Category: Software

Friday, October 17, 2014

Aperture Importer for Lightroom

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software

Adobe has released a new Lightroom add-on called Aperture Importer. As the name suggests, this plugin enables Aperture (and iPhoto) users to import their libraries - including data such as flags, geotags, ratings, keywords and more - to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Note that colour labels, stacks, and face tags will be imported as Lightroom keywords.

Website: Adobe

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Corel AfterShot Pro 2.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel has updated its AfterShot Pro software to Version 2.1. Available free to registered users, the 2.1 update introduces a number of new features and enhancements including new HDR tools for Mac and Linux, support for more than 17 new raw camera profiles, an improved Highlight Recovery Tool, as well as various performance and stability enhancements. Newly supported cameras include the Canon SX50 HS, the Fujifilm X-T1, X-E1, X-E2, X-Pro1, X-M1, X100S and X20, the Nikon D4s, D3300, 1 V3, 1 J4, Coolpix P330 and Coolpix A, and the Pentax Q, 645Z and K-500.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Magix Movie Edit Touch for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix have announced their first video editing app for Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Magix Movie Edit Touch allows you to instantly cut, optimize and share self-made videos anywhere. You can either make videos directly with your Android end-device or import them from an SD card. After importing, you can remove unwanted scenes, trim video clips and add background music in just a few clicks. The app is available now as a freedownload from the Google Play Store. The Premium edition adds automated brightness/contrast/saturation optimisation; filter eefects such as Lomo, Tilt-Shift, HDR, Pop Art and Black/White; a title editor and the ability to save and export videos in Full HD - all for $1.99.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Piccure+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Intelligent Imaging Solutions have released its piccure+ software, billed as "a revolution in computational photography." Designed to improve the quality of photos taken with both high-quality and consumer-grade lenses, piccure+ can apparently "determine the optical aberrations from the image itself," the company says. “The advances in computational photography will have a dramatic impact on image formation in general. Image formation will no longer be just an optical process, instead it will be a combination of both optical and computational processes. The boundaries between software and hardware will become blurred,” says Prof. Dr. Hanns Ruder, CEO of IIS. “This development will allow cheaper, lighter, and smaller optical systems. We made the first radical step in this direction with piccure+." The software is now available as a standalone application with powerful batch processing and raw image file support, priced at €109.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Adobe Updates Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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At Adobe MAX 2014, Adobe hasy announced it is shipping a "milestone release" of Creative Cloud. This major release includes significant feature updates to 13 essential CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Central to this release is an all-new Creative Profile and 9 new mobile apps that extend the capabilities of the Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere franchises onto mobile devices. In the Photoshop family, Photoshop Sketch lets creatives draw with new built-in expressive brushes and enables an integrated workflow with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Updates to Photoshop Mix extend precise mobile compositing capabilities and now includes enhanced integration with Photoshop CC, as well as a new iPhone version. A new Lightroom Mobile app builds on integrated desktop and mobile workflows and includes features to allow clients, friends or family to select favourites and leave comments for photos shared online; and GPS information from iPhone photos now syncs with Lightroom desktop. In the Premiere family, the brand new Adobe Premiere Clip app easily transforms the video shot on iPhone or iPad into edited videos that are simple to share. Aspiring videographers can then send their compositions to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for advanced editing and finishing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Promote Systems Introduce Tethering Solutions for Panasonic GH4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Promote Systems has announced two exclusive tethering solutions for the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera. USB Tether software, designed from the ground up in cooperation with Panasonic developers, allows users to easily control the GH4 from a PC or laptop. The company has also added support for Panasonic's flagship Micro Four Thirds model to its Promote Control, an advanced, pocket size remote controller for digital cameras. Click through / scroll down for more information.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Magix Movie Edit Pro 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix has released Movie Edit Pro 2015 (£59.99), Movie Edit Pro 2015 Plus (£79.99) and Movie Edit Pro 2015 Premium (£99.99). New features include native 64-bit support, a completely redesigned interface and a new Movie Wizard. In addition, the program now features a new audio tool and an option to wirelessly transfer mobile video projects from the upcoming Android app Movie Edit Touch via WLAN. The new Movie Wizard allows users to select specific templates from a variety of styles and categories and give their videos a unique look. The Plus and Premium versions also offer the full version of NewBlue Titler EX for creating impressive titles, captions and closing credits in just a few steps.

