Category: Software

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Adobe Adds 3D Printing Capabilities to Photoshop CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today unveiled new 3D printing capabilities in Photoshop CC. Available immediately, as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud, the new 3D printing capabilities integrated in Photoshop CC enable Creative Cloud members to build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs. “The new 3D print capabilities in Photoshop CC take the guess work out of printing 3D models for everyone,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Before today there was a gap between the content produced by 3D modeling tools and what 3D printers need in order to deliver high quality results. Now, by simply clicking ‘Print’ in Photoshop CC, creatives can bring 3D designs to the physical world.”

CyberLink PhotoDirector 5 Deluxe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today launched PhotoDirector 5 Deluxe, a program which integrates photo management, adjustment, editing and sharing functionalities. To satisfy the versatile needs of home and casual users, PhotoDirector 5 Deluxe is packed with various photo editing features from the PhotoDirector family, including content-aware removal, people beautifier tools, HDR exposure blending and photo presets. The software is available for $59.99.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DxO Optics Pro 9.1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released version 9.1.2 of DxO Optics Pro. This update bring support for the Panasonic Lumix GM-1, the Nikon 1 AW1, and the Apple iPhone 5S, and benefits from the addition of 160 new DxO Optics Modules. The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 for Mac and Windows are now available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount price until the end of this month.

Adobe Photoshop Photography Programme Extended

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Via its Photoshop.com blog, Adobe has announced that its Photoshop Photography Programme has been extended until 28 February 2014, and is open to those who own Photoshop CS3-CS6. The company initially launched this programme in September as a limited-time offer, with photographers required to sign up before the end of 2013. The offer gives Adobe customers who own a perpetual Photoshop CS3-CS6 licence 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.

Website: Adobe Photoshop Photography Programme for CS3+ Customers

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tagaboom for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The free Tagaboom app is now available for iOS. Photos and animated GIFs can now be combined with sound effects, drawings and text. "Tagaboom captures the entire moment and makes it easy to share the ideas, sounds, and style that accompany each photo," the developers say. Tagaboom for iOS is now available on iTunes.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Software of the Year 2013

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Software
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Over the next 8 days we’ll be revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2013 award, which goes to Zoner Photo Studio 16.

“Zoner Photo Studio 16 is a large program that will cover most of the problems and overcome most objections that a photographer from new starter to keen enthusiast will be able to throw at it.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Zoner and Photo Studio 16!

LightTrac for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The critically acclaimed LightTrac app is now available for all Windows 8 PCs and tablets. The app, which has been available for Android and iOS for quite some time now, helps photographers and filmmakers plan their photo-shoot at the comfort of their home even before visiting an outdoor location. By allowing the user to visually track the elevation and angle of Sun at any time for any place, the user is able to get a sense of the direction and mood of the light at a certain time. This information is presented on top of a satellite map so users can visually explore the nature of light at various times. This saves the photographer from making a round trip to the photo location at the wrong time of day. LightTrac for Windows 8 is available for a 7-day free trial from the Windows store. The full version costs $4.99.

Friday, January 10, 2014

iWatermark Pro for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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iWatermark Pro is the first Pro version of iWatermark for Windows. A specialised tool to watermark photographs, iWatermark Pro works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto and Aperture; offers batch/sequential processing; supports multi-threaded multiple CPU/GPUs; allows users to add, remove and edit metadata; and much more. iWatermark Pro for Windows is available for $30.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Apple Digital Camera Raw Compatibilitiy Update 5.02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has released a new Digital Camera Raw compatibility update. Version 5.02 adds support for the following cameras: Nikon D5300, Nikon Df, Olympus OM-D E-M1 (pictured), Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R. 

