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

Adobe has updated the Camera Raw plugin for Photoshop CS4 (only, CS3 is not supported) and DNG Converter (from RAW to DNG) to version 5.6.

Direct download links:

Camera Raw: Windows and Mac.

DNG Converter: Windows and Mac.

Adobe has released Lightroom 2.6. It adds RAW support for 20 cameras (among them Canon 7D, Nikon D3s, Sony A500/550/850, Olympus E-P2), fixed a bug of artifact creation in highlights for shots from some cameras when using a PowerPC), a bug in crop tool has been fixed (unlocked ratio after a rotation) and a problem in Mac when panning in Develop module when zoomed 1:1.

Download the new version here: Windows or Mac.

IDImager version 5 has been released, IDImager is an extremely powerful and flexible archiving/album software, with good editing features, built in Holland. In terms of features is the richest among DAMs.

Some of the new features:

  • speech labeling
  • face labeling
  • a new label assignment panel
  • a new and powerful download tool
  • non-destructive editing
  • great GEO labeling support.

2 versions available: Pro (139 $, 55.6 $ upgrade), Personal (69 $, 27.6 $ upgrade).

More info about the product at the vendor site - link.

Olympus has updated Master software to version 2.3: added support for Diorama and Cross Process Art Filters for E-P2 RAW files, iEnhance picture mode with Windows 7 and Mac OS X v 10.16 (Snow Leopard).

Download the update here.

Swiss Data Group has announced the launch of an online photo storage with interesting features and pricing structure: SnapHaven.

Photos are guaranteed for 99 years with no recurring subscription (you pay 3 cents per stored photo with no minimum).

Photos can also be shared and printed. Each one is stored in... 4 places for maximum protection.

It's worth a look.

Hasselblad announced a Multi-Shot (MS) version of its H3DII-50 medium format camera: multi-shot means that to record an RGB image with a monochromatic sensor (digital sensor are typically black/white with a RGB filter in front of them), the camera takes 4 shots moving the sensor of just... 1 pixel!

Resolution? 50 megapixels. Price? € 23'000.