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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)

ACR 7.2 and Lightroom 4.2 RC – RX100 compatible

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The good news is that you can now download, free, the Release Candidate versions (expire October 31st) of Adobe’s Lightroom 4.2 and Camera Raw 7.2, as well as DNG Converter 7.2, which will give you raw conversions for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX-100. The bad news is that no camera lens profile is included, and until [...] . . . → Read More: ACR 7.2 and Lightroom 4.2 RC – RX100 compatible

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

Adobe releases 6.3 and 3.3 raw with 560-580 support

Raw conversion for the Sony Alpha 560 and 580 models is now available from Adobe. Adobe has released the final ‘cut’ of Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3, along with other improvements on December 7th and a Bridge update which was released a week ago: Photoshop CS5 12.0.2 update December 7, 2010 Windows | Macintosh TWAIN Plug-in [...] . . . → Read More: Adobe releases 6.3 and 3.3 raw with 560-580 support

NEX, A33, A55 support – new ACR 6.2/LR3.2 final

The final release of Adobe Camera Raw 6.2, DNG Converter 6.2 and Lightroom 3.2 includes raw conversion support for the Alpha 33 and 55 models as well as the NEX-5 and NEX-3, Alpha 290 and 390 which were included in the Release Candidate versions. These August 30th releases are final version, RC versions are a [...] . . . → Read More: NEX, A33, A55 support – new ACR 6.2/LR3.2 final

ACR 6.2 2010 Process – huge improvement

Before the launch of the NEX models, the last camera we reviewed here was the Alpha 550. The final review pages dealt with the high ISO performance. Following the release of Adobe Camera Raw 6.1 and 6.2, the new ’2010 Process’ has replaced the ’2003 Process’ in conversions (you can select either option). The [...] . . . → Read More: ACR 6.2 2010 Process – huge improvement

CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile

Continuing to make profiles when time permits, here is a reasonably detailed profile for the Sony DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 ZA Carl Zeiss zoom (2007) created using the Sony Alpha 550 14.2 megapixel camera using Manual Focus Check Live View at 14X to set the lens focus and ensure the chart is positioned to use 100% [...] . . . → Read More: CZ 16-80mm Adobe Profile

ACR/LR Profile for A900+MinRS 24-85mm

Although it’s far from a perfect lens, this small 1999 Minolta RS optic is my favourite for general travel and everyday use on the Alpha 900. It is a convenient size and weight, performs well when stopped down a little, and has exactly the range and minimum focus I need. Mouseover image to see effect of [...] . . . → Read More: ACR/LR Profile for A900+MinRS 24-85mm