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

Today Adobe has announced Photoshop CS5 (standard and Extended versions), together with new versions of all Creative Suite products (Adobe Premiere, etc.).

Main improvements of this release:

  • lens correction automation: apart from being extracted from the Filter - Distort menu to be more visible, now it is automatable with lens profiles, that is chromatic aberration, distorsion and vignetting can be automatically corrected using a database of lens profiles! Some will be included in the product, others can be added by users (since there are so many lens models around...).
  • new Adobe Camera Raw: shared with Lightroom Beta, a new RAW engine with enhanced capability on detail extraction and noise suppression.
  • content aware retouching: completely new algorthms to remove unwanted objects, also large ones by automatically replacing the object with patterns from other areas of the same image (like trees, wall, sands) giving (apparently) magic effects. The spot healing brush and the fill function benefit from this interesting addition.
  • improved HDR: better combination of multiple images into a high dynamic range one, also with a welcome "remove ghost" feature that suppressed objects that moved from one shot to the next ones.
  • manipulation of part of an object: a so called "puppet warp" feature enable to anchor points of an image corresponding to specific parts (like a leg of a person, a tail of an animal) and then the user, by moving the anchor points, warps/manipulates the image. To be tried.
  • a so called "mini-bridge" that is a reduced version of Adobe Bridge embedded into Photoshop for easier file browsing.

Apple has released a plugin, called E1, to transfer video content directly into Final Cut Pro v6 or higher (famous video editing software) from some Canon EOS DSLR models: currently supported models are Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS 1D Mark IV.

The video plug-in is a free download at this link: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/finalcutstudio/.

PictureCode today released the Noise Ninja Aperture version 3 plug-in for Aperture 3 that support 32 and 64 bit modes.

Downloadable at this link.

Canon has updated Digital Photo Professional software to version 3.8.0 (Win) / 3.8.1 (Mac), EOS Utility v 2.8.1, Picture Style Editor v 1.7.0, WFT Utility v 3.5.1, Original Data Security Tools v 1.8.0.

Main updates for DPP are the support for the next EOS 550D / Rebel T2i and (finally) the addition of an horizon correction function to the Trimming Tool - before just 90° rotations were supported!

The updates can be downloaded from this link (click the "Drivers & Downloads" tab and select your operating system).

Adobe Photoshop is turning 20 and today Adobe will celebrate its anniversary see here. First version was launched back in 1990 and since then, it has grown in popularity becoming the most widely used image editing software.

At the CES (consumer electronics show) event in Las Vegas, the new standard for USB has been presented: the 3.0, also called Super Speed USB. The differences with current 2.0 high speed USB is of course higher speed thanks to 5 lines/wires communication instead of 4 ones (it should be around 10 times USB 2!) and a lower power consumption.

We will sure see it soon in cameras, already 17 devices (mainly portable drives and high end portable PCs) seem to be USB 3 certified.