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.
Stellar Data Recovery launches Image Converter for Mac
Stellar Data Recovery has launched a new tool for image conversion, now available for download. Stellar Image Converter for Mac can identify 24 different image formats, and can convert each type into 14 of the most popular image file formats, such a JPEG, BMP, PNG and more. Priced at $30, the app is currently available at an introductory offer price of $20.
Amberlight released at introductory price on App Store
Escape Motions has announced the official release of Amberlight for Windows and Mac OS. Described as similar to fractal programs, Amberlight is equipped with original mathematics and an easy-to-use interface, and is intended to be accessible to beginner artists as well as useful for advanced users. Featuring unique math algorithms, Amberlight can produce complex visual patterns and gradients for one's images. The art tool can create high-resolution pictures for print media, and includes a high-performance renderer.
Klipsch intros Image One, S5i Rugged and S3
Klipsch took advantage of new iPod launches to trot out three headphones to match. The Image One breaks the most ground of the three and is Klipsch's first over-ear headphone set with an in-line mic and remote compatible with all iOS devices. The leather-lined design folds flat and will ship in November for $150.
X2 series cards: Class 6 speeds in 4GB, 8GB
[Sponsored Post] Eye-Fi recently has organized its new generation X2 line of Eye-Fi WiFi SD camera cards, with each adding specific capabilities as the price increases. The cards allow users to effortlessly take of the "chore" of uploading photos automatically to their computer or specific websites. The Connect X2, Explore X2, Geo X2 and Pro X2 all work to move images off a camera's SD card wirelessly, but then they each specialize from there. All the cards offer wireless ranges of 90 feet outdoors and 45 feet indoors and support protected WiFi networks, including 64-/128-bit WEP and WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
Images from the first day of Macworld 2010
The first day of IDG's 2010 Macworld Expo has attracted large crowds, despite the absence of Apple. Although the exhibits and events only filled the Moscone Center's North Hall, rather than extending across the street to the South Hall, the attendees still arrived in droves.
IEnvision adds new iPhone
iEnvision has added five new "mini-versions" of its image-viewing app for the iPhone. Each version focuses on a particular art topic, such as Japanese manga and comics, or works of art. Art Envi, Comic Envi, Kids Books Envi, News Envi, and Space Envi are available now at the AppStore. Unlike the full version -- which includes all of the topics and more -- the mini-versions are restricted to a single specific content area. Open Door Networks says the smaller apps allow users to sample the product, without having to buy the full version. IEnvision gathers images from the internet, organizes them and creates full-screen automated slideshows.
Nolobe releases Iris 1.0
Nolobe this week debuted Iris 1.0, a new image editor for OS X. From Australian developer Nolobe, Iris has been written from the ground-up specifically for Mac OS X; it uses a minimalist 'sngle window' interface and offers layer-based editing and fully customizable paint, brush and drawing tools, as well as support for industry standard image formats such as TIFF, PNG, JPEG and PSD. Iris boasts
Sequenc screen cap utility
App4mac has announced Sequence, a screenshot utility that uses multi-threaded code and 64-bit compression to capture DVD, audio and multi-media content. The developers says the software can be useful for developing training videos, because it can capture live video and audio from a webcam at the same time as their screen. Sequence was built for OSX Leopard and supports Core Animation, QuickLook, QTKit, Core Image and iChat Theater.
- DiskLibrary 1.8 ($40) media cataloging application for Mac OS X. DiskLibrary catalogs not just your complete file structure, it also creates thumbnails, and stores metadata, for most popular media formats. DiskLibrary is capable of importing export formats from CDFinder, FileFinder, WhereIsIt, DiskCatalogMaker X and DiskTracker. [Download - 2.5MB]
- ActivePerl 22.214.171.1243 (free) ActivePerl includes core Perl, popular modules, the Perl Package Manager (PPM), and complete documentation. With over 250,000 downloads each month, ActivePerl remains the industry-standard for Perl development. ActivePerl is provided free to the community and is available as a supported and OEM product to enterprises globally. [Download - form]
- AddMovie 1.4.9 (donationware) tool for combining multiple movies or images into a single movie and batch exporting movies to any format supported by QuickTime. When combining movies you have the option of creating movie chapters with customizable titles. Other functionality includes: extracting audio tracks to files, splitting movies, setting movie poster frames and saving movie frames as images. [Download - 1.5MB]
- MenuMinder 1.4 ($10) Create quick, simple alert, email and SMS Text Message (mobile phone) reminders using the system-wide menu that can be accessed from any application. This new version eliminates the requirement that an email account be setup in Apple Mail. Using the new preference pane "Mail Server" users can specify any mail server for delivering email reminders. Version 1.4 also provides improved SMS messaging and global hot keys for creating reminders even more quickly. [Download - 1.1MB]
- RailModeller 3.1 ($40) solution for creating layouts for model railroads and slot cars on Macs. More than 180 libraries are included providing tracks and accessories from virtually any manufacturer of model railroad tracks, allowing the user tstart planning their model railroad empire right away. The latest update to version 3.1 delivers RailModeller as a Universal Binary and features various enhancements requested by customers. [Download - 6.8MB]
Two new Keynote themes have made their debut. Divine Fiat has announced the immediate availability of Distressed, its latest theme for Apple's Keynote presentation software. Distressed "remains subtle and keeps your images and information front and center while bringing a hip edge to your next presentation." It features artistic flare and understated pinstriping, using six slides of extras. Resizable media placeholders employing Keynote's new Picture Frames feature and custom decorative elements allow you to create your own Distressed style slide layouts. Color and texture palettes along with editable custom icon objects in the Distressed style further extend the themes flexibility. Distressed can be purchased by itself for $26.
DAZ Studio 3D
DAZ Productions has released the full edition of its DAZ Studio 3D Bridge for Photoshop plug-in after a beta period earlier this year. Compatible with Photoshop 7, CS, CS2 and CS3, this new plug-in allows DAZ Studio users to automatically apply 3D imagery and artwork to any Photoshop project. The DAZ Studio 3D Bridge for Photoshop allow users to view 3D scenes as Photoshop layers, change objects and figures simultaneously, render directly into Photoshop, import, export and modify image maps and textures onto 3D models in Photoshop, composite 2D and 3D content seamlessly and access DAZ's full library of quality 3D content
plasq has announced the release full screen children's drawing application -- dubbed Doozla -- featuring simple free-hand drawing and color tools, webcam and tablet support, entertaining color-in templates and background images. The tool has four creativity modes: drawing - free-hand drawing on a background, coloring in -- add color and lines to the character templates provided, draw on background -- draw characters and objects into the provided background scenes and Webcam Drawing - use your webcam to capture a picture and draw on top of it. Doozla contains a pro-level drawing 'vector' engine underneath a child-accessible interface.
Ecamm Network has announced the Huckleberry 3 MacBook mirror. Consisting of two acrylic mirrors and two durable mounting brackets, Huckleberry attaches to your screen to reflect the built-in camera's field of view. Instead of filming yourself, it will now film what's in front of you. The new Huckleberry 3 features an enhanced design, fits both MacBook and MacBook Pro and comes with Ecamm's iGlasses software to flip and rotate the video image. The Huckleberry costs $29 and ships worldwide.
DeIMG, images to tables
Satirical software and news company The Daily Grind today unveiled DeIMG, a re-branding of its software That's Not A Picture, which is designed to turn images into table data, for, as the author puts it, "browsers which support tables but not images". The largely pointless and futile app converts PNG, JPG. GIF, and PDF files into HTML, XHTML, or XHTML+CSS. Usage of the application is largely in question, as the developer proudly displays users' qualms and frustration on the product's webpage.
Troi Dialog Plug-in 5
Troi Automatisering today unveiled Troi Dialog Plug-in 5 for FileMaker Pro 9, a plug-in designed to extend FileMaker's dialogue boxes in a number of different ways. The latest version adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and an improved InputDialog function, which provides access to upwards of 15 input items. PresentImage has also been revamped, allowing users to view full screen slideshows of pictures or movies. Troi Dialog Plug-in 5 is currently available for $60, with free upgrades available for those who purchased v4.x on or after February 1st, 2007.
QPict 7.1 for Leopard
Malmö, Sweden-based RL Development today unveiled QPict Digital Asset Manager 7.1, an update to its media organization software, bringing with it compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and a number of additions. QPict can now recognize over 250 different RAW file formats, supporting both auto-rotation and improved EXIF support for the format. RL Development is currently selling the standard QPict Digital Asset Manager for $35, with a professional version available at a current discount of $100.
Morph Age 4.0 debuts
Creaceed today began shipping its Hydra 1.0 HDR photography software for Mac, and unveiled a major upgrade to its Morph Age application for morphing as well as warping images and movies. Hydra aims to give the human eye perception to photographs by creating high dynamic range (HDR) images from a series of standard photographs, either from DSLRs or traditional point-and-shoot cameras. Hydra is priced at $60, but is available for an introductory price of $40 until the end of January. Hydra requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to run.
Hydra to ship at Macworld
Creaceed today unveiled Hydra, a new application that aims to ease the process of creating HDR photographs on Mac systems. Hydra is designed to give human eye perception to photography by creating high dynamic range (HDR) images from a series of regular photographs, either from DSLRs or traditional point-and-shoot cameras. Hydra is priced at $60, but will be available for an introductory price of $40 until the end of January after the application begins shipping during Macworld on January 14th. Hydra requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to run.
SimpleImage 5 released
Developer Chris Wood has released SimpleImage 5, a large update to his image and movie viewing application. Wood says that SimpleImage is completely rewritten in Cocoa – Mac OS X's default application type – from the ground up. The new version has full support for Leopard, and over a dozen new features. Users can perform live searches of their media, as well as save media in web-appropriate formats. The software can also generate print previews, as well as movie contact sheets. Wood is offering a Christmas discount on SimpleImage 5 until December 25th, selling the software for $20.