Monday, December 9, 2013
Bits&Coffee have released VideoStory 2.2, a new version of their free slideshow app for iOS. New features in version 2.2 include an updated user interface and the ability to add customisable titles to the user's video stories. This is a universal iOS app that runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with support for iOS version 6 and 7.
Macphun Software has released Focus 2, a program which enables photographers of all skill levels to easily add selective focus, creative blurring and miniature effects to photos. A Custom Focus setting provides even greater control when applying focus and blur to images. Users can set the centre focal point and amount of blur, while Vividness and Vignette features provide a professional finishing touch to images. “Focus and lens blurring effects are among the most popular techniques photographers use to draw attention in their images, but high quality results are often difficult to achieve without expensive lenses,” said Paul Muzok, co-founder and CEO of Macphun Software. “Focus 2 allows anyone to achieve a perfect focus and blurring effect with a few clicks.” Focus 2 is available now from the Mac App Store for a special introductory price of $9.99.
Friday, December 6, 2013
VSCO Cam is now available worldwide in the Google Play Store for most devices running Android 4.0 and higher. The app includes a default set of presets and tools with adjustable strengths, allowing for precise editing and customisation. Additional presets and tools can be purchased separately. Photographers can easily share their images via multiple outlets, including VSCO Grid, Google Plus, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, Gallery and email.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Delix Software has released version 1.1 of Alayer, an iOS app that promises to "give anyone unprecedented control over the aesthetics of their [smartphone] photos." Now you can clone/duplicate the photo you are working with as a new layer, and choose from over 100 presets and 15 different blending modes to manipulate the image. Alayer is available for $0.99 on the iTunes App Store.
TeoreX has updated iResizer, a simple yet capable utility designed to resize pictures and remove undesired objects. Version 2.4 adds a feature enabling users to automatically resize their photos for Instagram without cropping. You only need to mark areas on the photo you would like to preserve, and run Instagram resizing. iResizer is available for Windows and Mac OS, priced at $19.99.
DxO Labs have just launched version 4.5 of their photographic film emulation software, DxO FilmPack. This update adds Agfa Scala 200X and Kodak Ektar 100 film renderings, provides new creative looks, and improves its palette of special effects. "Thanks to DxO Labs’ exclusive calibration technologies, the two new film renderings achieve an unrivaled level of quality and fidelity," the company claims. "DxO Labs perfectly reproduced the grain, quality, and style of these two films by following a rigorous scientific process: taking carefully-controlled photos with the analog films; developing the photos using two renowned professional photo development laboratories; and carefully scanning, digitizing, and analyzing the developed shots." This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack 3 licence on or after 1 March 2013.
DxO Labs have released version 9.1 of its image processing software, DxO Optics Pro. This update enhances the application's PRIME denoising technology that restores the finest details in images even at the very highest sensitivities; provides support for eight new cameras; integrates the features of new DxO FilmPack v4.5 in plugin mode; and includes a new Export to Facebook option. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 9, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro license on or after 1 September 2013.
Friday, November 29, 2013
With Black Friday upon us and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we've rounded-up all 7 Holiday Gift Guides that we've published in the last week. If you're looking to buy a camera, make sure to check out our expert guides first!
Tiffen has announced an app sale running through Cyber Monday, 2 December 2013. Available on the iTunes Store, Tiffen Photo fx can now be purchased for $.99 (regularly $2.99) and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra for $1.99 (regularly $4.99).
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Datacolor will be hosting two new free-to-attend webinars in December. On Thursday, 5th December, Datacolor expert David Saffir and Google Nik Photography expert Dan Hughes will be hosting an online seminar titled, "Taking Control of Landscape Photography with Datacolor and the Nik Collection." Starting at 7p.m., this webinar will cover best practices in colour management throughout the workflow, capturing landscape scenes and post-processing in the digital darkroom using Nik Software products Viveza 2, ColorEfexPro 4 and SharpenerPro 3.0. The second session, "Highlights of the 2013 Creative Roadshows" (Tuesday, 10th December, 7p.m.) hosted by Datacolor expert Richard West, will provide tips and tricks on how to build and optimise your imaging workflow whilst maintaining colour accuracy throughout. To register, visit the website below.
