Sometimes Apple creates solutions, sometimes it creates problems
In this penultimate installment of The Feature Thief, where we've been dissecting the corpses of several of Apple's self-created and then self-killed or revamped software apps, we thought we'd take a look at the latest victims. Aperture and iPhoto are the apps that have suffered most recently at Apple's sometimes-brilliant but generally ruthless tendency to kill off popular apps in favor of a bigger overall idea. Both programs are still alive and kicking, but they are like the old man greeting the baby New Year: suddenly graced with the realization of its own mortality.
Apple's new photography app is superb
Ditch iPhoto, ditch Aperture, ditch Light -- okay, no, let's not go crazy here. You should probably keep Lightroom if you have it and definitely also Photoshop or Pixelmator. Hold on to those because Apple's new Photos app does not replace them -- but it is so very good that you'll find yourself using them less. You may also find yourself taking more photos. You just won't realize that the first time you open up Photos. This free app, included in the new OS X 10.10.3, is a very bald, white, minimalist application that initially takes some time to get going.
Clear out duplicates and manage your huge photo library better
Apple's professional photo manager, Aperture, had its advantages over its biggest rival, Adobe Lightroom -- and it is a shame the former been dropped (to be replaced with a new app, Photos for Mac, early next year). One thing Aperture was really good at was adding photos - so much so that we tended to do it over and over. Just not intentionally. One thing it was bad at, by contrast, was helping you find duplicates -- so a big photo library quickly became an unmanageably enormous one. Snapselect intends to fix this for users of Aperture, Lightroom, iPhoto -- and anyone who has tried to handle photos without using any of those programs.
Adobe announces availability of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1
Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Camera Raw 8.7.1, adding support for Sony ILC-A7M2 and updated support for the Samsung NX1 cameras. The release is available as a final release on Adobe.com, as well as through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC 2014 and Photoshop CS6. DNG Converter 8.7.1 is also now available, and an update for Lightroom 5.7.1 is anticipated within the next week.
Joined by Camera Raw 8.7
Adobe has released the final incarnation of Lightroom 5.7, an update to its photography workflow software. The most important addition is a promised migration tool for people switching from Aperture or iPhoto, though it does not bring in all data. Apple is slowly discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto in favor of a new Photos app for OS X Yosemite and iOS in 2015, and while Photos will be able to import Aperture libraries more fully, the program may not provide the professional-level features of something like Lightroom.
Company taking advantage of Photos late debut to win converts
Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager aimed at consumers and pro-sumers called Photos (which will also -- eventually -- replace iPhoto), Adobe has seized on the opportunity to try and lure Aperture and iPhoto users to its own more advanced photo organizer, editor and manager known as Lightroom 5. After publishing a written guide to the process of converting Aperture libraries to Lightroom in August, the company has now codified the procedure in a new free plug-in.
Plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom now offers revamped UI, 2x speed increase
Image correction software specialists Athentech have updated their flagship product to a new major version. Perfectly Clear, a pair of plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom, has been updated to version 2.0. The new version offers major speed improvements and is now twice as fast as previously, and now includes an extensive "Beautify" module. The upgrade also features better noise removal, full resolution zoom, a new split view, and a lower price.
Forthcoming Photos may not meet pro needs, at least at first
Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager called Photos, Adobe has published a new guide intended to help current Aperture users switch and migrate their images and projects to Lightroom, its own pro-level image manager. While Photos, with its support of third-party plug-ins, may grow into a program that both pros and amateurs can use, its mission is aimed more at "prosumer" users.
Apple planning comprehensive replacement for iPhoto, may have some 'pro' features
In the wake of Friday's earlier announcement that it has ceased development of Aperture, Adobe has moved quickly to further reassure users of the pro photo management and editing program that it is working with Apple to offer a transition path, that it plans a "rich roadmap" for future Lightroom development and that it is "doubling down" on its existing and future products for OS X and for iOS. Lightroom 5, Adobe's Aperture alternative, is available as a standalone app or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.
