News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Today, April 2nd, Adobe has published the first beta of the next major (at least as numbers) upgrade of Lightroom, thus version 2.0.

It appears that the major areas of novelty so far are: localized corrections (but only as local modification of brightness, contrast, etc., i.e. not real image retouch), more search and catalog options in the library, dual monitor support (very useful but you have to get 2 monitors of course) and a better integration with Photoshop. Other minor enhancements are provided. At this link you can find a very good official presentation of the new or changed features.

Today Aperture has released Aperture 2.1 for Mac, very soon considered that version 2 was released just a month and a half ago.

The update includes some bug fixes and feature tweaks but, more importantly, it introduces a new expansion possibility with a plugin framework (on the same way of Photoshop for example).

Last Friday (March 14th) Adobe released the new versions of Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw (for Photoshop CS3): Lightroom 1.4 and ACR 4.4. Essentially a minor upgrade: support for new cameras, color noise working also on black&white images and a fix/improvement when dealing with extreme color correction (camera calibration function), infact you will find a new ACR 4.4 Profile available in the "Camera Calibration" tab.

Today Olympus has announced the new low-end E-420 DSLR, the smallest DSLR in the market, yet packed with advanced features.

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Apple has released Aperture 2, the new version of its popular image processing software for Mac.

Major areas of changes are: redesigned user interface, faster operations (expecially image browsing) and more image processing features (officialy they are "over 200").

See the official page for Aperture at this link

Adobe announced that it will discontinue the Adobe Stock Photos service as of April 1, the official reason is "to focus effort in other areas".