Adobe releases Lightroom 5 beta, is it finally time to kick Photoshop to the curb?

Adobe Lightroom 5 Uproght level horizon feature before and after

For me, yes, the new 'Advanced Healing Brush' and the Horizon leveling thingie do the trick nicelly. From the Adobe Photoshop Blog:

"We’ve been working hard on the next version of Lightroom, and now we’re giving our customers a chance to try out some of the new technology available with the release of Lightroom 5 beta. Since the initial Lightroom public beta release in 2006, we’ve learned a tremendous amount through a collaborative dialogue with our customers, and I’m excited to continue that collaboration to receive feedback on the Lightroom 5 beta. . . . read more

ACD Systems releases ACDSee 15.2 and Pro 6.2, adds support for 19 new Raw capable cameras, fixes some bugs.

ACD Systems Press release

Seattle, WA – March 7, 2013 – ACD Systems International Inc. today announced the availability of ACDSee Pro 6.2 and ACDSee 15.2. Both products incorporate the company’s patented technology and user-focused design which have made ACD Systems the photo editing and management products of choice for over 50 million users worldwide. This update includes Performance improvements to Hierarchical Keywords and support for RAW file formats of the following camera models: . . . read more

Sigma releases Photo Pro 5.5 software update with Monochrome mode and several fixes.

Sigma Press Release

Ronkonkoma, New York —February 21, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, camerasand flashes, is pleased to introduce Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 software, which includes upgrades and updates for both Mac and Windows platforms, as well as a new Monochrome Mode processing interface. This updated software is now available for download for both Mac and Windows operating systems. . . . read more

Nikon ViewNX 2.7.2 update released.

Here's what's new:

  • Support for the COOLPIX P520, COOLPIX S9500, COOLPIX S9400, COOLPIX S5200, COOLPIX S31, COOLPIX AW110, COOLPIX L820, and COOLPIX L27 has been added.
  • With the renewal of Nikon's image storage and sharing service, my Picturetown (launched as NIKON IMAGE SPACE on January 28, 2013), ViewNX 2 has been modified to provide collaboration with NIKON IMAGE SPACE.
  • The my Picturetown tab in the Browser palette has been changed to a NIKON IMAGE SPACE tab.

Software Review at Pop Photo: Anthropics Technology Portrait Professional 11, by Dan Havlik

This piece of code is beloved by fauxtographers everywhere, but it can be used for a good purpose too: 

"If you spend hours nipping and tucking portraits in Photoshop with less than ideal results, you might want to seriously consider Portrait Professional 11, one of the fastest and most powerful virtual airbrushing tools I’ve tried yet. The danger is that some of the brushes, sliders and automated enhancements in this program—available as a stand-alone app or a plug-in—are so effective in altering portraits, you can push it too far with occasionally disastrous results. Used in moderation though, Portrait Professional 11 won’t only save you lots of time in post-processing, it will leave your clients happy and coming back for more. . . . read more

Magix releases Photostory Easy, a quick and light version of its PhotoStory on DVD app.

Photostory easy allows you to transform your photos from digital cameras and smartphones into presentation slides and movies.

Magix Press Release

UK, January 31st 2013, MAGIX AG, One of the leading international providers of software, online services, and digital content, has announced the release of MAGIX Photostory easy.

With the release of Photostory easy, MAGIX is offering a brand new program that will make it even easier to transform photos into amazing movies including music and effects. The integrated Slideshow Maker makes the process simple by automatically combining the photos with transitions, music and . . . read more

Akvis announces MultiBrush 7, a light and easy photo editing software.

Akvis Press Release

Jan 29, 2013 -- AKVIS releases AKVIS MultiBrush v.7.0, photo editing software, for Windows and Macintosh. The new version comes with many improvements, offers more flexibility, awesome new features and tools! New to Version 7.0: Selection tools, Crop, Move, and Text tools, alignment options, HotKey Manager, and other changes. 

 AKVIS MultiBrush is rich in features and easy-to-use image editing software. It is an all-in-one photo enhancement and . . . read more

Flickr shows its still present and relevant amidst the instagram-twitter debacle, updates its user interface, introduces vastly improved IOS app that among other things includes-of course, filters. (But what about Android?)

Get More From Flickr: Navigate and Explore

We’ve been hard at work making Flickr the best possible experience for photography lovers everywhere. Today we’re excited to share that we have a new, simplified navigation bar and a new Explore page.

Our new nav bar was designed to make browsing Flickr faster and easier so you can quickly get to the photos you . . . read more

Serif launches Photoplus X6, adds 64 bit engine, Tilt Shift effects, Mask Layers, and more.

Serif Photoplus X6

Some highlights of the 6X release:

New: 64-bit Engine – Quickly load and edit very large image files without the risk of running out of computer memory.

New: Smart Selection Brush – Create fast and accurate selections with greater control and smoothness.

New: Smart Edge Refinement – Using new edge refinement technology, this tool makes it easy to select and adjust intricate parts of photos. . . . read more

ACDSee Pro 6.1 adds support for 16 new cameras, a lot of fixes, and some new features.

Acdsee Pro 6.1 update and bug fixes

The following cameras are now fully supported:
Panasonic DMC-G5 - Panasonic DMC-LX7 - Panasonic DMC-GF5 - Panasonic DMC-FZ20 -
Sony Alpha SLT-A37 - Sony Alpha NEX-F3 - Sony DSC-RX100 - Samsung NX1000
Nikon 1 J2 - Nikon D3200 - Nikon P7700 - Canon EOS-1D X - Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i
Pentax K-30 - Leica X2 - Leica M Monochrom

Fixes
Brought back the option to delete images from source device during import

. . . read more

GIMP version 2.8 released.

If you are tired of pirating paying through the nose for every new Adobe Photoshop release there's also the free alternative called GIMP.  New features in version 2.8 include 16 & 32 bit image editing, a revamped user interface, layer grouping, on-canvas text editing, extensive bug fixing, and more.  Most of the new stuff is explained in the release notes page.

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