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.

Timothy Armes has announced the release of PLUS for Lightroom: a plug-in for embedded PLUS usage rights when exporting images from Lightroom 2.

The PLUS standard is becoming recognized as the way to specify usage rights for digital media works (see http://www.useplus.com).

Some of the editors supporting PLUS are McGraw Hill and Pearson.

The trial version of the PLUS plugin is available here http://photographers-toolbox.com/products/plusforlightroom.php.

The online community help for Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta has been made live. You can reach it via Lightroom itself (Help > Lightroom Help) or it is available at this link http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Lightroom/3.0/Using/index.html

The news of the version 3 beta are well described. It's a beta, so commenting is not available yet.

Bryce Bayer, ex Kodak scientist, back in 1975 invented a color filter, that was then name Bayer filter, to be put in front of a sensor to build a color images from a monochromatic sensor.

Bayer has been honored by the Royal Photographic Society (founded in 1853!) for this invention that opened up the road to digital imaging.

Maybe not everybody knows that digital cameras employs a monochromatic (grey scale) sensor and not a color sensor. A Bayer filter stands in front of the sensor with as many colored tiny glasses/lens as pixels (a tiny red lens for first pixel, then a tiny green lens for second pixel, then a tiny blue one, then a green lens, and so on).

Through an algorithm, the colored image is approximately rebuilt. Thanks Bryce!

Canon USA has posted a white paper about the EOS 1D Mark IV. 123-pages to describe "beyond the manuals" some in depth look at the camera and details on the technology.

Available at this link.