Archive for the '3rd Party Apps' Category

Jan 26, 2006

RapidFixer-A Quicktake Review

Source: The Luminous Landscape
Written by Michael Reichmann

Sometimes photographers have little appreciation for what others types of photographers have to deal with. The fine art photographer may go out on a weekend and take a few dozens exposures, while a wedding photographer may come back with many hundreds. A photojournalist or a wildlife photographer may return from a major shoot with many thousands of images.

How each one handles their digital workflow will depend on the photographer’s temperament as well as practical issues.

Jan 24, 2006

Apple Blinks, drops Universal Binary charges

At Macworld, Apple announced that a Universal Binary version of Aperture would be made available at the end of March, 2006 for a charge of $49.00.

Aperture owners have balked at having to pay to get a UB build of Aperture and apparently Apple has reversed the decision to charge customers for the upgrade.

Jan 24, 2006

Microsoft offers early peek at designer tools

Source: ZDNetWritten by Martin LaMonica

Microsoft on Tuesday released early versions of a new line of tools meant to lure illustrators and designers closer to Redmond’s world.

Jan 16, 2006

Camera Bits posts new Photo Mechanic 4.4.1 beta

Written by Rob Galbraith

Camera Bits has posted a new beta release of Photo Mechanic 4.4.1 for Windows and Mac. The changes since 4.4, as noted in the accompanying Read Me, are listed below:

Jan 4, 2006

Hasselblad warns of incompatibility with Adobe Bridge

Written By Rob Galbraith

Hasselblad has sent a warning to registered users of its digital backs that Adobe Bridge on the Mac will in some cases corrupt the header information inside the company’s proprietary RAW 3f (.fff) file format. An excerpt from the email blast is below:

Jan 4, 2006

Apple’s Aperture: A Non-Review

Source: The Luminous Landscape
Written By Michael Reichmann

To understand Apple’s Aperture requires that one understand Steve Job’s master plan. No – I don’t have a copy of Apple Document 05-12-007. That’s safely ensconced in Steve’s office safe, and only known in detail to three people other than him, each of whom is sworn to die, even under torture (ooop – no more torture allowed) before divulging its contents.

Jan 4, 2006

The Panorama Factory Releases V4.2

Press Release: Pittsburgh, PA – January 3, 2006–Smoky City Design, LLC has released two new editions of The Panorama Factory, its popular software product for creating panoramic images.

The Panorama Factory m32 Edition runs on single- and multi-processor computers, delivering improved stitching speed on multi-processor systems (including multi-core systems) by performing image computations in parallel. The m32 Edition requires Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista.

Jan 3, 2006

Bibble Labs Releases Bibble 4.5

Press Release: Austin Texas – Bibble Labs announces the availability of version 4.5 of its popular Raw Workflow software. Now supporting close to 70 of the most popular DSLR and prosumer cameras, this update includes support for the eagerly anticipated Nikon D200, as well as the Olympus EVolt E-500, SP310, SP350, Sp500UZ, Pentax *ist DS2 and Sony DSC-R1. Using Bibble’s integrated Photoshop plug-in, users of older versions of Photoshop including 7.0 and CS and Photoshop Elements 2.0 can now open raw images from the latest cameras without having to pay for a costly upgrade.

Dec 19, 2005

Aperture 1.0: the Ars review

Source: ars technica
Written By Dave Girard

Apple has cojones. Let’s not pretend otherwise. Jumping headfirst into the fully mature digital imaging market requires the shameless bravado of a one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest or any number of contestants on So You Think You Can Dance? What’s at risk is not only cold, hard cash, but more importantly, their reputation as a software innovator. With Aperture, Apple is clearly hoping to have the same success it has had with Final Cut Pro. Plus, becoming a household name in imaging can’t hurt the bottom line for hardware sales.

Nov 21, 2005

New DxO Optics Pro V3.5 Software Now Available In Stores And Online

Enhanced optical correction possibilities and greater processing speed are the hallmarks of this free new upgrade which also adds support for the Canon EOS 5D

Press Release: New York, NY–November 17, 2005 – DxO Labs announced today that DxO Optics Pro v3.5 Digital SLR and lens automatic image quality enhancement software is available for download at the company’s e-store ( and via selected resellers.

