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Staff Posted: Oct 16, 2008 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the highly anticipated, new editions of the professional industry standard software for digital imaging. Providing a fluid user experience, complete creative control and higher efficiency, Photoshop CS4 leverages the power of the latest hardware to extend imaging possibilities and offer faster, more flexible ways to accomplish core tasks like image adjustments and masks. All of these features and more can be found in Photoshop CS4 Extended, which serves users with advanced motion graphics functions, dramatically expanded 3D visualization capabilities and precise image analysis.

Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended will be available as stand-alone applications or key components of the Adobe Creative Suite® 4 family.

Photoshop CS4 software now makes impossible tasks, possible. Content-Aware Scaling adds a revolutionary technology that enables users to intelligently size and scale images with a simple drag of the mouse. New Auto-align and Auto-blend modes generate composites based on extended depth of field and 360 degree panoramas now with seamless tones and colors.

Finding, previewing and managing image assets jumps to a new level of power and convenience with Adobe Bridge CS4, beginning with fast start-up performance, right through to speedy transfer of images to Photoshop CS4. New path-bar navigation and workspace selection buttons across the top of the Bridge window let you instantly go to just the right display for every task. Also included are new Camera Import controls, visual folder navigation, and a Carousel View for larger image-group selections.

Photoshop CS4 takes advantage of the latest graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware to deliver superior performance. The software offers a smooth pan and zoom experience that allows users to easily edit images at the highest magnification while maintaining clarity. The new Canvas Rotation tool makes it simple to rotate and work on an image from any angle. Photoshop CS4 helps keep work areas clutter-free with a new unified application frame, tab-based interface and self-adjusting panels that make it easy to quickly access advanced tools, and provide a more fluid way to interact with the application.

Photoshop CS4 Extended includes all the new features of Photoshop CS4 plus the ability to manipulate 3D imagery easier than ever before. Now, creativity knows no bounds, as users can paint directly on 3D models and surfaces, merge 2-D files onto 3D images and animate 3D objects. The 3D engine has been rebuilt from the ground up to provide faster performance, allow editing of properties like light and the ability to create more realistic renderings with a new high-quality ray-tracer. Video professionals have the ability to turn any 3D object into a video display zone and can animate 3D objects and properties with ease. In addition, the core motion graphics editing has been improved with more efficient single-key shortcuts.

Photoshop CS4 Extended software continues to challenge traditional use, allowing medical professionals to volume render multiple medical image scans (DICOM image stack) into a volume that can be viewed from all angles.

The Photoshop product family has experienced an unprecedented year, in which new products have been introduced and every existing product has been updated. The year began with the anticipated launch of Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac, winning Best of Show at Macworld 2008. The launch of Photoshop Express in the Spring marked a new direction for the line — a free, rich Internet application (RIA) for anyone who wants to store, sort and show off digital photos online with eye-catching effects. In July, major updates and enhancements were made to the popular Photoshop Lightroom 2 solution for serious photographers, followed by the launch of Photoshop Elements 7 and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 software for hobbyists and now, Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended for professionals.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended for Mac OS X on Intel based and PowerPC based systems and for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista platform are scheduled to ship October 2008 with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/go/gn_store . Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS4 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS4 Extended. Upgrade pricing is available. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies and pricing, please visit: www.adobe.com/photoshop.

www.adobe.com.

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Staff Posted: Apr 24, 2009 0 comments

Lensbaby announced a new 0.42x Super Wide Lens for use with their new line of selective focus lenses – The  Composer, The Muse, The Control Freak and their companion Lensbaby Optic Swap System consisting of Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Pinhole/Zone plate interchangeable optics.  The .42x Super Wide lens has optics that are optimized for use with Lensbaby lenses, eliminating the diffusion and reducing the vignetting that occur when industry standard wide angle conversion lenses are used with a Lensbaby lens.

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Staff Posted: Oct 19, 2009 0 comments

Hoodman’s one-size-fits-all sunshade for MacBooks provides glare-free viewing in the great outdoors. HoodMAC fits 17 inch MacBooks and is “worn” by your MacBook just like a hat (spring tension in the HoodMAC keeps it securely in place). With the help of 3 sets of snaps, you can cinch the HoodMAC down for a great fit on both 15 inch Mac-Books and 13 inch MacBooks. HoodMAC pops into shape ready to mount when released from its travel bag with no assembly required.

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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2008 0 comments

Phase One A/S announced the immediate availability of Capture One 4 PRO, the RAW workflow software for photographers focused on transforming RAW files into the highest quality photographs.

Capture One 4 PRO has been designed to enhance the image quality of professional digital captures. It is built on a darkroom paradigm to enhance images and minimize the need for post-production. The workflow is responsive and flexible, adapting to a photographer’s needs.

Capture One 4 PRO is designed to satisfy a photographer’s specific work preference and situation. It offers freedom to create custom tool tabs with existing personal toolsets, and to work with multi monitor setups.

World leading tethered shooting is delivered by connecting a Phase One digital back or a supported DSLR camera to the computer and capturing images directly into Capture One 4 PRO.

