Adobe lays off 600 workers, CS4 demand weaker than expected

Story from AP: "Adobe said Wednesday that it will eliminate 600 full-time positions, or roughly 8 percent of its workforce, amid weaker than expected fourth quarter earnings. The company said in a statement that it will deliver fourth quarter revenue between $912 million to $915 million, down from its previous outlook of $925 million to $955 million. Wall Street was expecting revenue of $930 million. Earnings excluding items will be 59 cents a share to 60 cents a share. Under generally accepted accounting principles, Adobe said earnings will be 45 cents a share to 46 cents a share.

Adobe and Wacom shaves 50% off photoshop price

And here are the terms and caveats: Offer is valid with the purchase of a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet or  Cintiq interactive pen display.Offer only available for intuos products bundled with Adobe photoshop Elements. Only one order per person.  And of course (this is our favourite), offer is only available in the U.S, because buyers from other places are...suckers?  

DxO Optics Pro v5.3

dxo5Dxo keeps adding cameras and lens combinations, but also hot new features: High iso support, Adobe Lightroom II interoperability, Windows 64 Bit support, and more. New cameras supported include Nikon D700, Canon Digital Rebel XS/1000D and Canon PowerShot G9 (huh? G10 was released almost two months ago).  Plus, the usual bug fixes and improvements. New cameras like the Canon 50D, Nikon D90 etc will be supported before the end of the year. Download here.

Nik Sharpener Pro 3 Review @ Photographyblog.com

nik sharpener IIIFor all those photographers that still prefer their sharpening done in photoshop (instead of a DAM solution like Lightroom or Aperture) this is a serious upgrade to the good old unsharp mask:  "I tested Sharpener Pro 3.0 on a wide variety of image types, and in every instance I was able to produce better results than I could using Unsharp Mask alone. I also compared the results to Photokit Sharpener, which I find to be a very good tool. The results were similar, but I had much better control over the sharpening process, and more visual feedback to what was happening with Sharpener Pro 3.0. If you’re looking for a tool to assist with creating the sharpest, natural looking image possible, Sharpener Pro 3.0 is impossible to beat. I personally don’t find the RAW Presharpening to be that useful for my workflow, but I can see where it would have a place for some users. " Link 

Canon RAW Codec 1.4.

This codec allows someone to see thumbnails of Canon raw images from within windows explorer.  Changes and corrections made since version 1.3:

Bibble Labs to Introduce Bibble 5 at Photokina

5After being under development for a couple of eternities and narrowly escaping the damned list it is finally ready...to be announced.  There are some nice videos posted too, but the actual availability is set to Q4 2008. Bibble Labs press release:  

Photodex releases ProShow Producer 3.5

photodex35The most important new feature is the addition of full Blu-Ray support: Photodex Press release: ProShow Producer 3.5 is the world's first professional slide show software to give photographers the power to produce high-definition Blu-ray slide shows for their clients. 

Adobe Posts Camera Raw 4.6 Release Candidate

Full or preliminary support has been added for every camera released since the last revision, with the exception of course of the Canon 5D MkII that was announced yesterday

Acdsee pro 2.5 released

2.5Finally at long last, after more than 10 years of developing imaging applications, ACD Systems manages to incorporate UNICODE into one of its programs.  The added unicode (hooray!) support is one of the many improvements added, making version 2.5  the first one of ACDSee pro of any actual use to pro photographers. But still, no raw rotating...

Imaging-resource reviews the Spyder III

 Datacolor has been in the front-lines of monitor calibration for a long time, and the latest incarnation of the spyder calibrator is the testimony: "Monitor calibration, with all its jargon, can be intimidating. And providing a Help screen that defines the jargon into merely technical terms really doesn't help. I've often been further confused by some of the monitor calibration help I've gotten. And nothing turns you off faster than being confused. Fortunately, Datacolor has put together an excellent Guidance system. It's all HTML, so it comes up in your browser when you click on the Help button on any screen. And there's a handy index to let you explore the subject at your leisure. What makes it a Guidance system instead of merely a Help system? Well, each topic is handled in several levels. There's the short answer that leads the discussion, an explanation of the "purpose of this step" and the long answer that explains the topic in detail. Finally, there's a link to the Datacolor Web site for more information.

