Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Canon Japan announced today that it has released its English version of PERSTEXT, a free iOS application that provides users with a new way of having fun with their photos. The app lets you insert dynamic text into saved images, which can then be shared with friends and family via popular social networks. The application also makes it possible to insert text that appears as if it had been written on the floor or the ground, and provides support for AirPrint-enabled inkjet printers so you can easily print out the images you create. PERSTEXT is available now on iTunes.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Triggertrap has unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for its Triggertrap Mobile app, photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera. This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Support for Apple Watch will be added to the app in the coming weeks. The update is available to download on the iOS app store, and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
PicsArt, the largest mobile creative community, has announced an update that enables users to collaborate on work via Facebook and generate timelapse videos that showcase their unique editing techniques. “We believe PicsArt provides users with the best tools to express themselves and now we are giving them more ways to share that expression,” said PicsArt’s founder, Hovhannes Avoyan. “Everyday our users are creating expressively heartfelt work with PicsArt’s tools. We want to make sure we are also giving them equally expressive ways to share that work.” PicsArt’s latest iOS and Android app update also brings enhanced social features that make collaborating and giving feedback more immediate and fluid. A new “Open” button on images makes sharing and commenting on artwork easier than ever. PicsArt users are also able to "like" images by double-tapping them and stay updated with pop-up notifications that alert users of new work from their favourite artists.
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.2. This update adds support for the Nikon 1 J5, the Olympus TG-4 and Stylus 1S, the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), the Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, 8000D), EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i) and the EOS M3. Additionally, it includes further improvements to the v3 noise reduction introduced in version 3. Both Luminance and Colour noise reduction adjustments in particular are now much more effective with some forms of noise, especially when strongly increasing shadow brightness and with high ISO images. The maximum strength of noise reduction has also been increased to give smoother, lower noise output when set to high levels while still retaining good detail and colour fidelity.
SnapSelect (read review) is now free on the Mac App Store, for just one week. Usually priced at £15.99, Snapselect is an easy-to-use app that makes choosing your best images from hundreds or thousands taken super simple and very fast. Starting by importing photos from your photos folder, library or external drive, Snapselect uses patented image recognition technology to automatically group similar images and duplicates, as well as sort all photos by the time they were taken for convenient viewing. You can easily browse through images, compare one photo to another, separate bad images from great images, and instantly export the best picks to a custom folder, library and popular photo editing apps, or share via Facebook, Twitter & other social networks. “SnapSelect is already helping thousands of people who want to be able to select their best images quickly and easily,” Paul Muzok, CEO of Macphun says. “This special promotion, limited for just a few days is great way of helping many more. It’s the perfect opportunity to see how simple Macphun’s apps for photography are to use.”
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
X-Rite has today announced that MyLO will be integrating X-Rite ColorTRUE into Mylio, its mobile app, to deliver the first true colour-managed mobile photo editing solution. With the integration of X-Rite ColorTRUE into the Mylio photo management environment, colours in photos will appear the same regardless of the device on which they are viewed, and colour-managed photo editing will now be available to everyone on their mobile devices as well as their desktops in the Apple and Windows environments. Talking about ColorTRUE and the importance of mobile colour accuracy, Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at X-Rite Photo Europe said. “We are seeing photo and video editing applications offer their users a seamless integration between desktop and mobile devices. It’s exciting and reflects the way photographers are now working. The truth is however, editing photos on your tablet without having a colour profile could well render all of that work incorrect or damaging. We are calling on all photo editing solutions to integrate the ColorTRUE app into their development, so that their users benefit from accurate colour as they shift from desktop to mobile devices.”
Canon today launched a series of downloadable and app-based city guides that offer fresh and unique perspectives of six cities across Europe - London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam. The introduction of the city guides is part of Canon’s continuing ‘Come and See’ brand campaign, the latest iteration of which features two freeclimbers who explore cities around the world from unique perspectives and breathtaking vantage points. The city guide series offer a more everyday look at cities, inviting people to take a fresh look at familiar landscapes and encouraging the discovery of hidden locations from unexpected angles. “In a world full of fascinating stories, breath-taking views and hidden gems, it’s natural that in the hustle and bustle of life we overlook and at times take our surroundings for granted," says Nigel Taylor, Consumer Imaging Marketing Communications Director, Canon Europe. "At Canon, we want to help consumers enjoy cities across Europe in all their unique glory. We hope that people will relish the opportunity to seek out new perspectives and in turn capture that beauty on camera or video to cherish forever.” All six city guides are now available to download via Canon’s dedicated 'Come and See' website.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Apple has posted a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, which adds system-level support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS 5DS, 5DS R, 750D and 760D, the Fujifilm X-A2, the Hasselblad CFV-50c and H5D-50c, the Leica C (Typ 112), the Nikon 1 S2 and D7200, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 (pictured) and GF7, and the Pentax MX-1.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Macphun today announced an update to FX Photo Studio. In addition to a number of feature improvements to the app, the new update adds a new collection of 3D effects filters including Black and White 3D, CMYK, Bokeh, Cinema, Red and Green, and 3D Glitche; plus 8 new stickers. The app is available for €2.99 (€0.99 from 1-3 May) on the iTunes App Store.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
GoPro has announced an agreement to acquire Kolor, a leader in virtual reality and spherical media solutions. All Kolor employees will join GoPro and will maintain operations at their headquarters in Savoie. “We are excited to welcome Kolor to GoPro,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO. “GoPro’s capture devices and Kolor’s software will combine to deliver exciting and highly accessible solutions for capturing, creating and sharing spherical content.” Spherical media enables a range of immersive viewing experiences and is an essential building block of virtual reality technologies. “Kolor’s mission is to enable the ultimate visual experience - to transport an audience to another time and space. Joining GoPro makes this possible,” said Alexandre Jenny, CEO of Kolor. “When the best spherical media software is combined with the world’s most versatile capture devices, our imagination become our only limitation. We’re excited to see what the world captures and shares with GoPro and Kolor.”
