Category: Software

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ashampoo Photo Commander 14 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ashampoo has released Photo Commander 14, the latest version of its photo storage and editing software. New features and enhancements include perspective correction, improved Scan and Save dialogs, enahnced photo imports, an intuitive metadata editor, and much more. Various filter and group settings help you keep track even of huge photo collections and allow you to perform multiple image optimisations and conversions in parallel either manually or automatically. Experts will appreciate the gradation curves, the extensive raw image file support and the powerful photo tagging system. Ashampoo Photo Commander 14 is available for $ 59.99. Owners of a previous version can upgrade for 17.99.

Ashampoo has released Photo Commander 14, the latest version of its photo storage and editing software. New features and enhancements include perspective correction, improved Scan and Save dialogs, enahnced photo imports, an intuitive metadata editor, and much more. Various filter and group settings help you keep track even of huge photo...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Iridient Developer 3.0.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.5. This update adds support for the DxO One (pictured), the Leica S (Typ 007), the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, the Panasonic Lumix GH4R and the Sony A7S II cameras. Additionally, this release now includes an editing extension for Apple Photos on Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) that provides "external edit" like functionality for opening images from the Photos library into Iridient Developer. Support for some uncommon DNG v1.4 options has been added including all DNG opcodes, ZIP compression for some DNG file types and support for per channel white levels with DNG linear format images. Black level handling for RAF images from the Fujifilm X100 and some other non X-Trans models has also been improved. This update is free for all previously registered users who purchased a new or upgraded license after 14 April 2013.

Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.5. This update adds support for the DxO One (pictured), the Leica S (Typ 007), the Olympus OM-D E-M10 II, the Panasonic Lumix GH4R and the Sony A7S II cameras. Additionally, this release now includes an editing extension for Apple Photos on Mac OS...

Monday, October 12, 2015

AKVIS Draw 3.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released a major update to Akvis Draw, an application which converts photos into pencil sketches and line art pictures. Version 3.0 boasts a completely reworked photo-to-drawing algorithm, advanced colour options, better contours, plus a number of new tools and features. All registered users of Akvis Draw can upgrade to the new version for free.

Akvis has released a major update to Akvis Draw, an application which converts photos into pencil sketches and line art pictures. Version 3.0 boasts a completely reworked photo-to-drawing algorithm, advanced colour options, better contours, plus a number of new tools and features. All registered users of Akvis Draw can upgrade to...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Eyefi Mobi App Now Supports WiFi Enabled Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Originally developed to work with Eyefi's Mobi SD Cards, the Eyefi Mobi smartphone app (iOS, Android) now supports over 50 cameras with built-in WiFi. Original-resolution photos -- and now, videos -- shot with any of the 50+ WiFi cameras supported by Eyefi are instantly transferred from the camera to a smartphone, tablet or desktop, and then to Eyefi Cloud. "For the first time, photographers now have a single app and cloud service that elegantly manages what they shoot on every camera they use," said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. "With Eyefi Cloud as their media hub, photographers can spend more time taking and enjoying photos, and zero time messing with cables and a patchwork quilt of desktop and mobile apps." Do note that in order to use the native WiFi camera capabilities of the apps, you must be an Eyefi Cloud subscriber. Existing subscribers will get the new feature for free.

Originally developed to work with Eyefi's Mobi SD Cards, the Eyefi Mobi smartphone app (iOS, Android) now supports over 50 cameras with built-in WiFi. Original-resolution photos -- and now, videos -- shot with any of the 50+ WiFi cameras supported by Eyefi are instantly transferred from the camera to a smartphone,...

Monday, October 5, 2015

Adobe Announce Updates to Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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In addition to releasing Capture CC and Photoshop Fix, Adobe have announced various updates to their existing Creative Cloud applications and services, as well as Adobe Stock. Describing their vision for Creative Cloud as a “connected creative canvas” where people create and share their work from anywhere, Adobe today added new Touch capabilities to their desktop applications including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. The recently launched Adobe Stock marketplace will soon support the download and purchase of video content, and add the ability to search for and browse assets directly from Creative Cloud Libraries. The company also announced Adobe Portfolio, a new way to create beautiful, simple, creative portfolio websites; unveiled feature updates to its popular Creative Cloud Photography plan; and introduced powerful new editing capabilities for Lightroom for web.