onOne Software has now released Perfect Photo Suite 8, which had been announced back in September. Key new features include the Perfect Enhance module for essential photo adjustments, the Perfect Eraser with content-aware fill technology, the Perfect Batch processing utility for applying workflows to multiple images at once, and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module with twice as many filters, customisable presets, and integrated FocalPoint technology. The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 will be available 26th November in three editions: Premium, Standard, and an edition for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture. Perfect Photo Suite 8 for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture works with Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop Elements, and as a standalone application. It is available for $129.95; upgrades are $79.95. The Standard Edition works as a complete standalone photo editor and is available for $79.95.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
In the seventh and final part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we've selected our favourite accessories and softwares, with something for every budget.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Akvis has released version 7 of Akvis Magnifier. Available as a plug-in or a standalone application, the software is claimed to “deliver good results” when ‘uprezzing’ a photo to create poster-sized enlargements. “Resizing pictures with Akvis Magnifier yields a much higher quality image than simple bicubic interpolation,” the company says. Version 7 offers native 64-bit support, compatibility improvements, a new Crop tool and a Share option that lets you post images from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+. Registered users of Magnifier can upgrade to version 7 free of charge.
Adobe is extending its Photoshop Photography Programme to all photographers as a limited-time offer. The company initially launched this programme in September to support the needs and workflow of photographers who use CS3 or later. Now, for a limited time, Adobe is extending this offer to all photographers for £8.78/month as an annual subscription. Those wishing to take advantage of this offer have until 2nd December (7:59 pm GMT) to register. The programme offers access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 (plus respective feature updates and upgrades as they are available), 20GB of cloud storage and Behance ProSite, all via Adobe Creative Cloud.
Website: Adobe UK
Friday, November 15, 2013
Momentage is a new social media platform where users can integrate photos, videos and SoundImages "to showcase a more artistic expression of reality." To craft a moment, users can select and edit photos and videos, or shoot photos and record up to 20 seconds of video. Once photos and videos are selected to be in a 'moment,' users can rearrange them by dragging and dropping each piece of media into a different area of the layout. Moments can be made public for general viewing by anyone on the app, or shared privately with just one person or a select group of followers. Momentage is currently available for iPhone and can be downloaded from the App Store.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
SmugMug has released an Android edition of its Camera Awesome app. The program offers a huge number of creative editing features, including hundreds of special effects, presets, filters and frames. In addition, there are numerous Android-specific features such as high-speed burst, panorama, and HDR photography, video image stabilisation, face recognition, manual ISO adjustment, multiple resolutions and selective editing. You can download the Camera Awesome app from the Google Play Store free of charge.
Brian Griffith has released Iridient Digital, an update to his photo editing software for Mac OS X. This edition adds support for raw image files produced by the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Nikon Df, the Olympus Stylus 1, the Pentax K-3, the Phase One IQ280, IQ260, IQ260 Achromatic, IQ160 and IQ140; and fixes bugs. Do note that this release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 April 2012.
Nikon has updated its Capture NX and View NX applications. Nikon View NX 2.8.2 adds support for the Nikon Df (pictured) and D5300. Capture NX 2.4.5 also adds compatibility with these cameras and incorporates the following changes:
Blackmagic Design have released Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software which adds new 12-bit Log CinemaDNG raw recording to their Pocket Cinema Camera. Wide-dynamic-range raw recording allows users to capture the brightest highlights and the darkest shadows simultaneously, capturing more of the scene than is possible with a regular video camera. In addition, high-quality lossless CinemaDNG files are fully compatible with DaVinci Resolve 10 for seamless colour grading and editing workflows. The Blackmagic Camera 1.5 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic website.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Apple has issued a new Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update to MacOS X Mavericks. Version 5.01 adds support for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11: Canon PowerShot G16, Canon PowerShot S120, Fujifilm X-A1, Nikon Coolpix P7800 (pictured), Nikon D610, Olympus Pen Lite E-PL6, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, Sony Alpha A3000 ILCE-3000 and Sony Alpha NEX-5T.
Website: Apple Support