Monday, May 19, 2014
AKVIS has announced a new additional frame pack for its ArtSuite software. The brand new Beauty Pack includes 50 hand painted frames which can be used to decorate your blog or photo album. With the release of the new product, 15 themed packs are now available for use in ArtSuite: Travel Pack, Fantasy Pack, Wedding Pack, Baby Pack, Spring Pack, Summer Pack, Autumn Pack, Winter Pack, Halloween Pack, Christmas Pack, Saint Valentine Pack, Chinese Horoscope, Sports Pack,Pirates World, and the new Beauty Pack. Do note that the frame packs can only be used in the AKVIS ArtSuite Standalone program, which sells for $69. The new Beauty Frame Pack is $15.
Friday, May 16, 2014
onOne Software has released Perfect Photo Suite 8.5. Available as a free update to all owners of Perfect Photo Suite 8, this version includes speed and productivity enhancements to the Perfect Photo Suite’s Browse module, improved performance with the Perfect Eraser tool, and enhanced masking support in Perfect Effects and Perfect Layers. In addition, raw ﬁle support is now included with the Standard Edition.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Totally Rad! has announced today the launch of Replichrome II: Slide, a new collection of presets for Adobe Lightroom and ACR that brings the classic look of film to digital photography. Replichrome II includes presets for the most popular Fuji, Kodak and Agfa slide films, many of which were discontinued in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The collection has 19 films and 203 presets available – all unique compared to Replichrome I. The film presets have Noritsu and Calibrated variants, each with several additional variations with varying degrees of contrast. Replichrome I and II are available now for $99 each.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Unified Color Technologies have announced HDR Expose 3.1, a significant update to its standalone HDR image processing application. The newest features include faster merge and alignment tools, improved de-ghosting algorithms, a new panorama batch processing assist mode and a redesigned Merge dialogue box. HDR Expose 3.1 is available immediately and can be applied to all existing HDR Expose 3 licenses free of charge. New licenses for HDR Expose 3.1 can be purchased for $119.
Intensify is a new Macintosh application that gives you precise control over details in your images. Key features include integration with Smugmug, Mavericks support, Macphun Print Lab compatibility and support for raw images. "Use dozens of professionally inspired presets – one click enhances your photos – or drop into the Adjust panel for complete control and flexibility," the company says. "Our 4 detail enhancement tools – Pro Contrast, Structure, Details and Micro Sharpness – all combine to give you incredible results. Want more? Apply enhancements based on highlight, midtone and shadow tonal ranges. Or, use layers to creatively apply detail to specific parts of your image." Intensify Pro is available for $59.99.
Monday, May 12, 2014
AKVIS has updated its OilPaint software to Version 3.0. Available as a standalone application and as a Photoshop plug-in, AKVIS OilPaint 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. The updated version adds Extra Strokes, a Flat Brush option for the Oil Brush for changing the shape of the edges of the brush strokes and a brand new 3D Brush that lets you bring volume and relief to your painting. Version 3.0 is a free update for all OilPaint customers.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 2.4, a major update to its critically acclaimed raw converter and image editor for Mac OS X. This update includes a number of new features to provide better integration with other photo management tools, in particular Lightroom and Aperture. New features include 'Find and Open raw' for doing a local search for the raw source of a standard image, the ability to overwrite standard images in place and support for automatically opening the raw source image when sent a standard image for external editing. Version 2.4 also adds support for the Leica T, Samsung NX mini, Canon Powershot G1 X II, Sony A77 II, Nikon 1 V3, Nikon 1 J4 and Panasonic DMC-GH4 cameras, and fixes bugs. Do note that this release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
onOne Software has announced a limited-time offer on its Perfect Effects 8 software. Valued at $99.95, Perfect Effects 8 is available as a standalone application, and also integrates with Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements. Now, for a limited time only, you can download the full version free of charge. Do note that the program requires a system with 8GB of RAM and a 64-bit version of Mac OS X 10.7 / Windows 7 or higher.
Monday, May 5, 2014
jAlbum has launched Version 12 of its desktop software. Founded in 2002 by David Ekholm, jAlbum is one of the world's most powerful web gallery creating applications. Version 12 is up to 5x faster in dealing with images loaded over network drives, has a redesigned user interface with an all-new "Eﬀects" settings tab, and features an integrated Web browser. For more information visit the website below.
