Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tonality from Macphun is a new Mac app for creating superior black-and-white images. The software uses a proprietary 16-bit raw processing engine, advanced imaging algorithms and a comprehensive set of unique digital darkroom features permitting photographers "to do things they never before have been able to achieve," the company says. Starting with "professionally inspired" presets, Tonality includes features like layer-based image editing, adaptive exposure and smart contrast, overlay textures, advanced clarity and structure detail, grain and film emulation, adjustment brushes and a selection of finishing tools for photographers to craft their finest work. Each layer includes separate opacity controls, blending modes and preserves colour data of the original image. “For many photographers, crafting dramatic black-and-white images is their favouritee form of creative expression yet presents uniquely difficult and time-consuming challenges,” said Paul Muzok, CEO of Macphun. “We designed Tonality to overcome those challenges, and be not only the best app for those passionate about monochrome image making but also appeal to the casual photographer who is exploring the genre." Tonality is available today as an electronic download from the Macphun Web Store.
Nikon has released an update to the 64-bit Windows edition of its new Capture NX-D software. According to the company, when the 64-bit Windows version of the application was used to create JPEG-format files converted from raw (.NEF/.NRW), TIFF, or JPEG images using the Convert Files... or Run Batch Process... option in the File menu, a gray band was sometimes visible at the bottom of the images when they were opened in the 64-bit Windows version of Capture NX-D. This issue has been resolved in version 1.0.1.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Phase One Industrial today released Phase One iX Capture, an image capture and raw conversion application designed specifically for aerial photography. The software enables operators to track each capture and utilize real-time feedback to be confident that each image has been captured correctly. Dov Kalinski, General Manager of Phase One Industrial said, “Our new iX Capture application has been designed to boost efficiency — enabling inflight picture review, ensuring high quality image results and streamlining the inflight capture process." Compatible with the Windows 8.1 operating system, the Phase One iX Capture application was created for use exclusively with Phase One aerial cameras. It is a free application available immediately from the website below.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Iridient Digital has released version 2.4.4 of Iridient Developer. This update adds raw image file support for the Samsung NX3000 and also includes support for automatic lens corrections based on raw image metadata for all Samsung NX mirrorless models. This release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012. Upgrades are available for the discounted price of $45. New licenses can be purchased for $75.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Lightricks has announced Facetune for Android, an app that promises to enable every smartphone user to transform everyday mugshots into high-end portraits. “The tremendous success and rave reviews with Facetune for iOS (4.8 stars out of 5 on the App store over thousands of reviews) led to countless requests for the app from Android users,” says Zeev Farbman, Lightricks' CEO. “Today, we are just as excited to release this product to Android as our users are to receive it, and we are eagerly awaiting their reaction." Facetune for Android is offered at the introductory price of $2.99 and available worldwide exclusively on the Google Play Store.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Akvis has released version 6.0 of its NatureArt software for Windows and Mac OS X. This update adds new presets to the Sun and Frost effects, improves performance under 64-bit versions of Windows, adds an option for Dropbox users to share their images directly from the program with no loss of quality, brings support for several new raw file formats, and fixes bugs. Additionally, the plug-in variant gains compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. Registered users of NatureArt can upgrade to version 6.0 for free.
Xara has announced a new release of Xara Designer Pro. Billed as the ultimate all-in-one creative software that provides all the tools for: illustration, photo editing, web graphics and desktop publishing; Xara Designer Pro X10 supports multi-core processors for faster performance, and provides tools that might typically be required by professional designers such as PANTONE, CMYK, colour separations and PDF/X. Bundled with this release is a new Photoshop plug-in called PhotoLooks from Red Giant (previously sold by Red Giant for $199) for users wishing to intensify the mood of their photo via various colour and lighting effects or adding a popular film look from soft lighting to Hollywood drama. The plug-in includes over 100 presets inspired by real commercial projects, from wedding vignettes to popular cinematic looks. Xara Designer Pro X10 costs £249 with upgrades from £79.