Software has struggled in competition with Lightroom
Development of Aperture has halted, and is instead shifting to the editing tools in OS X Yosemite's Photos app, Apple has announced. Photos -- which will actually miss the launch of Yosemite, and ship in early 2015 -- will include an option to import Aperture libraries. Compatibility updates should let Aperture run in Yosemite, but no further support is planned. Apple and Adobe are cooperating to help some users migrate to Lightroom.
Requires both latest desktop version and Creative Cloud subscription
In a surprise debut on Monday, Adobe took the wraps of its briefly-leaked Lightroom Mobile for iPad, a mobile version of its desktop software intended as a companion app to the full version for desktops and notebooks. As such, it requires both the latest version of Lightroom 5 (which was also updated earlier today to v5.4) for Mac or Windows, and a subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription service in order to use the free application. The program uses syncing and lower-rez thumbnails to get around the problem of the iPad's limited storage.
Expected to paralled desktop version, cost $99 annually
Adobe is on the verge of launching the iPad version of Lightroom, leaks indicate. Earlier this week, the company's website briefly contained references to the app, and even let some people pay for a subscription, which was listed with a $99 annual fee. The reason for the fee is cloud storage, since Lightroom is designed to bulk-process hundreds or thousands of photos, and Adobe wants to sync files between iPads and the Mac and Windows versions of the software.
Adobe announces release candidates that bring support for new digital cameras
Adobe's Camera Raw 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3 have been announced as new release candidates on Adobe Labs. Each bring support for new digital cameras, such as the Nikon D610, Fujifilm X-E2 and Sony Alpha a7, in addition to numerous bug fixes. Though tested internally, Adobe is inviting community testing to be executed prior to full distribution. Lightroom 5.3 is available as a free download for current users of Lightroom 5, while new customers can purchase for $150, or upgrade an older version for $80. The Camera Raw 8.3 plug-in update is free, and available for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
Bundles Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Behance, online storage
Adobe has announced a new Creative Cloud plan, the Photoshop Photography Program. The tier will cost $10 per month on a yearly basis, and bundle access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus Adobe's Behance portfolio site, 20GB of online storage, and Creative Cloud training resources. While a person is subscribed, updates will be delivered automatically. The program should launch within the next few weeks.
Updates fixes brushes, noise reduction
Adobe has posted release candidate versions of two forthcoming software updates, Lightroom 5.2 and Photoshop Camera Raw 8.2. The patches are said to fix several problems with Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8.1, including issues with Spot Healing and Local Adjustment brushes, as well as noise reduction tools. RAW support has meanwhile been extended to a variety of new cameras, such as the Canon EOS 70D, Fujifilm X-M1, and Sony DSC-RX1R.
Currently offering discounted single-app memberships
Adobe is considering doing a "photographer’s bundle or photography cloud solution" to cater to one of its key markets, the company said in a blog post earlier this week. Under original plans announced on Monday, getting access to the next version of Photoshop, Photoshop CC, will normally cost at least $20 per month. People wanting the companion app Lightroom will still be able to buy a permanent license for that software, but getting access to both Photoshop and Lightroom -- as well as other apps a photographer might want -- could potentially be expensive.
Shuttles edits back and forth between DNG, RAW
Adobe is developing an iOS companion app to the desktop version of Lightroom, the company's product manager for Lightroom, Tom Hogarty, revealed Wednesday via an online show, The Grid. The app should support controlling many of the same elements as the desktop software, such as exposure, clarity, shadows, highlights, white balance, and noise reduction. At the foundation of the app though is the Smart Previews technology from the Lightroom 5 beta.
Adds Advanced Healing Brush, other new tools
Adobe has posted the first public beta of Lightroom 5, an upcoming upgrade of its photo workflow software. The software adds several new features to Lightroom, such as an Advanced Healing Brush, designed to smooth over unwanted objects and blemishes. A new Upright tool meanwhile analyzes and image and automatically aligns objects at bad angles, such as buildings and horizons.
Adds bugfixes, support for handful of new cameras
Adobe has posted early release candidate versions of Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4. Unlike some previous updates, the new ones concentrate mainly on bugfixes. Adobe singles out a fix to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with an X-Trans sensor, examples being the X-Pro1 and X-E1.
