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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Oloneo PhotoEngine Beta Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.oloneo.com/

"Oloneo today launched the first public beta version of Oloneo PhotoEngine for Windows, the only high dynamic software offering photographers full control over light and exposure in real-time, as if they were still behind the lens. Turn on and off light sources, deeply re-expose pictures in full 32-bit per channel without compromising details and color appearance. Oloneo invites photographers to take an active part in the final development stage of Oloneo PhotoEngine for Windows by downloading the beta version at http://www.oloneo.com."

I've seen a lot of different software for editing images, and many of them are just, well, awful. This one might be different though - I'm extremely impressed by what I'm seeing in the video above. Light source detection, and being able to change the white balance of each light source, one at a time? That's some freakishly impressive coding right there - I've never heard of anything like this before. I've downloaded the free beta and will check it out - and there are two more videos after the break. Read more...


Monday, June 7, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:43 PM

http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) Lightroom(r) 3 software for Windows(r) and Macintosh, the essential digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to quickly organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application. First released as a public beta in October 2009, the final version of Lightroom 3 introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras."

After public betas for eight months, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is ready to go. I've played with the public beta, but only here and there, and on an HP dv2, a woefully underpowered laptop for raw photo editing. Overall, I liked what I saw - did you have a chance to check out the beta? What did you think of it, and what are your favourite new features?

The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3 Beta 2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:50 AM

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom3/

"New features in this release include tethered shooting support for select Nikon and Canon cameras, the ability to import and manage video files from DSLR cameras for a streamlined workflow and additional behind-the-scenes architecture enhancements for faster importing and loading of images. The addition of luminance noise reduction to the color noise reduction options already available in the beta helps photographers achieve overall exceptional image quality from high ISO images. The import experience and watermarking functionality have also been modified to reflect feedback received from the Lightroom community during the first beta period."

Anyone using the Lightroom 3 beta? I'm toying around with it on one of my laptops, but it's a sadly underpowered 1.6 Ghz AMD Neo processor that is pretty awful at keeping up with Lightroom - I'm still using Lightroom 2.0 on my main media editing computer. Lightroom 3.0 brings some pretty cool things to the table - I like that it's able to import and manage video files now. It's a hassle to insert a memory card, import the photos using Lightroom, then have to manually dig to get the video files. I don't expect Lightroom to help me edit the video files, but I do expect it to at least import them for me. Looks like Lightroom 3.0 is shaping up to be a winner!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 3 Beta

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:20 PM

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom3/

"Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today introduced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 beta software for Macintosh and Windows, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution, helping serious amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase all their images from one application. Available as a free download on Adobe Labs, Lightroom 3 beta delivers a preview of new tools that will be in Lightroom 3, including more intuitive importing, unparalleled noise reduction and sharpening tools, enhanced slideshow capabilities and direct publishing to online photo sharing sites like Flickr. Adobe encourages photographers to test this early selection of new features and provide the product team with their feedback."

Wow - it seems like Lightroom 2 is still the "new" version of Lightroom. Adobe has a very aggressive update schedule for Lightroom, and as long as the new features really warrant a new version number, I'm all for it - v2 of Lightroom was a big jump beyond v1. The big changes seem to be focused around sharing - there's a direct Flickr upload, and a video slideshow output option. Neither feature interests me very much - where's the HDR imaging function that's so obviously missing from the product? Adobe has put up some videos that talk about the new features. The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...


Friday, May 22, 2009

Adobe Releases Photoshop Camera Raw 5.4 Release Candidate

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.ph.../Camera_Raw_5.4

"Welcome to the Adobe® Photoshop® Camera Raw 5.4 plug-in release candidate on Adobe Labs. The Camera Raw plug-in provides easy access within Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. The ‘release candidate' label indicates that the plug-in is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe."

Newly supported cameras in this release are: Canon EOS 500D (EOS Rebel T1i), Epson R-D1x, Hasselblad CF-22, CF-22MS, CF-39, CF-39MS, CFH-22, CFH-39, CFV, 503CWD, H2D-22, H2D-39, H3D-22, H3D-31, H3D-39, H3DII-22, H3DII-31, H3DII-39, H3DII-39MS, H3DII-50, Kodak EasyShare Z980, Nikon D5000, Olympus E-450, Olympus E-620, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1, and the Sigma DP2. If you've got one of those cameras, and you've been itching to use ACR with the raw files, here's your chance.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Adobe Lightroom 2 Delivers A Great Raw Photo Workflow

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Photo editing software
Manufacturer: Adobe
Where to Buy: Amazon.com [Affiliate]
Price: $265.99 USD ($99 upgrade from Lightroom 1.0 direct from Adobe)
System Requirements: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) or OS X 10.4/10.5. 1 GB RAM, 1 GB hard drive space...but if you have a computer with those specs, you probably shouldn't be shooting in raw. Figure on 2+ GB of RAM and a 2+ Ghz dual-core CPU for decent performance.

Pros:

  • Great quality raw photo conversions using Adobe Camera Raw;
  • Fast software that scales to multi-core systems beautifully;
  • Clearly designed for photography professionals in a hurry;
  • Impressive depth of tools for correction, adjusting, printing, and sharing online.

Cons:

  • Lack of HDR functionality; no duplicate filtering
  • Needs a fast CPU and plenty of RAM to really sing;
  • No automatic lens barrel distortion correction like DxO Optics Pro offers.

Summary: Lightroom is a photo processing software package aimed at professional and prosumer users. More specifically, it's raw photo processing software. If you don't have a camera that can shoot in raw format, or you're only shooting in JPEG, this isn't the software for you. If you're a photographer who shoots in raw format and are looking for software that will help you develop, edit, process, sort, rank, and export your images, this is among the best software on the market for those tasks and well-worth the asking price. Read more...


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