Lomography has updated its LomoScanner iPhone app. First launched alongside the Lomography Film Scanner, the LomoScanner software allows users to convert negative scans into positives, stitch together scans into seamless panoramas and animate 35mm analogue movies shot using the Lomography LomoKino camera.Version 2 has a cleaner interface and offers manual controls, revamped panorama stitching, fuss-free moive animation and instant sharing. Currently the app is available for iOS 7 only, with the company planning to update the Android version in the near future.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Alien Skin Software today announced the forthcoming launch of Exposure 6, the latest version of its flagship photography effects software. Alien Skin’s creative focus and lens simulation program, Bokeh, has now been rolled into Exposure, thus eliminating the need to jump between programs. As such, Exposure now provides simple tools for photographers to draw attention to their subject by manipulating focus, vignette and depth of field. Along with the inclusion of Bokeh, Exposure’s user interface has been refined and enhanced. A new basic control panel contains sliders for global adjustments to areas such as exposure, contrast, clarity and vibrance for faster editing. The image processing engine has also been rewritten and now offers full-sized instant previews. Additionally, Exposure 6 includes many new lighting effects such as realistic sun flare, and authentic vintage borders developed by world-renowned photographer Parker J Pfister. Exposure 6 will be available in June for $149
DxO Labs have released DxO Optics Pro 9.1.5 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to offer support for the Nokia Lumia 1020, the first smartphone capable of shooting raw (pictured). Version 9.1.5 also offers support for four additional cameras: the Canon EOS 1200D, the Olympus E-M10 and Stylus 1, and the Nikon Coolpix P340; and benefits from the addition of 472 new camera/lens combinations to the library of DxO Optics Modules. Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after 1 September 2014 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9.
Serif has just launched PhotoPlus X7. This latest version comes without the need for monthly subscriptions and has a range of new features, such as Lab Colour Mode – a comprehensive colour engine that offers users a more intuitive editing mode allowing users to quickly and easily fix contrast or alter tones. A new Lens Correction feature also helps users to remove distortions, vignetting and fix chromatic aberrations. Photographers can also quickly straighten images and correct vertical and horizontal perspective problems with an on-screen alignment grid. For adjustments, corrections and effects, the PhotoFix Studio features a new smart brush to protect certain areas. PhotoPlus X7 is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and retails at £79.99.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Magix has released Xara Web Designer 10 Premium, a Web design tool designed for people wanting to launch a high-quality website without the need to know HTML coding - including photographers. "For the first time we have created a simple no-programming system where you can create alternative page arrangements for the same content", says Charles Moir, Xara's founder and Managing Director. "Web Designer 10 Premium does all the clever work to automatically show, and instantly switch (respond) to the changing browser size.” Xara Web Designer 10 Premium retails for £89.99.
Leica has released an iOS app that lets you wirelessly control the Leica T compact system camera. The program enables users to control captue settins; view the live view feed; trigger the camera; start and stop video recording; and view, delete, download and share images captured with the camera. The app is now available on iTunes.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
AKVIS MultiBrush has been updated to Version 8.0. This release adds the options Color Sampling and Tolerance to the Eraser tool; a new Grain parameter to the Artistic Pencil; a Blend Mode to the settings of the Color Pencil, Clone Stamp and Color Brush tools; and support for a number of additional raw image formats. Registered users of the software can upgrade to the new version for free.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Cloud Preview by Cypress Innovations is a new iOS app for photographers looking to view raw image files stored on Dropbox. Designed to work seamlessly with Dropbox, CloudPreview works with all raw files supported by Apple, and supports most files generated by Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Fujifilm and Leica cameras. For more information, visit the website below.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Phase One is going to host a free webinar for Capture One Pro users on Wednesday, 23rd April. In this webinar, David Grover will take participants through a typical photo editing scenario, importing directly from memory cards and through a full Capture One Pro Session workflow, finishing with multiple image output types and a web gallery. For more information and to register, visit the website below.
Cypress Innovations have released Cloud Studio, an iOS app developed for photographers looking to edit and share images stored on Dropbox. The program offers users the ability to alter saturation, gamma, brightness, contrast, hue, and vibrance. With Cloud Studio, you can view and edit curves and levels, and can crop, rotate, and sharpen images. The app gives users the option to re‐upload the altered image to Dropbox, save it in the camera roll, or share the photo via Facebook, Available in two versions, Cloud Studio and Cloud Studio HD, the software can be downloaded for $0.99.
Akvis have updated their ArtSuite application to version 10.5. This release adds a Share option that allows users to post pictures from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; improves the Halftone effect; enables the saving of last used settings; and adds support for additional raw image file formats generated by various digital cameras. Registered users of ArtSuite can upgrade to the new version for free.