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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.

Apple has released Aperture v 3, its professional photo management and raw conversion application only for Mac.

Announced improvements/additions should be more than 200 (Apple said), where notable ones are the following:

  • a new non-destructive brush with automatic edge detection (similar to Adobe Lightroom brush with auto-mask feature);
  • adjustment presets;
  • full-screen view:
  • new slideshow with support of video (also HD), what is still missing in Adobe Lightroom v2 and beta1 of version 3;
  • a new Faces and Places option for respectively Face detection and geotagging.

The new version costs 199 $ (in the US) or 99$ for upgrade from previous versions.

Full announcement on Apple website at this link.

 

Canon has announced the new consumer level DSLR: EOS 550D / Digital Rebel T2i.

We have an overview in our articles section: look here.

Referenced brands in this article: Canon

Neat Image, popular Photoshop plugin and standalone application for noise removal, has updated to version 6.1 for Windows.

News of this upgrade from the site:

  • Improved compatibility with Windows 7
  • Added support for Photoshop Elements 8.0
  • Added support for Serif PhotoPlus X3
  • Improved metadata (EXIF) compatibility with the latest Nikon cameras: D3S, D3X, D300S, D3000, D5000, etc.
  • Several other corrections and bug fixes

Please see the history of changes for more details.

Download at this link if you are a registered user.

Manfrotto Distribution (formerly Bogen Imaging Inc.) will be the master distributor in U.S. for well-known DatacolorĀ® (www.datacolor.com) monitor and print calibration products.

Bogen Imaging decided to rebrands internationally as Manfrotto Distribution effective as of January 1st 2010. Bogen has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

Panasonic has started producing SDXC (Extended Capacity) memory cards with 64GB and 48GB sizes and data transfer speed up to 22MB/s. Initial price will be respectively around 600 $ and 450 $. This news must be considered together with Panasonic announcement of new SDXC cameras.

Sony has announced a new mid/entry level DSLR: the A450, as a cheaper version of the A5xx range.

With respect to the similar A550, the sensor is the same (14.2 megapixel CMOS) but it lacks fast-AF live view system and the tilt and flip LCD screen that I think to be quite a useful acquisition from compact cameras world. Despite this, it has some advantages like longer battery (since consumption is lower and battery is big).

Cost will be less than 1000 $.

Referenced brands in this article: Sony

Bibble Labs has announced the release of its RAW file converter and image catalog management: Bibble 5 Pro. It supports many operating systems (Windows XP, Vista and 7, Mac OS X 10.4 or greater, Linux Fedora Core 6 or later, Ubuntu 6.06 or later).

Main changes:

  • image cataloguing;
  • non-destructive application of local editing adjustments;
  • improved speed, the company website shows also impressive comparison with "other famous RAW converters" without naming them. We might guess one of those to be Adobe Lightroom or DxOptics that are not so fast.

Bibble 5 Pro misses some features of Bibble 4 Pro (like Perfectly Clear tool, the Heal & Clone brush, black / white / gray pickers in the curves tool, Web Gallery output) that should be added to version 5.1 (as a free update of course).

Upgrade from version 4 is free if purchased after September 1st 2006 or for $ 99 if purchased before.

Curiously, the Lite version of Bibble 5 Lite won't be ready for a couple of months, so in the meantime, owners of Bibble 4 Lite can use Bibble 5 Pro with their Lite license.

 

Nikon has announced that NASA has purchased 11 Nikon D3S cameras (full frame models) and 7 lenses AF-S Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8G ED to be put into the International Space Station.

A great estimation of Nikon quality...

Referenced brands in this article: Nikon

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

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.