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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.
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.
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!
The Principal Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop has posted a blog requesting feedbacks from users on Raw image processing (in Camera Raw product) versus RAW converters of other vendors.
Being an official request it is interesting. Already many ones has provided feedbacks, typically the comparison is done versus DxOptics, Capture One and Raw Therapee. Capture Ones has received the most appreciations so far.
Here is the link if you want to read or even give your opinion... link.
Phase One has released Capture One 5 in three versions (besides the basic, DB and PRO), one of the famous RAW converter and workflow application, known for its wide support for tethered shooting.
PRO version is on sale at 299 € / 399 $ (all info here), while the standard version at 99 € / 129 $.
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