Lightroom gets Retina support for Library, Develop modes
Adobe has released the final versions of its Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 updates. Of the two, Lightroom may be the most significant, since it adds HiDPI (Retina display) support to Lightroom's Library and Develop components. With both updates, though, the emphasis is on adding RAW format compatibility for 20 different cameras.
Adds support for 13 new camera models, fixes Book bugs
Adobe Labs has updated its betas of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 to "release candidate" status, and added support for 13 new digital cameras to both programs. In addition, the Lightroom RC now includes support for HiDPI displays such as Apple's Retina display devices, and also corrects a number of issues. New cameras supported in both programs include three PowerShot models from Canon; two Casio Exilim cameras; new full support for the Nikon D600, and models from Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax.
Photoshop CS6 update coming 'this fall'
Two of Adobe's signature image editing apps, Photoshop and Lightroom, are getting updates to support the Retina display in the MacBook Pro, the company has announced. Both upgrades will be free, but Adobe claims that the change "requires significant work by our product teams;" Photoshop CS6 will therefore only get a patch sometime this fall, while Lightroom 4 will get the tech "as soon as the work is complete." Creative Cloud subscribers should get earlier access to the Photoshop update than the public.
Software adds support for new Canon, Panasonic cameras
Adobe has posted initial release candidates for two upcoming software updates, Lightroom 4.2 and Camera Raw 7.2. In both cases the updates add RAW compatibility for several cameras, such as Canon's EOS 650D (Rebel T4i) and EOS M, and Panasonic's FZ200, G5, and LX7. Other newly-supported cameras include the Fuji FinePix F800EXR, Nikon 1 J2, Pentax K-30, Sony DSC-RX100, and Leaf's Credo 40 and 60 medium-format backs.
Joins collection of CS6 apps on service
Adobe has added Lightroom 4 to the list of apps available as part of a Creative Cloud subscription. The software is a RAW photo workflow tool aimed mainly at pro and hobbyist photographers, with some limited editing functions. Signing up for Creative Cloud lets people download Lightroom 4 as long as their membership is active.
Both minor updates, offer stability enhancements
Apple and Adobe both chose Thursday to offer minor updates to each company's most well-known photo-management programs. Apple has boosted iPhoto to v9.2.3, addressing a specific multiple-user bug and overall stability, while Adobe has issued the first Release Candidate of Lightroom 4.1, which fixes a number of issues including possible lost book layouts, performance in certain situations, and properly opening external apps for further editing.
Adds new controls for tone, noise, white balance
Adobe has released the first beta edition of Lightroom 4, its forthcoming photography workflow software. Numerous upgrades have been made over Lightroom 3, mainly in terms of tools; v4 sports new highlight and shadow recovery options, for instance, and a white balance brush, which can be used to tweak colors in a specific part of an image instead of the photo as a whole. Local adjustments can also be made for noise reduction and moiré removal.
Paint Mask, brush slider get tweaks
Tiffen has released v3.0.5 of Dfx, its effects suite for photo and video editing. The upgrade critically adds support for Avid's new 64-bit editing tools, including Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and NewsCutter 10. Also newly supported is a host of Sony cameras. The list includes DSLRs like the A550, A580, A700, A850, and A900, but also the NEX-3, NEX-5/5N, NEX-C3, and several SLT-series cameras: the A33, A35, A55V, A65V, and A77V. Remaining cameras on the list are the XCD-SX910CR and the STV680 VGA.
Adds support for over 20 more cameras
Adobe has posted the final editions of the Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 updates. In both circumstances the software adds support for over 20 cameras. Consumer-level additions include the Fuji FinePix F600EXR, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Pentax Q, and Ricoh GXR Mount A12, as well as Olympus' E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1, Panasonic's DMC-FZ150, DMC-G3 and DMC-GF3, and Sony's NEX-C3, NEX-5N, SLT-A35, SLT-A65 and SLT-A77.