Adobe: No 64bit love for OSX

Creative Suite 3 Master CollectionAdobe yesterday dropped the big bomb, announcing no 64 bit support in the upcoming cs4 suite for MAc OSX. The reason, says betanews.com: "In a total reversal of what Windows and Macintosh users might expect, Adobe Creative Suite 4 will include 64-bit support for the Windows platform, but not for Mac. Mac OS X users probably won't get 64-bit support until CS5, the subsequent release of the graphics editing software, according to John Nack, Adobe's Photoshop product manager.  

Adobe lightroom 2.0 beta released to the public

Even in a crashy, more alpha than beta stage, LR 2.0 is still a very interesting tryout. Proceed with care, and only with backed up files ofcourse: "SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 2, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release. Lightroom is the professional photographer's essential toolbox, providing one application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. Lightroom 2.0 beta will feature enhancements such as dual-monitor support, localized dodge and burn correction and will be the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Microsoft Vista 64-bit operating systems. "Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta provides early access to requested improvements over version 1.3 and continues our ongoing dialogue and open communication with the photography community," said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. "We're excited not only for our existing customers, but also for the general public who will have an opportunity to take Lightroom 2.0 beta on a test run." New in Lightroom 2.0 beta An improved layout in the Library module allows for a more intuitive approach to image organization by simplifying the location of the features needed to find and filter photographs. A new feature called Smart Collections automatically updates collections with images that match desired criteria such as star-rating, keyword or other metadata. "The Suggested Keywords feature eases the task of keywording by making recommendations based upon keyword associations across a catalog as well as the use of keywords in neighboring images." Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta includes improved memory handling through 64-bit support for OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Vista 64-bit operating systems. Additional enhancements in Lightroom 2.0 beta include support for a dual monitor configuration that maximizes a photographer's workspace and can be easily adjusted to meet a particular workflow. Additionally, the Develop module has been updated to provide the ability to correct specific parts of an image without affecting other areas. Now, fundamental photographic techniques such as dodge and burn can be performed using the same non-destructive approach, allowing unprecedented control within the Lightroom program. Beta Availability Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta is available as a 30-day trial for free download on Macintosh and Windows platforms at http://www.labs.adobe.com/downloads. Existing Lightroom 1.0 customers will be able to test the beta for an extended period until Aug. 31, 2008 and can invite friends to take part in this trial period. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel-based processor, or Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1 GBRAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen." Lightroom 2.0 beta can be downloaded from here

Radical changes in next Photoshop installment

The "insider" photoshopnews.com has a very interesting blurb about the next Adobe Photoshop version. Keep in mind that these people work for/with Adobe, so the following is anyhing but speculation: "Adobe Systems wants to transform its flagship Photoshop software with an interface customized to the task at hand, a potentially radical revamp for software whose power today is hidden behind hundreds of menu options. A new user interface will help Photoshop become “everything you need, nothing you don’t,” said Photoshop product manager John Nack, describing aspirations for the Photoshop overhaul on his blog Monday. “We must make Photoshop dramatically more configurable,” Nack said. “Presenting the same user experience to a photographer as we do to a radiologist, as to a Web designer, as to a prepress guy, is kind of absurd…With the power of customizability, we can present solutions via task-oriented workspaces,” Nack said. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers a very task-specific interface, with editing modules changing according to broad categories of work. In comparison, Photoshop today is unwelcoming and unhelpful. “Today, if a user walks up to Photoshop and says, ‘What do I do?’ the app kind of shrugs, stubs out a cigarette, and says, ‘I dunno–you tell me.’ That’s not real cool, and we can do better,” Nack said." Link

HD Photo to become JPEG XR

Let's hope Jpeg XR won't be marred by the problematic history of Jpeg 2000, and also that Microsoft get's it right this time. From news.com: A new attempt to provide a higher-end sequel to the ubiquitous JPEG image standard is officially under way. The multiple countries participating in the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which created the JPEG standard, have approved an effort to make Microsoft's HD Photo format a standard called JPEG XR, said Bill Crow, who has led Microsoft's HD Photo effort and who just took over the company's Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon imaging project. XR stands for "extended range," a reference to the format's ability to show a wider and finer range of tonal gradations and a richer color palette.