The Styles feature has been redesigned to give photographers broader choices in exploring and creating unique looks that can be controlled and reproduced to create an exclusive signature.

An enhanced Color Editor feature permits fine-tuning of image colors with precise adjustment tools. Color adjustments can be saved as presets or as customized ICC profiles for consistent reproduction across multiple images.

A new Skin Tone tool lets photographers easily set and reproduce skin tones shot under various light conditions, even without using a gray card.

New Lens Correction tools improve image quality by compensating for undesired lens characteristics. These tools minimize chromatic aberration, purple fringing, distortion, sharpness falloff and light falloff. They permit creative effects such as image framing with a new vignetting tool.

Capture One 4 PRO supports Phase One and Mamiya medium format cameras and RAW files from a wide range of cameras including: Canon, Epson, Fuji, Konica Minolta, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and Sony. Please see http://www.phaseone.com/4 for specific models.

Phase One Capture One 4 PRO is available now in English through Phase One’s worldwide partner network (please see http://www.phaseone.com/Content/ContactUs/LocateDealer.aspx) and Phase One’s e-shop at http://www.phaseone.com/Content/EshopMenu.aspx.

Other language versions are planned for release at a future date. Capture One 4 PRO is free for registered users of Capture One PRO 3.x. Its estimated street price is $399. Recommended minimum system requirements are Macintosh OS X 10.5.5 or later, Intel® based processor, or Microsoft Windows® XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 and Windows .NET Framework v3, Intel Pentium 4® processor, 1 GB RAM and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen.  More information on product  features is available at http://www.phaseone.com/4.

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Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2009 0 comments

Wacom announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger-based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer interaction. “Multi-Touch provides a very natural and intuitive way for users to navigate and interact with applications,” said Dennis Hoff, senior consumer product manager for Wacom. “By combining Multi-Touch with our renowned pen technology, Bamboo provides users with a new computer input approach that is not only extremely flexible, but friendly, fresh and fun.”

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Staff Posted: Jul 29, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish, state-of-the-art digital
picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. The new
JOBO Photo Display PDJ152 includes three interchangeable clip-on frames in black,
white and silver. It also features a large 15" high intensity luminous
resolution and vibrant TFT-Color-LCD display designed to beautifully showcase
digital images, a big internal memory for easy access to images and many other
user-friendly functions.

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Staff Posted: Dec 03, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has  announced the D3X, an FX-format digital SLR featuring extreme 24.5-megapixel resolution and superb low-noise capabilities, which provides professional photographers with commercial-quality image performance in a familiar and extraordinarily versatile D-SLR form factor.  In conjunction with the groundbreaking Nikon FX-format D3, the D3X tops off a collection of flagship level, rugged, professional caliber digital single lens reflex cameras engineered to excel in all types of professional photographic disciplines from photojournalism and sideline sports, to commercial in-studio applications.

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Staff Posted: Jun 26, 2009 0 comments

In response to the economic climate, ExpressDigital has announced a significant instant rebate and marketing campaign surrounding their DARKROOM workflow software solution. According to Graham McFarland, founder and CEO, “We have always been inspired by the professional photographer and understand that simplifying ways for them to increase business and profits is more important than ever.”

The campaign is three-fold with the largest component being the authorization and coordination of a significant instant rebate of both DARKROOM Professional and Core editions via authorized dealers for a limited time (between two and four months depending on response). In many cases, the instant rebate results in a 30% price slash. Continues McFarland, “Right now we have to reduce the issue of cost as much as possible but also serve the emerging or veteran professional photographer by giving them the tools they need to succeed.” The company contends that the features of the workflow software – which includes, but is not limited to, greenscreen technology, free calendar, card, picture and memory mate templates, template creation tools, photo repair features, proof wizards, instant printing locally or to a lab, and built-in camera and printer drivers – are critical to the professional digital photographer wanting to remain competitive and profitable.

Other aspects of the campaign include an entirely new website for DARKROOM (www.DarkroomSoftware.com) that offers online training and streamlined understanding of the software’s functionality and the launch of social media websites to encourage interactivity and facilitate contests via Yahoo!Forums, Twitter and Facebook. As a result, the new website and supporting newsletter will advertise cues on how and when anyone can win free software and other prizes on a monthly basis along with photography inspired interviews, reviews and workflow tips.

Visit www.ExpressDigital.com or www.DarkroomSoftware.com/home_love.

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Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2008 0 comments

Helping to navigate the complexities of digital SLR cameras is QuickPro, LLC,
a company that started creating SLR camera DVD tutorials (http://www.quickprocameraguides.com/)
three years ago. Today, QuickPro is announcing that it's now producing new DVD
Camera Guide titles every month, the latest being tutorials for the popular
Nikon D60 and Canon XSi, featuring interactive camera tours.

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Staff Posted: Jan 21, 2009 0 comments

Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's
most widely used scanning software, has released it's latest version 8.5 -
with more than 600 improvements since the release of VueScan 8.4 two years
ago. "We've been working on VueScan for 10 years and have made thousands

of improvements in this time.  We'd like to thank everyone who has

purchased VueScan in the past by giving them a free upgrade to

VueScan 8.5" says Ed Hamrick, President of Hamrick Software.

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