automatically uploads new additions to image collections. irista is available to everyone, with tiered storage options to suit a range of different needs. The ‘entry’ tier offers 10GB of cloud storage space completely free-of-charge. Advanced enthusiasts or professional users, who require larger capacities, can also choose from two further storage options, with 50GB and 100GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Photoshop Camera Raw 8.5 RC for CC and CS6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe have released Camera Raw 8.5 Release Candidate for Photoshop CS6 and CC. This update adds support for the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, the Fujifilm FinePix S1, the Nikon 1 J4 and V3, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 cameras, fixes an issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files from nine older Nikon dSLRs, and adds profiles for fourteen lenses from Fuji, Nikon, Sigma and Tamron.

Website: Adobe Labs

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Apple OS X Yosemite

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has announced OS X Yosemite. “Yosemite is the future of OS X with its incredible new design and amazing new apps, all engineered to work beautifully with iOS,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. The company is introducing the OS X Beta Programme, which gives customers early access to Yosemite and invites them to try out the release and submit their feedback. Mac users can participate in the OS X Beta Programme for Yosemite this summer and download the final version for free from the Mac App Store this autumn.

Apple iOS 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has unveiled version 8 of its iOS operating system. This update adds some interesting enhancements to the Photos app, including automatic and manual horizon straightening, intelligent cropping, and a suite of smart editing tools. Another new photo feature is iCloud Photo Library, which gives you access to all of your photos and videos anytime, anywhere, across your enabled devices. iOS 8 will be available this autumn for iPhone 4S and newer, iPod touch 5th generation and newer, as well as iPad 2 and later devices.

Friday, May 30, 2014

PhotoMania Mobile

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PhotoMania has recently launched a mobile version of its photo effects and sharing app. Available for Android and iOS, PhotoMania Mobile allows users to apply several single-click enhancements to any photos on their mobile devices with a range of painting, sketch, vintage and texture effects. Both the Android and iPhone editions are available for free.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Zoner Updates Zonerama Cloud Service

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Zoner has just rolled out a number of enhancements to Zonerama.com, its free cloud photo service. Sporting a new, more responsive design, Zonerama now dynamically adjusts to optimise the photo viewing experience no matter what device you access it on. New social features, such as the ability to follow photographers and rate their albums, have also been added, giving Zonerama a greater degree of interactivity. Finally, Zonerama now supports Google’s Chromecast, so users can wirelessly “cast” their photos from a mobile device or laptop to their TVs.

Adobe Creative Cloud 1.6.0.393

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has posted Version 1.6.0.393 of Adobe Creative Cloud. This release incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error handling for file sync, including the addition of notifications when retrying can resolve an error.
  • Batched notifications of file sync operations, limiting the number of notifications when a large number of files are synced in a short period of time.
  • Redesigned Sign In experience.
  • Increased types of enterprise identities accepted for licensing products.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pickture

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pickture is a photographic contest app for Android and iOS. Initially released to a key group of high-volume Instagram users, the intuitive app activates the capabilities of Instagram to provide users with a platform to share their images, be immersed in photography and have the chance to win a range of prizes. Pickture adopts a multi-platform approach by putting winners in the spotlight both within the app and on its own Instagram account. This provides users a chance to not only be rewarded for their images through prizes, but also with a chance to build their network of followers as they are exposed to a wide audience. Through celebrating the winners, Pickture also enables users to connect with and discover others who hold the same creative interests. You can download the app from the website below.

Monday, May 26, 2014

FastRawViewer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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FastRawViewer is a new application enabling users to quickly view and evaluate their raw photos. Currently in Beta, the program features several image quality assessment tools such as raw histograms, over- and underexposure warnings, focus indicators, shadow boost to see noise and details, and more. Supporting nearly all raw image file formats, FastRawViewer is available from the website below.

Website: FastRawViewer

Focus 2 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Focus 2 Pro from Macphun is a professional-quality selective-focus tool that now runs as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and Apple's Aperture. The program lets you begin with one of five preset focus structures – for Portrait, Nature, Architecture, Macro and "Tilt-Shift" – and then fine-tune the blur, in-focus and fall-off areas to the exact requirements and angles of your picture. Focus 2 Pro offers further adjustments to brightness, colour, sharpness and contrast local to either the in focus or blur areas to ensure that the results are realistic and of an exceptional high quality. The plug-in launches from the Filter menu within Adobe Photoshop and once the finished Focus work is done, you're right back with your image with a Focus 2 Pro item appearing in the History pane. Focus 2 Pro is available for less than £30 including VAT in the UK.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Pixifly 2.0.0 for Instagram

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pixifly is an iOS app that allows users to search public Instagram photos based on time and place. Rather than searching based on keywords or hashtags, Pixifly searches by new filters: when and where the photos are posted, either by specifying the name of a place or by zeroing in on a specific location via the map view. Additionally, Pixifly just announced a new photo share feature allowing the user to make photo collages with up to four photos and share them with friends via Facebook, Twitter, text message or e-mail. Pixify 2.0.0 is available as a free download from iTunes.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PhotoScissors 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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TeoreX has released an update to PhotoScissors, a smart software tool capable of removing unwanted backgrounds from photos. Targeting users who don’t want to learn the secrets of retouching, PhotoScissors is really easy to use: the user marks foreground and background zones in the image and immediately sees the results, which can then be fine-tuned with a few mouse gestures. Version 1.1 smoothly feathers the edges of the cutout for a professional look. Conveniently, the feathering radius can be now changed depending on the user´s needs. Additionally, the latest version adds support for HiDPI and Retina displays, a convenient option to pan the image while holding the SPACE button and few more GUI improvements. The price for a single license of PhotoScissors is $19.99.

Corel AfterShot Pro 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel's new AfterShot Pro 2 software is billed as the industry’s fastest raw converter and photo management application. Available for Linux, MacOS and Windows, Corel AfterShot Pro 2 features 64-bit processing, 26 new camera profiles, workspace enhancements, a complete range of HDR imaging tools (currently Windows only), easier batch processing, manual redeye removal, local contrast enhancements, Athentec noise removal algorithms and better performance with TIFF files. AfterShot Pro 2 is available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Japanese. Suggested retail pricing is $79.99 / €69.99/ £57.99.

DxO Optics Pro 9.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 9.5 for Mac and Windows. This version offers a new image transfer feature that lets users process their raw  photos from Adobe Lightroom. The upgrade also adds support for 4 new cameras including the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, the Nikon 1 V3, the Panasonic Lumix GH-4, and the Sony A6000; and adds 165 new camera-lens combinations to the ever-growing library of DxO Optics Modules.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.05

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has released a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update for iPhoto '11 and Aperture 3. Version 5.05 adds support for raw image files generated by the Nikon D4S, the Canon EOS 1200D and PowerShot G1 X Mark II (pictured), and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10. You can download the update from the website below.

Website: Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.05