Archive for June, 2006

Jun 27, 2006

Mac OS X 10.4.7 released, fixes Photoshop 9.0.1 printing issue

Apple has released Mac OS X version 10.4.7 and included fixes are a fix for the Mac printing issue from Photoshop 9.0.1 as well as issues relating to saving files to AFP mounted volumes.

Jun 27, 2006

iView joins Microsoft

Press Release: iView Multimedia–Tuesday June 27, 2006
Open letter from Yan Calotychos, founder of iView Multimedia

Today marks an exciting new chapter for iView and its relationship with our customers. We’re announcing that iView has been acquired and is now part of the Microsoft Corporation. With Microsoft’s purchase of iView, we are in a position to enhance our industry-leading product, whilst strengthening our customer service and support.

Jun 26, 2006

On The Road to the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit

I’m not sure what to expect this week at “The Summit”…I suppose we’ll see. I’ll be there and report back at the end of the week.

Jun 26, 2006

Bibble Labs Releases version 4.8

With Advanced Lens Correction and B&W / Spot Color Plugin
Other improvements include Fujifilm S3 Pro support and a Mac Universal Binary

Press Release: AUSTIN TX, (June 23, 2006) – Bibble Labs, Inc. announced the general availability of Bibble Pro and Bibble Lite Upgrade 4.8. This free upgrade is available to existing Bibble 4 license holders, and represents the third such major upgrade of 2006. New features in this release include a redesigned and more powerful Lens Correction tool enabling correction of barrel and pin-cushion distortion, as well as chromatic aberration and vignetting.

Jun 26, 2006

Adobe Acquires Technology Assets of Pixmantec ApS

Adobe Further Extends Leadership in Digital Photography Raw File Workflows

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 26, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced it has acquired the technology assets of Pixmantec ApS, makers of digital imaging software that provides advanced workflow management and processing capabilities for digital camera raw files. The acquisition strengthens Adobe’s leadership position in raw processing. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Jun 21, 2006

On the Road to Ann Arbor

I’ll be leaving for the Photoshop Soup2Nuts Conference Thursday along with some friends: Bruce Fraser & Seth Resnick from PixelGenius, Thomas Knoll and Marc Pawliger from Adobe and a host of other Photoshop luminaries including Scott Kelby, Michael Ninness, Ben Willmore, Terry White and more…

Jun 21, 2006

onOne Software Announces New Version Of PhotoFrame Pro

Press Release: London, UK 21 June, 2006 – Independent software developer, onOne Software, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of PhotoFrame Pro 3, the award-winning border and edge effect plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Jun 20, 2006

Operator Of Massive For-Profit Software Piracy Site Pleads Guilty

Source: US Department of Justice

WASHINGTON—The owner of a massive for-profit software piracy Web site pleaded guilty in federal court, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced today.

Jun 19, 2006

iView Releases MediaPro 3.1.1

Improved IPTC metadata support, metadata sync for more Raw formats, Windows scripting engine update and improved NEF rendering lead the list of enhancements.

Press Release: iView Multimedia has released a free update to its flagship digital asset management program iView MediaPro.

Jun 19, 2006

Nikon Capture NX: Nikon’s Answer to Photoshop

Image-editing rethought from the ground up.

Source: PopPhoto
Written by Debbie Grossman

Ever wonder what an image-editing program would be like if Adobe Photoshop had never existed?

The new Nikon Capture NX software is probably the closest thing. A co-project of Nikon and the similarly named (but unrelated) Nik Software company, this program uses what they’re calling U Point technology to allow you to make quick adjustments to the zones of influence you choose. That means you can saturate certain areas, desaturate others, and color-correct in the places that need it, all without painstakingly selecting them. The other good news: None of these changes are permanent. They all happen as a list of deletable and modifiable steps that leave your original alone.

Jun 19, 2006

Sci-fi artist uses old-fashioned ways

Source: San Antonio Express-News
Written by Dan R. Goddard

John Picacio shopped at a local hardware store for the parts to assemble his starship — PVC plumbing parts, electrical workboxes and sprinkler heads.

But the clunky contraption appeared sleekly futuristic with rockets blazing against a sea of stars when the San Antonio artist incorporated it into his design for the cover of a science fiction novel, Mike Resnick’s “Starship: Mutiny.”

“I think you can see the influence of the found object collages of Robert Rauschenberg and Joseph Cornell in my work,” he said. “I like working from three-dimensional models, and I think it is important to draw from life. I have friends dress up in costume for my figures. I do my final composition on computer, but nearly all the individual elements are done by hand. It’s old-fashioned drawing and painting.”

Jun 16, 2006

Lightroom Engineer Mark Hamburg to be at Photoshop Soup2Nuts

Former Photoshop engineer and current Adobe Lightroom engineering architect Mark Hamburg will be at the upcoming Photoshop Soup2Nuts Conference June 23-24, 2006 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mark, the second engineer to work on Photoshop (after Thomas Knoll) is actually from Midland, Michigan.

