Archive for May, 2005

May 11, 2005

Michael Tapes Leaves Phase One and Joins Pixmantec

In a post on his forums, Michael Tapes indicated that he had signed a consultancy agreement with Pixmantec ApS, maker of RawShooter essentials 2005, RAW conversion software that is a direct competitor of Phase One’s Capture One. He said: “While neither Pixmantec or Phase One have asked me to stop selling Capture One software, I have made a personal decision to no longer sell the Capture One product.”

May 11, 2005

ACR Calibrator Script Beta 3.4 Posted

Tom Fors, author of the ACR Raw Calibrator Script, has posted an updated beta for use in Photoshop CS2 and Camera Raw 3.1.

You can download the Beta 3.4 script from the Chromoholics web site.

May 11, 2005

Digital Preservation

How Long will Digital Photography Last?

The long-term preservation of traditional photographic medium (AKA Cow Hooves) has a tradition backed by research and known “Best Practices”. Given dark storage and reduced temperature environments, silver based photographic materials can be preserved for hundreds of years. Given a sub-zero environment the time is estimated to be thousands of years. But, what about digital photography?

May 11, 2005

Joseph Holmes writes about the new Epson Printers

Source: Joseph Holmes

I have just made, for an exhibit to open Thursday, May 19th at the Ordover Gallery in Solana Beach, California, the most beautiful set of color prints that I’ve ever made, using a new EPSON 44″ printer and the new inkset announced today (May 10th). When considering all aspects of the resulting prints, I have no doubt that this is the best system ever for making color prints.

May 11, 2005

Improve performance in Photoshop CS2 on computers with more than 1 GB RAM

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

Photoshop CS2 uses complex memory management procedures. On computers with 1 GB of RAM, or more, you can optimize Photoshop to take advantage of the quantity of RAM in your system to manage memory more efficiently.

May 11, 2005

Functions, file names, and locations of preferences files

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

This Technical Document provides information to find or re-create preferences files for Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe ImageReady CS2.

May 11, 2005

Creative Suite Technical Resources

Adobe has posted Technical Resources relating to the Creative Suite 2 including the Adobe Creative Suite 2 Bridge JavaScript reference guide. Additional topics include; PDF integration guide for Adobe Creative Suite 2, Color Workflows for Adobe Creative Suite 2, PDF/X files and Adobe Creative Suite 2 as well as others.

May 10, 2005

The Engadget Interview: Steve Heiner, General Manager, Digital SLR Systems, Nikon

Source: engadget
Written By Peter Rojas

For this week’s Engadget Inteview, journalist J.D. Lasica spoke with Steve Heiner, the head of Nikon’s digital single lens reflex systems, about how Nikon is faring in the transition to a digital world, its new line of D70S and D50 cameras, and the hullabaloo about Nikon’s encrypting white balance metadata in RAW image files in some of its cameras. Or at least he tried.

May 10, 2005

New Epson Pro Printers Aimed at Photographers and Pro Graphics Users

New Professional Wide-Format Printers Use New Color and Unique Three-Level Black Ink System to Create Highest-Quality Archival Black and White Images

May 10, 2005

Epson Announces New R2400 Printer and New Epson UltraChrome K3TM Inks

New Eight-Color Epson UltraChrome K3 Pigment Inks Provide Stunning Archival Color and Black and White Prints up to 13” Wide on the new Epson Stylus Photo R2400.

May 9, 2005

Multi-raw conversions using Smart Objects

Here’s a tip for using the new Smart Object feature of Photoshop CS2 and mutiple raw exposures with Camera Raw to produce a simple high dynamic range image blend.

May 9, 2005

Adobe Celebrates Filmmaking with American Pavilion Sponsorship at Cannes International Film Festival

Company Presence to Highlight Growing Importance of Digital and HD Workflows for Filmmakers

May 9, 2005

Kodak keeps lead in U.S. digital-camera market

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Eastman Kodak Co., which shipped more digital cameras in the United States in 2004 than any of its Japanese rivals, retained its edge in the first quarter, a market research firm said Monday.