Blackmagic Design has released version 1.8.2 of its Camera software, which adds 3 new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. The new formats include ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy. This update gives customers using Blackmagic Design cameras the ability to get significantly smaller video file sizes allowing much longer recording durations on the same media card, all while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Selecting the type of ProRes format for recording can be set via the on-screen menus and all ProRes types can be played back instantly. The. Camera 1.8.2 update is available now free of charge from the website below.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Adobe has released ACR 8.6 and Adobe DNG Converter 8.6 as "release candidates." These updates add support for raw image files generated by the Nikon D810, the Panasonic AG-GH4 and the Panasonic FZ1000 (pictured), colour profiles for the Sony RX100 III, Alpha SLT-A77 II and A7S, and lens profiles for 11 Canon, Nikon Schneider Kreuznach and Sony lenses.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Topaz Labs have released a major upgrade to their Photoshop image masking plug-in ReMask. Version 4 includes a new Edge Shift feature, a redesigned user interface focused on ease and speed, faster foreground recovery processing, and many usability improvements. It is a free upgrade for existing ReMask customers.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Rumanian software firm Bits&Coffee SRL have released version 4.0 of their image editor, BatchPhoto. New features include a completely rewritten user interface with a new Dark-theme, one universal version for both Windows and Mac, a Mac version which is fully Retina-ready, drag&drop functionality for the graphical filters, and a new Auto Crop filter. Pricing starts at $29.95.
Xara have released the latest new version of their creative design software for Windows, Xara Photo and Graphic Designer. Version 10 features new shadow and highlight tools, improved automatic panorama stitching, a new online content catalogue, support for the automatic rotation of images from iPhones and other cameras with orientation sensors, a new insert menu, improved import/export support for .doc and .docx files, RTF files, and significantly improved PDF import. Bundled with this release is a new Photoshop plug-in called PhotoLooks from Red Giant (previously sold by Red Giant for $199) for users wishing to intensify the mood of their photo via various colour and lighting effects or adding a popular film look. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 sells for £69.99 (inc VAT). Upgrades from v9 to Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 cost £25 (inc VAT).
Ashampoo has released Photo Commander 12, the latest version of its photo storage and editing software. New features and enhancements include support for a variety of raw file formats, increased scalability, enhanced social sharing, more creative options for sharing and transforming photos, enhanced editing and more after-effects. Photo Commander costs $49.99 and can be downloaded from the website below.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Nikon's new Capture NX-D software is now available free of charge. 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 is 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-
Dreamstime today released Dreamstime Companion, a new free iPhone and Android mobile app that enables photographers to upload their own images directly from their smartphones. “The arrival of the Dreamstime Companion mobile app is not so much a new direction for our company, but one that we hope will continue to inspire the ever-growing smartphone photography community, as well as the changing needs of today’s consumers,” said Serban Enache, the company’s CEO and co-founder. “The size of our community is unparalleled in the industry, and provides mobile photographers with a unique and potentially lucrative opportunity." Users can sell their images as editorial content (with logos and faces visible) or as commercial content, which means no logos or people in the image unless they have signed a model release. The app provides users with real-time stats, sales reports, and up-to-date revenue details.
LensDistortions.com has released a new collection of presets for Photoshop. The website launched in early 2013 with products for filmmakers, editors, and VFX artists. Word quickly spread as people in the video community fell in love with the organic flares and unique looks. The new Legacy Collection contains 30 Photoshop Actions, each with their own unique presets and organic light leaks. To check out the newly released collection, head to the website below.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Adobe's new Photography Plan enables anyone to use the most up-to-date desktop versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop CC for as little as £8.78/$9.99 per month, which is an excellent deal for most people, especially those just getting involved in serious photo editing. But Adobe's move to a subscription-based model raised the question of what would happen to users' Lightroom catalogues once their Creative Cloud (CC) membership expired. In a recent blog post, Adobe's Tom Hogarty responded to these concerns, stating that "at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function."
Friday, July 11, 2014
The PicsArt mobile photo editing and drawing app now features a built-in video feature that allows users to generate and post videos that capture their editing process. "The new feature is a great tool not only for sharing the process of creating art but also for creating interactive and comprehensive infographics, presentations, fun trendy animations, video messages to other users, and much more," the company says. PicsArt is a free and full-featured photo editing and drawing mobile app available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. For more on PicsArt, its community of users, and samples of their work, visit the website below.
Iridient Digital has released Version 2.4.3 of Iridient Developer. This update includes support for 8 new cameras including the Nikon D810 and 1 S2, the Sony A7S, the Pentax: 645Z, the Panasonic: DMC-FZ1000, the Kinefinity KineMINI 4K, KineRAW Mini and KineRAW S35; support for Nikon sRAW format and several bug fixes and improvements. This release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012
DxO Labs have launched DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7. These two upgrades allow both applications to integrate perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. The upgrade to DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack license on or after 1 March 2013. The upgrade to DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7 is free for all owners of DxO ViewPoint who acquired a license on or after 1 August 2013.