Archive for November, 2005

Nov 8, 2005

An Outsider’s Look at Adobe Part I: Acrobat 7

Source: Open For Business
Written By Timothy R. Butler, Editor-in-Chief

When you talk about graphics software, the components of Adobe Creative Suite 2 almost certainly are the first to come to mind. Being the longtime leader does not always mean a program is the best out there, of course, but it at least means the company is doing something right. To get to the bottom of whether Photoshop and its siblings are as good as their market numbers would indicate, OfB Labs took two moderately experienced graphics software users who had not used Adobe’s products before, and tracked the experience of using the CS suite.

Nov 8, 2005

RealViz Stitcher 5

Panoramic and VR application still a winner
Source: Hollywood Industry
Written By Stephen Schleicher

If you have ever wanted to take those large dramatic panoramic landscape shots, but have had nothing but problems aligning the images in other applications, then Stitcher 5 is the program for you. If you have ever needed to quickly create a QuickTime VR movie for your real estate or tour website, then Stitcher 5 is the program for you. Here’s why.

Nov 8, 2005

Dynamic Range of all scanners significantly enhanced!

SilverFast’s Multi-Sampling brings Scanners to a new Level of Quality

Press Release: Kiel, Germany, Nov. 8th, 2005, from LaserSoft Imaging, Inc. SilverFast Ai STUDIO and SilverFast SE Plus supply the most dramatic boost in quality to scanners with SilverFast’s patent pending Multi-Sampling with Auto-Alignment.

Nov 7, 2005


Navigating the Slippery Slope of Digital Manipulation With Eyes Wide Shut

Source: The Digital Journalist
Written By Robert Trippett

The moment a photojournalist releases the shutter a sacred threshold is crossed. The instant after the shutter blinks open and closes, whether it is for a thousandth-of-a-second to freeze the impact of a baseball bat on a ball, or several hours to soak up the faint glow of a passing comet, the door also shuts for a photojournalist to manipulate that captured representation of reality. Any technical choices made before that moment – whether a choice of cameras, light, lenses, filters, exposure settings, or simply where to stand – are generally accepted as tools for achieving the photographer’s vision. Any digital post-processing beyond the accepted darkroom techniques of yore, such as burning or dodging, are usually considered a prohibited manipulation of that sacrosanct moment of exposure.

Nov 7, 2005

Hands-on with Aperture

Source: PDN Online
Written By David Schloss

When Apple took the wraps off Aperture, the company’s new professional photography workflow tool at the recent Photo Plus trade show in New York, shockwaves spread out through the industry. Very quickly photographic forms filled with posts about the new program (and, interestingly as it was not yet available, its “shortcomings”) and seemingly ever conversation I had at the show turned at some point to the new program and the implications for the photographic market.

Nov 7, 2005

Wacom Presents World’s First Wide-Format Tablet

New Intuos®3 6×11 is Designed for Use with Widescreen Displays and Dual Monitors

Press Release: Vancouver, WA, Nov. 1, 2005 – Wacom Technology Corporation’s new Intuos3 6×11 pen tablet is specifically designed for photographers, designers and artists who are using multiple monitors or a widescreen display like the 23” Apple® Cinema HD display. The Intuos3 6×11 features an active area with an aspect ratio (height-to-width) that is a great match to the screen aspect ratio of either a widescreen display or two standard displays used together. This provides optimal pen control and efficient use of the entire tablet.

Nov 7, 2005

theimagingfactory releases NoiseReduction Pro v3 for Mac OS X

Press Release: November 7th, 2005, theimagingfactory releases NoiseReduction Pro v3 for Mac OS X.

NoiseReduction Pro is a Photoshop plugin for reducing several types of luminance and color noise in digital images. Based on an extremely fast, split 5 level redundant wavelet algorithm, this plugin is without a doubt the quickest offering of its kind. Incorporating a resizable, live preview window and interactive controls, the plugin allows for easy determination of the optimal parameters.