Adobe Camera Raw 8.7 RC & DNG Converter 8.7 RC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has posted ACR 8.7 and Adobe DNG converter 8.7 as "release candidates." These updates add support for raw image files generated by the Nikon D750, Casio EX-100PRO, Fujifilm X30, Leaf Credo 50, Leica V-Lux (Typ 114, pictured), Panasonic DMC-GM1S, Sony ILCE-5100 and Sony ILCE-QX1; and lens profiles for 16 Sony, Tokina, SLR Magic, Pentax, Voigtländer and Leica lenses.

Website: Adobe

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Olympus Capture

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Olympus has released the free Olympus Capture application, which enables tethered shooting with the OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Available in Mac and Windows versions, Olympus Capture allows E-M1 users to remotely control their cameras, giving them access to exposure, focus, depth-of-field preview, ISO sensitivity and white balance, among other settings. You can even control up to four wirelessly synced flash units directly from the program. Photos taken using Olympus Capture can easily be imported into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Capture One Pro for post-processing. The Olympus Capture software can be downloaded from the website below (do note that you need to have Firmware Version 2.0 installed on your OM-D E-M1 for tethered shooting).

Website: Get Olympus Capture

Monday, September 29, 2014

Zoner Photo Studio 17

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Zoner Photo Studio 17 is now available in the US. Zoner’s latest version of this complete photo editing and management software package offers several exciting new features including Home Sharing, an easy and seamless way to share memories on your TV, PC and smartphone; the new and improved Cartoon and Lens Flare tools, a much more efficient photo management interface and more robust tools for working with raw files. Among the improvements is a new Automatic button that streamlines working with the histogram and colours – one click now reveals the optimal settings. Zoner Photo Studio 17 also now reflects all changes in the raw conversion module in pictures’ previews in the Manager and Viewer. Working with large photo collections is now significantly faster and smoother courtesy of the program’s Smarter Catalog and an improved Side Panel in the Manager. Zoner Photo Studio 17 is available now for $89. Upgrades from older versions are priced at $49.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Comic Life 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Plasq have released Comic Life 3, the latest edition of its award-winning photo comic creation software for iOS. This edition includes a new suite of image processing tools including new parametric filters and an Instant Alpha tool that makes it easy to knock out backgrounds right inside the app. Comic Life 3 also introduces a script editor letting you create stories right in the app and easily take your words to the comic page thanks to new SmartScript technology. Comic Life 3 for iOS is available from the App Store for $2.99

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18

Mark Goldstein | Software
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ACDSee Pro 8 is the most complete solution for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers. The standard version, ACDSee 18, gives any photographer the high-end tools they need to produce professional quality photos and manage their photo library. ACDSee Pro 8 is available for $199.99 and ACDSee 18 is available for $79.99. Both products are also available via subscription starting at $79 per year.

Manual – Custom Exposure Camera for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Little Pixels have released a new iPhone app that gives users direct control over white balance, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. Available for all devices running iOS 8, the Manual – Custom Exposure Camera app also allows you to control focus, engage exposure bracketing, view a live histogram, display various grid overlays and save photos directly to the Camera Roll. Manual – Custom Exposure Camera is available on iTunes for $1.99.