Nov 15, 2005

RawShooter Color Engine Announced

Pixmantec Partners With ETCETERA Consulting To Provide Sophisticated Color Profiles For Canon And Nikon Digital SLRs

Press Release: Copenhagen, November 15, 2005: Danish digital imaging specialists Pixmantec ApS are pleased to announce the immediate release of RawShooter | Color Engine. A plug‐in for both existing and forthcoming RawShooter RAW workflow applications, RawShooter |Color Engine provides discerning photographers with an excellent alternative to the standard RawShooter profiles. Designed in cooperation with color expert Magne Nilsen of ETCETERA Consulting, RawShooter | Color Engine seamlessly integrates into all RawShooter applications. Built using an advanced architecture, RawShooter | Color Engine delivers a level of sophistication that has yet to be seen in DSLR profile management and thus has the potential or exciting enhancements to come.

Nov 15, 2005

Pound Hill Software Unveils MetaGrove

Easy-to-Use Metadata Tools for Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXPress Increase Productivity while Lowering Costs

Press Release: ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 14, 2005–Pound Hill Software, a leading developer of metadata software tools, today announced MetaGrove, the world’s first integrated suite of software tools for Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP). The comprehensive, robust toolkit consists of MetaGrove Developer, MetaGrove Plug-ins for Adobe’s Creative Suite, and MetaGrove XTension for QuarkXPress.

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

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 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

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.

Oct 26, 2005

Stripping Raw Naked

Written By Terri Stone

Apple says that Aperture, its new photo-editing and -management program, is a boon for photographers shooting Raw files. looks past the hype to the bare truth.

Oct 25, 2005

Camera Bits Announces Photo Mechanic Version 4.4 with Caption Safe™ Technology

Press Release: PORTLAND, OR, October 24th, 2005 – Camera Bits, Inc., innovators in digital photography since 1996, today announced version 4.4 of its benchmark Photo Mechanic™ photo browser and workflow software for professional photographers. Compatible with both Macintosh OS X and Windows XP/2000, Photo Mechanic is the premier cross-platform solution for digital photographers who need to manage large quantities of photos under tight deadlines.

Oct 24, 2005

Extensis Announces Portfolio 8

Extensis Portfolio 8 Puts Creative Workgroup Assets at User’s Fingertips

New functionality means less time searching for files and more ways to organize and share across workgroups.

Press Release: October 20, 2005 PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY. – October 20th, 2005 – Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., today announced Portfolio 8, a major advance in its digital asset management (DAM) solution.

Oct 20, 2005

iView’s New MediaPro Speeds Creatives’ Workflows

Press Release: PHOTO PLUS EXPO, New York, Oct. 20, 2005 – iView Multimedia today announced a new version of iView MediaPro, the award-winning, cross-platform digital asset management application. Designed for photographers and other creative professionals, MediaPro 3.0 delivers the world’s most flexible and powerful professional workflow management solution.

Oct 18, 2005

ACDSee Pro Photo Manager Announced

ACDSee Pro Photo Manager Streamlines Professional Photography Workflow

Press Release: VICTORIA, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 17, 2005– New software that helps professional photographers confidently manage their photos to be unveiled at Booth #801 during PhotoPlus Expo

Oct 17, 2005

Press Release: Bibble Labs releases version 4.4 Update with support for Canon 5D & 1D Mark II N. Includes new Fill Light control and improved sharper output.

Austin Texas (October 17th, 2005) – Bibble Labs today announced availability of version 4.4 of its popular Raw Workflow software. Now supporting over 60 of the most popular DSLR and prosumer cameras, this update includes support for the new Canon 5D and 1D Mark II N cameras, as well as the Minolta 5D, A200 and Pentax *ist DL.

Oct 14, 2005

BreezeBrowser Pro v1.3 Released

BreezeBrowser Pro v1.3 adds lens distortion correction, Canon EOS 5D and EOS-1D Mark II N Raw Conversion

Press Release: 14th October, 2005 : Breeze Systems announce the immediate availability of BreezeBrowser Pro v1.3, latest release of their acclaimed image browsing and raw conversion software. BreezeBrowser Pro v1.3 introduces Canon EOS 5D and Canon EOS-1D Mark II N raw conversion and automatic lens distortion correction.