News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.
The open-source Dark Table for image editing and cataloguing has been updated to version 2.4 and, more interesting, completed the porting to Windows platform, being born on Linux and Mac. The official announcement is available at this link.
You can download it from here.
The image, and RAW, processing software DxO Optics Pro from DxO has been replaced by a new version called DxO Photo Lab. The new name brings new features, like the most interesting are the following ones:
- local adjustment tool (finally, every major image software has one) using Nik's U Point technology that has been bought from Google which in turn acquired Nik software 5 years ago - Nik software provides renowned effects for black and white, film and so on;
- graduated filter (like in Adobe Lightroom and other similar softwares);
- auto mask to help user to follow edges when drawing a retouching mask (this too available in similar advanced image softwares);
- a rebuilt version of the repair tool that promises better and faster operations.
Yesterday, not much unexpected since the trend in last years in Adobe's policy, Adobe has announced that Lightroom is moving forward with cloud-based approach and that will terminate evolution of the standalone version.
Current Lightroom CC (the subscription version associated with Photoshop CC in the Photography bundle) will be renamed Lightroom CC Classic and is going to be updated with new features and better performances - low performances is probably the major complaint from Lightroom users.
A new product will be named simply Lightroom CC (well, maybe two more different names would have helped?) and will be a simplified (less features) version only on Web/cloud, thus accessible by any type of device (PCs, tablet and smartphones).
Phase One has announced a new medium format camera, the IQ3 100M, with 100 megapixels and that should render the colors like humans see them.
Official announcement at this link. The launch price? Well... $ 44,990, not for everyone.
About 2 months ago, we reported (link) that Micron, the parent company of Lexar (one of the most famous famous producer of memory cards), would discontinue the storage business, so Lexar was facing a hard future.
Yesterday good news: Longsys, a Chinese company, has announced that will acquire Lexar from Micron, so Lexar will probably survive!
The official announcement at this link.
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