In addition to releasing Capture CC and Photoshop Fix, Adobe have announced various updates to their existing Creative Cloud applications and services, as well as Adobe Stock. Describing their vision for Creative Cloud as a “connected creative canvas” where people create and share their work from anywhere, Adobe...

Adobe Photoshop Fix and Capture CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released two new mobile apps, Photoshop Fix and Capture CC. Available today, Photoshop Fix offers a retouching and restoration-focused image editing experience on a mobile device courtesy of a simple, intuitive touch interface that makes Photoshop desktop features like the Healing Brush and Liquify available for real retouching work on iPad and iPhone. Adobe Capture CC combines the capabilities of Adobe Brush, Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Hue into a single app and the captured design asset can be used as a brush, shape or colour theme for professional work.

Adobe today released two new mobile apps, Photoshop Fix and Capture CC. Available today, Photoshop Fix offers a retouching and restoration-focused image editing experience on a mobile device courtesy of a simple, intuitive touch interface that makes Photoshop desktop features like the Healing Brush and Liquify available for real retouching...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Zoner Photo Studio 18

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Zoner has just released the latest edition of Zoner Photo Studio. Version 18 provides a simplified photo workflow — from image download off the camera, to RAW development and JPG editing, to sharing photos. The program’s three main sections now have a unified interface, with navigation tools always available in the left-hand Navigator. The Catalogue that powers ZPS 18 now provides increased speed for browsing your photo collection. The new Develop section offers non-destructive edits for images in nearly every format. Other novelties include the ability to create Full HD slideshows from your photos, a new Share button, full support for high-resolution displays and compatibility with Windows 10. Zoner Photo Studio 18 is available now for $99. Upgrades from older versions are priced at $49.

Zoner has just released the latest edition of Zoner Photo Studio. Version 18 provides a simplified photo workflow — from image download off the camera, to RAW development and JPG editing, to sharing photos. The program’s three main sections now have a unified interface, with navigation tools always available...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pinnacle Studio 19

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today released Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate (£99.95/$129.95), Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus (£79.95/$99.95) and Pinnacle Studio 19 (£49.95/$59.95). New features include a Multi-Camera Editor that enables you to edit footage from 2 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19, 4 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus, and 6 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate; and align clips automatically with Audio Syncing. Other highlights inlcude support for 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, enhanced HD processing and improved 64-bit playback performance. The 'Plus' and 'Ultimate' versions additionally feature Audio Ducking to lower background sound and keep dialogue and narration clear.

Corel today released Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate (£99.95/$129.95), Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus (£79.95/$99.95) and Pinnacle Studio 19 (£49.95/$59.95). New features include a Multi-Camera Editor that enables you to edit footage from 2 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19, 4 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Plus, and 6 cameras in Pinnacle Studio 19 Ultimate; and align clips automatically with Audio Syncing....

Friday, September 25, 2015

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14. The former now features a camera shake compensation function, a Haze Removal tool, enhanced Guided Edits, a friendlier Quick Edit mode and more precise selections. The latter adds 4K video editing, new and professional-looking motion titles, a selective-colour mode and slow-motion effects with enhanced guidance. Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Adobe Premiere Elements 14 are immediately available for purchase for $99.99 each. Upgrade pricing is also available for $79.99.

Adobe has released Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14. The former now features a camera shake compensation function, a Haze Removal tool, enhanced Guided Edits, a friendlier Quick Edit mode and more precise selections. The latter adds 4K video editing, new and professional-looking motion titles, a selective-colour mode and slow-motion effects...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Magix Movie Edit Pro 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have released the latest version of its video editing solution, Movie Edit Pro. Boasting a multitude of unique features, ranging from HEVC/H.265 support and high-quality video stabilisation to working with footage from 360° cameras and action cams; the Movie Edit Pro 2016 product family offers beginners and more advanced users a range of practical tools. Movie Edit Pro is available online from £49.99.