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Canon Europe today announced that it is acquiring London-based digital start-up Lifecake, the company behind the Lifecake photo-sharing app for families, which allows parents to store, organise, share and relive key moments of their children’s lives. With the app, parents can create photo and video timelines that the whole family can experience on smartphones, tablets, computers and in printed photobooks. Lifecake is currently available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
ReaConverter 7 Lite is a free version of ReaConverter, ReaSoft's batch image conversion and editing program for Windows. The Lite edition supports 5 most popular formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF both for reading and for writing, and all editing options of the full version including colour and position alteration, watermarks, retouching and other features. The full version supports over 400 image file formats and offers a range of automated functions not found in ReaConverter 7 Lite.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Adobe today announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. This is a subscription-based desktop application that boasts a number of new features including HDR Merge, Panorama Merge, Face Recognition, advanced video slideshows and various performance/GPU enhancements. Automatically synced with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their catalogue of photos across a full range of iOS and Android devices. This release includes a major enhancement for Android with DNG raw file support on compatible Lollipop-enabled devices. The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (£8.57/$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, Web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad). All products are also available as part of Creative Cloud complete plan.
Totally Rad! announced today the launch of Replichrome III: Archive, a new collection of presets for Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw. While Replichrome I and II concentrated on modern and semi-available films, Replichrome III: Archive introduces photographers to 22 different films and 183 different presets, based on rare, expired, discontinued and eclectic films from across the world. “With Replichrome III, we wanted to give photographers a palette of choices that they wouldn’t have access to anywhere else,” said Doug Boutwell, CEO of Totally Rad! Inc. “We tracked down these expired and outdated films for years, and recreated the vintage looks with Replichrome III: Archive. Offering more unique choices than ever, if photographers are looking for timeworn, perfectly weird and rare, dramatic looking film, then Replichrome III is for them. We’re excited to offer emulations of this kind, which can’t be found on the market today.” Replichrome I and II are available now for $99 each. For a limited time, Replichrome III: Archive will be available at a discounted price of $69.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Macphun today launched their latest application, Noiseless. Using newly developed imaging technology; Noiseless provides a one-click solution for eliminating the noise generated by every camera when shooting in low-light situations. Advanced users can use the “Adjust Panel” of Noiseless for even greater control, including unique detail preservation and selective reduction tools. The program is available in two versions, a standard version, sold exclusively through the Mac App Store; and a Pro variantsold on Macphun’s website.
CheeringTech has released Version 2.0 of its CASE Remote iOS app. Designed to work with CASE Remote hardware, the smartphone app enables you to wirelessly control DSLR camera from your mobile devices. "CASE Remote is the best solution for tethered photography with live view function,." the company says "It does not only add WiFi function to your camera, but also introduce more advanced photography functions, making your photography much easier!" New in Version 2.0 adds focus peaking and video recording capabilities, and delivers an improved user experience. You can download the free app from iTunes.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
DxO have released DxO OpticsPro 10.4, DxO FilmPack 5.1.2 and DxO ViewPoint 2.5.4 for Mac and Windows. These new versions add support for the Nikon D7200 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (pictured). To further improve workflow, the DxO OpticsPro interface now offers a new “Reset” button that lets users cancel in just one click all of the manual corrections made to an image and to return to the default preset corrections, and includes support for several DxO optics modules offering support for Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for many Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony cameras.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Google have released Version 2.0 of Snapseed for Android and iOS. The free app promises to give you the precision and control of professional photo editing software on your phone or tablet. New tools in Version 2.0 include Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast, intelligent Perspective Transform, and Spot Healing. Non-destructive editing via Stacks allows you to re-edit or undo any change, and you can now selectively apply filters and effects to parts of the image using the Brush tool.
Friday, April 10, 2015
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. Among the winners are the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Best Digital SLR Expert), the Fujifilm X100T (Best Premium Camera), the Fujifilm X30 (Best Expert Compact Camera), the Leica T (Best Design), the Lytro Illum (Best Imaging Innovation), the Nikon Coolpix P610 (Best Superzoom Camera), the Nikon D5500 (Best Digital SLR Entry Level), the Nikon D810 (Best Digital SLR Professional), the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll (Best CSC Expert), the Panasonic LX100 (Best Photo/Video Camera Expert), the Panasonic FT6 (Best Rugged Camera), the Panasonic GM5 (Best CSC Advanced), the Pentax 645Z (Best Medium Format Camera), the Pentax K-2 (Best Digital SLR Advanced), the Ricoh WG-M1 (Best ActionCam, pictured), the Samsung NX1 (Best CSC Professional), the Sony A5100 (Best CSC Entry Level) and the Sony A7S (Best Photo/Video Camera Professional).
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Video Pro X7 is the latest version of Magix's video editing program, offering numerous new features. The user interface has been completely redesigned in response to customer feedback, and the software now supports both hardware-accelerated encoding and H.264 video decoding. Video Pro X7 also offers 20 new effect transitions and individually configurable transition templates. Other enhancements include improved object tracking, XAVC and XAVC S support andloudness normalisation in accordance with the EBU R128 international guideline. Video ProX7 is available for £349.