Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.02 adds support for a slew of new cameras, but still, no Fujifilm among them.

Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PM2 Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 Pana

One wonders if no support is better than crappy support, as is the case with Fuji raw files and the Adobe raw converter. The current situation is without a doubt damaging to Fijifilm's reputation and they should perhaps work more intensively with the software companies in order to mend it.

"This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Nikon COOLPIX P7700, Olympus PEN E-PL5, Olympus PEN E-PM2, Olympus STYLUS XZ-2, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3, 
Sony Alpha NEX-5R, Sony Alpha NEX-6, Sony Alpha SLT-A99"

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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

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Breeze systems releases NK Remote ver. 2.5, adds support for the Nikon D600 and more.

"Giving unrivalled control over camera settings during tethered operation. NKRemote  supports the control of a Nikon D800, Nikon D800E, Nikon D600, Nikon D4, Nikon D7000, Nikon D90, Nikon D5100, Nikon D5000, Nikon D300, Nikon D300s, Nikon D700, Nikon D3s, Nikon D3, Nikon D3X, Nikon D200 or Nikon D80 digital SLR camera from a PC running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP" . . . read more

Onone Photo Suite 7 released.

OnOne Software Press Release

Portland, OR - October 30, 2012
onOne Software Announces Availability of Perfect Photo Suite 7
New version of fully-integrated software suite offers photographers new and inspiring ways to develop stunning black and white photographs, enhance images with professional effects, improve portrait retouching and resize images, all in a powerful layered file workflow.

onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, time-saving solutions for professional, advanced amateur and hobbyist photographers, today announced the availability of Perfect Photo Suite 7. Improved to give photographers even more ways to maximize their creativity and solve common problems in digital photography, Perfect Photo Suite 7 provides easy-to-use and powerful tools to develop stunning black and white photographs, enhance the look and feel of images with professionally-designed effects, beautifully retouch portraits, replace unwanted backgrounds, control depth-of-field after the shot has been taken, as well as resize and prepare images for print, in robust layered file workflow—in one affordable package. . . . read more

Phase One announces Capture One Pro v7, promises a dramatic boost in image quality.

Phase One Press Release

Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 7

New Processing Engine Drives an Image Quality Revolution . . . read more

DXO Optics pro 8 adds automations and intelligent modules.

DXO Press Release

DxO Optics Pro 8 introduces DxO Smart Lighting allowing greater photo details and more vivid colors

Comprehensive image content analysis coupled with camera calibration pushes image quality even further . . . read more

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 review roundup

If the first reviews are a good indicator about the 'goes to 11' version of Photoshop Elements, we have a winner in our hands. Imaging Resource were the first ones ready with a review, and they're really thankful for adobe's efforts to rejuvenate the UI:  . . . read more

Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere version 11

The main common new feature between those 2 apps is the vastly redesigned new user interface and a bunch of new filters/effects.

Adobe Press Release

Adobe Introduces All-New Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 . . . read more

DxO Optics Pro 7.5.3 released, adds support for the Canon EOS 650D/T4i, the Sony NEX-F3, the Sony SLT-A37 and hundreds of new lens combinations.

Dxo Press Release

DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 now supports the Canon EOS 650D, the Sony SLT-A37, and the Sony

NEX-F3

300 new DxO Optics Modules added . . . 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.

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 Rc2: Still buggy according to many users.

After yet another update to the LightRoom 4.xx installment, some bugs persist and new ones rear their ugly head. The most peculiar of them is what appears to be a color rendering issue that many users have noticed. There are many threads on this issue on the interwebs, here's one, and another one. Also. . . . read more

Alien Skin Software Exposure 4 Review at ePhotozine

"Installation is quick and easy, when you load Photoshop, the software is accessed via the Filter option along the top of the screen. A new window opens with the list of available filters in the left column, when you hover over one a preview appears in the corner. In the centre is a larger preview of your image. The right hand side column is packed with options allowing you to tweak your images. . . . read more

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 released

From a photographer's viewpoint the new features X6 suite are not that exciting. Main updates include the 'Smart Carver tool – slice away unwanted areas from a photo', improved 64bit OS support, and improved Adobe Photoshop compatibility.

Corel Press Release

New CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Powers Total Creativity and Design . . . read more

How To Create Fake Lightening In Photoshop, at PS Support

"Start by simply painting in a black lightning-shaped brush stroke. Then, by ingeniously selecting parts of your bolt, you’ll apply the Difference Clouds filter to randomize the edges, and an unusual Levels command setting to convert that

blobby line into a tendril of light. Then, with some carefully applied Blend modes, some Gradient masks, and a hint of brushed-in contact spots for eerie glow, you’ll finish up your truly believable lightning effect." . . . read more

PhaseOne releases Capture One 6.3.4 update, fixes bugs and adds support for more cameras.

This is a service release improving quality.

Bugfixes

• Improved stability when using OpenCL in combination with certain graphics cards. . . . read more

DXO Film Pack 3.2 released, adds 64-bit support, Photoshop CS3 CS4 and CS5 compatibility and more.

DXO film pack version 3.2 brings some big news for fans of this stuff: 64-bit support on both Windows and OSX, major speed improvements, ability to process files up to 200 Mpixels, Apple aperture 3 compatibility and more stuff you'll read about in the press release:

DXO Press Release . . . read more

Cyberlink Photodirector 3 released.

