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Capture One Express bundled for Sony raw handling

Capture One Express (for Sony) RAW converter and image editing software will be bundled with Alpha and Cyber-shot cameras in future. The ‘Capture One’ RAW converter and image editing software from Phase One has been newly adapted for Sony. ‘Capture One Express (for Sony)’ will be provided at no extra charge to users who purchase an [...] . . . → Read More: Capture One Express bundled for Sony raw handling

Free software and a cut-price lens

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You have until November 3rd to grab a free download of a truly excellent utility for Mac OSX, created by DxO Optics Pro software team – DxO Perspective. It normally costs $19.95 (or local equivalent) as an Apple App store download, but they have made it free for a few days. It’s a fully working, [...] . . . → Read More: Free software and a cut-price lens

New apps for NEX 5R and 6

Light Shaft and Motion Shot are two new apps for the NEX-5R and NEX-6 – one of which looks almost unacceptable (sure way to get your images disqualified from competitions, however much fun) and the other really innovative, bringing a motion clip function to the NEX range which it was lacking before. There is also a [...] . . . → Read More: New apps for NEX 5R and 6

New Lightroom and ACR release candidates

Beta (release candidate) versions of new Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw can be downloaded free now from Adobe Labs. You won’t get these updates using the normal search for updates in Adobe apps, as they are not the final release and can not be found on Adobe.com Downloads yet. Links: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw7-4/ http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/lightroom4-4.html These updates will work until April 30th [...] . . . → Read More: New Lightroom and ACR release candidates

Adobe gives away legacy Photoshop/Suite (CS2)

If you don’t like using Elements, and can’t afford the latest Photoshop, and have something like a Mac G4 or early Intel series, or a Windows XP machine, Adobe has an unbeatable price for you to download and use Creative Suite CS2. Free. The link you need is: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&e=cs2_downloads Be warned that since this link was made public, the [...] . . . → Read More: Adobe gives away legacy Photoshop/Suite (CS2)

DxO Optics Pro support for Alpha 99

DxO Labs, announces the immediate availability DxO Optics Pro v8.1.1 for Mac and Windows, the latest version of its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Sony SLT-A99, the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs, and the Canon EOS M. DxO Optics Pro v8.1.1 [...] . . . → Read More: DxO Optics Pro support for Alpha 99

Go wider than wide with Photomerge

In the latest incarnation of Photoshop, CS6, the Photomerge function is faster than ever before and leverages all the context-aware, pixel matching math of the previous versions enhanced to a degree you’ll find hard to believe. Sony NEX and Alpha cameras have the same technology built-in for their sweep panorama mode, but anyone who’s used this [...] . . . → Read More: Go wider than wide with Photomerge

Photoshop CS6 beta – download now!

LONDON, UK. — March 22, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback [...] . . . → Read More: Photoshop CS6 beta – download now!

Free download PDF guide to Adobe Camera Raw

You can open or download an excellent (slightly dated, unrevised since ACR 6.1 but finally translated into English from the original Italian by Francesco Marzoli) guide to all the deeper functions and tricks of efficient workflow using Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom and Photoshop from X-Rite: http://www.xritephoto.com/Documents/Literature/EN/GuidaCameraRaw_en.pdf This PDF instruction book obviously mentions the use of X-Rite’s ColorChecker Passport [...] . . . → Read More: Free download PDF guide to Adobe Camera Raw

Image Data Converter v4 – download now

Sony’s Image Data Converter latest version – 4.0 – will handle all Alpha raw files from A100 to A77, and all NEX raw files. It offers improvements in performance and stability, but it also eliminates the need for the Lightbox application (found in v3) as a separate item. You simply browse for a folder of [...] . . . → Read More: Image Data Converter v4 – download now