Datacolor presents Spyder3 profiling line

Press release: DATACOLOR LAUNCHES NEW GENERATION SPYDER3 CALIBRATION PRODUCTS, SETTING NEW PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS   Display Calibration and Printer Profiling Solutions Feature New Form Factor with State-of-the-Art Optical Design and Interface Designed for Photographers LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - October 16, 2007 - Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management technology, today announced the introduction of Spyder3™, a new generation of display calibration and printer profiling solutions for photographers and digital imaging professionals.   The initial products in the new Spyder3 line are Spyder3Elite™ and Spyder3Studio™. Each Spyder3 product is specifically designed to address the color management needs of photographers and creative professionals that require the most accurate color for digital editing and printing. The Spyder3 line includes the only colorimeter available on the market offering a seven detector color engine, with an aperture several times larger than other devices for increased accuracy and performance.

Acdsee photo manager v.10

 ACD Systems has updated their popular photo manager to version number ten.  Among the new features: Direct file uploading to picture-hosting sites (only flickr and smugsmug supported at the moment),  powerpoint output and multiple file editing. Priced at 50 US Dollars/Euros. Press Release: ACDSee 10 Photo Manager Leverages the Latest in Devices and Online Sharing Tools, Offers Advanced Viewing, Editing Options Photo Widget, upload tools for Flickr and SmugMug are among new features

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0

Another year, another version of Adobe's pretty popular entrly level of photoshop. This year the heat from Corel's Paintshop pro Photo X II is probably being felt stronger than ever, and the "what's new" list is pretty impressive. Press release: New Photoshop Elements Packs Powerful Editing Punch No. 1 Selling Consumer Photo Software Offers Fun, Unique Ways to Capture Stories SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 24, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 6 software, a major upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*. Available for Windows®, Photoshop Elements combines power and simplicity for consumers to find, view and easily infuse creativity and personality into their photos. This landmark release helps consumers at all experience levels achieve outstanding results and provides interactive options for sharing unique creations via print and Web. In addition, Adobe today announced Adobe Premiere® Elements 4 software, a complete home video-editing solution (see separate press release). Available separately or together in a single retail package, Photoshop Elements & Adobe Premiere Elements give photo and video enthusiasts more creative ways to organize, edit, create and share digital photos and home movies. “Photoshop Elements is the one-stop-shop for consumers to go faster and farther with their photos,” said John Loiacono, senior vice president of Creative Solutions at Adobe. “We’re helping people flex their editing muscle, without breaking a sweat. We’ve redesigned the user experience to more prominently showcase photos, direct consumers to features that help turn photos from good to great in just seconds and inject a dynamic element into their creations.” Make Photos Look Their Best Photoshop Elements software helps enthusiasts achieve desired results quickly and easily. New Photomerge® technology helps address the challenge of capturing the perfect group photo by combining the best facial expressions and body language from a series of shots to create a single cohesive group shot. The new Quick Selection Tool reduces a once time-consuming select-and-adjust task to a single click. Photographers at all grades – beginner to expert – can choose from one of three edit modes, each geared toward a different experience level. A new Guided Edit mode helps walk users through the steps of improving a photo. Photoshop Elements 6 streamlines editing with clean, uncluttered screens that draw focus to where it belongs, with new tabs providing simple access to the many capabilities of the program. Tight integration with Adobe Premiere Elements and a shared Organizer, with a common database New Photoshop Elements Packs Powerful Editing Punch accessible from either application, allow users to do more with their photos and videos with speedy performance and easy import, tagging and retrieval tasks. Additional enhancements include an improved conversion tool that dramatically converts color images into elegant, nuanced black-and-whites. Share Photos In Fun, Unique Ways Photoshop Elements 6 offers users more creative sharing possibilities, including online galleries based on Adobe Flash® which provide an interactive experience for friends and family to enjoy. With a variety of settings and themes, these galleries can be easily accessed via the Web and help bring moments and memories to life. Animated slideshows, e-mail and printed creations available in Photoshop Elements such as photo books, scrapbook pages, cards and CD/DVD labels deliver high-impact sharing options, and also require no previous experience. Pricing and Availability Adobe’s digital imaging and digital video products are available immediately at www.adobe.com and online retailers including, Amazon.com. The products will also be available at Best Buy, Staples, Costco, Fry’s, Circuit City, Office Max, Office Depot, Microcenter, J&R, Buy.com and NewEgg.com. Photoshop Elements 6 and Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows are available separately for an estimated street price of US$99.99 each. Photoshop Elements for the Macintosh platform is expected in early 2008. Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows is available as a bundle at an estimated street price of US$149.99. Information about the other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies for other countries is available on www.adobe.com/go/pse6. For more information, customers can call 1-800-492-3623. *Source: The NPD Group (April 2002 to March 2007) based on units sold.