He’ll be attending the Soup2Nuts Conference where he has agreed to do several Adobe Lightroom presentations with speaker Jeff Schewe.

George Jardine, Pro Photo Evangelist will also attend and attempt to record several Lightroom Podcasts during the event.

Jun 16, 2006

Adobe Announces Resignation of President, Worldwide Field Operations

Stephen Elop to Remain with Adobe Through the End of Fiscal Year

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 15, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Stephen Elop, president, worldwide field operations, will leave the company at the end of the fiscal year. Elop, former CEO of Macromedia, is responsible for the company’s global sales organization including field marketing, customer care and professional services.

Jun 16, 2006

Photo Printers Market Flat or Declining

Overall Growth in the PC and Photo Printer Market Should Be Flat or Decline between 2006 and 2010 According to Recent Research for the US

Press Release: DUBLIN, Ireland — June 15, 2006 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of PC Printers and Photo Printers in the United States to their offering.

U.S. factory sales of PC and photo printers in the U.S. in 2005 were $3.8 billion. Despite increased volume sales, dollar sales decreased 25% between 2000 and 2005 at current prices, and decreased 34% at constant 2005 prices. The drop in dollar sales is due to a continued rapid decline in pricing for printers. During the period under review, the average estimated price per unit fell from $294 to $200.

Jun 16, 2006

What’s the next move for Adobe?

With Newly Acquired Macromedia, it Plans to Render Windows `Irrelevant,’ its CEO Says

Written by John Boudreau, Mercury News

When Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion in stock in December, it was more than a merger of tech companies. It brought together two cultures — the hip, body-pierced world of San Francisco and the land of khakis in San Jose.

Jun 16, 2006

Adobe Q2 Results

Company Achieves Profitability Targets On Lower Than Expected Revenue

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 15, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported record financial results for its second quarter ended June 2, 2006. The Company’s Q2 results reflect the acquisition of Macromedia in December, 2005, and are compared to pre-acquisition results of prior fiscal periods as applicable.

Jun 15, 2006

A Visit to the Adobe Lightroom Engineers

The Offices of Adobe Minnesota.

After a recent Epson Print Academy event in St. Paul, Minnesota I had the chance to hook up with some of the Lightroom engineers at Adobe’s offices in Arden Hills just outside of Minneapolis.

Jun 15, 2006

Windows, Mac OS to run side-by-side

Source: CNET
Written by Ina Fried

Parallels, a start-up whose software enables Macs to run Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS at the same time, says it is ready with a final version of its product.

Jun 15, 2006

50 ways to become a better designer

Source: Computer Arts

The way you work can have a huge impact on your creative success. We present the best advice from leading designers on every stage of the creative process, so that you can keep clients satisfied and make the most of your talents

Jun 14, 2006

Adobe Speaks Out On Microsoft PDF Battle

Attributed to

Adobe has issued a statement of response to recent reports that it has been unable to agree on licensing conditions with Microsoft regarding the inclusion of PDF support in a future version of Office.

Jun 14, 2006

Artlandia Releases SymmetryShop 1.0 Photoshop Plug-in

Press Release: Artlandia, Inc., maker of Artlandia SymmetryWorks, a popular pattern design plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, has released Artlandia SymmetryShop, a new plug-in that makes pattern design in Adobe Photoshop easy and fully automatic.

Jun 13, 2006

Photoshop World Conference Offers $100 Advance Sign-up Discount

Photoshop World Conference & Expo – September 7-9, 2006 – Las Vegas

Press Release: TAMPA, FL – JUNE 12, 2006 – Photoshop World Conference & Expo – the largest Photoshop educational event in the world – held Sept. 7-9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas is offering an advance registration discount of $100 now through Friday, Aug. 4th.

Jun 13, 2006

‘Fantasy images harmful to young’

Source: The Australian

A former international model and one-time Miss Universe has hit out at the fashion industry for promoting a distorted body image she said was damaging young people.

Jun 13, 2006

Lightroom Public Beta 3.0 for Mac Now Available

Adobe Incorporates Early Testers’ Feedback and Additional Raw File Support in Updated Beta

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 13, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to the public beta of Adobe Lightroom, an all-new digital imaging workflow solution for professional photographers that allows them to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of images. The latest version adds features suggested by beta testers that allow greater control over export size and resolution, refined metadata selection with print output and RGB value readouts for greater editing precision.

Jun 12, 2006

Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 Released

Adobe has released Adobe Lightroom Beta 3 for Mac.
It is available for download at Beta 3 brings a variety of new functionality including a new module and refinements of other modules. Also added is a new “Watched Folder” function to automatically import files into Lightroom when new files are added to a specified folder. It should also be noted that the application name has been changed from just ‘Lightroom’ to ‘Adobe Lightroom’. Hopefully, this will be the last name change. Read the rest of this story for an in depth look at Beta 3.