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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has announced version 4.3.1 updater of their Capture RAW (NEF) image
processing software. A complimentary copy of the update is available for current
users of version 4.2.x; if using version 4 that is earlier than 4.2, customers
must first upgrade to Version 4.2 and then install the new updater. All Version
4.x updaters are complimentary for owners of the full Version 4.0 and higher.
Upon installing the Capture 4.3.1 update, the D2X, D2HS, D70S, and D50 digital
SLR cameras, as well as earlier Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras and their
NEF files will be supported. A highlight for the new updater is its significantly
faster performance for NEF operation. Depending upon the platform (Mac or PC),
CPU, and processes in use, this latest updater for Capture software delivers
increased processing speeds ranging from 11% up to 40%, compared to previous

A key component of Nikon's Total Imaging System, Capture software enables
photographers to perform comprehensive image processing and editing on NEF (RAW)
files produced by their Nikon digital SLR cameras as well as NEF files generated
from Nikon scanners or converted NEF files that have been generated from JPEG
or TIFF file formats. The NEF file structure has been idealized for operation
within the Nikon Total Imaging System. Key imaging data from the Nikon camera
is embedded within the NEF, and is available to strengthen the image processing
capabilities of Nikon Capture software. This nexus of Camera to NEF to Capture
embodies a key element of the Nikon Total Imaging System's ability to
optimize image quality.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2007 1 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Google Inc. today announced the Photoshop CS3
Extended plug-in for the Google 3D Warehouse, enabling Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended
users to take further advantage of the software's powerful compositing, painting
and image-editing toolset for editing 3D content. With the plug-in, users will
be able to query and download free 3D content from the Google 3D Warehouse,
Google's free online repository for 3D models and content, directly within Photoshop
CS3 Extended. 3D Content then can be placed, manipulated and used in composites
with the new 3D tools in Photoshop CS3 Extended.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 28, 2007 0 comments

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CREL; TSX:CRE announced the launch of Corel Paint
Shop Pro Photo X2. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 is for aspiring photographers
and business communicators who want to transform their digital pictures into
professional-looking photos. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 provides users with
a wide selection of photo editing features ranging from automatic tools for
quick fixes to precision controls for fine-tuning. With Corel Paint Shop Pro
Photo X2, viewing, sorting and processing downloaded photos is faster than ever
thanks to the all new Express Lab. Beginners benefit from a wide range of automatic,
one-click adjustments while advanced users can take full advantage of the program's
manual adjustments providing more direct control over each photo. With speed
improvements and the built-in Learning Center, new users can produce results
quickly, learning as they go.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has doubled the speed rating of its popular
Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 90X. The new 8GB card is said to
be one of the fastest high-capacity CompactFlash cards available. Lexar's
new card is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 13.5 MB per second.
In addition to increased speed and performance, the new high-speed card will be
available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most popular format
for today's SLR digital cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 04, 2008 0 comments

The PCX Lite cases are designed as wheeled, semi-hard side, airline carryon
size, luggage cases with a patented Case to Cart conversion feature that will
carry over 100 pounds of other baggage on top. Beginning at a street price $99.00,
the PCX Lite series offers three carryon travel solutions to accommodate the
needs of most frequent travelers. Currently available with a standard interior
for clothes, with adjustable dividers and foam for cameras, projector, etc.,
or with a customizable layered foam interior.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced the Kodak Easyshare P712 zoom digital camera.
The camera features a 12X (36 -- 432 mm equiv.), image-stabilized, f2.8
-- f/3.7, Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon lens that delivers exquisite detail
and sharpness. Optical image stabilization provides a two-stop advantage over
non-image stabilized systems for better capturing subjects in low light for
both stills and video. It also minimizes handheld camera shake at longer focal
lengths. TV-quality, 30 frames-per-second VGA video with sound (MPEG4) is available
as are on-camera video editing functions, including split, cut, merge and trim,
plus the ability to create single-frame or multi-frame "storyboard"
still pictures.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 28, 2008 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the beginning of a DxO Optics Pro v5 public beta testing
period for users running the software on the Apple Macintosh platform. The free
public beta --available in English only at -- will run for
several weeks. Users are invited to provide their feedback at

The public beta for Mac features the new breakthrough RAW converter and noise
removal technology unveiled in the Windows version, support for the Canon EOS
40D, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300 and Nikon D3 camera bodies, and improvements
to the existing functionality of the software.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 20, 2004 0 comments

Nikon has announced their lineup for
the fall in anticiplation of photokina, the worldwide trade show to be held in
Germany in the coming weeks. Following is a synopsis from the Nikon release. Watch
for complete details in coming issues of Shutterbug.

Nikon D2X:

Using brand new innovations in sensor design and image processing, the D2X delivers
sharp images with very fine gradations of tone and 12.4 megapixel resolution.
Photographers are now rid of the dilemma of choosing between high resolution and
high speed, because even at a tremendous size of 12.4 megapixels, the D2X can
comfortably shoot full resolution images at 5 frames per second (up to 21 consecutive
JPEGs and 15 NEFs).
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

Foveon has announced the release of its 14.1 megapixel X3 DSLR image sensor, the
highest resolution X3 sensor available and the latest product from Foveon. The
new X3 sensor incorporates design and process enhancements which improve performance
at long exposures and high ISO speeds, and also provides a 40% increase in pixel
count compared to the previous X3 DSLR sensor.


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