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.
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.
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.
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.
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