updated 04:50 pm EDT, Tue May 11, 2010
Also extends compatibility to non-RAW files
Camera maker Hasselblad has announced Phocus 2.5, a future update to the company's photo editing tool. The program handles tasks like white balance, shadow/highlight adjustment and lens correction, for instance by removing moiré patterns and image distortion. The v2.5 update primarily adds RAW support for over 150 non-Hasselblad cameras, from companies such as Canon, Nikon, Leica, Sony, Fuji and Olympus.
The software now also supports images from Leaf backs, and several non-RAW formats, including JPEG, TIFF, DNG and PNG. The latter is meant to enable Phocus compatibility with all of a photographer's cameras, rather than just medium format models. Hasselblad adds that the Mac v2.5 software makes use of Mac OS X's built-in camera support architecture, although tethered shooting is impossible.
Other changes are said to improve image quality and workflow, such as with support for Aperture and Lightroom keywords. Phocus is a free download from the Hasselblad website, and on Macs requires Mac OS X 10.5 and 2GB of memory. The v2.5 update should become available on May 19th.