Adobe Lightroom 1.2 Update

Lightroom 1.2 includes corrections for the following issues: ● Lightroom 1.1 catalogs with user-specified sort order could not be imported into another catalog ● Lightroom 1.1 for Windows could at times display gray boxes instead of image thumbnails ● The preference to write XMP metadata automatically in Lightroom 1.1 could attempt to write metadata indefinitely for offline images causing significant performance problems ● Images could be dropped from the Quick Collection upon reordering of the source folder ● Catalogs could not be exported to drives smaller than 250MB ● The Web Module was not accessible in Lightroom 1.1 on the Macintosh platform when Lightroom was installed on case-sensitive volumes such as the Case Sensitive HFS+ (Journaled) volume ● Errors occurred exporting to a Linux SMB network volume ● Scroll position in the grid view was not maintained when changing the view option using the J shortcut key ● The tokens for image number and image count were not displaying properly in the Slideshow module ● The metadata panel could display incorrectly on Windows ● Slideshows on the Macintosh platform did not display properly when a 256MB ATI graphics card was connected to 30 " LCD ● The Lightroom 1.1 Web module export did not position the copyright tag in the same location displayed in the preview ● The auto-eject functionality on Windows ejected the card reader device in addition to the card ● Noise reduction adjustment for all cameras with Bayer Pattern sensor: The base point noise reduction applied at the demosaic stage of raw processing has been reduced. The resulting effect is that images with zero luminance noise reduction applied in Lightroom 1.2 will contain more noise than the identical settings in Lightroom 1.1 but less noise than identical settings in Lightroom 1.0. ● 1:1 previews were not discarded according to the timing set in the Lightroom preferences ● 1:1 previews are not built for an entire set of images when requested after import  full Lightroom 1.2 ReadMe file for additional details.

Acdsee Pro 2.0 (still no RAW rotating)

This new version has been developed with input from more than 2.500 photographers, and apparently none of them pointed out the lack of a simple RAW file rotating tool.

Oh, and no EOS 40D support. (yet)

 

Acd systems press release:

Photographers Benefit from Next-Generation Workflow Management with ACDSee Pro 2

Powerful camera RAW processing, flexible cataloging and advanced editing features make new ACDSee Pro 2 the ultimate all-in-one photo management tool

VICTORIA, British Columbia—September 11, 2007—ACD Systems International Inc. has put a new level of control and convenience into photographers’ hands with the release of ACDSee Pro 2, featuring next-generation workflow management and RAW processing functionality tested by thousands of professional photographers. . . . read more

Pixmantec RawShooter Migration Tool for Adobe Lightroom Available

Nearly a year after it was originally promised by Adobe, the much touted tool is finally ready. Alot of functionality has been lost on the way, but it may still be usefull to some ex RSP users.  head over to  it's home page for more info and download.