Cyberlink Photodirector 3 supports Raw files from most brands/cameras, and combines the capabilities of a fully featured photo editor/manager/viewer into one handy package, complete with a slide show creator, video handling (hey, its Cyberlink) and a LOT of software filters. If interested, there's a  free 30 day trial ready for a test drive. . . . read more

[Breaking News!] Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 final to be released March 6th, 2012

Amazon posted, and then quickly removed the page about Lightroom 4 regular edition. However, they forgot the student/teachers edition page, and we totally ripped it off, for your pleasure. Price will be $149/$79 for regular/student editions.

  . . . read more

PSKiss Photogram Photoshop plugin for Windows/OSX

PSkiss is a Photoshop plugin with the look of a mobile application whose purpose in life is to Instagramize your photos. Oh, and Seventiesize them too. Interesting stuff for anyone willing to bring this stupid fad​ modern expression of post-retro art onto his desktop. . . . read more

Nik Software Releases Snapseed for Windows

Nik Press Release

Nik Software Releases Snapseed for Windows

 

Popular photo editing and sharing app now available for Windows PC Users . . . read more

Zoner photo studio 14 wants you to try it out, free version available now.

Here are some of the functionality that's intact in the free version: 3D photos, Panoramas, Flickr, Facebook and Picassa uploaders.

Some of the good pro stuff removed, are Advanced photo corrections, advanced RAW processing module, and the HDR photo wizard. The pro version is also available as a free 30 day trial.   . . . read more

DXO optics 7.2.1 released, Nikon J1/V1, Canon G1x, Sony NEX-7 and Olympus E-p2 support added.

DxO Optics Pro v7.2.1 supports the Canon G1X and 4 other additional cameras: Sony NEX-7, Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 V1, Olympus E-P2.

DxO Optics Pro is now able to provide support for brand-new camera models more rapidly, as evidenced by the addition of the Canon G1X, all while continuing to add support for cameras already on the market.

DxO Optics Pro v7.2.1 includes more than 300 additional modules that have been added to the optics module library since the beginning of February,  . . . read more

Free photo editing software roundup at What Digital Camera

Usually, for the avid photographer, the best free photo editing program turns out to be...Photoshop, or its photography oriented sibling, Lightroom. There may be many excellent free programs in various other fields, but we're not there yet when it comes to efficient and reliable photography applications. However, each year it gets a little bit better. WDC has prepared a rather extensive roundup of many free photo editiors:  . . . read more

Noise Ninja creator breaks silence, says RAW converter capable of 'unprecedented' image quality, being developed.

Remember Noise Ninja? It was once, the mightiest of the noise removers. But, things have moved on, in the past two years all major raw workflow suites have received substantial updates in their noise removing functionality, while the rest of the standalone apps have also moved on, and in the mean time noise ninja appears to be in a semi-abandoned state. Now, the founder of the company, Jim Christian, breaks the silence, and have this interesting information to share:

  . . . read more

Apple Aperture – Learning the Basics, at Lightstalkers

"In this first tutorial, rather than explain the interface, I am going to show you how to import images into Aperture. Once we have images in the program it will be easier to explain the interface in the next tutorial.

Aperture is a very powerful image management program and before we upload any images into its library, we have to make a fundamental decision on how we wish to manage our image collection. . . . read more

How to Create Contact Sheets in Lightroom at Digital Photo School

Customize the Contact Sheet

The template contact sheets are a starting point but you do not need to strictly adhere to their design if you don’t want to and they can be easily customized.

For example, from the layout panel if you click the Keep Square checkbox you will find that in some layouts your images may . . . read more

Cross Process 2.0 for Iphone Update released, evaluated at Life In Lo-FI

"Like Banana Camera Co.’s other photo app, the excellent fauxlaroid app ShakeItPhoto, Cross Process is a very easy to use app that adds color and character to your photos by emulating the look of Cross Processing film. You can either shoot within the app or import existing images from your photo library.

While there are now a ton of other photo apps which emulate cross processed film, I like the randomness of this app’s processing. . . . read more

DxO Optics Pro update: 160 new lens and camera combinations.

I get the impression that DXO releases more and bigger updates lately. It is also good to see cameras long discontinued to still be supported with new lens combinations:

 

160 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Sigma, . . . read more

Curves in Lightroom 3 explained, at Beyond Megapixels.

The most powerful, but sometimes feared and misunderstood tool of Lightroom gets explained in this small tutorial:

 

"When you shoot in RAW and import to Lightroom, Lightroom automatically applies a “medium” amount of contrast to your photo. To quickly adjust the contrast of a photo, simply choose one of the presets in this panel. Next to “Point Curve” at the bottom of the panel, click on . . . read more

AKVIS announces the release of AKVIS Enhancer v.13.0 for Windows and Macintosh

AKVIS enhancer is an image enhancement software that can improve and detect detail in underexposed, overexposed and mid tone areas of photos with uneven exposure. New in this release is DNG support, GPU acceleration, new presets, and more.

AKVIS press release

AKVIS Enhancer v.13.0: Photo Correction Software . . . read more

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