Magix have released the latest version of its video editing solution, Movie Edit Pro. Boasting a multitude of unique features, ranging from HEVC/H.265 support and high-quality video stabilisation to working with footage from 360° cameras and action cams; the Movie Edit Pro 2016 product family offers beginners and more advanced...

Monday, September 21, 2015

PortraitPro V15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Anthropics Technology have launched PortraitPro v15 - a major release of their professional portrait retouching software. This update offers a host of new features including realistic makeup controls, wide angle lens distortion correction, enhanced Child Mode, advanced skin colouring and tone correction, improved feature detection and support for ultra-high resolution displays. The standard edition can now be purchased for £29.95/$39.95 (regular price £59.90/$79.90).

Anthropics Technology have launched PortraitPro v15 - a major release of their professional portrait retouching software. This update offers a host of new features including realistic makeup controls, wide angle lens distortion correction, enhanced Child Mode, advanced skin colouring and tone correction, improved feature detection and support for ultra-high resolution...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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Olympus have announced an upcoming firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 4.0 will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The company is also planning to release a similar firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera adding, on top of these features, a new "Flat" Movie Exclusive Picture Mode. At the same time, Version 1.1 of Olympus Capture will be released to "meet demands from professionals," and the latest firmware update for M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses will also be issued to provide improved aprture drive for smooth exposure control even when shooting movies in situations with sudden changes in brightness. These firmware and software updates will all be released in late November.

Olympus have announced an upcoming firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 4.0 will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CyberLink Launches All-New Director Series Multimedia Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today launched the latest versions of its Director series multimedia editing software applications. PowerDirector 14 (priced from $69.99) features flexible video editing modes, more than 500 effects and templates, improved 64-bit video rendering with TrueVelocity 5, precision motion tracking and a new Action Camera Center. PhotoDirector 7 ($59.99) adds support for a wide variety of new cameras and raw image formats, introduces a fresh approach to layer-based editing, and features new face and body beautification and content-aware object removal tools. ColorDirector 4 Ultra ($129.99) offers intelligent motion tracking, post-production colour grading and HDR video editing.

CyberLink today launched the latest versions of its Director series multimedia editing software applications. PowerDirector 14 (priced from $69.99) features flexible video editing modes, more than 500 effects and templates, improved 64-bit video rendering with TrueVelocity 5, precision motion tracking and a new Action Camera Center. PhotoDirector 7 ($59.99) adds support for a wide variety of...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Macphun Releases First Extensions for Photos for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun has announced that four of its photo editing tools have been updated to include support for Photos for Mac. The ability to use Macphun tools such as Noiseless, Tonality, Intensify and Snapheal with Photos will, according to the company, fill the gap left by iPhoto and Aperture. “So many people were left disappointed by the lack of editing tools in Photos for Mac. As photography enthusiasts ourselves, it made perfect sense to improve Photos’ weaknesses,” commented Alex Tsepko, COO of Macphun. “With Macphun’s photo editing extensions, Photos for Mac will finally offer the tools, features, speed and editing quality that its users were expecting... We’re confident this update will be an exciting element of Apple’s eagerly awaited El Capitan.” For existing users, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, and Noiseless will automatically update when El Capitan is released.

Macphun has announced that four of its photo editing tools have been updated to include support for Photos for Mac. The ability to use Macphun tools such as Noiseless, Tonality, Intensify and Snapheal with Photos will, according to the company, fill the gap left by iPhoto and Aperture. “So...

Apple Announce iOS 9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Software
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Apple have just announced iOS 9, which will be available on Wednesday, 16th September as a free software update for iPhone 4S and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini (all versions). This update shall bring a longer battery life, improved multitasking with Split View and a new Picture-in-Picture mode. The brand new iCloud Drive app enables users to easily access any file they had previously saved to iCloud from their Home screen, while the revamped Notes app now allows you to add photos to your notes or take a new one with your device's built-in camera. Also, you can now use Siri to search for photos based on date, location or album name by telling the assistant to "show me photos taken in Paris last summer," for example. There are other enhancements including faster typing, more robust security, support for public transport in Maps, plus an all-new News app; but in our understanding, there are no major OS-level changes that directly affect the photo-taking experience on currently available devices (Live Photos are reserved for the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus).