Iview MediaPro to become Expression

Microsoft Expression Media: The next generation of iView MediaPro
iView MediaPro will become Microsoft Expression Media.
Expression Media will be cross-platform: For Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X.
Expression Media will be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2007, either individually or included as part of the Expression Studio. . . . read more

Photoshop CS III new details uncovered

This is the second time thinksecret.com has revealed details about Adobe's upcoming photo-editing suite.  This brings a lot of excitement among the photoshop fans given the almost 100% hit rate of predictions the site has gotten before. CS III is expected to hit the market during the 2nd quarter of 2007. Among the highlights: "Photoshop CS3's interface is said to closely resemble the look and feel of Adobe After Effects 7, with easy palette organization and brightness adjustment for the overall interface itself. Palettes can be moved, minimized, customized or collapsed down to a single icon with ease; even that familiar two-column toolbar can be converted into a narrower single column bar, if desired.   Another new feature substantially improving both workflow and raw performance is Live Filters, which effectively brings the dynamic editing features of Layer Styles to Filters. The pixel radius of a Gaussian Blur, for example, can be adjusted long after it has been applied with just a single mouse click. Sources report substantial performance improvements to the filters themselves, as well, and have speculated that Photoshop may now be tapping the GPU of the video card to help the CPU crunch filters. With regard to non-destructive editing improvements, sources report that layers can now be saved as smart objects that the new editable filters can now be applied to." Read the rest here  

Iview sells itself to Microsoft

 Oooh boy, did anyone see THIS coming?  the MS vs Adobe battle has finally come to the DAM and Raw workflow arena. From the always happy press-release: iView joins Microsoft                        Open letter from Yan Calotychos, founder of iView Multimedia

Pixmantec sells itself to Adobe: part II

After the initial not so warm response from rawshoter Pro users, Adobe issued a "FAQ" on the subject of Pixmatec selling out to Adobe. It's a shame the faq doesn't cover some of the hottest issues:  What's the "upgrade path" being offered to RSP users? What about the activation issue for users that will continue to use RSP? Q: Why has Adobe acquired Pixmantec?A: One of the great advantages of working with raw images is that

Pixmantec sells itself to Adobe

Was there something rotten in the Kingdom of Danemark? In a shocking move (especially for Rawshooter Pro owners), Adobe announced that it has acquired all the technology assets of Pixmantec corp. The beef of the statement for the (unfortunate?) owners of Rawshooter pro is: "the Pixmantec RawShooter Premium product is being discontinued"  The eulogy:

Iview VS Extensis catalog suites shootout

This intersting shootout from outback photo pits two of the most interesting cataloguing apps against each other: "While the first test (cataloguing 30,000 images to build a basic catalog) seemed to be very easy on paper, one major difference between the two products immediately became apparent:"

Vertus Fluid Mask review @ i-photo

A Photoshop plugin that has a price tag of more than $200 is either a fraud, or a very very competent piece of code, and fluid-mask is certainly not a fraud: "So many people want a "One Click " solution for all their photographic problems, but as we all know there isn't always a quick answer to everything. Having said that, Fluid Mask will speed up your work flow and enables you to make some very high quality cut outs quickly"

ArcSoft releases Panorama Maker 4

Press Release:  "ArcSoft, Inc. announced today Panorama Maker? 4, the latest full-version release of a program that enables users to quickly and automatically create seamless panoramic photographs from groups of regular digital shots."

Nikon Capture NX first look @ creativepro.com

Another, (enthusiastic i'd say) review of this very promising program from Nikon: "While the world may feel unpredictable and ever-changing, there have always been a few things you could count on to remain the same: the Cubs lose, your computer will be obsolete six months after you buy it, and camera makers write lousy software."

Nikon Capture NX review @ imaging-resource

This is in a diary form, but it's still a review, and a very interesting one.  This particular piece of software may be the first actually usable, non crappy, or weird in any other way software that comes out of a japanese electronics manufaturers lab.  Istill in beta, but due to be released very soon:  "Nikon also realizes not every one of these people owns a Nikon. So this version of Capture is not just for Nikon images. You can open any JPEG or TIFF in Capture NX and even save them as Nikon Raw images in the company's proprietary NEF format."
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