May 9, 2005

Publishers Look to Cash In on Digital Assets

Turning digital asset management into a crucial competitive advantage is the goal of business leaders convening this week in New York at the Henry Stewart Digital Asset Management Symposium.

May 6, 2005

Pixels and Protocol

“How can you review a Nikon camera without mentioning that the company is now encrypting its photo files? Nikon apparently thinks that my work belongs to THEM, not to me! If they someday decide to change the format, they can hold my photos hostage forever!”

OK, whoa. What?

Warning: Wiggling toward the truth of this tale involves very technical language, eye-glazing terminology and a whole lot of overheated emotion.

May 6, 2005

Lite news this weekend


Just a ping to let you know that I’ll be on the road speaking at the Exploring the Creative Edge Conference this weekend in Santa Fe. As a result, the news feed might be a bit lite until next Monday. In the meantime, take the opportunity to explore PhotoshopNews a bit more by checking out the news content categories and the large amount of content already on

If you are coming to the conference, be sure to introduce yourself as a PSN reader and let me know what you think!

May 6, 2005

Camera Raw Product Page Updated for 3.1

The Adobe Camera Raw Product page has been updated to show the current Camera Raw 3.1 update. The download for the 3.1 update also includes the new DNG Converter.

Cameras added in Camera Raw 3.1 — May 2005
Canon EOS Rebel XT (EOS 350D/EOS Kiss Digital N)
Nikon D2X
Olympus EVOLT E-300
Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom

Windows Updates / Macintosh Updates

May 6, 2005

Friday Summary / 05-06-2005

In case you missed them earlier in the week, PSN has some must read stories. Really, you simply must read them! (for your own good)

May 6, 2005

Russell Brown Comes Clean, Reveals All

In a shocking revelation, Russell Preston Brown, Sr. Creative Director at Adobe Systems Incorporated and long time Photoshop Evangelist, has revealed that he is leaving the United States on Friday, May 6th, (today), 2005. He indicated that he would be going to Australia.

Before he leaves, Mr. Brown said in a phone call that he wanted to make a definitive statement regarding the “official story” behind Photoshop, its development by John and Thomas Knoll and exactly how it was acquired by Adobe Systems, Inc.

May 5, 2005

First Time With Photoshop – Bert Monroy

While in Chicago recently, I was having lunch with my good friend Jeff Schewe, when he asked me if I remembered the first time I saw Photoshop. I will admit, it did not have the same impact as the question “where were you when you heard JFK got shot” so I don’t remember the exact moment, but. . .

I do remember the excitement it caused.

May 5, 2005

A New Photoshop Makes Retouching Reality (Somewhat) Easier

WHOEVER said “the camera never lies” was either a prankster, a simpleton or somebody who had never heard of Photoshop.

May 4, 2005

Format wars

Should a company be able to control the way content you have created is stored? Simon Bisson looks at moves towards open file formats. . .

May 4, 2005

UPDATE Working with DNG and Camera Raw 3.1

In addition to offering preliminary support for the Nikon D2X and Canon EOS 350D, the newly-released Adobe Camera Raw 3.1 adds two new preferences that are useful for anyone using a DNG workflow in conjunction with third-party asset managers.

You can read about them in this short excerpt from the soon-to-be-released Real World Camera Raw With Adobe Photoshop CS2.


Working with DNG
(204KB PDF download)

May 4, 2005

Adobe Camera Raw 3.1 Posted

From a post in the Adobe User to User Forum for Camera Raw, Adobe Camera Raw 3.1 update is reported to have been released to the Adobe FTP site. Note: the Camera Raw Home Page has yet to be updated.

May 4, 2005

Print Insists It’s Here to Stay


Here’s a Newsweek cover from 100 years into the future: an aerial view of the United States with California split off from the mainland and floating in the Pacific. The headline: “California Island: More popular than ever 62 years after the Big Quake.” And here’s Sports Illustrated 100 years hence: “Hell Freezes Over! Cubs Win 2105 World Series.”