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The Panasonic Group has completed acquisition of SANYO Electric Co. Ltd. that will then become a subsidiary of Panasonic.

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The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is a stand-alone camera DNG profiling and RAW workflow solution to tune a RAW file editor.

It consists of a software to build a DNG profile, a Lightroom plugin and three targets (Creative Enhancement Targets, Classic Targets and White Balance).

Basically, you shoot a target as a RAW, convert the image to DNG, drop it on to the ColorChecker Passport software and create a DNG profile. That profile can then be applied to shots from the same camera to tune color response.

The software is also freely downloadable. Of course not the targets.

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Canon has posted firmware update to version 2.0.0 for the Canon wireless transmitter WFT-E2/E2A to allow this transmitter to function with the new camera EOS-1D Mark IV.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.