Flash Player loses hardware acceleration
The release of OS X Lion is causing problems with a host of Adobe software, a support article shows. "Known issues" of varying degrees exist with high-profile titles such as Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Lightroom, Photoshop and Premiere Pro. The biggest problems however lie with Flash, spanning apps like Flash Builder, Flash Catalyst and most notably Flash Player.
Plug-in suite v3 adds mask, text, wavelet layers
Human Software has launched Edit 3, adding layer support to the Aperture plug-in suite. Version 3.0 allows layers in Aperture, as well as Adobe's Lightroom program, supporting size and rotation adjustments, opacity controls, blending and masking via brushes and paths. The toolbox has numerous path tools that work with the new layers, including Bezier or BSpline tools for shadowing, shape tools and repeats. Text and wavelet layers are new, while other tools in the set can liquify and distort images on a specific layer.
Updated for CS5, FCP, Aperture, Lightroom
Red Giant Software has brought out a new suite of seven professional plug-ins for Adobe's CS5 applications and Final Cut Pro called Effects Suite 10, and has also updated their Magic Bullet Photolooks to v1.5, now adding support for Apple's Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom as well as Photoshop CS5.
Includes next-generation Genuine Fractals
Perfect Photo Suite, the collection of digital image-enhancement tools from OnOne Software, has been updated to v5.5, including updates to almost all the components of the collection, a new version of Genuine Fractals now called Perfect Resize 7, along with the ability to run most of the suite's components in Apple's Apertureor Adobe's Lightroom without the need for a separate host application -- and in some cases, as their own standalone apps. The suite will also include a new product, Perfect Layers, which will ship early next year.
Lens Profile Downloader makes debut
Adobe has posted early release candidates two planned software updates, Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3. The patches mainly add RAW support for recent cameras, such as Canon's PowerShot G12 and PowerShot S95, and Nikon's D3100, D7000 and Coolpix P7000. Also newly compatible are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, and Samsung's NX100 and TL350/WB2000.
Free collection of effects and color adjustments
OnOne Software, makers of various collections of photography effect and enhancement filters, have updated their free Perfect Presets/ collection for Photoshop Lightroom v3, adding a new collection from OnOne Vice President of Marketing Mike Wong to the existing ones from Photoshop guru Jack Davis, for a total of 192 presets.
Add support for EOS 60D, new Sony Alphas
Having put out release candidates earlier this month, Adobe is now distributing the completed versions of Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2. The updates primarily add support for 16 new cameras, such as the Canon EOS 60D, and Sony's A290, A390, NEX-3, NEX-5, SLT-A33 and SLT-A55V.
Lightroom gains Facebook publishing
Adobe has posted two new release candidates, beginning with Lightroom 3.2. The update adds just one new feature, that being the ability to publish photos directly to Facebook. The software also gains extra or improved camera support however, with consumer models including the Casio EXILIM EX-FH100; the Panasonic DMC-FZ100, DMC-FZ40/FZ45 and DMC-LX5; the Samsung NX10 and TL500/EX1; and lastly Sony's A290, A390, NEX-3 and NEX-5.
RAW support added for Canon, Sony, Olympus
Adobe has released final versions of Lightroom 2.7, the Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 plug-in and DNG Converter 5.7, following up on public test versions. Lightroom is professional workflow software, for managing and processing images. The Camera Raw plug-in allows Photoshop to process data from RAW-capable cameras, while DNG Converter recodes proprietary RAW files for Adobe's DNG standard.
Updates add only extra camera support
Release candidates have been made available for several upcoming Adobe patches, including Lightroom 2.7, Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG Coverter 5.7. Lightroom is the company's professional photo workflow software. Camera Raw ensures the compatibility of different RAW types within Photoshop, while DNG Converter can translate those files into Adobe's Digital Negative format.
Image cleanup includes luminance noise reduction
Adobe has posted a second beta of Lightroom 3, its upcoming photo workflow package. The software is meant primarily for professional photographers managing or editing large numbers of RAW images. Beta 2 introduces tethered shooting -- the ability to shoot directly to a hard drive, instead of a CF card -- for some Canon and Nikon cameras.
Creates library backups
Blue Room has launched a new edition of ImageArchiver, also its first aimed at Adobe's Lightroom photo workflow software. While Lightroom includes its own backup functions, ImageArchiver for Lightroom 1.0 operates as a plugin and generates disk images or compressed file archives. Mac and Windows versions for Lightroom 2.x are available.
Smart Filter support added
Nik has released a major upgrade of its Viveza plug-in, designed for applications such as Aperture and Photoshop. The add-on lets users selectively control light and color in photos. The upgrade brings the app up to v2.0, and features global image adjustments and shadow recovery, along with interface enhancements that improve everything from slider controls to grouped color control points.
New architecture brings faster performance
Adobe has released a public beta of the upcoming Photoshop Lightroom 3 photography software. The utility has been revamped with new architecture claimed to bring improvements to overall performance, while the raw processing engine also received an overhaul. Import handling has been enhanced, with a focus on making the process more streamlined.
New plug-in exports presentations
BragIt has announced BragIt HTML Slideshow, a new Lightroom plug-in. Designed for web use, the app makes it possible to create a controllable slideshow with customizable descriptions or story points. It does not require any Flash plug-ins in order to work, and integrates output directly into a web page.
Adds noise reduction, watermarking options
Adobe has posted a free beta of Lightroom 3, the next version of the company's photo workflow software. Mainly intended for professionals, the software handles the import, export and organization of various filetypes, as well as some limited image editing tasks like exposure, colors and curves. Version 3 is said to be a major revision of the software, rebuilt with a new import dialog, new architecture for handling of large libraries, and a new RAW processing engine for enhanced sharpening and noise reduction.
Hasselblad H4D-50 and H4D-60
Hasselblad chose Friday to unveil a long-in-progress upgrade to its H System medium format cameras. The H4D is billed as one of the first cameras to have a true off-center autofocus system, known as True Focus. Where even DSLRs often have to first focus and then reposition the camera to get focus significantly away from the center, the H4D has a yaw rate sensor that can detect the horizontal and vertical movement away from the focus point and refocus the lens to compensate.
Fraction of Lightroom's audience, says Adobe
Apple's Aperture workflow software is losing significant traction with professional photographers, claims Adobe. Citing data gathered by the research firm InfoTrends, Adobe notes that in a 2009 survey, only 12.5 percent of photographers with Macs reported using Aperture for RAW files; by contrast, Adobe's Lightroom software was nearly four times as popular, at 44.4 percent. The figures represent a widening gap, as in 2007, only 26.6 percent chose Lightroom and 14.3 percent chose Aperture.
Leica to update M-series with 18.2 MP sensor?
Several image leaks allegedly show upcoming Leica cameras, the X1 and M9, according to Leica Rumors. Unconfirmed specs point to a full-frame 18.2 megapixel sensor on the M9, up from the current 10 megapixel component. The camera is also claimed to offer improved noise performance at high ISO settings, while adding an SD card slot and a free copy of Adobe Lightroom.
Lightroom going Intel-only
Lightroom, Adobe's workflow tool for photographers, will officially join other programs from the company in going Intel-only. The announcement follows a similar one for the Creative Suite, revealing that its PowerPC support will be phased out in a manner reflecting the switch in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Apps in the Creative Suite include titles like Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
RPG SpeedKeys released
Kubota Image Tools has released the newest addition to its Lightspeed WorkFlow line of products, RPG SpeedKeys. The device is a wireless keypad with programable hotkeys for use in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2. The keypad comes with v3 of Kubota Lightroom Presets, consisting of 29 functions such as develop, export, print and filter. Collections v1 and v2 are also included, bringing the total number of available presets to more than 100.
Lightroom, Camera Raw
Adobe has released final versions of the Lightroom 2.4 and Camera Raw 5.4 updates. Both add a significant number of supported cameras to the company's software, such as the Nikon D5000, Pentax K-7, Panasonic Lumix GH1, Sigma DP2, Epson R-D1x and Kodak EasyShare Z980. Compatible Canon cameras now include the Rebel T1i and PowerShot SX1 IS, while Sony offerings include the A230, A330 and A380. Olympus owners can now use files from an E-450 or E-620.