Nov 7, 2005

Digital Video Expo West Opens Its Doors for the 9th Consecutive Year

December 4th – 9th at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Video Professionals Will be Introduced to the Latest Trends in the Industry

Press Release: LOS ANGELES/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CMP Media‘s Digital Video Group is proud to announce the return of Digital Video Expo West to the Los Angeles Convention Center, December 4th-9th, for the ninth straight year. This industry-leading event is the core event for professionals working in audio, broadcasting, digital photography, independent filmmaking, lighting, visual effects, video and high-definition technology. Not only will there be exhibits, conferences and Apple and Avid certification training courses, but the sixth-annual DV Film Festival will also be taking place December 7th and 8th.

Nov 7, 2005

For whom the bell tolls

Source: The Age
Written By Terry Lane

Digital technology continues to cut a swathe through the businesses built on traditional chemical-based photography.

Nov 3, 2005

iView MediaPro 3 Released

Press Release: iView Multimedia releases iView MediaPro 3, an all new version of our professional digital asset management and cataloging application.

MediaPro 3 provides the following new features, improvements and enhancements:

Nov 3, 2005


Press Release: Copenhagen, October 28th 2005: Danish digital imaging software specialists Pixmantec announce the release of the latest addition to their Photographers’ Toolbox applications for the camera RAW format, RawShooter | premium 2006. Building on the incredible success of the FREE RawShooter | essentials 2005 product (now with several hundred thousand copies installed worldwide), RawShooter | premium 2006 provides unsurpassed RAW workflow functionality and professional image quality at an unbeatable competitive price. In addition to a state of the art feature set, RawShooter | premium 2006 adds camera RAW support for several new DSLRs including the Canon EOS 5D and Canon EOS 1D II N.

Nov 3, 2005

Nikon launches the D200

Press Release: Nikon launches its powerful, feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera, delivering a high-precision, high-performance package and creating a new class of camera between entry-level and professional digital SLRs.

The Nikon D200 combines the solid look and feel and advanced camera operation of Nikon’s D2 professional series with the approved user-friendliness and stunning image quality that are the hallmarks of all Nikon digital SLRs.

Nov 3, 2005

China – In The Bag What Worked & What Didn’t

Written By Michael Reichmann–The Luminous Landscape

Every photographic trip is an education. One thing that I always learn is what equipment worked out, and what was either ineffective or redundant. Two weeks shooting several thousand frames in a foreign country under adverse conditions can tell me more about a given piece of gear than a year or more of occasional use at home.

Nov 3, 2005

Thumbnail previews of Camera Raw images do not display as expected (Adobe Bridge 1.x)

Source: Adobe Bridge Support

Issue: Thumbnail previews of Camera Raw images in Adobe Bridge 1.0 do not display as you expect them to.

Nov 3, 2005

Upgrade plug-ins, shortcuts, and layouts from Photoshop CS to Photoshop CS2

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

What’s covered:
Custom Presets (Brushes, Gradients, Patterns, Shapes, Styles, Swatches, Tools)
Keyboard shortcuts
Picture Package layouts
Web Photo Gallery layouts
New document sizes
Third-party plug-ins
Metadata templates
Color settings

Nov 3, 2005

Optimize performance of Photoshop CS2

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

Adobe has posted Tech Documents for optimizing Photoshop CS2 perfomance on the Photoshop Support pages.

Optimize performance in Photoshop (CS2 on Mac OS)

Optimize performance of Photoshop (CS2 on Windows)

Nov 3, 2005

Bringing Aperture into focus

Source: Rob Galbraith

In case you missed it, Rob Galbraith has an indepth preview to Apple’s new Aperture application. Worth the read…

At an invitation-only media event earlier this month, Apple introduced Aperture, the company’s new professional photo workflow application. Simultaneous with Apple pulling back the covers on Aperture, they posted pages of information, screenshots and slick QuickTime videos showing the software in action.

Nov 1, 2005

PhotoshopNews Memorial Hiatus

PhotoshopNews will be quiet until Thursday, November 3rd. Our thoughts and well wishes remain with Mike Skurski’s friends and family…