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

Not long ago (see our article here), Adobe announced a restrictive policy for upgrading Photoshop CSx products. Many ones complained (of course) since that meant to buy every major release to benefit from the usual discounted price.

In a partial response to that, Adobe announced that it will offer "special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012".

All details about the updated Creative Suite upgrade policy available here.

CS6 is due to be released this year.

Lexar has announced first 1000x Compact Flash cards for professionals since they allow very high bursting shoot rate and HD video recording.

1000x stands for the speed that will be up to 20 MB per second for writing data into the card, while reading speed will be up to 150 MB/s (!) and thus fully compatible with USB 3 data rate.

The card sizes will be 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

 

Corel has announced to have acquired (actually the deal was done some months ago) Bibble Labs, popular producer of Bibble Pro, one of the 6 most popular RAW editing software (together with Lightroom/Photoshop, Aperture, Capture One, DxO, RawTherapee).

We can expect that the Bibble Pro product will be rebranded.

Adobe has released Lightroom version 3.6 and corresponding Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) version 6.6 plugin for Photoshop.

The update of Lightroom includes these items:

  • 10 new cameras supported;
  • many new lens modules;
  • several bug fixes like:
    • Rapid advancement through the grid can crash the preview processor
    • Tethering doesn’t work with the Nikon D3x
    • Lightroom does not write to the correct metadata fields after editing capture time
    • Lightroom crashes when saving keyword to file
    • Certain JPG files are shown as damaged or unsupported after import
    • Publish to Hard Disk fails in LR 3.5 for publish collections created in 3.3 or earlier
    • Entering a custom aspect ratio in Quick Develop leaves the Crop Ratio menu black
    • Copy/Pasted Crop Aspect Ratio lost on edit
    • Copy/Pasted/Previous crop loses aspect ratio lock when adjusted in the Develop module

Full details at this link.

Download ACR 6.6 (English) Windows version, Mac version

Download Lightroom 3.6 (English) Windows version, Mac version

Adobe has announced an important change in upgrade qualifications for Creative Suite 6 products: to qualify for CS6 (not yet released) with an upgrade discount, customer will have to own the previous version licence (CS5 or CS5.5).

This would be probably the new upgrade pricing model from now on, or an attempt to force customers to keep updating alive constantly, while so far many ones skipped releases since CS products are not cheap...

Until end of 2011 a discount will be offered to customer of version prior to CS5 in order to qualify for upcoming CS6 as upgrades (and not full price).

Lightroom 3.4.1 and Camera Raw 6.4.1 updates are available on Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3.

This update addresses the issue introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 release (see our article here) and corrects another rare bug that could cause JPG files to show incorrect color.