Apple have just announced iOS 9, which will be available on Wednesday, 16th September as a free software update for iPhone 4S and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini (all versions). This update shall bring a longer battery life, improved multitasking with Split View...

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hasselblad Phocus 2.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Hasselblad has released Version 2.9 of its Phocus software. This update adds support for custom colour calibrations without any need for the use of third-party calibration software, and adds a new slider to the Scene Calibration tool.

Hasselblad has released Version 2.9 of its Phocus software. This update adds support for custom colour calibrations without any need for the use of third-party calibration software, and adds a new slider to the Scene Calibration tool.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Panasonic Lumix GH4R

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Software
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At IFA 2015, Panasonic are showcasing the Lumix GH4R, an advanced version of the existing GH4 compact system camera. The photo/video hybrid now offers unlimited 4K recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) and V-Log L video capability. Taking full advantage of the Panasonic GH4R’s Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts log characteristics with 12 stops, allowing videographers to capture the darkest scenes and avoid ‘bleaching out’ details in very bright environments. V-Log L is also available to existing GH4 users, via a paid software upgrade. By purchasing the DMW-SFU1 Upgrade Software Key and updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.3, users of the original GH4 can also enjoy the benefits of V-Log L functionality for a one off cost of £79. The new Panasonic Lumix GH4R will be available from 7th September 2015 and will retail at £1199.

At IFA 2015, Panasonic are showcasing the Lumix GH4R, an advanced version of the existing GH4 compact system camera. The photo/video hybrid now offers unlimited 4K recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) and V-Log L video capability. Taking full advantage...

Monday, August 31, 2015

GoPro Release New Trim + Share Feature

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Software
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GoPro have released a new feature that allows the user to create short video clips directly on the camera or mobile device for easy sharing. On-camera trimming, available on HERO4 Black with LCD BacPac, HERO4 Silver , and HERO+ LCD, allows you to save your trimmed file directly back onto the memory card, adjacent to the rest of the video files for later sharing. The in-app functionality will allow for instant saving to your camera roll and very precise trimming from all Wi-Fi enabled GoPro cameras.

GoPro have released a new feature that allows the user to create short video clips directly on the camera or mobile device for easy sharing. On-camera trimming, available on HERO4 Black with LCD BacPac, HERO4 Silver , and HERO+ LCD, allows you to save your trimmed...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Instagram Embraces Landscape and Portrait Formats

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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In its most important move since the company' acquisition by Facebook, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape formats, in addition to the much loved/hated square. "Square format has been and always will be part of who we are," the company said in a statement. "That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram... We’re especially excited about what this update means for video... which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever." Instagram has also announced that from now on, all filters will work on all types of media, with intensity adjustments now available on videos as well as stills.

In its most important move since the company' acquisition by Facebook, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape formats, in addition to the much loved/hated square. "Square format has been and always will be part of who we are," the company said...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Serif Release Free 10-Day Trial for Affinity Photo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Serif have announced a free trial version of their new professional, Mac-only image editing software; Affinity Photo. "Since its launch this summer Affinity Photo became Editors’ Choice and a main feature in the Mac App Store, 5-star rated by customers, and #1 photography app in over 100 countries," Affinity Product Manager Dale Cook told PhotographyBLOG. "Affinity Photo’s award-winning innovation and incredible performance is free to try in full for 10 days — all adjustments, filters, tools, features, importers, exporters, and file saving work with no restrictions or watermarks."

Serif have announced a free trial version of their new professional, Mac-only image editing software; Affinity Photo. "Since its launch this summer Affinity Photo became Editors’ Choice and a main feature in the Mac App Store, 5-star rated by customers, and #1 photography app in over 100 countries," Affinity Product Manager...