Website: Apple Support

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bazaart 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Bazaart 2.0 is an iOS app which allows users to create composite images from photos on mobile devices. “The new Bazaart is a game changer.” said Stas Goferman, co-founder and CEO of Bazaart. “Up until now, people who wanted to get creative with their photos and make elaborate edits could not always accomplish it because it was only possible with expensive professional software like Photoshop. We aim to change that. With the new free Bazaart app people can make anything from photos, whenever they want to, and wherever they are. Our hope is that what Instagram did for photography, Bazaart will do for photoshopping.”  Bazaart 2.0 is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Light Boost for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Interealtime have launched Light Boost, an iOS app promising "brighter, clearer photos and videos in low light." There are three low-light exposure modes on offer. Light Mode, which "instantly boosts brightness while preserving image clarity," Night Mode, which enables long exposure times and Grain Reduction Mode, which uses a noise filtering algorithm to produce cleaner images. Other key features include live shutter speed and sensitivity display and separate locking of exposure, focus and white balance.Light Boost is currently available at a 50% discount on the iTunes App Store.

DxO Optics Pro 9.1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have launched version 9.1.1 of DxO Optics Pro. This update adds support for the Nikon Df (Elite Edition), the Sony Alpha 7 (Elite Edition), as well as for the Sony DSC-RX10 and A3000, the Pentax K-3, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1. Additionally, DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 benefits from the addition of 580 new DxO Optics Modules. Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 licence on or after 1 September 2013 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9.

Photodex ProShow 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Photodex has announced version 6 of its award-winning ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer applications. New in ProShow 6 is a suite of advanced creative tools that give users more control over the look and sound of their slideshows. These include new advanced audio controls, completely overhauled captions, text layers and a new iOS companion app called ProShow Remote. Users can also import photos and videos directly from Facebook, Instagram, Zenfolio and Picasa, directly into a new slideshow. ProShow 6 is available now for $69.95 (ProShow Gold) and $249.95 (ProShow Producer) from the website below.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Apple iPhoto 9.5.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has released an update to iPhoto. Version 9.5.1 fixes a bug that could cause print previews to render incorrectly, and includes a number of stability and performance improvements. The upgrade is available now on the Mac App Store.

The Great Photo App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Great Photo App by Baglan Dosmagambetov is a photo education app for the Apple iPhone and iPad. The app teaches users about the concept of exposure and its main variables - aperture, shutter speed and sensitivity - as well as depth of field, camera lenses and much more. The Great Photo App is available on iTunes priced at $0.99.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Akvis NatureArt 5.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 5.5 of its NatureArt for Windows and Mac OS X. This update adds a Share option that lets you post your images from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+, changes the installation process for Windows, adds support for raw images from various cameras, fixes bugs and adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Additionally, the plug-in variant gains compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6. Pricing for Akvis NatureArt starts at $72.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Windows Desktop Receiver for Eye-Fi Mobi Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Eye-Fi has just announced a beta Windows desktop receiver for the Mobi card. With pricing yet to be announced, Eye-Fi’s new desktop receiver for Windows will be free to all customers during beta and gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability – all without the hassle of wires. The beta Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows is available for Mobi users to download now, with a Mac version coming soon.

Adobe Lightroom 5.3 / ACR 8.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released the final versions of ACR 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3. Previously available as Release Candidates, these updates add support for twenty new cameras and digital backs and nineteen lens profiles. For the full list of additions, improvements and fixes, head to the website below.

Website: Adobe Lightroom Journal

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PicturesToExe 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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WnSoft has released version 8 of PicturesToExe, featuring countless enhancements, optimizations and expanded functionality. PicturesToExe produces compact and highly portable slideshows that can be played back on any PC or Mac systems, uploaded to YouTube or other video hosting sites, and shared in social networks. The key benefits of the program include a powerful audio editor, smooth playback of panning and zooming effects, pro-level animation tools for photos and support for images of any size. WnSoft offers two editions of PicturesToExe – Essentials, intended for home users, and Deluxe, targeted at professional photographers and AV enthusiasts, – for $69 and $129, respectively.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Akvis OilPaint

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has launched an entirely new program called OilPaint. Available as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plug-in, the software is claimed to offer "an incredible algorithm" for turning photos into oil paintings. The software offers a number of ready to use presets, and allows users to share their favourites with other fans of the oil painting technique. The batch processing feature enables the program to automatically process a series of images in order to create a number of illustrations at the same style or to process all frames in a video. Retailing at $49 for the Home version, $69 for Home Deluxe and $89 for the Business edition, the software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.4-10.9, both 32 bit and 64 bit. A fully functional ten-day trial version is available at the website below..