Nero 2015 Launched

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nero has launched its Nero 2015 Classic and Nero 2015 Platinum digital media suites. Comprising more than 10 brand new mobile apps and significantly enhanced versions of Nero Burning ROM, Nero Video, Nero Recode, Nero Express, and Nero MediaHome; Nero 2015 Classic replaces the previous “standard” editions of the Nero suite, and features a redesigned launcher, support for geotags, integrated cloud access, auto-transcoding and more. Nero 2015 Platinum includes all the characteristic enhancements of Nero 2015 Classic, with the addition of a fully-fledged Blu-ray Disc player (including 3D support), Blu-ray Disc ripping to virtually any video file format, 4K (UHD) video editing and slideshow support, as well as  hundreds of additional video effects and retro movie theme templates. Both suites are available now. The recommended prices are £69.99 for Nero 2015 Classic and £89.99 for Nero 2015 Platinum.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PhotoZoom Pro 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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BenVista have released their new photo resizing software, PhotoZoom Pro 6. "In PhotoZoom Pro 6, we have reinforced our S-Spline Max algorithm with improved detection of tiny details and subtle edges. During enlargement, these are now being reconstructed in a smart way, yielding extremely true-to-nature results. The improvements are particularly spectacular with low resolution originals, which often contain lots of delicate details," says D.S. Schoolwerth, CEO at BenVista. "Moreover, PhotoZoom Pro 6 comes with a new option to enhance the vividness of photos. This comes in very handy when enlarging originals that look a bit dim or lacklustre. PhotoZoom Pro 6 will not only turn them into perfect enlargements, but can also bring these photos to life by adding some extra sunshine." PhotoZoom Pro 6 is available for €169. Upgrade options are available for existing PhotoZoom users.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released Version 13 of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Featuring four new Effects Variations; Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 adds new Intelligent Crop Suggestion and PhotomergeCompose tools and three new Guided Edits for black-and-white photography. Adobe Premiere Elements 13 features new Video in Titles and Favourite Moments tools, a new Video Story creator and an enhanced Shake Stabiliser. Elements Live (eLive) is a new feature available from both programs, which gives users access to a huge collection of Web-based tutorials, software updates and news. Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements are available now for £81.08 / $99.99 each (£63.43 / $79.99 for upgraders), or £122.11 / $149.99 as a bundle.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Adobe Acquires Aviary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global, Software
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Adobe has acquired Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs for the delivery of creative apps. “Aviary has an exceptional team and technology platform, as well as expertise serving a robust developer ecosystem. We're thrilled to leverage Aviary's technology to make our Creative SDK even more powerful for app developers,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Creative Cloud Ecosystem & Behance at Adobe. “This is great news for developers because thousands of mobile apps will have the opportunity to become compatible with industry-defining desktop tools like Photoshop CC, as well as new Creative Cloud services."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Akvis AirBrush 2.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has updated its AirBrush software to version 2.5. This release adds a new Share feature, an option to reverse background and paint colours, a new interface theme, support for additional raw image file formats, and compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014. Registered users of AirBrush can upgrade to version 2.5 for free.

Athentech Releases Perfectly Clear Plug-Ins 2.0 and LAB 5.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Athentech Imaging has released Perfectly Clear Plug-Ins 2.0 and LAB 5.0. Perfectly Clear Plug-Ins 2.0 feature re-engineered algorithms, a new noise engine, a new Beautify filter that gives you 10 ways to look your best, an opacity slider that lets you blend your before and after images to your preference, Import / Export presets that let you easily share presets with your friends, and much more. The reengineered LAB 5.0 for Business software features a new raw engine that supports more raw file types, betterr control over PDF image processing, and the same speed, noise & new Beautify upgrades as Plug-Ins 2.0. Perfectly Clear Plug-Ins 2.0 is now available for only $149 (individual package) and $199 (bundle). LAB 5.0 is now available for $495/quarter.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leica S Type 006 and Leica S2/S2-P Firmware Updates

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Photokina 2014, Software
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Leica has announced new firmware updates for the Leica S-System. FW 2.4.0.0, the firmware update for the LeicaS (Type 006), optimises numerous functions, considerably improves the performance of the camera and all Leica S-Lenses and represents the most comprehensive firmware update since the launch of the Leica S-System. The firmware updates for the LeicaS (FW 2.4.0.0.) and Leica S2/S2-P (FW 1.4.0.0.) cameras also support the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH.