Tuesday, July 1, 2014
AKVIS has today released its newest program - AKVIS Pastel 1.0. This software application promises to turn your images into digital art, imitating one of the most popular artistic techniques - pastel painting. The new product is available as a standalone program and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and other image editors. You can choose one of the presets or change the pastel settings to create a unique painting. The adjustable effect parameters give you a strong sense of control, the company says. The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.9, with a home license selling for $49/€39.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Ichikawa Soft Laboratory has begun sales of Silkypix Developer Studio Pro6 Download Version (Mac OS). New features include improved noise reduction, a new soft proofing function and portrait beautification effect and improved processing speed. Silkypix Developer Studio Pro6 Download Version (Mac OS) is compatible with OS X v10.6 - 10.9, and requires a processor with 64-bit support, a minimum of 2GB of RAM and at least 10GB of available hard-disk space.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tamron has announced the addition of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon mount and the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (pictured) for Canon / Nikon mount to the lens profile library for aberration correction offered for Adobe Photoshop CC, ACR and the Lightroom 5. The lens profile will be bundled with the Camera Raw 8.5 update and Lightroom 5.5. With the new profile, customers who own either of these lenses will be able to utilise the above software for easy correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberrations and peripheral light fall-off based on design data.
Nikon's new Capture NX.D software will be available as a free download from Tuesday 15th July. Capture NX-D enables high-quality photofinishing of images captured in raw format by Nikon digital SLR cameras (including the latest D810 model), Nikon 1 compact system cameras, and Coolpix compact cameras that support this capability. The application will be compatible with 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista/7/8; and OS X 10.7.5, 10.8.5 and 10.9.2-
Monday, June 23, 2014
PhotoMatte by Plum Amazing is a new layout and graphics editor for Macintosh. With this app, you can easily create collages and montages courtesy of a host of built-in templates, backgrounds, frames, effects and more. The program also includes 15 integrated video tutorials to help you get going. PhotoMatte for Mac sells for $30, with a free trial version available.
Friday, June 20, 2014
TeoreX has released a new version of its intelligent resizing utility iResizer. Version 2.5 brings built-in aspect ratio presets for easier conversion of images to printer-friendly formats, optimised memory usage and a number of usability improvements. Users can now pick a destination aspect ratio, select the image elements they want to preserve, click a button - and watch the photo transform magically into a format that fills the target paper size completely while all important elements of the image remain intact. The program is available for Windows XP or higher and for Max OS X 10.7 or higher for $19.99.
Canon has announced the upcoming launch of Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.0. The latest version of DPP - available for download at the end of this mont - has been updated with a number of new features and enhancements, These include faster, real-time adjustments, better integration with EOS Utility, movie playback support, improved raw file workflow, enhanced highlight recovery, and much more. A new colour adjustment palette allows hue, saturation and luminance adjustment for eight individual colour gamuts, enabling the user to adjust one specific colour in isolation without affecting the image as a whole. For those photographers with dual monitors, DPP now allows a secondary monitor to be used as the preview window on the primary display. Do note that DPP 4.0 will be compatible only with 64-bit operating systems.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Adobe has unveiled a new suite of mobile apps and complementary hardware that connect Adobe Creative Cloud to your iPad. Adobe Sketch is a social sketching iPad app for free-form drawing, Adobe Line is the world’s first iPad app for precision drawing and drafting, while Photoshop Mix is billed as the most precise app for compositing and masking on iPad. Photoshop Mix also offers powerful cloud-based imaging technology on iPad for the first time, including Upright, Content Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction. It offers non-destructive photo enhancements, selections, the ability to cut-out and mix images, and the ability to open and save PSD files. In addition to these apps, the company also released an iPhone version of Lightroom Mobile, and a couple of hardware devices including Adobe Ink, a digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a digital ruler. These devices work in tandem with Adobe Sketch and Adobe Line.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
today announced the availability of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Designed for anyone interested in photography, the new plan brings together - for £8.78/$9.99 per month -- Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 as well as Lightroom’s mobile apps on iPad and now iPhone. Unlike the similar but limited-time special offers introduced last year, this subscription includes only 2GB of cloud storage (rather than 20GB).
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
RoundMe, a service and community dedicated to professional panoramic photographers and panoramic photography enthusiasts, announced today its free online web application. The software allows users to create Spaces – sets of panoramic images connected through portals and fill with any multimedia content such as videos, photos, text and links. Users can also communicate with each other, share and embed content on social media and websites, making it an all-in-one destination to explore the world through panoramic photographs- For more information and to sign up for RoundMe, visit the website below.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Adobe will announce updates and new features for its Creative Cloud service on 18th June. The company has already released a video giving us a sneak peek of a new feature called Focus Masks. "We're adding a new way to make an automatic selection based off of pixels that are in-focus versus out-of-focus," the company says. Click through / scroll down to watch the video.
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
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.
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 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
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 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
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 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 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.